Friday, May 21, 2010


Title: Decadent
Author: Valarie Prince
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN: 978-1-55487-536-8
Genre: {M/F} African-American, Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Pamela James is fretting over accepting a promotion at her current job at a restaurant. She was an exclusive call girl with the skills that kept men coming back to her and she was smart enough to invest her monies wisely in order to retire early. Pamela has earned three college degrees and she’s enjoying her busy life now more than she thought she would. Unfortunately, her past has returned to haunt her and now she will have to tell those closest to her what she has kept secret. In walks Joshua, who is the first hottest man she has thought of as someone she wants to love.

Joshua Bouviaye, a much sought after chef and undercover FBI agent during the day, has the hots for Pamela, but she’s off limits because of a case he’s working on. He is on the trail of a killer that is connected to her past and he’s having a hard time keeping his feelings for her separate from his work. Joshua is one of the best agents the agency has and he’s decided to make some changes in his life. The changes include Pamela, if she will have him.

While Decadent is a deceptive title, it was also a fantastic story that I enjoyed. There is so much going on in the lives of all the characters and Pamela is at the center of all of them. She turned out to be a very strong woman with all that she’s gone through from the tender age of fourteen, without a mother to nurture her. Her determination to survive, no matter the cost to her soul, was just that and it left her wanting more than just a john for the night. Let me tell you that Joshua was a surprise for me. Despite knowing more of Pamela’s past than her friends, he was still able to look past it to the future. He held on to her like there was no tomorrow, and I thought more of him because he showed me a real man.

Ms. Prince did a wonderful job of telling a very realistic story about what could happen to a person who knew too much about important people. It made this story more believable because of the descriptive way the killer carried on throughout the book. The way that Joshua and Pamela reacted to each other sexually was very explosive; although they continued to strive for the goal of starting a new life together and being free of the villain’s persistence. This is my first time reading a book by Ms. Prince and I must say she did a great job with her story. Read and enjoy.

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