One Weekend in Aspen by Jaime Clevenger

I knew Jaime Clevenger could write sweet, I knew she could write hot, this book is the perfect balance of both.

What was the book about?

Jude
Emily’s marriage of ten years just ended, but the breakup had been years in the making. Even so, she doesn’t feel ready for a new relationship, yet she probably wouldn’t say no to casual sex, an easy re-entry into the world of dating without pressure. Would a sex party fit that definition? Probably not, but Gianna, Emily’s best friend, won’t let Emily decline the invitation to one of Katherine’s famous women-only weekends. Who cares that Katherine is Emily’s client? There will be eight other women to choose from. On the plane to Aspen, Emily finds herself seated next to Alex, who turns out to be as charming as she’s gorgeous. Easy flirting entertains them on the flight, phone numbers are exchanged, but Emily doesn’t think she’ll ever see Alex again.

Featured Tropes
Femme/Butch, BDSM, Out of This World Chemistry

Book Strengths

Jude
Who’d have thought a book about a sex party would be full of suspense? I couldn’t put One Weekend in Aspen down; I had to know what would happen next. I would have read it in one sitting if life had let me, but as it is, I had to stop reading it for a whole day. Yet now that I have turned the last page, I’m sad it’s over. I really didn’t want it to end.

With this book, Jaime Clevenger did something that I didn’t think was possible, not to that level: she wrote an incredibly hot story that will, at the same time, give you all the feels. Without even a puppy or a kitten (which for the sexy parts, is actually a good thing, I don’t even know why my mind went there). The only other book that made me feel this way is Party Favors by Erin McLellan, but it’s a novella, whereas One Weekend in Aspen is a full-length novel.

What makes this book remarkable isn’t beautiful literary writing – it’s very well-written, but I don’t think any sentence will make the reader pause in wonder. It’s an accumulation of little things. All characters are complex and multilayered, and the two mains are enchanting. The pace is excellent, there’s humour and banter (flirtatious and not), tension and passion. The very sex-positive stance is glorious. Sex is wonderful, and there’s no shame in enjoying it, in whichever – consensual – way it comes, contrary to what we, especially girls and women, are often thoughtlessly taught. That’s something Emily has forgotten over the course of her marriage.

Rach
This book is Fun, sweet and incredibly sexy! Clevenger was able to tick so many boxes with this sexy romance between Emily and Alex. Like Jude says above, the sex-positive vibe is fantastic, and it made me love this book even more.

I loved the moments when Alex and Emily had time on their own and away from the party as we could get more from their developing relationship. They opened up more, and we saw different sides to both of them. Their journey to each other was fraught with obstacles most of their own making, and it was so lovely to see it all come together in the end. I also loved the sex party moments because the secondary characters in this book really add such depth and enhance the story even more. I loved Lara, Gi, Katherine (loved to hate), Madison and TJ. I want more!!

Much like Jude, I also didn’t want this book to end. In fact, it could one hundred per cent be the first book in a series. It has incredible secondary characters that you want to meet again, it has been backlit by the sex party vibe, which to me always cranks up the need for more, it’s had the bad guy character we all love to hate that readers are desperate to get their own book to change their ways, and it has a terrific original book that has laid out an incredible foundation for continuation.

Lastly, the cover makes me feel all warm and snuggly. Like I want to curl up with a cup of tea and a book. And I did just that with One Weekend In Aspen.

Character Chemistry

Jude
I don’t even know where to start. This book is all about chemistry, the best kind outside of erotica: chemistry so strong it has to be rooted in compatibility beyond sex.

Rach
The chemistry in this book is off the chart. Jaime has been able to find the perfect combination of romance and sexy. The sexual chemistry is powerful and drives the story just as much as the romance. #delicious

Heat Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap up

Rach
Jude and I loved One Weekend in Aspen, and I personally think this is the best book Jaime Clevenger has ever published. We can’t wait to see what comes next, but we will be fighting for front of the queue if it’s anything like this. 

5/5

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