Nov 3, 2010

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Review: Four Play by Maya Banks and Shayla Black

Erotic Contemporary Romance
October 5 2010
Trade Paperback
346 pages
Berkley Trade

From Goodreads
Pillow Talk by Maya Banks, Zoe is a woman in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy, which involves his two best buddies. Is Zoe game? She sure is, because it opens the door for a secret fantasy all her own.

In Shayla Black’s Her Fantasy Men, a girly-girl named Kelsey plays football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends-all male. Yet she’s never seemed sexually interested in any one of these hot guys. So what does Kelsey want? A fantasy come true for all four of them.”

Sex, sex and more sex.  If you are in the mood (tee hee) to read stories about the many, many ways a woman or a man’s fantasies can come true, or the many, many ways one women and three or four men can ‘enjoy each other’s company’, then you will want to read this anthology.  Made up of two original novellas by two of the ‘hottest’ writers around, “Four Play” will definitely teach you a thing or two if ever you are suddenly found with three best guy friends that you secretly lust over and what to do with them once all your true feelings are revealed.

Pillow Talk by Maya Banks

I usually love Maya Banks for the characters she writes.  Well, seeing how this is a novella about how a boyfriend and a girlfriend attempt to fulfill each other’s wildest sexual fantasies while involving their roommates and fellow best friends, the character development sort of takes a back seat.  Don’t get me wrong, the characters are fine.  I just didn’t find them to be overly gripping.  But I think it’s more because of the subject matter.  I mean, c’mon.  My wildest sexual fantasy is to have uninterrupted sex with my hubs in a luxurious hotel while the kids are having a sleepover at my parent’s house.  Actually, it doesn’t even have to be a luxury hotel.  In fact, it doesn’t have to be a hotel at all, but the uninterrupted part is key!  The blurb on the back of the book sums up the story perfectly.

“Zoe Michaels may be in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase, but there’s no lack of heat between her and her other two roommates Brody and Tate. After all, the three guys are all firefighters. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy: for Zoe to perform an everything-goes strip tease for his two best buddies. A turn-on for them means a turn-on for him. And for Zoe? It proves to be even more, and it opens the door for a secret desire all her own to come true.”

But that’s what this story ends up being.  Sex after sex after sex.  But sometimes that’s all you want from a book.  A quick, ‘makes you blush’ read.  If you enjoy stories that involve voyeurism, strip teases, public sex, foursomes, fivesomes, *fans herself*and sex with strangers, then you will find Pillow Talk to be one of the hottest books you’ve ever read.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’Gorgeous hotel,’ she whispered as they approached the front desk.
He shot her a curious look.  ‘Why are you whispering, babe?’
She laughed.  ‘Sorry, it just seemed like the thing to do.  Everything is so…regal.’
‘You’re a nut.’”
“’Probably has a small dick,’ she muttered.  ‘Too much perfection.’
Chase choked on his laughter.  ‘I don’t hear you complain about my dick size.’
She broke her fascination with the stranger and turned back to Chase.  ‘That’s because you are the perfect package.  Unusual.  I count myself lucky I don’t have to settle.  You have a great dick, but you aren’t one.’”

Her Fantasy Men by Shayla Black

This story had a little more of a ‘story’ to it.  A little more emotion.  The back of the book says:  “Kelsey Rena is an enigma. She’s a girly-girl who’s wild for football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends–all male. She’s a puzzle, too, when it comes to sex. Here are three hot guys always ready and within reach and she’s never seemed interested. So who is the lucky mystery man satisfying the girl of their secret dreams? The three pals plan to find out. And when they do, they’ll see a side of Kelsey they’ve only dared to fantasize about.”

After reading the blurb, it’s easy to think this will be a fun fluff read like Maya’s story, but there is more to it.  I didn’t mind the characters.  I thought it was kind of cool that you had your different ‘personalities’ in there.  But I just couldn’t wrap my head around Kelsey’s mind set.  She is surrounded by three men who really want to claim her.  Now, these guys are yummy.  Her domineering lawyer boss, her firefighter passionate neighbour and her long time bestest friend.  How lucky is she to be surrounded by that much hotness every single day?!  I think it’s very brave of her to keep her defences up to try not to show favouritism, but once her walls crumble…  That’s when the story, while still interesting, lost its appeal for me.  Hot story.  Hot sex.  Just a baffling premise.  Honestly, it’s not that different from Maya’s story, but I just found that by adding the emotional turmoil, while in a non-erotic book would be a good thing, it just made the story a little too farfetched for my taste.  I think that to make an erotic title exciting to read, you have to be able to place yourself in the heroine’s place, and I just couldn’t do that here.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’I kissed her once.’
‘Yeah?’ That got Rhys’s attention.
‘But we were thirteen, and her comment afterward was that Josh Smith kissed better.’”
“We want you to feel comfortable, get time to truly know us,’ Tucker explained.  ‘And not feel like you have to change the way you behave with any of us because the others won’t like it.  You have to experience each of us as potential mates for more than a few days in order to choose.  We understand that.’
‘In other words, this is my real-life episode of The Bachelorette?’”

***spoiler alert*** The only issue that I had with both of these stories is how these three guys and this one woman enter a relationship together.  I mean, they all live together and be together and love each other.  And not just sex-love.  Love-love.  Hmm…I just can’t grasp that EVER happening successfully!  I’m not going to go too much into it here because it’s going to be the subject of My Life’s Quirks this week.  Look for that this Thursday.  🙂

  1. Suspension of disbelief. Otherwise theses types of stories never work for me. 🙂 Nice review.

  2. Hmmm…might go for this one…I can pretend really well 😉

  3. FV – I really tried to remind myself that this was fiction! lol

    Mandi – It’s easier to pretend during the first story than the second. 🙂


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