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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Audiobook Review: Nauti Siren by Lora Leigh

TITLE: Nauti Siren 
SERIES: Nauti, Book #7
AUTHOR: Lora Leigh 
NARRATOR: Manxie Hardy
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2, 2013
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook, 5 hrs and 10 mins
GENRE: Erotic Romance, Erotica
ISBN: 9781101523216
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the relentlessly scorching backdrop of her Nauti Boys series with an all-new novella of a man—bad to the bone—and the one woman who knew he was trouble. That’s why she couldn’t let him go.

MY REVIEW: 

I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. 

This genre is a bit of a stretch for me, but I wanted to try something a little out of my comfort zone. Even though it is labelled as “Erotic Romance/Erotica,” it feels very much like a Romantic Suspense novel only with more graphic sex.

Leigh wastes no time in getting right into the naughty bits! Piper Mackay is a 24 year-old woman who lives with her two sisters at Mackay's Bed & Breakfast Inn owned by her mother in Somerset, Kentucky. She has had a crush for the past year on the man who has been staying in the room next to hers, Jedidiah "Jed" Booker. He says that he is in the construction trade and is working on some projects in town, but Piper has her suspicions that there is more to him than meets the eye. She lets herself into Jed’s room, presumably to clean it, just as Jed exits from the shower in just a towel. In the next moment, the two are in a hot clinch and Piper is pressed up against the wall with her legs wrapped around his waist. They get interrupted, and Piper is thankful because she worries that Jed is as controlling as her half-brother, Dawg. Jed scrawls his telephone number in her journal and tells her to call him when she's ready to give him a chance.

Piper is a small-scale fashion designer and dreams of hitting the big time. Dawg and her male cousins are very overprotective of Piper and her sisters, and none of them can go anywhere unaccompanied by a chaperone. When Piper receives a letter from a fashion mogul in New York expressing an interest in her designs, she sneaks away without telling anyone that she is leaving the state. She ends up getting roughed up in her hotel room just as she is checking out of the hotel, and her purse with her identification is stolen. The hospital staff find Jed's phone number in Piper's journal and call him to ask for permission to treat Piper who is unconscious. The knight in shining armour rides out to Piper’s rescue.

There is no question that Leigh can write hot and sexy scenes. I was okay with that, even though this book is a lot more explicit than what I am used to. What I am not okay with is reading about a woman getting knocked around. Poor Piper gets assaulted by men on two separate occasions, and the second time she wound up in the hospital with a concussion. I do not know enough about Leigh’s work to know whether this is a common element in her books, but I didn’t like it.

I love Alpha males who are protective, but I don’t care for overbearing and domineering. Jed does not have these negative qualities, but Dawg and Piper’s cousins are control freaks. At the end of the book when Piper is just about to find out the truth about what is going on, she decides she does not need to know and walks away and leaves the matter in the hands of Dawg and her cousins to deal with. What?!? Piper is way too subservient for my liking.

This novella is part of the Nautier and Wilder anthology by Leigh and Jaci Burton, which is also a part of Leigh’s popular Nauti series. Even though I haven’t read any other books in the Nauti series, I didn’t have any difficulty in following along.

There were definite parts of the story that I didn’t like, but I think the racy parts made up for it! Overall, I enjoyed it but I do not think that I will read any other books in the Nauti series. It sounds like Leigh’s Breeds series, which are Paranormal Romances, would be more enjoyable for me, and I will be trying it out.

Manxie Hardy is a new-to-me narrator, and she was okay but some of her male vocalizations grated on me. Dawg sounded like a redneck brute with more brawn than brains.

MY RATING:

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2 comments:

  1. I've read the first six, before the cover started changing anf the genre was romantic suspense, so I don't understand the need to change everything for erotica.But I liked your review and will read this book soon.

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    1. Hi, Mariana. I wasn't aware the genre morphed from Romantic Suspense. I'll be curious to see what you think of this one.

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