I really liked the characters but then . . . – 3 stars

I really liked the characters but then . . . – 3 stars

I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading this book. It was lighthearted and funny and I enjoyed Olivia and Steven a great deal. Sadly, I wasn’t as excited when Chris came into the picture. I thought it was very obvious what was really going on and everything that transpired from that point on just sort of dragged, in my opinion. I don’t think Inspired by Night is a bad book but it didn’t turn out to be as good as it began.

M.T.
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So much more than I expected – 4 stars

So much more than I expected – 4 stars

The description of this book does not do it justice. It was so much more than I expected! Since I am not a techie-type person, it started out a bit slow for me because the beginning contains a lot about Olivia’s job as the owner of a tech company. Also, she is a self-professed computer nerd/video gamer so I wasn’t sure I would be able to relate to her character. Totally not the case – I adore Olivia. She is an intelligent, down-to-earth, self-sufficient woman. But the fact that I love the MC is not even why this book was more than I expected. It was the relationship development between Olivia and Steven, the “love triangle” that occurred when Chris came into the picture, the surprise that occurs around Christmastime and the twist at the end. Oh, AND the hot, realistic sex scenes, which are done quite tastefully. Sometimes it seems like sex scenes in erotic novels are just thrown in because the author wants the book to live up to the “erotica” label, but with this book, the sexy parts fit perfectly with the story line. I read the last 40 percent in one sitting because it was so incredibly good, and I LOVE the way it ended.

Chloe Jelane
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A must read – 5 stars

A must read – 5 stars

I thorougly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It left me wanting more, I do hope there is a sequal on the way. It was a refreshing change from the usual hot, sexy, rich, male CEO wooing the female. Set in real life scenario too. I laughed and cried reading this book which for me is an added bonus. I also enjoyed the romance and sexual content. Fully recommend you read this book. I look forward to reading more from L E May.

Elaine Nolan
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Sexy, brave and modern. The best book I’ve read in this genre. A must read – 5 stars

Sexy, brave and modern. The best book I’ve read in this genre. A must read – 5 stars

This is a great read, it’s sexy, funny, intriguing and smart. The characters are strong and well developed. It’s very modern, fresh and real without any of the annoying bits that you can get with some sexy novels. And on that note… with out it being too gratuitous, there are really great scenes in this! It’s a very bravely written and is the best book I’ve read in this genre. Read it now before it gets massive and has a film made of it. Can’t wait for the next one!

R A Davis
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Brilliant! Hot and steamy, funny and entertaining, a must read – 5 stars

Brilliant! Hot and steamy, funny and entertaining, a must read – 5 stars

Ahem! I totally missed the point when I read the synopsis of this book! I thought “sexy” might mean a few intense stolen kisses. Boy was I wrong, this book is hot and steamy and it took me by surprise. My fault totally as was expecting lighter chick-lit romp. It’s got much more than that to offer.

So Olivia is a games geek, has her own business developing game apps and is doing rather well for herself, fashion does not interest her and a good night in on the weekend is pizza and hours of gaming. Enter stage left her new hire, a games developer called Steven, a hot games developer slightly gorgeous and a bit geeky sexy. But NO, Olivia can’t/won’t cross that line and act on her attraction to Steven, she is the boss (I worked in HR and I was telling her that it was bad news, she didn’t end up listening to me!)

A social media friend of Steven’s called Chris contacts Olivia and they start up online chatting (as you do with a total stranger), now this went from polite small talk to discussions on masturbation and vibrators rather quickly. I was all up in arms “how dare you be so rude young man, that is not appropriate talk”, then I was like “oh right, it’s ONE OF THOSE SEXY EROTIC books” and felt rather stupid. A quick flick of my brain into sexy gear had me well settled for the rest of the book.

Between Steven and Chris, Olivia is one popular young lady, and well her sex life and her love life prior to this was about as stale as the pizza crusts she often leaves lying around. She’s a lovable character, she’s flawed, and relatable. And like Olivia, I love a sexy geeky man (if in glasses all the better!) and like Olivia we both find The Doctor sexy, yes, THE DOCTOR (the Tardis one, not the one with the medical kit).

The book has some hot and raunchy scenes in it, from cybersex to the real thing, so if you are looking for pure gushy romance, look elsewhere, this mixes up the two really well. It’s not pure erotica, it’s not pure romance, it’s, it’s a sexy romp of sorts! Anyway, it’s really good.

There are some really funny moments in the book that made me laugh out loud too (thinking of a sexy scene where farting is discussed) and it makes the book really down to earth, tangible and real. I think a lot of ladies will like this book.

So does Olivia give in to the seductive Steven who can’t take his eyes of her and flirts with her over his sandwich and computer at the office? What about Chris, I mean it’s his friend right? Will they meet up in person or just keep steaming up the keyboard on IM and camera chat?

Well, you need to read it to find out. Lots of fun this one, well written, decent editing – hurrah for that! Enjoyable and titillating (I had to put that one somewhere in the review). Don’t make the mistake like I did and expect pure chick-lit then get a shock when cybersex is happening, be prepared for it and enjoy!

Does the guy(s) get the gal or is Olivia destined to go back to solo nights at home with cheesy pizza and hours of video gaming? If she does, I am going over to hang with her, I liked Liv (Olivia) a lot.

This is one of those girls night in type of books, grab your chocolate, grab your wine or cocktail, flop in your comfy chair and escape!

I requested to review this book from the author as I was really interested to read it and review, I am really glad that I did, thanks so much for the opportunity!

Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
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A breath of fresh air – 5 stars

A breath of fresh air – 5 stars

L E May’s debut novel is a long and absolutely wonderful read, blending romance, erotica and character drama into something I’ve never really encountered before – a full-length rom-erotica novel in which I both really cared about the characters and was really aroused by the sexual content. But its real genius is how it uses standard tropes of the genre such as a love triangle and a sexually dominant man without ever straying over to the dull clichéd nonsense of billionaires and BDSM contracts.

Olivia Jones is one of the most honest, believable leads I’ve ever come across, and – surprising for me, since I normally favour plot-lines about things like evil cults and parallel universes – I found myself really caring about her expanding business and her quest for happiness in her own body; not to mention her complicated love life. But unlike most love triangles, with Inspired there’s not an obvious good guy / bad guy choice; Stephen is just as flawed as his counterpart/rival Chris, and there is no denying that Olivia and Chris share a sexual chemistry which almost set my Kindle on fire on numerous occasions. The sexual side of the novel may take a while to appear, but once it does it just keeps on giving, cleverly mirroring Olivia’s descent into obsession and exhibitionism. And the progression of the romance(s) and the reasons for the steps towards and away from the love interests make sense and feel really organic, rather than being obviously shoehorned in to force a move from one guy to another.

Side note: as someone who has made the real life transition from sad, unhealthy slob to happy but measured fitness freak, I loved the accuracy and detail in the exercise and dietary stuff!

Inspired by Night is a great read, and considering it’s a full-length novel for the price of most shorts it’s an absolute steal. Like the best novels it played like a film in my head, and the second half of the book made my lunch breaks at work VERY interesting. There is simply no excuse not to buy this book!

Danielle Austen