My rating: 3.5 stars
Jodi Redford’s The Naughty List Is a nice story. However, you will not find it has any plot. This is the story of three best friends who had grown up together then, as adults, decide to jump the fence and become lovers.
Lacey felt rejected when her fiancé cheated on her. She feels undesirable, not sexy enough and boring in the bedroom, but has tons of fantasies she never dared act upon. While recovering from these issues, she realizes her two best male friends are not only sexy but take the main place in her fantasy.
Ryan and Bram have been in love with Lacey for over fifteen years but decided not to act on it in order to keep the friendship of their trio intact. Both of them are into bondage, but they are not Doms and have no subs. They just play. A lot.
One day, Lacey, drunk, makes a list of some kinky desires she wishes she could experience, including having a threesome with Ry (Ryan) and Bram. This list is sent per e-mail to them. And, of course, they jump on the opportunity to give her what she wants.
This story can be slip in three parts. In Part 1, she lusts after her best friends. She has the threesome of her dreams in Part 2. Part 3 shows her guilt for the same old stuff, and then she finally realizes she loves her friends enough to accept their new relationship and take a risk. A very simple story.
As I said, it is a nice story. But I did not really fall for it. I thought that using e-mail to write a list was a bit silly when just saying what she wanted would have been normal. But, okay, she was drunk. So, I went along with this. I thought it was an easy story to write, and that Redford did not put much effort into the story. Everything was expected.
No surprises. The guys were deeply head-over-heels in love with the heroine. And her feelings of guilt and fear of being hurt as well as ruining a long-term friendly relationship made sense. Some women will react this way. And Lacey was a nice girl. But, unfortunately, Jodi Redford did not describe her heroine in a way for me that I could relate to her and her feelings.
But overall, it was well-written. It was easy to read, and, as I said, a nice story. I regret that Samhain adds excerpts of other stories at the end of each of their books. When I started the book, I thought I would read 118 pages. In the end, it was only 102. Not that the 16 pages would have made a big difference in The Naughty List story, but it may in other stories.
This review was originally posted at Risqué Review
Publisher’s Description (Samhain):
Release Date: 11-29-2011
Makin’ a list, and rocking it…twice.Perpetual good girl Lacey McGuire has two Christmas wish lists. One suitable for public consumption…and a private one that’s too hot to handle. Right at the top: wild, wicked fantasies about her best buddies and business partners Ryan Hollister and Bram Colton.Besides the fact they’re both poster boys for Hunks ’R’ Us, they’ve been there for her through thick, thin and the heartbreak of a cheating fiancé. So what if her boys will never know they star in her sexiest daydreams? In her fantasy world, her heart will never get trampled again.
Ry and Bram are pretty sure Lacey never meant to email a list of some of her raunchiest wants. Particularly the one that tightens their shorts—she wants a threesome. With them. Although they’ve loved her for years, they made a pact to keep Lacey off limits in order to protect their friendship. Now all bets are off. And the quest to give her all she wants—and more—is on.
This book contains a wickedly hot M/F/M ménage that will heat up the holidays. Friends steaming things up in a hot tub. Bondage and blindfolds. Sexy shenanigans at a Christmas tree lot. And maybe even a glimpse of Santa…in a Speedo.