Friday, April 15, 2011

2 for 1 - The Lothario Books

The Lust Boat
Author: Roz Lee
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing

When her fiancé called off the wedding and told her he’d had better sex with a blow up doll, Candace traded in her honeymoon cruise for a week on the Lothario, the most notorious ship to ever sail the high seas. Little does she know that Ryan, the sexy passenger who offered to be her escort as she samples all the ship has to offer, is really Ryan Callahan, the ship’s playboy owner.

Ryan Callahan is single, rich, and considered quite the catch. Two years ago he and his business partner launched the Lothario, a floating den of iniquity where passengers can indulge their every sexual fantasy, but since the ship docked following its maiden cruise, Ryan has been so scarce he’s earned the nickname, Monk, until sweet, naive Candace coaxes him out of his tower, heats his blood, and steals his heart. But will she still want him when she finds out who he really is?

The Lust Boat is the first in a series and the debut book by Roz Lee about the cruise ship Lothario, where all of your fantasies can come true. For a first book, the writing was a bit awkward for me, but I enjoyed Ryan and Candace's story anyway. For Ryan it is love at first sight, but it takes a while for him to convince Candace that it is more than lust at first sight. I'm not sure I believed the relationship went beyond lust at first, but by the end it worked for me. The love scenes were very steamy, but tastefully done. There is a hint of some intrigue that is thrown in toward the end of the book that, for me, come out of the blue. It makes me wonder if the author toyed with making it an erotic suspense at the last minute. I will say that it made me look forward to the next book to see where she was going with that story line.

Which brings me to the second in the series:

Show Me the Ropes
Author: Roz Lee
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing

He’s going to hell. Not that he’s any stranger to the place. For two years Richard Wolfe has lived in a self-imposed hell in order to prove his devotion to the woman he loves. When Dr. Fallon Enright asks for an early release from her contract with the Lothario, Richard knows his time has run out. Desperate to keep her on board, he stoops to an all-time low, even for him.

Fallon knew it wouldn’t be easy to walk away from the Lothario, and the man she loves, but she never dreamed Richard would stoop to blackmail to keep her on board. Worse, instead of leveling charges of sexual harassment, she’d agreed to his asinine plan. For the next week, she would submit to Richard, in all things. The possibilities sent a shiver down her spine.

I found that I liked this one better than the first. You can see some real improvement in the writing which is encouraging. Show Me the Ropes involves the other owner of the ship, Richard and his employee, Fallon. This relationship was a bit more believable since the main characters have known each other for a couple of years. I won't go too into the plot as I don't want to give away a major reveal. I'll just say that the loves scenes are a bit more intense as compared to the first, but still tastefully written. There is more of the intrigue here that was hinted at in The Lust Boat, but no complete resolution. Maybe in the next book?

If you are looking for some quick, enjoyable erotica with a plot, check these out. I think you will enjoy them.


* note: I read a complimentary copy of The Lust Boat and Show Me the Ropes supplied courtesy of the Red Sage Publishing. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. By receiving a complimentary copy, I am in no way obligated to write a good or bad review. I am an honest reviewer and my reviews are based on my own opinion and only written by me.*

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