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Review: The Naughty Corner by Jasmine Haynes

The Naughty Corner Jamine HaynesTitle: The Naughty Corner

Author: Jamine Haynes

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425266230 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425266236 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis:

Somebody’s been a bad girl…

Writer Lola Cook is on a deadline. Meeting it gets twice as difficult when she finds herself in the unwelcome role of babysitter for her nephews. Two months with the twin teenage terrors is too much for Lola—until she has a brilliant idea: send the boys to football camp. That’ll at least get them out of her hair for five hours every day. Perfect.

Divorced father Gray Barnett has coached summer football camp long enough to know he’ll get saddled with misfits, but William and Harry exceed all expectations. They’re impossible, they’re disruptive, and when he meets their hot aunt Lola, they’re worth the trouble. That is, if Lola accepts Gray’s conditions.

Every time the twins misbehave, it’s Lola who must take their punishment. With every naughty infraction, Lola gets more and more accepting—of the penalties. She has no idea just how bad a girl she can be—or how much fun she’ll have getting what she deserves.

Quick & Dirty: Too keep her troublesome nephews in football camp, Lola lets Gray give her the punishment instead.

Opening Sentence: “Now that is one hot male animal.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Naughty Corner is a prime example of why I adore fictional writing and romance writing in particular. It allows the reader to explore a world that we couldn’t conceive of or a world so diverse from our own. This book was that experience for me.

Our heroine, Lola Cook, is a single woman who has been given the responsibility of her nephews for a summer. However, she is also a woman with duties and commitments to her working profession. This creates a perfect storm when the football camp she enrolled both of the boys in threatens to kick them out for lack of discipline and team spirit. As a result, Lola is keen to undertake anything so that she can continue to get her job done while ensuring the boys are supervised.

Enter Gray Barnett who has been the football coach in part to stay close to his son following his divorce. Gray has no desire to undertake the challenge of coaching the hooligans that are Lola’s nephews without a little bit of repayment. So he devises a plan that for every infraction or disobedience that occurs while in his care at the football camp, Lola must take their punishment in a way suited to him.

Not sure if you have ever had to handle or manage this type of unruly and restless child, but I have a couple of times, and I can tell you that you deserve extra compensation. Especially if the child or teenager constantly acts out. So I can completely understand Gray’s demand of compensation.

There will be some of you that will not enjoy this book because of the BDSM flavor that does permeate the relationship between Gray and Lola. And others will not enjoy the voyeur portion of this book and that is ok, but I do believe that it does add to the story, and isn’t placed there in order to sensationalize the relationship but actually adds to the bond between Gray and Lola.

As with any good story there is also an underlying threat, which in this case is some phone calls and gifts that Lola receives after she starts seeing Gray. The red herring’s we are given are well placed and I’m thankful that Haynes didn’t use the typical stereotypes and make them the guilty party.

In addition, I would like to give high praise to Haynes because these characters are not your typical 20 somethings, but are in fact older. Lola is 38 and Gray is 45-ish. Thank you for creating characters that I enjoyed and delighted in reading in part because they were in my age range.

This is a wonderful form of escapism for me over the weekend and I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for other books by Haynes. If you are looking for this sort of book then I recommend it highly. I’d even be willing to spend time in The Naughty Corner.

Notable Scene:

He glowered so darkly she though he’d throw her out on her butt.  But suddenly he smiled, a big, white-shark-tooth smile.  ” I will let them stay on one condition.”

“Great. Okay.”  She couldn’t keep the enthusiasm out of her voice.  Because honestly, he wouldn’t think of asking her to sleep with him.

“Every time they misbehave and need to be disciplined,” he said softly, “I will discipline you in their stead.”

Lola’s mouth dropped open.

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Naughty Corner. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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