Thursday, 25 May 2017

Review: Pam Godwin's "Dark Notes."


Synopsis: 

They call me a slut. Maybe I am. 
Sometimes I do things I despise. 
Sometimes men take without asking. 

But I have a musical gift, only a year left of high school, and a plan. 
With one obstacle. 

Emeric Marceaux doesn’t just take. 
He seizes my will power and bangs it like a dark note. 
When he commands me to play, I want to give him everything. 
I kneel for his punishments, tremble for his touch, and risk it all for our stolen moments. 

He’s my obsession, my master, my music. 
And my teacher. 

Review: Jo 

This was another one of my recent Amazon sale one-clicks and it turned out to be the best ninety -nine pence that I have spent in a while. "Dark Notes" was a gripping and insanely erotic novel that I loved like crazy. It's been a long time since I was so obsessed over a book. I was utterly addicted to Ivory and Emeric's forbidden tale so much so that I wanted to disappear from real life and do nothing but read. Putting my kindle down felt like I was ripping my arm off and I wanted to lay down on the floor and have a child like tantrum. For my husbands sake I did resist this, however it did kill me to be separated from this consuming story. 

“Sometimes you love people you shouldn’t, 
and in the endless space of that love, nothing else matters.”

When I first began reading this book and discovered Ivory's age and where the story-line was heading, I did feel a little uncomfortable, especially knowing what Ivory's world was like. The only good things in her life were her cat and her incredible talent when playing the piano. I felt that Ivory was extremely vulnerable, lonely and unloved. So when new teacher, Emeric entered her class, I couldn't help but feel concerned for her. He seemed so dark and dangerous that I was worried he would take advantage and cause more harm. The last thing Ivory needed was a broken heart. 

"I’m so lost in this man, so over my head, heart wide open, and soul quaking. 
We aren’t just a teacher and student, a Dom and submissive, a man and woman. 
“We’re a timeless concerto.” I kiss his lips. “A musical masterpiece.”

Thankfully, I soon forgot my earlier apprehension and quickly became enthralled by Ivory and Emeric's relationship. I easily became lost in their passion, hooked on the lust and love that the couple shared. The combination of Ivory and Emeric's intense connection along with the exquisite way that they played the piano made for some intoxicating scenes. I found myself rooting for the pair from very early on, praying that no-one would find out. Emeric completely won me over. He was like a Prince swooping in to rescue Cinderella from her gloomy castle, well a dark, domineering BDSM Prince that is. Lol! 

"She’s in my veins, fiery and weightless. She’s in my head, like a whisper of promises. 
She’s in my heart, softening it, mending it, and making it pump again."

If you love student/teacher romances with a whole lot of kinky sex, this is an absolute must read. 

"Dark Notes" gets 5 hearts from me! 


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Review: Alice Clayton's "Buns (Hudson Valley #3)."


Synopsis: 

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns. 

Review: Jo 

I love nothing more than getting wrapped up in a gorgeous romance and this book had me well and truly hooked. I began reading "Buns" when I wasn't feeling well so I needed a book to cheer me up. Clara and Archie's story did just that, putting a great big grin on my face throughout every chapter. Alice Clayton has delivered another fabulous story that I truly fell in love with.

Every book that I have read from this author has contained a fabulous heroine and this one was no exception. Clara was a strong, intelligent, career driven and independent. On first appearances, she was a woman to admire, however after a tough childhood, Clara refused to depend on anyone else including a man. She was the last of the three girls from this series to find her Mr Right and Clara didn't seem to mind one bit. This is where straight-laced but swoonworthy , Archie came in. 

Archie was such a lovable and entertaining character, however he wasn't like that to begin with. On my first meeting of Archie, he was far too sensible and completely unimpressed by Clara's appearance in his life. I really didn't think that he was the man for Clara, but soon everything changed and Archie forgot his serious persona, turning into the most charming and sexy man. I could not believe underneath Archie's rigid personality lay such a beast! Lol. I loved Archie. 

Clara and Archie's relationship filled me with delight. They started off so badly that things could only improve for the couple. Clara and Archie had such a delicious tension running between them that was palpable. I could literally feel the chemistry that was growing and that was impossible to resist. Their relationship was unavoidable and as soon as things got going for the pair, I quickly forgot about their angsty beginnings. Clara and Archie were just wonderful together. 

With brilliant and witty writing, a captivating story and easy to love characters, this book made me want to burst with dreamy happiness. An added bonus was being able to catch up with the familiar characters from the previous books in the series. Having said that, this book can be read as a standalone. 

"Buns" was a treat to read and is sure to brighten up the most dullest of days. It easily gets 5 hearts from me! 



Thursday, 18 May 2017

Blog Tour: Mariah Dietz's "Curve Ball."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Mariah Dietz's "Curve Ball."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2pYTyKM
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2qyIIx2

Synopsis:

Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and tragedy in humor.

My life proved his theory as fact.


At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in return.

Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.

Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most situations.

My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind dates.
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.

My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in both our lives.

But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh round of heartbreak.

Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.

Would history repeat itself?
Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?

Review: Surj

This book right here, Mariah Dietz's "Curve Ball," this brilliant, heart felt story reminded me why I love romance novels so much. I started Ella and Coen's book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters before bed but discovered very early on that this was going to be a gem of a love story that I would struggle to put down until I got a HEA. I was so invested in this beautiful (and at times ugly) journey both Coen and Ella found themselves on but I rooted for them every step of the way, both as individuals and as a couple. 

“I want to know your secrets,” she whispers.
I place my hand over hers, keeping it firmly against my chest. “I want to know yours.”

"Curve Ball" was one of those books where right off the bat I flew the flag for the underdog. You know the one that's had a tough life but soldiers on regardless, taking each step forward despite the obstacles, despite the never ending shit storm and despite the onslaught of rumours, mud slinging and small mindedness. You know, that person who is so real and relatable and normal, you want nothing more than to have them as a friend so that you can protect and defend and fight for them? That person was Ella Chapman and I had so much respect for her. This brave, strong woman who had done nothing wrong but fall in love with the wrong person. How could my heart not go out to her. 

When you give your heart away there’s no way to fully get it back.
Pieces will be left behind, lies will drill holes, deceit will cause cracks, 
and the feeling of being unwanted will create a doubt your heart was ever whole. 

From the age of seventeen, Ella had tried to do the right thing but the right thing had lead to her being an outcast, a pariah in a town where your business was everyone's business and ten years later, nothing had changed. I loved what Ella had managed to achieve on her own. I was in awe of the success she had made of her career and at the same time, how she had managed to raise a child single handedly, a beautiful, polite, adorable child who was the centre of her life and whom she fiercely protected and always put first. Ella's character is one that I completely got. I understood why she did  what she did, why she behaved the way she did and how over the years she had managed to let others mould and manipulate her. I 100% got it and got her. Faults and all, Ella is definitely up there as one of my all time favourite heroines that's for sure and given the opportunity, I could gush about her all day!!! 

I close the space between us by wrapping my arms around him, knowing that as
I do it that I am choosing to do exactly what he proposed:
break every last rule, even the ones I know I won't ever be able to recover from. 

Someone else I could gush about all day was Coen, oh my wasn't he just the perfect dream boat of a man. He was just so easy going and laid back. He didn't try and rail road his way into Ella's life but gently eased his way in like the perfect gentleman. Coen would fight Ella's corner all day if he could but he knew that there were some battles Ella needed to fight on her own if she was to move on with her life. I loved how he tried to get Ella to stand up for herself, to put herself first, to get her to see that she was worth so much more that what others had lead her to believe she was worth. He was the support Ella didn't know she needed. He really was pure gold and is a hero I definitely won't be forgetting in a hurry. 

Sometimes you read a book where you just know straight away, two people belong together completely and wholly, come rain or shine, hell and high water, come mishaps and mayhem. Well for me, Ella and Coen were that couple. They were just perfect. I savoured every second of the slow building, beautiful friendship between the couple. It felt so fresh and new and so right. From the friendship came the lust and growing feelings of something more and then of course came love. God did these two give me butterflies. I prayed every step of the way that they would make it. 

"I've been looking at you like you're mine since I first saw you."

Mariah Dietz's "Curveball" had so many magical ingredients that made it such a good read. It was funny and sweet and sexy but it was also angsty, emotional and heart breaking too. For some reason I initially gave it 4.5 hearts but for the life of me, I don't know why I dropped the 1/2 because it really was a ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ read for me. A definite must read for all you hopeless romantics out there. 


Excerpt:

I stand on her doorstep and knock. The window into her house shows there’s a light on in the family room, so I know she’s awake. Ella’s head pops around the wall, her short hair pulled back at her neck. Even with her glasses on, I can tell she’s squinting, working to recognize me. I wave as if that will help her place me, but she doesn’t until she’s halfway to the door. Her shoulders fall, and a smile replaces her frown that had been created by concern.

“Hey,” she says, opening the door.

She’s wearing a pair of pajama shorts and an oversized sweatshirt and socks, and with her glasses on and her hair pulled back, she looks like she could pass for being in college, maybe even high school.

“Sorry, are your parents home?” I ask.

“Shut up,” she mumbles, tucking a loose strand of dark hair behind her ear and taking a step back to invite me inside.

“Seriously though, how old are you?”

She eyes me, tilting her chin and narrowing her eyes like she does when she’s debating how to respond. “How old do you think I am?”

“I may not look very bright, but I do know better than to answer that question.”

“Are you sure?” she asks. “’Cause you did just ask me how old I am and I’m pretty certain there’s a golden rule about asking a woman that question.”

“Golden rule?”

“Unspoken rule. Common sense…”

“I’m thirty,” I volunteer.

“Twenty-seven,” she says.

“I bet you still get carded.”

“I bet you don’t.” Ella smiles as I cry out with feigned offense at her insult.

“What are you doing tonight?” I ask.

“Making a mess of my living room.” Ella’s shoulders sag with her response. She leads me into the family room where the built-in shelves that line each side of her fireplace are sitting bare, the contents scattered around her living room.

“You prefer that just-robbed look?”

“I was rearranging some things,” she says.

“Why? It looked good before.” I look around, realizing it wasn’t just those shelves she cleared. The couches have been moved, and the bookshelf on the far wall has been cleared. “If you were bored, you should have come over. I have lots of stuff that needs organized.”

She laughs. “That’s because you just moved. I was just tired of looking at the same stuff.”

I raise an eyebrow. “I’m tired of looking at boxes and random crap in my house since moving, but I can’t think of a time that I’ve gotten tired of looking at things when they’ve been put away.”

Ella laughs, but it’s too high, and her eyes flit across the space, revealing it isn’t genuine but out of nerves. “Sometimes I just need change,” she admits.

“What else do you get tired of?” I ask.

The same nervous laugh clears her lips before she licks them. “Everything … I guess…” She scoffs, shocked she just admitted this to me. “I mean, don’t you ever just get tired of people and things?”

I chuckle. “You get tired of people too?”

One brow goes up as she nods while releasing a deep breath. “I’m so difficult. You’ll learn this quickly, so I may as well tell you.” She flashes a smile that is so honest and genuine it knocks me off balance and rids every sarcastic remark I’d been thinking. “I once stopped eating waffles for three years because I was so tired of eating them,” she admits. “Sometimes I feel like if I had the opportunity to do that with some of my co-workers, I may not see them again for a decade…” This time both of her brows go up, and her head tilts with thought before she purses her lips. “Or maybe ever.” She looks at me as she admits this, and for some reason the level of honesty she’s sharing makes me like her even more. “Don’t get me wrong, I love Rachel. She’s the sister I never had, but sometimes I even need breaks from her.” She shrugs again. “It’s no one’s fault. It’s just how I’m wired, I guess. I’ve always been fairly independent, and then after Hayden was born, I was forced to be. Now I’m probably too independent. It used to drive my ex absolutely crazy.” Her gaze sweeps to the floor, making me question if she meant to bring up the topic or if it’s painful for her to.

“Being independent is a good thing,” I tell her. “And like you said, you’ve had to be. I can’t imagine what it takes to be a single parent. You probably fear nothing.”

Her blue eyes are narrowed with hesitancy as they meet mine, but she smiles, and I know it’s simply to appease me. “The opposite actually. I fear way more now that I’m a mom because I know what I could lose.”

Author Bio:

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband, two sons, and two four-legged children who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.








Thursday, 11 May 2017

Review: Samantha Christy's "Stone Promises (The Stone Brothers #2)."


Synopsis: 

Promises were made.
Sometimes, however, they're made to be broken.

I was six years old when we met. I think I secretly fell in love with him that very first day, when he saved me from a bully at our bus stop. From that day on, we were inseparable. He was my neighbor. My partner in crime. My best friend. 

When I was fifteen, his family moved across the country, tearing us apart. Then he had to go and become famous. And rich. And reckless. He became addicted to women, drugs, and money. But I remember a time when the only thing he was addicted to was me.

I've spent nine years trying like hell to fill the void. But the huge hole in my heart can't be filled because when he left, he took my heart with him. 

Now, when I see him through the crowd and the camera flashes, I wonder if he even recognizes me--the innocent girl from his past. He's different now. He even has a different name. 

When he shows up on my doorstep offering me everything I've ever dreamed of--him--I can't help but recall the age-old idiom:

Be careful what you wish for. 

**Stone Promises can be read as a standalone contemporary romance novel. It is the 2nd book in the Stone Brothers series. 

Review: Jo 

I have been going one-click crazy over the last few months and this book was one of those clicks. I'm not sure whether it was either on sale, free or it was recommended to me, but it was next up on my kindle shelf so I began reading. Having not read the first book in the series and I didn't remember reading the synopsis, I was going in completely blind. Luckily, once I realised what this story was about, I found that I was enjoying the premise and I was looking forward to what was to come. 

"Every time I close my eyes, I see him. Every time I fall asleep, 
I dream of him. Every waking hour, I try to forget him"

"Stone Promises" was a childhood friends, second chance kind of romance between Hollywood heartthrob Chad Stone and his childhood best friend and first love, Mellory. I really liked this sweet couple and I became quickly invested in their relationship. I loved Chad and Mallory's scenes together. Their story was dreamy and romantic. I enjoyed what was happening between the pair, however there was also parts of the story that I didn't enjoy quite as much and that affected the flow for me. It wasn't so much as to what was playing out, but it was one particulate character that I just couldn't take to. I didn't like or trust this person and I was sure that this character was set to cause trouble. 

“I’ll promise you anything. I promise you everything. 
Just promise me you’ll always be mine.”

Overall, this was good standalone read with a lovely epilogue that made my day. 

"Stone Promises" gets 3.5 hearts from me. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Review Blitz: Pepper Winters "Hundreds (Dollar #3)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Review Blitz for Pepper Winters "Hundreds (Dollar #3)."


Synopsis:

“I'm done hurting her. She's been hurt enough. It's time I set her free...”

“I'm done hurting her. She's been hurt enough. It's time I set her free...” 

Once upon a time, I wished to go home and forget. 
Now, I’m strong and ready to fight. 
Seduced and claimed, Elder no longer just demands my voice, he commands me to be a thief like him. 
I refuse. 
But he offers me things I shouldn’t want, favours I should run from. 
In return for his protection, I’m ordered to steal enough pennies and dollars to buy back my freedom. 
Only, we both aren’t prepared for how he changes me, evolves me. 
And now it’s my turn to learn about him... 


Third Book in the USA Today Bestselling Romance, Dollar Series.

Review: Surj 

Another instalment in the "Dollar" series that I couldn't wait to devour. "Hundreds" was a book that I couldn't wait to get my mitts on because (in true Pepper Winters style) we had been left with quite the cliff hanger at the end of book #2. Yes, I will tell you that we were given the answer to "that" question but I will also be so generous to tell you that this book was all about revelations. Oh yes, secrets were revealed, truths uncovered and some of those naughty skeletons in closets also decided to come out and play. Be prepared for bombshells peeps, the likes you would never expect and that will leave you gobsmacked and in some instances leave your heart a little battered and bruised too. 

"You're playing a dangerous game Pim. You should've left when you had the chance." 

Like "Dollars," this third book in the series entitled "Hundreds" was a slow burner of a read but that's okay. Sometimes a book doesn't warrant heart stopping thrills, spills, action and drama for it to be an enjoyable read. Quite the contrary. In fact I loved "Hundreds" because of the change in direction it took. This was a book that gave the reader's an opportunity to explore the leading characters, Pim and Elder. It was an opportunity for the reader to start stripping back the layers to get a really good insight in to who these two characters were, what made them tick, what they were hiding and what their hopes, fears and dreams were. in terms of Elder (more so than Pim) I was so thankful that some of his demons finally came out to say hello. I had been desperate to find out what this man was hiding and finally, I got a little sneak peak (heart breaking as it was). It really helped me understand his character and his behaviour but there is still so much that remains hidden and I can't wait to see what else comes to the surface (as ugly as it may be!). 

This wasn't love. This was destroying. 
And I threw myself head first into it. 

For Pim, this book was about the growth in her character. From scared, beaten and tortured prisoner to strong and brave warrior, I loved seeing her conquer her fears and embrace life. Yes it was baby steps but this was a journey of self discovery for her and I loved that she took the opportunities that came her way as an advantage to moving forward with her life. Unfortunately the same couldn't be said for Elder as (time and time again) I saw a more exposed and vulnerable side full of raw emotions that he really struggled to come to terms with. He was in constant turmoil, battling something within. Would Pepper Winters tell us what that was or would she make us wait? Well, let's just say, we got another cliffy peep. And so the torture begins!!!! Arrrgghh!!!! It's a good job we love this author so much!!!

Her secrets were my secrets. And I couldn't tell her any of them. 

"Hundreds" was an emotional, pretty angsty (at times), sensual read that got ❤️❤️❤️❤️  from me. 


About the Author:

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years. 

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

Connect with the Author:



Twitter: @PepperWinters


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Blog Tour: C.D. Reiss's "Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for C.D. Reiss's "Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1)." 


Synopsis: 

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.

Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…

Review: Jo 

Whatever CD Reiss writes, I will read. She is one of my top favourite authors and consistently delivers books that I adore. "Bombshell" was always going to be one that I read as soon as possible, however when I realised that this story featured a nanny and a sexy Hollywood actor, I was even more excited. As a former nanny, this sounded like one of my many fantasies. A fantasy that obviously never happened to me, so I was more than happy to jump into Cara's life and live out a dream of mine through this novel. 

"Brad waited, leaning against the doorframe, 
looking at me as if I was the only woman in the world. 
My heart sank. I had no chance against him."

"Bombshell" was just as enjoyable as I'd hoped, however Cara and Brad's romance wasn't as easy as it was in my dream. Lol! The reality of falling in love with a megastar was filled with many obstacles. Also, to begin with Brad wasn't quite as swoon-worthy as I'd expected. In fact, Brad started out the story as someone who was immature and refusing to grow up. In his own words, Brad just kept "fucking up" and I wasn't feeling the love for him at all. Luckily, with the development of the story, Brad changed a lot and my heart began to soften for him. His transformation pleased me no end. 

“I’m going to find a way to have you, I don’t do halfway. 
Ask anyone. I’m all-in, all the time. 
And it’s you, Cara DuMont. I want all of you."

For the second half of the book, I was ecstatic with the progression of Cara and Brad's relationship. I was absolutely hooked, refusing to put my kindle down and making my husband wait for his dinner! I was in no way capable of being separated from this story at such a critical time. My emotions were all over the place with tears of both sadness and joy. The story that was playing out before me was addictive and exciting and also contained some damn good sex scenes. Cara and Brad turned out to be a fantastic couple and with the cutest little girl to care for, they made the perfect family. By the time I read the last page, I had heart eyes and a big goofy smile on my face. 

“You’re my glue. You’ve made me bigger. Better. 
And you hold it together. All my life. I’m nothing without you.”

"Bombshell" gets 4.5 hearts from me.



Excerpt: 

The front door opened. I expected a housekeeper or butler, but it was the actor himself.
I hadn’t forgotten how beautiful he was; I’d just chosen not to think about it.

“Ma’am,” he said. Southern boy. Parents together. Christian elementary. Public secondary. Two years at USC Drama. Dates his costars for a month after the wrap party, then moves on. Poring through the trades and making calls, I’d discovered he’d spend at least eight of the next twelve months overseas doing action movies, but most had postproduction in town.

“Mr. Sinclair,” I said, holding my hand out. “Nice to see you outside a bathroom.”

He shook my hand.I’d shaken plenty of famous hands attached to gorgeous men, but my imagination was sparked by the way his fingers slid against mine to grasp them and the way our palms pressed together. My mind clouded over with ripped sheets, hard muscles, and soft skin.

“Pleasure’s mine,” he said and my brain skipped like a trip on a cracked sidewalk over the word pleasure. He didn’t give me the oversincere hand-over-clasp to show me how damn happy he was to see me, but there was something intimate about that half a second.

Just a consultation.

I followed him into the house. Dora Donovan had designed it. Looked like her with her faux-midcentury white couch and shag rug. That wasn’t going to work with playdates unless he wanted to keep an upholsterer on staff.

We went through the living room to a smaller room with a pool table smack in the middle. It had a stained glass Budweiser lamp over it and was racked for nine-ball. Dora Donovan had nothing to do with this room, for sure.

“Wanna sit?” He held a chair out for me. The glass-topped table was just inside the open patio doors and was set with iced tea.

I sat.

“I’m not a date,” I said kindly, indicating the iced tea setup. “Just so you know. You don’t have to do things like hold the chair for me.”

“Habit, I guess.”

He sat opposite me.

“Chivalry is nice. But with the nanny, whomever you hire, it can be misconstrued.”

He smirked a little, as if misconstruing his own thoughts. I cleared my throat and pulled my jacket closed.

About the Author:

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 

Connect with CD Reiss:

Website: www.cdreiss.com



Thursday, 27 April 2017

Review: Tara Sue Me's "Master Professor. (Lessons From The Rack #1)."


Synopsis: 

Students are begging to be held after class...

Andie Lincoln is madly in love with Terrence Knight--her childhood friend-turned-Hollywood's newest golden boy. But he's a Dominant and wants her trained as a submissive before he'll consider a relationship with her. He enrolls her at the RACK Academy with strict instructions for her teachers: Do whatever you need to, but don't take her virginity.

Fulton Matthews, the director of incoming students, is enthralled by Andie. Though he questioned her enrollment at first, watching her discover her submissive nature is hotter than his most intense fantasy. Under his control, her sexual awakening brings him to his knees.

Yet they can go only so far. Andie belongs to another, and Fulton is bound by a contract that strictly forbids relationships between teachers and students. But when Terrence comes to collect his prize, Fulton discovers it's not easy to let Andie go. . .

Review: Jo 

"Kiss me like I've never been kissed 
and kiss me so I forget every kiss except yours.

After enjoying "The Submissive" series, I was looking forward to this new book and the start of a brand new series. It sounded like my kind of read so I couldn't wait to get started. Unfortunately it didn't quite deliver in the way that I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, I did like Andie and Fulton's story, I just didn't love it as much as I thought I would. 

The story follows Andie's journey into the world of BDSM when she enrols in an exclusive training academy. This is where she meets her sexy tutor, Fulton. I did like Andie, she seemed like a nice enough character, but I was quite surprised at how confident she was when it came to her sexual awakening, especially because she was a virgin. Andie was not afraid to act on her desires, that's for sure. When it came to Fulton, I found that he was a bit of a disappointment. He wasn't nearly as masterful or sexy as I had expected a Dominant to be. I obviously had set my standards on Tara's previous Dom's and so sadly Fulton didn't quite get the reaction from me that I usually would. I was hoping that I would go all weak in the knees over him, however this never happened. 

The story itself was a good one, I enjoyed the premise and looked forward to Andie and Fulton's affair play out and at times I enjoyed what I was reading. At the beginning I liked Andie and Fulton together and I was intrigued as to what would happen between them. However for me their feelings for each other grew far too quickly. It wasn't quite insta-love but it wasn't far off and I felt that for Andie and Fulton, this didn't work and I found myself thinking that it wasn't very believable. I failed to feel any chemistry or excitement between the pair. It was a shame because I truly wanted to love this one. I was also surprised at the lack of erotic scenes considering the subject of the book. I think I counted three sexy scenes in the entire story, and I was fully prepared for a steamy read. Lol! 

Overall this was an okay read but it didn't make me fall crazy in love. 

"You will always be my beacon of light and my heart's home." 

"Master Professor" gets 3.5 hearts from me.