NOLA sets the scene for a BIG EASY TEMPTATION by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Big Easy Temptation


BIG_EASY_TEMPTATION_coverThe Perfect Gentlemen Book 3
By Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Category: Contemporary Romance
Penguin Random House May 3, 2016
Audiobook Download |PRHA/Penguin Audio | 756 Minutes
Ebook & Trade Paperback | Berkley | 384 Pages


Audiofile provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.



About Big Easy Temptation
The New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series present the third scintillating novel featuring the privileged, wealthy, wild men of Creighton Academy—the Perfect Gentlemen.
Years ago, Naval officer Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…
Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy. Soon, all clues point him back to New Orleans…where Holland waits, protecting her deadly secret and holding a torch for the only man she’s ever loved.
Once reunited, they can’t fight the passion flaring hot and wild. But something sinister lurks around every corner, from the elegance of the Garden district to the beauty of the bayou. Dax and Holland may find their way back to each other—if they survive…


My Take Oblong Shaped

This story brings a strong, capable woman who saves the hot guy as often, if not more often than he saves her.  But, making all their angsty-relationship shit crap stuff, though part of the series, detracts from the story telling because, on the one hand the Russians are ready to kill at a moment’s notice, but then they aren’t?  Also this books focus couple, Dax and Holland (Holland? WTF?) have sexual needs and responses that defy normal human responses to danger, betrayal, and death in the family.

As such, the relationship is hot times ten, partly because the couple could get it on during a nuclear strike. Dax has a slight Dom thing happening and after a hard day at work, Holland finds the submission freeing.   The new kid on the block is obvious in his placement in the plot. He’s not a red herring, he’s just a herring.

As far as the continuity goes, a timeline shift threw me. After all, dead people are suddenly alive and a moment of inattentive listening left me confused.  I have to chalk it up to my bad, but do listen with care.

I have had some major issues with the quality of Kaleo Griffith’s female voices, but he seems to have toned down the Marilyn-singing-happy-birthday-breathiness down to reasonable levels, although he does still do a weird interrogative, Mae West growl, to express a female voice. 
He gets the guys okay.

Also, I think the authors do a reasonable job writing guys. They don’t always sound like pre-teen boys playing war-games. It’s funny, because here they’re actually engaged in a war of sorts.

I have my suspicions about the entire plot. There’s a BIG secret about one character and the mob that has gotten at least five people killed. I think I know what it is, so you know that will keep me coming back until the big reveal!

Suspenseful, sexy, and a little silly sometimes —  this is a series so addictive,  I can’t give it up!

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