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Sexy in Stilettos (In Stilettos, #1)

Sexy in Stilettos (In Stilettos, #1) - Nana Malone 3.5 stars

Whipped right through this book. A Very quick, fun read. It is told primarily from the POV (not first person) of the heroine, Jaya. I loved Jaya's voice. She was funny with a quick, sarcastic wit that I could totally relate to. At one point she is describing the scene she walks in on with her ex-fiancee and her sister:

"All I know is I came home to find Tamara faking it like a porn star in my bed. No surprise really. He was terrible in bed."


Her inner voice, with all her pithy observations about the people around her, is just as funny.

Her relationship with Alec is sexily explosive. It is one of those where they have a hard time keeping their hands off of each other even thought they really don't want to have a relationship. And they are sexually adventurous. I think I would have been somewhat annoyed with the pre-occupation with the sex if the author hadn't also established that Alec and Jaya were also attempting to connect outside of the bedroom.

She is uptight, a little OCD, and plans her life by lists. Alec is a rolling stone. If he is anywhere for too long he starts to feel suffocated. He is determined to make her act a little more impulsively. She is just as determined to push him on what she sees as his waste of potential.

I could have easily rated the book a whole star higher, really. The back-story for both Jaya and Alec, especially their relationships with their respective parents & siblings was really quite good -- the stuff that some great emotional heft could have been attached to. Unfortunately, I think both these areas got the short shrift. Jaya's troubled relationship with her father is dangled tantalizingly in bits here and there. I liked the earlier glimpses of her father that made him enigmatic and a little opaque. However I thought his reaction to Alec's little speech about Jaya's worth was a little too simplistic. I would have loved for the author to delve a little more deeply into the roots of that relationship.

Same deal with Jaya's sister. There are intriguing glimpses that Tamara is more than just the fiance stealer/orgasm faker that Jaya views her as. But Tamara just disappears. I wonder if she'll appear in later books?

I loved Alec's stepmother, the inimitable Adele, and would have enjoyed spending more time with her. I thought the subplot with Alec's brother felt somewhat incongruous with the rest of the story.

All in all though this was a good read. I thought the writing was bright and spry. I easily fell into the story and, more importantly, I stayed there (I've been DNF'ing books like crazy lately). There were a few minor typos, but nothing that really intruded.

This is the first book I've read by this author, will certainly look up more.