Daniel Schwartz never meant to uncover the apocalypse, unfortunately for her that’s exactly what happened. Yet while it’s clear to the Kiwi hacktivist what she should do; cover it back up and get completely smashed, the rest of the world doesn’t agree. A shady corporation places her in a beachside prison where they promise to hold her until she agrees to talk. Dani would be pretty annoyed if she weren’t:
a) Biologically incapable of being annoyed
b) Very intrigued by the men hired to guard her
c) Extremely hungover
John, Colt, and Seb have poured a lot of time and money into their private security business the last thing they need is to waste six weeks babysitting a hyperactive hippie. Sadly they’ve signed a dubious but watertight contract. Each of the three men finds himself drawn to the weird, pop-obsessed Daniel and she to them. As they become entangled in each other’s lives Daniel is forced to answer some big questions such as; how can you escape when there’s nowhere safe to go? How can a commitmentphobe fall for not one, but three different men? And, most importantly, should New Zealanders kick people who call them Hobbits? (Yes.) (From: Goodreads)
***Actual Rating: 4/5 Smoky Hot Stars***
Taunt is the very first erotica book I’ve read and I admit I find it hard to fall in love with the story in the beginning.
For starters, I’m blown away by the blunt reaction and daring, flirtatious conversation where the female main character, Daniel (yep, she’s a badass GIRL with a dude’s name), is involved. She has such a sharp tongue and isn’t fazed by whatever people throw back at her. Truth to be told, I do love that about her afterward. Even though I’m not used to all those slangs, I do appreciate them in an unexpected way gradually. Therefore, after I’m fully immersed into the story and its setting, Daniel’s adventure picks up quickly.
What makes her special is the fact that she may or may not be an ordinary human being. I truly like the slight paranormal element in the book because it brings this sort of erotica fiction into a whole new level. Like I said, after learning Daniel isn’t normal, I’m more fascinated about her supernatural abilities such as feeling the electricity in her bloodstream or the mysterious telepathy with one of her bodyguards.
Among a lot of other things, Elkin had failed to mention that Daniel was some kind of genetically modified superhuman. She slept less than three hours a night, she could read full novels in eighty minutes and she had an engineer’s knowledge of electricity, thermodynamics and machinery.
Frankly, Daniel works for some high-tech company and plays a crucial role in some sort of confidential program. That’s why she’s “escorted” to California and prisoned to a holy moly luxurious mansion with three young, single, hot security guards.
They’re known as John, a green-eyed with an icy stare guy, who’s obsessed with S&M and pairing up with some other guys while hooking up with women; Colton (Colt), John’s partner—both in work and sex life—whose mind is as filthy as it can be; Sebastian (Seb), the youngest of all and is probably the most innocent guy whose ex is a high school sweetheart.
Among the three of them, I personally prefer Seb because, well, at least he doesn’t show the alpha male characteristics in the story like John or Colt sometimes do, and also because he’s not that dominant in bedroom. I just have a soft spot for him! He’s awkward and shy and cute in every possible way; particularly when he’s alone with the gorgeous, sexy, seductive Daniel. His brain seems to choose to be absent whenever he’s around her and that heats up the story to some extent.
Despite the fact that there’s obviously a threesome here, I realize it doesn’t bother me like most love-triangles do while reading it. It’s probably due to the characters’ backgrounds so that the arrangement is totally okay for me. I mean, it’s not just about people f*cking or whoring; there’s something huge happening behind the curtain.
Hence, it turns out that John, Seb, Colt and Daniel are manipulated by an acquaintance. They’re the perfect puppets in the show and no one figure that out until almost the end of the book. Therefore, the revelation kind of propels everything insinuated in the previous chapters and makes their behavior all the more understandable.
Besides, since Daniel apparently isn’t a normal person, it’s a big deal for her to feel humanlike. Thus, I appreciate that she finally attaches to that subtle tug emotionally after all these days with the guys. Another reason I admire her is that she’s a real genius sometimes. She’s not just a beautiful chick with big breasts and no brain; she’s smarter than most people and the words coming out from her mouth make better sense compared to the rest of them. For example, here’s one I absolutely love and dang, ain’t it true?
Trapped in a cell, that felt more like a warm luxurious bubble these days, she’d forgotten that things were always morphing into something else. Coal into diamonds, dormant volcanos into death snares, friendships into…more than friendships.
All in all, it’s an interesting read for me and I surely experience something I’ve never had before throughout the reading process. This isn’t my typical genre of books, but thankfully, it’s not a disappointment at all! So if you enjoy reading erotica with a perfectly thought out plot, Taunt is definitely the book you’re looking for!
***Thanks to the author for providing me with an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.***