Nauti Siren by Lora Leigh
I was a long time fan of the Leigh’s Nauti Boys series. It was one of the first erotic series I picked up when I delved into the genre. I read the first three books in the series and was a bit mesmerized. And at the same time couldn’t believe some of the scenes I read. At times they almost felt like a guilty pleasure – a very dirty, erotic, guilty pleasure. And they were fun – filled with alpha male heroes that were so demanding of their heroines. But about 25 pages into Nauti Siren, and I couldn’t connect. At first I was excited this novella features Dawg’s sister, as he’s my favorite Nauti Boy, but even that wasn’t doing it for me. I’ll admit I stopped reading Nauti Siren and skipped ahead to Jaci Burton’s story and never found myself interested in returning to Leigh’s story. Rating: DNF
So I ask you this. Have you ever felt like you “matured” out of a series? I don’t mean to sound egotistical about it, but I think sometimes for us readers that happens. As we read more and more and across various genres, do we graduate out or mature out of a certain series? Tell me I’m not alone?
Riding to Sunset by Jaci Burton
The Wild Riders are a badass group of undercover agents who ride motorcycles. They’re hot and sexy and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series from the beginning. The General’s sister is missing, and he’s worried about his niece Elena, so he sends agent Jed in to check on her and look after her. Elena owns an Art Gallery (and lives upstairs) and Jed just so happens to be able to set himself up in a place across the street from the gallery. Jed finds himself attracted to Elena upon meeting her and their easy dialogue between the two of them coupled with Jed’s good looks, has Elena interested. Jed is “undercover” so he’s not on the up and up with telling Elena who he works for or why he is there. And Jed is supposed to keep his hands to himself. So in the beginning I was a little annoyed with Jed acting on his desires while basically lying to Elena about who he is. That never sits well with me.
Eventually through the suspense plot of someone targeting Elena, Jed has to be honest with Elena and protect Elena from what’s going on. But like all the Wild Riders books, while the suspense plot is very strong and well done, for me it’s always the strong heroes and heroines Burton writes that keeps my attention. And thankfully in Riding to Sunset I really liked both Jed and Elena after I got past the initial part of Jed lying to Elena. Rating: B
“I’m going to fuck you tonight, Elena. Hard and fast, then easy and slow. I’m going to make you come so many times you’re going to beg for mercy.”