REVIEW: Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn

Format: Kindle
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: April 21, 2012
My Copy: Self-Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first.

Fans of Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux and Covenant series might be surprised that the author has made her first venture into the adult contemporary romance genre. Writing under the pseudonym, J. Lynn, Tempting the Best Man was a sweet, sexy and funny romantic read. Even though I would consider this a mild adult romance I would like to warn Jennifer’s YA fans that there are steamy/racy scenes, so if that isn’t your cup of tea or if you’re under 18 years old, I suggest you skip this book for now.

The story between Madison and Chase isn’t all that new. The tale about a girl in love with a childhood friend has been told time and time again. What made Tempting the Best Man stand out from the others is that Madison and Chase were so charismatic and charming. The multiple time they stuck their foot in their mouths were hilarious. You just knew these two were meant to be together except that their road to happily ever after had always been muddled with misunderstandings. Situations could have easily been fixed if Madison and Chase would have just been honest about their feelings from the get go and communicated better but then again the story wouldn’t have been as fun to read if everything was just smooth sailing for these two.

I enjoyed Madison as a heroine. She’s young, smart, stubborn, spunky and a tough, which is expected especially since she grew up with a bunch of rowdy boys. She was successful at her job and her only weakness seemed to be Chase Gamble. She didn’t handle everything as maturely as most people would but that was one of her likeable characteristics. I understood her trepidations when it came to Chase, honestly when you’ve been in love with someone for that long, emotions just get a hold of you that you can’t control. Chase Gamble was a very swoon worthy hero. He’s young, successful, wealthy, determined and had women lining up to be with him. Growing up with a womanizing father, he’d convinced himself that he was a duplicate of his father and wasn’t capable to truly loving or honoring a woman. From the beginning, you could tell Chase always had feelings for Madison just by observing the way he around when she was in need or the way he took the over protective brother role in her life seriously.

With likeable main and secondary characters, a cute unrequited love story, and wonderful chemistry between the couple, Tempting the Best Man is a wonderful read to add to your contemporary romance reading list. I was a little perturbed by the misunderstanding at the end which could have EASILY been cleared up but overall it was a fun story that I zipped right through. I can see why so many people love Armentrout’s work and hopefully you’ll be tempted enough after reading this review to pick yourself up a copy of of this quick witted, sexy contemporary romance.

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Gush and Gripe #5

We are mad Gushing this month because starting midnight on June 1st our month-long Blogoversary Celebration begins!
As a head’s up we only require one qualifier and that is for YOU to follow us via GFC for your entries to count.

Blogoversary Celebration List of events includes:
  • Unveiling of our new blog design courtesy of Autumn from Alway Purrty Design
  • Participation in the following Giveaway Hops:

                        My Favorite Reads June 1st – 6th

                        Debut Author June 7th – 13th
                        Shameless Summer June 8th – 15th
                        Indie Author June 13th – 19th
                        Lovestruck June 15th – 22nd

                        Hot Summer Nights – Erotica Hop  June 20 – 24th
Talk Supe Reader Tribute Giveaway

All you have to do is qualify is:
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* Leave a comment on ANY of our book, novella, short story, etc. REVIEWS

Every comment counts as an entry. 
Only comments from June 1-30 will be considered.
Comments left on non-reviews (meme, random posts, etc) will not be included.

There will be a total of 6 winners: 
* Three winners will receive a $10.00 (US) Amazon Gift Card
* Three winners will get to pick ONE book of their choice from any of the books we’ve reviewed in the past year. 


The contest will run from June 1-30.
Winners will be notified by July 1.
Random.org will be used to pick the winners.
Contest is Open Internationally

Dirty Little Secret #13

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday they get to know other bloggers and readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets.
This week’s questions:
If your blog crew (or if it’s just you, then you are a pack of one) could make up their own pack, what name would you call yourselves and what animal pack would it be?
Braine
We’ll  be a pride of cougars and we’ll call ourselves The Real Housewives 😀
That’s my fantasy (obsession really).
Cimmaron
Since my astrological sign is Leo, I would be the HBIC in a Lion Pride  (lions roll in Prides and not packs). The lioness is the one who does the hunting for the pride, since the lioness is more aggressive by nature while the male lion stays homes and watches the cubs. The fierce lioness hunting skills would come in very handy while I stalk prey like Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, Jericho Barrons and Bones.

And since I’m from the West Coast we would be called the …

West Side Wenches
 

Now that we’ve shared our Dirty Little Secret  with you, what’s yours?

Gush and Gripe #5

We are mad Gushing this month because starting midnight on June 1st our month-long Blogoversary Celebration begins!
As a head’s up we only require one qualifier and that is for YOU to follow us via GFC for your entries to count.

Blogoversary Celebration List of events includes:
  • Unveiling of our new blog design courtesy of Autumn from Alway Purrty Design
  • Participation in the following Giveaway Hops:

                        My Favorite Reads June 1st – 6th

                        Debut Author June 7th – 13th
                        Shameless Summer June 8th – 15th
                        Indie Author June 13th – 19th
                        Lovestruck June 15th – 22nd

                        Hot Summer Nights – Erotica Hop  June 20 – 24th
Talk Supe Reader Tribute Giveaway

All you have to do is qualify is:
* Follow Talk Supe publicly via GFC
* Leave a comment on ANY of our book, novella, short story, etc. REVIEWS

Every comment counts as an entry. 
Only comments from June 1-30 will be considered.
Comments left on non-reviews (meme, random posts, etc) will not be included.

There will be a total of 6 winners: 
* Three winners will receive a $10.00 (US) Amazon Gift Card
* Three winners will get to pick ONE book of their choice from any of the books we’ve reviewed in the past year. 


The contest will run from June 1-30.
Winners will be notified by July 1.
Random.org will be used to pick the winners.
Contest is Open Internationally

Bound to Me by Jocelynn Drake Review

Book Preview

Series: Dark Days #0.5
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Mira, the heroine of Jocelynn Drake’s New York Times bestselling Dark Days series, has been a nightwalker for centuries, traveling the globe as an enforcer for a secretive, powerful organization. In Bound to Me, for the first time, we travel back into Mira’s distant past to see the great love affair that shaped her. 

This is my first Jocelynn Drake story and I haven’t heard of this series or any of the characters so I can’t make any comparisons or references to her novels. With that said, this Dark Days story was enough to whet my appetite for the series. This novella is Mira and Valerio’s love story or at least it provides a snippet of their shared past.
No one will ever be able to please me the way you do. There won’t truly be anyone else, even after we decide to go our separate ways. – Valerio
Mira is so fearless and doesn’t seem to have any regard for her actions’ consequences. She just do whatever she wants with hardly any remorse mainly because she is a vampire and a Fire Starter at that. I love trouble makers, they are always wild card with enough surprises that will keep readers continuously guessing. Valerio for his part was very passionate and protective of Mira, together they are the team to beat even if a group of nightwalkers are after them or whatever ragtag supernatural gang happens to cross their paths. 
You didn’t think I was done with you, did you?
Of course not, you’re too hard to be done.

Mira and Valerio are passionate people and their coupling was hot as a mother! JDrake sure gave us a tasty morsel with this one especially for readers like me who have yet to start her series. This novella convinced me that Dark Days is an interesting series to follow, it seems to have all the elements that I like my UF/PNR to have.
As per Ms. Drake’s note, this novella came to be because her fans requested that she writes something about Mira and Valerios. The fan mail might have been massive for her to finally indulge her followers. Not only that, it’s a good indication that there is so much going on in the “present” to warrant such a request. Which makes me wonder, who is Danaus and what is Mira and Valerios relationship now? If Mira and Valerios are kaput, why is she still wearing his ring and what does her current beau feel about it? 
Please feel free to enlighten me if you’ve come across this series yourself.

Review: Bound to Me by Jocelynn Drake

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Series: Dark Days #0.5
Format: ARC (Edelweiss)
Excerpt here
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Mira, the heroine of Jocelynn Drake’s New York Times bestselling Dark Days series, has been a nightwalker for centuries, traveling the globe as an enforcer for a secretive, powerful organization. In Bound to Me, for the first time, we travel back into Mira’s distant past to see the great love affair that shaped her. 

BOUND TO ME is my first Jocelynn Drake story and I haven’t heard of this series or any of the characters so I can’t make any comparisons or references to her novels. With that said, this Dark Days story was enough to whet my appetite for the series. This novella is Mira and Valerio’s love story or at least it provides a snippet of their shared past.
No one will ever be able to please me the way you do. There won’t truly be anyone else, even after we decide to go our separate ways. – Valerio
Mira is so fearless and doesn’t seem to have any regard for her actions’ consequences. She just do whatever she wants with hardly any remorse mainly because she is a vampire and a Fire Starter at that. I love trouble makers, they are always wild card with enough surprises that will keep readers continuously guessing. Valerio for his part was very passionate and protective of Mira, together they are the team to beat even if a group of nightwalkers are after them or whatever ragtag supernatural gang happens to cross their paths. 
You didn’t think I was done with you, did you?
Of course not, you’re too hard to be done.

Mira and Valerio are passionate people and their coupling was hot as a mother! JDrake sure gave us a tasty morsel with this one especially for readers like me who have yet to start her series. BOUND TO ME convinced me that Dark Days is an interesting series to follow, it seems to have all the elements that I like my UF/PNR to have.
As per Ms. Drake’s note, this novella came to be because her fans requested that she writes something about Mira and Valerios. The fan mail might have been massive for her to finally indulge her followers. Not only that, it’s a good indication that there is so much going on in the “present” to warrant such a request. Which makes me wonder, who is Danaus and what is Mira and Valerios relationship now? If Mira and Valerios are kaput, why is she still wearing his ring and what does her current beau feel about it? 
Please feel free to enlighten me if you’ve come across this series yourself.

Miss Vain’s Red Light Special [Part Three]

Have y’all had the chance to cool off since reading about Miss Vain’s date with Terrible? She sure knows hot to turn the heat up. We were THIS close to calling the fire station to cool the blog off. Miss Vain you are one naughty, naughty lady.

Tonight Miss Vain will be going on her third and final date with one of America’s Most Wealthiest Men, Christian Grey. Apparently, Christian’s Lady Love, Anastasia Steele, has been absent for quite sometime as she’s down in Georgia visiting her Mother ad Step-father. No longer able to keep his sexual needs and desires at bay, Christian decides to pursue his next partner, Miss Vain. It’s still unknown as to how the two met. Vain insists they were introduced by a mutual friend but we’re guessing Christian discovered her at one of the numerous BDSM clubs he used to partake in.

Without further adieu, we present to you Miss Vain’s date with Mr. 50 Shades of F*cked Up, Christian Grey.

It’s early in the morning and I’ve stayed up late weighing to pros and cons of dating a gorgeous successful man, with an appetite for kinky- Fuckery and his unnecessary need for a (Non disclosure statement) NDA. Since my friend Lauren introduced him to me recently with a high recommendation I can’t imagine how she knew of his Red Room. I have another date with Christian, so I’m looking through my closet when I get an email.  

From: Christian Grey
To: Miss Vain
Subject: Dinner Mastros?
 

Hope you slept well Miss Vain. I’ll be going to Mastros for dinner tonight, I heard it was your favorite restaurant and coincidentally I just acquired it this morning. Will you join me for dinner?

Xx
Christian Grey I don’t think it’s appropriate that I call you Miss Vain CEO Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc. 

From: Miss Vain
To: Christian Grey
Subject: What’s in a name?
 

Well good morning Sir. I think it’s most appropriate to call me Miss Vain, considering I’m still only allowed to call you Sir, am I correct to assume that? Of course Mastros is my favorite restaurant, surprisingly since I told you last night it was my favorite restaurant.
Pick me up at 7.
 

Xx
Miss Vain to you. Dedicated book blogger, lover of Mastro’s @ Miss Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy

I decide on a sultry satin pale yellow form fitted long gown with no panties and very low V in the front. I settle for my 18KT Gold diamond Cartier watch with 6 KT of diamonds. Simple drop diamond earrings. As I strap the last embellished buckle on my Christian Louboutin’s I hear the door bell. He’s early. As I open the door he’s stunning. Looking as dapper and fierce as ever, in a navy blue designer suit made of the finest silk, definitely not from a sweat shop, gorgeous butter leather shoes, with blue soles from Louboutin’s special edition men’s line. Everything from his hair to his erotic and dangerously sexy features is begging me to taste him. My inner goddess is swooning. 

As he opens the door to the Audi he informs me that we must stop by Escala to pick up Charley Tango (his helicopter) As we pull into Escala I notice that Taylor takes us to a back route, very mysterious, while Christian is kissing my shoulder and softly caressing hip I feel like a Queen, a very sexy one at that. He leads me up to the penthouse while he’s holding my hand, and softly rubbing my knuckles with his thumbs and gently kissing the palms of my hands. 

My inner goddess is doing somersaults and posing in her hot pink sequined bikini. As he leads me inside he almost has me panting with desire for him, and when the elevator opens I suddenly have a primal need to satisfy him, pleasure him, and make him scream my name in ecstasy. I kiss him like my life depends on it, because at this moment it feels like it. I rub my hands down his broad shoulders, hard abs, slowly easing my hands inside his shirt, as he gently dips his tongue inside the V of my low cut dress as I arch into his mouth. Just as I’m getting eager to beg him not to stop. He abruptly stops. He then orders me to strip into only my leopard lace panties. He leaves the room. When he comes back I take a peak when I know he’s not watching and I see he’s wearing stone washed jeans, unbuttoned and he’s shirtless. It’s intoxicating! The glorious sight of his chiseled abs glistening with the fierce, sexual, primal look on his face. He commands me to submit to him. He begins to circle me like a lion stalking his prey and I’m unsure if he’s trying to decide just how to devour my naked body or if he wants to eat me. At this moment I’ll be satisfied with either outcome as long as the predator is Christian Grey. After a long delay he then blindfolds me with a silver silk tie. As i sit on the ground as told in sitting position my anticipation is getting the best of me….. My pulse is racing I’m excited I’m scared, I’m aroused. He asks me, “Say my name.” Immediately I say “Christian.” I then feel a slap of something hard against my breast. “What’s my name?” He says. I remember I supposed to call him Sir. “Sir.” “That’s better,” he says. He then begins stroking my sex through my lace panties and teasing the peaks of my breasts with his tongue, and my inner goddess is screaming in SHOUTY capitals “Oh Christian, Fuck me, Sir.” I now know this is him rewarding me for my good behavior. I’m in ecstasy. Abruptly he pulls away, and I’m now lonely without Christian’s touch.

He runs something down my breast with something he introduces as a flogger. He then slaps the flogger against my tight tush and it stings but for some unhealthy reason it makes me moist just knowing I’m pleasing him. When I hear him throw it on the floor, I will him to pick it back up, but I’ve been ordered not to speak unless asked to speak so I keep my head down and I’m quiet. I take a peak when I know he’s not watching and I see he’s wearing stone washed jeans, unbuttoned and he’s shirtless. It’s intoxicating! The glorious sight of his chiseled abs glistening with the fierce, sexual, primal look on his face. Suddenly he stops and I immediately want more!! My inner goddess is screaming for more!!!

He orders me to stay put. He leaves the room. It’s been a while maybe even 15 minutes. I’m torn because I don’t want to upset him, but I feel cold and lonely on this wood floor. I peak and he’s nowhere to be found. I put on his buttoned down shirt he has laying on the floor, it smells of Chanel Platinum and i take a moment to breath it in. Heaven. I begin to quietly tip toe outside the room. I hear an angry conversation between he and his security leader he introduced me to as Taylor. I *gasp* when I hear screaming coming from the outside of Escala. I sneak and tip toe upstairs to the window in his bedroom and slip outside his balcony to see a mob of angry women. Wearing shirts of hate and picketing with signs. I’m horrified that someone has mistreated these women and I must know the gossip.

I’m horrified. Has Christian fucked up all of these women with his Fifty Shades of Kinky-Fuckery or are these some insane crazy stalker bitches?? Ill be honest, I’m leaning towards crazy stalker bitches, because they’re all equally beautiful. They look like models. Perhaps they’re hungry? Maybe I can talk to them, sort this misunderstanding out, send them on their way because I saw some pink furry handcuffs in the Red Room, the night is young and I still desire to be restrained by them.

As I slip outside, I see all these gorgeous brunette woman and they’re angry and just as I’m about to run back inside until one of them approaches me. Suddenly my airway feels constricting and I’m in desperate need of my inhaler upon reading her shirt. She introduces herself to me as Jamie and she looks every bit of 9 months pregnant wearing a shirt that says “I Fucked Christian Grey and all I got was his baby.” My inner Goddess world is passed out lying on the floor naked and gasping for air. She proceeds to tell me that Christian gave her a night of ecstasy and pain and lust and he dumped her after discovering she spoke of their date to a news executive named E.L. James and she broadcast the story on the 5 o’clock news the UK. Even though she’s pregnant I can’t help but notice she’s got huge perky boobs, she’s absolutely beautiful, even if she is pregnant and drinking Grey Goose vodka.

My mind is having a difficult time grasping this mob, and now I wish I would have listened to Christian. My inner goddess is saying I should have listened to Christian. To my left out of the corner of my eye a sign catches my attention that reads “The National Library Association says Christian Grey is corrupting marriages” Is this chick out of her mind? She looks lovely with her brunette hair pulled into a tight bun, rosy cheeks and glasses. She smiles kindly at me, and I introduce myself to her. She tells me her name is Braine and she’s President of the National Library Association. I realize that Braine looks more like a Victoria’s Secret model with her banging hot body than a librarian. WTF does that have to do with Christian? My inner goddess is dry heaving. She then proceeds to inform me that Christian is having sex with women, teaching them BDSM, spoiling them with riches and leaving them a broken shell of a woman, she says these women are seeking pornographic books to fill the void, never to interact with society as a civilized member again. I frown at this. No this woman can’t be serious.

Desperate to run away I bump into two incredibly sexy prostitutes? Sluts? Whores? Hookers? Escorts? I’m not sure what the appropriate term for theses women would be except that they’re dressed like they’re getting ready to get fucked by the band the Village People. The one with the big teased hair is smoking while the other wears a fierce Faux-hawk is chomping on her gum and blowing bubbles. Wow, the way that one with the gum twirls her tongue, she must get paid double for that skill. The one smoking the cigarette immediately asked if I’m looking to hire them both. Hire them both? Huh? The talented one with the gum sees the puzzled look on my face and says “We’re just fucking with you, we’re strictly dickly.” My inner goddess is ROTFL and that, while my cheeks blush out of embarrassment. Talented gum chewer then says “My name is Annie and my business partner here is Sawesome.” and I say “Sawesome?” “Yeah Sexy + Awesome =Sawesome.” So Sawesome is the cigarette smoker and Annie is gum talent. Looking at their appearance I notice that Sawesome is wearing leather chaps with no panties I quickly look away, chuckling to myself while I feast my eyes upon Annie who apparently is wearing what appears to be a leather onesie with her nipple rings poking through the leather. My overall thoughts on the two is that they have rocking hot bodies but like I said earlier they look like they’re waiting to get fucked hard by the Village People. I wonder if these two know they’re all gay men in that band? They then proceed to tell me they’re waiting on billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey because he’s their play toy of choice. Noooooo this is insane.

Just when I thought this mob couldn’t get any crazier. I spot a Pretty woman, that looks familiar to me, she’s carrying a bottle of Covasieur that’s she’s gulping down as if it’s her salvation. I can’t help but notice she’s wearing a red bandanna loosely tied to her Louis Vuitton luggage she’s strolling down the street pulling. She’s a hot mess; she’s mumbling to herself about how she must get Christian back over and over again. As she nears I notice the red bandanna is coated with Bulldogs. She must be from Fresno. She throws me the Westside gang symbol. Most definitely from Fresno, maybe a Bulldog gang member. She looks like a skinny cover model except she has DDD boobs so I’m thinking Porn Star? I can’t help but notice that her heel is broke off of her Louboutin’s causing her to walk a 6 inch limp. It’s then that I discover she’s wearing an ankle monitor. I gasp out loud. Sawesome and Annie Girl whisper that Cimmaron has violated her probation. They go on to tell me that Cimmaron and Christian Grey had a weekend fling 2 years ago, he gave her sex, money, and a house when he left he. They’re unsure of the full details but something to do with kidnapping Christian, forcing him to spank her, “apparently he has a restraining order against her that she violates daily.” Sawesome informed me.

Sirens begin blaring and I panic. The mob begins to run, it’s a stampede of Christian Grey stalkers, I can’t help but feel sorry for poor Cimmaron with her broke Louboutin’s hobbling away as a cop picks her up and puts her in the backseat after handcuffing her.

I begin to run away as tears fill my eyes, I can no longer see. I haven’t idea where I’m going, but I’m sad that I’m ruining my manicured feet as I realize I’m running barefoot in downtown Seattle, WA. I fall, everything goes pitch black. I hear someone calling my name. It sounds oddly familiar. I feel them tugging at my arms, it must be the crazy Cristian Grey stalkers. They’ve caught me, their holding me down, I’m blind. Then I hear again, “Wake up its Lauren, you’re going to be late for your big date with Christian.” My eyes pop open. “You must have fallen asleep, Christian is going to be here in 20 minutes to pick you up.”

*Whew* It was all just a nightmare. My inner goddess is doing poses wearing only her thong and a garter and practicing her kissey face for Christian. While she’s doing cartwheels with excitement, I think I might be nauseated with dread.

About Miss Vain

She’s 31 years old and a lover of all things paranormal. She reads too much, talks books too much, and quite often forgets that these people that drive her crazy, and the men that overload her daydreams are FICTIONAL!


Follow her on Twitter @soooovain  

ARC REVIEW: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 23, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

When Hannah’s caught watching her late husband’s cousin debauch the maid in the library, she’s mortified—but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she’s used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she’s witnessed, but there’s something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can’t bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she’s losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?

WARNING: Due to the nature of the story, this book is intended for mature audiences only (18 and up).

Juliana Ross’ historical erotic novella Improper Relations is the perfect read for those who enjoy the genre and need a quick fix when short on time. This tantalizing story from the debut author will have your toes curling and cheeks blushing from all the steamy improper relations our hero and heroine get themselves tangled in.

“I was nearly thirty years old, had once been married, and I’d never known,  never suspected, that a woman could do such a thing to a man. It was the most fascinating, appalling, thrilling act I had ever witnessed.”

Improper Relations begins with our heroine, Hannah, witnessing her late husband’s cousin, Leo, tête-à-têtes with a maid in the home library. Curious and intrigued, Hannah elects to stay hidden and continue watching Leo and the maids romp in the library. As soon as Leo is finished with the maid, he calls for Hannah to come out of hiding. When Leo asks Hannah why she stayed and watched instead of running out of the room, she confesses that she was fascinated at how the maid had enjoyed having sex with him and never knew that it could be like that for women. Leo informs her that the act of lovemaking is something that both men and women could enjoy. Leo proposes that he could show Hannah exactly what he’s talking about and let her experience the pleasures of lovemaking that she never did while she was married. Curious and eager to learn, Hannah agrees to get schooled in the art of sex by cousin Leo.

“Tell me what this feels like,” he demanded.
“It’s very nice,” I said.
“Nice? That’s all you have to say? Nice?”
“I beg your pardon -”
“It’s more than goddamn nice,” he growled. “It’s bloody perfect, that’s what it is.”

Over the course of the next few weeks, Leo shows Hannah how to be comfortable with her sexuality and for once enjoy being pleasured and pleasuring her partner. Since the story is told from Hannah’s point of view, we really don’t see the progress of Leo’s romantic feelings for Hannah but after spending a few intimate times with Leo, Hannah develops feelings for Leo. Hannah had previously admitted that she had always been attracted to Leo but since he was younger and related to her husband, she could only keep those feelings to herself. Even though she’s been working for her Aunt for free over the last few years, Hannah feels indebted to her after taking in a penniless widow and resolves to not expect her “relationship” with Leo to go any further.

“I can’t get enough of you, can’t stop thinking about you. What have you done to me?”

Hannah was a likeable character. I admired her curiosity, eagerness and willing to learn from Leo no matter how improper their relations may be. In a time where women were expected to submit to their husband’s needs, Hannah took it upon herself to discover the wonderful pleasure a man and woman could experience together. Leo was a great teacher and lover. He was blunt with the language he used with Hannah to teach her about sex but at the same time was tender and patient. Being the second son of a wealthy family, I was surprised about how secretly successful he was and just wasn’t mischievous and unsuccessful son others had assumed him to be.

Although I felt that the ending was a bit rushed and would have enjoyed further character development (which I had expected since it is such a shortt story) I really enjoyed this novella. It was sweet, romantic, sensual and I was pleased with the happily ever after ending. Juliana Ross is a promising author and I look forward to reading a full-pledge romance novel from her in the future.

Miss Vain’s Red Light Special [Part Three]

Have y’all had the chance to cool off since reading about Miss Vain’s date with Terrible? She sure knows hot to turn the heat up. We were THIS close to calling the fire station to cool the blog off. Miss Vain you are one naughty, naughty lady.

Tonight Miss Vain will be going on her third and final date with one of America’s Most Wealthiest Men, Christian Grey. Apparently, Christian’s Lady Love, Anastasia Steele, has been absent for quite sometime as she’s down in Georgia visiting her Mother ad Step-father. No longer able to keep his sexual needs and desires at bay, Christian decides to pursue his next partner, Miss Vain. It’s still unknown as to how the two met. Vain insists they were introduced by a mutual friend but we’re guessing Christian discovered her at one of the numerous BDSM clubs he used to partake in.

Without further adieu, we present to you Miss Vain’s date with Mr. 50 Shades of F*cked Up, Christian Grey.

It’s early in the morning and I’ve stayed up late weighing to pros and cons of dating a gorgeous successful man, with an appetite for kinky- Fuckery and his unnecessary need for a (Non disclosure statement) NDA. Since my friend Lauren introduced him to me recently with a high recommendation I can’t imagine how she knew of his Red Room. I have another date with Christian, so I’m looking through my closet when I get an email.  

From: Christian Grey
To: Miss Vain
Subject: Dinner Mastros?
 

Hope you slept well Miss Vain. I’ll be going to Mastros for dinner tonight, I heard it was your favorite restaurant and coincidentally I just acquired it this morning. Will you join me for dinner?

Xx
Christian Grey I don’t think it’s appropriate that I call you Miss Vain CEO Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc. 

From: Miss Vain
To: Christian Grey
Subject: What’s in a name?
 

Well good morning Sir. I think it’s most appropriate to call me Miss Vain, considering I’m still only allowed to call you Sir, am I correct to assume that? Of course Mastros is my favorite restaurant, surprisingly since I told you last night it was my favorite restaurant.
Pick me up at 7.
 

Xx
Miss Vain to you. Dedicated book blogger, lover of Mastro’s @ Miss Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy

I decide on a sultry satin pale yellow form fitted long gown with no panties and very low V in the front. I settle for my 18KT Gold diamond Cartier watch with 6 KT of diamonds. Simple drop diamond earrings. As I strap the last embellished buckle on my Christian Louboutin’s I hear the door bell. He’s early. As I open the door he’s stunning. Looking as dapper and fierce as ever, in a navy blue designer suit made of the finest silk, definitely not from a sweat shop, gorgeous butter leather shoes, with blue soles from Louboutin’s special edition men’s line. Everything from his hair to his erotic and dangerously sexy features is begging me to taste him. My inner goddess is swooning. 

As he opens the door to the Audi he informs me that we must stop by Escala to pick up Charley Tango (his helicopter) As we pull into Escala I notice that Taylor takes us to a back route, very mysterious, while Christian is kissing my shoulder and softly caressing hip I feel like a Queen, a very sexy one at that. He leads me up to the penthouse while he’s holding my hand, and softly rubbing my knuckles with his thumbs and gently kissing the palms of my hands. 

My inner goddess is doing somersaults and posing in her hot pink sequined bikini. As he leads me inside he almost has me panting with desire for him, and when the elevator opens I suddenly have a primal need to satisfy him, pleasure him, and make him scream my name in ecstasy. I kiss him like my life depends on it, because at this moment it feels like it. I rub my hands down his broad shoulders, hard abs, slowly easing my hands inside his shirt, as he gently dips his tongue inside the V of my low cut dress as I arch into his mouth. Just as I’m getting eager to beg him not to stop. He abruptly stops. He then orders me to strip into only my leopard lace panties. He leaves the room. When he comes back I take a peak when I know he’s not watching and I see he’s wearing stone washed jeans, unbuttoned and he’s shirtless. It’s intoxicating! The glorious sight of his chiseled abs glistening with the fierce, sexual, primal look on his face. He commands me to submit to him. He begins to circle me like a lion stalking his prey and I’m unsure if he’s trying to decide just how to devour my naked body or if he wants to eat me. At this moment I’ll be satisfied with either outcome as long as the predator is Christian Grey. After a long delay he then blindfolds me with a silver silk tie. As i sit on the ground as told in sitting position my anticipation is getting the best of me….. My pulse is racing I’m excited I’m scared, I’m aroused. He asks me, “Say my name.” Immediately I say “Christian.” I then feel a slap of something hard against my breast. “What’s my name?” He says. I remember I supposed to call him Sir. “Sir.” “That’s better,” he says. He then begins stroking my sex through my lace panties and teasing the peaks of my breasts with his tongue, and my inner goddess is screaming in SHOUTY capitals “Oh Christian, Fuck me, Sir.” I now know this is him rewarding me for my good behavior. I’m in ecstasy. Abruptly he pulls away, and I’m now lonely without Christian’s touch.

He runs something down my breast with something he introduces as a flogger. He then slaps the flogger against my tight tush and it stings but for some unhealthy reason it makes me moist just knowing I’m pleasing him. When I hear him throw it on the floor, I will him to pick it back up, but I’ve been ordered not to speak unless asked to speak so I keep my head down and I’m quiet. I take a peak when I know he’s not watching and I see he’s wearing stone washed jeans, unbuttoned and he’s shirtless. It’s intoxicating! The glorious sight of his chiseled abs glistening with the fierce, sexual, primal look on his face. Suddenly he stops and I immediately want more!! My inner goddess is screaming for more!!!

He orders me to stay put. He leaves the room. It’s been a while maybe even 15 minutes. I’m torn because I don’t want to upset him, but I feel cold and lonely on this wood floor. I peak and he’s nowhere to be found. I put on his buttoned down shirt he has laying on the floor, it smells of Chanel Platinum and i take a moment to breath it in. Heaven. I begin to quietly tip toe outside the room. I hear an angry conversation between he and his security leader he introduced me to as Taylor. I *gasp* when I hear screaming coming from the outside of Escala. I sneak and tip toe upstairs to the window in his bedroom and slip outside his balcony to see a mob of angry women. Wearing shirts of hate and picketing with signs. I’m horrified that someone has mistreated these women and I must know the gossip.

I’m horrified. Has Christian fucked up all of these women with his Fifty Shades of Kinky-Fuckery or are these some insane crazy stalker bitches?? Ill be honest, I’m leaning towards crazy stalker bitches, because they’re all equally beautiful. They look like models. Perhaps they’re hungry? Maybe I can talk to them, sort this misunderstanding out, send them on their way because I saw some pink furry handcuffs in the Red Room, the night is young and I still desire to be restrained by them.

As I slip outside, I see all these gorgeous brunette woman and they’re angry and just as I’m about to run back inside until one of them approaches me. Suddenly my airway feels constricting and I’m in desperate need of my inhaler upon reading her shirt. She introduces herself to me as Jamie and she looks every bit of 9 months pregnant wearing a shirt that says “I Fucked Christian Grey and all I got was his baby.” My inner Goddess world is passed out lying on the floor naked and gasping for air. She proceeds to tell me that Christian gave her a night of ecstasy and pain and lust and he dumped her after discovering she spoke of their date to a news executive named E.L. James and she broadcast the story on the 5 o’clock news the UK. Even though she’s pregnant I can’t help but notice she’s got huge perky boobs, she’s absolutely beautiful, even if she is pregnant and drinking Grey Goose vodka.

My mind is having a difficult time grasping this mob, and now I wish I would have listened to Christian. My inner goddess is saying I should have listened to Christian. To my left out of the corner of my eye a sign catches my attention that reads “The National Library Association says Christian Grey is corrupting marriages” Is this chick out of her mind? She looks lovely with her brunette hair pulled into a tight bun, rosy cheeks and glasses. She smiles kindly at me, and I introduce myself to her. She tells me her name is Braine and she’s President of the National Library Association. I realize that Braine looks more like a Victoria’s Secret model with her banging hot body than a librarian. WTF does that have to do with Christian? My inner goddess is dry heaving. She then proceeds to inform me that Christian is having sex with women, teaching them BDSM, spoiling them with riches and leaving them a broken shell of a woman, she says these women are seeking pornographic books to fill the void, never to interact with society as a civilized member again. I frown at this. No this woman can’t be serious.

Desperate to run away I bump into two incredibly sexy prostitutes? Sluts? Whores? Hookers? Escorts? I’m not sure what the appropriate term for theses women would be except that they’re dressed like they’re getting ready to get fucked by the band the Village People. The one with the big teased hair is smoking while the other wears a fierce Faux-hawk is chomping on her gum and blowing bubbles. Wow, the way that one with the gum twirls her tongue, she must get paid double for that skill. The one smoking the cigarette immediately asked if I’m looking to hire them both. Hire them both? Huh? The talented one with the gum sees the puzzled look on my face and says “We’re just fucking with you, we’re strictly dickly.” My inner goddess is ROTFL and that, while my cheeks blush out of embarrassment. Talented gum chewer then says “My name is Annie and my business partner here is Sawesome.” and I say “Sawesome?” “Yeah Sexy + Awesome =Sawesome.” So Sawesome is the cigarette smoker and Annie is gum talent. Looking at their appearance I notice that Sawesome is wearing leather chaps with no panties I quickly look away, chuckling to myself while I feast my eyes upon Annie who apparently is wearing what appears to be a leather onesie with her nipple rings poking through the leather. My overall thoughts on the two is that they have rocking hot bodies but like I said earlier they look like they’re waiting to get fucked hard by the Village People. I wonder if these two know they’re all gay men in that band? They then proceed to tell me they’re waiting on billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey because he’s their play toy of choice. Noooooo this is insane.

Just when I thought this mob couldn’t get any crazier. I spot a Pretty woman, that looks familiar to me, she’s carrying a bottle of Covasieur that’s she’s gulping down as if it’s her salvation. I can’t help but notice she’s wearing a red bandanna loosely tied to her Louis Vuitton luggage she’s strolling down the street pulling. She’s a hot mess; she’s mumbling to herself about how she must get Christian back over and over again. As she nears I notice the red bandanna is coated with Bulldogs. She must be from Fresno. She throws me the Westside gang symbol. Most definitely from Fresno, maybe a Bulldog gang member. She looks like a skinny cover model except she has DDD boobs so I’m thinking Porn Star? I can’t help but notice that her heel is broke off of her Louboutin’s causing her to walk a 6 inch limp. It’s then that I discover she’s wearing an ankle monitor. I gasp out loud. Sawesome and Annie Girl whisper that Cimmaron has violated her probation. They go on to tell me that Cimmaron and Christian Grey had a weekend fling 2 years ago, he gave her sex, money, and a house when he left he. They’re unsure of the full details but something to do with kidnapping Christian, forcing him to spank her, “apparently he has a restraining order against her that she violates daily.” Sawesome informed me.

Sirens begin blaring and I panic. The mob begins to run, it’s a stampede of Christian Grey stalkers, I can’t help but feel sorry for poor Cimmaron with her broke Louboutin’s hobbling away as a cop picks her up and puts her in the backseat after handcuffing her.

I begin to run away as tears fill my eyes, I can no longer see. I haven’t idea where I’m going, but I’m sad that I’m ruining my manicured feet as I realize I’m running barefoot in downtown Seattle, WA. I fall, everything goes pitch black. I hear someone calling my name. It sounds oddly familiar. I feel them tugging at my arms, it must be the crazy Cristian Grey stalkers. They’ve caught me, their holding me down, I’m blind. Then I hear again, “Wake up its Lauren, you’re going to be late for your big date with Christian.” My eyes pop open. “You must have fallen asleep, Christian is going to be here in 20 minutes to pick you up.”

*Whew* It was all just a nightmare. My inner goddess is doing poses wearing only her thong and a garter and practicing her kissey face for Christian. While she’s doing cartwheels with excitement, I think I might be nauseated with dread.

About Miss Vain

She’s 31 years old and a lover of all things paranormal. She reads too much, talks books too much, and quite often forgets that these people that drive her crazy, and the men that overload her daydreams are FICTIONAL!


Follow her on Twitter @soooovain  

Waiting on Wednesday #12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Braine
Moonglow

Darkest London #2
Kristen Callihan
Forever
August 21, 2012


Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.


Truly excited for this book, Callihan did an amazing job with Ember and Firelight with hints of Beauty and the Beast and now I’m curious on what fairy tale this will be based on. Callihan satiates my need for some historical romance laced with the supernatural.


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Cimmaron

Shadow’s Claim
The Dacians #1
Kresley Cole
Pocket Books
November 27, 2012
He won’t be denied

Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains.

She’s bound to another

Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.

A battle for her body and soul

Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever-pitch.

We’ve got another new series from Kresley Cole! She sure is one busy lady. Shadow’s Claim is a spin-off from her super popular Immortals After Dark series. This new paranormal romance series follows the royal bloodline of Dacia, the mysterious Vampire kingdom set within “The Lore” (mytholigical world in the Immortals After Dark series). Royalty and Vampires? Count me in!
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So tell us, what book or books are you anxiously waiting for?