“Jeremy, when I first met you, you filled a void in my life—a physical need—in a fun and exciting way. But the more I spend time with you, especially like last night, where I can talk to you and get to know you, the more I realize you fill up the emptiness in my heart too.”
DINNER IS SERVED!
I usually don't like books where one or both MCs work in the sex industry. Call me a prude, but I like to keep them in my porn, not in my romances. (On second thought, please don't call me a prude!)
But I really, really liked the concept of the Dinner Club here. There were very strict rules to be followed and the boys were in charge, so nothing happened that wasn't 100% consensual. Nothing felt cheap or exploitative, but instead the whole setting was very classy and everyone was just supposed to have fun and a good time.
EM Lynley came up with a fascinating concept, and I wonder if places like this actually exist. If they do, then please let me know. For research purposes only, obviously.
The atmosphere during the actual dinner scenes was charged as hell, and you could cut the sexual chemistry between Remy and Brice with a knife from the very first time they laid eyes on each other. And later, when they decided to take their relationship outside of the club, that was when things went from "UNF!" to "Awww!". It was an interesting inversion of your typical relationship development.
I also liked the other boys at the club too, especially Kit. Can we have his and Sky Blue's story next, Ms. Lynley?
I think that I should also mention that I almost always HATE it when the MCs have on-page sex with other people who are not their love interest. Which happens here, but it was ok for me for two reasons: it happened before Remy and Brice became romantically involved with each other, and it was "just" a handjob and a blowjob, no penetration. Ok, ok, I admit it: that scene with Sky Blue was also sexy as fuck and smoking hot and so very, VERY depraved! So...
Remy's overreaction at one point bothered me a little, but the swoonworthy "An Officer and a Gentleman"-like ending totally made up for it.
I loved this book the first time I read it, and I still loved it during this reread.
Thanks to Julie & Nathan for the BR!
"I call you Sunshine because when you smile, the sun comes out."
I'm a monogamy slut. There, I said it.
I'm not a fan of (sexual) ménages, three-ways or open relationships in my books. It's too much out of my comfort zone.
I want it all in my romances: the emotional connection between two soulmates, the "I want you and only you for as long as I live", the riding-into-the-sunset-together.
But leave it to Heidi Cullinan and my love for her writing and her characters that she made me believe that this kind of thing is not only what Sam and Mitch wanted, but it's what they needed.
Sam needs someone who understands his humiliation kink, his desire to feel like a dirty slut and and at the same time makes him not feel ashamed about it. Whereas Mitch needs someone who not only understands his voyeurism kink and his dark and dirty desires, but who also doesn't judge him for it. So BOOM - match made in heaven.
I admit, I will NEVER EVER be comfortable with statements like
"You could fuck six men in a row and let me watch or not, and I wouldn't care. To be honest, it really turns me on."
But that's just me and if it works for them, then
One word about Randy. A lot of my friends hated him in this book, so I was prepared to dislike him too. But he turned out to be my favorite character. I found him funny as fuck and I always have a soft spot for snarky and cynical characters. And it was him who turned out to be the catalyst that made Sam and Mitch recognize how much they needed each other and brought them together in the end.
The only thing I didn't like was
the proposal. It really was a "WTF? Seriously?" moment for me. Sam and Mitch have only been on a 10 day road trip together, and after that they haven't seen each other for months. That proposal came way too early and it was a little too much.
So I definitely enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read Randy's story next.
Thanks to Julie for the BR.
"I told you," he said, voice rough but not unkind. "I know what you want, and I give it to you."
This is a book of EXTREMES!
...and I mean EXTREMELY kinky!
But it was also extremely (and surprisingly) romantic...
...with an extremely good hurt/comfort theme.
It has an extremely beautiful cover, which is probably my favorite cover ever, next to the cover for "Dance with Me" from the same author...
It was extremely well-written, as expected from Heidi Cullinan by now...
...and with and extremely glorious HEA.
Thanks to Julie for the BR!