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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lust At First Sight by Jade James

Lust At First Sight by Jade James
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism, Menage, M/F/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Clint is surprised when the new interviewee is none other than Brianne. She’s been a constant thought in his mind, and now that he has her right in his sights, he’s not letting go. He needs her in his life—in his bed—and he’s not above using any means to get her there, including sharing her with Zack.

Brianne hates the fact that she’s flat broke, and the bill for her mother’s care is due in one month. Clint and Zack are a temptation she's been trying so hard to ignore, but she's too broke to say no to the job they offer her, even knowing it's going to be that much harder to keep her distance. She's more right than she could even have imagined when Clint makes another offer she can't refuse. He'll pay her bills for a weekend of hot sex with him, including a menage with Zack.

Lust At First Sight is without a doubt a steamy erotic novella. The premise pretty much sets up the story: A woman in need of cash accepts a very erotic proposal from a man she’s tried to avoid. As you can imagine sparks fly, passions ignite, and a whole lot of loving occurs in between.

Brianne is a woman who finds herself in a horrid situation after her mother’s bills continue to mount. I related to her as a daughter who wants to do right by her mother but is hindered by monetary limitations. As she’s also been hurt by a man in the past, she avoids entanglements at all costs. Therefore when she meets Clint and her attraction is revealed, it made sense that she would avoid him (and his offer of a ménage with his brother) at all costs. It’s not until circumstances force her to search for a new job that’s she’s placed under Clint’s mercy again, only this time there is more than her body on the line. She feels something for him, and it’s this attraction and longing that drives the story. Can she move past the hurt in her past to seek out a new future? Can she possibly accept Clint’s brother into her bed to seal the deal and prove just how much she wants him?

Despite glimpses into Clint’s mind, I never felt that I really got to know him. His attraction to Brianne is there, as is his desire to protect her, but it’s never fully explored (aside from being stated it exists). Because of that the declarations of love weren’t so easily believed. However, the work is a novella and it’s often difficult to convey emotion in such a short span of time. Emotion aside, this is a story that sizzles and that is what engages a majority of the interest and maintains it throughout.

The writing is hot, the pace is fast, and once you start reading you’ll finish before you’re ready to. This is a story that someone who is short on time can enjoy, especially if they want a bit of emotion and a few twists and turns that tug on your heart along the way.

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