9.29.2022 | Thursday

Whipped

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Whippedtitle: Whipped
author: Lenore Ashwood
series: Cavendish Billionaires Club #4
published: 26 September 2022
publisher: Lenore Ashwood
genre(s): romance, suspense
pages: 336
source: client
format: manuscript
buy/shelve it: Amazon | BookBub | Goodreads
rating: four-stars
series rating: four-stars


the blurb

Becca believes what everybody is pretending has gone away—that there’s a dangerous man at Cavendish who’s waiting for everyone to forget about him. But she can’t. It’s part of her obsessive DNA. But she hadn’t counted on the annoying Porter Banks to be thrust into her secret investigation.

Porter Banks is a man with a secret. And now, a man being blackmailed to help expose a dangerous employee at some secret sex club in Seattle. Worse, he has to work with a movie buff turned true crime whack job.

But when the whack job turns out to be a hilarious, stunning genius and the danger proves to be deadly, will Porter be able to overcome past mistakes and keep Becca alive?


content warning: sex, torture, murder

a few notes

cover notes: dark, sexy
keywords/phrases:
romance, sex club, suspense
mood reading:
in the mood for mystery with a side of romance
bonus points:
strong women, sex positive

my review

This is part of the spin-off series from Cavendish Club, the next generation of women to operate the elite sex club.

Becca is a former film archivist who is now part owner of the Cavendish Club. She’s also a true-crime buff who, unlike her co-owners, can see that the problems that have plagued them are not over. To her a mystery half solved leaves too many loose ends, so she refuses to give up the search for answers. And she’s not alone in believing there is still more to come. Enter Porter, an ex-CIA operative with a truckload of baggage but the skills to help her figure it all out.

I love their dynamic. Becca isn’t intimidated by his dark, brooding, often abrupt nature, and she has no problem calling him out on his behavior. Porter has his own struggles, and Becca leaves him unsettled. The two of them are such great foils, the push and pull between them as the story progresses, and it makes for a really interesting story. They work so well together, and that carries over into the inevitable romance, even through a lot of dark moments and obstacles.

What I love most about this series and the original is that they are incredibly sex positive. Both series center around female friends who go into business together, who are strong in their own ways. And they’ve built a club where sex positivity is at the foundation of everything they do. That’s a refreshing thing to see.

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About Lenore Ashwood

Lenore Ashwood is a steamy contemporary romance author who believes if you’re not squirming in your seat, she’s not doing her job.

She lives in the U.S. but considers herself a global citizen. She believes in sex positivity, human kindness, and the kind of girl power the Spice Girls sing about.

Lenore is best known for her wildly innovative Cavendish Club series, featuring stories of the ultra-affluent who seek unusual services at an elite escort agency. But Cavendish Club is different—it combines science and technology to create experiences guaranteed to more than satisfy their billionaire clientele and the consultants they “engage” with.

Rating Report
plot
four-stars
characters
four-stars
writing
four-stars
pacing
four-stars
cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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