The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle: Erotic Romance Done Right

July 10, 2017 Book 1 ★★★★★

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle: Erotic Romance Done RightThe King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle
Genres: Adult, Erotic, Romance
Series: NOLA Nights #1
Published by Pocket Star on February 13th 2017
Source: Own
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five-stars

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.

What draws you in to The King of Bourbon Street from the beginning is our hero, Sol DuMont, the newly divorced, openly bisexual 37 year-old hotel chain mogul. Sol is, for lack of a better word, a complete and cocky asshole (pardon my french). He embodies charm and power, and it’s difficult not to feel like you’re encountering a shark ready to strike. His voice is snarky and refreshing,  and he’s easy to love. When Sol meets Arianna “Rain” Barrington, 24 year-old heiress hiding from her uber controlling mother, we find something else to love about him: the way he turns into absolute mush for her.

Admittedly, it’s not difficult to fall for Rain. She’s absolutely adorable, speaks her mind, and is a complete ray of sunshine. Rain is fat, but her portrayal is never negative. Rain’s fatness is never used as an obstacle in her relationship with Sol, and overall I think it was a great portrayal.

“His instinct was to take care of her however she needed to be taken care of.”

Her dynamics with Sol were so incredible. He was wrapped around her fingers and basically treated her like a princess. This is a Dom/sub relationship, and while Rain was new to the whole thing, Sol was always completely respectful of her and her boundaries. He constantly asks for her consent, and puts her needs before his.   How Thea de Salle managed to write super sweet and super steamy scenes at the same time is a mystery to me, but she did it in every single scene. There are a lot of sex scenes in this book, some of them with power play, orgasm control, and overall LOTS OF KINK, so if that’s something you’re not comfortable with you shouldn’t read this book.

“Appreciate her, she said. That I can do. Love her? I bet I could do that, too.”

The plot itself isn’t only about sex, as it has amazing character development, and is incredibly atmospheric. We fall in love with the different side-characters as well as Sol & Rain, and by the end of the book you’ll be wanting to read books about ALL the characters.

Overall, this is erotic romance done right. We have a bisexual Dom hero + a fat adorable heiress whose romance absolutely sets the bar. There’s a lot of consent and communication between these two, not to mention really kinky sex scenes. Book 2 is about Maddy, Sol’s ex-wife, and while I haven’t posted my review yet, I’ll tell you that Thea de Salle does NOT disappoint in that book either.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Romance
five-stars
Overall: 4.8

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