Making It on Broadway by Roz Lee
Story Rating: 3 of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2.5 of 5
Haylee Daniels has landed a role in a Broadway musical about a down on her luck dancer who’ll do anything for another chance at Broadway stardom. The only problem is, Haylee has never danced a day in her life.
Thankfully, she has Chase Nolton, her leading man, and Broadway’s premier choreographer, Carmine Romero to teach her all she needs to know. When Carmine suggests she dance nude in order to better understand a dancer’s body, Haylee fears she may be as desperate for Broadway stardom as her character.
This is a highly erotic short story about three people who find love and make it on Broadway.
This story was a nice quick read (60 pages). Although it has a foreseeable arc, it is a gratifying one none-the-less. Haylee, Chase, and Carmine are a strong trio that work well together. I will admit that when I read the opening scene where Carmine tells Haylee that in order to learn to dance she must be nude to “remove her barriers” I did roll my eyes and settled in for a whatever story, but after it got going I was pleasantly surprised. The last half to third of the story was much stronger than the beginning, it moved away from pointing out the obvious connection of Haylee’s own Broadway debut with that of the character she is playing (because we couldn’t see that on our own), to letting us actually feel that connection through Chase and Carmine’s vision of Haylee as she morphs into a genuine Broadway actress.
The love triangle wasn’t forced, it was very natural and made sense. I can see these three having a real relationship.
Still Taking Chances by Roz Lee
Story rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 2 out of 5
After a mission in a South American jungle goes wrong, DEA Agent Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston returns to his boyhood home to lick his
wounds. Despite his better judgment, Hud is drawn to the woman across the street, a petite Dominatrix with a freeze your balls off name.
Mary Beth Winters packed away her toys and put the BDSM lifestyle behind her years ago when she realized the men she dominated didn’t need her as much as she needed them. But when a troubled bad-boy, Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston, moves in across the street, she dusts off her toy box and risks her heart to help him heal.
Damn, I really wanted to like this book.
Still Taking Chances is a well-written, contemporary romance novella with a nice blend of BDSM elements. Most of the kink includes dominance and submission scenes, a few toys and some bondage, but nothing that’s too, too crazy. The characters are three dimensional and interesting in their own right. And by that, I mean that each character could respectively hold their own if the author chose to write other books with either. The author has a lovely way with description and seems to really have a deep respect for alternative sexual lifestyles and the people who live them. Sometimes I run into books where the sex, especially the BDSM portions of it, seem…cheap in a greasy-porno-I-stole-this-from-a-smutt-mag way. The author really does have a lovely grasp of the written language and she seems to really care for her characters.
All that being said, this book DID NOT work for me. Here are a few reasons why: