Tag: Contemporary

Office Slave II: El Exposed by J.W. McKenna

Posted December 11, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments


Continues the best-selling story of Jack Sawyer and his sex slave El. A disgruntled employee turns in Jack and he and El are arrested. But the case doesn’t go exactly like the prosecutor expected. Read the surprising developments in this exciting sequel.

I bought this book after reading the first installment, Office Slave. I was curious about Jack and El and their continuing relationship…ok, that’s a flat out lie. I was highly entertained whilst reading the first book and was looking for more of the same.

Unfortunately – or fortunately depending on how you look at it – OS II: El Exposed is nothing like it’s predecessor. It was actually a very well written account of life after being the office slut for El.

A disgruntled employee turns Jack and El in for prostitution and various other sex crimes after she finds out her brother – who took over El’s former position as CFO – is sleeping with El. Jack is arrested and the prosecution offers El immunity for her original crime of embezzlement if she agrees to testify against Jack as their star witness.

El finds herself lost without Jack to tell her what to do 24/7. She’s gotten so used to doing what she’s told and not thinking for herself, she really has a hard time readjusting to normal life. We follow along with her as she discovers why she allowed Jack to dominate her and as she once again finds herself – the self she was before Jack.

She realizes she has a submissive personality, but only with Jack. When another person in authority tries to take advantage of her, she stands up for herself..and is finally empowered.

This was a truly interesting account of a woman trying to find herself, and trying to deal with a part of herself she hadn’t realized existed. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of this story. Had I not read the first book, I never would have thought these were written by the same person.

Romance and erotica fans alike should enjoy this.

I’m giving it:

4.0 out of 5

Chantal has also done a review of both books. See it here.

You can buy this book here and here.


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Testing Passion by Marty Rayne

Posted December 10, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Testing Passion by Marty RayneReviewer: Rowena
Testing Passion by Marty Rayne

Publication Date: January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
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three-stars

Working as a sex toy tester has its perks, but Janet O'Neal never expected to work with a partner. When her company sends over hunky Damien Richards to help her evaluate some new catalog items, Janet is naturally hesitant. Damien's smoldering good looks and alluring charm, however, make the job all the more fun.

Alright so this was one of those quick reads. It only took me about a half hour to read this book and a half hour to be disappointed in this read. I thought it was going to be really good because it seemed that it was going to be easy to follow and pretty steamy as well but there was only one and a half of a sex scene and it was just okay.

So we’ve got Janet O’Neal, who is a college student studying to be a journalist and is a part time sex toy tester for Pandora’s Box. She’s supposedly hella tight at her reports, so good in fact that she’s caught the attention of the owner of Pandora Box himself, Damien Richards.

Seriously.

This is like the perfect plot for one of those soft porn movies on Skinamax. LOL.

Seriously.

Janet is dumped because she likes her sex a little too kinky for her boyfriend Alan’s taste and he needs to move on without her and her sex toys giving him the creeps. After the break up she writes her supervisor and tells her that she won’t be able to try out the couples only toys, only the single ones since she’s no longer part of a couple.

Damien finds out about this and thinks he’s going to lose his best tester.

Seriously.

So he puts all the toys that need to be tested ASAP because of sex toy deadlines into a duffle bag and he rushes over to her house to play as her stand in for…Alan.

Seriously.

They have lots of sex (but only about two sex scenes are written for this) and after the weekend is done, they’re done with each other only they can’t stand to be without eachother and because they both know that somewhere during the loads of sex they had over the weekend, they both fell in love with each other and don’t want to be apart from each other so Janet decides to go into the office (or store or whatever) and find Damien for herself…and she totally finds him.

She also finds out that he’s not just a regular toy tester like her but THE TOP DAWG of the store in which she works for and after she’s pissed off at him for about two seconds, he starts taking her clothes off and all is forgotten and they live happily ever after.

And that’s it.

Seriously.

So you don’t need to read this book because it wasn’t all that to begin with and I just done told you the whole story. Save your $3 and just take my word for it, it was okay but not the best erotica ebook that I’ve ever read…I could have gotten a parfait from McDonalds with the money I spent on this eBook, so yeah go treat yourself to a parfait and enjoy it, you’ll enjoy that more than this book.

Seriously.

three-stars


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Lightening Reviews

Posted December 8, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 6 Comments

Olivia Lockhart

16 Lighthouse Road

Cedar Cove, Washington

Dear Reader,

You don’t know me yet, but in a few hours that’s going to change. You see, I’m inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove because I want ou to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories — maybe even their secrets!

I have to admit that my own secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed some years ago, and I have a rather … difficult relationship with my daughter, Justine. Then there’s my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them.

Here’s an example: I’m a family court judge and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently I was hearing a divorce petition. In Charlotte’s view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn’t tried hard enough to make their marriage work — and I agreed. So I rendered my judgement: Divorce Denied.

Well, you wouldn’t believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (and a man I wouldn’t mind seeing more of!), everyone’s talking.

Cedar Cove — people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!

See you soon …

Olivia

I go from the town of Virgin River to Cedar Cove. lol.

I enjoyed reading this one. there are several story lines going on this book but I didn’t feel overwhelmed or that one story was cut short. To me, it all seemed to flow. With the exception of Grace’s story, they were all tidied up at the end of the book.

One of the characters kind of annoyed me. That was Cecilia but her story was one of my favorites. Go figure. Cecilia and Ian tried to get a divorce but it was denied. They had a whirlwind courtship. When their baby dies, there was a lot of anger and hurt. It didn’t help Ian was away on a submarine (Navy boy) and he couldn’t be there with Cecilia to grieve with her.

Long story short: Cecilia files for a divorce. Because the judge denied it, they are kind of forced to figure out what to do. Neither of them have money to try and appeal. Ian wants to reconcile. Cecilia says no. They argue. Ian deports. Ian write. They finally talk about what happened between them. Cecilia has a lapse of brain cells and in self pity she tells him it’s over. Ian remain patient. They continue to write. At the end of his tour, Cecilia is waiting for him and wants to make marriage work.

With Grace, Olivia’s best friend, her husband disappears. The only things she knows is that he bought a trailer with cash. She has the suspicion there was another woman. We find out what happened with her hubby in the second book. Which I do plan on reading cause I want to know what happened too!

A light and fast read.

Grade: 4/5

This is what happened . . .

I met him at the candy store. He turned around and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children’s candy store, mind you—this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss’s wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

I’ve been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears. Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.

The problem with wanting is that it’s like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. I don’t apologize for who I am or what I’ve done in—or out—of bed. I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven’t wanted anything else.

Until Dan. Until now.

After I read Broken, I checked out Megan Hart’s website. I realized this book comes before Broken. It’s about Elle, who is Sadie’s patient in Broken.

So I know Elle and Dan would end up together. However, had I not read Broken first, I would have had my doubts.

Elle has some issues. And the way Megan Hart wrote Elle’s character, it wasn’t annoying. Like, move on from them already. I really was pulling for Elle to open up to Dan. To let him in. There were times I hurt for Dan. Dan who wanted to give Elle the world but didn’t understand why Elle wouldn’t let him.

Dan had a lot of patience. It would have been easy for him to just walk away but he didn’t. And when he finally did, I hurt from them both. When Elle finally told him her secrets, I cheered because I know it wasn’t easy for her but I wanted to hug Elle also.

I also have to give Elle kudos for not bitch slapping her mom cause there were several times I wanted to do it. Sex scenes: hot. Sexy. Yeah baby. lol. Nothing kinky like ass slapping, plugs or corny little sayings like hot like summer sweet like spring.

Another book I really enjoyed.

Grade: 4.5/5


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Christmas Gift Alert: Something Naughty for the Bad Boy in Your Life

Posted December 7, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Christmas Gift Alert: Something Naughty for the Bad Boy in Your LifeReviewer: Holly
Office Slave by J. W. McKenna
Series: Office Slave #1

Publication Date: August 19th 2005
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 295
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one-star

The beautiful but haughty Ellen Sanchez thought she could get away with embezzling from Jack Sawyer, the powerful CEO of Sawyer Metalworking. When she was caught, she said she'd do "anything" to avoid going to jail. Anything turned out to be a new position for Ellen: Company sex slave.

The other day, I got to thinking about the difference between erotic romance written by men and erotic romance written by women. Some of the differences I’m sure are glaring, but others might not be, and I was curious. We all know men have been writing erotica for ages (hello Letters to Penthouse) but the market has recently been flooded with erotica written by women. I kind of wonder if men ever read it, but that’s a post for another day. Anyway, I decided to read a book written by a man that was marketed as “erotic romance” to see what I thought.

So I bought Office Slave by J.W. McKenna from eBookwise. As soon as I read the first chapter (which is available online) I knew it was written by a man. Don’t believe me? Well, read it yourself to see what I mean.

Anyway, in the name of research, I took one for the team (so to speak) and bought this book. I started reading it yesterday and finished it last night. It was…interesting. Let me run it down for you:

Ellen Sanchez was the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for this company and she was embezzling money from them because her no good husband had been out of work for over a year. The owner of the company, Jack, finds out and says he’s going to turn her in to the cops. But she doesn’t want that to happen, so she says she’ll do ANYTHING to keep him from turning her in. He says, “Anything?” and she says, “Yes, anything”.

So he makes her the office sex slave. He tells her from now on she’s to do exactly what he says, when he says it. She’s not allowed to make any decisions for herself and she bascially has to be humilliated as the company slut.

He puts her in a glass fronted office and makes her sit at her desk (the desk that faces the glass so anyone who walks by can see her) naked. He installs cameras under her desk and tells her she’s no longer allowed to wear underwear, and she has to keep her legs spread open under her desk so he can see her through the camera at all times. When he calls her on the phone, she’s supposed to start rubbing herself and not stop until they hang up. He punishes her when she doesn’t follow one of his rules. Sometimes he spanks her with his belt when she’s naughty and he made her get her nipples pierced and her clit pierced.

In order to pay back her debt, she had to screw whoever he says. So she screwed or blew all his clients and the lunch delivery guy and the limo driver and even the girls in the office. He called it the new company “incentive” program and she was the prize to whoever did the best.

They called her “Slut” or “El”, which by the end of the book were interchangeable to her. Every time she went into his office (the boss) no matter who was in there, she had to remove all her clothes, kneel on the floor in front of his desk with her legs spread as far as possible and say, “How may I serve you today, Master?” And while she was kneeling there, he’d either rub her breasts or play with her clit, but never let her cum.

In less than 12 months, she paid back her debt in full, which is quite an accomplishment, considering she got $100 for each blowjob and $250 for every screw. Do the math and on that and tell me you aren’t scared. Yes, she screwed enough people to pay off a $257,000 debt. So he said he’d release her from her duty, but by then she begged her “master” not to let her go. Basically, every man’s fantasy. A woman who doesn’t want to think about or do anything beyond spreading her legs for whomever wants her. Oh, and she was named “Employee of the Month” 12 months running. Which is when I realized this isn’t the awful, sexist, chauvinistic, ridiculous farce of a novel I thought it was, but instead it’s a joke. Ha ha ha ha ha.

So, I’m offering this up as my latest “Christmas Gift Alert” because I have a feeling most men will want a copy of this. Why not surprise the man in your life with something untraditional this year?

I’m giving it:

1.5 out of 5 for the story
and
4.5 out of 5 for the sheer entertainment value it offered.

You can buy it here or at Amazon for the Kindle here.

And BONUS, there’s a sequel. Office Slave II: El Exposed

Dude, I’m so buying that. Be kind to the main man in your life and buy him both. I doubt you’ll regret it. And if you think he won’t like it, check out the Amazon reviews…I’m telling you, the men will love it.

PS. Yes, I’m pretty sure that’s her butt.

one-star


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Review: To Catch A Cheat by Kelly St. John

Posted December 5, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 7 Comments

Review: To Catch A Cheat by Kelly St. JohnTo Catch a Cheat by Kelley St. John
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 1st 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General
Pages: 416
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four-stars

Single thirty-something Marissa, though beautiful and talented, is becoming increasingly skeptical about romance because every man in her life has been a cheater. She creates a website dedicated to exposing serial cheaters, but instead her website ushers back into her life her first boyfriend from adolescence, and he is determined to show her that a man can be true.

Kelly St. John created a cute, contemporary romance here that was laced with sarcasm, humor and wit. The interactions between Trent and Marissa were hilarious, and we were offered basically a three-in-one deal, as there was more going on in the background with the secondary characters.

I liked Marissa, but I think she took her insecurities a bit too far. Though I understand she was cheated on one too many times, she seemed almost a bit too jaded. Plus, she had daddy issues, and that bothers me some (i.e., punished all the men in her life for the actions of her father) in general and in this novel. Still, I enjoyed her wit and sarcasm and found myself sympathizing with her and – I’ll admit it – laughing a bit when her latests squeeze cheats on her…with another man. Ouch!

I think the thing that made this story for me, however, was Trent. I just LOVE it when a hero decides he’s in love with the heroine early on and will do whatever it takes to get her. I don’t think we see that often enough. Though he wants to prove himself as a business guru in his own right and not as the figurehead of his grandfathers company, he doesn’t have major issues. He’s just a sweet, laid back, super sexy kind of guy.

Together they had great chemistry and I think their relationship progressed at a nice pace. They didn’t immediately jump in the sack, and they really took the time to get to know each other. Not that they had much of a choice with the radio station dictating how they spent their time together, but still.

There were a couple of times when the story seemed to drag, mostly in the middle, and I wonder if it had been just a bit shorter if the story wouldn’t have been better. But overall I truly enjoyed it. The relationship Marissa has with her two best friends Candi and Amy was great and I could so see me and the girls from here acting just like they did: Talking about our sex lives, hating on our ex’s, creating polls about who’s sexier in boxers or briefs..well, pretty much what we do now.

The radio contest was a good twist – something we don’t see very often. I thought the two radio DJ’s were hilarious and the entire farce fun and entertaining.

I’m going to give it:

4.0 out of 5

I’ll be on the lookout for more by Kelly St. John. You can buy it here or here.

four-stars


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