11 September 2008

Review: Lora Leigh - Nauti Boys

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (March 6, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425214133
ISBN-13: 978-0425214138

Too weak to resist young Kelly Benton's attempts at seduction, Rowdy Mackay left home eight years ago. Duty as a U.S. Marine put a safe distance between temptation and the nubile Kentucky vixen. Now he's back home and ready to engage in the kind of erotic games that have earned him and his two cousins a Nauti-boy reputation in three counties.
Once it was Kelly's dream too-to feel the heat of the boy she desired. But an attack from a stalker still on the prowl has left Kelly terrified of a man's touch. Now as fear and desire converge, Rowdy fights to save her from the deadly threats of a stranger, to rid her of her demons, and to satisfy a hunger more powerful than either can imagine.

Once again I’ve been entertained with a story from Lora Leigh’s pen. Nauti Boy starts the trilogy with the story of Rowdy and introduces his two cousin’s Dawg and Natches. As a young man Rowdy knew Kelly was temptation personified for him as he saw her come into womanhood and had to flee the scene to prevent him from doing anything she wasn’t old enough for.

Coming back from his last year in the Marine he expects Kelly to welcome him back home with the taunting flirtatious smile and instead gets to greet a woman with haunting eyes full of terror. When he finds out from his father Kelly has been attacked fury courses through his veins. His only goal is to heal Kelly in all the ways that is important but also make the bastard who did this pay in blood.

Nauti Boy is erotic Romance at its best and I read it in one sitting, it was the sultry sexual tension that rocketed from the pages and kept building up that had me solely focused to the story. It intertwines not only carnal pleasure but also has a twist of suspense and the romance that inevitably bloomed between Rowdy and Kelly in all it’s pent up emotions. It is something that is evident from page one and cannot be denied between them, but it is the road from page on to the last that makes it so intriguing.

Rowdy and his two cousins Dawg and Natches are without a shadow of a doubt very Nauti Boys form the moment they became sexually active. They are even well known for their sexual adventures in the town they live in and it made me wonder what Lora Leigh had in store for me. The possibilities where eminent and I wondered how Kelly would fit in to all of it. Though nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary happens on the carnal side it is the intertwining of Kelly’s emotional recovery and the sensual challenge this trio provides that made me ravish through the pages.

It is an easy read but still provides depth of character and background that will give the reader a fulfilled read. The romance between Kelly and Rowdy places numerous questions between the trio, giving a signal change is not far behind and certain teasers are casually mentioned here and there that only makes me eager to read Dawg and Natches story wondering where they are coming from and how they will all deal with these changes. They spice things up and entice the fantasy even more as they give glimpse of their stamina.

The suspense is another factor in this book that had a subtle balance with the erotica and the romance. I felt that the feelings of being powerless to alter a situation as a stalker advances in his own fantasies were well portrayed with both Kelly and Rowdy. It is the frustration and fear that rides them hard but also gives another edge to this story. This balance shifted at about halfway this book and it lost a bit of its suspense laden and emotional vibe and only got picked up at the very end again.

Nauti Boy promises a read that you ease in to, keeps you entertained and wondering right up till the end and for me this was a one sitting read full of suspense and carnal pleasure.

3.5 stars

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