Double Your Pleasure

On the one hand Double Your Pleasure was a quick, satisfying read.  Helen and Jason made an arresting duo due to their conversations that were witty and full of entertaining banter that came naturally.  I was genuinely intrigued to see how far Helen would go before succumbing to Jason's obvious charms. 

Unfortunately a shoe had to drop and the shoe's name was Jonathan, Jason's identical twin.  I never quite bought his act, not even after him and Jason have a 'talk' about what they are going to do about Helen.  Its obvious that she desires them both, but its equally obvious she's wary of Jonathan because he is so much like her ex-boyfriend (all pretty face, seductive charms and no heart).  Where Jason came off as genuine and sincere, Jonathan came off as sleazy.

He loses even more points when his ego (and libido) gets ahead of his brain.  Without spoiling anything he assumes that Helen is waiting for him, doesn't question it one bit even after she made her stance clear that she wouldn't sleep with him, and things progress from there.  It's by no means non-consensual, Helen was an active participant, but the circumstances and set-up are definitely suspect.  Not only that, but when she finally realizes what had happened she shrugs it off and enthusiastically embraces the twins' plans.

There are several moments when I think the author could have taken the story one way that was more redeeming for Jonathan as a character, but instead the lower road was taken and turned him off from me moreso.  I enjoyed Jason and Helen as a couple, but the ending didn't feel justified by the narrative at all.

Book Blurb for Double Your Pleasure

Helen is working a latte shop just outside an upscale high-rise apartment in Manhattan. Switching shifts with her boss, she finds herself face-to-face with the most delicious, maddeningly arrogant men she’s ever met. He’s hot and sexy as hell, but the fact that he can’t lift his eyes from her chest is a strike against him. Too bad he’s such a jerk…she would have loved to get to know him better. But as soon as he’s out of sight, she turns around to find another one, just like him, but this one looks her in the eye, and has a smile that takes her breath away. Dear Lord, there are two of them?

Jason and Jonathon Blackstone have the same taste in clothes, cars and women. Identical twins, they often trade clothes…and sometimes they even share their women. Jon may have seen her first, but Jace intends to be the man who gets her. Unfortunately, he may just end up having to share again, since the sexy coffee girl seems to want them both.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2010 3.50