Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ablaze by Violet Moon (erotica romance bbw)

Ablaze by Violet Moon is what I would describe as an erotic romance with a social conscience. It has bodice-ripper written all over it, what with star-crossed lovers (a musician and a billionaire), forbidden love, actual (modern day) pirates, grand romantic gestures, and more, but do not let that fool you. Beneath all the trappings of the romance genre, there are some clever, empowering moments, and smoking hot erotic interludes.

It was the character of Mia Kealoha who drew me to the story - described in the blurb as a brilliant BBW - and I immediately fell in love with her. She is bold, brave, confident and curvy. I admired her as much as I enjoyed her, and was rooting for her happiness from the start. Seriously, when her boss made a flippant, sexist remark about needing makeup, I already wanted to be there for her, and we had only just met a page before.

The story does strain disbelief at times, but that is okay because Mia and Desmond are so wonderful together, and Madison is that one friend we all wish we had. If it felt at all rushed, that is only because I wanted to get to know them all better. I especially wanted to know more about Mia's OCD, which manifests as particularly violent thoughts, but I do love that Moon did not just offer some flippant validation of her condition to serve the plot.

At times funny, sexy, romantic, and suspenseful, this was a different sort of romance from what I am accustomed to, but a welcome one.

Official RWA member Violet Elizabeth Moon writes sweet and sexy romances. This lover of love was born and raised up North at the turn of the century and has adored writing from a young age. She is ecstatic to be breaking into the romance genre and hopes to bring smiles to her readers' faces. Violet wishes to leave her readers feeling happy, confident, and unlimited. She strives to help her readers figure out what they want in relationships, and recognize what a healthy one looks like. She is passionate about advocating for the treatment of women's health issues and invisible illnesses and is intent on incorporating them in each of her books.


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