Covert Seduction by Callie Croix

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Navy SEAL Reid Galvin is back from hell and eager to find comfort in Becca Anderson’s arms. He knows he hurt her when he cut contact during his deployment, so when his call interrupts her date with another man, he has only himself to blame. But he can’t forget what she means to him—or the sexy email she sent him—and he won’t miss this chance to claim her as his own.

It’s been weeks since Becca heard from the man she thought she was involved with. So when Reid wants to take up where they left off as if nothing happened, she refuses. Then he rescues her from a first date gone very wrong, and she realizes she’s not quite ready to let him go.

Reid and Becca have a lot to talk about, but since she’s not listening, he’s going to have to regain her trust another way—by bringing her most erotic fantasies to life. Making her surrender to pleasure just might be his most important mission.

Review :

3 stars/5 stars

The title apt with the story. It was about seduction – between Reid Galvin, a badass SEAL, and Becca Andrews, a beautiful programmer. They were hooked up after met in someone weeding and pretty much fall to each other. But when Reid go back to the field and accident happen, he suddenly cut her out, Becca feeling hurt and she thought that she was just a fling for him. When she was going on a date with her coworker, for out of the blue Reid called her. Simply said that he was prepared to grovel. But at the end of the date Becca and her date almost killed, because they found an evident of embezzlement by someone in the company they work at. Reid save both of them and when he and Becca back home the seduction begun.

Okay. It was a quick and quite a nice read. Full of sexual tension – the writer spent pages just to accomplish one scene, seriously getting you hot and bother. And I must said for me it was too much. I appreciate how the author made the book more than just an erotica, how she made the romance between the hero and heroine become the big picture in the story. I love the two POV, it made us felt close with the hero and heroine and knew them better. There’s no questions left about their feeling.

The characters were great. The heroine was a sweet person, with strong personality, but also a feminine weakness that very believable and most important thing was she didn’t irritated me. The hero also a loveable guy. Yes he was an ass for stood her up, though it was a stupidity on his side, not because lack of feeling. But how he redeem himself, yeah he was worth it.

There’s suspense in it, it felt out of the story. The suspense and action way more than great actually, but……gah it was really hard to explain how I feeling about this book. The problem was I wanted more of the suspense because the author have great writing skill and produce such a good story. She had so much potential to made her book more than just a good read but somehow it just okay. I enjoyed the book but strangely I expected more from the author.

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Hard To Love by Kendall Ryan

Hard to LoveCade’s always taken risks…

Cade takes cares of his sick younger sister by doing what he does best–cage fighting and starring in adult movies, his newest harebrained moneymaking scheme designed to pay for his sister’s growing medical bills. But when his latest gig finds him admitted to the ER sporting an erection from hell, thanks to the little pill given to him by the director, he can’t get the pretty little nurse who treated him out of his head, even though he knows she’s so far out of his league it should be illegal.

Alexa’s always played it safe…

Tired of being pigeonholed as the sweet, innocent one, hardworking nursing student Alexa has been looking for ways to break out of her Goody Two-shoes image. When her friend suggests the outlandish idea of losing her virginity to the sexy and sure-to-be-skilled porn star, Alexa is mortified. But then when Cade refuses her proposition, she finds herself pissed off and embarrassed. When she tracks him down to give him a piece of her mind, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. Watching him care for his little sister tugs at her heart, and suddenly it’s no longer just about losing her virginity, but about helping Cade. Because Lord help her, she might actually be falling for a porn star…

Review :

3.5 stars/5 stars

Found this book when I was reading the reviews at friend’s blog . It was intriguing, a nurse who attracted guy with not so common job. Whew… But it seems not too overly erotic but more like sweet romance. So I decided to get it go. And when I looking the review in GR, some friends had read it not they got positive response.

The first sentence totally capture the audience:

Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal

Well well… what a great opening J. It started when the hero, Caden, got problem after take some pills because he got himself getting trouble to made himself “ready” for his first shoot. Yup, he was a new actor in the adult entertainment industry (somehow didn’t like to used the term p-o-r-n).  In the hospital (yeah, after 4 hours it was totally need medical attention for sure) she met with this beautiful nurse student,  Alexa. She quite captivated by the handsome patient and he also taken interest with her, but Cade knew the girl was way out of his league. Nothing happen after the first meeting but Alexa got curious and googl-ed him and just simply said that she was kind of stalked him. She was looking for his information and pictures which made her more and more intrigued.  Their different world – she was a rich girl, came from high class family, though she wasn’t a snob – heighten the curiosity.  She didn’t used with Cade type of man.

On Alexa birthday, she and her friends went to the bar and she met again with Cade. In her drunk state she was blabbing about her V status, yup an innocent heroine ladies. She wants to pop the cherry and her girl suggested to do the deed with him. Cade surprisingly felt quite protective and possessive for her, but he also knew their situation. He gave Alexa his address and said to her if she still interested, she could came.

The next day after struggling with mother hangover, Alexa came to Cade to rant out to him about the proposition. She felt little angry when realize Cade just being cynic and it was just only to challenged her. With a mind to turn down the offer he went to his home. How surprised Alexa was when she found a little girl with walker just came from school in Cade home. The little girl, Lily, was his sister who had spine problem so she couldn’t walk without help. And she was the reason why Cade doing his current profession. He was her sole guardian since few years before. With no parents and huge medical bill, Cade had to take care of both of them. This event was kind of open eyes moment for Alexa. Since that day their so called relationship begun.

How Cade job affect their relationship? Will they got their HEA despite the huge different world their live in?

I loved Cade. He was great hero. His love for Lily was sweet and so adorable. He sacrificed everything for her, even doing a job which he didn’t like. The adult entertainment industry was heavy burden to him, but he needed it for it’s huge payment. I didn’t felt to bother with his profession. Who I am to judge? Thankfully the author not reveal the darkness of those environment, basically she was just reveal the fun stuff – though there’s some scenes about the degraded of the world. And also Cade always express his distasteful of his own job, so in the end I felt like to rub his back and said “It’s going to be okay”. I mean, if people had a choices surely they wouldn’t got themself in the situation. Everyone want to be respected.

Alexa was loveable person, though she seems lack of backbone. But then I realize their age, 22 for Cade and 21 for Alexa, and  honestly I was surprised to realize this was new adult genre. Some emotional stuff the characters felt seem justified, it show when Alexa was totally  wrecked when they were broke up. Cade maturity was understandably, because since young age he had tons of responsibility.

The other characters was also likeable, especially Lily. She was cheerful and happy little girl despite her disability. Too perfect in my opinion, scratch that, all the characters seems to perfect, Alexa parents for example. Her mother described as a little snob – but it was little unrealistic how easy her parents acceptance toward Alexa and Caden relationship. Also about one of Alexa best friend who had feeling for her just lost the background and never created any problem whatsoever.

The romance between Caden and Alexa was sweet. I love the scene when three of them – Cade, Alexa and Lily – fall into domestic routine.  The bedroom scene – or couch scene, LOL – was totally hot but not overly explicit. The author  still keep up the romantic side and it made the scenes just wonderful.  I loved how open Cade with his feeling, how he admit to herself that he loved Alexa and she was worth all the effort. Nice to got the hero who didn’t made himself a martyr. I also love his nickname for Lex, cupcake. Ahhh so sweet…..

The story basically was great. It was very smooth, too good if I could said. The perfect characters made the story didn’t showed real conflict. Mostly the problem was about Cade and Alexa feeling and his job – though I must said that was huge problem for sure. But Alexa with her big heart basically was okay with it – yeah there’s tears and heartache along the way, but it still okay.

Overall the book was a nice and quick read. Enjoyable without any overload irritation moments for the reader. But again I guess not everyone was fine with the hero profession. Well, if you are a tolerant reader, gave yourself  time to read a sweet romance between Cade and his cupcake.

Up To Me by M. Leighton

Up to Me (The Bad Boys, #2)

Up To Me (The Bad Boys #2)

By : M. Leigthon

Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

Review :

3 stars/5 stars

I didn’t love it but also didn’t hate it. It was okay. Though I read it with high expectation – the reviews I read full of praises. So, I ended tad bit disappointed.

Before you read this you MUST read the previous book. If you didn’t I guarantee you will baffled with the storyline. I read the first book last month so the story still fresh in my memory.

The story continued straight from the end of the previous book. After  return from her father’s home, Olivia insist to hide her relationship with Cash. Barely few pages into the story her insecurity about bad boys emerge again just because someone who used to hate her told her that Cash was a player and definitely couldn’t be one man woman. Seriously? That girl had big trust issue.

When Cash drove Olivia home, they found that Marissa being kidnapped by Cash the family – the Russian mob who put his father into prison. And the action begun. Must said that after I used to read romantic suspense, the action in this book feel flat. Not real. Seems like feigned. But the twist about Nash totally unpredictable – I really didn’t see that coming. Way to go.

Speaking of romance, kudos for the sensuality. Totally swoonlicious. A lot of WOW scenes. *fan myself* – enough said 🙂

We left hanging (again) in the end of the book. There’s still a lot of mystery and back in the revenge theme. Though I didn’t love this book but I can wait to read the next installment.

 

Teaser Tuesday #6

Hi fellas, welcome to another Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is  very simple and fun.

Here are the rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share  “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the TITLE and AUTHOR too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser

The Prince (The Original Sinners, #3)

The Prince (The Original Sinners #3)

By :Tiffany Reisz

Published : November 20th 2012

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…preferably in bed. That’s always been Kingsley Edge’s strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it’s Kingsley’s chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he’s ever wanted — Søren, Nora’s on-again, off-again lover — until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.

Wes Railey is still the object of Nora’s tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can’t forget. He’s young. He’s wonderful. He’s also thoroughbred royalty and she’s in “his” world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren’s relentlessly seductive pull.

Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make… unless someone makes it for her..

My teaser :

“You’re learning Portuguese, too?” Kingsley asked. ” How many languages do you speak?”

“Eight”

“I’m bilingual. What do they call someone like you?”

Stearns arched an eyebrow at him “Intelligent”

I already  put this book in my Wishlist Wednesday post, click here. I thought net-galley didn’t approved my request, though I asked it months before. But yesterday I got notification in my email that they approved it : YAY.  This book is the third installment, you could find my review of the previous books in here and here.  I loved this series though BDSM theme wasn’t my favorite theme in a book. This series was an exception for me. I must put warning that this book was for adult only, not for the faint of heart, and  not for those who didn’t like erotica romance, but maybe if you enjoyed 50 shades by E.L James you could peek at this one (though  I’m not sure you gonna like it).

PS : It should have only 2 sentences but I loved this particular conversation so pardon me if I made it against the rule

 

The Angel (The Original Sinners #2)

The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2)

The Angel (The Original Sinners #2)

By : Tiffany Reisz

No safe word can protect the heart
Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora’s lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora’s protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora’s mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora’s past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It’s a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts

4.5stars/5 stars

Holly molly…  The sequel of The Siren is AWESOME. How on earth Reisz could made such intriguing and controversial characters become such captivating one even loveable????? Geez, she is such talented one. I bowed to you Tiffany Reisz.

The storty continued one year after The Siren. Nora and Søren back together, but there’s always problem behind. Someone steal Nora’s file from Kingsley, a reporter investigates Søren for sex abuse, and his name voted for the next bishop. Søren sent Nora and Michael (yup, Søren’s gift for their anniversary – read The Siren fellas) to friend estate, Griffin, for safety reason and also to trained Michael as submissive. In this book we learn who is Søren. His family and tortured past (his childhood definitely HELL). The story focused on Michael (that’s why the title is The Angel – Nora’s pet name for him), her relationship with his family, his abusive father, his detached mother, his training with Nora, and most important thing his relationship with Griffin. Half the story is about Søren and the beautiful reporter, Suzzanne, a lapsed catholic whose her brother suicide toward sexual abuse clouded her judgement on the investigation. There’s also story about Wesley and Nora, how they couldn’t forget each other, and how the pain they felt of their break-up.

I schock myself for loving Søren. Yup. I love his character. WOW. A priest and sadist, inflicted pain to his love one. Beating her and cut her (seriously – the pages where knife involved in their scene were horrifying). I questioned my sanity for liking his character. Reisz made Søren characters the real human being, a man, with flaws (geez, what a flaw) but also I couldn’t help but admire him. I felt his strength, his love, his kindness, his fear. A gorgeous man with tortured past and calling as a priest while in his private life he is the most terrifying Dom. What a combination.

Nora, I still loved her. But I want more of her. I want to know her. I felt I know Søren better than Nora. I want the real Nora. For me Nora is still a puzzle, unfinished one, complicated one. Such a wild and free character even me as reader couldn’t captured her. In this book, we could see more clearly of Nora’s love for Wesley. How deeply in love Nora with him, almost as deeply as her love for Søren.

Michael and Griffin story much sweeter than I expected. I’m not a reader of M/M romance, never read M/M novel except it was menage story, yet I love how Reisz described their relationship. It was beautiful and very satisfying. I love how Michael grow and man up, in the beginning he was a quiet, and shy teenager. But in the end, he could defend himself in front of his father, and shout of his love for Griffin.

The end scene was expected but unexpected (huh?), I knew in some point Søren will push Nora toward Wesley, because clearly she wasn’t finished with her feeling, and though she’s back with Søren, but half of her still with Wesley. Still, I felt heartbreaking for Søren, thorough the stories I finally understand how deeply his love for Nora (in his weird and disturbing way), and I amaze myself for feeling that Nora betrayed Søren. I hurt for Søren because Nora couldn’t felt complete with him alone.

The Angel is (again) an amazing book, brilliant love story and more than just erotica romance. Can’t wait for the third book : The Prince.

*The book courtesy of netgalley for honest review

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

By : Tiffany Reisz

The Blurb (from Netgalley) :

In the world of kink authors, she’s the top.

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

5 stars / 5 stars

Again, Tiffany Reisz blow my mind.  I putt off this book for months and finally got mood  to read it. Why? Because the first Reisz’s book I’ve had read, Seven Days Loan, made me speechless (in a good way) – read the review here.

I enjoyed erotica romance but not a fan of BDSM theme. It was okay as long as only bondage and dominance involved but when pain get in the equation – totally not my cup of tea. And Reisz’s books as hard as it gets. It was dark and intense. Hardcore BDSM.

So,  why  this book  blow my mind?  She is a great writer. The story was amazingly magnificent.  It wasn’t romance. It was a love story.

First, I should said that the story was not a stand-alone book. You should read the series in completely right order, even I strongly advise to read the back stories which were freely given in Reisz’s blog.  Second, this book is for adult, the content is heavy and not for the faint of heart.

Like I said, though I am not a fan of BDSM books, Reisz made me adore hers. Yeah, I adore her books. Completely committed with the story. Even loved the characters. Seriously, I kid you not, I even captivated by Søren (one of the characters), he is sadist for crying out loud, and didn’t hate him (gah, I questioned myself here and now).

The Siren is about Nora Sutherlin, a dominatrix (dominant female who gave service of her “talent”) and an erotica writer, who trying to write her new novel under famously great editor Zachary Easton. Nora live with her “intern”,  Wesley, a 19 years old virgin boy (or man?) who in love with her. While she also tried to move on from her ex-lover, Søren, though 4 years has passed. Søren not just her ex-lover, he also a priest (yeah lady, you read it right – priest/father/Reverend) and her ex-dom for over a decade. This is a story of love, love between Nora and Zach, Nora and Wesley, Nora and Søren, also Zach and his estranged wife – Grace.

Reisz is serious writer, and written seriously good story. It’s more than erotica. It’s more than just BDSM story.  You couldn’t help but loved the characters. I should abhor Nora, she’s a slut (hey, she have sex with everyone and anyone), craving to inflict and receiving agonizing pain, didn’t have an ounce of guilt in her, totally un-heroine like, did I? Heck, hate didn’t enter my mind even until I read the last word. How about Zach? I should hate him too, he cheated on her wife (though they were estranged but still), he was rude, a jackass, judgmental SOB, etc etc but I still like him. And Søren. OMG – honestly, when I read Seven Days Loan, which Søren just a minor character I was totally hate him. But after I read the Siren, which his characters become sort of a hero (well, major character for sure) I forgot to hate him, I ended adore him.

Give yourself a favor, pick this series, read it, and enjoy the ride.

*The book courtesy of netgalley for honest review

Creed (Unfinished Hero #2)

Creed (Unfinished Hero, #2)

Creed (Unfinished Hero #2)

Author : Kristen Ashley

Published : September 15th 2012

Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

(Book Description from Goodreads)

 

Review :

4,5 starts

Okay, I haven’t read Knight (the first book.red – somehow didn’t felt the mood to pick it up) but when I gotten myself this book, it was totally straight into my top TBR list. And holly molly, this book was great!!!

I read posting about this book on the KA addict group and it was just suck me up. And they didn’t disappoint me, this book totally rock. Well, okay, it wasn’t my favorite of KA, but hello anything from her never failed me.

It’s all about Creed and Sylvie. Their story. Their past. Their present. Their future. Their life. Their love. It was their romance.

The story started when after 16 years Sylvie met her “ONE”. The one, Tucker Creed, who she thought left her to twisted fate, to the hand of a cruel man. Which left her to pieces and made her who she is today, a badass woman. Creed was back to her life, without knowing that Sylvie life was hell after he “left” her. And thus begun their rocky way. How their overcome their past. When nightmare come and memories pierce to their heart. While their present story flowed their past entwined into the story, from the first Sylvie met Creed until the crushing day when Creed gone from Sylvie’s life.

I love Sylvie. It was wonderful that KA created such kick ass heroine. We’ve got Jules (Rock Chick Renegade), who also could categorize as kick ass, but not a badass. Sylvie was one. She’s on the team, she could fight, she could shoot, basically she was on the same level as Lee’s (Rock Chick series) and Hawk’s (Dream Man series) men.

She smoke and drink heavily, but still keep her soft side. She like manicure&pedicure, she’s good with kids, she’s take care of her best friend and her deceased partner’s wife. But she live with pain, a hard edge, and for the first pages toward her encounter with Creed we could feel it hurting her.

I also adored Creed. He was real badass. He’s a man’s man. Like other KA heroes, he was wonderfully gentle and loving with Sylvie. We could felt his love run deep, though some his act was just slightly in a jerk/asshole category.

For all those praise, I must admit their lots of thing I have to criticize. First, Sylvie described as totally a badass woman, but after Creed back she was like totally Goof. I felt her badassness was gone. If not for a few scene of looking for the villain, Sylvie was just ordinary heroine (a sassy one still). Second, KA didn’t described the scene when Sylvie finally knew why Creed left her and their getting back together thus I felt kind of “krik krik” feeling and WTFrak moment. Their just a scene where Sylvie cried and the next day their back in the same bed with lots of make up sex. Gah. Third, in this book the suspense and action was just less than her other books. I was hoping since both of the H/H were in the same job, it would be lots of action. The plot about the villain and bad guy were only stayed in the background. So, the suspense was just nothing.

Just another of my rambling thoughts: Their sex scenes were HOT like really HOT. Also the great epilogue, KA is the queen of Best Epi Ever.
After I finished read “Creed”, “Knight” definitely crawl into first position in my TBR list. Looking forward to it……

“Born to love you, baby,” he repeated. “Die lovin’ you, my Sylvie.”