Apr 22, 2014

Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank


   


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Tick, tick, tock.
Time.
That’s all I have now.
A small room, a photograph, and time.
They want me to trust them and confess my sins.
They told me they wouldn't judge me—they lied.
I thought we could convince the world that this wasn't a crime.
We were wrong.
Time doesn't stand still.
The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…
Now he is gone.


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My co-blogger Danija and I both decided to read Veiled Innocence with  high hopes. Danija is an old Ella Frank fan,  ever since she read Blind Obsession. This is my first Ella Frank novel, but as soon as I've heard it's a teacher/student romance, I decided to give it a try.
Sadly, we were both somewhat disappointed. Here's why.

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What Beatrix thought:

Veiled Innocence had potential to be great, but sadly it did not deliver. 

Student / teacher novels are a guilty pleasure of mine; I have read plenty of them, but I can name only a few I truly liked. The reason is, they deal with such a taboo subject and the author really has to portray the romance is such a way that the reader does not find it disgusting (age difference, moral reasons etc.), but also – not to portray it overly romantic and unrealistic.

So, I read for the thrill, that taste of forbiddance. Here, I was seriously considering giving up in the first 20%. Main female protagonist Addison, chases her teacher like a freaking stalker. The way it was described – new level of creepiness. And I saw absolutely nothing besides the sexual attraction between the main characters. She sees him for the first time, she wants him, so she pursues him. And him, Mr. McKendrick aka Grayson – at first he resists, but he gives in way too easily and way too soon. So, bam, they’re together, professing their undying love very early on. In addition to, I felt everything happened in a day, everything is a bit rushed, there was no real plot development. 

However, as I’ve said, the novel had potential, if only the author decided to go in the other direction (I believe she kind of tried, by giving us a bold and brazen heroine who fearlessly pursues her teacher), but, here’s the huge but, in the end, I’m left disappointed because the novel offers us already seen clich├ęs. 

There were some moments I liked, for example the notion that Addison was Grayson’s monster, whereas he is her peace. I liked how Grayson’s confliction is depicted, he’s truly torn, he wants her, but knows he shouldn’t. My favorite scene is --SPOILER-- when his father dies, they’re having sex, and he wants to destroy her, but also to possess her at the same time.

I believe this would have been so much better if the author played on the love / hate card, even without the happy ending. (i.e. them not ending up together, instead: her – curing herself, and getting rid of the guilt, and him – getting rid of his monster, that is her. But that only happens in my head.)

Therefore, I liked the general idea (actually, I think I’ll like any book with this idea, forbidden or taboo), but overall realization left me wanting more.

Rating:

***

What Danija thought:

It pains me to give this rating to an Ella Frank book. I actually can't believe I'm doing it, but it is what it is - I didn't like it. In no case I'm saying it's bad. It just didn't work for me.

I... I don't even know what to say. I'm very confused by all this. So very confused. But I'll try to explain why this wasn't a book I liked.

My first problem appeared right at the very beginning. Addison, the heroine, was my first problem. I simply didn't like her. I had hopes that would change later on, that I would understand her, and connect with her. Sadly, that did not happen. Being able to relate to the characters I read about, and ultimately liking them is very important to me when it comes to the books I read. In most cases, if I don't like the characters, or at least the main characters, I usually end up disliking the book, too. That is exactly what happened here. I didn't like Addison, and I certainly didn't like her behavior. In fact, I found her behavior towards her teacher repulsive and completely unacceptable. Even when I found out why she was behaving that way, that didn't change. By the end, she did appear more sensible, but that just made me wonder why in the world she didn't have that reasoning at the beginning. She was borderline obsessive about Mr. McKendrick. Honestly, I felt so bad for the man when she was so brazenly pursuing him. At one point, I almost expected she would threaten him to be with her.

Yes, later I learned the reasons behind Addison's actions, but I didn't think they justified her. Her parents were, indeed, horrible towards her (and for no good reason, if you ask me; accidents happen all the time, and them blaming Addison for what happened was so terrible, I couldn't believe it), but choosing to put someone else's life in jeopardy the way she did... I just couldn't get past it.

Mr. McKendrick... I'm not sure about him. Like I said, at first I felt sorry for him for being a target of a very persistent student, but that soon changed when he very easily gave in, and then proceeded to behave in a manner I found quite odd.

The relationship they had, I'm sorry to say, was something else I didn't like, and it wasn't because I had a problem with a student/teacher relationship. Although, I was a bit uncomfortable with that age difference, since she was only 18. My issue was that for a while it seemed as if it was purely based on physical attraction, so even when it was said that it was something more, I just didn't buy into it. It may be weird, but all those things they were saying and thinking about how they needed and loved each other so much that they gave each other's lives a meaning, I didn't believe in them, which made me sad and confused.

There's not much more I can say. I hope everyone else who reads this book has more luck with it. I went into it hoping to feel a least a bit like I felt while reading Blind Obsession, but I didn't. To me, something was missing that prevented me from being drawn into the story. I suppose I just needed something more.

So, in conclusion, it's me, not the book.

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XOXO,
BEATRIX & DANIJA

Apr 18, 2014

Release Day Launch - Night After Night by Lauren Blakely

We are thrilled that Lauren Blakely's NIGHT AFTER NIGHT is available today!!! NIGHT AFTER NIGHT is the first full-length novel from her first Erotic Romance Series, The Seductive Nights Series! The prequel novella, FIRST NIGHT, is included in NIGHT AFTER NIGHT!! Grab your copy today and don't forget to enter to win a signed paperback copy of NIGHT AFTER NIGHT!
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**Warning: Spare panties are needed for reading this book...you're welcome.*** "You are being rewarded for turning me on. But we're doing it my way. You teased the hell out of me, and now I want to watch you squirm. Crawl up on my bed and get on your hands and knees." Their world was sex, love, and lies. He intoxicated her. Commanded. Consumed. With a dirty mind and a mouth to match, Clay Nichols is everything Julia never knew she wanted and exactly what she cannot have. He walked into her life one night and unlocked pleasure in her that she never knew was possible. Possessing her body, captivating her every thought. Which makes him way too dangerous for Julia to risk her heart, given that she has a price tag on her head. She ran after one mind-blowing week with him, but now he's back, and determined to make her his own. No matter the cost. She was a sexy drug to him. Fiery, unforgettable, and never enough, Julia is an enigma, and Clay isn't willing to let her go without a fight. But she's got dark secrets of her own that threaten to destroy any chance of happiness. She's a wanted woman - the stakes are high, her every move is watched, and yet the lure between them can't be denied. Can two people burned by love trust again when desire and passion are met by danger at every turn? A sensual, emotionally-charged erotic romance from the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely...

Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light bondage, and lots of sexy scenes. This ebook edition also includes the prequel novella First Night, which precedes Night After Night.

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Apr 13, 2014

Vital Sign by J. L. Mac

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I used to have a great life. My little world was bright. I had no complaints. My perfectly simple life made the fall from grace that much more devastating. I plummeted from the heavenly little bubble that I shared with Jake. I fell fast and hard straight into the fiery pits of hell. The knowledge of how things used to be is a bittersweet torture that refuses me even one moment of respite. I live in a painful reverie that I can’t escape.

I had it good once.

That’s gone now.

All of it disappeared like vapor into the ether.
I’m a lost woman, wandering through grief and struggling to come to terms with my new title: widow. My family says I need understanding and closure. I say a cigarette and a bottle of wine is a much better option for instant gratification.

I’m the awkward, depressed one standing in the corner making everyone around me miserably uncomfortable. I’m the one with vacant eyes that society strives to help but can’t. I’m the one who hands out tight smiles and derisive snorts. I’m the widow adrift in this world with no direction. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.

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Sadie sets out on a journey to healing without knowing that things will get far worse before they get better. Despite her general indifference to organ donation, she finds herself on a journey to seek out the only people who benefited from her husband’s tragic death.

Resentment runs rampant as she meets the thriving organ recipients. Anger and jealousy spiral, sending the delicate structure of Sadie’s emotions into a tailspin.

Alexander McBride got a second chance—one that he didn’t necessarily want. Alexander is a game changer for Sadie. She hates him for his health but can’t help feeling at home in his presence. He soothes her grief in a way that is intoxicating, addictive even.

The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest. It’s a circumstance that forces her to wage an internal war fueled by grief, anger, guilt, love, lust, and loyalty.

Sadie must discover the things that are vital to going on with her life if she has any hope of finding her way through the all-consuming grief that dominates every waking moment.


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***MY REVIEW***

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"He died , other people got a chance to live, and I was left to stand awkwardly in the corner at every holiday, birthday, wedding, and reunion following it." 

Every loss is hard and painful, but death of a loved one is the hardest of them all. It is something that cuts you deep and marks you forever. A wound so deep which never heels and never stops to hurt. An emptiness that no one and nothing can replace or fill. Death is something no one can escape and whose final strike is everyone's greatest fear. We all expect and hope to live a happy and fulfilled life before that final strike, but life has a tendency to slap us in the face and say: guess again.

This is a story about that kind of loss, about the painful and bitter flavor it leaves and about the amount of strength and sacrifice necessary to rise again after that kind of blow. The first thing that caught my attention was of course the beautiful cover and then I read the synopsis and that was it for me. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy from the author for which I'm grateful, because I liked this story very much and the characters it revolves around. It had me on the brink of tears from the very beginning, having lost that battle a couple of times. It was deeply emotional, heart-breaking, sweet & touching. One of my favorite formulas.

The main heroine is an 26 years old artist Sadie who lost her husband in one tragic event and  after his death she decided to donate his organs. Two years later and everything changed. She became shell of a woman she once was, deeply broken, full of resent and anger at herself, God, people and world around her. To please her family and in seek of some type of closure she decides to meet the people who hold a piece of her late husband, one of them being Alexander McBride, the patient who got Jake's heart. 

"He carries it.
He is responsible for taking  care of it,
but it wasn't that long ago that I slept beside that heart every night.
I took comfort in that heart.
My world revolved around that heart.
He carries it now, but I've carried that heart too."

Sadie was my favorite character in the story. She was such a sweet and relate-able character with whose thoughts and views about the world and people around I could connect. We get both, Sadie's and Alexander's point of views, but this is Sadie's story. A story about her hardest downfall and then slowly rising from the ashes. Alexander was also a very likable character, also a broken spirit who comes to Sadie's life when she was at the very bottom and when she expected it at least. There are a lot of secrets, grief, tragedy and guilt standing in the way of their happiness, but together maybe the could help each other heal, be each other's anchors.

"The look on her face rips me to pieces. 
She's standing there on my boardwalk looking so fucking alone that I wish I could steal the loneliness from her.
I'd take it from her. I don't know why other than the fact that I feel so indebted and responsible for this gorgeous, tormented woman in front of me.
I bite my tongue, literally, shocks of  pain bolt me, but I keep quiet.
Somehow I know what she needs in this moment.
Unspoiled silence."

The book was well-written, the writing style being so honest and poetic at times which I really liked. When it comes to the story I liked the first half of the book slightly better, because the second half became a bit cheesy and Cinderella-alike for my taste, but I didn't mind it this time that much. All in all, very good. I would recommend it to anyone who loves emotional and romantic stories which leave you with that warm and fuzzy feelingThis was my first book by this author, but it won't be the last. 

Her eyes, her movements,
 her touch are all her tell- her story- and I'm rapt, 
wondering what her ending is.
Some newly discovered part of me hopes that I'm the main character in Sadie's ending. Not her happily ever after, because she's already had one of those, but maybe I can be her second chance at happiness.
I think she could be mine.

XOXO

Apr 11, 2014

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 by Whitney Gracia Williams



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Book summary:
My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar...(Although, that's a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was , until "Alyssa"...

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview--a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed...


Book 1 in a three part Erotic Romance Serial.


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My review:
This book has been popping up in my news feed a lot lately, so I had to see what it was about. And what did I see on the book page? Words: My cock has an appetite staring at me from the blurb. It was then that I thought: nuff said, I have to read this! Excellent decision, indeed.

I actually read the blurb in its entirety just now, and I'm inclined to say that I'm glad I didn't read it sooner, because this way everything, well, everything except Andrew's cock's appetite was a new revelation.

Now, Andrew is an interesting character that very much appeals to me. So much is still unknown about him, which I cannot wait to find out, but what we do know is that he is successful, hot, a dirty talker, that he hates liars with all his might, and that he has a very simple rule of dating: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

Yeah, but nothing is ever that simple. It seems that the prediction/warning of one of his no-repeats is about to come true when he develops an unusual friendship with Alyssa.

Before I go further into the Alyssa part, I have to say that I was very surprised by the way Andrew used to meet women. I am very curious to learn why he did it like that.

Alyssa?

"I had no idea what the fuck just happened, and only a part of me liked it. The other half loved it."

Alyssa, or "Alyssa", really got to our dear Andrew, which proved to be a very entertaining read. Their conversations, whether they were by phone or via texts or e-mails had me grinning and chuckling a lot. And when the original ego of "Alyssa" entered Andrew's life, the real fun began, spiced with a few scorching hot scenes.

While I did prefer Andrew's POV, it was nice to have a few parts written from Alyssa's POV, too. It helped clear a few things up. To us, if not Andrew.

In the end, a cliffhanger. Major cliffhanger. Reminded me a lot of the season 1 finale of Grey's Anatomy.

What more can I say, except I can't wait for the sequel. Need more Andrew. STAT!


One more thing: go read this book. ;)


XOXO
 

Apr 8, 2014

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

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When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

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"She bought me with words; beautiful, promising and intricately carved words..."

I'm a masochist reader. Dark, raw & emotional stories which cut you deep are my guilty pleasure, then why didn't I love this book, why didn't it buy me with words? It had potential, the beginning was intriguing and gripping, but above all it was written by T. Fisher whose Love Me With Lies Series are one of my favorite masochist reads, but in the end I just didn't see the point behind this story. Aside from being a masochist read with a heart-breaking story, this one has nothing in common with Love Me With Lies Series.

It is a mixture of psychological thriller/ drama, I'm not even sure. I won't go deep into the plot, because it's impossible to talk about it without spoilers and the mystery behind is the thing that will keep readers reading just like it did me. The main character is a famous writer Senna Richards who wakes up one day kidnapped, in a stranger's house in middle of nowhere, together with her ex friend/ love interest Isaac. They are both confused, frightened and have no idea why would someone kidnap them together and leave them locked in a house with clothes and supplies which could last them for months. As I said, the beginning was gripping. Just like the characters, you have no idea what is going on and that's what drives you to keep turning the pages, but then again, I couldn't help but find the idea of a kidnapper who  never shows up and who left you with supplies and everything a little bit lame, but I still hoped that there's some bigger and awesome story behind everything, just waiting for me, so I kept reading and waiting and waiting and waiting.

"You can't fix me," I said, looking at his knees.
"I don't want to."
"I'm mangled," I said. On the inside and the outside."
"And yet I love you."

Another thing I couldn't connect to no matter how hard I tried was the main character Senna. She is one of the most depressing, negative and complicated characters I've read about and to tell you the truth it was exhausting from time to time to be in her head. She has huge trust issues and therefore she has no friends and runs from everything and everyone she comes close to and as if that wasn't enough life keeps throwing tragedy after tragedy her way. I felt sorry for her at the beginning, but at one point I just stopped caring anymore after she just kept on crushing every possibility for happiness.

After the 1st half of the book the story became too dramatic with too many wtf-moments, the writing style was also little bit over-descriptive for my taste this time and I felt (read: wanted) that the book could have been shorter for a lot of pages. The biggest wtf-moment being the way it wrapped up and when we finally get some idea about what is actually happening. The part I actually liked was when Isaac is reading Nick's book and the story how them two met which was really touching, emotional and heart-breaking at the same time, but that's where it stops.

For me, the story ended up being some weird, confusing and lighter version of the Saw movies with you know *who* in the role of Jigsaw and also, regarding the cabin and mommy issues, it reminded me a little bit on Precious Little Things by M. Hart, another book by one of my favorite authors that I didn't like. It did bring me to tears, how could it not after so much pain & tragedy, but in the end I was also glad that it was over, because I got bored with all the never-ending drama. I mean, I get the message the author is sending through it- don't waste your life and possibility of love and happiness because of fear of getting hurt and ending up heart-broken, because life is too short and unpredictable to be wasted on "what ifs", I just don't like the way she delivered it.

I still think that T. Fisher is a really talented author and I'm looking forward to her future work, but this story just wasn't for me. Read it and decide for yourself.

XOXO

Apr 7, 2014

First Night Release Day Launch

Today is the release day for Lauren Blakely's FIRST NIGHT, the prequel novella in her first Erotic Romance series, The Seductive Nights Series! And...it's FREE!!!
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FIRST NIGHT is the prequel novella in the Seductive Nights series. It's available for free across retailers to give readers a taste of the night Julia and Clay meet and their sexy, sensual chemistry. Their story continues in the full-length novel NIGHT AFTER NIGHT releasing April 18th. FIRST NIGHT will also be included in the ebook of NIGHT AFTER NIGHT for readers who want to get the full storyline, from first meeting on through the novel, in one spot. See below for a note from Lauren Blakely about the series!

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An erotic novella from the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely... It was only supposed to be one night… When the sinfully handsome man walks into her bar in San Francisco, Julia Bell simply wants a break from the troubles that keep chasing her. That escape comes in the form of sexy, confident and commanding Clay Nichols, who captivates her mind AND turns her inside out with pleasure. The attraction is electric and they share one scorchingly hot night together, but they also discover there is more than just off-the-charts chemistry; the connection between them runs deep. Clay never thought he’d return to New York with this woman still on his mind. But he can’t get her out of his system, and he needs more of her…He wants more than just the first night…
*This is a prequel novella to the erotic romance NIGHT AFTER NIGHT releasing April 18th.*

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A Note from Lauren: "I am so excited to share my first erotic romance series with readers, and I want as many readers as possible to be introduced to the hotness of Clay Nichols!! You will need a spare set of panties, or two or three, if you read this book! That's why I am offering the full-length novel, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents. That's right! You don't have to wait for a sale. It is for the very short pre-order period only on Amazon and iBooks and for the first day of release on B&N on April 18th. I want to reward loyal readers with the lowest possible price and to give as many people as possible the chance to read. If you have already pre-ordered on Apple iBooks, you will automatically receive it for 99 cents! I will share the links as soon as the pre-order on Amazon goes live. The price will go to 2.99 on release day. NIGHT AFTER NIGHT will be followed by the second full-length novel, AFTER THIS NIGHT, on May 12th. That book is available for pre-order on iBooks for $2.99 and will go to $3.99 on release day. It will also be available for Amazon pre-order in mid-April for the same price."

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Apr 5, 2014

ARC Review: Every Part Of You (1-3) by Megan Hart

   
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Contemporary Romance/ Erotica

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She likes to watch. He likes to keep hidden. Total opposites on a collision course to a relationship neither can deny.
Simone Cooper’s been watching Elliott Anderson through her office window for months. He likes to bring women back to his office for late-night trysts, and Simone enjoys her voyeurism until one night, Elliott appears to go too far with his date. The other woman might not be into spanking, but Simone is, and when she meets Elliott in the elevator later that night, she makes sure he’s intrigued enough by her to ask her to go with him to the party he no longer has a date for.

Thrown together by circumstances he’d never have imagined, Elliott isn’t sure what to think about Simone. She’s nothing like the women he normally dates, but something about her draws him in until he can’t stop himself from wanting her…until their goodnight kiss becomes something harder. Harsher. Simone responds to his rough hands as no woman ever has, and Elliott’s not ready to pursue what he’s always told himself is wrong.


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***REVIEW***

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"What it would be like, Simone wondered, to have him focus that look on her? To feel his hand on her wrist?
Gripping hard, maybe grinding the bones together, just a little?
It would be delicious."


It's Megan Hart again, baby! When I saw that she's writing a romance mixed with a little BDSM my hands were aching to get it, even though bdsm isn't on top of my list when reading, but as I said- it's Megan Hart whose books rarely, if ever disappoint me, and neither did this one, even if it didn't have the usual  "tear you apart" Megan Hart formula.

Every Part Of You is a story divided into 5 parts, every each of them featuring not more than 30-50 pages long. The 1st part was only around 36 pages long, but nevertheless the story was engagingfun & sexy. It focuses on a couple Simone & Elliot who meet at the beginning of the story after she's been spying on his late, "private shows" in his office for a long time from her own office window. Let's just say that she more than likes what she sees and decides that Elliot might finally be the one who would give it to her the way she craves it.

Girl crush alert! Simone was definitely the biggest reason why I liked this story, because she is one of those fierce, independent, straight-forward & fun heroines who know what they want and aren't afraid to take it. Elliot still remains a mystery in this part. He seems calm, a bit cold and controlling. He usually goes for women which are totally opposite from Simone, but there's a strong chemistry between them and the way she responds to him is something he can't deny no matter how hard he tries. Like every bad boy- he avoids dating and serious relationships, but Simone might be finally the one who will change it.

What can I say except- very, very hot introduction and they didn't even have sex in this part, imagine that! If you want a short, fun & way-too-hot read with no bigger drama- check this  out. It will leave you wanting for more, so better have all parts near!

"She wanted him to kiss her, hard and bruising, bringing the taste of blood. And in that instant, something in the flash of his gaze told Simone that maybe, just maybe, Elliot wanted the same thing."




Every Part Of  You: Resists Me ( Part #2)



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The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead.

After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.

And then they’re both invited to the same party.

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***REVIEW***

"When you want me, you'll know were to find me."

The story continues with its fun, steamy & emotional flowThe heat level is rising  people! Damn you Elliot for playing hard to get, but the anticipation and the waiting was worth it. I think it's the first time I'm reading a book where the guy is the one who's been playing hard to get and not the other way around, slightly unbelievable- don't you think ;), but it was fun and refreshing to read about "the traditional roles" being switched a bit.

Simone likes her sex rough and mixed with a little pain and she knows that Elliot is the right man to give it to her just the way she wants it, BUT  Elliot is anxious to break his 1. rule when dating and that's => 1. Thou Shalt Not Go On a 2nd Date With The Same Woman, even though he is aware that they are more than compatible in the bedroom. I'm glad that they have a more lighter version of bdsm relationship without the playroom and all the equipment. The sex scenes were R-rated and in a good way. This is not one of my favorite stories by Hart, I still prefer her famous masochist reads, but I did enjoy it very much.

What will it take to get Elliot back in Simone's bed?
Is he there to stay this time?
Buy the story & find out.

"Then, before he could stop her, she swung her leg over his lap. Straddling him she put her hands on his shoulders, her thumbs brushing his neck.
She put her mouth to his ear:" I like it when you hurt me."




Every Part Of You: Taunts Me (Part #3)


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Summary on Goodreads:

Elliott made a mistake in pushing Simone away, but is it too late for him to pull her close again?
Admitting to Simone that he really likes her is a big step for Elliott, but before they can move on with this new relationship, there are some things they need to get straight. Amused by his “guidelines,” Simone is willing to try to understand Elliott’s point of view, so long as he gives her what she wants, too. Everything seems to be moving along until a misunderstanding about Simone’s relationship with an ex lover forces them to face their real feelings for each other.

RATING:


***REVIEW***

"I like that you like it", Elliot murmured. "I fucking love it, as a matter of fact. It makes me lose my fucking mind."
She had a clue, now, why he was so against it. "And you you don't like that."
"No. That's insane. Who likes losing their mind?"
"We are all mad here," Simone said, quoting the Chesire Cat.

How to date, but not actually date? That's "the riddle" Simone & Elliot are still trying to solve while having crazy, hot sex in the meantime. It's obvious that there's only matter of time  when one of them will crack and ask for more, but who will it be?


Without spoiling anything, all I'm going to say is that the story is only getting better and better. Simone is still my favorite character, but I have to say that I'm also warming up to Elliot with every next pages. The little clues we get about his childhood and abusive father make it easier to understand why is he so closed off as a person and afraid of commitment. Both of them are showing more of their emotional side and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for they HEA. Another characters that we meet a little bit more are Simone's ex Aidan and his girlfriend. They have a more extreme version of Dom/Sub relationship which was interesting to read about, but I'm still glad  it was more of a background story.

What will it be that finally breaks Elliot's cold demeanor?
Will it be late for them when it finally happens?
You know what you have to do ;)

"Yes, Simone," he said into the softness of her hair. "It matters."


XOXO
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