Title: Christmas Eve
Author: Lady O
Genre: Erotic Romance Pages: 180
Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Hotness Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Blurb: Eve, a young plus size American living in Paris, falls under the spell of a fellow lawyer on her way to Miami and discovers how hot a tropical Christmas Eve can get.
This is the story of a BBW lawyer finding her man. After successfully closing a case, she heads to Miami. Lucky for her, the handsome stranger she spotted in Paris is seated right next to her on the plane. When they touch down, things get hot and heavy pretty fast. I have to say that I wanted to like this. Eve doesn't seem stupid, she's good at her job, and its a high stakes one. Strong female leads always make me happy. But there is so much else going on here that I just was never able to get into the story.
She had always loved bald men. It had started when, as a child, she had fallen in love with Yull Bryner in The "King and I. " Her fascination for hairless heads never vanished.
But before I get into that, I have to say that there were several moments in this book that were absolutely hilarious. I can't tell if that was Lady O's intention or not, but I was cracking up. Of course, I have a special love for Yull Bryner, so it might just be tickeling a very specific funny bone.
“Well we just have to find a way,” answered a deep rich mature male voice. “Annabella wants to open a few stores in France next year: she may have found a place in Paris and one in Saint Tropez. Both stores are to open in the spring and she needs to be able to use her name on her collections. It is no coincidence that this guy filed for the ‘Annabella G’ trademark after he returned from a Miami trip. He plans to get a free ride on our client’s name. To win this case we have to find a way to convince the French judge that French consumers already know this brand[, that they have heard of Annabella, not only the woman but [...]
That is a pretty large part of why I couldn't love this book. The first half or two thirds of Christmas Eve is mostly Eve and the other characters talking about lawyer things. I know she's a lawyer and everything, but it is mostly unrelated to the plot. I don't care about the nitty gritty behind international trademarks. This is an erotic romance. I care about the romance and the sex.
Unfortunately,that's not all. There are frequent typos, the dialogue is unbelievable, and everyone speaks in giant blocks of paragraphs. It often feels rambling, disjointed, and pretty confusing to read. We also get too much of an education in Florida landmarks along the way.
He was still supporting her as she came again listening to his breathing get more labored as he reached his final release. They were catching their breath in that position oblivious to the rest of the word when there was a discreet knock on the door. "Room service. I’ll leave the cart by the door." They both giggled softly. "You think he’s been standing by the door waiting for us to finish?"
Then there is the sex. There is almost none of it, and when it does happen, it's lackluster. The quote above is basically an entire sex act. It was over so quickly that I was shocked. Sure, it's one in a series of sexual moments the main characters share when they finally get together, but they are all as brief as this one.
Besides the brevity, the sex scenes have no sizzle. That might be in part because it was hard to feel the romance in this erotic romance. Why does Eve like Guillaume so much? What is the chemistry between them? I'm not sure and I never felt it. So by the end I was anxious for the sex because I was bored, not because I desperately wanted them to get together.
Overall, I think Christmas Eve might have had some promise, but several things worked to bring it down.
- Plot : ★☆☆☆☆
- Characters: ★☆☆☆☆
- Warnings: Balcony sex? Maybe you don't want to disturb your neighbors.
- Strong Female Lead
- Too much lawyer talk
- Not enough sex or at least steaminess
- Not enough romance
Why You Should Buy It
If you have been looking for an erotic romance that's pretty chaste and will teach you all you need to know about being a lawyer.
About the Author:
Lady O writes romance with a touch of spice. Because it's borderline erotica, very few of her friends know about it. She's a native New Yorker and proof that you can take the woman out of the city but never the city out of the woman. She's been engaged not to be married to a French man for thirty years. Her two kids do not read what she writes but wish for a best seller so she can treat him to a new saxophone and her to a custom made Hermes saddle.
Links: Visit Lady O at her Website: www.ladyopublishing.com
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