Nights In Black Lace Paperback – Oct 1 2008
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About the Author
Noelle Mack is a designer for a major California entertainment company. Three was her first erotic novel, followed by Sexy Beast, Red Velvet, The Harem (anthology), Juicy, Sexy Beast II, Nights in Black Satin, and Perfect Kisses (anthology). She lives in Los Angeles.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this erotic romance, which featured strong plotting and character development along with red-hot sex scenes. I think Noelle Mack has the mixture just right, and it reads like a contemporary romance except with more detailed bedroom adventures. Odette had enough diva moments to keep her character convincing without turning her into a witch, and I was thoroughly impressed at how well Mack portrayed the all-American Bryan.
The highlight of the story was getting to spend time in a fashion designer's atelier, and I enjoyed all the details about Odette's daily activities. I think the author has done her research, and it injects the story with a nice dose of realism. Normally I don't give a hoot about high fashion, but viewing it from a business angle makes it seem like a legitimate enterprise, instead of a foolish way for rich women to entertain themselves.
I was fully prepared to choke on an over-abundance of sex scenes (the back cover features a warning label about the sexually explicit content), but I needn't have worried, because the frequency was just about perfect. I will say that some of the `back door action' was on the kinky side for my taste, and when characters do things that I have no interest in myself, it turns the sex into a sideshow event rather than a turn-on. Still, even though some of the sex scenes didn't adhere to my personal preferences, it did reinforce Odette's character as a wildly uninhibited Frenchwoman. Bryan and I were in the same boat, as the shocked, provincial Americans.
Unfortunately, I had a few problems with the story that are holding me back in regards to the rating. The industrial espionage that threatens Odette's business started out as a terrific subplot that was completely abandoned at the end. We never find out for certain who is responsible for leaking her designs, or how Odette managed to solve that crisis. It's maddening how the reader is left dangling.
The ending abruptly fast-forwards to a predictable `happily ever after' between Odette and Bryan, but there's no explanation on how they managed to bridge their considerable socio-economic divide (she's a millionaire and he has two bucks in his account), much less resolve how Bryan can afford to live in Paris. This book needed another chapter to tie up the loose ends, for both their relationship and the crisis at Odette's company. Sadly, a lot of the credibility that sustained the story through the beginning and middle was lost by the ending.
And trying to read through the fashion world of Paris was slightly boring, even though the story is peppered with nicely written erotica. This story didn't 'wow' me, but it was worth reading for entertainment. I would suggest buying this book used.
Culture, couture and sizzling sex are to be found in abundance in this sensual, entertaining read by Noelle Mack. Bryan and Odette are a prime example of how opposites attract, and keep on attracting. The insight into the fashion world kept this reader interested. The explosive sex scenes kept me panting for more.
Other than that the story was good and the hot and exciting chemistry between the main characters was good too. I'm not sure if I'll read another of her books, but I'm open to it.