ARC Review: It Stings So Sweet by Stephanie Draven

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ARC Review: It Stings So Sweet by Stephanie Draven
It Stings So Sweet
Book Info

Released: Feb. 5, 2013
Pages: 352


 There are three stories, each with its own HEA however, they intertwine and bleed into one another, creating a cohesive whole as a result. I really enjoyed this format and think more authors should try it. ~ Under the Covers

The book first caught my eye because of its amazing cover. Iconic and representative of the era in which Draven is exploring, the 1920s vibe definitely intrigued me enough to try the book out. Since there are so many aspects to this book, I’m going to break it down into categories for easier reading…

The Format:

What’s most interesting about this book is the way it is written. There are three stories, each with its own HEA. However, they intertwine and bleed into one another, creating a cohesive whole as a result. I really enjoyed this format and think more authors should try it. It shows Draven’s skill as a writer and gives readers an opportunity to see the pacing and plotting in a more obvious light. It kind of reminds me of the Julia Quinn, Connie Brockway and Eloisa James books that they have been releasing. Super fun and unique!

The Stories:

Draven breaks the book down into three separate stories where each of the heroines are being liberated sexually. In LEAVE ME OR LOVE ME, Nora is a society girl who has one night to regain the affections of her husband who plans on leaving her. However, her husband wishes to punish her in a harsh, but very sexy way. As the first story, I was just getting into the swing of things and I think this book requires a bit of an adjustment period. I’ve read other books by Draven and noticed that she likes writing rough heroes, so much so that they can come on as too strong. Johnathan felt this way at first for me. The slapping and the outrageous demands were a little of a shock to me at first, but you have to keep in mind that Nora enjoys it quite a lot and that this is the nature of their relationship. Once I remembered that, I found that I enjoyed it quite a bit.

In WHEN I’M BAD I’M BETTER, Clara Cartwright is a silent screen actress and she has a hot thing for the mysterious WWI Flying Ace. This story was super hot, introducing a ménage with a particularly sexy third wheel. There’s no question that the sex is smoking. Clare is one lucky girl!

The last story is LET’S MISBEHAVE and working class girl Sophie O’Brian frees herself sexually with a wealthy heir to the Aster family fortune. This one was enjoyable as well. Sizzling sexual tension with an interesting plot made this a quick read.

The only problem I had with this book is that sometimes the dialogue and descriptions were a little off and I didn’t think the conflicts were all that strong. However, Draven does a great job of mixing the modern and the old into an intoxicating mix.

IT STINGS SO SWEET is a unique take on erotic romance. If you’re looking for a story that is different, sexually charged and smoking hot, then Draven has the answer.





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  1. This one is on my list to read in the next week. I’m not usually a fan of historicals but, much like you, this time period intrigues me. I’ve never read anything set in this period and I think it may be a refreshing change. Couple that with being a Stephanie Draven virgin, and I’m excited to jump into IT STINGS SO SWEET ♥

    Thanks for the great review!

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