Sweet Seduction Paperback – Oct 6 2009
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"Banks has hit the red zone with erotic relationships that cover a range of possibilities, from menage à trois to BDSM." ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Maya Banks is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including Hidden Away, No Place to Run, The Darkest Hour, and Sweet Seduction.
Caroline Wintour is a classically trained actress who has appeared on stage, film, and television. She works as a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the latest from her Berkley Heat publishing. The story of Nathan and Julie is emotional, hot and a long time coming. All the other characters from the previous books also are part of this story. It's great to see the unfolding relationships even after "their" books.
Julie has had enough with waiting for Nathan to open his eyes and see her. She decided to move on and contacts Damon (our favorite set up guy) to arrange her fantasy. When Micah meddles and tells Nathan what Julie has planned, sparks fly!
The love is real, the scenes are hot and leave you wanting for more. Can't wait for Micah's story (which is next) because he so has it coming!
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Zelda's Take: This might be my least favorite of the Sweet series to date, but there's enough of a teaser in it of things to come that I just couldn't wait to finish it and move on!
Julie is a strong, independent woman that is very sure of herself and her big "tatas" and plump derriere. While I can more than get behind this kind of leading lady in most circumstances, I found myself just not understanding Julie's motives in this book. She says she's done with Nathan, but she's really not. She seems to be a bit more adventurous in her sexual endeavors, but she's really not. And, I gather that she's more dominant, but just don't see it fleshed out enough in her character; she's almost a switch in her actions, or perhaps she just can't make up her mind. Plus, I don't see it as a sign of stable confidence when a female persists after a man that seems to be dumb as rocks and unappreciative. Which brings me to Nathan.
Nathan's ex-military and that's pretty much all we get on him. That, and the fact that Julie has practically been throwing herself at him and he's either been too dense to notice, too meek to act on it or too macho to care. In the end, I think it may be a mixture of the three, which is so not a turn-on for me. Add to this that he seems to like calling females "heifers" as a term of endearment, and it just makes me want to vomit a bit in my mouth. Okay. Didn't like Nathan. Moving on.
What is lovely in this book is that we get to see a bit more into the tragic, tortured life of Micah. In every Sweet book, we seem to get just a little teasing taste of Micah, and he tastes better and better every time. From his threesome with Faith and Gray in book 1 to his lashing of Serena in book 2, book 3 brings us yet another threesome where he "assists" Nathan and Julie. Better yet, we get a true glimpse into Micah's past life and find that there is hope for him yet to truly love and be loved again. In one tender moment Micah submits to his pain (physical and emotional) and it just shocks me that more women aren't falling over themselves to take away the hurt... *raises hand to volunteer* !!!
The next title in the series, Sweet Temptation, is Micah's story, and after all of the teases over the last three books, I just can't wait to submit...
As far as Erotic books go, this is a decent entry. But I've read better one from Ms. Banks. The plot was pretty good, and the erotic scenes definitely deliver. But the problem is with the characters themselves.
Julie and Nathan appear pretty 2 dimensional. There's very little character development aside from being told that this is who Julie and Nathan are. This leaves the latter half of the book wanting. Still overall a good read and if all you're looking for is eroticism, this does deliver. Although I would consider this one a renter then a keeper.
This story is all about friendships and relationships....girlfriends who confide everything to one another and rely on each other for support. Guy friends who are drinking buddies; who depend on each other to keep them sane with their female problems and bail them out of trouble.
It's also about sexual relationships and erotic intimacy....discovering your deepest sexuality. This is Nathan Tucker and Julie Stanfords story of finding each other. It's sweet in many ways and sometimes humorous.
Personally, I liked these characters. I liked Julies strong personality. She spoke her mind and you knew where you stood with her. I could understand how this type of strong personality could be attractive to a man and there are no games or facades. She's totally "up front" with her thoughts and feelings. Her brassy personality is also a defensive system she's developed.
Nathan was equally attractive to me, and I certainly could see how these two individuals could be drawn to each other....as opposites definitely do attract. He's such a Macho Gentleman and kind of shy in many ways...sometimes intimidated by what he feels might be his inadequacies. When he finally has had enough of Julie running from him, he takes a stand and it's GAME ON!
Even though this story was entertaining, it wasn't one of Ms. Banks best plots. I don't know if it's because the characters weren't strong central characters in her other stories (but rather stood more in the shadows), or if it was just the plot as a whole. The story is told well and more or less holds the readers interest.... But I found I kept wondering when the frikkin' thing was gonna come to a conclusion and we'd have closure.