Most come to The Beaudelaire Hotel a select few times a year just to indulge in sexual fantasy, but the stakes are higher for Karen Freeman and Paul Beaudelaire this New Year’s weekend. Karen is nine years post-op from a double mastectomy, and her vain ex-husband hadn’t agreed with her decision to remove her remaining good breast or to eschew reconstruction. In the end, that decision cost her. She lost her marriage, but she’s certain the move has prolonged her life.
Returning to a normal dating and sex life has been difficult. She hasn’t made love fully unclothed since the demise of her marriage, and her most significant relationship occurred right after her surgery. When she was still recuperating, she had an affair of the heart with a Marine amputee who’d also been her Ph.D. classmate.
Paul Beaudelaire once led a charmed life as a ladies’ man who had his pick of women in the upper echelons of New Orleans society. He’d been satisfied to continue in that vein, until a Marine recruiter wooed him from LSU with tales of valor, courage, and commitment. His career in the corps cut short by the loss of his left leg, Paul returned to New Orleans with the best prosthesis Johns Hopkins orthopedics experts could fit him with. However, he left his heart in Baltimore with a beautiful former model, whose crippled marriage was the only deterrent to his waning honor.
I have had the honor of reading the first three books in the Den of Sin series and the number one thing I tell readers is you will find a steamy story with a real message about life, acceptance and moving forward in each book. L. V Lewis doesn’t write this series for the erotic element alone, she write a meaningful story with an erotic twist. The Beaudelaire Hotel is the place where broken and dishearten people go to find a second chance at love and life.
In this installment you meet Karen and Paul. They had met years ago during physical therapy and rehab. Karen was married though and not free to explore any feelings she had for another man. Paul was instantly attracted to her but he respected her situation in life and at the time he was trying to find his place in society now that he came back from the Marines with his leg being replaced by prosthesis.
Karen was one of the most sought after fashion models in the country. Her beauty lit up a room and men would fall on the floor in front of her to gain a single second of her attention, but she was dealt the hand of facing a double mastectomy. Her husband couldn’t handle that his wife was no longer the woman who could fill out those sexy bathing suits so their marriage ended. Giving love another try was not something Karen was willing to risk; she couldn’t even have sex without her shirt on. After agreeing to give the weekend of fantasy a try, she is confronted with the man who fell in love with her all of those years ago. Could she let Paul love her and give her two days of joy and passion?
L.V. Lewis proves to the reader that outside beauty isn’t what feeds the soul; it is your heart and spirit that makes you beautiful. As Paul proves to Karen she is as much of a woman now as she was in front of the camera we watch her confidence grow and admire the courage and self-acceptance Paul as over his newly formed body. This is a story of second chances, love and acceptance that can be read very quickly due to the shorten length and writing style. The author is a pro at reeling you in on the first page and making the next couple of hours become a fantasy come true for the reader.
Sabine Beaudelaire returns to her hometown of New Orleans to the bedside of her favorite uncle, Sebastian Beaudelaire, who’s been in a horrific accident and lies comatose at a local hospital. Estranged for six months from her fiancé of eight years, she still hopes for reconciliation. Enter a gorgeous man she affectionately dubs “Hot IT Guy”, whose sex appeal—and open season at her family’s secret sex lair—fills her head with thoughts of propositioning a man for the first time.
When it becomes apparent she’s lost the love of her life to a more accommodating woman poised to give him everything he desires, Sabine’s hopes are shattered. With career benchmarks looming, Sabine is fulfilled by her work but lacking a love to call her own, a situation which Hot IT Guy, aka Xander “Fish” Fishbourne is eager to remedy.
Is it by coincidence or by design that Xander, her protective older brother’s high school friend who once admired her from afar, becomes her guest at the Den of Sin? Who cares? Her dormant libido needs a serious kickstart since she and her fiancé called it quits. But will this weekend of sexual freedom rekindle an old flame, or will it further complicate her already complicated life?
Rekindling the Flame is a second chance romance bringing an alpha hero back together with a woman he wanted before any other, and a heroine whose dominating older brothers shielded her from every man’s advances. Now, they’re together again at the Beaudelaire Big Easy Luau, a Den of Sin event where long held fantasies are made to be acted upon.
I have been a fan of the Den of Sin series since book one. Each story has a unique plot all located in the same hotel The Beaudelaire in New Orleans, the place where you can go and live out your fantasies. Sabine Beaudelaire has a special connection to this place but she is back in New Orleans for a more horrific reason, her uncle has been seriously injured. As she sits by his side she is reminded of the impending death of her long term relationship with the man she thought was her soul mate. Confused and worried she doesn’t see what is coming into her life by the name of Xander Fishbourne.
Xander has wanted Sabine for years and as her brother’s best friend he was able to forgo the introductions and head straight into showing her how she is supposed to be treated now that she was an adult and big brother wasn’t there to prevent his moves. He is determined to show her not all men are like her ex fiancé and that commitment could be a beautiful thing, if she would only give it a chance.
As with every book in this series it is on the hot side of passion. The week they share will leave you melting and reaching for cool water, so it isn’t a good plan to read this in public. He is going to take her to heights she never knew existed and show her what she has been missing out on with other men, leaving the readers jealous that we can’t book a week in The Beaudelaire ourselves.
If you are looking for a well written short story that is full of steamy passion, second chances and dreams come true then you have found it with Rekindling the Flame.