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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Evan's Heaven by Nikki Bennett

Evan's Heaven by Nikki Bennett
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (120 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Actor MacAlester Kerr wanders into a whole new world of pampering and pleasure when his director sends him to Evan's Heaven for a pedicure. When Mac meets the spa's owner, Evan York, he finds himself head over heels and up to his eyebrows as Evan spoils him like no one ever has before.

Whether it's a paraffin manicure, an herbal body wrap, or even a sugar waxing, Evan makes every treatment special with his own brand of kinky accompaniment. But when Mac wants to take things farther than Evan ever expected, will it lead to trouble in paradise?

Two men with creative sex drives have new uses for spa treatments. Mac wanders into Evan’s spa for a pedicure and finds a kindred spirit. Their instant attraction soon takes place over a series of weeks with Evan introducing new and different treatments. Mac soon comes to appreciate Evan’s mind, body, and spa. When Mac goes out of town for his job, he reminisces about their time together during some very memorable spa treatments.

Evan’s Heaven is an erotic novella. There is not much to the story other than several sex scenes strung together, all around the spa theme. This premise makes for a cute and fun story with everything from pedicures to seaweed wraps becoming an excuse for hot and steamy sex. The story is told from Mac’s third person point of view so he sees Evan as perfect and wonderful. Their relationship mostly builds off page although their love and commitment is clear in the sex scenes shown. Their final happy ending makes sense and works with the characters even if the buildup is not shown.

While the sex scenes are fun and imaginative, they start to run long since the entire novella is sex. The premise is seriously cute but Mac relates everything to sex. He thinks in terms of nothing but sex so as soon as the explanation of the treatment is done, the men move on to sex, sex, and more sex. It sometimes feels like the story is reaching and trying to be creative with endless terms for Evan’s brown eyes and his god-like physique. This gets slightly boring and frustrating since the characters aren’t developed at all, they’re just always having sex, which gets increasingly kinky.

For a quick, hot novella, Evan’s Heaven is fun, entertaining, and mostly works. As noted, it’s very sex-heavy with implied romance, so those looking for almost pure erotica will love this. While I found the constant sex wearing after a while, I can see why those who want nothing but sex will enjoy the cute premise. If you’re looking for a fun, sweet story with lots of hot sex, check this one out.

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