Review: Night Voices by Elizabeth Coldwell

October 21, 2014 Review 0

Review: Night Voices by Elizabeth Coldwell


Roxy is the queen of sex advice—can she work her magic on the man who needs her the most?

Laurie Macari is no longer the hottest thing on radio. His phone-in programme, Late Night with Laurie, is falling in the ratings and he’s in danger of being shunted off to the graveyard shift. Dr Roxy Rose is the American sex therapist whose provocative advice and sultry voice are exactly what Laurie’s boss reckons is needed to spice up his show.

At first, Laurie resents Dr Roxy muscling in on his airtime, but sparks fly between them, on air and off, and the more time they spend in the cramped studio, the more Laurie comes to realise that the sex life that can benefit most from Dr Roxy’s magic is his own. Together, they play ever more kinky games, as bratty Roxy submits to Laurie’s dominant demands, but what will be Roxy’s ultimate reward on the night of the big radio awards ceremony?

Title: Night Voices
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Maestro, The Pride of Amsterdam, Taming the Lion, Steal Your Soul Away
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: 2 October, 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 53
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

I had more conflicting thoughts when reading this story, and it truly was a mixed bag of good and bad. I loved the idea of a late night radio show, but the overuse of fantasy, seemingly forced conflicts and an overall lackadaisical approach from a ‘doctor’ made her feel less expert and more ‘inventive friend’ who is imaginative but inexperienced.

Coldwell does use description and imagery to her benefit, we can see the studio, Laurie and Roxy, and there are some inventive sensual and sexual moments, both fantasy and real.  BUT – the decided lack of true build of characters: giving traits that felt in keeping with their experience was sporadic and uneven at best.

Switching POV only really works in cases like this when each voice is separate and easily distinguished as male or female.  Laurie’s voice is far too feminine and not in keeping with his ‘dominance’.  Roxy’s persona changed from playful to bratty, with some moments of sexiness that while, well done, are simply jumps from one to the next without real solidity in the time in between.

What emerges is a sexy story with some good moments, but plenty of ‘samey’ that just don’t bring anything new to the table, despite the author’s dexterity with description and a great premise.




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