The September book club pick is Double Down by Katie Porter. This is a pretty spicy book, so I hope it provides a welcome distraction to the changes in schedule that fall seems to have brought to everyone.
Here's the summary:
As part of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, Major Ryan “Fang” Haverty flies like the enemy to teach Allied pilots how not to die. The glittering excess of the Strip can’t compare to the glowing jet engines of his F-16. But a sexy, redheaded waitress in seamed stockings? Now she gets his blood pumping.
Cassandra Whitman’s good-girl ways haven’t earned any slack from her manager ex-boyfriend, or prevented a bad case of frazzle from holding down two and a half jobs. She sure wouldn’t mind letting the handsome Southern charmer shake up her routine.
Their wild weekend lives up to Sin City’s reputation. Especially when they discover a matched passion for roleplaying. For Cass, it’s an exciting departure from her normal, shy persona. But for Ryan, it triggers memories of a time when his fetish drove away the woman he loved—leaving him reluctant to risk a repeat performance.
Except Cass refuses to settle for ordinary ever again. She’s about to show the man with hair-trigger hands that she’s got a few surprise moves of her own.
This book should make for a great discussion, because while I liked it, Mandi at Smexybooks did not, and there were a few reviews who questioned the realism of the hero's conflict. Other reviews liked all the same things I did. I empathized with the hero more than enough to stick with the book and enjoy it, but I'm really curious to hear what you think!
I also want to know if you consider this book “erotic romance” or “really sexy/explicit contemporary romance.” The genre tag comes with expectations – and I thought this was a more explicit contemporary rather than an erotic romance. As a sexy contemporary, it worked tremendously well for me. When I finished it, I may have bounced in my chair a few times with glee. Plus, the second book, Inside Bet, came out 28 August, and that book is also a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews, just like Double Down. (If I get you glomming a new series, I apologize in advance.)
This book is only available digitally at present. Curious how to read a digital book? There’s a list of options for software to read ebooks at the ARe site, and of course there’s free apps from Amazon and BN should you wish to try those, too.
The book club chat will be September 24 at 9:00 pm ET, and Katie Porter (who is two people, Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty) will join us at 10pm ET. Need a button to add that magic to your calendar? Here, have a button:
But wait, there's yay! Samhain has offered up ten copies to give away!
Standard disclaimers apply. You must be over 18 and wearing something sparkly to win. Void where prohibited. Available internationally, including Antarctica. Do not use while sleeping or operating heavy machinery. Does not include merry go round.
If you'd like to win a copy, leave a comment telling me your favorite spot in Nevada, or the place you'd like to visit most in Nevada if you've never been. No need to limit the whole state to just Vegas, though there's plenty to see there, right? I'll pick ten random winners on Tuesday 4 September and they'll each receive digital copies of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun, sexy contemporary romance, and I hope you'll try it out for the book club.