Review: Chasing Kings by Sierra Dean
December 17 2013
Received from author
Yummy Man – Ethan Silver
Kick Ass Chick – Samantha Hart
From Goodreads –
A porn star and a bookseller walk into the same BDSM hotel room suite…
Samantha Hart wishes things would stop happening in Vegas when a case of mistaken identity lands her in the Hard Rock’s racy Provocateur suite—an S&M wet dream that’s occupied by an honest-to-God porn star. Ethan Silver’s reputation should put her off, but his naughty charm and wicked-sweet smile have her agreeing to a night on the town. Then wishing for a night in, as well.
Ethan knew the instant he stepped through the door that this wasn’t the Samantha Hart he was almost desperate to see. Yet he can’t help it. He wants to ease the blushing bookseller out of her shell and show her a good time…and not just in the bedroom.
As a hot night on the Strip turns into a hotter night at the hotel, Ethan begins to prove there’s a good guy under his bad-boy façade. There’s a loan shark hot on his tail, though, and only Sam can help keep his movie-star face intact. But telling her the truth could cost him something he needs more than money. Her love.
Chasing Kings is a new contemporary romance book by Sierra Dean. First thing I want to say is not to be fooled by the blurb: this is not a BDSM book. Yes, the couple meet in a BDSM hotel room – and their meeting is so cute and funny! – but that’s pretty much where it all ends. After that moment, the two are just being extra adorable, really sexy and tons of fun.
This book is about Ethan, a porn star (yes, you read right – and he’s proud to be one) and Samantha, a bookstore employee. Essentially, two people who could not be more different, yet they really bring out the best in each other and make the other break out of their comfort zone at the same time. I really enjoyed reading their ‘journey’ and I really felt like they made a wonderful couple.
When you first meet Ethan, you think he’s your typical hot and cocky bastard. He walks into the room like he owns it and is extremely sure of himself. And why shouldn’t he be? He IS one of the most popular porn stars in the in world. But soon you see that he is also very sweet and smart and so much more. I love what he does to bring Samantha out of her shell even though he’s stressed out of his tree thanks to some pretty intense personal issues. Those are definitely moments where you want to jump into the book and give him a big hug. And maybe hump him a little bit. What?! I said a little bit! 😉 He is extremely charming and oh so yummy. I just loved him.
I really liked Samantha (Sam) too. I can’t say there is huge jump to her personality throughout the book but really, there didn’t need to be. She is smart and kind and just someone you want to hang out with. And to see her go the extra mile to help out a man she barely knows is a perfect example of how sweet a character she is. She is somewhat awkward but not overly so and that makes her endearing instead of gauche. She is just so cute!
The story was good. Ethan is in Vegas for an awards ceremony and Sam is in Vegas on a vacation – a vacation that her travel agent booked the wrong dates for. So instead of being in Vegas when she wanted to be, she’s in Vegas now. When she meets Ethan, he changes her plans and the book progresses into pretty much a story of how these two hang out and fall in love. But Ethan has a secret and it’s about to affect Sam… *dad a duuuummmm* So yes, the story is quite entertaining and there is lots of ‘hero and heroine together alone’ time which you should all know by now I strongly appreciate in my contemporary romance reads. But I have to say my most favorite part of this book were the characters.
Sierra has such a knack at writing great memorable characters. Whether she’s writing a vampire-werewolf hybrid, a baseball player or a porn star, she always makes their quirks delightful, their personalities relatable and their banter perfect. I can honestly say that there is yet to be a Sierra Dean book that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. Chasing Kings will charm you from the first page and will leave you smiling at the very end. Definitely worth reading.