Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My review: Birthday Wishes - The List - Book 1 by Braxton Cole

Mari meets Luca on an adult website. She’s still smarting from a divorce and only looking to explore her desires. They create wish lists of their sexual fantasies and agree to work through them together. No strings, no attachments, nothing but pleasure, and Mari anticipates their first meeting with impatience. But through a miscommunication involving a private text message and Mari’s nosy brother, Luca ends up at her 30th birthday party, before their planned rendezvous. Much to her surprise, they seem to connect better than she expected, and in ways she hadn’t expected. He’s strong, commanding, but also gentle and respectful and he makes her ache in ways she never thought possible.

But when Luca later expresses a desire for something more than just casual sex, Mari's impulse is to run the other way. After all, her failed marriage is evidence that she really shouldn’t go much deeper. Can Luca convince Mari otherwise? Can he help her see that he's her ultimate birthday wish come true?

Birthday Wishes is Book 1 in The List Series is intended for an adult audience only and contains mature themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

I have read one of Braxton's other books, Blown.  While I loved that book, this one blew me away!  First off, the cover.  While I am not always a big fan of couples of a cover I have to say that this cover is HOTT and made me want to read it all the more.  Then I read the blurb and new that I was going to love this series.

The first book in The List series introduces us to Mari who is divorced and looking for somewhere she can explore her desires.  There she meets Luca.  Together they make a list of what fantasies they want to fulfill and talk to one another on a regular basis.  Having never met one another face to face, Mari decides the perfect day for them to meet is on her 30th birthday.  Mari tells Luca she will meet him later at a decided upon location to start working on their desires, but Mari's brother gets a hold of her phone and sends a text to Luca to come to her birthday party.  The second they meet one another Mari can tell that the sex is going to be explosive.  They dance, he makes nice with her mom, but ultimately Mari didn't want him to meeting her family she was hoping to keep him separate from her actual life but her mother has other plans.  Her mother is always trying to get her to settle down again and the second she meets Luca she immediately wants it to be him.  Mari hurries to rush Luca away and when they are alone together she discovers that she is a lot more compatible with Luca than she originally thought.  He's dominating but he has a sweetness to him as well and as they begin to work through their fantasies and create new ones together it becomes obvious that Mari struggles with how she begins to feel about Luca.

Mari doesn't want a relationship, but Luca can't help but want something more with Mari once he gets to know her more.  Their relationship slowly starts to escalate and as it does will Mari want to take a chance with Luca or will she allow her marriage to dictate her future relationship with Luca?

I loved this story it was more than just hot sex (believe me that was part of it), the story really is very well written and at the end of you'll be left wanting more of Mari and Luca and Braxton does not disappoint in giving the reader the next installment which is now available for purchase.  Well written, and extremely hot and sexy but short enough to leave you satisfied but still wanting more, 4.5 stars!
Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she's not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn't given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.

Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.

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