Just looking at the hottie on the cover, I knew that this would be an interesting read for sure! Dr. Saint Aknaten is a sex therapist and public speaker, alpha male through and through, and looking for his "queen" to round out his life.
I liked his character because you got absolutely NO bullshit with him, he spoke his mind and carried through with anything that he said that he was going to do. There was an in your face, no holds barred quality to him that I found appealing even if he could be abrasive at times. I felt that his character was very consistent and well written.
Xenia, a popular radio host, is the other main character in this book and I didn't care for her as much as I did Saint. Her personality seemed to flip flop too much and OMG this woman cried or teared up in every single scene it seemed. She's introduced as this "nothing but a brotha, hold it down for the black race" woman with a backbone and even gets into a heated fight with Saint right off the bat, but then she's a weeping crying mess every other scene in the book? I really expected there to be more resistance to dating Saint as well because while she did hem and haw as well as seemed to hate the guy from her first impression, it took literally one date for her to jump all in and throw out her supposed values/ideas. There was no fallout either from fans and whatnot other than some jackass intern acting, well, like a jackass. It didn't say that her fans/followers left her or questioned her all that much about making a complete 180 on her ideologies on interracial dating, which I thought was odd since that seemed to be an important part of her "persona".
There are some supernatural/paranormal aspects to this book that I felt were oddly out of place and unnecessary. I like fantasy, so that's not the problem, it just seemed like it wasn't needed here. I suppose it helped at the end to make the climax (lol, no pun intended) more intense with the villains but I felt like he would have been drawn to her regardless and he could have brought down the people who were out to get them without the whole angels of death and mercy schtick. To me, it just seemed like it wasn't needed.
As this is erotica, the sex scenes were hot! I felt like they were well placed, detailed enough, sexy, and interesting. Xenia's weeping/crying during some of them were annoying but Saint was take charge and yummy. My only cons were:
-When they first sleep together, there is no condom even thought about until afterwards when Xenia brings up "oh, i'm on the pill by the way, i wouldn't try to trap you". A main reason, other than race, that she didn't want to date him was because he'd been portrayed as a whore in the media so why would she sleep with him without a condom and really quickly at that? She goes on and on about his reputation but just does that anyway? Flip flop personality.
-He doesn't get off so easily either because he doesn't know that she's on the pill before doing the deed yet makes this big deal later about how he's never slept with anyone without a condom and how his seed is sacred but he didn't know if she had any disease or anything either and she could have gotten knocked up because he didn't know if she was on the pill.
I liked the book and won't give it all away on the review. I'd say 3.5 out of 5 stars and plan to read some of Tiana Laveen's other books.
It can be purchased here: The Naughty Sins of a Saint for $7.99