Saturday, February 10, 2018

Book Review: 'Curvy When Wet' by Christa Wick

Christa Wick has carved (or is that ‘curved’) her niche in erotic literature with her HEROES OUT OF UNIFORM series. She knows the territory and writes it well. As she states, ‘I don’t know about all the other ladies out there, but as a reader, military men are my favorite type of hero — heck, I married one and I still remember how much I loved the summers, back when the rules allowed him to wear his Army uniform with the sleeves rolled (in a very particular and meticulously folded manner, of course!). Oh, those tasty, sexy biceps. Naturally, that means I write a lot of men with military backgrounds. What sets “Heroes out of Uniform” apart from the other stories I have with soldiers and sailors is the SWEETNESS factor. These men are protective and fierce, but they aren’t into being an alphahole at all (although I’m sure they’re all for delivering the occasional spanking if necessary to keep their lady in line for her own good). I hope you’ll agree that “Hard, Hot and Sweet” is exactly what you get with the “Heroes out of Uniform” stories.’

Belle has a problem with water – an ocean borne event instilled a terror of water and drowning until a Navy SEAL changes the aquaphobia. Or as Christa’s synopsis explains, ‘Corwin Hale, Theresa’s big brother, five years my senior and the pure embodiment of every woman's dirtiest fantasies about heroic Navy SEALS or any other kind of man in uniform. He was that hot and he was fast becoming the bane of my existence. Once upon a time, the ocean fascinated me with its unending beauty and otherworldly creatures. Now, its mere image terrifies me. Maybe that's not a big deal for most people, but I spent the last four years studying to become a marine biologist. That's not the worst of it. Corwin Hale, the big, bad Navy SEAL I've known forever, finds out about my sudden phobia and insists on fixing me. That's not the solution I need. All Corwin can do is lead me into the deepest waters of my life and break my heart. But I can't tell him that -- he doesn't know I'm in love with him.’

A love story with psychological overtones - well written and steamy, too. Grady Harp, April 16

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