Happy Tuesday lovely readers, something a little naughty for a lazy evening in which I hope you really enjoy. Since last year when I took part in the ‘Sex Me Up Readathon I have received a number of requests for me to review more saucy natured novels. I have never really been into more erotic style books however I decided that I was missing out on this genre and missing on a potential reader base for mylittlebookblog. Since taking part in the readathon I haven’t really touched on the genre however after receiving a request to review a book from Anna Ellis I decided to give it a go. I read this about a week ago and wasn’t quite sure how to review it, but I’m going to give it a go and hopefully intrigue you lovely readers of mylittlebookblog into reading more; enjoy!
When happily married couple Jacey and Dominic move into their new neighbourhood, they’re surprised at how friendly everyone is. Jacey is quickly won over by the wives on the street, and intrigued by Joe, the resident handyman. When the neighbours invite Jacey and Dominic to one of their Saturday night parties, they learn just how very close-knit the group on Honeysuckle Court is. Do Jacey and Dominic really need extra excitement in their marriage? And Jacey can’t help but wonder – will Joe be there?
So it seems a little clichéd, however there was something rather naughty but interesting about this book. The story follows Jacey and Dominic who are a mischievous couple in their own right. With two children and having just moved from the bustling city they are finding very little time to ‘get it on’ so to speak. Quick sparks of passion created through coded sentences mean that the two are all too frequently reminded how their life used to be before the appearance of two tiny bundles of tiring joy. Upon the beginning of their new life in the suburbs, the two find themselves becoming the fascination of the neighbourhood clique. Intrigued by the interest of their new highly attractive neighbours the two find that the intrigue isn’t only a friendly one but a lusty one also. However Jacey has a secret; she finds herself weakening in the presence of the ever-helpful handyman to the neighbourhood Joe. Will he be at the gathering or will she find herself in the hands of another man from the neighbourhood?
Okay, so for starters, don’t get the wrong idea about this book. When I started getting into it I was worried it was going to become cheap and a little over the top but it’s handled incredibly well. It has a desperate housewives feel about it, the idea that you never know what could be happening behind the perfectly painted front doors and manicured front lawns of your friendly neighbourhood residents. Each perfectly happy with their own lives but secretly wanting something more. In terms of characterisation, despite it being a relatively short book, the characters are well built up and have a lot of characteristics to them. Jacey is considerate and thoughtful but harbours a mischievous and bold sexual desire. Dominic is a doting father and all round sweet and dependable male but given the chance he’s just as intrigued. The best way to explain it is that it is written incredibly well in a palatable way that doesn’t make it seem either sleazy or unbelievable.
I also liked the introduction of the relationship that began to grown between Jacey and Joe because her relationship with Dominic is so strong and honest that it was interesting to follow her feelings of being intrigued by the dishy male (and he sounds pretty hot.) It’s something I’m sure will be discussed in the books to come and I’m interested to see how it will play out. I also found it interesting how Jacey during the Saturday night ‘party’ (cough, cough, nudge, nudge, wink, wink,) is suddenly struck with such strong feelings of jealously when she sees her supposedly darling husband finding himself in the arms of another woman. It added a hypocritical aspect to Jacey’s supposed crush which helps to add more of an interweaving sub-plot to the short novel.
The only negatives I can really comment on are firstly the title of the book, it’s just not particularly exciting or intriguing and I like the stylised front covers and the way they change throughout the series but the titles don’t make me want to read them. The only second thing which I am sure will be discussed is more into the description of the ladies of the neighbourhood clique; I think they could have been described and given strong personality types but it’s a short book so maybe I’m expecting a little too much too early on. Overall I actually really enjoyed this; a little naughty and lusty but a perfect quick read for someone just starting or intrigued by erotically natured books.