Monday, January 26, 2015

INDULGENCE by Jeanne McDonald

Series:  Taking Chances #1
Author:  Jeanne McDonald
Publish Date:   01.02.15
Publisher:  Jeanne McDonald
Category /Genre:  Erotic Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Jeanne McDonald (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  Written Elegance Blog Tours
Goodreads link: Indulgence
Date completed: 01.04.15

Description from the publisher:
A year has passed since Addison George was left at the altar after her husband-to-be announced he was gay. Still friends despite what happened, she secretly harbors hope that all of this was a phase and he will come crawling back to her. That dream is shattered when he announces that he’s engaged to the man he left her for.

Spiraling out of control, Addison agrees to accompany her best friend to the sex party of the year. Hosted by world-renowned erotic romance author, Sebastian Hawk, exposed anonymity is the name of the game. The rules are simple: all guests are required to remain nude for the duration of the event, except for a mask to hide one’s identity, and everyone must partake in at least one salacious delight.

Out of her sexual league, Addison spends the evening with a certain clothed employee who explains to her the world in which the enigmatic author lives. While she wishes to understand more about the strange novelist, Addison can’t help but feel drawn to the handsome and mysterious employee who has introduced her to the sensual realm of Indulgence.

Lost in a world of secrets and passion, Addison will unmask the man behind the mystery while exploring her carnal nature. Through it all, she’ll discover that not everything is as it seems, and to never judge a book solely by its cover.

This is the first book in the TAKING CHANCES series.  I believe they will need to be read in order.

A year ago, Addison George set aside her wedding plans after her groom declared that he was in fact homosexual.  Now he has asked her to attend his wedding as his best (wo)man.  Finally facing the cruelty of a broken heart, she agrees to spend New Year’s Eve at a masquerade held by her favorite erotic novelist, Sebastian Hawk.  The rules of the masquerade say that the mask stays on all night, the clothes must be off all night, and you must indulge in one sensual activity with a partner of your choosing at the party.  Addison spends the night talking to one of the employees, who are strictly off-limits in the games of the evening.  She will unmask his secrets while wearing hers. 

Hot does not even begin to describe this book.  It is sensual, sensitive, and steaming.  The chemistry between Addison and Jake, the bartender, had my Kindle throwing sparks!

The story is extremely well-written.  Nothing felt rushed, even though the characters were caught in a whirlwind of sexual and sensual intrigue that is to last only one night. There was a balance of Addison’s carnal education, abounding lusts, and a nice touch of humor.

I’m looking forward to what may come next!

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

Other Books from Jeanne McDonald:
  • Branded (anthology with others)
  • A Ray of Hope
The Truth in Lies Series:
1.      The Truth in Lies
2.      The Certainty in Deception
3.      A Hot Mess

I extended my hand out to her, almost afraid she might bite it off.  She wrapped the red ribbon around my wrist, prepared to clasp it together with an adhesive strip.  “You are to wear your card at all times.  In each room, you will find plenty of writing, utensils along with protection.  For every partner you engage in activities with tonight, you’re required to notate their name on this card.  Tomorrow morning, you will hand this back in and we will return your license to you.  Is that clear?”

My jaw nearly hit the floor.  Not that I thought keeping track of our partners was a bad idea, because it was quite brilliant, but having some stranger sifting through my sex partners left me unsettled.  My crush on Sebastian Hawk was a moot point.  It was bad enough he had access to everything else, including my blood type.  This was my private affair, and I wanted it to remain that way.

I ripped my arm back before the clasp completely closed, leaving the card in scary lady’s hands.  “Excuse me, but I wish to keep my card.  It’s no one else’s business who I fuck but my own.”

“Addison,” Amber warned me.

I jerked my head up, looking at Amber.  “No.  This is ludicrous,” I argued.  “Who gives him the right to know who I fuck or not?”

“It’s no big deal.  Just take the card,” she hissed.

I might’ve been out my comfort zone, but I also wasn’t the type of person who’d back down when I felt something wasn’t right.  I had no qualms in speaking my mind.  It might’ve gotten me in trouble more times than not, but I figured if I didn’t defend myself, who would?

“No.  You said this was about freedom, about taking chances, but there are some things I don’t take chances with.  I refuse to allow…”

Out of nowhere, a man appeared behind the desk.  His light, blue-eyed gaze washed over me, causing every follicle on my skin to stand on end.  My body tingled with excitement.  All I could do was stare at him.  He was the epitome of a god. 

Skin, lightly kissed by the sun.  Hair, the color of pale gold.  He was tall but the air around him made him appear taller.  The tip of his tongue darted out over his lips, and I had the sudden urge to reach out and capture it between my teeth.  My eyes drifted down, catching the sight of a hard, lean body.  His hands tucked away in his pockets, pulling his suit jacket away from his hips.  When I realized I was staring at his crotch, I quickly shifted my eyes to meet his. 

Bad move.  Once locked in his sights, I was done for.

“Sebastian Hawk,” I rasped.

Thank you Written Elegance Blog Tours for hosting this tour.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much for the amazing review. I can't begin to tell you how much I'm honored by your words.
    My best,