Tessa “Rain” Donahue believed she was happy. Dancing in a burlesque show at the ‘Happy Valley Cabaret’ gave her a sense of power. Shots of tequila gave her courage. One-night-stands gave her variety. Her nights usually ended as the sun was rising. Her head held high as she walked away from a stranger’s warm bed, high heels in hand. Tessa thought she had all she ever wanted.
Reese Nichols, owner of the custom motorcycle shop ‘Deadly Seven’, was living his dream. He was his own boss, never having to answer to anyone. To him, money was no object. What he lacked, however, was something that money couldn’t buy. Reese woke up every morning knowing she was out there—his soul mate. One drunken night years ago Reese met Madame Miranda, the carnival fortune teller who instructed him on how to find the one who was meant for him. With his plan in place, Reese searched for the only one who could pass the test.
Tragedy kept Reese and Tessa from realizing their fate years ago. Destiny brought them back together for another chance. Would Reese recognize that she was something special? Would Tessa figure out that it was all a test? Through it all, would they both sin for love?
I heard the drums start to boom and I knew it was time for Ginger to start her solo. She was one of my favorites to watch, and I had learned so much from her since I’d started dancing. She had a Jane of the Jungle theme this month, complete with animal noises, a huge python, and a vine to swing from. It was really going well. I turned around to watch her, but what I found instead was someone watching me.
He was leaning up against the railing that overlooked the floor full of tables. While everyone else was staring at the stage he was staring at me. I let my eyes roam over him as he stood about fifteen feet away from me. He was wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket over a simple gray t-shirt, black jeans, and black boots. He must have been just over six feet tall and his shirt and jacket weren’t doing much to disguise what had to be an amazing body.
How is this shit even legal? I thought to myself. Shouldn’t he have to carry a badge or at least come with a warning that looking at him would lead to a bunch of conditions—increased heart rate, shallow breathing, panting like a dog, and instantly wet panties?
The drums for Ginger’s dance were pounding in my ears, and I swear they were speeding up to match my quickly increasing heart rate. When my gaze came back up to his face, I felt a sucker-punch to the chest that knocked the breath out of me. His eyes locked on to mine and it was like he was laying me open in front of him, like I couldn’t hide any part of myself from him. I had never felt so naked in my entire life even though I took off all of my clothes in front of a crowd four nights a week.
“Fuck me,” I sighed under my breath.
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
~~ 4 “Sinful” Stars ~~
I really don’t know how to write this review. I know I have said this in the past, but this book is one of those books that anything I want to say about this book would be a major spoiler for the story. So I apologize now if this review is on the short and vague side. I’ll start by saying that I truly enjoyed this book. It kept my interest all the way through and was interesting enough that I wanted to continue turning the page. What I really liked about this story was that it was totally different and unique from other books, with this theme, that I have read. I found that to be totally refreshing. For some reason, lately, I have been attracted to the stripper, exotic, or burlesque dancer stories. ( I really don’t’ know why ) This book was about a Burlesque dancer. What I found great was that, normally in these types of books the heroine is usually someone who is broken and has some serious issues which lead her to the life of stripping or dancing, well in this book, that is totally not the case. Both the characters in this story were strong and healthy characters. Now I am not saying that both of these characters didn’t suffer some sort of tragic event when they were younger, because they did. They just were able to function better after it. I felt the pace and flow of this book was great, but I will admit that I was a little confused towards the middle of the book, but that was all ironed out as the book went on. The reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because there was a part or aspect of this book that I’m normally not that comfortable reading about. I just think that there should’ve been a small disclaimer, so that people know it’s in this story. It was written very well so it didn’t make me too uncomfortable, it’s just one of those things I would’ve like to know ahead of time. It took me by surprise. I also felt that this book didn’t tap into all of my emotions like a 5 star book normally does, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this story.
As for the characters….we are introduced to quite a few, but the main characters are Reese and Tessa. Like I said before I really liked these two characters. Tessa was a burlesque dancer and proud of it. What I loved was that she made NO excuses for what she did for a living. She enjoyed her job and all that it entailed and wasn’t ashamed. I also loved that she came from a healthy family home. Yes like I said before their was a tragic event that happened when she was younger, that she harbored some guilt over, which in turn made her shut down her emotions and close her heart to love, but she was still a strong and functioning main character. She also closed her heart to love because she had been burned in the past when it came to other boyfriends. That was until she met Reese. I really liked Reese….he melted my heart and panties. I will say though that something he does in this book I wasn’t too happy with (No Cheating) but I was glad to see that it all ended up great in the end. Reese was also a very strong character, who had something tragic happen in his past that completely changed his life’s path, but it didn’t break him. He was a person that believed that everything happens for a reason. I loved that he loved Tessa for who she was and was willing to except everything about her. He was also able to prove to Tessa that fairytales can come true 😉
I know I didn’t really talk about the storyline much, but I really can’t. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a steamy love story that was unique in it’s own way.
Claudia currently resides next to the mountains but dreams of the beach. She is married to her hottie husband, her lost then found again high school love. She has a teenage daughter who gives her stomach aches from laughing so hard together.
Claudia has an almost super human ability to obsess over whatever strikes her fancy. She spends her time between adding to her ever growing tattoo collection, writing, and perfecting the Tequila-O with her always present 7 bottles of Jose.
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