Friday, March 22, 2013
So bad it was good
Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy
Althea Grant's Charleston gallery might be suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere, but she's doing just fine, thank you. When bad-boy sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.
Steel, fascinated by Althea's rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr designed for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the cool Southern belle into modeling for him is the second.
As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn't just fine at all—it's as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she's failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?
My rate and take
Heat Index (3) ☼☼☼
This book was really good at keeping my humor level up with some of the turns of words and phrases. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but most people don't use the term 'Diddle' instead they use sex, or making love, or other colorful descriptors...any that aren't diddle, please! While I am pontificating on the writing...I think that the only part of the body that should 'weep' are ones eyes while crying, anything other and it's so not hot. Also of note, this is the first smutty book I have read that used the clinical V term instead of a cute or naughty term for the lady goods.
At one point I was having so much fun with this read I felt the need to share the frivolity with my hubby and read a portion of a steamy scene out loud. I learned four things from that experience;
1) What the book sounded like in my head was actually much, much different aloud.
2) Reading steamy scenes out loud is a recipe for hilarity - It makes me want to form a group of people that will take turns reading one love scene each from a different book...can someone say epic party idea??? I am !!
3) I can't remember the last time I've seen my hubby exit a room that faster.
4) I now have a firm promise from my hubby that if I read aloud to him again from this genre he will reciprocate and read to me from one of his books. People, there is only so much a girl really needs to know about Bass Fishing....now do you see why #2 is such a good idea to me?
Even though I said all that I did above, I still liked the book. I enjoyed the characters and got my happy ending. All was right in my world once again.