Genre: Contemporary Romantic Erotica (novella)
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Aug. 2011
Source: purchase, Kindle $2.25
(paperback available for $9.99)
Sexy Rating: 5++
Description from amazon.com:
Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.
Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.
To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?
I’m blushing! But I’m also smiling and if Makenna wants to toss Caden out I will gladly take him, tats, piercings, scars and all.
This is one hot and steamy read. It is the best erotic romance I have ever read but that’s not saying much since I’ve read about three altogether. But what I have read prior to this has been more in the “slam, bam, thank you m’am” style of erotica, which is totally unsatisfying to me. The character development here is really good. The sexual tension is well done and totally believable and we actually like these two people. The sex is pretty straight forward and not kinky, so no BDSM or anything like that. If you are new or fairly new to this genre I highly recommend this novella, even if you are well versed in this genre, this is highly recommended. Laura Kaye is a terrific writer and I look forward to reading more from her.
For those who like their steamy scenes fading to black or behind closed doors, this one is not for you.