Review | The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle

Review | The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de SalleThe King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle
Series: NOLA Nights #1
Published by Pocket Star on February 13th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Pages: 304
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Mature Content

When Sol DuMont, a thirty-seven-year-old hotel mogul, and Arianna “Rain” Barrington, a twenty-four-year-old heiress rebelling against her mother,  meet at Sol’s hotel in New Orleans, the connection is instant.

Sol’s life after his father’s death became bleak at best. His marriage fizzled, his passion for his family’s business is gone, and his will to live nonexistent. It was only thanks to his best friend/accountant, Cylin, that he’s back to at least willing to take care of business. But when he meets the petite and curvy woman with the pet corgi, he’s felt what he’s been missing since his life with his wife was still hot and colorful.

Rain  has been a disappointment to her mother her whole life. She’s not lean and tall like the rest of the Barringtons, she didn’t study what her mother wanted her to take for college and grad school, she blew the gardener to ward off a too-handsy suitor chosen by her mother for a business merger, and she may have a video of said event. It’s a good thing her brothers and father (and pretty much the whole society) adore her, or else she wouldn’t be able to escape her mother. Instead of going to LA as planned, Rain and one of her brothers, Vaughan, flies to New Orleans to escape the paparazzi and her meddling mother. There she meets Sol, and the two go from zero to a hundred real quick.

Me at the 25-27% mark:

I have to admit, I almost dropped this once at the 25-27% mark. I had no idea what the characters were trying to be; the hero especially. Was he a super alpha? A flamboyant and fluid hero? Do I like him?

But I decided to give it a second chance.  It’s not as bad as I first thought it was. It’s actually enjoyable at some parts. I found the characters endearing; even the side characters like Cylan, Rain’s brothers—Vaughan and Richard, especially—Sol’s ex-wife Maddy, and Freckles the corgi.

Me the rest of the story:

Since apparently it’s an erotica, expect lots of sex. Like, really. Most of their time together is spent in a tangled mess of limbs and sheets. We have a man with a lot of sexual experience and a girl who’s pretty vanilla compared to him. There’s light, hot BDSM in the mix, so some of the readers might enjoy that.

Personally, I enjoyed the narrative and dialogue. I really liked the dry humor infused in the overall tone of the story. I also loved that the backdrop they used was New Orleans!

As I’ve mentioned above, this story has a lot of sex scenes. Not a bad thing since it’s erotica. But I felt the conflict and resolution were compromised because of the lack of time and space. Since most of the story revolved around their sexual encounters, there was little left for the conflict to unfold. I think it was resolved too easy.

Overall, The King of Bourbon Street is still a fun start to a series. This standalone told in the third POV has a lot of steam, humor, and sexual chemistry between the main characters. Not bad.

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