Title: Lust (released February 2011)

Author: Charlotte Featherstone

Redonk Nutshell: Lust & Chastity play a dangerous game of cat & mouse

Official Synopsis: Of old, humans and Faeries have dwelt side by side in parallel realms. Only the canniest mortals recognize the alluring creatures that often walk–and lie–among them. The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of is princes can win a woman’s love–honestly, without coercion… and love her wholly in return. To halt the slow demise of his people, Prince Thane–the embodiment of Lust–infiltrates the Georgian court to seduce his mortal inverse. Noblewoman Chastity Lennox is pureity incarnate–a sensual prize well worth winning. But Thane’s carnal quest proves more challenging than he ever dreamed. No other has ever been able–or willing–to resist his erotic charms. Chastity’s resolve is maddening… and intriguing. It makes him want her all the more. But how best to seduce one who truly seems above temptation? Discover her greatest weakness and become the intoxicating essence of her deepest, most forbidden desires…

Ya’ll, I’ve been wanting to read me some Charlotte Featherstone for awhile, and I’ll fully admit it’s mostly for two reason: 1) the covers of her novels are gorgeous and 2) most of the reviews of her novels are always positive.  So I was STOKED when I finally committed to Lust and added it to my shelf.

Now, I’m not going to go too in depth about the premise because it’s pretty basic.  I’ll give you some key words: Faeries and Sex.  There has definitely been a trend in faeries appearing in fiction here of late (i.e. Karen Marie Moning, Julie Kagawa).  I, for one, don’t think that’s a bad thing.  I love me some very untinkerbell-like faeries.  Lust is The Unseelie Court (dark) versus The Seelie Court (light) and the mortal pawns caught in between.  The Lennox sisters were each born with a virtue – patience, chastity, etc., and serve as the only redemption from a curse laid upon the Unseelie by the Seelie Queen.  The catch, however, is that these virtues have to go to the Unseelie on their own accord – they can’t be taken against their will.  Lust is the story of Prince Thane, Lust, and his attempt to woo his virtue, Chastity.  He uses his faery skills in some pretty mad ways – i.e. putting his essence into perfume, Chastity’s only guilty pleasure she allows herself – to win her over to him.  And she’s stubbornly reluctant.

I was really torn over this story.  I realized after all was said and done that I had to give it two separate ratings.  As a regency style romance novel it fell flat.  Chastity annoyed the hell out of me – she’s hot, she’s cold; she thinks all these sexual encounters she’s having are dreams and it takes her forever to figure out that Thane is a faery, which is just…bollocks…because she’s been raised to know they really exist.  Wouldn’t you come to realize that something is definitely UP with all the crazy shite that’s been going down?  *sigh*  No, she’s too busy being torn between her “dark and handsome stranger”  and her untoward sexuality that’s blossoming within her.  She’s chastity for heaven’s sake, she’s supposed to be chaste and untouched…blah blah blah.  I didn’t buy it.  It frankly really turned me off to her as a character.  Prince Thane was intriguing, but gradually his attempts at seducing dimwit Chastity grew redundant and I almost felt bad for him that he was destined to be matched with her.

On the other hand, I stuck it out through my general dislike because the sex scenes in this book were…uhMAYzing. As an erotic novel this book was spot frickin on.  I mean, this is lust in it’s most basic, primal form competing for it’s survival and it takes no prisoners.  It’s fantastic.

Lust made me realize I needed to break down my ratings system – a rating for romance and a rating for raunch.  You may have noticed I started doing that a few reviews ago…you can thank Lust for that.  Overall, I would recommend Lust like I would a one night stand.  Take that as you like. I thought it was fun, but I was bummed it didn’t live up to the stellar standards I’d built up in my head.  I definitely will still check out her other books, though.

What I loved about this book: SEXY TIME

What I didn’t like: Chastity Lennox

Rating: D

Romance: 1/5      Raunch: 5/5

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