the king of bourbon street review

The King of Bourbon Street is a book that seems to have recently caught the attention of the book blogging world! I finally got around to reading it and – oh my word! (Warning here for some rather… personal thoughts.)

Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits.

I don’t even know where to start with this review! This was probably the weirdest reading experience that I have ever had. Sol and Rain’s relationship is almost exactly like mine and my boyfriend’s relationship (minus being millionaires, obviously). Okay, so there’s the obvious with the kink (I really hope my mother isn’t reading this) but there’s also the way they very quickly connect, their body shapes, and the fact that they love corgis! The way they go about the kink was just so true to what I have experienced – they are so careful about consent, and Sol as a dom was just perfect in how he looks after Rain. Seriously, it almost felt like there were hidden cameras in my flat, it was just ridiculous.

The thing that I loved most about this book was the body positivity. The way that Sol talks about Rain was just fantastic – she is his cupcake, and his kitten. Her curves and rolls are lovingly described, and for the first time, I felt like someone my body shape could actually be sexy. This has always been a struggle for me, and reading this in a relationship that was SO like my own? It was pretty earth-shattering for me. I really wish that the cover could have reflected this particular aspect of the book, because that would have really set this apart from a lot of erotica and romance. Another note – Sol is bi! This wasn’t relevant to the plot at all, which I really liked. It was just part of his character, and no one really cares.

There were a couple of times when I cringed at the wording of some of the sex scenes, but I suppose that’s to be expected. Erotica is notoriously difficult to write well, and overall I think that Thea de Salle nailed it. I wanted to read more erotica and romance this year anyway, and this has confirmed that this is a brilliant idea.

I’m not sure if I am going to pick up the next book – The Queen of Dauphine Street. The one after that, The Lady of Royale Street, sounds a bit more interesting, but I think I’ll read some reviews before getting that one. If you’ve read them, do let me know what you think!

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