Sexy Summer Saturdays: No Holds Barred by Callie Croix

Sexy Summer Saturdays is a weekly post that Attack the Stacks, Book Love, Hackaroos Reviews, Sims-Sational Books, The Autumn Review, and The Bookish Babe created for fun, to spread the word about sizzling summer reads. I should point out here that I deserve no credit for the creation of this meme and I’m strictly a hanger-on. The others were all, “want to participate?” and I was all “sure, sounds good” even though I’m not really a romance reader. I want to broaden my horizons.

This review is for readers 18+ for obvious reasons.

No Holds Barred
By Callie Croix
Published by Carina Press
Publication Date: November 21, 2011
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads:

During a playful talk about fantasies, Caitlin’s fiancé offers to give her a threesome—with his best friend, Liam, who’s coming to spend the weekend. At first Cait is shocked that Nathan could entertain the thought of sharing her with another man, but once he’s planted the idea her imagination runs wild, leaving her deeply aroused—yet still unsure about what the implications could be for her and Nate’s relationship.

Nathan’s watched Cait struggle to hide her attraction to Liam for years. He knows she’s nervous, but he also knows that by making her most intimate fantasies come true he can bring her to heights of pleasure she’s only imagined, and strengthen their bond. There’s only one way to help her overcome her inhibitions—by planning a night of ecstasy she’ll never forget…

So once again…me = not a reader of romance or erotica. Thus, I have no idea who the “preferred” authors in the genre are. And I have to say that while my experience with the genre is limited, this is the best author I’ve read so far.

Like last week, I ended up reading a threesome book. It wasn’t a conscious decision or anything, it just worked out that way. This one is m/m/f as opposed to m/f/f like the book I reviewed last week. That said, there is no same-sex sex in this one, unlike the last one. It’s strictly hetero up in here.

I also think that this is a better book than the others I’ve read in the genre so far. Loads better than 50 Shades, which was about a sexy as something that is not at all sexy. Pick the least sexy thing you can think of and then imagine something far less sexy than that, and you have 50 Shades. Calling that book mommy porn is an insult to mothers everywhere. Ahem. Moving on.

So yeah. While I have a hard time believing that there is a dude out there on this planet who is magnanimous enough to let his girlfriend have sex with a super hot Marine who is both attractive and a super nice guy, if you can suspend your disbelief it’s a decent read. When I think of guys offering to let their ladyfriends engage in a m/m/f threesome, I imagine that most of the time they will only approve a guy who they feel that they are significantly hotter than. Like, no chance guys are going to be lining up to share with Jake Gyllenhaal but some dorkus with a small wang they’d be like, “Hm…”

In this case the two guys are also friends, which I would guess would lead to extreme awkwardness. Apparently in this case it does not, since it’s not the first time it’s happened with these two. And hey, call me crazy, but I think that would take away from the specialness for Cait. “Hey, baby, we would like you to be the tenth woman we go to bed with simultaneously. How hot is THAT, sister?”

This book is very short and most of it is one long sex scene. Not saying that’s good or bad, it just depends on what you’re looking for. There’s not a lot of plot here. It basically is what it is. And apparently there’s a sequel, which I may track down for a future Sexy Summer Saturday because hey, why not?

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  1. “It’s strictly hetero up in here.” – LOL

    “Hey, baby, we would like you to be the tenth woman we go to bed with simultaneously. How hot is THAT, sister?” – OMG, I’m dying. I can’t breathe. Too funny.

    Loved this review. Nice to see it’s decent writing at least. Yay!!! track down that sequel! I am loving these saturday reviews. Seriously so fun.

    you crack me up… all the time btw. your snark is priceless.

    • I had to add a little snark, even though I really did like the book much better than the others I’ve read. I’m perpetually a 12 year old boy and thus incapable of discussing sex without making jokes and snickering.

  2. I’ve read Callie Criox before. She does write pretty good sex. Never a huge plot line, but hey, when you pick a book for sex, you want to read sex, right? LOL
    Love this: “Like, no chance guys are going to be lining up to share with Jake Gyllenhaal but some dorkus with a small wang they’d be like, “Hm…”
    And this:
    “Hey, baby, we would like you to be the tenth woman we go to bed with simultaneously. How hot is THAT, sister?”
    You crack me up!

    • Thanks! And yes, when you’re looking for sex you don’t want all of this funny business with a plot. I found one that’s a historical fiction erotica & I’m wondering if I should give it a go or if I’ll just be skipping all of the historical parts looking for the smut.

  3. So yeah…I would this book. The sharing of partners and friends is part of the book I read this week. I think I will definitely check this one out.

    Btw, I love that your doing this, despite not loving the genre. Then again, I love being a book bully.

    • I am trying to expand my horizons and actually read something that’s not: a) historical fiction; b) paranormal romance; c) dystopian; or d) non-fiction. Seriously, that’s like ALL I read. You finally swayed me to read contemporaries this year and I’ve liked every one I’ve read, so why not try romance too?

  4. WHOA! Interesting book!

  5. LMAO about the 50 comment. And good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone!


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