Being with the same man since she was 18, 26 year old widow Jazz Mickelson is hoping to catch up on all the life experiences that could have been hers had she not leapt into a committed relationship so young.
Julian St. Sauveur is looking for three things: romance, comfort and trust. He mistakenly thought he had them once many years ago. He sees potential for him and Jazz but knows it is too soon for her.
Will she accept his unusual proposition, one that allows him to hold on to her while she catches up on life?...and will she choose him after experiencing all the wonders that await her?
Find out as Jazz and Julian explore their potential...
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When I began this book I was immediately riveted to the story. It is difficult to believe this is Author Sloane’s debut novel. It has all the ingredients needed for a superb romance novel. The leading man, Julian St. Sauveur, architect extraordinaire, even his name exudes sexiness. He meets the curvy, fiery Jazzmyne Mickelson on the long plane trip to Paris. He is going on business. He is doing a simple remodeling job, On Freaking Versailles! She was starting an adventure after dealing with personal loss. Her inexperience needs to be fed, and Julian has many ideas how to explore together.*smirk* This is book one in a trilogy. I found this book very erotic, I was a little concerned for how Jazz and Julian would handle certain scenarios if they actually play out. I enjoy the banter between them and I care about what happens next in their “arrangement”. Both of the characters are likable and I hope Peyton will deliver a HEA to these two. Book two promises more difficult decisions. There is also a mystery to be solved as there is a mystery person who in my opinion has a desire to stir up problems for the couple. I hope Peyton will have book two out shortly. I need to know what happed at the club!! If you enjoy erotic romances, do yourself a favor and purchase a copy of Exploration. I loved it!!
Exploration is an amazing debut novel for author Peyton Sloane. Like her main characters Jazzmyne Mickelson and Julian St. Sauveur, the author is exploring her potential and shows great promise. Jazz and Julian first meet on a flight to Paris. After years of caring for her terminally ill husband, Jazz is treating herself to a very special trip. Her decision to break her budget by flying luxury class introduces Jazz to the opulence that is Julian's world. If you've ever had a fantasy about meeting an attractive stranger and acting on an instant passionate connection, this book will definitely appeal to you. Neither Jazz nor Julian is looking for a long term commitment. Jazz is looking to make up for the time she lost while caring for her late husband and Julian is looking for a showpiece to accompany him to his high octane social events. But Julian gets more than he bargained for and finds himself intrigued by Jazz and her unique take on life. Despite Julian's undeniable charisma and the intensity of their developing relationship, Jazz isn't prepared to give up her dream of exploration. Julian finds that he doesn't want to let Jazz leave him behind as she continues her adventure and proposes that they continue their relationship, but with a twist that Jazz finds unorthodox and provocative. Exploration has a fascinating story line that will reel you in from the beginning. Jazz is a sweet and quirky heroine who is not the sort of woman Julian would be expected to find attractive and Julian...every time he calls Jazz "Chère", I just get visions of New Orleans and those delicious Cajun accents. Exploration is filled with wonderful descriptions of Paris. These alone are worth the read and they are integrated very well into the story so the book doesn't read like a travelogue. There is a lot of sex between Jazz and Julian but the scenes are written with creativity, passion, and humor, and often have a playful quality. Angst-phobes will be glad to hear there is not a lot of angst in the book although Jazz does manage to befriend a fellow American who threatens to spoil her attempt at a carefree adventure by forcing his attentions on her. We strongly suspect that Julian has a hand in getting him to back off. Since I am not a fan of the current trend toward first person narrative, I found this book refreshing with it's third person perspective. Exploration is in need of some editing and even though it is a trilogy, I thought the ending was rather abrupt. Despite those two things, I found myself fascinated by the relationship Julian proposes to Jazz and definitely want to continue to follow their story.