Book Reviews: Sex, Spanking, Murder, and Racing

Margaret Smith
If she had been the Virgin Mary, she would have said no.

Wicked Lust
Lust might turn to love in Jackson, Wyoming, where a young woman who’s recently arrived has an ulterior motive for wanting to bed the tough guy who’s the head of security at the local watering hole.
While the plot might have been good had it been a lot shorter, my lack of enjoyment in these characters dooms it. Cain is exactly the kind of jerk that pisses me off; I will give him some slack because of his former relationship with a screwed-up woman, but I hate that he rationalizes the way he plans to use Sloane. He didn’t want a relationship with her; fine, she was up for a one-night stand. But he keeps getting together with her, knowing full well she’s falling for him, while telling himself he’ll just dump her when the time comes. He’s cruel almost to the point of sadistic, but according to a lot of these types of stories, this is “what women want.”
Sloane is a wonderful character, but she’s no jewel either. Like him, she’s got an excuse for what she does, but unlike him she owns up to it at the end. Though she’s obviously smarter, she often ignores her common sense, because she’s a “woman in love.” There’s no doubt she enjoyed her gangbang, but her reasons for going through with it weren’t convincing. Her best moment is when she comes clean not because of him, but because of her new friendship with the politician’s daughter.
Oddly enough, the most realistic character is the owner of the sex club.
This was much slower going than expected, especially for this genre; usually I breeze right through them. There are a lot of great sex scenes here, though due to the length of his book they’re a bit hard to find. Pretty sure I would have liked this a lot more had it been shorter.

Correcting the Coeds
This is a collection of stories taking place in the 1950s, when it was expected for men to punish their girlfriends/wives if they acted up or didn’t do what they were told. . . at least that’s what this book would like you to believe. So this is basically about how spanking can help love blossom. . . and I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.
Struggled through the first story before finally giving up and moving on. The other three stories were much easier. The most fun for me was in reading about how different the world was 60 years ago, morally in particular. This was really brought out in the story with the girl who goes back in time from this era; I was with her every step of the way as she found out how weird society—and technology—were back then (though I’m sure they’d think the same of us). It’s particularly funny to see a woman who would have casually had sex with him being baffled by his insistence to remain chaste, despite how much he obviously wants her. That story also makes gentle fun of Canada, which I can fully get behind, in a loving way, of course.
The other two stories were fine, though after a while I got tired of the spanking scenes.

Dark Kills
A female police detective who lives for her work at the expense of her family goes even deeper into the hunt for a serial killer dispatching college students who participated in a study on psychic powers.
This is my second book by this author, and though I didn’t particularly like the first one, I’m not sure I like this one any more. There’s a lot of extraneous stuff, which is a little necessary in the mystery genre, but it helps if they make sense, and they really didn’t here.
Her partner is a complete jerk whom she puts up with because they’ve known each other since they were kids, and when the inevitable happens with him, she’s still surprised. It’s okay for your lead character to have flaws, in fact it’s most likely required, but being stupid isn’t one of them; who else would go out in a snowstorm to question a witness rather than spend time with their family? Then instead of heading to the hospital she goes off to look at the lake; the fact that she was lucky to come out of that alive only underscores how dumb she is.
The best bit was a character named after Bubba Ho-Tep, but that’s only for Bruce Campbell fans.

Avoidable Contact
Kate and Holly are up to their old shenanigans, though this time on a bigger—and longer—stage. Kate’s boyfriend Stuart is in the hospital after being run over right before the 24 Hours of Daytona starts. Then one of her fellow racers is killed, followed by a journalist. Even her newly-found half-sister is in danger. . . all during the 24-hour race.
The fact that this time she’s not the one who found the body—and therefore isn’t as much of a suspect—doesn’t change her willingness to solve the mystery, even while having to deal with bad guys on the track and in the pits when she’s not in the car. As always it’s the racing scenes that are worth the price of admission, with Colby—another female racer—joining the team, as well as the NASCAR star Kate crashed into in the last book.
I’m a little ambivalent about Kate’s character development here. While it’s great that she’s becoming a better person, her emotions still get the best of her at the worst times. But frankly it’s the storyline with her new family that is grating on my nerves; enough about them already. I know that’s not realistic, but it would probably boost my rating another star if this storyline was done.
Having said that, I still enjoyed this book tremendously, even when she wasn’t racing. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff of interest to the casual racing fan, as well as some new interesting characters that don’t get a lot of time here but are ripe for more in upcoming stories. The fact that Kate can go so gaga over a handsome guy coming on to her shows her to be more human than she sometimes gives herself credit, as well as being utterly hilarious.
Now that I’ve finished all the books I’m sad I have to wait so long for more!



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