by Alice Gaines
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Publication Date: February 19, 2018
I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My rating:
Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.
When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!
Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.
The blurb for this book sounded deliciously sexy, but unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me.
Nate recognizes the quiet woman at the coffee shop as the sex columnist, but it isn’t until he eavesdrops on her conversation with a friend about needing a date for a week at a sex resort that he decides it’s time to make his move. So, he’s surprised when he gets “sexy” Désirée instead of coffee shop Rae, and rather than telling her he likes her, he instead decides to play along with the “sexy” act and see if he get her to admit it’s all an act.
“With her hair curling around her face instead of tied up in a scrunchy, Rae did appear a lot more glamorous. Even under the worst conditions, she wasn’t bad looking. With Carla’s help, she could be downright pretty. But the problem was all of this was fake.”
Rae isn’t comfortable as either her everyday self or her “sexy” counterpart Désirée. She’s obsessed with being this caricature of “sexiness,” which as far as I can tell, involved having perfectly done makeup and revealing clothes she was uncomfortable in – basically an external version of a stereotypical male fantasy. Normally I’d be all in for an initially unlikeable insecure woman who learns to love herself, but goodness, Rae was just over the top obnoxious and awful to Nate, and seemed to have no clue as to how unfair she was being to him. The sex scenes were hot, but I had a hard time reconciling how they acted with each other outside of the bedroom. Also, for a sex resort, it was all very vanilla, even The Barn, which was a letdown after all the hype.
Honestly, after struggling to get around 60% in, I skimmed the rest, mostly just to see if Nate would get finally get fed up with Rae. Unfortunately, this was just not the book for me.