Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
J.T. Geissinger is a constant revelation. From my perspective, she seems like ab unassuming romance writer with a moderate social media presence. In the world of romancelandia, I don’t see her promoting on the level as other writers, but she is no less important. This writer crafts the heck out of the alpha-male hero who does all the bad things only to be saved by the erstwhile, usually unaware heroine. Every time I crack open her books, I’m reminded again and again how much I love her storytelling. Carnal Urges, her newest book, is more of that same fantastic storytelling.
If you’ve read her Cruel Paradise and its predecessor, Beautifully Cruel, then you’ve met Declan, this book’s hero. He’s the right-hand man of the heroes of those stories. He works in a way that encourages those heroes forward with their heroines. In terms of this book’s heroine, you’ve met Sloane in Geissinger’s Ruthless Creatures, as that book’s heroine’s best friend. Declan and Sloane are romance gold. Declan is a self-possessed man bent on ruling the mafia world. He’s an alpha male in and out of the bedroom. When he kidnaps Sloane, you think he’ll terrify her. Instead, Sloane is his perfect match. She’s intelligent, witty, and unafraid. As their story progresses, you fall deeply in love with their coupledom because they challenge each other, they support each other, and they eventually love each other to infinite depths.
Geissinger does what she does best in Carnal Urges. She builds fiery chemistry between Sloane and Declan. She crafts story that keeps you turning the page, and, in this book, she creates banter between her hero and heroine that makes you laugh and cry in equal measure. This story reads fast on the page because Declan and Sloane are entertaining. They push you through their story, moving from moments of hilarity to moments of tenderness. Both Sloane and Declan struggle with vulnerability, yet, in their pairing, their emotional walls fall.
And this book is a dirty one. On the fire scale, Carnal Urges is a 4 to 4.5 in carnality. Declan and Sloane cannot help themselves. They’re tempestuous and drawn to each other on an essential level.
There is more to come in J.T. Geissinger’s Queens & Monsters world. If Carnal Urges and its precursor, Ruthless Creatures, are any indication, there is more fire and drama to come. I can’t wait for more of Geissinger’s brand of romance. It’s everything I love about romance.
In love and romance,