Thursday, 25 February 2016

Diamond by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Diamond
Series: Galaxy Playmates (#2)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Amazon
Genre: Erotica, Sci-fi, Space Opera
Release Date: 14th July 2010
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016 (on sale at time of purchase), 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

With her latest tour over, Galaxy Playmate, Diamond, returns home for a visit, hoping that she runs into her brother's best friend, Liam and can show him what he's missing now she's one of the universe's most desired women. But before she gets there she decides to have a little fun and singles out the most attractive man she could find; only for him to then call her Jane and reveals that he already knows exactly who she is...

Diamond contains a lot of sex, which I knew going into it but thought it was worth mentioning before I begin my review properly. It's the second Galaxy Playmate book that I've read (Quartz being the first) and can be read as a stand alone (proved by the fact I'm not actually reading them in order!).

I found Diamond/Jane was a lot more of a likeable character than Quartz was (she was a little bit of a spoilt brat in her book!). Diamond was more rounded and though she still had a lot of confidence and basically was very into her looks (she's effectively a stripper who is really into exhibitionism), she also had her moments of being more human, particularly when she felt a little shy and awkward.

There was good chemistry between Liam and Diamond, and their sex scenes really sizzled, but what I liked most was that there was more to it than that. They'd known each other for most of their lives and that came across in the book. The back story really added to them.

There was a definite sense of the space elements to Diamond too. Parts of the book were set on a space ship and there were some hints towards future technology. However if you're not a massive Sci-fi fan then you could still enjoy this book, they're background details and the relationship between Diamond and Liam is definitely the focus of the story.