This week I’m talking about risqué books—the ones that cause your eyes to bug out of your head and make you question why you can’t stop turning the pages, even though you think you should. Read any naughty books lately? I have. In fact, I’m reading two right now.
UNTEACHABLE, by Leah Raeder
Blurb: I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again. But I couldn’t run far enough. I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke. My teacher. I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along. And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.
My Take So Far: The writing is wonderful. Very descriptive and evocative. The characterizations are layered and the dialogue flows naturally. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this story in regards to the teacher/student relationship, older guy/younger girl. Granted, the girl was 18 when they first met, and neither one of them knew she’d end up in his classroom, however the forbidden nature of this story is still strong, which means one half of my brain is screaming: THIS IS SOOOOOO WRONG (the guy is 32!), while the other half wishes the first half would shut up and let me enjoy the story. But it’s hard, especially with stuff like this:
IF YOU’RE 18 OR UNDER DO NOT GO FURTHER
(They’re lying in bed talking awkwardly, both confused, scared and embarrassed after a very intense—and disturbing—sexual encounter)
HEROINE: “I wanted you because you were older. I don’t feel anything for boys my age. And when I found out you were my teacher, something clicked in me. It felt wrong in the best possible way. Does that make sense?”
Now I look at him. ”You like me because I’m young.”
“That’s part of it.”
“A big part.”
“Yes,” he said, and I smiled a little.
“Good,” I said. ”I like that you’re kind of f*cked up, because I’m kind of f*cked up.”
Yeah. Well. Um. Now you see what I mean. lol Even so, this is still a wonderfully written book, and the love scenes are beautiful—and HAWT. I’m about halfway through it. This storyline may not be for everyone because like I said, it’s very risqué, so your mileage may vary.
TANGLED, by Emma Chase
Blurb: In New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase’s sizzling and hilarious debut novel, Drew Evans—gorgeous, arrogant, irreverent, and irresistibly charming—meets his match in new colleague Kate Brooks. Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
My Take So Far: Oh, where to begin? Let me state upfront that Andrew “Drew” Evans is a chauvinist pig. A prick. A tool. A conceited bastard. A male hobag. A—
Well, obviously I could go on and on, but even with all that, he’s still one of the most compelling male characters I’ve read in a long time. The entire book is told from his very arrogant, cynical, funny and extremely entertaining POV.
“Kate is shaved short, trim, and the skin surrounding her sn*tch is as smooth as silk. I know because I’m nibbling my way around that manicured little triangle right now. Guys love a p*ssy that’s almost completely bare. And no, it has nothing to do with perverted pre-pubescent fantasies. The idea that a woman is nearly bald there is just … naughty. Such a turn on.
Just so you know, men don’t expect a woman to smell like Winter Pine or Niagara Falls or whatever the f*ck those feminine products say. It’s a p*ssy—it’s supposed to smell like one. That’s the f*cking turn on.”
Drew’s sometimes crude, always frank and oftentimes laugh-out-loud funny narrative goes on throughout the book. He grabbed me on the first page, and has yet to let go. Like Unteachable, I’m halfway through and so far so good. I even love the heroine and I can’t wait for these characters to get their happy ending. This is another scorcher of a book and I have no doubt that it will end up in my keeper pile.