Apr 10, 2012

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Review: Sweet Addiction by Maya Banks (Sweet #6)

Contemporary Erotica
April 3 2012
Trade Paperback
320 pages
Berkley Heat
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Cole
Kick Ass Chick – Ren

From Goodreads –
He awakened a need within her…
Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her…

But now she belongs to another…
Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She’s become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another. Ren’s current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again…

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*le sigh* You know when you have been ‘following’ a character for books and books and books and finally his book comes up and you have a certain expectation of what you would like that character’s HEA to be like…then it doesn’t quite turn out the way you wanted it to?  Yeah… *le sigh*

Honestly, I am going to have to do one of my ‘breakdown’ reviews for this book because I am so…*le sigh* about it I’m worried I’ll just vent.  And that’s not nice and that’s not how I write my reviews.  But first, I’ll give you a little back-story on the book I am going to chat about today.  I apologize if this is a bit spoilery.  I am going to try my best but I know it’s going to be quite tricky to write this review without seriously hinting at things.  But I am not going to come out and straight up give spoilers though.

Sweet Addiction is the sixth and final book in Maya Bank’s Sweet series.  Really, this book was not supposed to be but so many people asked her to write a book for Cole, a side character that appears throughout the series, that she gave in and wrote his story.  To me Cole has always been a kind hearted but hurt man.  You can tell in the way that he acts in the previous books that he has been hurt before but he cherishes and treasures women and he is a very loyal friend.  He is damaged and, of course since we are avid readers of romance books, we know that the love of the perfect-for-him woman will heal him right up and make everything better for him.

In Sweet Addiction we find out that his ‘pain’ comes from love lost.  Not recent though – it’s love he walked away from…ten years ago!  Cole is a Dom.  A real hardcore one.  Therefore he needs and craves an absolute submissive.  He found her in Ren but accidentally hurt her with a whip during one of their sessions and was unable to cope with that.  So he left.  Ten years ago.  Now he sees her again but she is with Lucas.  She collared and everything so things there are pretty serious.  But when she sees him again, she starts feeling confused.  So seeing how torn Ren seems to be, Lucas ‘gives’ her to Cole for two weeks thinking that once she gets him and his sudden appearance out of her system that she will be the happy super sub she always was and they can live HEA.  Well, as you can imagine, things don’t quite work out as easily as that.

Okay…what I liked about this book.

This book is hot.  If you are into reading pretty heavy BDSM, this book has plenty.  In fact, I feel it had a bit too much but we’ll talk about that in the next portion of the review.

I liked how Ren was comfortable with herself and her wants and needs.  She knows she requires a Dom to be happy and she accepts nothing less.  It’s nice to read a woman who is strong enough to not doubt her sexuality.

We get to see Damon again and how he’s doing with a pregnant Serena.  I love Damon.  Would I ever be able to tolerate him as ‘my man’?  Not even a little.  But he is one of my favorite characters and I loved that I got to see him in this book.  Cole never really was part of the ‘inner circle’ that the Sweet series focuses on but he did ‘play’ a lot at Damon’s club so really it makes sense that he’s in this book.

Seeing that this is the last book in the series, it was nice to have a super quick rundown of what the other characters from the previous books were all up to in the epilogue.  They all mentioned there.  It made me smile.

The cover is pretty.  *g*

And now…what I didn’t like about this book.

Yes, I am aware that this is a piece of fiction, but it is a contemporary story so there should be some bit of realism in it to make it work well and click with readers.  Unfortunately, how this whole story ended up, I didn’t feel it could work.  Ever.  It obviously does sometimes, somewhere in the world because why else would the author have done it, but I just can’t see the characters involved openly agreeing to the way this book went down.  (*giggle* “went down”)

Often it’s mentioned in the series how Cole would like what the others have (as in a relationship) and he ends up with something so…other, it’s not even in the same ball park.  He totally deserves a real HEA and I feel he totally got jipped.

I didn’t feel any real connection to Ren at all.  Her character was barely developed which left it hard for me to care about her.  As I mentioned above, I like how she is secure in her sexuality and knows what she wants and needs but other than that, there really isn’t much to her.  I don’t see why Lucas and Cole would go so ga-ga over her.

Lucas…I didn’t mind him but I didn’t love him.  I get that he is not really a focus in the book but he still plays an important enough role that a little more character development where he is concerned would have worked well.  As you can see, there is a theme building here.  There just wasn’t enough character development this time around.  And…

I think there may have been too much sex!  I feel it got in the way of us getting to know the characters other than, you know, ‘that’ way.

I don’t understand why, if Ren and Cole were so madly deeply in love with each other, that one didn’t look for the other, you know, in the ten years they were apart.  Seriously, if you are that hung up on someone that you can’t get yourself to enter another relationship in ten years, go find the chick that is still in your heart.  Really.  I just didn’t get it.

Overall, I was disappointed in this book.  I love Cole and always felt he had such a great story to tell!  I would have loved to see him with a woman who worshiped the ground he walks while still fitting into his life by being what he wanted and needed as opposed to one who just sits there like a lump, confused all the time.  He deserves that.  But if he’s truly happy at the end of this book, I guess I didn’t know Cole as well as I thought I did.  *shrugs*

2.5 stars

p.s. After reading this book, I went back and read Sweet Persuasion (for the 6thtime).  That book not only holds one of my most favorite characters (Damon) but it’s also one of my most favorite books ever.  It is a flawless example of hot sex, beautiful characters and a great story.  The perfect erotic romance.

Books in the Sweet series –
Sweet Surrender
Sweet Persuasion
Sweet Seduction
Sweet Temptation
Sweet Possession
Sweet Addiction

  1. I heard really good things about this series, I can imagine how disappointed you must have felt after reading this last and final book. Thanks for an honest review.
    And as alway you made me laugh, this time was with ” (*giggle* “went down”) ” You are cute!! lol

  2. I loved your review as well even if I’m sorry you got dissapointed with this one. For once, you won’t make me spend money! 😉
    But I agree with BookaholicCat: I thank you for this honest review.

  3. So if I was to read a Banks book then perhaps this is not the book I would start with

  4. Bookaholic Cat – *giggle*

    Zendastark – I’m glad I saved you a few euros 😉

    blodeuedd – No, definitely not this one. Start at either book one or two. The first three books are the best imo. 🙂

  5. Hi Julie!!
    It’s so sad when you love a series and last book is a disappointment, but it seems like you really enjoyed the other books in the series, and to find a favorite among them it’s is always a great thing.
    You were a little sick before I went on vacation, I hope you are all well and feeling great now.

  6. I’m sorry that this book wasn’t for you, but you wrote this review really well. OMG, you need to come teach me how to write reviews when a book isn’t for me. I still need to read this series…

  7. O dear. I won this book on Twitter, before I realized this was erotica. And that is so not my genre. And if you state there is too much sex in it, wow, then I really don’t look forward to reading it. But now I feel bad cause the author gifted it to me through Amazon, which means she bought it herself right?
    Any advice ladies?

  8. Hey Julie, great review. I like this series so I will probably still get the book since I know the characters. However I am in no rush to get it. (I love Damon too)

    A great review. I totally understand what you mean about even though a book is fictional, it still needs to feel read and for me. Maya Banks is a hit and miss in this respect. Some of her books blow me away and others I shake my head. I had a feeling that this book was not going to be the best as I have heard from others the same sort of issues you felt with this book. The things you pointed out would drive me nuts too. 10 years apart and still carrying a torch? Boo! Giving your sub away for 2 weeks? Boo!
    Even though I do like adult books, I don’t like a book that is too much sex. I need the story to contain me.

    Well done review.

  9. Lup – It was disappointing but as you said, at least there are some gems that I can read over and over in the series. 🙂

    Christi – For me, the key is the breakdown review. I can’t do it otherwise because I rant. And ranting isn’t professional in reviews. lol And I can not wait for you to read Sweet Persuasion. Can’t. Wait.

    aurian – Ask your friends if they want it. If you know someone who is into heavy erotic books and loves hot smex, they’ll like this one. 😉

    Michelle – Yes, the story is very important especially in erotic books. I think that’s where authors get it wrong more often than not: they assume all readers want is hot sex but we need to connect to the characters or the sex won’t be as hot for us. If that makes any sense. lol

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