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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: Shameless by Gina L. Maxwell

Ready to turn up the heat to scorching hot?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Scorched
Release Date: May 30, 2016

People say I’m shameless. They’re right.

I like my work dirty and my sex even dirtier. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and dancing as a private stripper for horny suburbanites doesn’t even register. Neither does hooking up with them afterward whenever the mood strikes—it’s one of the bennies of the job—but it’s always a one-and-done. I don’t do repeat performances. Ever.

Until I meet the one girl in all of Chicago not interested in dry humping my junk. She’s all I can think about, and that’s a problem, because I made sure she wants nothing to do with me. But I’ve seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a fucking T.

I want her. Bad.

Now I need to show her how good it can feel…to be shameless.

Handyman by day, sexy stripper by night, Chance Danvers doesn’t mind the extra “perks” that come along with his night job. Money and sex, two things he knows pretty well so when he gets a call from someone needing their pipes fixed, he assumes it’s of the sexual variety. When he arrives at the woman’s apartment though, he’s surprised by Jane Wendall’s lack of interest in him. All she wants is for him to fix the sink and go.

Jane’s lack of interest in Chance isn’t personal; she’s just too busy with school and work to get involved with anyone, much less someone who might be a dud in the sack. Instead she relies on good old fashioned porn to get her through those lonely nights, but then Chance finds out about her hobby and gets her to agree to let him dance for her in exchange for fixing her sink pipes. Then the good old dirty fun begins.

I’m not sure if it was intentional but Shameless brought the funny even as it brought the heat! Chance and Jane are pretty entertaining characters and being that this story is told in alternating POVs, there’s a wealth of internal monologue that just had me giggling like crazy.

Chance is blunt as hell and cocky too. He knows he’s good looking, he knows he’s packing a bigger than average “tool” and he knows he’s good at making women feel good. That said, his cocky attitude might be a turn off to some readers because he really does think he’s that good. He had his moments of being too cocksure about himself but I still liked the guy. He had a way of expressing himself that had me laughing during his POV chapters. He knew there was a line between dominant bedroom play and everyday life and I appreciated that he didn’t take the whole dominance role to the extreme.

Jane may have been deprived of sex for the sake of her studies but she wasn’t na├»ve or stupid, she knew what she wanted, she asked for what she wanted from Chance and most importantly, she enjoyed what she did with Chance. I felt that she took control of things early on, without really knowing it. Chance pursued her not the other way around. To me there was something powerful about that, about Jane knowing what she wanted and in a sense giving Chance permission to be the one to give her what she wanted. She also didn’t have a problem being just as blunt with him as he was with her, calling him out on his rudeness and making him sweat it out a bit when it comes to being with her.

Given that Shameless is part of the Scorched imprint which is more erotica than romance, there is a lot of focus on sex because, DUH that’s what erotica is. So in that this book excelled. It was labeled as erotica and it definitely delivers erotica. That said, Chance and Jane weren’t just sex robots, they had feelings and conflicts just as in a regular romance but they seemed to work it out through sex. I had fun with this book and these two characters because they were just so freaking hot together and I felt that even with the role playing that Chance never abused or mistreated Jane. Everything was consensual.

The only part I’d nitpick over was the “slut” talk. That’s just not my thing and to me it’s not sexy. And there’s one particular scene where Jane is describing that she craves Chance’s dominance but she mentions that she craves the “abject humiliation” he gives her. I don’t care for that particular kind of sex play and whenever Chance would say something degrading to Jane it would break my concentration and I would mentally stumble a bit while getting back into the scene. So that bothered me a bit. Other than that, I loved the heat level and the way Gina L. Maxwell handled a sex only fling between two very different characters without making it seem too technical or cold hearted.

Since this is part of a series, I’m pretty sure Chance’s two buddies who also moonlight as strippers will get their own books as will Jane’s scheming friend Addison who is to blame for Chance showing up at Jane’s apartment in the first place. I’m so up for reading those books, they all sound like fun characters.

Again, while Shameless does have a HEA, it is also considered erotica which means blow-the-doors-windows-and-walls-down-with-graphic-sex scenes. It really isn’t for the faint of heart because Chance and Jane like it rough and dirty, sometimes a bit too dirty for my tastes but it wasn’t enough to deter me from finishing the book in one day.

Final Verdict: Congratulations Ms. Maxwell, you have a fan of this series and I can’t wait to read the next book! Shameless is wicked hot fun between two smart ass people who just want to let off a little steam and end up getting more than they bargained for.

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