A Million Guilty Pleasures by C. L. Parker
Released: February 11, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Two million dollars secured Noah Crawford the most enticing woman he has ever known. Initiating Delaine Talbot into a sensuous world of pleasure took them both to the brink—again and again. But when Noah discovers why the beautiful innocent sold her body to the highest bidder, he’s faced with the hardest thing he ever had to do: Set her free.
Lanie can’t believe Noah would let her go. Doesn’t he know they share a bond deeper than sex—a
connection too powerful to sever? Not even a treacherous enemy out to destroy Noah or the dark secret haunting the multibillionaire can keep them apart. But first Lanie has to show him that he belongs to her, even if it means risking everything for a love that can never be bought or sold.
This is the second of a two book series. I hadn’t read the first and really don’t think it’s needed to get the jest of what is happening here; the author does a good job with the Prologue to bring you up to speed. I am disappointed that I have a good idea what their genitals look like but it is never described how the two main characters appear. I suppose that’s the one item I didn’t get from the second half of the series. Their story picks up with Noah releasing—or really walking away from here. Fortunately you grasp quickly Lanie is feisty and not willing to allow Noah to leave. Then the story somewhat wanes. It just seems to coast through like the next 70% of the book. I wasn’t excited, there’s not much strife or tension. It’s just predictable. Finally the last quarter of the book gains some momentum but by that point I was bored and just trying to finish. The first couple of chapters made me think there is some really blistering scenes I missed by not reading the first book but then after a lot of nothing I don’t know if it would be worth it.
I didn’t enjoy the multitude of nicknames given to their privates; I mean just pick a couple and stay with it. What did I enjoy? The sex. The scenes were decently written but dirty, a tad raunchy, and a bit kinky. Overall this wasn’t an awful read but not one I’d do again. Some of the verbiage is rather crass but then switches back to a more usual vernacular. I wanted to like this one more than I did. The raw idea has a lot of potential. This wouldn’t make it to the top of my reading list but would be something for a rainy afternoon if you’re all caught up on your other books.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.