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Today I’m hosting Pavarti K. Tyler and her newest project, Sugar & Salt (A Sugar House Novella). Be warned, this a Erotica, or more specifically Erotic Romance and intended for readers over 18. Check out my review below and make sure to enter the giveaway Pav has put together with free paperbacks and eBooks from some of the best Indie Erotica authors around.

S&SBannerSummary:

After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains no illusions about the nature of relationships. Everyone lies and everyone wants something. Still, a part of her longs for a connection.

Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still be waiting around the next corner. When a mysterious man entices both her intellect and her lust, she becomes entangled in an affair more complicated than she’d expected.

Enter the world of The Sugar House. Here you’ll meet the illustrious Madam Janice Cane and her brood of men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?

Review:

For this week’s lunchtime review, I’m taking on the debut erotic novella, Sugar & Salt by Parvarti K. Tyler. So, Let me get to the rub, because I know your time is precious. Overall this story’s not a bad read; it’s short and sweet, with a little salt, just like the title suggests. The story has all the elements a traditional erotic-romance novella has, guy meets girl, they fall for one another, hot sex ensues, there’s a conflict, but all goes well in the end. Happily ever after, kisses and hugs, fin. Except with this one there’s a couple of curve balls thrown in.

I don’t want to give certain plot points away; however, I’ll reveal that our protagonist, Janice Cane is a successful business woman in a non-traditional profession. Her love interest is a handsome well-to-do “Greenpeace” type that uses speed-dating for sport. Certain non-traditional elements of the story could leave a bad taste in the mouths of some romance readers; the ones here just for the erotic flavoring, not so much. For me, it was palatable, even refreshing to a degree (at first), then I read more and things began to sour. I found that these little twists (non-traditional career and conflicts) didn’t pan out to much and held little substance. The potential the author was building toward fell flat and left me very unsatisfied. I guess I was looking for something heartier.

To be fair, according to the title, and the side stories in the book, I gather this is only the beginning of the story. Maybe they’ll be more fleshing out in future installments, but still…this offering felt incomplete.

So, a quick run-down…

The salty:

Janice didn’t seem as fleshed out, out of the two main characters she was the most pat. Even in description. The typical, I don’t need a man except when I do, type of character that runs amok in romance and erotic fiction of late. I found myself getting out of the groove of the book on more than one occasion. I even fell asleep at the beginning and during some later parts. I partially attribute this to the following — the author seemed a bit too preoccupied with setting up stories for future installments. What resulted was a bunch of disjointed scenarios that have little to do with the main focus of the story (ex. there’s a side-story with a bouncer and assistant that kind of goes nowhere and was, in my opinion, boring). I think this technique diminished the novella overall and created an unwelcome distraction to the central story.

The sweet:

Solid editing. Well-written and researched, with a lot of care paid toward the intimate scenes involving the two main characters. A fresh departure from usual erotic fare, with a conflict that is engaging if slightly implausible. The sex scenes were written in a way that teasingly gorgeous way, that really drew me in and didn’t utilized overused phrases often found in erotica. I clearly got a sense of what the male protagonist looked, smelled, felt like. He was thoroughly fleshed out and I liked that Tyler gave him a streak of vulnerability, while leaving his alluring masculinity in tact.

My final word:

This is a solid story to read on your commute to and from work or during your lunch hour. If you’re a large consumer of romance and erotic fiction, it may not wet your appetite enough to scarf it down in one sitting. It just doesn’t hold the attention for long. For a novella of this length, there’s really no time for detours. Characters can be introduced in passing but leave the rest for their designated tales. Sugar & Salt seemed written as a quick way to differentiate from the thousands of similar novels out of late, and to be fair, it was the author’s first foray into erotica. I say noble effort, and there’s always time to get better. I look forward to seeing where she goes from here.

I give Sugar & Salt 3.5 out of 5
– Hot love interest
-Hotter sex
-IR romance (not between main characters)

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About Pavarti K. Tylerpavartiktyler Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry at several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.

Connect with Pavarti at www.PavartiKTyler.com
About Sugar & Salt9781622532919

Author Name: Pavarti K Tyler
Title: Sugar & Salt: A Sugar House Novella
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: 12/2/2013
Length: 40,000 Words

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