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The Bikini Diaries

Lacey Alexander














NAL Trade

Release Date:
February 3, 2009

Contemporary Romance


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Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
November 2008


Wendy Carnes has always been a wallflower, but on a business trip to a resort located on the Emerald Coast of Florida, she impulsively decides to break out of that mold and become the kind of woman who attracts attention and takes control of her sexual fulfillment, if only for one night.

She finds the perfect little dress, an even more perfect and tinier bikini, and nature takes its own course.  Wendy more than attracts male attention, but she soon finds she only has eyes for one man – the sexually aggressive Brandon.  This man is everything she wanted in her beach fling, and then some.  With Brandon, she pushes past all of her sexual limits, exploring her sexuality in ways she had previously only fantasized about.

Brandon never spends more than one night with the same woman, but he can’t stop thinking about Wendy.  He wants more and more from the sexy little beach babe, and soon he finds himself thinking of a future with her.  But Wendy makes it clear that their fling is only temporary…  Or is it?

No matter which pen name this author publishes under – Toni Blake or Lacey Alexander – she just never misses with me.  The two personas write stories that are decidedly different in some ways, and yet very similar in others.  In each, the writing is stellar, the characters are captivating, and the love scenes are beyond passionate.  With her Lacey Alexander titles, however, the passion takes a definite turn towards the deliciously kinky.

Kinky it may be, but the romance between the lead characters is always first and foremost in Lacey Alexander novels, and THE BIKINI DIARIES is no exception to this rule.  Brandon and Wendy might get down and dirty with each other in ways that include everything from public sex to threesomes, but the key ingredient in each experience is each other.  The situations may be dang hot, but neither Brandon nor Wendy are turned on by the situation without each other.

I have to say that I was completely swept up in Wendy’s journey.  She did something not many of us find the gumption to do – she wanted something different in her life and made the changes within herself necessary to make her fantasies reality.  We can all learn a lesson from this character.

Without realizing it, Brandon did learn some lessons from Wendy.  Her spontaneity and zeal for life captured his heart and made him realize just how empty all of his previous romantic liaisons – if you can call one-night stands romantic liaisons – were.  Having experienced something different with Wendy, he starts to yearn for something more, and Wendy becomes the star of Brandon’s own fantasies.

Bold, sexy and romantic, THE BIKINI DIARIES is the kind of novel that turns the heat way up and inspires some new fantasies for readers.  Lacey Alexander is certainly the queen of what I fondly call ‘romantic kink’!



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