Turn Me On
Kristin Hardy begins the new Sex and the Supper Club trilogy with a great appetizer – Turn Me On. This is one hot book about rekindling an old love affair, and it features a wide variety of love scenes.
Stef Costas is a top documentary film-maker preparing to direct the one project he’s always dreamed of when suddenly his funding is cut off. He is promised the money by a friend if he fulfills a favor and direct’s the friend’s niece’s pilot. He agrees, but when he learns the niece is one Sabrina Pantolini (the girl who broke his heart in college), he’s not sure he can live up to the bargain.
Sabrina herself is not sure she can work with Stef. He broke her heart many years ago, but her documentary is in desperate need of a director, and he is one of the best. She tries her best to put the past behind them and work together. Because of the subject matter of her documentary, “True Sex” (think Real Sex on HBO), it doesn’t take long for her old feelings and a new, more intense sexual attraction, to resurface.
Stef knows he should not get involved with Sabrina again. Her party girl ways and her rich Hollywood family pulled them apart many years ago and he does not think much has changed. What he does not know is that Sabrina has changed; she spent years after their breakup on the party circuit but after her father died she realized that life was too short. Sabrina threw herself at her uncle’s mercy and learned to be a producer after five years of working her butt off. She knows her dreams can be reached when a major cable network offers her a deal if she produces a good pilot.
During the filming of the documentary things quickly heat up for Stef and Sabrina. They at first think the subject matter is making the attraction so intense, but after a quick roll in the hay they realize that once is not nearly enough. They decide to take a cautious stance and see how things go but the same problems from their past come up again and they must decide to either work through them or walk away.
Turn Me On is a fun read. The sex burns up the pages from beginning to end, in part because of the documentary, but mainly because of Stef and Sabrina. The intensity of their attraction lept off the page, from smoldering looks to long hot kisses. These two make sparks fly! Hardy did a great job of fleshing out the main characters; they were believable and sincere. Their collective pasts explained why they were hesitant to move on.
My only problem with the book was all the other characters. Because this is the intro for a series with Blaze, Hardy spent a lot of time introducing the whole cast of the Supper Club, a group of friends who worked on a production in college and remain friends to this day. They meet weekly to talk about sex and have dinner (think Sex and the City in LA). This whole story line was very distracting and it took away from Stef and Sabrina . Their story was strong enough to stand on its own.
However, after reading about Stef and Sabrina, I can not wait to read the next story in the trilogy; I believe it’s called Love Lessons. Hardy’s style of story telling is very easy to get into. Her characters are well drawn and easy to read, and now that the introductions are out of the way I think the stories will only improve.