Release Day Review + Giveaway: Downtown Devil by Cara McKenna

Downtown DevilDowntown Devil by Cara McKenna
Book #2 in Sins in the City
Genre: Erotica
Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
ARC provided by Signet and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: At the edge of thirty, Clare is feeling restless. Even though she’s gainfully employed and pursuing her passion for photography, she can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing. Then she meets Mica. A perfect subject for her portrait exhibit, Mica is sexy, exciting, and everything Clare desires.

One night with the charismatic stranger is all it takes to leave her craving more. But the intensity Mica brings isn’t confined to the bedroom, and Clare wonders if this summer fling might turn more adventurous than she anticipated—especially as a curious energy starts to simmer between the two of them and Mica’s handsome roommate, Vaughn.

As the three-way tension mounts, Mica makes a sinful proposal. It’s an invitation Clare can’t pass up, and an erotic encounter she’ll never be able to forget. Caught up between two irresistible men, Clare is about to get all the excitement she’s been looking for—and then some…

Angie’s Review – 4 Stars – B+

Cara McKenna’s plots are unique enough that they make for exciting reads and written in such a way that you could see yourself falling into a similar situation. While her stories aren’t (always) shocking, they still manage to flirt with my comfort zone and leave me walking away feeling a little bit naughty. Downtown Devil was no exception.

Clare is a woman who, while she may not have it all together, was damn close. Determined and strong, she has no problem going after what she wants. When she approaches Mica to pose for a picture for her debut exhibit, it leads to much more than she bargained for. What I liked about Mica’s appearance was that it knocked Clare off her game a bit. She was down to earth most of the time, but she definitely had her head in the clouds when it came to him. She knew how things were likely to end, but it didn’t stop her from longing for more. It was really adventure that Clare craved, and Mica was just the man to take her on one. I like that someone as level-headed as Clare goes through this, because I feel like it’s a place we’ve all been. But she was always honest with herself and with Mica. Even when her pride was likely to take a hit. When Vaughn was thrown into the mix, there was a definite ‘good cop, bad cop’ vibe to this story that I wasn’t expecting; I loved it! While Mica gets to enjoy Clare’s body, it’s Vaughn who has the awkward morning after thrust upon him when Mica’s gone before she awakens. Clare was so laidback; she made even this look easy. Of course Vaughn’s attentive nature had a lot to do with that. He and Mica were complete opposites. Vaughn was considerate and worried about others’ feelings while Mica was only worried about himself. It certainly made for interesting steamy scenes. There was a lot of description in this one that sometimes had me wanting a bit of conversation or dirty talk. And while it was a tad bit predictable, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story. I may have known where it was going, but I had no idea how we were going to end up there.

This is Cara McKenna, so of course it’s a book that’s going to leave you squirming no matter where you read it. It’s a journey of self-discovery for the characters, and a thought-provoking read all around. If you’re a fan of this author or erotica, you’ll enjoy this one.

Rating: 4 Stars

Series Reading Order
1. Crosstown Crush
2. Downtown Devil

Thank you to Netgalley and SIGNET for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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