Sunday, April 08, 2007

Wild, Wicked, & Wanton by Jaci Burton

Wild, Wicked, & Wanton

Three friends...three secret desires...three chances to make it all come true.
They're inseparable best friends who delight in sharing their wildest secrets and dares. But their latest bet is the boldest one of all: each must sleep with whomever the other two have chosen for her. And come back with every juicy detail...

Abby married the town bad boy. And he lived up to his reputation, bedding any woman who let her guard down. She swore off men for good, but never counted on a pair of sexy veterinarians who are fulfilling a desire of their own.

Blair is the town heartbreaker. Afraid to commit, she's broken off three engagements. Yet there's one man she never had the courage to bed. The one man she really loved. But now, the decision is out her hands.

Callie is the sensible one....but beneath it all she's a true romantic, with the broken heart to prove it. Now her long-dormant fantasies may be getting a workout. A new man enters her life and everything about him is irresistible.

On Ms. Burton's blog, she was generously giving ARCs of Wild, Wicked & Wanton to those who were willing to give reviews, good or bad. Being a fan of Jaci's work, I (of course) jumped at the opportunity.

Wild- In Wild, we've got Abby. She'd been in a marriage, a bad one, that ended badly as well. Now she's trying to get on with her life, finishing up veterinarian school, and planning to open her own practice.

But Abby's also got fantasies, ones she tries to deny. As her internship comes to an end, she gets approached by her bosses, Mike and Seth. They propose she go out with them, either separately or together, and Abby's more than slightly stunned. She can't fathom that they both want HER. Mike is a player and extremely gorgeous. He sleeps with lots of women and enjoys them and makes no excuses for it. Seth is the quieter of the two but equally as hot.

At the encouragement of her friends, Abby says yes to their proposal. Abby has one night, a threesome with Mike and Seth, and holy guacamole was it sizzling. But then she has to make a decision of whether she wants to continue to see the men, either together or separately, and in the end I applaud her decision.

Now, I am normally not a fan of menage books, but this one was done in a way that didn't compromise an already-established relationship, and THAT I enjoyed very much.

Wicked- Next up is Blair. Blair loves being in control. She goes out with men and sleeps with them on her terms. She controls every aspect of the relationship while it lasts, and none of them ever really last long... because, she's always been hot for Rand McKay. But being with Rand would mean she had to admit her secret... one that she thinks she hides well, but one that everyone who knows her already knows.

Rand and Blair have been hot for each other since they were kids, and now they finally act on that attraction. Wowzers. Sizzling. Rand shows Blair that sometimes it's okay to let someone else be in control and that it doesn't make you weak, and the way he shows her is oh so very fun.

Again, I have to admit, I'm not a fan of control stuff. Seriously. But the tasteful way this book was done, and the way Rand waited out Blair... SIGH.

Wanton- Callie is a good girl, or at least that's what people think. That is until she hooks up with Jack, corporate attorney and the man who makes her smile every morning when he orders coffee in her shop. He sets her on fire in a way she hasn't been in a long time, since the death of her husband.

I was curious as to what Callie's secret desire was and when I found out, I must say my eyes widened a bit. Yet I love that Callie explores that side of herself with Jack without qualm and that Jake enjoys it as much as she does. The best part of it all? She and Jack find happiness while doing so.

This book was a scorcher! Seriously... yowza. Jaci delivers three novellas that are well-written, and done in a way that doesn't make any of the stories feel rushed. I had only one problem with the book... no condoms. None. I think for the context of these stories, condoms were essential. I, personally, know that I would not be with a man who has a track record like Mike without condoms... or any of the men in this book as they've all had their share of women. But, that being said, I still see this book as... Three hot novellas, one scorching book. I've been a fan of Jaci's since I found her works at Ellora's Cave three years ago, and I have to say I still enjoy her stories just as much now as I did back then.

Thank you, Ms. Burton, for sharing the ARC of this book. It was most definitely an honor and a pleasure. :-)

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