42 Rue de Jardin (A Sultry Savannah Novel) by Lucy Lit

42 Rue de Jardin (A Sultry Savannah Novel)
By: Lucy Lit
Publisher: American Artisans, LLC
Published: May 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: Marchelle
Date: August 24, 2014


The streets of Savannah have stories to tell...

One determined Alpha male. A woman whose faith in love is shattered. Tantric sex. Could be a disaster or maybe a path to healing.

What happens when your romance novel fantasies collide with your reality? Forty-something Cullan Davis almost has it all. Loving family, friends, successful business, community activist - and no sex life.

A chronic, disfiguring skin disease and past abuse left physical and emotional scars that prevent her from believing in relationship possibilities. Resigned to being alone, she compensates by living vicariously through the heroines in her beloved romance novels. When her real-life lust from afar notices her, panic sets in. She cannot possibly get involved. Her scars are too deep. No man wants a self-proclaimed freak, do they?

Royce Jacobson is a wealthy philanthropist, single parent of a twenty-year-old daughter and womanizing player. Practicing his own version of tantric sex, he subscribes to the love ’em and leave ’em satisfied mentality. He wants to add Cullan to his conquest list but discovers vulnerability in her, touching a part of him he didn’t know existed. She’s an enigma. And Royce excels at solving puzzles. He’s convinced tantra can break through her reserves… if only she would cooperate.

Flawed self-perception, meet ancient sensual practices. Boom.

A complete novel with no cliffhanger - First in the Sultry Savannah Series.

Contains explicit scenes and language.

Cullan has a chronic disfiguring skin disease that she is very self-conscious about. She has severe body issues and emotional scars due to being the object of ridicule and disgust for years about her physical scars and sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted family member as a child. The emotional abuse carried into her adult life, coming from some of the men she dated. She has fantasized about Royce Jacobson for a long time but lacks the self-confidence to do anything about it or even believe he could be interested in someone like her. She lives vicariously through her romance novels, never believing the man of her dreams will come along. When Royce shows up at her office unexpectedly to discuss a property they are both bidding on, sparks fly and Royce makes his interest in her known.

Royce is a strong male who knows what he wants and is determined to get it. He doesn't allow Cullan to hide from him, physically or emotionally, even when that's always her first reaction. He earns her trust by introducing her to tantric sex and showing her, for the first time in her life, how a relationship is supposed to be. He takes care of her and is very protective, both things she is not used to.

I found myself feeling for Cullan and really rooting for her that Royce was the real deal. She was so hesitant to trust and it was obvious that one more heartbreak would be more than she could stand. When someone started sabotaging her business and it became clear it was a personal vendetta, she showed amazing strength, which only made her more admirable.

In short, I thought this book was amazing!! I loved the story, I loved the characters and I loved that it brought awareness and a level of understanding to Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which most people have never even heard of. I can't wait to read more by this author!

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