Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quickie Review: French Quarter (Hot in the City #1) by Lacey Alexander

Synopsis (Goodreads):
When prim, proper Liz Marsh suspects her fiancĂ© is cheating on her, she’s almost too embarrassed to hire a P.I. to prove it. And when she gathers her courage and walks into Jack Wade’s office, she has no idea he’ll be the sexiest man she’s ever encountered, nor that his light Cajun accent will make her tingle in all the wrong—or is that right?—places.

After Jack brings her questionable yet undeniably arousing evidence, the only solution is for Liz to get a closer look with her own eyes. And Jack is more than happy to show her everything she’s been missing. One night in the French Quarter’s entrancing red light district, and Liz finds herself caught up in the sensual allure of an erotic new atmosphere and the sudden, urgent need to experience it for herself—with Jack.

Jack’s normally a keep-it-casual guy, but as nights with Liz get hotter, so do Jack’s feelings for the sensual woman in his arms. Bourbon Street decadence beckons and Liz embarks on a sizzling journey of sexual awakening that has her more willing to shed her inhibitions minute by carnal minute. But someone else has noticed her insatiable appetite for sensual adventure, someone who’s just beginning to realize what he’s lost—and who’s determined to tear Jack and Liz apart…

Warning: Contains sizzling hot sex any way she wants it—and a man (or two) more than willing to show her the ropes. Let the good times roll, baby!
My Thoughts:  I liked this book as a quick, naughty escape from reality.  This is the ultimate fantasy where someone can shed their old, conservative persona to embrace the wild child that's always been hidden within.  It worked in that sense and I enjoyed how quickly Liz shed her inhibitions but there were a couple of repetitive word choice issues that drew me out of the story.  Normally, I find much repetition to be vaguely irritating, but I can usually ignore it.  Unfortunately, the use of some variation of "twirling her nipples" was used one too many times for me.  I was starting to imagine that her poor hooters were like helicopter blades just whirling away.  That's not a sexy visual.

Blade-like nipples aside, I did enjoy the book.  Liz jumps in with both feet as she experiences a sexual awakening.  She sheds her conservative image and her inhibitions in one fell swoop.  There was a point where I was starting to wonder how Liz and Jack would be able to maintain any sort of relationship outside of strip clubs and sex shops but Lacey Alexander managed it.

There's nothing earth-shattering about this book but it has a good dose of creative sex and it's a nice, easy read.

More books by Lacey Alexander

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
French Quarter was a free Kindle download I picked up 09/16/11.


  1. Okay, no need to read this one. I don't think I could get through it now without laughing out loud - apparently too often. I have enough explaining to do around here with random outbursts. My family will probably have me committed one day :)

  2. creativedeeds: It's probably not as bad as I thought it was. I just got that mental picture in my head and couldn't shake it.