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.
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