Review: Tryst by S.L. Jennings

Review: Tryst by S.L. JenningsTryst by S.L. Jennings
Series: Sexual Education #2
Published by Avon November 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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From the author of Taint, comes this steamy novel of a happily married couple who decides to take a walk on the wild side in order to add spice to their sex life—but end up in a situation that neither could have ever bargained for.

Heidi DuCane is a tough-as-nails publicist with a passion for success and her husband Tucker. While they’re polar opposites, what they do have in common is a fierce love and commitment to each other. But their relationship—in and out of the bedroom—will be put to the ultimate test.

Rock superstar Ransom Reed is every woman’s fantasy, including Heidi’s. When she meets Ransom, she shares a wild night with him where Heidi gets to play—and Tucker watches, and enjoys, the pleasure Ransom gives Heidi. Though Tucker was a willing participant, Heidi still can’t help reeling with guilt. There’s no doubt that she loves her husband. While Tucker is the perfect lover—generous, attentive and gentle—she needs much more. She needs the mind-blowing ecstasy Ransom offers.

Tucker isn’t blind to the fact that Heidi has unconventional needs which he can’t satisfy. He loves his wife and will do anything to please her The night he watched her and Ransom was so scorching hot that Tucker can’t stop thinking about it. He decides he wants to join Ransom in pleasing Heidi. But as Tucker and Heidi soon realize, it’s not just the sex that is enticing. Heidi felt something within her awaken, and she felt so deliciously sated and loved by both men. Tucker felt it too, and he finds it impossible not to want that feeling again.

Ransom and Tucker satisfy a need within Heidi. And now that she’s had them, she can never go back to the way things were before.

I had the same feelings about Tryst as I did about Taint. Which, boiled down, amount to this:

  • Strong Cover
  • Strong Concept
  • Strong Start
  • Lackluster Finish

But I digress.

Heidi is a powerful player in the fancier entertainment and celebrity circle.  She’s a powerhouse public relations guru and when your career is floundering or just about to take off, she’s the girl you want on your side.  She also happens to be married to a powerhouse in his own right. Tucker is a successful shrink.  Together, they’ve built a comfortable life over a decade of marriage.  Tucker provides for Heidi in all the ways a perfect husband should. He’s caring, trusting, loyal, tender.

Too tender.

Tucker came into Heidi’s life when she was in a vulnerable time.  He’s always treated her a bit like a fragile teacup in the bedroom because of that time.  But Heidi craves more.  She wants a little kink, some dirtiness, some taboo.

When the opportunity to work with Heidi’s “Hall Pass” arrives, Tucker gives her that taboo…in the form of Ransom.  A hot, talented, very sexual rocker that is all too willing to help Tucker and Heidi fulfill what their marriage lacks.


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All of that worked for me.  I’ve been married a long ass time, I get how it takes work to keep things new and lively and would never judge a couple bringing someone else into their relationship in the hopes of it adding to the relationship.  I think that’s what Heidi and Tuck were trying for, though Heidi was pretty caught up in her attraction for Ransom.

Even the sex worked for me.  There isn’t an awful lot of it, I even hesitate to mark this as erotica, but the sex that is there…pretty steamy.


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What didn’t work for me is this.  There was a huge lack of conversation for me.  I needed Heidi and Tucker to discuss what was happening and that just didn’t happen. Well, until it was too late and things were well out of hand.  Now, there is a reason for this, something that comes up fairly late in the book.  But I still had major issue with it. Tuck talks shit out for a living but could never do that with his own wife?

Also, I didn’t love how it all ended.  I needed so much more closure.  It was too rushed for my liking.

So, I’m somewhere in the middle with Tryst. I really enjoyed Heidi’s internal struggle and I completely fell for Ransom’s dark tenderness.  It’s such a great concept and not a topic often written about in mainstream contemporary, it was just missing some things for me.

About S.L. Jennings

S.L. Jennings is a military wife, mom of three, coffee addict, Willy Wonka enthusiast, and real-life unicorn. She’s also the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Ink and Lies, Taint, Fear of Falling, The Dark Light Series, along with a few other titles that she’s too lazy to type. She’s been with her high school sweetheart for almost 18 years, and he still can’t get her Subway sandwich order right. But he’s cute and brings her vodka, so she keeps him around. They currently reside in Spokane, WA with their three stinky boys and their equally stinky, asshole cat.

The Jennings fam has lived overseas in Germany most of their lives, which is where S.L. penned her very first book, Dark Light. She was having a quarter life crisis, and since she has a background in music and even had a recording contract in her teenage years, writing seemed like a natural progression. Five years later, she’s still at it and still in crisis. Her family doesn’t have the heart to tell her that she’s actually just crazy.

  • Cezanne Hayden-Dilbert

    You hit the nail on the head. I enjoyed most of this book but the ending and a few other things just didn’t work for me.

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