ARC Review: Jewels of Desire (Duo #1) by Erica Lucke & Elise Delacroix

Pages: 80 pages (Diamond Duplicity) / 88 pages (Ruby Ransom)DDD

Goodreads rating: 4.0 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 2 / 5 Stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: July 23, 2015

Publisher: Cinnabar Silk

Summary (Goodreads):

Includes 2 novellas: Diamond Duplicity & Ruby Ransom 

(This book is recommended for 18+ years old)

Diamond Duplicity:

Passion hotter than stolen diamonds

Lucy Matthews can’t believe her crazy luck. While she’s on a date with Mr. Wrong, her evening tilts from merely unfortunate to downright surreal when his attempt to sneak them into a club lands them in the middle of a diamond heist.

When gorgeous Max Callaghan discovers a hot and disheveled Lucy clutching his bag of diamonds at the crime scene, he brands her with a fiery kiss. His gang wants her dead, so Max rescues her by claiming her as his girlfriend. Lucy soon realizes with sudden, pulse-pounding clarity that she needs Max for another reason entirely, but their passionate ruse might not survive the intense pressure of a high-stakes mob war.

Ruby Ransom:

Romancing the ruby…

Red Callaghan climbs into bed after a wild night of clubbing… and wakes up with a gun to her head. Fortunately, she knows more about weapons than her would-be kidnapper, and she manages to disarm him then turn the tables by seducing him.

When shy chemist Will gets roped into settling his father’s gambling debt, he thinks the ruby he’s tasked to steal is a precious stone. He soon finds out it’s actually the daughter of a rival crime lord.

After striking a compromise, Red and Will collide in one explosive sexual encounter after another while executing their plan to teach both sides a lesson.

My Review: 

Review also posted on Goodreads

Diamond Duplicity

Rating: 1.5 / 5 Stars

I am really turned off with the the story. It’s definitely an Insta-lust. The main character witnessed a crime and she’s holding up a pouch filled with diamonds instantly hooked up with the guy who is part of a gang. He claims her as his girlfriend and of course… lots of SEX. There’s more sex than the story itself. It’s unrealistic to hooked up with some stranger who is part of a crime and just hit it off?

I was like… EH????? There’s no build up of how this chemistry developed and definitely PURE LUST They just hooked up and that’s it.

Ruby Ransom

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Well, this is better on the first story and it’s more interesting. The characters got the angst and the chemistry is great and the scenes are sexy. However, I wish it’s longer because this has potential and it could have been better. I seriously like Ruby/Red and Will.

Overall, I don’t really mind stories with mobs, gangs and crimes in it. As long as there’s more conflict / story than sex. Also less insta-lust. Overall, these two books are okay.



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