Skin to Skin: WITH " China Doll" AND "Tempted" AND "Hot Wired" Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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Tempted by Jami Alden. A story of best friends & co-workers becoming more. The characters and plot were fun, engaging and believable. Good Well done and very enjoyable read, I will be watching for more from this talented author.
Hot Wired by Valerie Martinez. What to say...hummm. Propogates racial stereotyping, and would be a scandal if written by an author from a different race than the heroine. If there was any indication of an HEA, I missed it, the story ends..."It hadn't been love between us, but rather pure lust." The characters are all loosers, the plot has heroine more sexually involved with a different looser than the hero, nothing uplifting or happy here. Seriously, when viewing a mans chest tatooed with multiple x-girlfriends...what woman fantasizes seeing their own likeness & name tatooed there? Not an author I will read again.
China Doll by Sunny. Typical of this author if you have read her before. Well written & engaging. Although a little choppy in places, pulls reader into the story. Very enjoyable.
The book warning "This is a REALLY HOT book, sexually explicit" is true...have fun with this one!
Friends as well as coworkers, Lauren and Tony conceal their growing attraction for each other from each other, partly because they don't believe it is mutual and partly because they don't want to screw up their friendship. This situation might have continued indefinitely, but Ms. Alden introduces a classic wacky complication: in order to keep her very odd mother, who has jumped to the ridiculous conclusion that Lauren doesn't have a boyfriend because she's a lesbian, from introducing her to every eligible lesbian woman she knows at an upcoming family event, Lauren asks Tony to come with her and pretend to be her boyfriend, "pretend to be attracted to [her] for just one weekend".
How long can they pretend to be attracted without revealing their attraction? Ms. Alden puts them through the tortures of the damned and several twists before the inevitable HEA.
The story that doesn't belong IMHO is Valerie Martinez' "Hot Wired": drunken sluttery with a side order of racial stereotyping only marginally lifted by mutual lust...
for a fire-engine red 1951 Chevy pickup.
Ms. Martinez does her best to make her heroine, Lola, likable, but it is difficult to like someone who loses so much off her IQ whenever she gets horny, which is pretty often. By the time Lola is spouting what passes for the moral: that lust is the real thing, love the phony imitation, the reader is happy to say adios to the teacher's college graduate no doubt voted most likely to end her teaching career by having an affair with a student.
Finally, in "China Doll", a sequel to her story "Chinatown" in The Hard Stuff, Sunny demonstrates the talent that got Mona Lisa Awakening, Over the Moon, Mona Lisa Blossoming, On the Prowl, Mona Lisa Craving, Mona Lisa Darkening, Lucinda, Darkly, and Lucinda, Dangerously published. In roughly the same number of pages that Jami Alden uses to please and Valerie Martinez uses to disappoint, Sunny stuns in a deeply moving tale of two lonely, hurting people who find comfort (and so much more!) in each other's arms. Though much less bizarre than "Chinatown", "China Doll" still manages to repeatedly surprise.
It is worth the price by itself alone.
"China Doll" - Although a little rough in places, the author, Sunny, created engaging characters that pull you into the story. Anna, having been used and abused, was looking for someone to help exorcize the bad memories of her ex. Rand was looking for someone to have some fun with, wanting to pass the time. Rand got more than he bargained for when he fell in love with her, LOL! I've read the author before, and she's really good.
"Tempted" - I've never read Jami Alden before; you can bet I'll be reading her again! Her characters were very believable, some of them even quirky and making you laugh. The plot turned from a simple "I need to bring a date so no one bugs me about being single" to a full blown sexual relationship. I really liked how the characters had already known each other for a while, and how, even after the agreement that everything would go back to normal, there was no going back. Especially when one had the other for the other - and vice versa. A really good read! One teeny-tiny thing that I was disappointed about: They never used anything in the "gift basket" in the hotel room. *frown* Too bad. I was looking forward to that.
"Hot Wired" - I've never read the author before, and I'm not sure if I'll ever read her again. Her story was filled with stereotypes, her characters appear shallow - very much so. And they appeared rather ... high-school'ish. And while, I'll admit, she knows how to write a really hot sex scene, that was about all that was going for the story.
All in all, I'm glad I picked this book up, and encourage you to do the same.
WORD OF CAUTION: Sexually Explicit!!!