Tuesday, October 15, 2013

REVIEW: THE DIARY OF BRAD DE LUCA BY ALESSANDRA TORRE

Title: The Diary of Brad De Luca
Length: 11,000 words (40 pages)
Release Date: September 30th
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I was happy with my life. And who wouldn’t be? Beautiful women, money, a job that I could sleep through and still make bank. But I was bored. And I never could walk away from a challenge.

This challenge turned out to be brunette. Feisty. Just the way I like them. But innocent. Too innocent for me. Too innocent to do anything other than sample and then toss back.  Anything more would be too risky, too much work.

I was unprepared for Julia Campbell. I should have done my homework, should have looked before diving into unfamiliar waters. Ditching her proved to be problematic, my sexual needs greater than my common sense.

She was different. She became more than a challenge.

She may just bring my world crashing down.

This novella is a companion piece to Blindfolded Innocence, a #1 Erotica Bestseller

We reviewed the first book in the series, Blindfolded Innocence HERE!


Our Review:
We've been on the Alessandra Torre bandwagon since...well...forever. Her writing is so easy to read, her characters are always so interesting and the sex is so damn sexy...hot...steamy...thermonuclear meltdown hotness. This short novella is no different...easy to read, interesting, and sexy. Ditto! x 1000! 

The problem with this novella is that it just makes you hungry for more and we have to wait until FEBRUARY **sobs** to see where their story goes next. AND good news! I saw in her newsletter (go to her blog and sign up!) that there will be a third full length novel in this series--which means more waiting but I'm okay with that--her books are very much worth the wait! Anyway, back to my main point--this novella is a little taste of what Brad was thinking throughout the duration of Blindfolded Innocence. We get to his first thoughts of Julia and what, exactly, he is thinking in the gaps of time between their interactions. 

And given by what he says out loud in Blindfolded Innocence, it's a given that he is a dirty, dirty boy in his thoughts as well. I really enjoyed this glimpse, albeit brief, into what he was thinking when he met her. When he avoided her. And when he just all around wanted her. I was desperate for a teensy bit more (especially from that one scene, at that one strip club, when he was watching all by his lonesome...) but even without it I really enjoyed being back in this story and being able to enjoy more of Alessandra's writing! 

This is a super quick, sexy reminder of Brad and Julia and a maddening tease for what's to come...and I highly recommend it! Super quick! She ain't kiddin'...

Shelley: 4 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars

An Excerpt from The Diary of Brad De Luca
*meant for mature audiences*

2:45 AM. Too damn late. He collected a stack of chips and let them fall through his hand, watching them bounce and drop on the green felt.

“Your luck has turned,” the heavyset man before him said, gathering the cards. “You should stop for the night.”

Brad looked up, shaking his head and sliding a single black chip forward. “Another hand.”

He reached for the glass, downing the remaining bit of bitter liquor. It was out of his norm – continuing to play when his luck had turned. But he needed to be down here and out of the suite. In the suite was her – and he didn’t know how to handle her.

A waitress materialized at his side, setting another cold glass before him. He nodded, passing her a tip, and tapped on the table, asking for another card. He stared at his hand, trying, for the hundredth time, to rid his mind of her image.

They had checked in late, heading up to the room first, the bellman putting away their bags. He had expected them to go out, for dinner or drinks, when she had come to pieces, standing in the middle of the suite, her eyes welling with tears, her mouth basically accusing him of bringing her here for sex. It was like she expected him to bend her over the sofa as soon as the door closed behind the bellman.

He swallowed a mouthful of bitter whisky. Her concerns were well-founded. He had assumed that they would fuck, but he was in no rush. It wasn’t something that needed to happen on this trip. This trip had been intended more for… hell – he didn’t know why he had brought her here. The whole damn thing didn’t make any sense.  All he knew was that look in her eyes – that fragile, terrified expression – told him that he needed to be careful. Keep his distance, keep her clothed, untouched. She was not one of the woman who laid on his desk and begged for a fucking. She was, apparently, fairly inexperienced. And she would take the sex as more than it was.

Stay away. Keep his distance. An easy decision to make when he sat thirty-two floors below her, alcohol and hours of distraction between them. It might be a different story when he was in her presence again.

He pushed the remaining chips towards the line. “All in. Last hand.”

“Good luck,” the dealer said with a somber look.

“Thanks. I need it.”


Author Bio:
Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks. Alessandra has since published an erotic thriller (The Girl in 6E) and an erotic miniseries (The Dumont Diaries). The sequel to Blindfolded, Masked Innocence, will be released in early 2014.


Alessandra lives in a Florida beach town and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.



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