Sunday, 20 January 2013

Books Read: Logan Belle - Naked Angel

It's the biggest night of Mallory Dale's life. She's unveiling her sexy new burlesque club, The Painted Lady, and her boyfriend has a thrilling surprise for her. Alec is ready to propose, and he does it in her favourite place - onstage. But can she give up her boas in the name of happily ever after?

Mallory isn't the only one torn between bliss onstage and off. Ballerina Nadia Grant has hung up her toe shoes, now she's perfecting the art of the striptease and whips the crowd at The Painted Lady into a frenzy. But one man is outraged, and it's the man Nadia loves. Meanwhile, the club's financial benefactor is endangering everything he holds dear when he begins a sizzling affair with a young costume designer. Just when they're so close to having it all, will the stars of The Painted Lady lose everything?

The Blue Angel trilogy concludes with Naked Angel which sees Mallory finally happy and comfortable in her relationship with Alec and her dancing.  When Violent Offender takes control of The Blue Angel Mallory decides this would be the perfect opportunity to branch out on her own.

So she opens up her own Burlesque club, The Painted Lady, alongside boyfriend Alec with Justin and Martha Baxter as the backers.  But soon Alec throws a spanner in the works by proposing and asking her to give up dancing but is she ready to do so?  

In this book we're introduced to a few new characters which kept things fresh as I guess there was only so far you could go with the original characters.  First there's Nadia, an ex-ballerina who can no longer perform ballet due to a foot injury but who still wants to perform but things don't go quite to plan during her first show...  Then there's Max, the owner of a local ballet company, who thinks Nadia's demeaning herself by performing as a burlesque dancer.  And then there's Gemma, the English costume designer with big ambitions for herself and she doesn't care who she treads on to make it to the top.

I have to confess that I'm glad that Logan Belle introduced Nadia and Max as I really liked the dynamics in their relationship as it was clear from their first meeting that there was an instant attraction between them.  But Max is adamant that he wants nothing to do with Nadia if she decides to go ahead with her burlesque dancing and as the storyline progressed you discovered why he was so against her new chosen career...

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable I found reading about the whole burlesque scene,  which is something that I've never experienced myself, and I certainly learnt a thing or two...

Although there's certainly plenty of eye-opening graphic sexual references throughout all three books, it was not really any more or less than I would expect from an erotica novel so it wasn't too uncomfortable reading  for me. Overall If you're looking for an erotic read with a bit more of a storyline than just sex then I'd definitely recommend reading the Blue Angel series. 

I'd like to thank Gina at Giant Rooster PR for sending me the Angel trilogy books to review.

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