by Meghan Quinn
Series: Bourbon #1
Pub. Date: May 29, 2014
How did I start the Lafayette Club?
Well, I’m in the business of saving tarnished souls. I hand pick girls from the street who have no options left in life and give them an opportunity they can’t possibly refuse.
They come to work in the Lafayette Club which is full of EXQUISITE DEBAUCHERY, where influential men come to conduct business and lap dances are considered a fine art.
The girls are trained, they are morphed, they are educated, they follow the rules of the club and they know to submit to me. They live by my motto, no relationships, no love, just sex.
They are never touched, only by me, they are never completely naked, only with me, and their personas are entirely anonymous. The only person who knows who they truly are, is me, Jett Colby.
If these girls were ever seen on the streets of New Orleans, you would never know they were a Jett Girl.
I really like Meghan Quinn, and The Virgin Romance Novelist was one of my 5-star reads for 2015. It was absolutely hilarious. So when I saw she had a series set in my city, I was quick to request it. Unfortunately, the storyline and characters are just not working for me.
Don't get me wrong, the book is well-written and I find no fault with that. I just flat don't like these characters. And that happens sometimes, you are not going to like everyone you meet or read. For me, Goldie was just way too crass and somewhat gauche. I thought based on the blurb that I would feel sorry for her, as she has lost her parents, is in debt, and is trying to make her way in the world by stripping and prostituting herself. But she was so tasteless and over the top that I just felt dirty reading about her. (And please, I never want to read about 'panty pudding' ever again.)
Jett has more potential as a character, but he is still coming off more sleazy than philanthropic. If he really wanted to help these women who were so like his mom, he wouldn't have made them his harem. That gives the mommy issues a huge ick factor. I didn't like the dynamic that was happening between any of the characters, they all seemed to be using each other. The only semi-normal relationships was the friendship among the Jett girls.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Love the author, and the writing is fine, but the characters are not for me. And when I say it is well-written, I mean that. I am very curious as to how the series will play out. I like how the plot is unfolding. I just don't know if I can deal with the characters enough to keep reading. 3 stars / 4 flames.
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