Review: Sweet Seduction (Sweet #3) by Maya Banks


Title: Sweet Seduction
Author:  Maya Banks
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Group USA  12/31/12
Length:  304 Pages
Series: Sweet #3


Salon owner Julie Stanford wanted Nathan Tucker ever since she gave him his first massage. Getting paid to feel every inch of his body, stripped, oiled, and spread out in front of her? Stuff dreams are made of. But the sexy guy was oblivious to the signals she was sending—until she finished off his final rub-down with something extra. In fact, the best extra he ever had. Unfortunately, he came around too late. Now Julie’s moving on . . .

The woman was driving him crazy. She lit fire to his insides then ran like a scalded cat. And now she’s going to someone else to have all her fantasies fulfilled? Over his dead body . . . He’s more than willing to give her what she wants, and as soon as he pins the little minx down, he’ll show her his own brand of sweet seduction.

My Thoughts

The story continues with this clan of friends, and I am happy to say that it took me MUCH less time to read #3 than it did #2, although i’m surprised why.  what we get here is the continued journey of all of these ladies and gents – with a hope at seeing what really lies underneath, and what kinks support that.

This third installment is all about Julie and Nathan – we know that Julie’s into Nathan, but she hasn’t had much luck – partially for lack of trying and partially cause they are both a bit too ‘dense’ for their own good.  It’s only after calling in a favor to Damon like Serena did that things get juicy.  See – we know that Julie’s really strong minded and independent, and when she’s decided that maybe she needs to fulfill her own fantasies instead of waiting for Nathan to come back to her (since he seems to have moved on) all bets are off.  Julie’s desires are in the realm of threesomes and Damon is the guy to set it up.  We know that Micah is in to them as well, and it’s just a matter of finding the other guy to work things out.

Where it gets good though is that we know that Nathan isn’t into kink AT ALL but since he learns of what Julie wants and won’t let another guy in on that, he gets involved – in a good way.  Julie’s dreams and fantasies are fulfilled – given that it’s not just a threesome, but she wants to be blindfolded so she doesn’t know who the guys are  – so the sex is amazing, and Micah and Nathan are good for her.  yet, she doesn’t know it’s them.

The question then becomes, will she find out that it was them, how will she find out and what will it mean?  The interesting thing separate from this is that she and Nathan start to do a little ‘dating dance’ separate from the sex club, so it’s definitely making things more complex.

True to Ms. Banks’ style – we get some vivid scening and some great depth of these characters and relationships.  One of the other great things that i LOVE about her style is that we never leave the other characters far behind.  Both Faith and Serena get big roles and their stories continue without taking away from Julie.

The other nice thing that i really like is that the lead in and teaser to Micah’s installment really makes you interested.  We never really got the full sense of his history and there in the one chapter that brought us there a bit – well i have to say that i’m really excited to pick up that book.  Enjoy!