As I told you when Sinful Rewards was out (my crazy opinion here), I'm hooked, booked and madly tempted by this serial. So no surprise that I bring you the second part in all its glorious colour ;o)
MY OPINION OF SINFUL REWARDS 2
Arousing and enveloping are two words I'd always use to describe Cynthia Sax's writing. It's like a warm spell that makes you forget the outside world and teases you into the private world her characters live in. I'm very fond of the author's slow-burning, meticulous building of the mood and tension.
Let's see what's in store for us in the second part of this sizzling, unusual serial.
Proud and inebriated with happiness for her new, red leather purse, Bee Carter sets her mind to securing the full-time job that will validate her talents and commitment. She's optimistic, particularly motivated by her mysterious admirer who keeps issuing his naughty challenges.
Nicholas proves to be both sweet and infuriatingly aloof, but Bee's real problem lies in the infinitely tempting Hawke.
Belinda is in a constant struggle with herself. She needs security, she needs forever, and steady billionaire Nicholas represents that. I'm afraid, though, that I'm terribly partial to Hawke. That man is like the blazing Sun turned into a hot, enticing god in the flesh.
Despite my possibly wrong early choice, this dichotomy of Bee's desires is really fun to read about. She's torn between practical and fantasy. Aren't we all? That's what makes this story so "rewarding".
My favourite scene: first kiss, oh, my.
I'm hooked on: the friendship between Bee and Cindy, funny and warm
My only complaint: it was too short, I bumped into the end and felt hurt :o(
Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.
As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?
Paying Attention Is Sexy
One Valentine’s Day, my dear wonderful hubby went to our local library and spent two hours reading the backs of romance novels, picking out the stories he thought I’d like. When he gave me the borrowed books, he explained why he thought they’d appeal to me. This present didn’t cost him a cent yet it is one of my favorites. Why? Because it showed he was paying attention to me while I chattered about the stories I love. THAT is sexy.
Hawke, one of the heroes in Sinful Rewards, also pays attention to the woman he adores. He knows nothing about fashion, has no interest in clothes, yet he listens closely to Bee as she tells him about a designer purse, noting what she likes and doesn’t like. This attention is intoxicating and, when Nicolas, his rival, doesn’t share his interest, Bee notices.
Nicolas redeems himself when he acts on everything Bee suggests. She tells him to disclose his name when he calls, to not assume the person he calls recognizes his voice. He discloses his name when he calls. She tells him to pick people up at their workplace, not on a street corner. He picks her up at her workplace. She sends him an article on how to be a good friend. He reads this article and follows the so-called rules.
Days later, both of these hunkilicious men refer to Bee’s words, reinforcing that they paid attention AND remembered. I can imagine that, years from now, they’ll have a long list of shared memories and inside jokes. My hubby and I have so many of these that loved ones claim we speak a different language. All he has to do is say a certain word and we’ll both remember an incident in our past, laughing our fool heads off.
Nicolas and Hawke don’t simply pay attention to Bee’s words. Hawke notes how she touches him and how she touches herself, learning how she likes to be held, kissed, caressed. When he finally gets the opportunity to touch her, he makes few mistakes, kissing her senseless, driving her crazy with desire.
Do you love a hero who pays attention? What are some examples from stories you’ve read?
Oh, dear Cynthia, I love all your stories about your hubby. He's so cute! And you're a writer who pays attention to detail and subtle sensuality. That pays off in your writing and makes it so beautiful.
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Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.
Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago. Please visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com
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