June 23, 2013

Spotlight on: Blown by Braxton Cole

Blown by Braxton Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blown is the ultimate "good girl falling for bad guy" story. In this case Roni is a cop, and Mateo Vargas is a gun runner. Can't get much more conflicted than that. However, the chemistry and sexual encounters between the two of them are off the chart! Roni knows it's not a good idea for the two of them to be together, but when she runs into Mateo while she is undercover investigating a drug ring, sparks fly and she is unable to walk away. Mateo agrees to help her bring down the drug ring, which puts him in considerable danger himself. But it allows them to spend time together, and at least pretend that there is some way they can be together.
"It's not like..." He swallowed and squeezed my hand a little harder.  "I'm not stupid.  I know I don't get to keep you, but that doesn't mean I don't want to.  And it doesn't mean I want to see you with anyone else."

I fell in love with Mateo in this story. He is a criminal - a tattooed, gang-member looking, gun runner, but he is sweet, and sensitive, and will make you fall head over heels in love with him. I feel for Roni, I really do. I can only imagine that if I were the one having mind blowing sex with him, I wouldn't be able to walk away either, job be damned. However, after the case is wrapped up, that is just what they do. They know that it will never work unless one of them gives up their livelihood, and it appears that neither one is willing to do that.
"Not yet.  Just a few more minutes.  Please."  It was foolish and pointless.  I was simply delaying the inevitable.  I had to get up and get dressed and go about the business of catching bad guys.  And Mateo needed to get back to the business of being a bad guy.
Once again, Braxton Cole deliver a hell of a story packaged as a novella. I still can't believe how much is packed into just 77 pages, but she manages to tell the story from beginning to end without making it feeling rushed, or lacking. It's definitely a very rare talent. Plus I love how she writes sex scenes. They are definitely 100% erotica, but they are done in the best way possible to where you don't feel like you are reading straight up porn. The sex scenes enhance the story - they don't feel like they are just crammed in just to be there.

The conversational feel of the dialogue and the exposition are definitely a favorite of mine, too. Braxton writes in such a way that it feels casual, and reads true and honest to the story and characters. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I am just a big, huge, effing fan of Braxton Cole! I loved Blown and every other book of hers I've read so far. And I can't wait for the new ones to come out. If you are a fan of erotica, or just a really well written story with a great plot line, then you should definitely check out her books.

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Character Casting: 
Since I loved Mateo Vargas so much, I took it as a personal challenge to search the internet for the perfect tattooed male specimen that resembled the Mateo that lives in my mind.  And I have to say that I came pretty damn close to finding what I was fantasizing about in my head.  Here he is:
You're welcome..........  ;)

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