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Friday, October 1, 2010

Key West by Demi Alex

Key West by Demi Alex
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

What a time for a revelation!

The moment Prince Charming proposes, Addison London realizes that she is about to say “yes” to a lifetime of love, stability—and constancy—having never really lived her life to the fullest, and runs.

As a straight-laced good girl grown into a responsible, respectable woman, Addison is always prim and proper, and…well, boring. She always does the right thing, plays it safe, makes the right decisions, and suppresses her own longings to meet the expectations of others.

But she will have no regrets.

Before committing to a life wrapped in a white picket fence, she will have a little excitement and adventure, she will throw caution to the wind, and she will live out her most secret sexual fantasies—if only for a weekend.

Desperate to break free, she travels to Key West and surrounds herself with willing, gorgeous men. All she has to do is pick one. But with only one weekend in the tropical paradise, and one chance for a hedonistic experience meant to last a lifetime, she discovers that “one” is not enough.

After all, what happens in Key West stays in Key West, right?

If a reader is looking for a well written, explosive and imaginative ménage then travel no farther than Key West.

I’ll be honest. I usually need a bit more plot substance to my stories but this book was the perfect cure for me. I was reading a particularly gruesome romantic suspense and I really needed some balance so I started reading Key West in the middle of it. The experience was like having cotton candy, Hot Tamales and my pick of the Chippendales all rolled into one scorching and very fun sexual adventure. It made me feel happy, relaxed, excited and it turned out to be an awesome little book with a few clever twists and surprises that really rang my chimes.

Addison is a woman who practically gives herself her own bachelorette party if she but knew it. It’s not what she sets out to do but it sure came across that way to me. I think she was actually pretty courageous and wise to realize that she needed to take the action she did before regret got stuck in her psyche with “what-ifs” to haunt her later in life. It’s a great catharsis for her and a lot more fun than those epiphanies usually are. The thing that cracked me up was her one-liners that gave voice to what a lot of readers complain about with heroines. The author was incredibly clever in using them as comedic foils in Addison’s internal dialogue. I chuckled every time I came across one. Ms. Alex obviously has been taking the pulse of romance readers and used them in a unique way with her heroine. I adored Addison for it.

When she starts meeting the guys, I was remarking on her incredible luck for finding really hot, decent and really talented men to help her with her goals. Each one would have had me melting in a puddle at their feet. I actually could relate to Addison’s initial reticence, her shyness and bit of confusion, but then her eventual opening up like an exotic flower to bloom and experience the fullness that life has to offer was a wonderful reading experience. I enjoyed myself immensely as the story unfolded.

West and Miami completely had me hooked. The descriptions of their actions and the words they say gave me delighted shivers. I cracked up at “Captain Sex” but my giggles quickly turned to ‘ooohs’ because what happened next was pure heat and my libido popped up and took notice. Ms. Alex has a real talent for writing these scenes and they should satisfy any reader of erotic romance. I know I was.

The twist is what made this book romantic. It gave meaning and substance to the reason Addison was in Key West in the first place. I never saw it coming and it made this book a solidly enjoyable read. As a rule I don’t mention covers but I have to say that this book’s cover truly embodies the ‘wow’ factor that I found in this story. I can’t mention who I think is who because it’s all a matter of opinion but I certainly know who I want each man to be and I find them drool-worthy and it helped visualize the action. Which means, of course, I needed the A/C on high.

If a reader is in the doldrums or having a bad day and needs a pick-me-up, Key West is the answer. I’m so very glad I read this book and absolutely recommend it to readers of erotic romance who enjoy stories about a woman discovering her inner sensual explorer. Key West is a fun, lava hot and a very well done tale with a happily ever after that satisfies.


Mary Ricksen said...

Demi is a fantastic author and this book rocked! If you every want to find out what south Florida is like, this is a must read. And it's hot, hot, hot! Good one Demi!!!

Lyn Armstrong said...

Oh I LOVE this book. Ms. Alex really knows how to write hot and steamy scenes.
One woman and loads of could you go wrong? LOL.

Lyn Armstrong

Allison Chase said...

Great write-up! I haven't read this one yet but it sounds like lots of fun. And where better than Key West? Going on my TBR pile!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

I love stories set in Key West. Sounds like fun!

Demi Alex said...

First, I'm so glad WC enjoyed reading Key West almost as much as I did writing it. It was a catharsis of sorts--fosho lol. I mean, how can we really justify going against every little (and big) thing we've been taught?
The truth is that once we let go, possibilities come our way.

Mary, yup,, hot.

Lyn, my happiest moment was when you said you so wanted to be her. LOL Who wouldn't?

Allison, wait till the weather cools so you can save on energy costs. Hahaha

Nancy, you're so right. Key West is a perfect setting for any genre. Romance, Mystery, Horror...yes ma'am, Key West is our character-setting.

Wishing you all a great weekend.

Thanks, Whipped Cream. You rock!