Review of Lust by Tori Dean


Author: Tori Dean

Genre: Erotic Romance

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My rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb: Avery Sloan is a young, beautiful girl who just wants to be loved and desired. Her sights are set on a gorgeous co-worker named Kash Kincade.

When they hook up, he knows how to push her buttons to keep her wanting more. She’s completely addicted to him.

Is it Love or Lust?

Trying to keep work and personal life separate is challenging as she just wants to be claimed and appreciated by him, but he doesn’t give her an ounce of his love which only leaves her to become his beck and call girl.

Will she accept him as is or will she walk away from the one thing she wants most.?

Review: Many of us have had such affairs. The chemistry and tension are killing us. The mad sexual desire drives us out of our minds. The only person who can satisfy us is just within reach and at one point we can’t fight the temptation. But when the haze of lust fades away, albeit for a moment, we realize we have been trapped in a not so healthy arrangement. Perhaps you may try to stay strong, restrain from calling, try to act indifferent… till the next text message or a phone call. How long would you last being at someone’s beck and call?

This debut novella by Tori Dean is a sweet and funny story about the complicated relationship between two office co-workers. The point of view switches between Avery and Kash and it goes to show how often we may end up misunderstanding each other. Especially when our ability to communicate is clouded by intense lust, jealousy, fears, and doubts. Can love grow on such an unstable foundation?

Avery and Kash have the hots for each other from the very first time they meet. But while they are sexually compatible they seriously lack in being honest and open in their communication. As I was reading, I thought that neither of them really bothered to listen to the other or try to understand them. They felt quite human and easy to relate to. For most of the book, I liked them, even if they were being silly and making plenty of mistakes on the path to a better relationship. At times, I found Kash to be seriously dense and headstrong, especially by the end of the story. Of course, he redeemed himself and made it up to Avery but I seriously wondered how a supposedly smart guy may be so blind to obvious things. I felt that Avery was a bit too needy at times but given her history that was easy to understand. On the other hand, she was definitely no damsel in distress and knew how to fight for what she wanted. She also had no trouble to put Kash at his place and that is a trait of character I definitely want to see more often in the contemporary erotic romance.

What I really liked about the story was that it feels very realistic and the reader can easily walk in the character’s shoes. There were no expensive restaurants, helicopter rides, and extravagant gestures. Still it succeeded in being romantic and touching. The sex scenes showed very well the mind blowing lust those two felt for each other. However, my general feeling was that Avery and Kash spent most of the time in lust and angst. Sometimes I questioned what binds them together except the craving of their flesh. I wish there were more scenes that were not exclusively in bed or in a heated argument.

If you’re looking for a quick, romantic book that flows easily and can be finished in one reading I’d recommend you to give it a try. I enjoyed Lust and I look forward to reading the future works of the author.

Buy Lust today on Amazon. You can also check Tori’s other work and future releases at Mr.Blackthorne.

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