Series: Lotus House #2
Published by Waterhouse Press on August 30th 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
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Tantric yoga pushes your body, mind, and soul to meld with your partner in ways the average relationship never experiences. Deeply sensual and highly sexual, tantric yoga is for true believers.
Amber St. James doesn t know what to believe. At twenty-two years old her focus is on medical school as she prepares to be a pediatrician. Top of her class, she hasn't given much thought to dating or men in general. Her plan is clear. Finish the elite San Francisco/Berkeley Medical School program early and become a doctor. That is, until she needs to pass her human sexualities course. A subject she is by far a stranger to for religious and personal reasons.
Tantric practitioner Dash Alexander is Lotus House Yoga's most sought after sensual teacher. Women flock to him for his unique teaching style, calm nature, and wicked hot body. Hearing Amber s plight, he offers to help her. The condition? Amber must assist his couples tantra yoga class as his partner. The attraction between the two is beyond anything he's ever experienced spiritually or otherwise.
Through Dash's teachings he makes love to Amber's mind and merges with her soul. Physically there's only one problem, a secret that's sacred. Amber St. James is a virgin by choice."
As a long time fan of Audrey Carlan, I’ve seen her style change up a bit. There are no huge departures from the standard contemporary romance read; boy and girl meet, they work through conflict(s) and towards a happy ever after. But I think with the Lotus house series and in particularly Sacred Serenity, her stories are decidedly more erotic. And WOW, it’s fantastic! from the series description, you’ll see that she uses the practice of yoga to tell a very sensual story.
Now, I usually focus a good part of my reviews on the characters but I had the hardest time connecting with Amber and Dash. I liked Amber well enough as Vivvie’s friend and occasional voice of reason, but nothing else about her really called to me. Also, the plot driver that impacts Amber is predictable. I get where the story is supposed to lead Amber to a realization about herself and her views on sex, but it fell flat for me. As for Dash, well he felt one dimensional. I love insta-love and the notion of soul mates but I didn’t buy into Dash feeling this for Amber. I find this so confounding considering how sexy I thought the story was. How could I love their moments in the yoga studio but not particularly care for either character?
With that said, this was a solid 4 star read. A bulk of the story centers in and around the Tantric yoga practice with narrative so descriptive you could probably use the audio book version to take you through a session. Audrey’s writing continue’s to impress me and I look forward to more of the Lotus House series.
~Review by Cyndi
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