Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday. Each week our Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they think you need to read ASAP. This week Angela recommends:
Beautiful Distraction by Jess Michaels
For readers familiar with the Pleasure Wars series by Jess Michaels this couple will be quite familiar. Mal and Olivia were first introduced in book three, Pleasure and the Earl and played a supporting role to the lead couple. I was intrigued by their love story and to be completely honest was more interested in them than I was in the main romance. When I found out they were getting their own novella I was very pleased.
Beautiful Distraction is a short novella, only about 120 pages and is so very, very sexy. Ms. Michaels is known for her historical erotica and she pulls no punches with Mal and Olivia. They don’t have a lot of page time, but what they do have is taken up with sensual love scenes and plenty of angst and emotion.
Novellas are tricky, even though they are so short I still expect an introduction to the characters, realistic build up to the romance and a believable happily ever after. Having already been introduced to these characters this story worked for me. I do wonder how readers who haven’t read the previous installment will feel. Some might be lost or feel like this was too rushed.
Regardless, I think this was a wonderful way to end this series and am very glad that the characters I previously found so intriguing were given the chance to have their moment in the spotlight.
“But do you do anything for yourself, Olivia?” he pressed, tilting his head to explore her pretty face closer. “Or are you so wrapped up in her welfare that you forget your own, forget what you want and need?”