Title: The List
Author: Tawna Fenske
Series: The List #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 30th Jan
As the millionaire owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel isn’t normally hands-on with mundane repairs. But when a fretful brunette shows up with her fried laptop and killer green eyes, he makes an exception. And as it turns out, she needs more hands-on help than Simon imagined.
Brainy soil scientist Cassie Michaels has spent her whole life feeling like a grungy tree trunk beside her delicate flower sisters. To make herself more interesting, Cassie invented stories about her wild sex life—stories she’s expected to retell in vivid detail at a bachelorette party. Cassie’s attempt to catalog her biggest whoppers goes awry when she spills wine on her laptop and lands in Simon’s shop with her sexy list frozen on the screen.
But Simon’s interest is piqued, and the two strike a deal to make Cassie’s make-believe sexploits a reality. From steamy public romps gone hilariously awry, to sexy antics with kitchen utensils, their quest to conquer The List is equal parts scorching hot and adorably awkward.
As they near the end of The List though, Cassie and Simon second guess their pledge to shake hands and say goodbye when they cross off the last item. But will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?
Source: ARC from Entangled: Scorched via NetGalley
I’m a big fan of Tawna Fenske’s ability to interweave smut and fun in her books, usually in fairly equal measures. This time it’s more smut than anything else. In fact, this book is mostly sex. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but after that fun beginning I was expecting a little more humour.
I liked Cassie, she’s smart and a little shy, with a habit of comparing everything to soil and making up wild and kinky sex stories to impress her ultra-feminine sisters. Which of course are all untrue, hence her predicament when she meets Simon with a laptop frozen on a few questionable entries. To be honest the way she and Simon first hook up felt a little unlikely, but this isn’t a book about likely stories, it’s about wild sex and mild kink in various scenarios.
Simon is not your average geek. He’s super rich and wanting to hide it. He finds Cassie’s list intriguing, so offers himself up to help out. His willingness to get involved with pretty much anything is sexy, as is his ability to take command of a situation when warranted. He’s more than just tech and sex, though, as his relationship with his Down Syndrome sister showed. There is a heart in there somewhere, he just guards it fiercely.
The sex is plentiful and ranges from a bit of spanking to a little girl on girl action, so if this kind of mild kink not your thing be warned – that cover looks kind of cute, with him holding his glasses and all, but this book is all about sex. Yes, there is a bit of depth to Simon with his sister and I did like how Cassie’s thought processes revolved so often around soil, meaning her job wasn’t just background fodder. However, I never really felt a strong connection between the two of them. I liked them, they had some good chemistry, but the way Simon held everything about himself back made things between them feel quite shallow. There’s not a lot of romance going on, to the point where I wasn’t that invested in seeing them pull through once the list was over. It also wasn’t as fun as I’d hoped.
So overall I found this sexy but rather light on the emotional side. It’s not my favourite from this author, but if you’re looking for something sexy and mildly kinky, then this definitely delivers.
The List is out January 30th.
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