Author: Opal Carew

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5


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Lindsay’s not at all happy with the way her love life is going.  Her last relationship ended when she busted in on her boyfriend who was in bed with two women.  That’s not exactly the sort of thing you want to talk about and her stepmother’s assumption that Lindsay’s just not sexually adventurous is more than a little frustrating.  Lindsay’s not lacking in the imagination department; she’s lacking in the inspiration department. A run in with three hunks in an elevator and an invitation to live out her most illicit fantasies change everything.

Lindsay and her friend Jill have been talking about planning to have a girls’ weekend away so she assumes the invite is from her friend.  And the illicit fantasies – well, that could be a day spa and massage, right?  When Lindsay arrives at the designated room at an upscale apartment building though she realizes how very mistaken she was in her assumption.  Since no one’s there and she has a keycard Lindsay lets herself in and begins exploring the rooms – but when she hears male voices and realizes they belong to two of the men she met in the elevator panic sets in… .


The invitation was actually sent by Erik, one of the elevator hunks.  His intentions are simply to engage in a weekend of hedonistic pleasures, but Lindsay’s obviously unnerved by the presence of his friends Connor and Travis.  She soon warms up to the idea of indulging her more adventurous nature, but just when she begins to feel like she wants a future with Erik; which could include Connor and Travis, Erik lets her know it’s out of the question.  It’s not that he doesn’t want her to stay, but Erik’s been rejected once in his life because of his unique abilities – he’s not going to put himself through that again.   


Opal Carew’s writing never fails to deliver on the wow factor and her newest release ILLICIT is no exception.  This book is erotically sexy and has plenty of emotional angst to help pull the reader into the storyline and entice you to fall in love with the characters.  Ms. Carew doesn’t sugar coat her storylines.  There are conflicts and difficulties the characters have to overcome but she also ensures that the struggle is well worth the effort.  I loved the humanistic struggle to this storyline but what really captured my attention is Erik’s ability to know exactly what his lovers’ fantasies entail – there’s just something infinitely sexy about a man who’s more focused on your desires than his own. 



By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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