The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Cheryl Mildenhall

Always up for reading stories by new authors, I grabbed a copy of this on its release. The book was originally published in 1995, and if I’m honest – you can tell. This isn’t a criticism, because at the end of the day, the world changes but there are a few instances in this novel where even if you hadn’t noticed the ‘first published’ date, you’d get the hint that this wasn’t a brand new book.

However, that’s not to say it’s not an enjoyable book. The overall plot is interesting (and worryingly, you could almost imagine that it would really happen!), the characters fun, the men gorgeous, and the sex hot. Main character Hillary is invited to stay with her sister and her friends at Harwood Hall – they’ve rented a wing and plan a summer of love. Single Hillary is up for this and decides to join the girls in Norfolk.

On arrival, she’s instantly pleased that the owner of the place they’re staying is the incredibly sexy Darius Harwood. Hillary is even more pleased when it becomes apparent that he’s attracted to her – as he’s certainly the sexiest and most eligible bachelor in the locale. However, after a little more exploration, Hillary also comes across the divine Norwegian Haldane in the village and begins a naughty liason with him. The fun doesn’t stop there, and Hillary finds herself going from a non-existent sex life to having more sex than she knows what to do with!

As the story progresses, the sex scenes become hotter and naughtier, as do the varying partners. It does get to the stage where you start questioning just how realistic the storyline is, but my advice is just ignore your rational thoughts and enjoy the writing! The ‘down and dirty’ scenes are just that, they’re extremely well written and they’re definitely capable of getting the reader excited!

Overall, I’d recommend this book for a sexy read. It’s variable and not too complex and highly erotic. The only thing that lets it down is the ending, which I felt was a bit of a cop out – but each to their own. I still say grab yourself a copy and make your own mind up.

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