by Marie Force
Published by HTJB on September 26, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
Format: ARC, Ebook
Source: The Author
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He’s good for one thing and one thing only—and she wants it bad.
Honey Carmichael has never had a decent orgasm, and she’s out to change that with the one man in town known for his superior skill between the sheets.
Blake Dempsey is happy to help Honey with her “problem” as long as she knows he’s only interested in sex. His heart was broken when his high school girlfriend was killed in the car he was driving, and he has nothing to offer other than more orgasms than Honey can handle.
Which is just fine with her—until fantastic orgasms aren’t enough anymore for either of them and unexpected feelings turn hot sex into messy entanglement—and that most definitely wasn’t in the plans.
But you know what they say about plans…
A sexy, dirty stand-alone romance intended for MATURE audiences. If you can’t take the heat in Blake’s bedroom, stay out or you might get burned. You’ve been warned!
S*x Machine really surprised me because I had a certain expectation of what the story would be like when I started it. After all, the title is S*x Machine. My preconceived notions were blown away by the surprising depth of emotion in this book. Yes, the book is super hot–but it’s also deeply poignant and moving.
Photographer Evelyn “Honey” Carmichael has had a good run of bad luck with boyfriends. She has dated many guys in the small West Texas town of Marfa, but s*x has always been routine at best. While she’s able to have orgasms, she has never been able to have one with a partner.
When Honey’s best friend Lauren points her in the direction of local contractor Blake Dempsey, Honey is resistant. Honey and Blake have known each other since they were kids, but they’ve only ever been friends.
Blake suffered a tremendous loss when his high school girlfriend, Jordan, was killed in a car crash while Blake was driving. Even though it was an accident, Blake has an enormous amount of survivor’s guilt as a result. Twelve years have passed, but he is still grieving Jordan’s death.
Honey has had a pretty rough life, too. Abandoned as a baby, the only family she has ever known is the woman she called Gran, who adopted her and loved her immensely. But now Gran is gone. Even though Honey has friends, she still feels alone.
So when Honey decides to take a huge risk and proposition Blake at the bar one night, she’s terrified but determined. Blake is taken aback but accepts Honey’s proposition–on the condition that Honey understands he’s only good for one night. This has to be a one-time thing. Blake does not do relationships.
Honey is well aware of this. She’s also aware of Blake’s reputation in bed for being a s*x machine–amazing at what he does, but don’t expect any emotion or commitment to come from it.
The chemistry between Honey and Blake is almost overwhelming for both of them. Pretty soon, one night has turned into two nights, then into something more. Honey knows that Blake refuses to fall in love, but despite her best intentions, Honey starts to feel something deeper for him than what he can give her physically. But can Blake learn to let go of his guilt and open his heart?
This book put me through the emotional wringer. I was not prepared for the angst of Blake’s sorrow over losing Jordan. I also didn’t expect the level of sadness and longing coming from Honey over no longer having anyone to call family. Both Honey and Blake have suffered huge losses–different, but somehow the same, too. They’ve both been lonely for so long and when they come together, it’s as if they understand each other in a way that no one else can.
I started reading S*x Machine thinking it would be a fun story, which it definitely is. However, it’s also an intensely emotional and moving story about dealing with loss, learning how to let go, and letting yourself live again.
This was my first time reading anything by Marie Force and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future. I’m hoping that there will be a follow-up to this book since I enjoyed the supporting characters so much.
I highly recommend S*x Machine if you’re looking for a book that somehow manages to be both hot and sweet. It also just might surprise and move you.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
Rating: 5 stars