By Eden Summers
Leo Petrova is between a rock and the hard place in his pants. Shot of Sin, the night club he owns with his two best friends, is short one bartender downstairs. The only available replacement is the upstairs bar manager—the one woman Leo knows he can’t take downstairs, can’t have, can’t touch. The one time he gave in to temptation convinced Leo that Shay’s no match for his sexual demands.
Only a select few know Shot of Sin’s guilty secret, that beneath the packed dance floor lies a very private sex club—the Vault. The place Leo can let his sexual proclivities run wild.
Shay Porter is curious as to why her boss, the king of mixed messages, seems almost desperate to keep her from discovering what’s on the other side of the guarded door at the back of the club.
Sliding out of her comfort zone and into Leo’s arms risks everything. Their friendship, the Vault, and most of all, their hearts.
Where do I start with A Shot Of Sin? I absolutely love the cover, as well as the use of the word “Sin” in every related business: Taste Of Sin for the restaurant; Shot Of Sin for the bar; and Vault Of Sin for the sex club. All three businesses are owned and operated by three men, Leo being one of them. This is Leo’s story and obviously each owner is going to get their own book. All three men have sexual needs that wouldn’t be described as normal to most people, and it’s those needs that have scared off all the women in their lives to the point that they’ve become miserable, believing they’ll never find a woman spend their lives with. And that right there is my first problem. The club is filled with women ready, willing and able to meet their sexual needs, and yet the men seem to think they’ll be alone forever.
Character wise, I wasn’t sold on either Leo or Shay. The only time I felt for Shay was when she was first shown the club and told of Leo’s involvement. Her sorrow at realising she never stood a chance with a man like Leo was the only time I really connected with her. And Leo is the king of mixed messages. He doesn’t want to hurt Shay, but he doesn’t seem to realise that he was hurting her every time he flirted with her before pushing her away again.
Another problem I had is that everything in the story felt … incomplete. It’s like every scene, every concern, every reveal was building into something big and explosive, but then it just fizzled out. For example, Leo and his friends hint that he’s into heavy kink, likes to be watched and likes to include his business partners, so much so that it has sent his past girlfriends running for the door. This had me thinking about domination, being bound, threesomes or foursomes, an abundance of toys, you know, all the good stuff you read about in story involving a sex club. But when the time comes to see Leo in his element, his business partners just held Shay’s hands and watched. And while that scene was a little hot, I was expecting more. And maybe that’s my problem. I hear sex club and expect to read BDSM, but instead what I read was sex with just a little bit of kink thrown in.
I’ve read Eden’s Reckless Beat books and found them to be very enjoyable, but sadly A Shot Of Sin left me wanting. Maybe Shay and Leo will develop more in the following books.
A Shot Of Sin
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