Sensuous by Aubrey Ross
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (107 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Eglantine
Victor, an organic vampire, is intrigued by his father's determination to modernize Zoltan clan. He has experienced relationships driven by obligation in the past and now he wants a union fueled entirely by passion. Modern society seems less regimented, so he's excited to explore his new boundaries.
Tess Bronstein is in the process of opening X2, a sister club to Station X. After stumbling through one horrible relationship after another, she has given up on romance altogether. Victor attracts and fascinates her, but her unwanted fiancè has burst back into her life, so a fling with a vampire is not going to happen.
Captivated, yet challenged by Tess's resistance, Victor enlists the help of Seth, an arrogant elfin prince. Seth and Tess were betrothed at birth, and her refusal to acknowledge the contract only fuels Seth's determination to possess her. Victor knows they can unleash her sensuality if they find a way beyond her emotional reserve. Seth woos her by day. Victor seduces her by night. And when her barriers begin to crumble, they combine their efforts, shattering her preconceived ideas of what love is all about.
*Fans self* It’s such a delight to read an erotic novella after a spate of offerings claiming to be erotica but in fact being no more than hot romance. If the latter is what you’re looking for – hot romance – this is not it. What it is, is *fans self some more* a very well written, believable, super-hot *gets glass of ice water from fridge* erotic romance story.
Aubrey Ross is a veteran writer of erotic romance, and it shows. The narrative flows beautifully, so you forget you’re reading and you just enjoy the unfolding story. My only niggle was that I sometimes felt the scene shifted from one point to the other without warning or indication, and I had to backtrack a few sentences to see what I’d missed. The paranormal aspect holds little that’s new – vampires, elves, demons – but she handles these characters in a way that doesn’t leave the reader feeling it’s just another version of the 400,000 other paranormal books out there. Sensuous has a fresh quality to it.
I also picked up that this is one of a series, with references to former events. A quick look at Changeling Press’ website confirmed that this seems to be the third instalment in the Station X series. Though I didn’t feel lost, having not read the previous instalments, I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea to read Ravenous and Dangerous before reading this one. Again, it’s not a must, but I think it would enhance the reader’s experience to read the whole series in order.
Kudos must go to the publisher for faultless editing. This is again something readers might know if they’ve read some of my previous reviews – I have many times lamented the ruination of a potentially good book by atrocious editing. Changeling Press shows, with Sensuous, how it SHOULD be done.
I wholeheartedly recommend Sensuous to those who like their reading hot enough to scorch the screen, but well written and perfectly edited.