ARC Review: Burnin’ Up Memphis by Delilah Devlin

Posted December 31, 2014 by Jennifer in Reviews / 1 Comment

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ARC Review: Burnin’ Up Memphis by Delilah Devlin
Burnin' Up Memphis
by Delilah Devlin

3.5 Stars


Released: December 9, 2014
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 86
Format: eARC

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“The sex is plentiful, hot hot hot, and has nice mild BDSM elements.  There’s nothing that will scare away newbies, but it has a fair amount of psychology to please those who know their way around a BDSM relationship.” ~ Under the Covers

Firefighter John Cooper has been dealing with the death of his best friend and fellow firefighter, Danny, as well as the implosion of his relationship with his live-in girlfriend.  He’s a lost soul out of sorts, his job performance is lacking, and he can’t seem to bring himself out of the funk.  His friends at Firehouse 69 invite him out for a night at BDSM Club La Forge, where he meets the stunning redhead, Moira.  Moira is an ER nurse by day, but a submissive in her personal life.  She’s receiving more formalized training by a staff Dom at her club, but yearns for a real relationship and thinks Coop could be the one.  The feelings that witnessing D/s play conjurs up in Coop make him uncomfortable.  He’s never seen himself as a Dom.  Moira, however, sees potential and forges ahead, setting them up for a wild ride of pleasure and discovery.

I’ve been a BDSM erotica reader for a long time.  I can’t believe I’ve never read any of Delilah Devlin’s work!  This is a shorter novella that sets up the Firehouse 69 series.  Coop is a character that is alpha, but unsure of his needs.  It’s a nice change up from the typical BDSM setup where the female sub has to be brought in to the fold.  Moira might be submissive, but she can chase what she wants.  I like a strong sub that knows what she wants as well.  The sex is plentiful, hot hot hot, and has nice mild BDSM elements.  There’s nothing that will scare away newbies, but it has a fair amount of psychology to please those who know their way around a BDSM relationship.  There’s a hint at a potential ménage and LOTS of dirty talk, which I love.  The entire story takes place over a few days, so I felt that Coop and Moira’s relationship arc was in no way complete.  Although there’s not a big cliffhanger, I would hope to see more of them in a future installment to show how Coop grows into the Dom that Moira needs.  All in all, this was a good opening novella to a new series and author for me.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Delilah Devlin

Until recently, award-winning romance author Delilah Devlin lived in South Texas at the intersection of two dry creeks, surrounded by sexy cowboys in Wranglers. These days, she’s missing the wide-open skies and starry nights but loving her dark forest in Central Arkansas, with its eccentric characters and isolation—the better to feed her hungry muse!

For Delilah, the greatest sin is driving between the lines, because it’s comfortable and safe. Her personal journey has taken her through one war and many countries, cultures, jobs, and relationships to bring her to the place where she is now—writing sexy adventures that hold more than a kernel of autobiography and often share a common thread of self-discovery and transformation.

Delilah Devlin is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” (Paranormal Reviews) Ms. Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths.

She is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.


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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.

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Thanks Jennifer