DIVERSE READ: Bisexual MC + PTSD rep.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotica
Summary: When one of the world’s wildest socialites is paired with a handsome Texan, neither has any idea that their lives are about to change forever in this sexy, sultry romance in the NOLA Night series from New York Times bestselling author Thea de Salle.
Madeline Roussoux has it all: money, a dozen houses, a private jet, a cruise ship, even a tiger. Everyone knows her name. Her every move is watched, absorbed, adored, and abhorred by the public. She’s a dazzling spectacle on the society scene—a beautiful, flamboyant poster child for American privilege and Hollywood celebrity.
And she’s broken.
All the wealth in the world can’t make up for Maddy’s losses. Her father’s suicide and her mother’s ensuing breakdown left her orphaned as a teenager. She survived, but barely. From stints in rehab to a string of failed marriages, her dazzling smile hides deep scars. Finally, losing Sol DuMont, the one person she ever truly loved, has her wondering what is the point of being surrounded by people when you’re perpetually alone?
Enter Darren Sanders. He’s a beautiful Texas boy with a big heart and a bigger smile; the type of man women go crazy for. Literally. When Darren’s ex stalks him and then makes an attempt on his life, circumstances find him off to New Orleans with none other than Maddy Roussoux. He thought he knew everything there was to know about her, but there’s more to the woman whose image graces the covers of magazines worldwide, and Darren finds himself drawn into a world of excess he never imagined possible.
My thoughts: Thea de Salle is officially one of my favorite new adult authors because she crafts such wonderful and steamy novels that I fall completely in love with. The Queen of Dauphine Street is a spin-off sequel to The King of Bourbon Street following a side character, Maddy, as she is going through her life full of passion and hook ups. And her world turns upside down when she meets small town boy, Darren, who is the only one who pushes against the power Maddy wields over others. This is one adorable and dramatic new adult story mixing both romance, BDSM, and PTSD which stole my heart and became one of my favorite reads of 2017.
My favorite thing about this book was Maddy. Maddy is comfortable with her sexuality and isn’t afraid to flaunt it which is so refreshing to read about a sex-positive female character because normally they are so reserved. She says the most hilarious and relatable things and the way her bisexuality is written is so wonderful and will definitely have the potential to connect with readers who share the same sexuality as her. I am such a big fan of empowering and fierce female leads, and Maddy is the type of character to steal the show and win over readers through her fantastic character development and witty internal monologue. I loved being in her head and could not get enough of her slowly falling for Darren.
Speaking of Darren, I adored his relationship with Maddy. It was so healthy and consent was always used during the steamy moments they shared together, and I loved the power dynamic that was shown in this novel. Maddy usually takes charge in relationships, and Darren turns her world around by being dominant with her, so seeing that change in power was so interesting. I adored every moment of their relationship and loved how they supported one another through all that they had to go through. Darren’s PTSD was also so well written and the way it was handled was one of the best depictions that I’ve seen written in a novel, and I loved how it wasn’t magically fixed by the end of the story.
All in all, I adored this story, as you can tell. Everything about it was so wonderful and entertaining, and I could not recommend it enough. It had everything I ever wanted in a new adult story: a sex positive and dominant female lead, a small town boy who took control while also dealing with PTSD, and some dramatic moments thrown in as well. This is a book that you can finish in one weekend, and by the time you’re done, you’ll be left wanting more. I am so glad that I picked this novel up and I hope there will be more in the series because I love all these characters so much and I love seeing them interact with one another.
* I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. *