ARC Review: Naughty Wishes Part II: Heart by Joey W. Hill

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ARC Review: Naughty Wishes Part II: Heart by Joey W. Hill
Naughty Wishes Part II: Heart

4 Stars


Book Info

Released: February 16th 2016
Series: Naughty Wishes #2
 

“Hill has always been a master at the dirty and emotional sex scene.”
~ Under the Covers

Heart is part two in Joey Hill’s serial, Naughty Wishes.  In part one, Body, we were introduced to Samantha, Geoff, and Chris, three roommates who have just started to explore what appears to be a BDSM focused menage.  Samantha goads Geoff while Chris is away on business and Sam discovers that Geoff is the Dom she hoped for.  They know the circle isn’t complete without Chris, but when he walks in to find them together, he’s terribly hurt, feeling that he was left on the outside.  Part two starts as Samantha goes to comfort him.

As you can see from the review, I really loved the opening to this serial.  Part two is longer and we have Chris in the picture, making this into a true menage series it was hinting at.  I love that the characters aren’t all sorted out from the beginning.  Geoff is clearly a Dom, but Chris is more layered and complex.  He isn’t a submissive, that’s clear, but not the alpha Dom that Geoff oozes with ease.  It’s also not apparent if Geoff and Chris have mutual attraction for each other.  That aspect of the relationship has yet to be explored.   True to Joey Hill’s style, this is a more cerebral series, with an emphasis on the budding relationships, the emotions involved, and the sexual action between these three.  We certainly get to see them outside, to temper that intensity, but this is, first and foremost, a series about three people coming together and finding their way.   Hill has always been a master at the dirty and emotional sex scene.  There are times that I long for her more sadistic side, but I still have her amazing Vampire Queen series for that.   Chris finally comes around and we get a taste of what’s to come for these three.  The marker on the back scene…..you’ll have to read to find out what that means, but  trust Joey Hill to never bore you with the cliche.  More conflict is clearly on the horizon and I’m excited most to see how Chris handles it all.  This is shaping up to be a very satisfying serial.

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About Joey W. Hill

Joey W. Hill writes about vampires, mermaids, boardroom executives, cops, witches, angels, simple housemaids... If there’s an erotic love story to be told, she’ll take the plunge. As a result, she's proud and humbled to have five series and over thirty award-winning and highly acclaimed titles, as well as the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful and widely diverse readership. In 2011, she was awarded a Career Achievement award in Erotica by RTBookReviews.

According to her personal memo book, seen only by her eyes--probably because it would reveal that she loves the Partridge Family and the movie Pure Country--the top three ways to ensure her readers continue to come looking for her books are #1 Write a great story, #2 KEEP writing great stories and #3 “For the love of God, don’t let them get to know the author – that will scare them away.” (Particularly if they find out about the Partridge Family.)

She has become known for writing the type of erotic romance that not only wins her fans of that genre, but readers who would “never” read BDSM romance. That’s because first and foremost, she thinks what attracts a reader is strong characters.

“Whatever genre you’re writing, if the characters are compelling and sympathetic, the readers are going to want to see what happens to them. While I strive to make sure my work includes essential elements of the storytelling craft – tight plot, engaging dialogue, etc. – if the character development isn’t there, there isn’t much point in reading. It can be the coolest plot ever, but if the reader could care less whether the hero or heroine survive (in fact, in some cases you may be rooting for their destruction just so you can be done with the darn thing), then it’s not a story worth reading.”

Why is that? She believes that our world is an ironically isolating one. Humans have overrun the planet, armed with a plethora of communication tools. Yet we feel very alone in our own heads, trying to make a connection with someone. The “ah, there you are – where have you been?” person. The person who gives us an anchor, but also the courage to release our tedious baggage to embrace ourselves fully.

That’s what she seeks to accomplish in every story. Bringing characters together who have numerous emotional obstacles standing in their way, watching them reach a soul-deep understanding of one another through the expression of their darkest sexual needs, and then growing from that understanding into love.

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Timitra

Thanks for the review Jennifer

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Elizabeth

I’ve seen this author recommended often