From the Publisher:
A searing erotic thriller perfect for those tantalized by A.R. Torre’s Deanna Madden series…
Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it’s every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death.
Drawn by needs he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he’s worked so hard to build.
When the police link the Raven Room to the death of a young woman, it threatens to expose a number of powerful people—people who would kill to stay anonymous…
Meredith’s body can’t get enough of Julian. He has opened her sexual horizons to tempting new possibilities. But out of bed she’s an aspiring journalist, and The Raven Room is the story she’s been looking for. By writing an exposé on the club and its elite clientele, she plans to launch her career.
As Meredith embarks on a sexual journey into the forbidden world that Julian inhabits, questions emerge, and dark appetites threaten to swallow her whole. How much can she trust the man who has laid bare her erotic nature and how much will she sacrifice in order to protect him?
The Raven Room was a book I did not mind reading—I judge the mystery as mediocre and l liked it as a diversion from my normal reading–literary and historical fiction. This novel is filled with graphic sex scenes surrounded by a murder mystery. Set in Chicago, Julian, child psychologist by day and private sex club member of The Raven Room by night, is embroiled in a relationship with a mysterious woman. This woman has the confidence and attractiveness to draw the doctor into an emotional relationship he usually avoids, dragging his normal go-to friend and main confidante, the young investigative journalist, Meredith, down this path of mystery and turmoil with him.
I enjoyed reading about the lives of Julian and Meredith, as well as the enigmatic Alana, but I was more interested in them and their stories than the interruptions of their erotic forays. At the beginning I thought the book might be a take-off of Fifty Shades of Gray, then as the thriller progressed I thought of it as perhaps a Stuart Woods mystery before he created the character of Stone Barrington, just with more graphic sex scenes.
The main issue with my reading of the book is that not too much is resolved by the end of story and that the book is the first in a series. I felt disappointed that this story was not completely resolved by the end, as I am not sure I will read the next in the series. For me, the book felt incomplete. I get the feeling that the author was not sure of Alana and her secrets, so a last-minute solution (yet one I have seen before in fiction) was thrown in near the end. Yet nothing was resolved and I was left frustrated.
However, fans of erotic thrillers with enjoy this book and Ms. Medeiros’ writing.
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