Bourbon Street Heat. By Beth Hale


Reeling from a recent breakup, Santana flees to New Orleans and the comfort of her best friend. Once there, she’s encouraged to explore BDSM, a world she’s always fantasized about but has been too afraid to try.

She meets Graham and is soon his eager pupil, delving deeper into her role as a sub and revelling in the new, satisfying experiences.

When Michael shows up to rekindle their romance, Santana realizes she still loves him. But there is more at stake now, because Santana knows she has discovered who she really is.

Can Michael accept the new her? Will he agree to a relationship that includes the BDSM world? Or will Santana have to let him go in order to remain true to herself?


Firstly, this is the most detailed novella I have ever read. The story comes to life right away and I was quickly immersed in Santana’s girly get away.  Santana is a great character, I really liked her. The reason for her being in New Orleans was totally relatable, I think every girl who has been through a breakup wants to grab a bag and go hang out with their best friend for a while.  The relationship between Santana and her best friend reminded me so much of some of the antics I got up to with my girlfriends that I found myself smiling a lot of the time.

I don’t read a lot of BDSM it’s usually not my thing, however, I found this title to have the perfect balance of a love story /breakup and exploring this other side of sex.  The scenes were well written and realistic which I think is a real accomplishment when writing sex scenes, so many are over the top. I really Adore Grahams character he is so down to earth and honest about exactly what he expects. I am sure guys like him actually exist. Another great thing about the book is that I can tell the author has taken a lot of time to ensure that this is a believable fantasy, I am sure some research was involved to be able to strike the perfect balance of relatability and naughty fantasy. I found myself totally engrossed in their world. To me that is the sign of a great piece of writing.

Santana’s ex Michael is portrayed beautifully, the way a man behaves when he has broken it off with a woman was all there. I enjoyed watching this part of the story unfold. I loved the whole will they won’t they aspect.  to find out more you will need to read the book, I don’t want to spoil it for potential readers.

As it is a novella the story does move along a lot faster than in a full-length novel. I didn’t feel that it lost anything being this short. It is a very well written, detailed story that held my attention from page one right till the end.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story. If you have never read a book covering this particular subject, then Bourbon Street Heat is the perfect book for you.

In conclusion, A great book with some believable characters. The plot is brilliant and the exclusion flawless. Perfectly lovely, yet wickedly naughty.  A must read.

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