New to me author Jeanette Grey is on the blog today with the third in her Art of Passion erotic romance series. Please read on for my review of the audiobook version, narrated by Julia Duvall of
Nine Kinds of Naughty
The first I’ve listened to from this Author/Narrator pairing, Lexie is a determined, bold woman: able to deal with the most difficult situations that the boardroom can produce. Interpersonally, however, she is a bit of a train wreck: her dominant personality in the boardroom doesn’t translate to relationships, and the end is always a catastrophe. She’s understandably reluctant to take yet another chance on a relationship, so her life feels unbalanced, but she’s also not about to add yet another item to her plate at the moment. Work is crazy busy, and the acquisition of a Spanish company will require hours and travel. But, her control and capable management style is hard won, and with the return of her brother to the helm bringing those ‘you’re not quite enough’ feelings from her family dynamic, she’s ready to head out and fight fires elsewhere.
Lexie’s assistant Dane is competent, charismatic and drop dead gorgeous, but Lexi is less concerned about his ability to perform the job than being alone with hi, in Spain, for an extended time. Dane is happy to serve as Lexi’ second in the boardroom, but knows that underneath it all is a woman who needs to learn to relinquish control. And while this PA job isn’t his dream, and he still want to be a firefighter, the death of his brother and his attraction to his boss have him heading to Spain with a plan in mind.
Grey’s writing is solid and clear: the characters arrive and reveal themselves and their motivations fairly quickly, and the snappy dialogue helps to define the dynamics in play. And make no mistake, power is a large character in this story: the holding, wielding, surrender, sharing and even the desire for become a palpable and definable presence in the story, giving a more realistic look at the fluidity of the dynamic, much as one would see in real life.
Narration for this story is provided by Julia Duvall, and she fits the narrative voice for Lexi near perfectly. Hesitations where needed, edges applied when appropriate, Lexi was clearly present in all of her moments, with the subtle shifts to indicate the underlying emotion. Her clear switch to Dane and the other characters made each unique and distinct, it was easy to recognize and visualize each one. A wonderful performance that combined the author’s words and allowed the story to come alive. And be aware – this is an erotic title – so the steam, the interplay and the descriptions are hot, sensual and will steal your breath away.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: Nine Kinds of Naughty
Author: Jeanette Grey
Series: Art of Passion #3
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Narrator: Julia Duvall
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 7 February, 2017
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 36 minutes
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Lexie Bellamy can handle a boardroom. Relationships, however, are a minefield that always blow up. When a business trip takes her to Spain, Lexie knows she'll have no problem closing the deal. But spending uninterrupted one-on-one time with her crazy-hot coworker might be more than she can take.
At the office, Lexie gets to call the shots. But this trip is the perfect opportunity for Dane Huntley to show his gorgeous boss how good it can feel when someone else takes charge...
Miles away from home, giving in to Dane's naughty commands feels so easy. But when the trip is over, Lexie's determined to go back to their professional relationship. Dane, though, has other ideas. He'll have to prove that what they've found together is real... and he has no intention of letting go.
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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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