Claiming Addison (69 Bottles #1) by Zoey Derrick is an exciting, sexually charged novel with powerful emotional undertones. This is not just a sex on every other page book. There is a story here and Zoey Derrick tells it very well, with well rounded characters and moments of emotional tenderness that is rarely found in today’s erotica.
Addison Beltrand has not had a relationship in seven years. Hell she hasn’t even had a one night stand in seven years. If she is honest with herself, she hasn’t even allowed her friends to get close to her. Not since she buried her fiance after a tragic accident. Instead she dedicates herself to her work as a PR rep for Bold International, Inc. Now she has been assigned a new client. Her favorite band, 69 Bottles and she is scheduled to go on a twelve week tour with them. The lone woman on a bus full of beautiful and dangerous rock stars, she has to show she can be strong. But inside she finds herself weakening. The lead singer, Talon, is bringing out emotions and desires in Addison she hasn’t felt in years. And he is not the only one. The band’s manager, Kyle, is also making Addison rethink her solitude. Twelve weeks, stuck on a tour bus with both of them is a long time. Talon likes his women to be gone by morning, but with Addison, he finds his desires far beyond the physical level. Addison has not intention of being a notch on any man’s bedpost, not even someone as sexy as Talon. Kyle is familiar and Addison cannot quite place him, but she knows she has met him before. Can she allow herself to feel again, and which one will it be. Who will she chose? Or does she have to? Twelve weeks.
I find erotica, and you can call it women’s fiction or romance, when it delivers on an emotional level to be as close to poetry as writing can get. It has its own cadence, its own rhythm. A beat, that as a reader, you cannot help but dance to. Claiming Addison absolutely does this and does it well. The character development, and the growth each character achieves from each of their traumatic pasts to the point where they can again be in a relationship; is detailed and delivered with as much potency as any of the sex scenes. But don’t get me wrong, this is not an episode of Dr. Phil. No. This is erotica. This is heat. This is a journey of discovery and pleasure and need. It is desperate. A wanton desire written on every page that warms to the touch. Not only for Addison, but for Talon and Kyle as well.
It is just a damn good read. Zoey Derrick has started her new series off with a bang! Pun intended!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for a honest review.