Snake, by Emilia Beaumont


Grade: C-

Doing it at: 59%

Catnip: Stepsiblings: Not Quite Incest, Evil Villainess, My Sister My Surrogate, Beta Hero

Shame Scale: Medium-high. Conceptually, it’s trashy as hell, but in reality, this was pretty mild.

Fantasy Cast: Evan Peters, Taissa Farminga

Book Description:

Cheating, f**king, lying Snake!

I thought he was different than all the rest. 

My stepbrother, Devan, was everything I longed for in a man: loyal, protective, and strong. 

After being burned so many times by cheating scumbags, you can understand why. Devan’s the perfect guy; the standard I hold other men up to. If only I could have a carbon copy of him… tattoos and all. 

But then he kissed me. And no matter how much I want him to be mine, I now see him for what he really is. 

Another snake that can’t keep it in his pants. 

He’s married, for f*cks sake! 

Their marriage is in trouble, but that’s no excuse, and it just happens to be one of the reasons why I’m living with the couple… I’ve made a deal to be their surrogate. 

How did my life become so complicated all of a sudden? 

Because now, after just one amazing kiss, I can’t stop thinking about my stepbrother and the baby I promised to give him. 

Stepbrother books are romantic palate cleansers. When I finish an exceptionally good book, or maybe one that’s exceptionally bad, I like to dive into something that I know is going to be fun and dirty. A stepbrother romance, or maybe a BBW shifter menage? Something silly and formulaic. They go on sale for 99 cents pretty much daily, and we hoard them for times when we just need to wipe the slate clean with a really dirty, smutty rag. So it’s extra disappointing when I go into something thinking it’s going to be a great trash book, and it’s not actually all that trashy.

With a title like “Snake,” and a cover that’s all tattoos and abs and chains, I had high expectations for some seriously kinky shit. This book had so much potential: Girl moves in with her stepbrother and his wife because she’s broke, and they need a surrogate to carry their baby. Girl and stepbrother have affair. Shit blows up. That’s basically what happened, but the execution was meh, and our hero was more of a beta jellyfish than an alpha dog. Spoilers abound in this one, #sorrynotsorry. There’s a predictable twist at the end, that I won’t reveal though, so you can still buy this book and be surprised.

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