Wednesday, April 29

Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh

Ames and I read the book previous to this one and reviewed it for Breezing Through. We didn't like it-- we both gave it a D.

Lora Leigh is an old favourite for both of us so it wasn't difficult to continue on with the series.

Since Kris also enjoys LL, we asked her to read it with us, she agreed.

As always, this review is full of spoilers.

Since he saw Janey Mackay taking a dip in her bikini, Major Alex Jansen has had to quell the fire she ignites in him. Even touching her would mean death at the hands of the Mackay men. Until now, the girl of his dreams—and fantasies—has lived in a vacuum of affection, shying away from the danger she thinks men represent. Alex sets out to prove her wrong, with his torturously slow caresses.Everyone thinks Janey’s safe now, with her abusers dead. But when someone starts leaving spine chilling notes, Alex won’t rest until she’s completely safe. And completely his—body and soul…

Chantal: Hi Girls, I'm all done :).
My favourite part was when Alex drug those drunks out of the restaurant and beat them up. Hehe.
And shocking, the sex scenes didn't feel like they could have been in any LL book. She actually did some new stuff this time. I've been bitching about the sex being same ole same ole for several books now, so this was a nice change.

That whole scene was great, even before that particular part, I love how Tim and Jane adopted one another. I agree about your other comment as well.

Chantal - I agree with you - there was something different to the sex scenes. However, the main plot was similar to what she's done in the past and that really annoyed me at the beginning. When I saw that Janey was different from her other heroines, though (she had some definite emotional scars but that didn't stop her from being with Alex) I got over my annoyance and got into the story.

But then Janey tried having a backbone and no one took her seriously. That pissed me off. She had an extreme alpha male lover and then she had to deal with her brother too? It felt like too much.

Chantal: Absolutely. You know, Lora Leigh has this thing--Same story line and same sex scene in every book, but it's a system that work for her, people are eating it up. I'm glad that she finally changed up the sex a bit, though. Maybe her next book will have a different plot. *Fingers crossed.* More and more of her books have been DNF's for me for those reasons, so I hope this change is going to be an on going thing.

Another difference for me with this book is that I usually don't like LL's Heroines, but I liked Janey. I like that she stood up for herself and did what she wanted, no matter what anyone said. She didn't put herself in danger, either!

Kris: It annoyed me, like ames, how Janey would try to be assertive and everyone ignored her. But I liked how she still stood her ground and also I loved watching her with Rogue. Another great character there.

Ames: And hello, Alex has been stalking her since she was 17. Yeah he was "watching out" for her. But to me, that's stalking.

Chantal: I never thought of Alex watching her as stalking. It was indeed creepy and odd that he all of a sudden got the hots for her just because she waved at and blew him a kiss, but I don't think he was a stalker. A stalker has bad intentions and they want to hurt the victim. Or the stalker is obsessive and mentally ill, living in a dream world. I don't think Alex fits into either of those categories He was just a dirty old man lusting over a kid. Until the kid grew up that is.

Amy: Yeah, stalker might be a bit harsh. But it was definitely creepy.
I have to say though, I loved that he was older than her.

Kris: I liked this story a lot. I connected with the characters a lot more than her previous books. Janey appealed to me. She had such a rough background that gave her more character and depth. I was okay with the age difference between the two, Alex was attracted to her as an older teen but did nothing to act on that. Many other men would not have had that restraint. Now she is older but her brother has a hard time seeing that, in his eyes she is still a kid.

Chantal: Why did Janey's brother keep going on about the age difference? It's not like she was still a teenager.

Kris: Many older brothers have a hard time realizing their little sister has grown up and actually has a sex life.

Amy: Her brother was just looking for an excuse to keep Alex away from Janey. He knows how Alex rolls and he just wanted to protect his little sister. LOL

Chantal: Ah, over protectiveness.
Where you surprised about who the bad guy turned out to be? I thought for sure if was going to be her friend Rogue, the biker chick.

Oh yeah, I thought for sure it was going to be her friend too.

Kris: I was totally not expecting that particular villain. Threw me for a loop. So I liked it that much more for that.

I think one of the biggest differences in this story from most of her others was the heroine. Alex, I think was pretty typical for her heros (not that I dislike that). But Janey was just a lot more real to me than most of her other heroines.

Chantal: Nauti Intentions was better than the last few LL's, so I'll go with a low B-, which is pretty generous considering it's pretty much the same as every other book in this series she has written save for the spiced up sex. How about the two of you?

Ames: I give it a C which is average.

Kris: I give it an A-

Thanks for inviting me to review with you.


Lori said...

Good review, and all good points about LL. I gave up on her after the first Nauti book. Chantal put it best when she said "same ole, same ole."

Kate Diamond said...

I once had a guy friend say to me that "stalking is in the eye of the beholder." And then he went through all of my favorite romantic movies and pointed out how creepy I would find it if some guy actually did some of that stuff.

Perhaps it all depends on WHO's playing the boom box on your lawn? Dunno. I still think there's a line. Was it really crossed in this book?

nath said...

Very nice review, girls :)

LOL, Chantal! Of course, dirty old man lusting after a teenager is so much better than a stalker :P!

I understand the authors wanting to stick with a plot they know work... but seriously, it was getting ridiculous. Glad that Ms Leigh changed up things in this one... Still, I think I'm going to skip.

~ames~ said...

Lori - It is the same ole, same ole, but there was a few differences in this one that made it readable. I forced myself to read the 3rd Nauti book.

Kate-I don't think so - my comment stems from my frustration with how similar the plot it to all other LL books.

Nath-Yeah, skip this one. And LL does need to change things up a bit more.

Sarai said...

If I can get through Nauti Nights I will work on this one.
Great review ladies!