Elements of MischiefAuthor: Tate James, C.M. Stunich
Series: Hijinks Harem #1
Publisher: Sarian Royal
Release date: October 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Erotic, Romance, Reverse Harem
Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US
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Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.
One reluctant, slightly drunk human.
A match made in heaven…or in the bathroom, rather.
My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and…uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.
Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I’m an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.
All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I’m dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.
I’m Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.
Having four hot husbands is nice…but the death threats, not so much.
The Faerie Queen’s review
I was a little nervous about reading this because both authors wrote for the Snow & Seduction reverse harem anthology that I have not been able to get through. The anthology is a bit of a mess, and doesn’t look like it’s been edited at all (for content or typos). But I am happy to report that Elements of Mischief is actually a lot of fun and has clearly gone through all the right stages of publication!
Reverse harems tend to have the same cast of men – the bad boy, the calming presence, the horndog, and the charming leader – and this was no different. In case you’re wondering: Billy (fire), George (earth), Reg (water), and Skeeter (air). But I sort of expected as much, and while not necessarily original, it was dependably entertaining and sexy. They could be a bit much sometimes, especially Reg, who was quite a pig, but Arizona was more than happy to put them in their place. In fact, she was a bit OTT with her swearing and dramatics.
And there is a lot of swearing. A LOT. Plus a plenty of dirty talk. While there was a (secondary) plot other than pure sex, this was very graphic, both in language, insinuations, and actual actions. Unlike some reverse harem stories where you might have acts with each guy separately, or maybe threesomes, there was real group sex in this one. This was generously interspersed between some action and humour. I did laugh out loud a number of times! (There were a lot of cringey but wonderful plumbing puns, ok?)
But what was missing? Well, it was exaggerated at times; this was clearly written to be hysterical and cheesy, but sometimes it went a bit far. The plot was also all over the place; that being said, I did enjoy the ride, if a bit wild and sloppy at times.
Also, it bothered me that Arizona drank so much and ate so little. This is probably a very personal thing, but my ex was an alcoholic, so while I do occasionally have a drink or two, I am very nervous when it comes to heavy drinking. And that’s basically all Arizona did. The guys kept bringing her wine, and she kept downing it, but neither she nor they got her any food over the space of a few days. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t work for me. Arizona would have been starving and not had the strength to run around. On top of that, she was drinking multiple bottles of wine on an empty stomach and not getting sick? It’s strange that this is the thing that broke the spell of the book…
You know what, though? I get the feeling C.M. and Tate got together with some wine and drunk wrote parts of this, and I kinda love it. I had a lot of fun reading Elements of Mischief, so I’m going to keep an eye out for book 2.
I would recommend this book if…
…you enjoy hot group sex, dirty talk, and elemental magic. Oh, and puns, lots and lots of them.