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If you hadn't noticed, I've been on kind of a reading binge lately and I'm going to take advantage of the free time I have until this reading high wears off. This means I space out a lot more than usual and I will be writing a lot more book reviews - yay!
Today I'm going to be reviewing Spice by Seressia Glass which is book number 1 in the Sugar and Spice series.
Here's the blurb on the back of the book:
Temptation comes in many flavors……
Nadia Spiceland works in the business of temptation. The confections she crafts at the Sugar and Spice Bakery and Café lure in the locals. But one customer is interested in more than just her delectable sticky buns……
Kane Sullivan teaches human sexuality at the nearby college, where coeds are clamoring for seats in his lectures. Nadia is reluctant to his advances, yet she also has needs. Who better to fulfill them than the man who’s referred to as “Dr. Sex” by his female students?
Soon Kane creates a hunger in Nadia that nothing can satiate. It weakens her, and that’s something she cannot risk. Not again. But Kane’s masterful touch might just be powerful enough to melt her heart—and free her to trust again……
Now, I have a serious problem with erotic romances - not because I don't appreciate the sex factor (because I totally do). The problem is that I find more and more of the books in this genre to be kind of cheesy and superficial. Luckily for me, Spice was not one of them. For reasons listed below, Spice appealed to me and I was honestly glued to my kindle screen until I finished the book.
I loved Nadia's backstory. While I cannot give it all away (because that is part of the fun in reading this book), I can say that Nadia is suffering from a drug addiction she dealt with years ago and this attempt at a relationship with Kane is the first time she's been out on the prowl since the incident. With the help of her friends (who I should mentioned are all dealing with some type of addiction) so far, Nadia has been recovering well except this part of her life hovers over her new life every day. Being aware of her inner struggle made it an all the more interesting story by creating an entirely different story line (as a back drop to the main one) - as we slowly discover the depth of the travesty Nadia faced at the peak of her addiction.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the connection between Nadia and Kane and the development of this relationship. There are semi-heavy BDSM elements in the novel without the scary whip and chains that people like to shy away from. It was just enough to have me become aware of the trust issues/sacrifices that they were both making in order to open up for the other. It was kind of sweet - and entirely sexy.
Overall, a steady-paced plot, hot sexy times and hilarious relatable characters made me give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you're into Erotic Contemporary Romance with a dash of some BDSM woven through it, Spice is the book for you.
Basic info. about this book:
Name: Spice (Sugar & Spice #1)
Author: Seressia Glass
Review Source: Provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Publishing Company: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotic
Rating (out of 5): 4.0
Author online: goodreads
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