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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Whispers in the Dark by Sahara Kelly and S.L. Carpenter

Whispers in the Dark by Sahara Kelly and S.L. Carpenter
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/F Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sage

Old Louisiana and mansions - they go together like latte and beignets on the banks of the Mississippi. For Louis Beekman, his inheritance is a challenge and a delight, since Love Alley is a prime example of early architecture and he plans to restore it to its former glory. He didn't count on it already being occupied - by things he sooo doesn't believe in. No, sir. Not him.

Cory Lavalle has the "sight" and when Louis calls, she goes to Love Alley to help him understand the forces at work in his new home. Together they find adventure and mystery along with an explosive mutual attraction. Hand in hand, they step back into the past and learn secrets long hidden, enticed by the heat of Old Louisiana, where lovers were parted and the future is only a kiss away.

Is their newfound love strong enough to send lost spirits to their final rest? Will those playful specters stop moving Louis's toolbox around? What's with those twins? And above all, can desire finally silence the Whispers in the Dark...?

Can you go wrong with a ghost story set in the Louisiana bayou? Never!

"Whispers in the Dark" starts with the hero, Louis Beekman, on the plane to Louisiana. He had just inherited Love Alley, a mansion that served as a brothel two-hundred years ago. As Louis falls asleep on the plane, he's assaulted by erotic dreams of a dark haired woman. From that very first sex scene to the very last one, the pages melted from the scorching hotness of the words on them.

The heroine of this story is Cory Lavalle, a small town psychic with a skill that comes and goes and couldn't be controlled. She doesn't make much on her gift but when the voices speak, they have something to tell, and they tell her a lot at Love Alley.

Louis doesn't believe in ghosts but when his tools travel off on their own accord, the power goes in and out whenever it chooses to, and when a roll of toilet paper falls and rolls toward him when he needs it most, he decides that maybe there's something inside his house. He summons Cory to help him with his problem but he doesn’t expect her to be causing a strained problem in his pants.

Louis was a real man. Normally, when reading erotic romance, or romance in general, I'm forced to put up with overly macho or overly feminine men who don't seem realistic to me. I didn't have that problem with this book. He spoke like a man, thought like a man, even drank like a man. His fascination with sex and the sexy vixen twin spirits added comic relief to the story. Near the end when Cory asked him for a magnifying glass and his first thought was that maybe his junk became magically small actually made me laugh out loud. I love this guy! And I could totally see why Cory fell in love with him, too.

Cory was the perfect heroine for our sexy hero. She was one of those women who wasn't phased by Louis. She didn't take his nonsense. Their banter was realistic and made me smile throughout the whole book.

Besides Cory and Louis, there are some entertaining supporting characters as well. Honey was a serial wife who was obsessed with sex and her own perfectly implanted boobs. Upon laying her eyes on Louis she vowed to get into his bed and maybe even snag him as husband number 100 or whatever. Unfortunately for her, Louis wanted nothing to do with her. At first, she started out as a bit of an antagonist but upon the introduction to Maurice, she decided to lust after him instead and left our hero alone. Although I never warmed up to Honey, I still found some entertainment in her.

My favorite element of the book was the ghost story. A haunted brothel could only mean whispered voices about anal sex, Ouija boards talking about breasts, and of course there are those blonde twins Louis so wanted to play with.

All in all, it was a great book with great characters and a downright unforgettable hero. I hated to say goodbye to those characters at the end but I'm also motivated to check out other books by these two lovely authors.


Sahara Kelly said...

Wow!!! Thank you SO much, Sage - Scott and I have always loved this story and we had such a great time writing it together. It still remains one of our favorites and I'm so happy you liked it as well. Thank you also for taking the time to share your thoughts with your readers. It's an honor to be reviewed and I'm very grateful for your kind words!!!

Kimberly Rocha said...

What a great blurb!!! I love Sahara and Scott...