Book Review: Electrified

Electrified (The Electric Tunnel #1)
by Rachel Blaufeld:
Everyone knows her as Sienna Flower.

Her curves and long lashes tease and taunt from her very own billboard where the desert meets the Las Vegas Strip. She’s the hottest stripper in town, known for her sultry and indecent moves coupled with her virginal eyes.

She’s a heady and unique combination, and a mystery to all who come to see her. Sienna captivates crowds nightly at the Electric Tunnel, leaving them wanting to know more about the sensual enigma. But no one ever sees beyond the heavily guarded stripper onstage. She is Sienna Flower 24/7.

No one other than her closest friend and boss, Asher Peterson, who helped turn a young and frightened girl into who Sienna is today. Together they created the sexual illusion known as Sienna Flower. They will go to any lengths to protect her image, which is why Sienna is convinced she must remain unattached and alone.

Like everyone else in Vegas, Sienna is hiding something and playing a role. A good girl in her former life, she was raised to be obedient and accepting of her fate, but there are some circumstances no one should be expected to accept. She escaped to a world light years away from the one she was subjected to…the Electric Tunnel.

Now she can never be anything other than Sienna Flower. Not only would she be hurt, but everyone around her would suffer the consequences.

That is, until she meets private detective Carson Graham, the dark and mysterious ex-FBI agent who watches her dance every weekend. With his dark hair and chocolate-brown eyes, Carson begins to heat Sienna’s heart and body, melting away the layers and secrets. Sienna doesn’t want to get attached to Carson, but when another man surfaces and starts hunting her down, bringing out the scars of her old life, she can’t help but seek comfort in Carson’s protection.

With everyone trading on the secrets of her past, Sienna finds herself caught in an awful web of lies. Her ultimate fear is hurting her friends at the Tunnel, but she doesn’t know who to trust. Namely, Carson. Is he good? Or bad? Does she have the luxury of finding out?

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Electrified generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

I hadn’t heard of this story, seen the cover, or read the blurb until the day I started reading it. Intrigued by the cover and blurb, I couldn’t wait to start Electrified. It’s one of those great erotic romances where the well-developed characters, both their pasts inexplicably entwined with their presents, grab hold you and keep glued to your kindle for the entire journey. As a debut author, Rachel Blaufeld exemplifies a great gift in connecting her characters to her readers. There wasn’t a moment in this book where a felt disconnected, where I wasn’t rooting for the main characters, disgusted at the villains, scheming with the secondary characters, or held captive by the creative plot.

As I was mystified by the characters and the story there were several spots of the story where the balance between past and present became inundated with justifications and rationalizations from both main characters on the choices they’ve made and the new choices they’re currently making. More than once I found descriptions of those justifications and of Sienna herself to be repetitive. The writing plot and characters wholly made up for those repetitive details.

Electrified holds the tale of Sienna Flower, good girl and honorable heroine disguised as an acclaimed Las Vegas stripper. Men and women alike come in droves for a glimpse at the illustrious Sienna all the while readers discover her life story as it slowly unfolds revealing a woman who’s overcome brutality to survive as the confident, beautiful woman she shows on stage. Carson Graham, an alpha hero to match an alpha hero, portrayed goodness and light to Sienna’s shadowed existence. Having overcome adversity himself, distancing himself from a solid foundation in his life he becomes somewhat unrecognizable to himself as his lust for Sienna grows. To the reader though, he becomes a great hero.

Independence, confidence, vulnerability all shine through these characters with rough emotional exteriors revealing light within them both making it impossible for the reader to deny their destined connection. The hero and heroine of Electrified fated to meet by an author with a voice I’m excited to hear more from electrified me from start to finish. This author takes a stereotype and blows it’s depictions out the water. She created a motley family of people who are kind, gentle, and loving in a world where most would recognize those types of families. It was beautiful to read. Another major highlight for me was the mysterious subplots working Asher Peterson, Sienna’s partner and best friend making it impossible for me not to pick up Smoldered and go back to the Electric Tunnel. Ms. Blaufeld's epilogue is another noteworthy pieces of the electric puzzle, filled with everything you want out of an epilogue of a story with characters you adore.

If you’re in the mood a romantic, erotic journey about acceptance and love, about a woman discovering the nuances of herself and a man destined to meet his match, filled with great main and secondary characters alike plus a unique, attention-grabbing plot check out Electrified.

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