Nauti Boy Paperback – Mar 6 2007
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Lora Leigh is known for her deliciously intense and satisfying erotic romance. Her characters come to her in her dreams, inspiring her with the possibilities of What If... Most days, Lora can be found in front of her computer weaving daydreams while sipping the ambrosia of the gods, also known as coffee. When not writing, thinking about writing, or plotting what to write, Lora, a Kentucky native, enjoys gardening, fishing, and hiking with her husband and children.
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Two-point five stars.
Rowdy comes home to finally claim Kelly. She's all grown up and he's tired of waiting but his homecoming is not what he expects and his girl has been keeping a secret from him. What's worse. The nightmare isn't over yet, she's still be stalked by the animal that dared to hurt her. With the help of his two cousins Natches and Dawg he plans on getting the bad guy and the girl.
Ms. Leigh has once again created a good read. What kept it from being great was the fact she didn't build the suspense as to who had hurt Kelly. The end did not stop with an "Ah ha!" moment. The intimate scenes are not what loyal readers will be used to so be forewarned if you're looking for heat. This is story about two people with a past and I highly enjoy these kinds of romances. I look forward to reading the next in the McKay cousin series.
I didn't care for this Leigh book. The heroine seems a bit too doormatty for me. Her getting over her sexual trauma by having sex with hero & foreplay sex with his cousins was not believable. Here's the heroine who's so terrified by the near-rape that she moved back with her parents, wears baggy clothes, & practically hides from people. Hero comes back & quickly asserts himself sexually on her. Yes, she was willing but she's still jumpy, especially since she feels watched & she still has flashbacks from the trauma. She is then forced to choose whether to engage in sexual sharing with hero & his cousins b/c now serial rapist is upping the ante with his presence in her life. What I see heroine do to cope with her trauma is to cling to hero more & more. So the sex scenes where she's "hungry" for hero seemed really pathetic to me. She was hungry for his love & protection. Yet he answered it with sex & orgasms. Instead of being turned on, I felt sad for heroine & upset with insensitive hero who's only thinking about his sexual urges. This book was NOT a sexy read. The romance was dysfunctional & many parts of the book seemed copied-&-pasted from other Leigh books.
Skip this one. Read Nauti Nights (Berkley Sensation) and Nauti Dreams (The Nauti Trilogy, Book 3) instead.
Kelly has always loved Rowdy, since she was a little girl he protected from bullies at the playground. She knew he ran from her because she was too young for him, but she also knew that one day he'd come back for her. She'd saved herself for him for years, but the serial rapist that attacked her last year and continues to stalk her changed everything. Now she's unsure of herself, everyone else, and even nervous around Rowdy, whom she has always trusted with her life.
But Rowdy and his cousins, known as The Nauti Boys, rally around Kelly, pooling their skills honed in the Marines to protect her from the stalker. Kelly doesn't know what frightens her more - the stalker's continued threats, or the knowledge of what Rowdy will do to him when he catches the rapist...
I first discovered author Lora Leigh's work in April of 2006, and hungrily consumed every one of her books I could purchase since then. Although Nauti Boy, the first book in her Nauti Boys series, was previously published as an ebook, it had been pulled by then to be reworked and expanded for a print publication with a new publisher, Berkley. I have to say, I was disappointed at the time, but only because the blurb and excerpt for this book had me seriously hankering for it. I kept telling myself it would be worth the wait for an expanded story, and while the wait seemed interminable, it was definitely worth it!
Rowdy is everything I hoped for and more, strong, fierce in his love for Kelly, implacable when it comes to her protection... He is all Alpha Male, in the very best way possible, but his dominate personality is tempered with his concern for Kelly and his sensitivity towards her needs and fears. He reigns himself in to a degree, allowing her time to find her footing once again, but he forces her to face and conquer her fears, while drawing her stalker out for a final confrontation. Teamed with the other Nauti Boys, his cousins Dawg and Natches, they make a formidable group.
Although Kelly appears as a frightened bird with a broken wing in the beginning of the story, the author allows us glimpses of Kelly's former strength and spirit, which have been squashed through her ordeal, but not completely destroyed. Watching her find herself once again, becoming the woman she was before the attack, is inspiring. The reader finds themself believing that overcoming such a brutal attack might be possible for anyone with the kind of support system Kelly has, especially the support of Rowdy. Because it is obvious, even with her mother, his father, and his cousins helping her, Kelly could not begin truly healing until Rowdy's return home, until he makes it clear in no small way that the attack could never change his feelings for her. Rowdy promises not just physical safety, but emotional as well, and this allows her soul to begin healing.
The suspense plot with the serial rapist/stalker is every present throughout the story, and pushes the scenes along at a frenetic pace, although the story never feels rushed at all. Instead, the pace serves to sweep the reader up in the action alongside Kelly and Rowdy, and guarantees you won't want to put Nauti Boy down until you've finished it!
Although Lora Leigh's work with other publishers has always been great, fans can't help but be excited by her releases with New York publishers, which have pushed her to new levels, increasing the action and suspense, while never diminishing the heated romances that Leigh is so well known for. It is easy to see why she made the NY Times Best Selling list with one of her recent releases, Dangerous Games, and I won't be at all surprised to see this book make it there as well!
Nauti Boy (The Nauti Trilogy, Book 1)
Nauti Nights (The Nauti Trilogy, Book 2)
Rowdy McKay has watched Kelly Salyers grow, mature, and blossom into a strikingly beautiful woman. During this process from coltish girl to stunning woman, Rowdy loses his heart. After years of biding his time, Rowdy realizes that he can wait no longer. Arriving home after leaving the Marines, Rowdy expects to see a familiar, welcoming gaze; instead he discovers that the confident woman he left is now watching him with fear-filled eyes. With his protective instincts roused, Rowdy is determined to discover the cause of Kelly's terror because the only alternative is to leave her alone and that is unacceptable to this Nauti boy's way of thinking.
For more years than she can count, Kelly has adored first the boy and then the man that is Rowdy McKay. A hero worship that started out as a child's infatuation that has grown into unconditional love and complete desire. In one horrific incident, everything that Kelly wanted with Rowdy haunts her daily and her fantasies have turned into uncontrollable fears. While she wants to do nothing more than crawl into Rowdy's strong arms and stay there forever, Kelly knows that the nameless but demented man will keep coming for her until he realizes his goal - a goal that will put Kelly in the merciless control of a madman.
When I read a novel written by Lora Leigh, I expect sensuality, heat, and intrigue. I expect a book to grab me by the throat and not let go. I devoured NAUTI BOY cover to cover and this talented author delivered all of the above in spades! I was alternately squirming in my seat and then aching with compassion. Rowdy McKay had my devotion from the moment he entered his first scene. His protective instincts and abject devotion to Kelly made me fall in love with his powerful and intense character. I found Kelly just as intriguing. Despite her vulnerability, Kelly is a true fighter. Her strength in the face of such devastating circumstances had me cheering her on from the sidelines.
NAUTI BOY made me yearn for more stories about this family of naughty cousins and the women they will eventually love. I look forward to each and every novel Ms. Leigh offers! Capable of writing a variety of genres, Lora Leigh is one author I will never get tired of reading.