Monday, 7 April 2014

Stuck in Between by Blakely Bennett - Review


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Title: Stuck In Between
Author: Blakely Bennett
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2014
Available From: Amazon
Cover Designer: Yocla Designs
Editing: Read Owl

My Thoughts:

Stuck in Between by Blakely Bennett

I love a good romance story with a love triangle and I certainly enjoyed this one. Though Stuck in Between by Blakely Bennett was not what I expected.

It started off well. The writing was solid; descriptive enough without being excessive and it maintained a good pace that kept me interested. I was halfway through the novel before long, and was delighted to be reading something semi decent. 

I have noticed, since I’ve started reviewing books in this capacity, that I have become more critical. So “semi decent” might not seem like much of a compliment, but it is.

From about the halfway point the story got a little repetitive and on occasion I felt like I was being told the story rather than reading / living / seeing / feeling / imagining it. The author, Blakely Bennett did a fantastic job of highlighting the angst between the trio, but possibly could have left out some of the on / off status between Jaqu’s and Bond. Bond would say “we need to talk” and I’d roll my eyes, groan and start skimming a little, because we had already travelled this road.

The eroticism was generally well thought out and varied with the addition of some cleverly implemented bondage. I enjoyed visualising the creation of the rope corset and imagining it’s uses. One thing that I felt could have been improved upon, relates to the limited vocabulary that was used during the sex scenes. Particular words were used too frequently and they had the effect of cheapening the scenes as well as reducing the range of action.

My Rating:
❀❀❀

Disclaimer

I obtained an ARC from the author with a view to providing an honest review. The thoughts expressed above, are entirely my own. I don’t really like the concept of rating novels as they are subjective and subject to change. A five star book today, may be re-evaluated when compared to future novels.

The Summary:

Jacqs is a twenty-eight year old woman caught up in an on again, off again relationship with Bond, who is her best friend and the one who causes her the most heartache. She succumbs, yet again, to his powerful charisma, but vows not make it into more than it is, a great night of sex.


Bond, too sexy for his own good, wants Jacqs for himself as he “dates” his way through the female population of South Florida. He selfishly doesn’t see the conflict of interest.



Red, Bond’s best friend, has watched Bond take Jacqs for granted for way too long and soon stakes his own claim on her.



Will Red and Jacqs budding relationship pull apart their tight-knit group of friends and will Jacqs survive being Stuck In Between.



CHAPTER ONE


Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.


Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain.

Stuck In Between (erotic romance) is her 5th novel. She is also the author of the dark erotic suspense, My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) & My Body-Mine) and co-authored the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack with her husband, Dana Bennett.


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