Definitely Naughty by Jo Leigh
Single Gal Seeks Naughty Inspiration
Aubrey Hayes @windowUndresser
Window dressing at Le Muse lingerie = best job ever. LOVE. But must design The Ultimate Window Display Of Hot Sex before Xmas. #panic 24h
A Hot Guys Trading Card just fell from the sky. Could this beautiful piece of man be my muse? It’s raining men. #hallelujah 23h
OMFG, Detective Liam Flynn even hotter in person. May explode into a million pieces of lusty lady bits. #HandcuffMeNow 15h
It’s on. Have convinced the über-hot cop to be my naughty muse until Xmas. Two weeks of sex, here I come! *ahem* 14h
Muse Plan already working. Creative juices flowing. And Detective Liam Hotness is the best “inspiration” ever. Owe the Fates BIG time. 8h
But I only have him until Christmas. Keep it together, Aubreyand DON’T fall for him. #SexNotLove 3m
That blurb does not do this story any favors.
Okay, here’s the thing. I’m in the mood for contemporary romance, something with good banter and chemistry between the main characters. Fun and flirty and sexy. I’ve been starting and DNFing quite a lot in my search for whatever is going to quench my craving and randomly added a bunch of books from my to-read list to my Kindle.
This was one of them. And I’m glad I did. It was a quick, little read. Hot and fun without being too filled with Drama. I really liked Aubrey – the fact that she’s so forward was just plain fun to read. She didn’t always feel as confident as she projected, which I felt was realistic, but she didn’t let that stop her either. It made me relate to her a lot.
Liam Flynn (not Hemsworth – who is who I kept picturing, despite the blue-eye descriptor) was definitely the sexy-times that Aubrey was looking for. I thought it was awesome that he was good at his job (police detective), but needed Aubrey’s confidence and care in order to get out from under the stigma that he was operating under at work.
What was best about their relationship though was how organic it felt. Despite the set-up. I still don’t understand this dating-trading-card-thing, or why/how his card fell out of the Manhattan night sky into Aubrey’s hand, but if I shrug those things off and just have fun, it’s so enjoyable.
Also, I found myself chuckling more than once when the narration seemed to poke fun at some of the common themes that happen in romance novels. Not that it was demeaning or putting them down, but sort of a tongue-in-cheek joke towards itself. I like when a book can do that, and (even better) when it makes sense for the characters.
One thing I will say, after having read several of these ‘Cosmo Red-Hot Reads’ novellas is that they always seem to catch me off guard with how much sex they contain. They’re sexy and hot, while still kind of leaving a mystery/allure to the smexy-times. Maybe that’s the word count or something else, but when their first sexual interaction faded to black I was a little surprised. Not disappointed, because I tend to skim most sex scenes (though I didn’t these, surprisingly), but surprised. I’m not even sure what to expect when I pick one of these up, I keep thinking they should be erotica, but I can never quite put them in that category. At the same time, they’re just hot romance….*shrugs*
They sure are fun to read though.