Book Review- Club Luxe

Club Luxe


I have a confession to make, I really like trashy romance novels. Even with all the controversy about 50 Shades, I really liked that one too. While I read all kinds of books, in all kinds of genres, these are the ones that I power read through.

From the back of the book:

“Victoria Chase is Chicago’s hottest new reporter, looking to make the scoop of the century. Rumor has it that in the bowels of the city lies a private sex club for the wealthy elite. Willing to do anything for a story, she infiltrates the club, determined to uncover this urban legend. She didn’t expect to run into him:

Malcolm Cage.

The famous billionaire bad boy is the king of Club Luxe. Every Friday night, he reigns supreme over untold sinful pleasures in his underground kingdom. His one rule? He never participates and only watches–until he sees Victoria. She sets his body and soul on fire, and Malcolm does not plan on letting her go. Can Victoria keep it professional and get her story? Or will her heart betray her under Malcolm’s smoldering gaze?”

Club Luxe 1: The Private Room (Billionaires Underground) is certainly one that I just sped read through. It is only 166 pages, so reading it in one evening was not a problem. My husband worked from bed, while I read this. (I think I got the better end of the deal). It wastes no time getting you to the private club, or into a “private room”. While the erotic scenes will leave you blushing, they were a bit rushed. (But as short as it is, they have to be) The whole story takes place in about a 12 hour stretch. It is a very short amount of time for all the characters to get to know eachother, this makes their connections seem a bit off. Like way to much to soon, while I am okay with that and able to over look it. It is worth pointing out.

While I really wanted to like the masculine lead. He has an interesting story, there is a nice twist that makes him seem more personable. I never did like him. He never warmed my heart, other being great in bed; he had no redeeming qualities. To me that is what makes this kind of book, the male lead; while being twisted or broken, has some sort of redeeming quality. Malcom (the male lead) is just not nice (and not in a sexy bad boy kind of way), they have a twist that you would think would make him lovable. But it doesn’t since there is no emotion behind the twist.

And… I am all for a good series. With as much as I read, I often seek out series. But, for a series to be a good series, it needs to have a story plot per book. Something has to get wrapped up, you need some answers, the story had to move forward. This one leaves you hanging mid-conversation. They were just getting into the story, when the book ends. Not cool.

Over all I was in love with this new book. I did not like that there is no hugely lovable character. I did not like that I will have to keep buying the books to get the ending.

When you read these types of books, what are you looking for? Am I just asking to much from a romance novel? Would love to hear your thoughts



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