Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: Charming Olivia by Grace Harper

Title: Charming Olivia
Author: Grace Harper
Genre/Age: Romance, Erotica
Series: Geary Brothers Series (Book One)
Publisher: Gavon Publishing
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Rating: ✺✺✺.5
SynopsisCharming Olivia is the first of three novels in the Geary Brothers Series

Olivia Gage is a top selling clean romance novelist, but wants to write erotica. Jack Geary leads the lifestyle that Olivia wants to write about. They start talking after a sarcastic written conversation over a review of a corset that he made and a book she wrote.

Over time, they become friends and then he persuades her to spend a week with him. He reasons with her that if she hasn’t experienced erotica first hand then how is she going to write about it.

Charming Olivia is the week she spends with him, each night a different subject, whips & ropes, threesomes, MM sex club and so on. He is determined to talk her out of her clothes and into his bed. Olivia is determined that he is not going to lay a finger on her until she confesses the truth. 

Over the year that he has been in contact with her, he has told her exactly what he wants to do to her. She tells him she is married and that is why she won’t succumb to his charms but she is not telling the full truth. Once Olivia reveals what the truth is to Jack, she stands no chance.

Absolutely 18+

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Charming Olivia was a pretty good read!

The blurb was enough to peek my interest. They say you should write what you know. Well, our Olivia wants to write erotica and doesn't have very much experience with erotic sex. In comes Jack Geary, a man with a lot of experience with matters of the heart bodies.

From the beginning, there is a mysterious cloud that surrounds Olivia in regards to her husband. We learn that she has one, early on, but very little is explained about him until further into the book. In all honesty, I thought the marriage angle was overplayed a bit too much. I began to predict that Olivia's mysterious husband had died or didn't actually exist and was just an excuse to avoid intimacy with Jack. I won't tell you what the answer was. You'll have to read it to find out.

But even though the leading lady refuses to break her vows, there is still plenty of sex happening in this book. And it is...

At first, I wasn't sure about Jack. His sexual escapades were aplenty and I began to wonder if this was going to be a romance story or just an erotica novel. But eventually, we get a first-hand look into Jack's mind (from his POV) and the softer side is shown.

The ending, however, irritated the heck out of me! After falling in love, you would think that a happily-ever-after was in the works. But instead, a stubborn character was trying to sabotage everything. The whole time, my head was screaming:

There were some noticeable typos and several spots where commas were used instead of the appropriate period. I was able to overlook that but just in case the author were to read this, I recommend running the manuscript through Grammarly (or the like) and it will catch most of them for you. :)

In closing...
Charming Olivia was a quick read with likable characters and lots of steam. I am certainly interested in reading about the other Geary men in the series. I hope one of them is Elijah, because I am already loving that guy. 3.5 suns!

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