Release Blitz & Review: The Paris Apartment




Title: The Paris Apartment
Series: Love Nests #1
Author: Sophia Karlson
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 19, 2018



James Sinclair, a successful trader, keeps his busy life uncomplicated. Work is about all he has time for. Imagine his surprise when he returns to his Paris apartment to find his little sister’s best friend, Mila Johnson, in his bed.

One night of fooling around opens a Pandora’s box which Mila just wants to pry open wider, whereas James just wants to keep the lid on tight. Mila is sweet and innocent and no way is he going to expose her to the real James Sinclair.

As his relationship status changes to complicated, James struggles to keep control over his past and his heart. Mila’s teenage fantasy is still larger than life, but James swings between hot and cold. Now that she has him between the sheets, Mila will do anything to keep him there. 



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Excerpt

When James let go of her hand he reached for their coffees. “Do you want to ruin this perfect espresso with sugar?”
“Yes, please.” Mila needed a bit of a rush which didn’t include James’s body next to hers, or his hands and fingers, which reminded her of that morning. 
James spooned some sugar into her black espresso and stirred it. “Here you go. Butter bomb?” he asked as he shifted the plate with pastries closer to her.
“If I have to.” She licked her lips, her mouth watering just looking at the picture-perfect pastries. Her mind could list a hundred reasons why she shouldn’t, health-conscious as she’d been forced to be. But this… she wasn’t going to resist.
He smiled at her. “You have to. You’re in Paris.”
Caving in, Mila took a bite with a soft moan. “They’re sinful.”
A soft smile tugged at his lips as he gazed at her, but he said nothing as he ate his own. When he tossed his coffee back and put the cup down, he looked at her, serious now. “What do you want for your life, Mila?”
She blinked. As if anybody had ever cared. “I want to see the world, and not only from its rugby stadiums.”
“There’s much more to it, I agree.”
“I want to find my niche in art. I’ve been floundering lately. I need some visual… inspiration, to find my way back to what I love doing.”
“And this is why you are in Paris?”
“The primary reason.”
He hitched his eyebrows. “I see.” A smile sparkled in his eyes. “You want to elaborate on the secondary… and tertiary reasons?”
Heat shot to her cheeks. How did he know? Stacey’s freaking to-do list with losing her virginity the first thing on said list. “Already accomplished.”
He leaned into her, the warmth of his body enveloping hers, making her clench her legs together, overly aware of their thighs that had been rubbing against each other for the past half hour. His lips were at her ear, grazing softly from the top
to the soft bud of her earlobe. “I’m glad I could be of service.”
The sensation of his intimate whisper shot to her core, making her innards pool.
“Don’t go there,” she murmured. She wanted to sink and hide under the table.
Did he think that she’d used him? Had she? The thought was too much, overridden by that very familiar tingling inside her lower belly. There was a buzz in her body that demanded attention—his attention—as a memory or two of that morning
flitted in her mind’s eye. There was only one way to switch this feeling off.
By giving in to it.
Oh no no no. She shifted in her chair, breaking the connection between their thighs.
He laughed and leaned back, his hands cupped behind his head. Totally relaxed, his gaze rested on her—soft, but containing something she couldn’t place.


3.5 Stars

This is my first read by this author. I was interested in the setting from the blurb and wanted to see where this author would take us.  This is a best friends brother trope and as such, our characters have known each other for many years. 

James comes home to find Mila crashing at his Paris apartment.  He forgot that he promised it to his sister and her best friend.  Mila has had a crush on James forever, but her strict parents forbade her to have contact with the family at some point. 

I did love the writing style of this author.  Very vivid descriptions. I found myself re-checking to see if this was a romance novel or erotica.  Super hot scenes between these two!  I would classify this closer to erotica.  The whole first third of the book is all about the s3x and Mila learning what she likes and doesn't like and James being a very eager teacher.  I wasn't feeling anything more between these two other than history/friendship and the chemistry in the bedroom.  I was missing more meat to the story.  

There are secrets to be revealed and some angst closer to the end of the story.  Overall, well written, super steamy and a light read to help you escape your day for awhile. 

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review. 




I've always been drawn to the magical escape of books and the journeys they take us on without leaving the comfort of home. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to France, and this book was inspired by a visit to Paris some years ago. We were walking in some narrow alley in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, when I noticed a door with a single plaque with Club PrivĂ© written on it. My imagination got going, and at some point, things got pretty wild. I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but life had plans of its own. I’m grateful to finally have time to write, and love writing contemporary and erotic romance in far-flung settings. Taking readers on a journey of their own with my books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!
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