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Friday, July 30, 2010

Loving Eve by Helen Hardt

Loving Eve by Helen Hardt
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Multiple partners, anal play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Belly dancer Eve Costello has a problem. She’s in love with both her roommates. Satisfied to simply worship them from afar, she’s unprepared when they drop a bomb. Jon and Brian are in love with her, too, and they want her to choose between them. Their solution? She spends one evening with each of them, allowing them to woo her before she makes her decision. Will she be able to choose one over the other? Or will she be condemned to choosing neither, leaving all three of them miserable?

Two men have confessed their love for you. Now you have to choose? How the heck do you choose when you’ve never spent any quality time alone with them? Take a man test drive. And, boy, oh boy, is it a hot ride.

I know when I open a Helen Hardt book, I’m in for a treat. This story is no exception. Loving Eve is indeed hot. I had to check my screen for melted spots. I felt like I was right there with Eve, suffering her anxiety and overwhelming passion as she was wooed by the men in her life. Although there were times when I thought the men acted a bit petty and grating, I understood why. There is a lot to figure out in this story, so make sure you have time and the one you love close. Once this story closes, you’ll want to do some serious snuggling.

Eve is an interesting heroine. She’s torn between Jon and Brian. Most any reader can identify. One man could be the man of her dreams, but what if she chooses the wrong one? The confusion and the stress are palpable. There were times when her flip-flopping got a bit old, but I could relate.

Jon and Brian are interesting in that they aren’t at all what I expected as the story went on, and I liked the polarity. What I didn’t like was their need almost to one-up each other. Men are petty and men like challenge, so I understood, but there was more than once when I wanted to tell them to get over themselves. But still, it’s a good thing that I was irritated with them, because that meant I was emotionally involved in the story. For me, that’s a huge plus.

If you want a story that’s got a little bit of everything and smoking-hot belly dancing in it, then you need to read Loving Eve. I give it 4 cherries.

1 comment:

Helen Hardt said...

Tiger Lily, thank you! It's always a treat for an author when a reviewer takes the time to really understand the characters in a story. Characters aren't perfect, and Eve, Jon and Brian are no exception, but you "got" them :). I'm so glad you enjoyed Loving Eve!