Naughty or Nice – Rachael Stewart

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Naughty or Nice
She's setting the terms… In business and pleasure! Lucas Waring was my brother's best friend—before he broke my heart and betrayed my family. Yet one glance from those dark, intense eyes, and that bolt of aching need returns. Now Lucas wants my business. But the nice Eva he knew is gone forever and naughty Eva wants her cake, and a taste of deliciously hot Lucas, too. Only my heart's about to pull the biggest betrayal…

Welcome back everyone, after a fake dating story last week we’re onto a hidden romance set in the lead up to the Christmas period. With 24 days to go until Christmas is here, how many more Christmas themed books do you think I can squeeze in?

With Rachael being the author, I knew I’d be in for some explicit sex scenes, yet I found it wasn’t as full on as I was expecting. Yes, there was still some graphic sex but nothing that made me too uncomfortable while reading on the bus. Because of course the sex scenes start when you get on the bus and end just before getting off in peak hour.

I mean, why couldn’t they have the decency to happen when I’m at home alone where no one could potentially read over my shoulder? I’m not complaining. Just making a comment that every book I read that has sex scenes seems to be timed to be explicit when I’m on a packed bus in peak hour.

The book itself kept me captivated (I read it in 3 days, and the third day only needed like 30 mins to finish the book) and kept me thinking about how tricky family and business relationships can be. Yet the one message that really stood out (there’s always a message for me in Rachael’s books) was men’s reactions to women.

Specifically, there was a scene where Eva left a part to go to the bathroom assuming Lucas would follow, and he did. When we changed to his perspective after the encounter his thoughts included references to the look she was giving him that was filled with lust and desire and that she wanted him to follow her.

In a world where SJW (social justice warriors) run rampant I can imagine how many women would be jumping up and down shouting “#METOO” and all sorts of other nonsense (I’m not against the movement, but I do believe SOME people take it too far) along the lines of “how dare he assume that’s what she wants?!”. Yet all I could think in response to that thought was “these actions are going to kill the behaviour men exhibit that is so sexy and masculine. Those women are going to push the scale so far to the other end that men are going to be scared to even look us in the eyes in case they get persecuted.

I believe there is a time and a place for those movements and thoughts. One of the times where it’s not appropriate is in a romantic setting. So long as the guy listens when a girl says no then I’m all for the kind of behaviour Lucas displayed when seducing Eva. It was hot, masculine and sexy as hell. A guy who knows what he wants and goes after it while respecting her boundaries is awesome and should be celebrated!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing the sequel to Single All the Way by Elaine Spires. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it's now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she's not glued to her laptop, she's wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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4 Replies to “Naughty or Nice – Rachael Stewart”

      I know right! Even books where 80% of it is G rated, that 20% that’s anything above G rated ALWAYS manages to happen when I’m on the bus! So silly but it happens. Luckily where I normally sit I can avoid people reading over my shoulder so it’s ok.

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    Ah! I know what you mean. There’s this recent book that I read where the hero pushes at the lines a little by kissing the heroine, even though she, he and we know she is interested in him but she hadn’t wanted to kiss him. He does it to prove a point. But it wasn’t invited nor was it what she wanted. Ergo, I was PRAYING she reacts appropriately to that and doesn’t melt against him. And she didn’t melt against him. I was so pleased that she doesn’t go back on her lack of interest in the intimate act and reacts with anger. Later the hero (in a different scene another day following this incident) brings up this incident and apologises. So I too, appreciate VERY much when a no is taken as a no and respected and when certain lines are crossed, the right way to handle them are depicted. I get you.

    Fantastic review love.

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      I’m so glad you agree. It’s definitely important that a character sticks to their convictions. Like the book in reading ATM had the 2 MCs talk it out a few times when she said no before she gave in. And even then she gave in because they’d had those discussions which is a big part of her personality.

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