#XOXperts Review | The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle

Title: The King of Bourbon Street
Series: NOLA Nights, #1
Author: Thea de Salle
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages: 304
Format: eBook

Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits.

The King of Bourbon Street was full of explosive and steamy sensuality. 

I had never heard of Thea de Salle before and this book was a nice introduction to her work.

Rain is done with her uptight family. Scandal has hit them hard, and the shame that arises from it is ruining their elite status. Rain is ready to get out from under her mother’s thumb, so she heads to New Orleans for some fun. There she meets the recently divorced hotel owner, Sol. She enters his life at the most perfect moment. He’s immediately intrigued by her, and her mere presence revitalizes him. 

I was never able to completely connect with this story. I needed more of a stronger storyline, because it didn’t feel like it reached its full potential. From the beginning, I found Sol to be off-putting, but I had hopes I would grow to love him. Sadly it never happened.
The chemistry and sex scenes were fiery hot for sure, but the characters never caught nor kept my interest. I wish there had been more depth to their relationship, and it wasn’t just all about the sexy times. It would’ve been nice to see more of them, but the relationship moved too quickly for my liking.
The end left me a bit wanting, as well. I think because I found their relationship lacking in certain areas, I wasn’t ready to let them go. I wanted and needed more of them.
I did enjoy the secondary characters in this story. They supported the main characters and helped guide them through their ups and downs. They were all nice highlights for the book.

If you’re in it for the steam, go for it. This book is filthy and just for you.

Thea de Salle writes funny erotic romance. She prefers her vacations long, her coffee black, and her romances wet. 

Contact via email: theadesalle@gmail.com

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