by Shayla Black
Series: Wicked Lovers #2
Published by Tantor Audio on April 16, 2012
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic, Menage
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How can a virgin seeking happily ever after with a hot pop star who has a penchant for threesomes win her fantasy man? Kimber Edgington desperately needs a plan to convince Jesse McCall, who's been her friend and secret crush since they spent a summer together as teenagers, that they are meant for each other. But all the tabloid stories about his sexual escapades make her feel oh so inadequate.
Determined to prove she's woman enough for Jesse, Kimber turns to bodyguard Deke Trenton for sexual education. Bold and brash, Deke warns Kimber that playing with him is playing with fire. But he can't bear to imagine the innocent beauty in someone else's arms. So Deke and his super sexy cousin, Luc, take Kimber under their wings and dangerously close to the edge of ecstasy. Though she's saved herself for Jesse, Kimber soon learns he's not the man adept at stroking her aching, endless need. That's Deke, and he can't resist when Kimber begs for more--and more.
I don’t know where to begin, except to say that this whole post is NSFW and NSF the faint of heart when it comes to sex.
Decadent is book #2 in the Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black. I started and did not finish book #1, Wicked Ties–it just didn’t work for me with the BDSM elements. Decadent has very light BDSM and it’s not until later in the story, so I was fine with that.
So, if you’re familiar with the Wicked Lovers series, Decadent is the book that contains the following infamous phrase (warning: contains profanity):
View Spoiler »“What the hell are you doing?” Luc barked. […] “Fucking her ass. Saving her life.” « Hide Spoiler
I had heard about this magnificent quote in the past, but didn’t really know all the details of the story, so I figured–what the hey, I’ll read it. And…I almost didn’t finish. Let me explain.
First, a quick summary. The heroine is Kimber–yes, like the Jem and the Holograms character. (She was my favorite character from Jem, btw.) Kimber is a virgin and she’s got this ridiculous teenage dream crush on a pop star, Jesse, who she kind of dated when they were teenagers. Kimber is saving her virginity for Jesse, but he has a reputation for being into menage. So, Kimber enlists the help of bodyguard Deke (who used to work for her father) and Deke’s cousin, Luc, to school her in the ways of sex.
Okay, so here’s where the story gets a little crazy because this poor girl Kimber is one of those “technical virgin” people. She’s not even religious or anything, she just believes that butt sex isn’t real sex, so as long as she saves her vagina for Jesse, then she’s all good. *thumbs up*
Um…what? Yeah, I didn’t get it either.
Deke and Luc always share women because Deke cannot have sex with a woman unless Luc is there. Reminder: Luc is his cousin. But second cousin. Because, you know, first cousin would be weird. No really, there’s another reason why Deke can’t do it without Luc there but the reason, when it’s revealed, just seems really anti-climactic and out of left field.
There’s A LOT of sex in this book. Once these three get going, it’s pretty much all sex all the time. (But not the vagina, for it is sacred and being saved for Jesse.) They don’t even go to work or do much else, really.
I know it sounds like I’m making fun of this book, but I swear that I did like parts of it. The sex scenes are incredibly detailed, so if that’s your thing, then you’ll be happy. And to be honest, the book is so blatantly over the top in many ways, especially toward the end when the plot goes every which way. I just went with it, even though it’s all very crazy and I was shaking my head at these characters constantly.
The dynamic of the menage relationship is tested when Kimber and Deke start to fall in love and poor Luc is just left in the cold. I felt bad for him since his personality is a lot sweeter than Deke’s. Deke is a straight-up jerk for the majority of the story, although he does get better at the end. Kimber drove me INSANE. The technical virgin thing is bad enough, but she’s just super naive in other areas of life and ways of thinking. Not my favorite heroine, for sure.
I read the audio edition and that’s the primary reason why I almost didn’t finish. The narrator used an awful baby voice whenever Kimber was speaking–think Britney Spears, circa 1999. It’s that bad. It’s even worse during the sex scenes. I think the reading experience would have been way more bearable if I had read this in print rather than audio, so heads up about that.
Lastly, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m bashing the book itself. The storytelling is actually fine and the sex scenes are off-the-charts smoking. It’s the characters that I didn’t care for, Kimber and Deke in particular (but also some of the supporting characters). Despite all this, I’d still say that this book is entertaining and I enjoyed it in a guilty pleasure kind of way. So, 4-5 stars for the sex scenes but 1-2 stars for everything else.
There are quite a few more books in this series and they’re connected, even though they’re about different couples or triads. I will likely skip the ones that have heavy BDSM since that’s not my thing, but I wouldn’t mind reading the other books since I do like Shayla Black’s writing style in general.
Rating: 3 stars