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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Review: Spice by Seressia Glass

By Seressia Glass
Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart

Nadia Spiceland works in the business of temptation. The confections she crafts at the Sugar and Spice Bakery and Café lure in the locals. But one customer is interested in more than just her delectable sticky buns……

Kane Sullivan teaches human sexuality at the nearby college, where coeds are clamoring for seats in his lectures. Nadia is reluctant to his advances, yet she also has needs. Who better to fulfill them than the man who’s referred to as “Dr. Sex” by his female students?

Soon Kane creates a hunger in Nadia that nothing can satiate. It weakens her, and that’s something she cannot risk. Not again. But Kane’s masterful touch might just be powerful enough to melt her heart—and free her to trust again……


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Viviana's Review: 
Not sure why there is a 'warning' for Mature Audience. Maybe people thought this was a new adult at one time or another, but this obviously not a NA. I struggled with this book in the beginning and couldn't figure out if it was a "narrator" issue (how they chose to portray the characters or if it was the book itself.  Decided to continue listening and I was able to figure it out.

Let me start by saying that this is one STEAMY book! I liked that Nadia was positive and empowering regarding the fact that "a girl has needs" and that she knew what she wanted. When the opportunity made his appearance, she went for it! THAT was great! The physical connection between the two is obvious and HOT!

I was a bit tad confused - Nadia, the heroine is supposed to be 29 years old yet at the beginning of the book, you could swear the conversation she was having with her friends (or how they were chatting) was that of teenagers! We get briefed on her history: four years of being drug free, successful career woman, 29 years old. However, throughout the book, at times she comes across immature in some instances.

Professor Kane Sullivan, aka Professor Sex, since he practices what he teaches, apparently. He is cultured, well traveled, sophisticated and yet, he wanted to throw Nadia over his shoulder and find a private spot. She makes him lose control.  I really enjoyed his character and not because of the sex or alphaness. Yes, he is in control but he never goes over that line of being overbearing or mean. He was a true gentleman the entire time.

My issue with the book/story is that the characters lacked a connection other than their sexual desire/passion for each other. They have the obvious chemistry and the way they treat each other is shown, but there needs to be more. The development of the relationship was kept behind the curtain from the reader and this is what is missing. There were a few instances where they were more than just sexual partners, but we were all waiting for that MORE and wanted to see them fall for each other for more than the sex they were having.

Narrator Review:
Elizabeth Hart does a good job reading you the book. There were a few times during conversations where you got lost since you couldn't tell which character was talking and one of them would develop an accent midway through a conversation. I did like how she portrayed Kane, but she made Nadia sound semi valley-girl in the beginning. She voiced Nadia as if she was a teenager and that didn't make me like the character much either.

Overall a smutty read. If you want more character development and a stronger relationship story, this read can wait. If you're looking for steaminess and some kink... pick it up.

Rating: 2 Stars - It was okay


We received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley, PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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