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    Delicious Historical Romantic Romp

    Delightful! I read this story straight through because I simply refused to set it aside. New Orleans Hothouse is set in another era - the 1950s - and in two very different settings: Las Vegas and New Orleans. These cities were considerably different from each other (Vegas was a young, fast growing city of glitz and glamour and fast money/New Orleans was centuries older with as wildly diverse a collection of inner-cultures as it possesses today. Lee Renee captured a film Noir feeling weaving a myriad of elements from these environs and times including the varied culinary customs, the music, the attitudes of men and money and the prices women paid to share in either, the high lifers and those who navigate the darker underbelly -- and brings us a lusty romance story filled with vibrant, real three-dimensional characters. The reader is treated to a rich snapshot of life then and there captured with a level of intimacy that is amazing and real! I laughed, even cried a little, and, despite my normal avoidance of romantic writing (I read this for the promise of smut, readers and an interest in all things New Orleans related), reveled in the love stories that overlapped and filled the story with depth and character - and when the tale called for sex, the author chose an erotic style of presentation that fit the rest of the story. Kudos to Ms. Rene for a lovely story masterfully told!
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    Hot & Steamy in New Orleans

    The book reads like an old black and white movie. Set in the 1950's the author paints a vivid picture of the era with wonderful prose. She also added enough flaming hot sexual content that a censor of those times would have banned it. I must say I like Lee Rene's way with words. The dialogue between her characters was exceptionally well rendered. Rene used a quasi-genteel style of speaking (a mix of slang covered with a thin layer of polish) to remind the reader that Danny, Sam, and Otis were ruthless, nouveau riche businessmen. While Yvette and Cleo hailed from the wrong side of the tracks and didn't apologize for once using their bodies to better their lives. This is where the conundrum arises. Danny falls into instant lust for Yvette but offends her by treating her like a prostitute. The only problem I had with the book (novelette really) is here. Danny rides roughshod over Yvette's objections and pushes her into a sexual dalliance. He wants her but doesn't believe she's actually good enough for him. There is a lot of emphasis on why Danny looks down on Yvette for her sexual past (while his is less than stellar). So much so that when he finally sees the light it feels almost implausible. I'm not sure he ever recognized that her past didn't define her or that he was employing a double standard. It was more of a' I want her - I'll say and do what I have to do have her.' I also had trouble understanding why Yvette fell in love him. The reader knows there's more to him (his love for his nieces and his fears & doubts) but he never tells her. Then I remembered: it's an old black and white movie. Stylistic and entertaining. It doesn't need to be anything more.
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    More than a Romance Novel

    While I love everything romantic, I don’t normally read romance novels. Like many, I prefer to experience romantic love first-hand, plus I guess I've allowed media to patronize me into avoiding the genre. Still, regardless of genre, I enjoy well-written works of fiction. I found The New Orleans Hothouse, an erotic romance set in 1950s New Orleans, to be naughty, clever fun. I give it high marks for the literate prose and historic detail. As a long-time lover of and frequent visitor to the Crescent City, I felt the descriptions of New Orleans to be spot-on. Plus, the sexual content had just the right amount of heat, at least for me (and I'm a pretty modern, open-minded girl!). And I liked the relationship between the handsome protagonist and his beautiful, independent (that's INDEPENDENT!) love interest. While The New Orleans Hothouse isn’t for those easily shocked, the writing was lovely and author Lee Rene is one to watch in the future.
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    Erotic

    This is a very hot, steamy erotic story! This book makes you feel like you are in an old black and white movie!
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    I Wish there more stares to give

    The New Orleans Hothouse is like no other book I’ve read before, and that is a very good thing. This book comes alive with the author’s vivid descriptions and colorful language that brought me through the whole gambit of emotions. I laughed, had a few tears and fell in love with both of the characters as they fell for each other. The story was told from the perspective of the male lead Danny Rothstein who is a super sexy casino owner from Las Vegas. The sex was robust, very satisfying and Cajun spicy hot. This is one of those stories that you read and wish you could forget that you read it, so you could meet these wonderful people and experience what they experience for the first time…again. This seems to be this author’s first book in this genre but I can’t wait to get a hold of the next one to see where her new characters will end up and what new story she has. This author has made it to my automatic one-click status and I’m excited that I found such a gem.
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