Review: Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

Posted January 22nd 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Glutton for Pleasure

Review: Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Alisha Rai
Series: Pleasure #1
Release date: March 17th 2009
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Reverse Harem, Romance
Pages: 232
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Star rating:
Heat rating: four-half-flames

They’re craving something sweet. She likes it spicy.

Devi Malik knows how to heat things up. She does it every night as head chef in her family’s Indian restaurant. Her love life, though, is stuck in the subzero freezer. Now, with a chance to fulfill a secret fantasy with her long-time crush and his brother, it’s time to put her desire on the front two burners.

For Marcus Callahan, a love-’em-and-leave-’em attitude isn’t only a necessary evil of their kink. It’s a protective device. Lately, though, his brother Jace has been making noises about craving something more.
Jace’s dissatisfaction with their lifestyle grows with every glimpse of sweet little Devi. Yet Marcus is too haunted by the pain of their shared past to give love a chance.

Despite their reputation for vanishing with the dawn, they discover one night with Devi isn’t nearly enough. And Devi finds herself falling in love with two very different men.

It’ll take more than explosive sex to light up the shadows surrounding the Callahan brothers’ secrets. But Devi’s never been afraid of the dark…

Warning: This title contains two sizzling men for the price of one, ménage a trois, oral sex, anal sex, fun toys, great food, and creative uses for syrup and dressing rooms.

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The GingerSnap’s review

I’ve been wanting to read Alisha Rai’s back catalogue of books for a while, and LiatoF’s Reverse Harem Month gave me the perfect opportunity to read this, her first book.

When I read the introduction to the book and realised it was about two brothers falling in love with the same girl, I was intrigued, but wary. I’m all for reverse harem and menage romances, but haven’t read any involving family members due to my fear that the book would involve incest. I should’ve kept my faith in Alisha, however, because she managed to build a believable, incest-free, crazy-hot romance between Devi and brothers Jace and Marcus that had me nearly fanning myself at certain points of the book.

Devi Malik is the head chef at her parent’s family-owned Indian restaurant, and after a serious romantic dry spell, her sister decides it’s time to spice up Devi’s love life. Enter Jace and Marcus Callahan, twin brothers who love sharing submissive women, but make a point of never getting romantically involved with their lovers. This all changes when they meet Devi, whose sweet, feminine nature belies a strong sense of self and a passion neither of the Callahan men can resist. Things get complicated when the three begin to develop feelings beyond the nature of their sexual relationship.

I loved this book. I love what an absolute feminist badass Devi is, I love the drama her sisters and family bring to the table, and I love how mysterious and intriguing Marcus and Jace are. I also really appreciated that Devi finds the strength and confidence that has been hidden in herself all along, and while this is due in part to the encouragement and support of Jace and Marcus, it’s due more to the fact that the sex they have has allowed her to take back her body, which she previously felt uncomfortable about, and find it a good, happy, loving place to be. Normally, I have an issue with heroes helping heroines to discover themselves/their true nature, but in this book, it felt like it was Devi helping herself, with the relationship and the men simply acting as confidence-boosters. I also love that Devi was clear about when the brothers were going too far, and they were receptive to her limits and fears.

My only real criticisms of this book are that Marcus’ emotional issues were never fully dealt with, and his connection with Jace is never fully explained. The reason Marcus is more closed off and less emotional than Jace is mentioned, but never elaborated on, and I found myself wondering at the book’s end how exactly his past had affected him and made him so closed off and wary of deep emotional attachment. I also wish that the close, emotional and sexual ties between the brothers had been better explained; it was never clear exactly why they always had to share women and felt incomplete engaging in romantic and sexual relationships without the other twin.

Still, I really enjoyed this book, and there’s a scene in a dressing room that is so hot it will forever change the way I look at high-end department stores.

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I would recommend this book to…

Readers who like a little food porn with their romance, as well as lovers of erotica and reverse harem romances.

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About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai pens award-winning sexy contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on The Washington Post's annual Best Books list. She spends most of her time dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, traveling, and tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit www.alisharai.com

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