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Review: Eight Ways to Ecstasy by Jeanette Grey

Posted April 5, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Eight Ways to Ecstasy by Jeanette GreyReviewer: Rowena
Eight Ways to Ecstasy by Jeanette Grey
Series: Art of Passion #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
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four-stars

"A must read . . . lyrical, stunningly sexy, and brings swoons for days."-- Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author on Seven Nights to Surrender

In this stunningly sensual sequel to Seven Nights to Surrender, acclaimed author Jeanette Grey reunites readers with a young artist and the man who'll stop at nothing to have her . . .

EIGHT WAYS TO ECSTASY

Kate Reid's whirlwind romance with billionaire playboy Rylan Bellamy complicated her life in ways she'd worked to avoid. She'd fallen hard for his flirtatious charm and given him the one thing no other man had: her trust. Just as Kate began to imagine a future with Rylan, everything fell apart.

Now she's starting over in New York...but even the glittering streets of Manhattan can't erase the memory of Rylan knocking her off her feet and sweeping her into the most erotic, unforgettable week of her life.

It's been months, and Rylan still can't forget Kate. Months since he bared his soul at her feet. Months since he drove away the only woman to ever make him feel. Kate changed his world and now Rylan is determined to win her back-no matter what it takes. After crossing an ocean to reach her, he makes a deal with Kate: One more week, for one more chance. Now it's up to Rylan to show Kate all the ways they fit together . . . and prove that this player has met his perfect match.

This is the follow up to Seven Nights to Surrender and this book picks up right where Seven Nights ends. Rylan and Kate are not in Paris anymore and the fantasy that drove their vacation together is over. It’s back to real life for the both of them and after the disastrous way that Kate finds out about who Rylan really is, she’s back in New York…alone.

No more Rylan. No more sexy times. No more men.

She’s going to focus on her art and she’s got a big project that she needs to work on for her art program but when Rylan shows up at her apartment and begs for a second chance, for seven nights to show her the real him…she can’t help but agree to it because isn’t that what she wanted to know all along? Who he is? What really happened to him? The truth?

Rylan will do whatever it takes to win Kate back. She’s changed his life and he refuses to believe that she doesn’t have feelings for him anymore. He needs her in his life and he’s got seven nights to prove that she needs him in her life too. Putting himself out there is going to be hard and facing his past and sharing it all with Kate is going to be even harder but he’ll do anything to get her back.

The chemistry that I remember from Seven Nights is definitely back in action in this book. Rylan won me over from the very beginning. I saw him try night after night to let Kate in, show her just how important she’s become to him and the hot and cold way that Kate was with him and his feelings should have pissed me off and while it frustrated me, I didn’t hate it. Or Kate. I understood why she felt and acted the way that she did and I couldn’t even blame her. The reality that is Rylan is so different from the Rylan she knew from Paris. Their worlds are completely night and day and she didn’t know how they would be able to fit into each other’s lives.

She didn’t trust Rylan and he knew it. He had his work cut out for him because after the lies from Seven Nights, he was paying for not only his wrongdoings but also her fathers. Her father did a number emotionally on Kate and all these years later, she’s still struggling with her self esteem. Her self worth but over the course of the book, you see her blossom with Rylan’s help.

I adored seeing both Rylan and Kate again. Their romance continued to wow me at every turn in this book and while I was frustrated through some of the book, I still really enjoyed being wrapped up in Rylan and Kate’s world again. Their world was a lot different from Seven Nights but they weren’t. They were still the characters that I fell in love with and I wasn’t sure it was possible but I loved Rylan even more in this book than I did in the last one. He was just so dreamy.

Their romance was deliciously sexy and seeing them come together again, stronger than ever made me happy sigh when I finished. This was a great follow up and I’m so excited for Lexie and Dane’s story to start. Squee!

4 out of 5

four-stars

Sunday Spotlight: Eight Ways to Ecstasy by Jeanette Grey

Posted April 3, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a new feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release that we’re excited about. We’ll be posting exclusive excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Eight Ways to Ecstasy by Jeanette Grey is the second book in the Art of Passion series. It picks up right where Seven Nights to Surrender leaves off and I’m super thrilled to share this excerpt with you guys.

Eight Ways to Ecstasy
Eight Ways to Ecstasy (Art of Passion #2) by Jeanette Grey
Releases on April 5, 2016 by Forever

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In this stunningly sensual sequel to Seven Nights to Surrender, acclaimed author Jeanette Grey reunites readers with a young artist and the man who’ll stop at nothing to have her . . .

EIGHT WAYS TO ECSTASY

Kate Reid’s whirlwind romance with billionaire playboy Rylan Bellamy complicated her life in ways she’d worked to avoid. She’d fallen hard for his flirtatious charm and given him the one thing no other man had: her trust. Just as Kate began to imagine a future with Rylan, everything fell apart.

Now she’s starting over in New York…but even the glittering streets of Manhattan can’t erase the memory of Rylan knocking her off her feet and sweeping her into the most erotic, unforgettable week of her life.

It’s been months, and Rylan still can’t forget Kate. Months since he bared his soul at her feet. Months since he drove away the only woman to ever make him feel. Kate changed his world and now Rylan is determined to win her back-no matter what it takes. After crossing an ocean to reach her, he makes a deal with Kate: One more week, for one more chance. Now it’s up to Rylan to show Kate all the ways they fit together . . . and prove that this player has met his perfect match.

I wasn’t prepared to fall head over hells in love with Rylan in the first book and I had forgotten how freaking hot he was until I read this excerpt.

Gather round my friends…

Excerpt

It all changed so fast.

One moment Rylan had been gazing at Kate with this quiet sort of adoration, and the next he was kissing her within an inch of her life. Her head spun, dizzy, as the scent of him surrounded her, the weight of him. She grasped at his shoulder and his hip, just for something to hold on to. But it wasn’t enough.

Her breath caught as she let him bear her down into the mattress. The softness of it welcomed her, the cool slide of the sheets a contrast to the heat of his skin and the slick press of his mouth.

“Fuck.” He scraped his teeth across her lip and worked his way toward the point of her jaw. “You don’t know.”

She tipped her head to the side in invitation. “Don’t know…”

“How bad I’ve wanted you. Here.” His words set off a pang inside her chest at the same time that the wet kisses he laid against her throat sparked a low, warm roll of arousal, heavy in her breasts and pulsing thickly in her sex. “In my bed. First thing in the morning. Wanted to sleep beside you. Wake you up with my mouth on you.”

Biting down, he fit a hand to the underside of her thigh and pushed it wide. She moved with him, making space for him between her legs, and he fit himself down into it. The rough fabric of his jeans rasped against her bare skin, and she arched up into the pressure, until the hard line of him pressed right where she needed it. Moaning at the spike of pleasure, she threaded her fingers through his hair, dragging his mouth back to hers to muffle the sounds he choked out of her with the grinding of his hips.

And yet there was more to it than the heat of his body or the electricity zipping through her at every glancing brush of skin on skin. There was an intensity to him, warmer than the possessive way he’d taken her in the car behind the gallery. Fuller than the shallow way she’d laid back and allowed him to have her upon his return. It was his words and his touch, combining and echoing, and it reminded her—

She scraped her nails down the length of his spine.

God, it was like their first time. Right after she’d drawn him, when she’d still been shaking from the realization of how deeply and how fast she’d fallen. Every kiss and every touch had been bright with possibility, yet shadowed by the looming specter of the fact that they had always been doomed, and there was just that sharpness to them now. That knife’s edge they skated upon.

How many times had she gone back to that moment in her mind? Even in the depths of her fury, she’d held fast to that one golden afternoon. Imperfectly remembered, all flashes of need and the rush of finally giving in. Surrendering and receiving everything from him in return.

She wanted to remember it better this time.

“Wait.” The word came out breathless, her chest heaving beneath the hot touch of his hands, throat thick and lips stung.

Freezing, he groaned aloud. He lifted up to stare at her, and the concern on his brow alone made her heart swell. Unable to explain, she fumbled blindly at her side until her hand connected with the cool metal of the camera. She curled her fingers around the strap, tugging it closer.

His gaze followed her movement, and his breath caught. When he looked at her again, it was with his eyes going molten and dark, Adam’s apple bobbing hard.

“Kate. Fuck.” He hung his head for a long moment before seeming to get himself back under control. “Always knew you had a little bit of a voyeur in you. Remember that first night you let me make you come?”

Deep in her sex, she pulsed. “As if I could forget.”

“You told me about your roommates fucking in the bunk across the room from you. Your cheeks went all pretty and pink.”

The same kind of warmth bloomed over her face right now. Shot down her spine and into the space between her legs.

His voice deepened, liquid sex rolling through his every breath as he skated his fingertips up her thighs. “You like to watch, pretty girl?”

“I like to watch you.”

His thumbs brushed the edges of her panties, and her whole abdomen flexed. For half a breath, she squeezed her eyes shut tight. She could just give in to this. Let him touch her and make her come.

Forcing her eyes open, she fought for focus.

Somehow, she got her hand around the body of the camera, bringing it up toward her eye. But before she lost the view of him to that of the lens, she worked her jaw. Summoned her courage. How many times had he told her to ask for what she wanted? Proved to her that it was her right, in bed and in every other part of her life? She darted out her tongue to wet her lips, then skated her gaze down his body.

Her voice scarcely shook at all as she said, “Take off the rest of your clothes.”

The space between them seemed to vibrate as his chest rose and fell. He sat up straighter, rising onto his knees between her spread thighs, muscles tensing.

And then he brought his hand to his throat.

God but the man was lethal. Fire raced through her, her mouth going dry as he dragged his fingertips over his collarbones. His smooth skin gleamed in the morning light, golden and perfect. He traced the edges of his pectorals, flicked a thumb against his own nipple, and let out a huff of air, and wasn’t that just an idea for later? To touch him there and see if it made him pant the way it made her.

Then his hand drifted lower. The points of her breasts went tight, her sex slick and hot.

Exhaling hard, she brought the viewfinder to her eye, and it put him both closer and farther away. Made it easier to breathe at the same time that his teasing coiled the tension inside her to the point where she felt like she might break.

She snapped the shutter with his hand flat against the dips and ridges of his abdominals. Again as he swept over to touch the crest of his naked hip above the waistband of his jeans.

And then he tucked into the denim. Made as if to stroke the hot flesh underneath, and she couldn’t stop the whine of need that escaped from her throat.

“You want me to touch myself?” Gravel roughened his tone. “I’m so hard for you, Kate.”

No. Yes. She wanted that, and for him to be on top of her already, pushing her open and pressing inside. Wanted his mouth and his hands and his cock, and how was she possibly supposed to decide?

Well, there was one place to start. “Show me.”

In slow, dragging movements, he withdrew his hand. He circled the button on his jeans for an infinite moment, swirling a single fingertip around the metal, and it took her too long to recognize the motion. She jerked her knee up, brushing her foot along his calf as her center throbbed. It was the way he liked to slip his finger along her clit, the way he got her warm and ready and wet for him.

And then he was popping the button free, pulling the teeth of his zipper down one by one. Heat bloomed in a fresh rush when he spread his fingers, palming the long line of himself through the fabric, and he made a low groan as the heel of his hand rubbed over the tip.

“Show me,” she said again.

And it was a heady ache when he did. He hooked his thumbs under his waistband at his hips, pushing the denim down maddening inch by inch, taking his boxers with it. Revealing coarse, dark hair and endless skin, and she clicked the shutter. Advanced the frame.

Then the base of him came into view. With a shudder, he reached in and pulled himself out. His cock was thick and flushed, glistening at the head as he curled his palm around himself and took a slow stroke forward, forcing a noise of pure need from his lungs.

“See how hard you make me? How much I love it when you tell me what you want?”

She fumbled with the camera in her haste to set it aside, but he was there, taking it from her. Bracing himself with one arm, he collapsed back over her, capturing her mouth, and how had she gone without this for so long? Survived for even a second without kissing him? It was cool water to the inferno between her thighs, and a conflagration to her flame, stoking her higher even as he eased the need within her, helped her keep it banked and contained.

Beside their heads, the shutter clicked, registering only dully in the back of her mind as she scraped her teeth over his tongue, met his lips again and again. She wanted to touch all the places he’d had his hands, wanted the hot length of him against her skin. Moaning, she skated her palms across his chest toward the center of his hips. When she brushed the wet tip of him, it punched the breath from him, but then he was there, pushing her hand aside.

Sliding down her body with the hot glide of his mouth.

This is me right now:

You guys are in for treat because you don’t have much of a wait for this book. It comes out on Tuesday so you have two short days to wait before you can purchase this book for yourself…or you can enter our April Sunday Spotlight giveaway. Either way, you’ll want to get this book! It’s sexy and Rylan is delicious. Don’t miss out!

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About the Author

Jeanette Grey

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RITA® finalist author Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing.

Never content to do just one thing, she is published in new adult, as well as contemporary, futuristic, and male/male romance. Her short fiction has appeared in two consecutive annual editions of Best Erotic Romance, and her novella, Take What You Want, was named one of Library Journal’s best books of the year.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

Review: Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey

Posted December 29, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette GreyReviewer: Rowena
Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey
Series: Art of Passion #1
Also in this series: Eight Ways to Ecstasy
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 3rd 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 368
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four-half-stars

By day, he'll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he'll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams. In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star.

SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER

Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden-except the truth.

An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate's soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he'll need to confess the truth before it's too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.

What a lovely book this turned out to be.

It was a sweeping romance that hooked me from the beginning and had me swooning here and there throughout the entire book. It was filled with good times, laughter and a complicated romance with secrets and a whole lot of passion. I loved it!

Kate just graduated from college and is trying to figure out if she’s going to take that desk job waiting for her back home or if she’s going to follow her passion for art and continue on to graduate school, pursuing some more art. In an effort to figure her shit out, she takes a trip to Paris and spends her days sketching the city of love but her trip takes a detour once she meets ex-pat, Rylan.

Rylan sweeps her off her feet and promises to show her the real Paris and not just the stops on a tour. He shows her the Paris that she longs to capture in her art and he also shows her a passion that she wasn’t prepared for. Not that he was any more prepared for the passion that ignites between them.

I loved seeing these two grow closer and closer together with each passing page. I was swept up in the romance that was Rylan right alongside Kate. I fell for the sights he shared with her, the romance of the city, the bits and pieces that we find out over the course of this book. I was completely swept away with all things Rylan. I wanted to know more about him, what his big secret was and when the shit hits the fan, my heart broke right along with Kate’s.

It’s not perfect because there were times when Rylan’s secret threatened to do me in but I never wanted the story to end. I wanted to know everything and I wanted Rylan to fix everything. I understood where Kate was coming from so I wasn’t even mad that she was so stubborn in her madness toward Rylan. I’m glad that things turned around though.

This was a great romance. A story that hooked me right from the beginning and even though it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, I’m not even mad. I’m just anxious for more but I’ll wait for more Rylan. He’s worth the wait.

Such a good story.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

four-half-stars

Guest Review: When It’s Right by Jeanette Grey

Posted January 7, 2014 by Ames in Reviews | 1 Comment

whenitsrightAmes’ review of When It’s Right by Jeanette Grey.

He’s the last resolution she intends to break.

Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate’s invitation. Little does he know, she’s made resolutions of her own—resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect “last hurrah”, she packs her bag.

The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won’t start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie’s rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.

I love the friends-to-lovers trope and this short novella did not disappoint.

Nate wants to go on a road trip and his timing couldn’t be worse. First, he hasn’t given himself a lot of time to get there – Nate and Cassie live in North Carolina, and it two days before New Years. Also, Cassie has just decided that she needs to get over her secret crush on Nate and move on…and spending time with him in close proximity will not help her achieve that goal. But Cassie gives in and away they go, except his car doesn’t work and they have to use her beater, and then all of a sudden, Nate is noticing things about Cassie and there’s a tension in the air. And then she tells him she used to have a crush on him and now Nate is all kinds of confused, about things about Cassie. The road trip from hell kind of just gets worse from there. LOL

I liked When It’s Right. It was long enough that we get to know our characters and understand them. Cassie and Nate became friends because when she first met him, she saw how all the ladies threw themselves at him and she didn’t want to compete, so she was just herself. And it killed her whenever she’d see Nate hook up with his bobble-head socialite girlfriends that he didn’t really care for.

After his latest breakup, Nate realizes he needs to change. He was going to move in with his girlfriend because they were compatible. He didn’t love her. And it eats him when he thinks about Cassie possibly pulling away from him. So when she admits to her crush, he’s flabbergasted.

I don’t want to say anything more, because things get really cute on their hellish road trip and then when they get to New York it made me happy. LOL This is a New Years’ themed-romance and it definitely leaves you with a smile on your face. 3.75/5

This book is available from Samhain. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Guest Review: Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey

Posted May 2, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy’s review of Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey

She needs an escape…and he’s exactly what she had in mind.

College senior Ellen Price spends every spare minute studying to get into medical school. Until spring break yawns before her, as empty as her wallet.

With no money to hit the beach, she fills her empty to-do list with a plan: for just one week, she will become the kind of take-no-prisoners woman she secretly wishes to be, starting with the hot guy at the bar. It’s a no-risk situation: at the end of break, he’ll head back to his campus, and she’ll go back to hers. No muss, no fuss.

At first, Josh Markley isn’t sure what to think when the quiet, intense beauty from his pre-med classes approaches him for a night of casual sex. Even more mystifying, she doesn’t seem to return his recognition. But if she wants to play “strangers in a bar”, he’s game.

Their passionate night is a welcome respite from life’s stress, but afterward, Josh realizes he wants more—from himself, from life, from Ellen. Except she still thinks he’s a one-off she’ll never see again. Confessing the truth now—before she figures it out on her own—could shatter the fragile beginnings of just what the doctor ordered. A forever love.

Between scholarships, grants and a part time job Ellen is putting herself through college.  There’s just not a whole lot of extra cash so when Ellen’s 3 closest friends decide to head to the Caribbean for spring break Ellen stays home.  She’s a little resentful even though she knows her friends didn’t mean to make her feel bad.  Ellen, making a decision of her own, decides to break out of her shy and unassuming shell and be a new person.  She buys some clothes she wouldn’t normally wear and heads to a bar to pick up a man.  She sees Josh and eventually makes her move.  They end up in bed together and have an amazing night.  The next night they manage to meet up yet again and then Josh shows up at her work. Josh asks her out and the two end up spending an incredible week together.  But there are things the other doesn’t know and while they’ve helped each other grow in just a week they’re each afraid to come clean for fear that the other will end the relationship.

This ended up being a different book than I thought it would be.  I expected a hot week with lots of sex and then an I love you at the end.  Yes, there was plenty of sex but it wasn’t constant and there was a whole lot of story in between.

The story is really about these two people finding each other and then helping each other grow and become the people they wanted to be but were afraid for some reason.  They wanted to grab on to that brass ring but fear of one sort or another always held them back.

For Ellen it was putting herself out there and taking the chance that people would notice her.  She discovered that not only would she be noticed but people liked what they saw.  She could be slightly more aggressive and go out there and get what she wanted and still be the same person.

For Josh it was Ellen helping him to see that he needed to be himself with his parents.  He was in pre-med but he didn’t want to be.  He was more interested in chemistry than he was in patients.  His father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been doctors so he was more than hesitant to disappoint his father and tell him the truth about his desires.

The way the book was written it started off for the characters as just a hook-up but became so much more.  The slow build up that the author gave us was emotional and exciting and I was completely into it.  I wanted nothing more than for these two to work out their issues and get their HEA and I wasn’t disappointed.  A quick read at just 143 pages but definitely worth the time spent.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

You can read more from Tracy at Tracy’sPlace.

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