WHEN ALEX WAS BAD
Author: Jo Davis
Source: Personal Purchase
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (August 4, 2009)
After fifteen years together, Alexander and Olivia Quinn have become strangers, both in and out of the bedroom-until Olivia suggests a provocative plan to save their marriage. When their handsome neighbor joins the game, all three players will become embroiled in a dangerous and unexpected world of secrets, betrayal, and murder.
Where should I begin with this review? The bad, the good or maybe the in between? First of all this is definitely a book for the 18+ group. Heck, I am in my 30’s and I was still blushing and uneasy in some parts of the book. What can you expect in this book? Well, the author touches on many sexual appetites in this story. As you read the book you will find M/M, M/F/M, BDSM, open marriage, voyeurism and even hot wax thrown in to the mix. Oh wait, there is some suspense and plot thrown in as well.
Let’s start with what I didn’t like about the book. Alex and Olivia are finding that their marriage is going downhill in the sex department. They both have successful careers and have put their marriage on the back burner. When Olivia catches Alex being seduced by one of his sexy employees, Olivia hatches a plan to amp up their sex life. I am all for finding new ways to spice up a marriage, but the way Olivia goes about it was just wrong. She basically gives Alex the go ahead in having sex with anyone he chooses as long as he admits it to her and tells her everything about it. Then he must accept his punishment that she chooses. Hello? Giving your husband a free pass to go mess around with anyone is suppose to spice up your marriage? I don’t think so. I still consider that cheating and was a bad excuse for a plot.
The in between for me about this book was the suspense. I thought the barely existent suspense of a sex ring going bust was kind of lame, but plausible. I accepted it and tried to enjoy it. I just wish there would have been more suspense and real action in exchange for some of the sex scenes that weren’t as great.
The good part of the book was that the author took it a step further and also introduced another player in the punishment game. I like how the author was willing to explore the male/male scenes and make them sexy as hell without going over the top. I enjoyed the character of Jason. His personality was great and he actually had some funny dialogue. Even if the author did stumble in some parts of the book with the plot, I did find myself wanting to finish it just to see if Jason would have a happily ever after as well.
Overall not a horrible book, but not one I will re read anytime soon–if at all. It was great for a quick and steamy read that you sometimes crave, but not one with enough plot or substance to warrant it a keeper book.
If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS
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