Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: 'Married to the Bad Boy' by Vanessa Waltz

California author Vanessa Waltz is a romance author who lives in Northern California. Her specialty is dark romance, the darker the better. More than that we know little except that she has a very strong following and has published nine books to date - with more coming down the line.

MARRIED TO A BAD BOY is the first book in the Cravotta Crime Family saga (Vanessa seems drawn to stories that involve organized crime, mafia, bikers, etc. About this book she promises `there is a lot of sex in this book, well at least according to my standards: Sex in limos, Sex in bars, Sex in public. So you get the gist of it, right? The characters in this book are fond of shagging each other.'

Vanessa provides a summary that about says it all: `No one in their right mind marries a bad boy...Tony is a player. A man whore. Whatever the hell you want to call it, he get around. During the day I crack heads and extort businesses. At night I find girls to f***. I live to hear them moan for me, but one night is all they get. No one ever made me want more. Until her. Elena. The moment her lips wrapped around me, I was done. All day I think about running my tongue all over those curves. Too bad those curves are off limits. She's running from a man who will kill me for touching her. Well, she's tired of running and needs my help. She thinks I'm doing it for money. I'm doing it to make her mine.'

There are a lot of writers of erotica publishing short and long books - the public appetite for sex is insatiable right now, likely due to the state of affairs in a world worth escaping at the moment. Some of the writers are content to write lurid sex scenes - and those fine an audience. Other writers, like Vanessa, like to block the sex scenes in with a strong story line, and that makes reading Vanessa's books doubly satisfying. Yes, she does indeed write very steamy erotica and the language used by her characters is XXX rated, but that does not mean there isn't some character development and a tendency for the raw encounters to develop occasionally into love songs.

Tony is a player - a really acting and enacting player - but then there is Elena - and that makes all the difference. If erotica is your reading goal, you have just arrived home. Grady Harp, June 15

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