Published May 2015
Series: Bourbon #1
Genres: Erotic Romance
Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
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How did I start the Lafayette Club?
Well, I’m in the business of saving tarnished souls. I hand pick girls from the street who have no options left in life and give them an opportunity they can’t possibly refuse.
They come to work in the Lafayette Club which is full of EXQUISITE DEBAUCHERY, where influential men come to conduct business and lap dances are considered a fine art.
The girls are trained, they are morphed, they are educated, they follow the rules of the club and they know to submit to me. They live by my motto, no relationships, no love, just sex.
They are never touched, only by me, they are never completely naked, only with me, and their personas are entirely anonymous. The only person who knows who they truly are, is me, Jett Colby.
If these girls were ever seen on the streets of New Orleans, you would never know they were a Jett Girl.
Since Hurricane Katrina took everything from Goldie including the life of her parents, she has been sitting on a mountain of debt and trying to make ends meet every way that she can. This includes working at a strip club and taking money in exchange for sexual acts.
Jett Colby is the owner of the very tasteful Lafayette Club. His mission is to rescue girls like Goldie: he gives them a home, takes care of them and funds their education. At night, they perform for club-members, who are never allowed to touch them. Indeed, the Jett Girls are his to touch…
When Jett notices Goldie, he knows she’s going to be his next girl. But the feisty and vulgar girl is not making it easy since she doesn’t like following the rules, and it turns out that she’s going to be a turning point for Jett in every sense of the word.
What I loved about this book:
- There’s nothing I really “loved”. It was an okay read though.
What I felt needed improvement:
- The vulgarity
- The way things were uncovered too quickly
- The double-standards
I totally loved The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn, so I was overly excited when I was granted an ARC of Becoming A Jett Girl. Even more so because it was a completely different style that called for some dark and mysterious storyline filled with debauchery and impossible love.
Yep, it sounded to me like it would be a very dark novel (kind of like Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters), but it’s not really. In the beginning, the way Goldie lives, works (and acts) is depicted in a very harsh way, but as soon as the Lafayette Club chapter opens, there’s not much left of that.
But still, it was something different in terms of storyline, so it had my attention. But the story is quite stretched out and it becomes clear fairly quickly that you are dealing with a 3-part series. Still, while it was stretched out, some things were probably revealed too soon and thus made the suspense wear off.
As far as the writing is concerned, it was really great. Especially the humour and the very descriptive steamy scenes. And there was also the unmistakeable Meghan Quinn sexual slang, which made The Virgin Romance Novelist so popular. Yet, it really, really didn’t work in Becoming a Jett Girl.
“Squat thrusts? Those didn’t sound like fun, unless they were me squatting and thrusting over a giant dick, then that I could enjoy.”
At the beginning of the book I was quite put off by how vulgar both the context and the main character was. It was definitely something else – a huge change from the shy innocent females I usually read about. Goldie was a feisty sex-driven hellion. And yeah… in the end I never really never got used to how vulgar Goldie she was. She completely lacked sophistication, and not in a funny “Pretty Woman” way. I really could not see what Jett found in her.
And really, I became even more annoyed with Goldie. It was difficult to find a man that she wasn’t totally hot for in some way. Even if she despised their character, their dress sense, or criticized them for their looks – she still gets wet at the thought of their dick. So really, I had a lot of trouble identifying with her. And don’t get me wrong, I am happy with uninhibited women, but Goldie was borderline nympho-whore.
I also found Jett to be a bit of a hypocrite. He’s rescuing these women because of what happened to his mother, and doesn’t want them to be seen as or treated as whore by his club-members, but the very graphical and kinky way he deals with them personally kind of lets on a different story. Especially since he likes to “fuck his girls raw” when he’s in a bad mood. Oh, but at least he asks them if they are up for it. Like the girls would refuse since you do not bite the hand that feeds (pseudo-stockholm syndrome, hello!)
“If you’re a Jett Girl, you’re required to keep yourself for Jett and Jett alone. Outside relationships are not admitted and you must submit to Jett.”
Also, his secrets and weaknesses were revealed to soon, which means that the suspense slowly wore off. Just like his feelings toward Goldie were to fast to show and too predictable.
“God was she funny and sexier than any women I had seen naked. The only thing wrong with her was she wanted something I couldn’t give her, that I wouldn’t give her, a relationship. It was written all over her face.”
The interaction between Goldie and Jett actually comes quite late in the book, and most of the interaction is betwen Goldie and Kace, Jett’s right hand. So much that lines are sometimes blurred and a weird (yet unconsumed) love-triangle is put into place. I am really looking forward to finding out how this plays out…
All in all, it was an enjoyable read that managed to keep my attention, but it was a weird feeling for me when I finished book 1, because so many things seemed to have been uncovered (like the relationship between Jett and Lo), yet the story didn’t have any kind of closure to it; and other elements (with no direct connection to the main story) have been stirred up. I already have my copy of the sequel, and am looking forward at how Meghan Quinn has set this up.
|All the feels|