Review: Slade by Adriane Leigh

SladeSlade by Adriane Leigh
Book #3 in Wild
Genre: Erotic/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 26, 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads: Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain…

Always overlooked. Always just there. That’s what Dillon was to me.

Until one night.

In one night she flipped my world on its axis and there’s no going back. But she has secrets, and secrets fester like an open wound. They color the past and forecast the future, but I’m determined to open her up; free her from her memories so she can live in the light and have the life she deserves.

It’s just too bad that she wants nothing to do with me. But I’m nothing if not persistent and I’m not a man that gives up without a fight. I’ve had a taste and there’s no walking away.

I just have to convince her that I’m not what she fears, I’m what she wants.

Slade, like Wild and Ridge, is a standalone.Reading Wild and Ridge first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Slade.

Angie’s Review – 2.5 Skulls – C-

Oh, man. I hate writing this review. Adriane Leigh is one of my go-to authors for when I’m wanting steamy sex scenes and dirty talkers. Since I got that with the first two books in this series, I was hoping for it with this one as well. It wasn’t quite what I expected.

We met both Dillon and Slade in the previous books in this series, Wild and Ridge. Dillon is the self-proclaimed slutty bartender at a local watering hole, and Slade is Wild’s best friend who’s sleeping with her. First of all, I feel like we are missing a huge chunk of this story. We jump right into Dillon and Slade’s relationship and Slade’s desire to be exclusive with little information to the events leading up to this. Dillon is cagey about the whole situation in the ‘I’m way too scarred to have a relationship with you let alone even discuss why’ way. And as for the reason, it felt contrived and hollow to me. This book was classified as Erotica, and it definitely delivered quantity-wise on that part, but I feel robbed of any plot. And again, I have to refer to the first two books in this series, as I feel they were a wonderful blend of sexy and plot. As for the sex, I was never able to figure out why Slade was so attracted to Dylan, so it was more mechanical than meaningful for me. Because there was very little plot, the book felt slow to me. It was one sex scene after another, but that was what their whole relationship was based on, and it never strengthened their bond.

The big disappointment here is that Adriane Leigh has set the bar for me as far as contemporary romance goes. Wild is one of the only books I’ve ever read where the insta-lust worked, but Slade felt like a mish-mash of the standard books on the market – referring to how intoxicating Slade was and comparing him to Michaelangelo’s David. I can get that from almost any contemporary romance on the market. I want something that’s different, or that at least doesn’t conform to a contemporary romance checklist.

If you are looking for a sexy contemporary romance, don’t count this author out. Pick up the first book in this series, Wild, and give it a go. While Slade didn’t work for me, I will be picking up the next book from Adriane Leigh. As much as I wish otherwise, every single book can’t be written to my taste. This story just happened to be one of them that wasn’t.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  + ½

Series Reading Order:
1. Wild
2. Ridge
3. Slade

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