Audio Book Review–Devoured (Devoured #1) by Emily Snow
Summary: Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.
When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can’t get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.
Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.
*This novel contains adult situations and content*
Source: I received a copy of the audio book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t think I’ve listen and loved any erotic romance audio book until I listen Devoured. Emily Snow is an extremely talented author and has gone from being a name I didn’t recognize to my Go-To romance author! Typically, I’m disappointed by romances, especially those classified as erotica. Most of the time, the plot is a sorry one that isn’t well executed and the only thing stringing it together are the sexual scenes. Devoured was not like that AT ALL! It was beautiful, full of complex characters, emotions, a well thought out and executed plot… everything!
Devoured is THE audio book for people who like romance, but aren’t sure they want to delve into erotica and people who think erotica is just porn in audio book form. Emily Snow proves that a novel with the occasional graphic scene doesn’t have to be cheap, stupid, or terribly executed.
I love how the author was able to create a situation where the heroine had to be somewhat submissive and the male lead was somewhat in control without making either character unhealthy, obsessive, or cliché. The characters could explore a relationship where control was to be had without making it the entire theme between them or creating a weak female persona that makes most of us want to cringe a little. Lucas pushed Sienna to be obedient and stand up for herself at the same time. My biggest problem with many romances is that in order to achieve the man-in-control fantasy in the bedroom, the male character usually ends up being an arrogant and dominant asshole who treats the woman as a weakling that should submit to him. I love how Emily Snow could explore the fantasy while still maintaining a healthy relationship that one could respect and a male lead who was anything but a jerk. Even though Sienna was a doormat, she became less of one as the story progressed instead of remaining a doormat or expected to be one.
I can’t gush enough about how much I loved Devoured. I’m completely floored by how much I cared about the characters and how much respect I had for them. I’ve never felt like that about characters in any erotic romance I’ve listened. I’m amazed by the author’s ability to create steam without resorting to cliché sex scenes or bombarding the reader with too much sex and not enough actual plot. Devoured is a must-listen. I highly recommend it!