Title: The Trouble With Eden
Author: Leslie Pike
Published Date: March 17th 2015
Genre: erotic romance
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
BLISS NOVAK has a great life. She’s happy, beautiful and financially secure. What more could she want?
Fortune has smiled on STEVEN FRENCH too. Handsome, talented and sexy, the stuntman has it all. At least that’s what he believes until he meets Bliss.
When a movie production comes to Pacific Grove, these two are drawn together in a passionate romance. Their love creates their personal Garden of Eden.
But there’s only one thing wrong with the Garden of Eden….there’s always a snake.
The Trouble with Eden is Leslie Pike’s debut novel. Ms. Pike is a screenwriter and her real life husband is a stuntman which mirrors the main characters in this book.
The Trouble with Eden is set in the Monterey Bay area of California. The title appears to be a nod to John Steinbeck’s classic novel East of Eden which is also set in the Monterey area. I loved the smattering of real places and restaurants. Ms. Pike truly captured the unrivaled beauty and wonder of the area.
The main characters, Bliss and Steven, are relatable and realistic. Secondary characters, Jack, Nicki, Albie and Finn, varied in their development and likability, but they each added to story. I greatly appreciated that the characters are all mature grown-ups—no silly college girls or “gazillionaires”. They meet at the gym and fall instantly in lust. Their relationship develops primarily from that lust. Sophia Loren-like Caprice is the serpent in Bliss’ and Steven’s paradise. She is deliciously catty.
The Trouble with Eden is an adult romance that was looking to be erotica, however, I think it would have worked better if the gratuitous swearing and sex scenes had been reduced. The development of Bliss’ and Steven’s relationship would have had more focus without it.
The plot is evenly paced, and the ending provides a not-so-anticipated HEA. There are a few plot points that felt a little over the top, but nothing that impacted my overall enjoyment of Leslie Pike’s The Trouble with Eden. A 2.5-3 star read.
An easy, quick vacation read!
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