Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Kaleb (Alluring Indulgence #1) by Nicole Edwards

Kaleb (Alluring Indulgence #1) by Nicole Edwards 
Published January 13th 2013 by SL Independent Publishing, LLC
Zoey Stranford might’ve had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she’s a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty nine, her libido decides to ramp into high gear and the only thing she can focus on is the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door who is definitely not a boy anymore?

The only problem is that Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember. Not to mention, Kaleb and his brothers are working on buying Stranford land to build a new resort, and she’s more than a little hesitant about his intentions.

Kaleb Walker has had his eye on Zoey for close to twenty years, but never before has he considered taking their friendship to the next level, no matter how many fantasies he’s had about her over the years. That doesn’t explain why Kaleb is hell bent on having her – in as many ways as possible.

Kaleb finds himself in a precarious situation. His brothers have nominated him to pursue Zoey’s father about purchasing the land needed to get their new resort off the ground. Finding out that Carl Stranford is on the brink of foreclosure and Zoey might just lose her house and the land, Kaleb now has to convince her to put aside her pride and let him help her.

It doesn’t take long before the flames start burning bright and hot, and the two of them burn up the nights and the days as they explore each other’s forbidden fantasies. But can their friendship survive a business transaction or the new friends with benefits clause? Or will they realize that they’ve been overlooking something much deeper that’s been right in front of them all along?

Warning: This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable, including, but not limited to m/f/m encounters, anal sex, exhibitionism, and voyeurism. Consider yourself warned! Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

My Thoughts
Not quite what I expected, but entertaining none the less. Definitely a 10 on the steam scale! Kaleb and Zoey can turn up the heat and adding a third person to the mix made it even more intense.

The plot was a bit light, so it wasn't hard to keep up with what was happening. Kaleb works with his brothers, and their most recent project is to build a resort on the Stranford property. If they can only get Zoey's father to agree with selling his land that's been in the family for generations. With Kaleb and Zoey being long time friends but never taking it to the next level, a connection is inevitable due to the chemistry between the two. Now that Zoey is divorced, there's all the more reason for these two to connect. However with the small conflict of Kaleb wanting Zoey's family property, things can get heated even outside of the bedroom.

First off, I struggled keeping all of the Walker boys straight. There were quite a few of them, so it's interesting to see that each/most will get their own book. All of the characters were interesting and not hard to like.

Nicole Edwards can definitely write some heated scenes, and she wasted no time in getting to that part of the story. However, what took me by surprise was the threesome that was added to the story. It felt like it came out from left field. Just as steamy, but a bit abrupt.

Overall, the story ended in a pretty interesting cliff-hanger and kept me interested all the way through, so I might just keep on going with this one.
3 Suns

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