Grind by Sawyer Bennett

Grind Book: Grind Series: A Legal Affairs Story (Cal and Macy #2) Author: Sawyer Bennett Review by: Onnica

 

Basic story: Cal and Macy have an attraction that just won’t quit. When she comes to him asking for legal help, he’s more than happy to oblige, but he takes his work seriously. While he’s assisting her in her case, they can’t be carrying on together. Macy readily agrees but as far as she’s concerned, the way she feels with Cal is more important than the case.

Cal knows that he’s fooling himself that things with Macy are only physical. Beneath her bravado he can see real pain and a loneliness that makes him want to slay her demons. But will Macy let him?

Macy never thought she’d crave intimacy from anyone. She simply never had it before, so showing vulnerability and affection don’t come easily to her. But things are different with Cal – he’s open-minded, knows when not to push her, but most importantly, he gets her. Could he be the one to help her with her issues? Or will a very public family scandal rip them apart?

Why you should read this: If you read Clash and enjoyed it, I think you’ll want to read this next instalment. It goes into greater depth character-wise and I really feel that I understand what makes this couple tick. The situations and the nature of their relationship is very sexual and titillating, but their vulnerabilities are what kept my interest. I have a feeling I can guess what happened to Macy, but I’m sure there are some surprises ahead. Cal is a very interesting hero – much more open-minded that I thought he’d be. I want more.

What you might hate: I honestly don’t know! You don’t like smut maybe? If so, you picked the wrong book and the wrong blog! I would advise you to maybe read the series when all the books have been released – as there is a cliffhanger at the end of this one. You may love them – I hate them unless I can get my hands off the next book!

Rating: 4/5 for a sexy, naughty and very interesting relationship. Macy was a lot more ‘human’ (if that makes sense) in this story than in Clash, which I’m grateful for.

Grind is out now.

Taken by Charlotte Stein

TakenBook: Taken

Author: Charlotte Stein

Series: Under the Skin

Review by: Onnica

 

Blurb: It was just a prank I didn’t want to be a part of. I never meant to hurt anyone, least of all Johann Weir. You wouldn’t know that he sells literature for a living. He has these wild eyes—eyes that light something up in me—and he must be twice as big as I am, with strong, warm hands. Hands I try not to imagine everywhere.

He scares me. And thrills me.

But now the deed is done, and I have to face the consequences. He says he just wants to hold me here until the police come, but it’s been hours and I’m still here.

Chained to a pipe in his back room like a prisoner.

The only person I have to talk to is Johann, and I tell him dark, shameful secrets—secrets that involve the metal around my wrist and him standing over me. But I can’t stop. I need him to know everything. I need him.

Johann has his own secrets—ones he wants to tell me too. And more than anything, I want to listen. And maybe, before he sends me away, he’ll punish me.

Just a little.

Just enough.

Why you should read it: because it’s Charlotte Stein and you owe it to yourself! Seriously – I look forward to Ms Stein’s releases so much – the stories are always quirky and Taken is no exception. I enjoyed the narrative style – Rosie was such a fun and interesting character. Twenty-something and trying to figure out who she is. Johann was a super-quirky hero. Easily spooked and kind-hearted. Eager to do the ‘right thing’. His trepidation over pursuing a relationship with Rosie really stoked the heat of the story. It was definitely a slow-burn (which I love) and that gratification is well and truly delayed!

What you might hate: if quirky makes your hackles rise, then maybe the couple’s banter won’t work for you. I found it charming and it really made me smile, but hey. For example, Johann is only seven years older than Rosie, but he seems to think that the age difference will be a huge problem – not sure I followed his logic there, but it was maybe just a weak excuse to keep Rosie at bay. If you like books where the characters get down to it within the first 10% of a book, then again, you’ll be disappointed.

Rating: easy-peasy – a clear 5/5 for me. A short, satisfying, classicly-crazy Charlotte Stein read. This is why she remains one of my all-time favourite purveyors of smut!

Taken is out now.

Clash: A Legal Affairs story (Cal and Macy)

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Book: Clash

Series: Legal Affairs (#1 of Cal and Macy’s story)

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Cal Carson and Macy Carrington loathe each other. Like, really hate each other. They would stay away from each other if they didn’t share the same best friends. Constantly thrown together, this pair give Beatrice and Benedick a run for their money. Verbal sparring frequently turns nights out with their friends, Mac and Matt, into a battlefield.

Cal thinks that Macy is haughty, entitled, out of touch with reality and a complete slut. Macy hates Cal’s holier-than-thou attitude and could live without his judgment. Her reasons for sleeping with strangers are her own and she won’t be judged by the likes of him.

When told by Matt to just sleep together and get it out of their systems, it seems like a ridiculous idea. Isn’t it? Macy hates Cal’s attitude, but there’s nothing wrong with the package. Cal may hate Macy’s over-privileged background, but that body is another matter. Maybe one time won’t hurt that much…

Why you should read it: I’m a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett – her Legal Affairs story featuring Mac and Matt was so hot, funny and smart, that I just had to read Cal and Macy’s story. This a novella-length story, giving an introduction to these two complicated characters. It’s told mostly from Cal’s point of view and features some journal entries from Macy. Macy is going to be a very interesting character – I want to know what baggage she’s carrying around with her. It’s certain to be a doozy of a tale.

What you might hate: The story starts with a bang – sex is pretty much the only way these two communicate. They’re crude and unapologetic for the way they speak to each other. If you’re easily offended, maybe this one isn’t for you. I found it pretty entertaining – it was a quick, sexy intro to the series and I’m looking forward to reading Grind and Yield in the near-future.

Rating: 3/5 for an interesting start to the series – I’m looking forward to more character development in the rest of the series.

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Release day blitz – Walk Through my Door by Anthony Bryan

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Lauren is a newly-single mother carrying the weight of a well-guarded secret while trying desperately to make sense of her new role and being on her own.  Adam is a single father, with a powerful past, now struggling to find his place in the world.  Together, they are the right people falling in love at the wrong time.

‘Walk Through My Door’ is the sexually-charged story of one man who’s willing to give anything for true love, except give up, and one woman fighting to make the right decision between the man who held her heart for so long and the man with whom she’s now deeply fallen for.

Adam and Lauren form an unimaginable bond which leads to a romantic, highly erotic, and heartfelt adventure through the struggles and challenges of life, with both hoping to find nothing more than their one true love at the other end of this beautiful journey.

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No billionaires, tattooed bad boys, or beautifully proportioned models….just real people

Anthony’s goal with ‘Walk Through My Door’ is to give you a story you can feel to the very depths of your soul. He tapped into those common traits, hopes, dreams, and insecurities found in all of us to create a pair of leading characters who are real. You’ll see yourself in Lauren as you feel her happiness and her struggles. As for Adam, let’s just say your new book-boyfriend is waiting to meet you!

 About the author:

Born and raised in In the United Kingdom, Anthony Bryan now resides in the United States where he is tenaciously pursuing his writing career.  His hope, more than anything, is that his words can provide you with a temporary escape from reality, and he hopes they take you on a journey you won’t soon forget. His goal is to give you something different, refreshing and unlike anything you’ve ever read.  His writing is designed to target certain emotions and hit them like never before – love, anticipation, thrill, suspense, angst, revenge, lust, and so on.  Each story grabs a different set of feelings and refuses to let go.

At 29 years old, Anthony served with the American military in Afghanistan, and he is a combat veteran as well as an accomplished fighter who is still training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing.  He may not seem like your typical erotic-romance writer, and he’s not!

Walk Through My Door is out today. It’s on sale here.

Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse

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Book: Stately Pleasures

Author: Lucy Felthouse

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Alice Brown is so close to fulfilling her dreams of success. She’s secured an interview at Davenport Manor for the role of a lifetime and she’s determined not to mess it up. The moment she sets eyes on Jeremy Davenport, she’s drawn to his presence. His dark features and his piercing blue eyes. Alas, men like that do not fall for plain Janes like her.

After Alice meets Jeremy’s head of security, Ethan Hayes, in a compromising situation, the pair decide to offer a very indecent proposal. If she doesn’t want to be fired for her supposed eavesdropping then she has to participate in a series of challenges the duo cook up for her. She should be disgusted; she should tell them where to go, but the truth is she’s worked too hard to get to where she is to jeopardise her future. And they are divine – maybe it wouldn’t be so terrible. As long as she can keep her feelings out of it, the nine months will pass quickly and she’ll have the references she needs. Simple.

Why you should read this: I really enjoyed this story – Alice is a likeable and focused heroine who is fun loving and realistic. She can’t believe two handsome and successful men would be interested in her, but this lack of self-esteem doesn’t dominate the storyline. Whether she thinks she’s worthy or not, she grabs the opportunity with both hands! Jeremy and Ethan will make you swoon: Jeremy’s dark hair and blue eyes, while Ethan is all brown, longish hair and green eyes. They both will raise your heart rate and make you wish you’d tried a threeway!

What you might hate: Although all ends well, there was a bit of coercion at the start of the story, which was a bit skeevy in my opinion. The poor girl thought she’d lose her job if she didn’t comply with their wishes. Although it was an elaborate set up, Alice wasn’t to know that, and the lack of choice unsettled me a bit. However, the two adonises do everything they can to make up for their behaviour, so they’re not all bad!

Rating: 3.5/5 for a very fun, very very sexy story. I genuinely liked the characters and enjoyed their interactions with each other. It should come with a warning – it is seriously hot!

Tight by Alessandra Torre

tightBook: Tight

Author: Alessandra Torre

Review by: Onnica

Format: Kindle

 

Basic story: Riley Johnson has a comfortable life in Quincy, a tight-knit town in the south. Her life may be predictable, but all that’s set to change on a bachelorette weekend away. When she meets Brett Jacobs, she is hobbling around in a pair of purgatorial stilettos. When he appears, complete with a pair of comfy slippers for her to wear, she is blown away by his confidence and smooth persona.

Immediately drawn to this stranger, she knows she needs to proceed with caution. That’s easier said than done though – he looks at her as if she hung the moon and she knows deep down that he could really be trouble – the good and bad kind.

With some fairy tales however, there come nightmares. Brett isn’t all he seems to be and the doubts planted in Riley’s mind by his disappearances and secrets lead Riley to investigate for herself before she gets in deeper. Will they both make it out the other side?

Why you should read this: This is another well-woven story by Alessandra Torre  – one that she re-wrote 3 times! That is dedication and it shows in the storytelling. The book made me smile, made me well up and had me on the edge of my seat. It’s a story about strength and does deal with some sensitive issues, but they are in no way gratuitous. I loved Riley’s strength and Brett’s developing relationship with her. I read it in one sitting, so that should tell you how riveted I was by the story. Their chemistry was palpable – so hot and so sexy. Now that I know how it ends, I may go back and read it slowly this time.

What you might hate: Well, I didn’t hate anything about the story, but you may feel that Riley put herself unnecessarily in harm’s way. True, but had she not, there wouldn’t have been much of a story! The story was well-crafted, exciting and sexy and I was knocked out by it. Loved every minute.

Rating: 4/5 for a seriously good read. Well done Ms Torre!

Breaking Leila by Lucy V. Morgan

breaking leilaBook: Breaking Leila

Series: Knives and Flowers #1

Author: Lucy V. Morgan

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Leila Vaughan has a promising future and is set to become law firm Bach & Dagier’s newest lawyer. She’s the brightest and the best of all the interns and loves the ins and outs of tax law. However, this isn’t her only job. She also moonlights as a high-class call girl, servicing London’s rich and well-connected. Why, you ask? Her parents got themselves into dire financial trouble and she’ll do anything to get them out of it. What started as obligation, soon became a way of life and Leila’s other self, Charlotte, is awakened. Charlotte allows Leila to follow her unspoken desires, free of shame.

Leila does well to keep her double-life separate until her boss Joseph Merchant and colleague and friend Matt decide to hire her for a night they won’t forget. With the cat out the bag and an undeniable attraction to both Joseph and Matt, will Leila be able to cope when her two worlds collide?

Why you should read it: This is one hell of a ride. Leila is complex, likeable and searching for something beyond herself. Her relationship with Joseph is an evolving and interesting one. At first, I thought he was going to be a cruel, two-dimensional, sadistic alpha, but he did show different facets to his character. He’s unapologetically a dick, but he owns it and does what he will with no guilt. Leila really holds her own and doesn’t let others walk over her. She’s aware of her nature and can’t help but respond to Joseph’s similar interests.

What you might hate: the relationship spans a matter of weeks, which at times made it hard for me to accept the levels of intensity. Matt declares his love for Leila so early on, it’s ridiculous, but I suppose he’s loved her from afar for longer than that. At times, the flowery language in the book and the extended metaphors did grate a little. However, the dialogue more than made up for it. Here, Leila is talking to her friend and occasional colleague, Aidan:

“You won’t tell Matt about…” I gestured to my stomach and he stepped back.

“You think I want to spend the evening coaxing his head out of an oven?”

“I think you’d leave it there if his arse was poking in the right direction.” “I’m ashamed of my answer, so I’m going to ignore that.” He kissed my forehead. “I’ll catch you tomorrow.”

The dialogue was engaging, realistic and had me chuckling and cursing in equal measure.

Rating: on the whole I really enjoyed it – there were parts that aren’t for the faint of heart, parts that were downright weird and parts that chopped and changed abruptly. Nevertheless it’s a great read. I give it  4/5