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Guest Review: All He Wants by C. C. Gibb

Posted May 13, 2014 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

all he wantsJudith’s review of All He Wants by C. C. Gibbs

Dominic Knight is a man who is always in control. A self-made billionaire by the age of twenty-three, a genius of innovation, and CEO of a global tech empire, Knight always gets what he wants. And he wants Kate Hart. . .

A rising star of cyber forensics, Kate Hart is well aware of Knight’s reputation as a master manipulator, uncompromising leader, and demanding lover. But she’s determined to stay cool and professional-no matter how hot and bothered her new boss makes her feel.

First he appears in her dreams. Then he comes to her in the night. And so begins a journey of erotic awakening and discovery as rich and powerful as Knight himself. In locales from the sultry red-light district of Amsterdam to the private sexual playgrounds of Hong Kong, Kate will shed every inhibition and surrender every part of herself-body, mind, and soul-to give her lover all he craves, all he needs, and all he demands .

This is book one in a trilogy that will follow these two fascinating characters through a variety of situations.  It is a book that is loaded with eroticism and almost palpable sensuality, one that brings together two very strong characters, both of whom are set in their ways, who live hard and work hard and play hard.  Their attraction to one another is overwhelming so that giving in was to be expected.  Their self-imposed time limit on the affair also gave an intensity to their relationship so that walking away from one another was almost overwhelming for both of them.  Yet that is not the end of the story and the ways in which their on-going involvement with one another will keep the reader glued to the chair.

This is a new author for me but I must say that this story is so very well written.  It is the kind of book that will remain in the reader’s thoughts after the last page is read.  Let me warn you . . . you will be impelled to read the next two books just as I was, simply because you have to know how these two very powerful and emotional people managed to work out all the snarls in their relationship.    The author crafted these characters so well that I had little difficulty envisioning them in my mind, in feeling like a was walking along side them as they lived out their initial days together and as their stubbornness took them away from one another.   There is kink in this story to some degree, but I felt it was not the kink of the BDSM dungeon but rather the kind of dominance dance that plays out between two very strong personalities.  It is a very sexy story but the push pull between the characters is never overwhelmed by the sex scenes.  Only a truly good writer knows how to pull that off.

I was delighted to read this novel and I recommend it to those who enjoy this kind of intense story.  It’s not for those who read to relax.  This will have you squirming at times and at others you will wonder how these two will every work out a way to be together . . . and you will, I think, want to bring them together.

Let me again emphasize that the story does not end with book one.  I will be very surprised if you can stop at book one.  It’s sort of like one’s favorite cookie or candy bar . . . you can’t stop at just one.  I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This title is available from Forever Publishing.  You can buy it here or here i e-format.  The book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Guest Review: Blackmailed Into the Billionaire’s Bed by Jan Bowles

Posted April 21, 2014 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

Blackmailed into the billionaire's bedJudith’s review of Blackmailed Into the Billionaire’s Bed (Carnal Sins #1) by Jan Bowles

Twenty-seven-year-old Kendall Van Heusen is in awe of her new boss, and so she should be, because Mac Buchanan, the legendary thirty-eight-year-old newspaper magnate is as powerful and ruthless as rumor suggests. Incredibly handsome and charismatic, Mac is a self-made man who rules his empire with an iron fist. Deeply attracted by his dominant nature, Kendall realizes she needs to be on top of her game as his new financial controller. 

It soon becomes apparent that they share a mutual sexual attraction. However, before they can act on their desires, Kendall receives a kidnap demand for the safe return of her best friend. Forced into stealing a million bucks from Buchanan Enterprises, she wrongly believes she can cover her tracks long enough to save Ashley’s life. 

When Mac discovers the deception, he is angry and gives Kendall an ultimatum—spend time in jail, or become his personal sex slave until the debt is repaid in full. Unable to tell him the truth, will Kendall be blackmailed into the billionaire’s bed?

Jan Bowles is an author who is known for writing menage and BDSM series and novellas and has a wide following.  Many of her books are pretty intense while others are much more light-hearted.  This novel is built on the premise that the stern and reclusive CEO billionaire, who is sexually very dominant, can actually blackmail his  employee because of an internal theft of fairly hefty proportions.  And it seems that is just exactly what he has done.

This novel wasn’t difficult to read in some ways and yet I was bothered by the premise that  1) a woman of Kendall’s considerable integrity would even think of ripping off her company for $1 million rather than find a more creative way of involving Mac and certainly allowing his connections to work for the rescue of her BFF.  Of course, that wouldn’t have made nearly as interesting a story in some ways.  2) I was bothered that Mac would use such an underhanded means of getting Kendall in his bed.  After all, if he is as all-powerful as he seemed and as he was perceived to be, surely he could have found an alternative way of wooing her.  Yet even while I am writing this I realize that the character as he has been written and developed is not that kind of man in the first place.  Mac doesn’t do “wooing.”  so all in all, the story is what it is and I have to own up being entertained throughout.

I have always enjoyed this author’s books simply because in many instances they really are as outlandish as any I have encountered.  Yet that is what makes them entertaining for me.  Yes, there is the now often used format of a single, sexually dominant billionaire (they seem to be popping up everywhere) who feels free to do whatever he likes with the women in his personal universe.  However, the one aspect of Ms Bowles’ books is that there is always, and I do mean always, an undercurrent of deep feeling and sensitivity hidden in the alpha hero which is released and made much more operative and apparent to those around him through the genuine affection and deep caring of the heroine.  So it is here,  I’m not sure that the premise or situations in this story would work in real life and yet I know very well that life often imitates art more  than we realize.

An important character of this author’s books is the fact that she puts a story together well.  Her characters have verve and vitality, even the very submissive women who populate her stories.  They exhibit humor and a zest for living as well as a sense of wanting more than they have and being willing to take the risks that make new relationships possible.  Ms Bowles is a writer who knows what she is doing.  uses the language effectively without pages and pages of “fill” sentences that are completely unnecessary to her story.  Her book is well-edited.   Kudos to her editors at Siren Publishing.

All in all it is an unlikely story that turned out to be very entertaining and a book I found to be an enjoyable reading experience.  I guess when it all is said and done, that’s what we all hope for.

I give this book a rating of 3.75 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This title is available from Siren Publishing.  You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Giveaway: S.E.C.R.E.T Trilogy by L. Marie Adeline

Posted March 28, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways | 0 Comments

Have you heard of the S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy yet? The trilogy is already an international bestseller and will be complete after the third and final book,S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed, is released on May 6th. The S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy focuses on the sexual awakening of Cassie Robichaud, a repressed widow in her thirties who accidentally stumbles on a mysterious female organization that instills confidence through ten life-changing steps. Cassie’s sensual steps propel her towards a long-anticipated romance with her boss, Will, and the final book will end with the satisfying HEA that readers have been waiting for.

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SECRETS.E.C.R.E.T. 

Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed.

The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.

Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately.

Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.

SECRET SharedS.E.C.R.E.T. Shared

The hotly anticipated sequel to the erotic sensation S.E.C.R.E.T., where women’s sexual fantasies become reality.

Still wounded from a recent heartbreak, Cassie Robichaud throws herself into service with S.E.C.R.E.T., the mysterious organization that changed her life last year by bringing her deepest sexual fantasies to life, one step at a time.

Now, it’s Cassie’s turn to guide the group’s newest candidate, Dauphine Mason, recruiting men to execute a new set of fantasies. While it gets Cassie’s mind off Will, the man she truly loves, it also gives her the chance to help watch S.E.C.R.E.T. work its magic on someone new.

At thirty-one, Dauphine is the proprietor of a New Orleans vintage clothing store—the kind of buttoned-up career woman who has no idea how attractive she really is. In order to reignite her sexual flame and reawaken her dormant heart, she must leave behind her bitter past.

As both Cassie and Dauphine navigate the rocky path between their hearts and their passions, they discover what they truly want in life and in love. SECRET Shared is a liberating, passionate and sexually charged sequel to one of the hottest new series in erotica.

SECRET RevealedS.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed

SECRET Revealed bares all—the final book in the hot bestselling series.

The only thing that Cassie Robichaud has ever really wanted is Will Foret, the love of her life. But when Will discovers that Cassie is part of S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground group devoted to helping women experience their deepest sexual fantasies, Will breaks it off. Heartbroken, Cassie dries her tears and devotes herself to helping the latest S.E.C.R.E.T. recruit, Solange Faraday. Cassie also reignites her relationship with sexy bad-boy Jesse, even if he can never love her as deeply as Will did.

Meanwhile, beautiful, brilliant Solange, a local news anchor and divorced mom, has a great career but a wilting love life. She rekindles long-lost passions, going deeper and hotter than any other S.E.C.R.E.T. candidate before her. Will Can Solange find what her heart most desires? And when Will realizes he’s made a tragic mistake, will Cassie be able to forgive him? In the end, As both women blossom sexually as sexual beings, they also discover that ecstasy and true love is are closer than they ever imagined.

SECRET Revealed is the explosive, sensual and sexually-charged finale to the bestselling S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy.

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Guest Review Two-Fer: The Billionaire Banker and Forty 2 Days by Georgia Le Carre (+ a Giveaway!)

Posted January 24, 2014 by Tracy in Giveaways, Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review Two-Fer: The Billionaire Banker and Forty 2 Days by Georgia Le Carre (+ a Giveaway!)Reviewer: Tracy
The Billionaire Banker and Forty 2 Days by Georgia Le Carre
Published by Self-PublishedGenres: Contemporary, Erotic
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three-half-stars

 

The Billionaire Banker

When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma. The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have.
For young and Innocent Lana, The unthinkable is her only choice.

When she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.

Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.

And now he wants her.

Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smoldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive and right now she is very vulnerable. She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she?

When he has opened a door that cannot be closed…

Lana is desperate. Her mother is dying of cancer and Lana is determined that she will live. She has found a place in America (she’s in England) that has an alternative medicine treatment that she would like her mother to try but she needs 50,000 pounds to pay for it. Lana and her mother are very poor and the only thing she has to offer is her body. She has heard that her boss, Rupert, is willing to buy high class whores for 10,000 pounds so she takes a chance and approaches him with her proposition. He is a slimy, nasty piece of work and gives Lana the creeps but he’s willing to pay. They go out to dinner to discuss the transaction and that’s when billionaire banker Blake Barrington sees her.

Blake is immediately taken with Lana’s looks and as he knows her boss (and thinks he’s slime as well) invites them to a party. He eventually gets Lana alone and tells her that whatever Rupert is paying her he’ll double it. Lana is stunned but since Rupert wanted to basically have her be raped, repeatedly but consensually, Lana agrees to the one month deal.

Blake sets Lana up with clothes and an apartment. He also changes the terms of the deal to three months instead of one. Lana agrees and though she’s scared at first she soon realizes that while Blake may look like a cold bastard at times, he’s kind and caring. Lana does the unthinkable and falls in love with Blake but knows she can never be with him. Blake, too, falls for Lana but he can’t tell her as his future is set by his father and his father, and those around him will stop at nothing to make that future happen. Lana does the unthinkable and gets pregnant but according to the contract she signed she either has to terminate the pregnancy or hand the child over to the Barrington’s. When Lana is offered money to disappear she takes it to protect her unborn child.

I had very mixed feelings about this book.

When I first started reading I have to admit to almost putting it down before I got too far. Lana was dressed in an orange dress and horrible orange platform shoes. It was just such a cliché for the poor girl seeking to look upscale and older and it jut didn’t work. I mean, it got Blake’s attention, sure, but he was looking below the wrapping. On top of that I found the writing to be a bit odd. It was told in 3rd person POV, not that unusual, but it was almost as told by a narrator and this caused some of the emotion to slip through the cracks.

The characters, especially Blake, weren’t fully fleshed out – Lana more so as we got to see her friends, her mother, her life in greater detail. We didn’t see anything about Blake’s day to day life – only things that happened when he was with Lana.

Now, despite that, I really liked the story itself. I thought the premise was interesting and I found myself looking forward to what would happen next. I didn’t question Lana and Blake’s love for each other but I couldn’t quite figure out where they would go from there. This is obviously a romance but Blake’s father would never let her stay with him. Because of this I definitely wanted to read the next book to see what happened with the couple.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Forty 2 DaysForty 2 days

Devastatingly handsome billionaire, Blake Law Barrington was Lana Blooms first and only love. From the moment they touched his power was overwhelming. Their arrangement quickly developed into a passionate romance that captivated her heart and took her on an incredible sexual journey she never wanted to end.
The future together looked bright until Lana made a terrible mistake. So, she did the only thing she could… she ran.

Away from her incredible life, away from the man of her dreams, but she should have known a man such as Blake Law Barrington was impossible to escape. Now, he’s back in her life and determined that she should taste the bitterness of his pain.

Shocked at how rough the sex has become and humiliated that she is actually participating so willingly in her punishment, she despairs if she will ever feel the warmth of his touch—the solidity of his trust again? And even if she can win his trust, loyalties are yet to be decided, and secrets to be revealed—secrets that will test them both to their limits.

Will Lana be able to tear down the walls that surround Blake’s heart, and break him free of the brutal power of immense wealth?

Can Blake hold on to Lana’s heart when she discovers the enormity of the dark secrets that inhabit the Barrington family?

Lana has always believed that love conquers all. She is about to test that belief…

So Lana in book one was paid to leave the country. She didn’t say goodbye to Blake as he was a bit…incapacitated at that time but now she’s back and she wants to start a baby clothing business with her best friend, Billie. She applied for a loan and then made an appointment with the loan officer. When she gets to the bank she doesn’t find the loan officer but Blake – the man she’s not been able to forget after all this time.

Blake is understandably pissed at Lana and wants her to complete the 42 days that she has on the original contract. Lana knows it’s a bad idea but she loves Blake so much that she agrees. Lana tried to pass her son, Sorab, off as Billie’s baby but Blake wasn’t stupid and knows that the baby is his from the first moment he sees him.

Blake is pretty demeaning to Lana when it came to sex, at first, and I had to stop and wonder why she continued to be with him as he obviously just saw her as a sex object and a gold digger. It was almost a “I love the man who abuses me” scenario and I wasn’t really into it. Blake does get better and the book, for the most part, is continued with sex scenes. There is a weird visit from Victoria’s mother when Lana is in the park with her son, Sorab, which puts her on alert that she’s in some pretty grave danger. She loves Blake though and he seems to love her as well, even though he won’t say it. She asks what will happen after the 42 days is up and he only asks her to trust him which she does…for a while.

The book kind of gets into a weird area when Blake’s father gets involved and the self-righteous prick goes mental (he doesn’t really but he’s so damned full of himself!). I can’t tell you more about the ending without ruining it but I will say that it went in a direction that I was not expecting and was so bizarre I’m still kind of going, “Whaaaa?”

This story was told from Lana’s POV so the strange oddness I got from Le Carre’s 3rd person was more or less fixed with going first person POV. I felt much more invested in the couple even though I didn’t particularly care for where their relationship was going.

The end of this book is really what made me pause and figure out how to rate this one. I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t like the end at all. Yes, there’s an HEA but it’s so very tainted by the dark Barrington secret that I couldn’t see Lana being happy in the long run. Oh sure, she’d fool herself because she has Blake but the life that she was going in to was so jaded and dark that I just wanted both her and Blake to run far away and change their identities!

While I liked parts of this story, and I liked the writing better than I did in book one, I can’t say I thoroughly liked this one either. Good, but not great, imho. (Of course reading Goodreads reviews I think I’m in the minority here.)

Rating: 3 out of 5

Giveaway: Ms. Le Carre is giving away an uber-chic Che Che New York handbag; part of the All That Glitters collection. Courtesy of Lana Bloom. Inside pocket holds one solid silver American Eagle one ounce coin from the Barrington family vault and USD100.00. Sign up on the Rafflecopter to enter to win.
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three-half-stars

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Guest Review: Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed Trilogy by Selena Kitt

Posted June 23, 2013 by Judith in Reviews | 1 Comment

Peaceful beach scene with ocean and blue skyJudith’s review of Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed Trilogy by Selena Kitt

OMG!! I say it again: OMG, what an amazing set of novels. Just to have read one would have been mind boggling, but I sat down and read all three from start to finish. I literally galloped through but know that I will be going back and re-reading this trilogy in the near future.

This beautifully written set of novels is, by the author’s own statement, on its third re-write, and now the story has been moved into the sexually oppressed 50’s with all it’s hiddenness about the human body, when school boards were at the core of community fights over sex education in the public schools, and when social mores and the influence of church and family was far stronger than it is today. I think it must be difficult for younger contemporary readers to even conceive of some of the worries teens had in those days, but as one who was a high school student during the 50’s, I well remember the was sex was discussed formally as well as the whispers and gossip in cloak rooms (they still existed in schools), beside hall lockers, and in gym locker rooms. (I don’t think athletic locker rooms, even in public clubs as well as connected to professional sports have changed all that much.) In this story there are two teenage girls who are on a journey of discovery. They have been best friends, sort of like the joined-at-the-hip kind of best friends, with one girl being the “educator” of the other as they discover and savor the sexual photographic treasures found under the bed and in locked caches of one girl’s father, the titular Mr. Nolan. He is a widower, a middle aged man who has made his fame and fortune as a photographic genius, world-reknown and the artist that many young photographic wannabees look to. Few if any individuals know that Mr. Nolan has a world-class cache of erotica, home-grown porn films and such that he thinks are safe from his daughter but said daughter is viewing said erotica freely and greatly adding to the information archives of her best friend. If that were all this story was about, it would be interesting. What has made it riveting is that as these girls grow in their awareness of sexuality in themselves and others, they are also gradually becoming aware that something is very “off” about this whole collection.

Be prepared: this story gets ugly and it is emotional and draining and the kind of shocker that is set in historical reality. That’s probably what makes it so raw and unyielding in its content as well as the way all that is going on in the context affects the lives of these girls and those around them. You have Leah’s mom, a single mom who has managed to make her way in the world, who is executive secretary to a prominent attorney who may or may not be her lover, and who is deeply committed to her Roman Catholic faith as are all the players in this story. She was best friends with Mr. Nolan’s now-dead wife, a woman who absolutely insisted that her daughter be given the best of a Catholic education as did Leah’s mom. You have two Catholic priests, one is the Monsignor and the other a parish priest, both of whom are highly visible in the story and who waft in and out of the lives of these two girls. The younger priest becomes focus of an infatuation by Mr. Nolan’s daughter, a longing that she knows can never be fulfilled but which brings this young girl and this frustrated priest into a very suspect relationship. This story may very well offend those who have been made very uncomfortable by the contemporary church sexual scandals, but this author has been bold to write about stuff that was deeply hidden and carefully protected until the ripple effect brought down the house of cards, so to speak. However, lives were terribly damaged and relationships ruined because of secrets–the dark and evil kind of secrets that gave power to the wrong kind of people.

I guess my sense with this trilogy was that we all need to visit the dark side from time to time. We all need to be reminded that none of us can ever allow ourselves to lose sight of the fact that there is a perverse and potentially hurtful part of all of us and that capacity to hurt can do unthinkable things when it is “let out to play.” That there is redemption for some of the people in this story is the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Be prepared, however, to be shocked and stunned at the way it all plays out because I really don’t think any reader will be able to predict what happens nor can anyone truly be prepared for how lives are changed because of the evil that is turned loose over several generations.

Let me emphasize again, that there is indeed redemption here. There are moments when the reader will be overwhelmed with the long-term effects of one individual’s actions; there will also be portions of the story that will restore the reader’s faith in the goodness of people. There is deep hurt here that the author has exposed with a sure hand, raw and open wounds that have not healed after many hears, deep sadness that just won’t go away. But all that is part of the mess these characters endure, some of which have been years in the making. There are some relationships that will be unwieldy to many readers, and Leah’s relationship with Mr. Nolan will both others. All in all, I just found it to be all of a piece, a look at lives that had been thrown out of whack long before these two girls had ever been born and which played out in very different ways.

Kudos to Ms Kitt for a gutsy piece of writing. I don’t know if I would have preferred to read these novels with distance and time between each one, or if I am glad to have been able to process them all together. Suffice it to say, they are overwhelming in their scope and in the emotional punch they deliver. Lots of sex–raw and sometimes dirty sex–but I never felt it was gratuitous outside the scope and dimensions of the story. Somehow it all fit.

So if you are up to a trilogy that will be some very serious, thought-provoking reading, then have at these three novels. They certainly gave me something to think about initially and the thoughts and feelings have continued on for many days.

I give this trilogy a rating of 4.75 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book  is available from CreateSpace in print or Excessica in eformat.  You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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