This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Carina Press
Who can pass by a book called Sexcapades? And when it is written by Christine d’Abo, I just knew I had to request this on NetGalley. When I picked up the book, I didn’t have a clue what it was about because I just wanted to read it without delay!
Sexcapades starts off with rival sex bloggers PC and D. Williams one upping it on each other from their respective blogs, Sexcapades and Mantastic. The two don’t know each other other than they profiles on line, but each give advice to men and women on sex. Oh, be still my heart on this one. I just loved how each chapter started up with comments from both of the characters from their blogs. It set the tone for the each chapter and gave you insight as to what was going to happen.
Petra’s blog, Sexcapades, is all about helping women explore their sexuality, with a partner, but mostly without one. From vibrators, to dildos, to black candles, no topic is off limits. After a bad break up with an ex, hurtful words drive Petra to find her inner sex goddess, but she suffers from extreme shyness in crowds, thus why the blog allows her the freedom to open up without feeling hemmed in. Through a long drought in the real-live man department, Petra fantasized about the man she sees in the local coffee shop, while constantly looking for ways to one-up D. Williams.
On the flip side, D. Williams is actually Darcy Williams, a counselor by day helping abused and children deal with the aftermath. By night he is D. Williams, a man’s man who respects women, but constantly challenges PC’s posts. His brother, Danny, helps him start a blog called Mantastic, where Darcy allows the fun playful, but Neanderthal side of himself to come out to play. He fantasizes about the woman in the coffee shop, but never makes a move to talk to her.
I loved the fact that for a good part of the story, the two never know who the other one really is online. They embark on a one-night stand, that left me quaking in my books wanting to jump into the story myself. Petra forces herself to do the one night stand, getting to live out her fantasies of this man from the coffee shop. And let me tell you, the quiet ones are probably the ones with the better imagination on fantasies. These two do so many things all in the name of exploration and blogging. From toys to candles, to even a little bondage, these two ripped up the pages with so much steam!
It wasn’t all sex though. There is a stalker adding a small layer of intrigue to the mix. While this was a little silly, it wasn’t so overwhelming that it detracted from anything. Petra and Darcy do get out of bed for time to get to know each other. This leads them to understand the different sides of Petra, PC, Darcy and D. Williams and learn that not everything is nice and neat as the Internet would have us think.
This book had everything I adore: hot sex in various places, quirky characters, comedy in forms that had me giggling, an interesting plot that kept me engaged and oh, hot sex in case you missed it. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a lighter, but also sexier look at a contemporary romance. It is well worth the $2.99 price and will leave you sighing in happiness.