I do like my erotic books, and I was looking forward to reading The Hotel of seduction by Marina Anderson. The synopsis had caught my attention, but I have to say now that I have finished it I have mixed feelings about it.
Grace and David were and an interesting couple and while I like Grace I couldn’t warm to David. I felt he was cold, and I found it hard to connect with his character, and for the life of me I couldn’t see Grace’s attraction to him. I did wonder if it would have been better if I have read The Dining Club series first as this was where they met. I think would have given me more background knowledge on Grace and David, and maybe I would have understood their attraction and connection better. I was disappointed that there wasn't more passion, sexiness and tender moments between just Grace and David as I think that was needed.
There were a few twists and secondary characters that made me want to keep reading as I was intrigued how it would all play out. Obviously there are a lot of sex scenes in this book, as it is an erotic book, and while I was curious to see the difference fantasies being act out these scenes weren’t as hot as expected. I also felt that the romance side was missing.
I did like the way it ended for Grace and David, and although I’m still not a fan of I did see a few redeeming qualities about him. Yes he does love Grace in his own unique way. There is no cliffhanger as such, but I will say the epilogue had a little interesting snippet that set the scene up for the next book if there is one.
Overall, while I liked it The Hotel of seduction I just didn’t love it as sadly some parts fell a little flat for me.
Are you ready for Mariana’s story in this heart-wrenching NEW series!?
Author: Lili St. Germain
Series: Cartel #1
Genre: Biker Erotica
Release Date: 27th January 2015
The first full length Gypsy Brothers novel from the smash hit author Lili St. Germain.
How much is a life worth?
I grew up in Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy drug lord. I lived a life of extravagance, until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around us.
I was given away. A payment for a debt. The Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club became my new owners, and I did everything I could to survive.
But falling in love with the man who owned me wasn't part of the plan...
“Of All the things in life, love is the most confusing. The most all-consuming. The reason we breathe, the light in our darkness”
I’m not going to go into the story, but I will say it’s intense, raw, gritty, and violent with a dark and suspense aspect. It’s about loss, love, heartache, revenge, fear, hope, secrets and survival, and with the drugs and sex trafficking all thrown in for good measure. So its safe to say was an intensely captivating read.
“They say every girl want to marry her father, but I wanted mind to vanish”
I love Mariana, and my heart went out to her, her story was filled with sadness, she tries to be strong, she is feisty at times, says what she thinks, regardless of the consequences but underneath there is such as vulnerability about her. I could feel her desperation as she attempts to come to terms with the reality of her devastating the situation. I think knowing what I know, and about how it all ultimately for her made it more heartbreaking.
“I had never felt so alone in my life, and shit was going to get a whole lot worse before it got any better”
When it came to the crazy sick psychopath monster sorry, I mean Dornan. I liked that his point of view was in third person, as I so didn’t want to be inside his head. Lili doesn't take us for fools she knows we won't fall in love with him, after all that we now know about him, so she hasn't even tried to make us.
“He was a bad motherfucker, as bad as they come, he was merciless…. There was something about Dornan, something different I was afraid if him but not in the same way”
What she does do is makes us see a different side to him; make us understand where he came from. Learn about his life, with the Gypsy Brother, the Cartel, his relationship with his psychopath father and also John (Jules dad). There were times that I felt sorry for him, and I did get to see that softer side of him, so although I’m never going to like or love Dornan I may understand a little more.
“The darkness that flowed through his veins disgusted him, but trying to resist it had only ever made things worse. When tried to control the darkness inside him it didn’t abate, but stored up in increments, until it inevitably bubbled up like poison rendering his violence uncontrollable”
However, when I think about what he did in the end what he did to Jules, the words “Fuck You Dornan! Always came to mind.
Mariana and Dornan's relationship was an interesting and intense one, which left me with mixed feelings as it was developing. I kept thinking this is not right, but yet I could understand Mariana's feelings and Dornan also in someways. It was one of necessity, love, hate, pain and passion.
“Something burned between us, something powerful. Something that frighten me, because I liked it I liked him. And I didn’t want to”
“It was a dangerous proposition, to be falling in love with a woman who is owned by the Cartel”
For anyone who doesn't want to read it because of a hate for Dornan, I would say fine, don't read it for him read it for Mariana. As it’s her story, and that is what without a doubt is what pull me from the start. I was doubtful as to if I would like Cartel, and I can honestly say I did. Lili St. Germain has hooked me again with her amazing storytelling and writing. I loved intensely, and the emotions I felt while reading this one, and that shows in the many quotes highlights. As the story is far from over, I’m sure there is a lot more to come, plenty of twists and turn, and so much more to learn. Therefore it’s safe to say I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Kingpin.
She paused with the bread in her hand, looking around the room in mock surprise. ‘You mean, we’re not Beauty and the fucking Beast?’
‘Well, you’re certainly beautiful,’ he said.
‘And you’re definitely a beast,’ she countered, pushing her empty bowl away and resting back on the bed.
‘But there’s no happy ever after for you,’ Dornan added, his eyes trailing over the chains to reach the cuffs that were now permanent bracelets on her wrists.
‘No,’ she said evenly, matching his intense gaze. ‘Not for any of us. Not in this world.’
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Check Out the Gypsy Brothers Series by Lili Saint Germain
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Six Brothers (Gypsy Brother, Book Two)
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Five Miles (Gypsy Brothers, Book Three)
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Four Score (Gypsy Brothers, Four)
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Three Years (Gypsy Brothers, Book Five)
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Two Roads (Gypsy Brothers, Book Six)
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One Love (Gypsy Brothers, Book Seven)
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Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.
She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.
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