St. Martin's Griffin
July 22, 2008
What is a succubus to do when she finds herself bound to the very man who is the
object of her current assignment? Scratch that – not man, Nephilim. No
ordinary mortal could have snared a demon of Edana’s class with so little
trouble. Nor could any other man withstand the lustful temptation that Edana
Edana is determined to fulfill her assignment to seduce her captor, and being
bound to Eli turns out to not quite the hardship she’d have expected –
especially when she finds herself lost to the sensuality that both Eli and his
brother Dal overwhelm her with so easily.
But soon she begins to lose sight of her task, risking the wrath of the devil
himself and, more dangerously, her own heart.
WICKED HOT is the most perfect name for Charlene Teglia’s newest
July 2008 release with St. Martin’s Griffin! This fiery little romance
practically explodes with the heat of the passion that consumes Eli, Edana, and
The trick of it is, neither Eli nor Dal can afford to give in to lust. They can
have passion, they can make love, they can even engage in straight-up, no
holds-barred sex marathons. They just can’t lose control. Of course, making
them lose control is Edana’s number one priority. Well, it WAS her number one
priority… Right up until she started experiencing those little miracles they
call ‘orgasms’ at the hand of the two irresistible brothers.
We shouldn’t like Edana. She’s a demon, right? And as the book begins, she’s
the wrong kind of demon, bent on the destruction of the good guys. From the
very first page, however, it is impossible to dislike our heroine, no matter
that she is a soul-snatching succubus of the highest order. She combines
sarcastic quips with a matter-of-fact approach to her goal in a way that you
have to admire. Yes, she is out to ruin Eli and Dal in the beginning, but she
is up front about her intentions from the start. She’s kind of a demonic
Jessica Rabbit with her “I’m not bad; I’m just drawn that way” attitude. Edana
is what she is, and that is a succubus.
Perhaps the fact that the story is told from her point of view, also has
something to do with her likability. Edana owns this story. Yes, Eli
and Dal play a huge part in it, but you find yourself completely immersed in
Edana’s mind, her heart. You experience her eventual metamorphosis along with
her as she evolves from the devil’s minion into a being who actually loves.
And who wouldn’t fall for either Eli or Dal? Alone, either of these heroes
would be enough to send a girl’s emotions reeling out of control, but together?
Total sensory overload! Maybe it’s that strange little side-effect that
physical contact with a Nephilim seems to have… Can it actually work through
the pages of a book, I wonder? *grin*
I mentioned earlier that neither Eli nor Dal can give in to their lust, and they
do maintain control of their passion. What amazed me, however, is that the
author managed to convey the depth of their need for Edana even while allowing
them to keep a tight rein on the lust that threatens to damn their souls should
they give in to it.
The men have their own objective in mind when it comes to their lovely little
captive demon. But is that objective simply to slake their passions in her body
while learning to control their lust? Or do they have something even more
insidious planned for Edana? Written in first person, we are left to wonder
along with Edana just when Eli and Dal will finally decide she has served their
purpose and banish her to oblivion.
Strangely enough, neither seems in a hurry to be rid of her, much to Edana’s and
the readers’ delight. Even more, they treat her with honor and consideration
throughout their liaison, destroying her more surely with kindness and pleasure
than they ever could have with banishment. But what a way to go…
It may be obvious by now, but I’ll come out and say it – this is an erotic
romance and has plenty of M/F/M ménage scenes in it. These men focus their
sensual attentions completely on Edana, using every skill in their considerable
arsenal to satisfy her over and over again. As far as ménage erotica goes, this
is right up there with the very best of them – sure to make you a little hot
under the collar!
In the end, however, we find that WICKED HOT cannot be relegated
only to the category of ‘erotic romance’. It is that, but so much more.
Charlene Teglia delivers a deceptively simple plot with complex nuances that
explore the balance of good and evil, and offer unexpected salvation. I am
absolutely wild about this story and cannot recommend it strongly enough!
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