Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review for Tie Me Up by Lauren Hawkeye

Barbara always thought of Ethan as her little brother's annoying best friend, and she was sure he just considered her his friend's nerdy big sister. Until the hot night after her brother's wedding. Alone in the heat, it's clear Ethan sees her in a way she never saw herself: as a sexy, sensual woman. And for the first time, Barbara feels ready to break free from the painful memories that have haunted her for too long—by exploring her passion for Ethan.


This is the second book in Lauren Hawkeye's Erotic Me series and just as enjoyable as the first release.  The characters are just as likable, with the character of Barbara a bit more fleshed out than the previous installment's heroine.  It takes place at the same house and the same time frame as the previous story and this makes for a unique connection between each story.  The description of the hot summer night feels very realistic and adds to the eroticism of the story.

The storyline is one I enjoy with a larger sized, glasses wearing, heroine who has scars from a previous attack overcoming her fears and feelings of insecurity through a caring man.  Barbara is easy to relate to and survived a horrible ordeal in her childhood.  She's seen Ethan as only a friend for so long and doesn't believe his sexy compliments at first.  But once he starts making his move she sees him as a man who she can feel safe with and finally let loose with.

Like the previous book, there's not much background on the hero.  Ethan's likable and sexy and that's all that's required of him.  This is a very female-centric story, as is the series in general and therefore the hero is secondary to the action.

The sexual interludes are extremely sexy and imaginative with just the right amount of action after a smolderingly slow build-up.  The story is short, but I still felt that the nice pace and adequate amount of background made for a satisfying story.  Lauren Hawkeye has written yet another enjoyable story in a steamy series that gets better with each installment.  I eagerly look forward to another hot summer night when the next story in this series releases next month. 

My rating for this is an A.

*I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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