I am going to preface this entire review by saying that I have enjoyed the majority of Meghan’s books – Ruthless King is still in my top 10 favorites – but Creole Kingpin was a bit of a letdown.
Firstly, I wasn’t sure what this book was trying to be. Was it trying to be a romance-thriller? Was it trying to be uber sexy? And second, for me to be engaged in an ending I have to actually care about the main characters.
Magnolia Maison is a retired madam that is trying to move on from her past – a past that includes a 2 week affair with Moses Gaspard during Hurricane Katrina. Magnolia hasn’t had an easy life leading up to the present, but she has just bought a house and things are looking up for her. That is until a ghost from her past re-enters her life.
One night, she has a terrifying encounter that leads to a series of events that push her farther toward her “enemy” and into the protection of his friends.
Magnolia: Magnolia is super strong and has overcome some dark times in her past. Not going to lie, she was not my favorite. Not because of her choices, but because I felt she was incredibly immature for someone with so much life experience. She’s so immature that she won’t even listen to a conversation from a man she supposedly loved once before.
March tries to justify the cause by saying she’s been through a lot, but never dabbles into the past to show us her suffering. Magnolia is presented as being stubborn just for the sake of it, because she has not backstory.
Moses: Moses is fine. He’s a critical part of the story but I don’t really have any feelings toward him. He’s not the anti-hero I’m rooting for or the alpha-hole that’s going to keep me engaged. His past, which is probably being saved for volume 2, is a complete mystery, but I honestly don’t care. He left 15 years ago and now he’s back but I don’t feel vested in his story at all.
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
Me looking for sex scenes:
I will NEVER forget the scene in Ruthless King that involves a clit, a desk, and a professional piercer. I WILL NEVER FORGET. So I know Meghan can write the everloving SHIT out of a sex scene, but like, where are they Meghan, WHERE!?!
I expect you to feed my inner perve when I read your books but I couldn’t find a single real sex scene. However, here’s as little blurb from the book that I found to be the hottest.
‘Maybe I should just suck your dick until you shoot your load all over my tits,” she murmured, those whiskey eyes turning greedy as they locked on my dick.
Again, I normally love Meghan’s writing. It’s captivating and engaging. But I guess my expectations are too high or something because I just couldn’t get into it.
They flashback to little moments during Katrina but I want more from that time to understand how these two met and became who they are today. It’s like that whole foundation of who they are is treated as an after-thought to throw in a sexy scene rather than enhance the overall story.
Maybe I am just being too picky but I just want a story that I’ll think about when it’s over, not wish that I was turning the final page.