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.
It is the eve of the Longest Night. Eliza Baker and the rest of Lord Jayden’s servants excitedly prepare for the lavish festival as their masters enjoy a head start on the debauchery that awaits. Eliza’s madly in love with Kell, a sweet, deliciously sexy guard. Kell returns her feelings, but is striving to make himself a worthy man before he asks Eliza’s father for permission to court her.
To keep the Demon of Winter at bay, an offering must be made during the festival. As the event begins, Lord Kempsly informs Kell that he’s offering a special sacrifice this year, and Kell must escort the girl who will offer up her maidenhood for the enjoyment of the crowd. Another guest will select the maiden, and Kell realizes to his dismay the guest is Lord Rakin, a rich and handsome rogue who has his eye on Eliza. But little do any of the men suspect the burgeoning desire the ceremony is awakening in Eliza…
I realize that’s a teeny-tiny pic. It’s the best I could do…since there was nothing on Goodreads, I had to take the one from NetGalley. Maybe it’s too sexy to be seen any larger so they have to make it small. I do worry that those candles are going to set poor Eliza’s hair on fire.
Eliza’s Awakening is a very short book – I’m not sure the number of pages, but according to NG it’s 15,000 words. I literally read it in about half an hour. So if you’re looking for something short & smexy, this might be your speed.
As far as the actual sexy business, unlike many of the other books out there there isn’t a ton of it in here. Or maybe it would be more appropriate to say that there’s only one long sexual interaction that takes up about half of the book as opposed to a bunch of different instances. That’s neither a good thing or a bad thing as far as I’m concerned. It was certainly different than anything I’ve read before in the genre. The sex is mostly heterosexual but there is one bit of same sex sex thrown in (female), so if you’re an ardent avoider of that kind of thing it might not be your cup o’ tea. The sex is also somewhat reluctant on the part of Eliza – they are making her take part as a sacrifice, after all – but it doesn’t feel all rapey. It’s more like she does it out of duty than out of coercion. So again, something you might want to take into account.
Overall I enjoyed the fact that it was short. I truly don’t mean that as an insult, this genre doesn’t hold my attention for long periods of time so reading in short chunks is the way to go for me. I’d definitely be willing to read this author again for future Sexy Summer Saturdays.