This review is for a four-book compilation called Seduced: Den of Sin, written by four different authors but all taking place at the same location with people from the hotel intermingled throughout the stories.
It takes the reader into a world of fantasies at the Beaudelaire Hotel in New Orleans, where on New Year’s weekend, the hotel orchestrates fantasies to become realities no matter what they are. Be it “no-holds barred” sex, threesomes, BDSM or “fill-in-the-blank”. Seraphina Gibson is the person in charge of orchestrating this weekend of sin and fun.
Reading these four novellas was fascinating and intriguing. It was as if you cut away the side of the hotel to view each level of “sin” created. I truly got lost as each story progressed. It didn’t matter if the lead people in the stories are African American or white or Asian or whatever, they are incredibly written people, each with their own reasons and wants for attending the New Year’s weekend of sin.
Story One is Forbidden Rendezvous by Mel Blue. Seraphina is the lead player throughout this story. She’s in love with Luke Moreland and wants to take part in a tryst that might ultimately cost her her job for fraternizing with a guest to fulfill her own personal fantasy. The chemistry between her and Luke is smoldering and fun to read. She knows she’s doing something against the rules but she doesn’t care and I love that. The lady has the guts to go after the man of her dreams, with her eyes wide open.
Story Two is Ménage à Troys by Holley Trent. Eve and Brent Troy are married in name only. She’s a surgeon and he’s a mechanic who was once on the fast track for the NFL. They’re taking the time this specific weekend to finally become a “real” married couple and FINALLY have sex. The twist for them is that her best friend and fellow doctor, Remy Kelly, is also there, registered for the same room, with the sole intent of having Eve for himself since he knows Eve and Brent’s marriage is a sham. The other twist that gets thrown in this is that Brent remembers Remy from college and has feelings for Remy that he has buried and “forgotten” about until this weekend. The clock is ticking on whether or not Remy, Trent and Eve can actually find a way to form some sort of relationship that will include the three of them or if the three of them are all wrong for each other.
Story Three is Wicked Surrender by Ambrielle Kirk. Kris Delacourt’s best friend is her vibrator and she is done with it. She’s also done with cheating scumbags, so her “man” is a plastic replacement. During the weekend, she runs in to a man from her past that she has always loved. Travis Brenden is a man who kowtows to no one but falls for Kris so hard that his controlling personality wavers.
The final story is Redeeming the Amazon by L.V. Lewis. This is a story about two people who aren’t “perfect;” they have scars, real and emotional. Karen Freeman is a former supermodel who chose breast removal and no reconstruction surgery after cancer, yet did not choose for her husband to dump her for not being vain and selfish and doing what he wanted. Paul Beaudelaire is the “perfect” alpha who did not return from overseas “perfect;” his world became one of re-learning how to walk again after receiving a new prosthetic leg. The twist for this story? Both Karen and Paul knew each other before New Orleans when they were both going for their PhD and he loved her and had to watch her married life spiral down with her hideous husband. He’s the person she needs to begin her life again and break out of the shell she has created by what has happened in her past.
All four books are beautifully woven together. I love how, with each story, you walk in to another room and another world. You begin to care about each love story as each page gets turned. I truly enjoyed taking a peek into the Den of Sin weekend at the Beaudelaire Hotel.
Wonder if there are still vacancies this coming New Year’s Eve?
-Reviewed by Khriste