The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros

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Hellllllo readers I have a very racy review for you today which may be my favourite erotic novel that I’ve read, ever *ooooo.* I know this may be a big claim but it mixed sex, crime, love, taboo and a wonderful writing style which made me devour this in under a week. It surpassed my interest for Murakami and was the only book I read all week, which hasn’t happened in well over six months. If you like or are interested in erotic novels but want one that really tells a tale this is for you. Hands down.

Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it’s every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death.

Drawn by a need he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a highly secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he’s worked so hard to build.

Meredith’s body can’t get enough of Julian. Though he won’t let her into his mind, there’s always room in his bed, and Julian has opened her sexual horizons to tantalizing new possibilities. But out of bed she’s an aspiring journalist, and The Raven Room is the story she’s been looking for. By writing an exposé on the club and its elite clientele, she plans to launch her career.

As Meredith embarks on a sexual journey into the carnal and forbidden world that Julian inhabits, the police link The Raven Room to the suspicious death of a young woman. Questions about Julian―and another member with secrets and dark appetites to match his own―bring Meredith to a crossroad. How much does she truly trust the man who has laid bare her erotic nature and how much will she sacrifice in order to protect him?

Quite an extensive blurb so I’ll keep the re-telling to a minimum and throw us right in. This is the erotic book I have been waiting for I tell you not. Every time I read a book of this genre I want more; more romance, more adoration, more push and pull, more adversity. Here I was a little overwhelmed; there was character build up, red-herrings, crime and a whole lotta sex. This author does not hold back and I for one loved it. The book as the blurb states follows Julian who has a penchant for a certain sex club, named, The Raven Room. Julian is a hot mess; strong, sexy with a bite, some emotional trauma and a back-story that will break hearts he is both ravishing and adorable. Ergh *lusts.* Meredith was an interesting character, strong willed and feisty she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to say it, I thought she was a wonderful match for Julian and I like that her morals changed as she learnt more about him and his reasons for going to such a club.

The writing is heady, often blunt and terribly carnal. If you’re looking for a little heat this one packs a punch. I was looking for a number of direct quotes but I think it may be a little too much to post on mylittlebookblog (I mean, my mother reads the blog.) Let’s just say the author doesn’t hold back, but it’s not tacky or grotesque, just a writer knowing just how to sock it to the reader and turn their cheeks a little pink. I thought the characterisation of Julian and the reasoning for his sexual desires was well documented and maturely managed. Not mentioned in the blurb, at one point Julian meets Alana, (not a spoiler) and I thought the juxtaposition between his relationship with Meredith and his burgeoning feelings for Alana were mixed in wonderfully. I thought the addition of the crime in the death of the young girl and the plot that follows this helped to string the reader in even more with the addition of the red herring and the big twist that is added right at the end. This honestly made me want to immediately get hold of the second addition because I need to know more. Right now.

Technically the pace is solid, it moves quickly but with enough to keep the book bludgeoning forward propelling the reader further into the book. Spelling and grammar is spot on, and with the skill of the writing I wouldn’t have noticed if it hadn’t been, it’s just that good. The author mixes a number of interwoven plot-lines but manages to keep them streamlined so they mesh but don’t become sticky. If that makes sense? Sorry I can feel the book hangover coming.

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I think that’s the biggest compliment I could give because I just cannot wait to find out more. This book is so much more than an erotic fiction. It’s thoughtful and well-constructed. It mixes erotica, romance, and crime with a well-spun mystery story and I can honestly say I’ve read nothing like it. I think this book is a credit to the author and I hands up will be pushing you to read this because it’s brilliant. Fifty Shades has nothing on this; ten, twenty, thirty, forty times better and good golly will I be reading the next installment.

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