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Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre

Book: Filthy Vows

Author: Alessandra Torre

Series: a standalone

Release date: 18 July 2019

Main characters: Elle North, young wife to Easton, unsure of where she is headed. Easton North, former sporting hopeful, now struggling to find his way.

Plot: Elle and Easton have been together since college although it certainly wasn’t love at first sight for Elle. She wasn’t interested in the campus player, but somehow he managed to show her who he really was underneath the swagger and his promiscuous reputation. Married for four years, their relationship is the only constant in Elle’s life. Her touchstone – the one thing she’s sure of.

Elle is coming to realise that despite their explosive and sexually fulfilling life together, she has thoughts and fantasies that will not disappear. She’s tried ignoring them, but they refuse to be buried. Her relationship with her husband has always been honest and so telling Easton about her fantasies seems natural. Nothing can prepare her for his reaction – will telling him bring them closer together, or be the catalyst that blows their relationship apart?

Why you should read it: I was excited to read this book, as the premise really intrigued me. I’m always drawn to stories about what happens after the ‘I do.’ Elle and Easton are a very young married couple and they both still have a lot of growing up to do. They’re dealing with professional disappointments but are trying to navigate their way through life as best they can. Their love for each other is clear and it dances off the pages. The sexual chemistry is palpable – the book is very upfront – it deals with very vivid fantasies and you’ll either love it or hate it. The scenes were extremely tantalising and well written. Have a fan handy!

What you may not like: Ok – I have a couple of issues with the book. First, the following dialogue:

“Have you ever been with a black guy?” Chelsea popped the question at normal volume, then stuffed a piece of bread in her mouth. Bread that most certainly contained gluten, despite the interrogation she just put the menu through. I eyed the bread and considered my own avoidance of carbs, one that was on a twelve-day streak. “Uh—no.” “They’re gooood,” she mused through a mouthful of bread, the word stretched out and savored, her head turning to watch as our waiter eased by and to an adjacent table, a pitcher of ice water in hand. “Very athletic.”

This paragraph came out of nowhere. There I was, trying to get into the story and this scene totally blindsided me – it’s spoken by a peripheral character and that particular comment isn’t called out by the main character in any way, which made me REALLY dislike both characters. It didn’t advance the storyline or lead to anything bigger, so I wondered why it was there at all. I don’t enjoy dialogue that treats any group of society as a monolith or somehow fetishises said group. This one paragraph made me question whether I cared about the characters at all, which is a shame. I found them shallow, self involved and vacuous. Perhaps this is how rich and privileged people talk to one another – I’m sure it is, but it doesn’t make me want to invest in them or care about them.

Rating: 3/5 for the more risqué nature of the book – that’s what I love about the author and her willingness to go all out and write a no-holds barred story. 2/5 for the rest of the story. The throwaway comment by a minor character unfortunately spoilt my enjoyment of most of this story. Words and dialogue matter (especially in this current climate) as they reveal an awful lot about who we are. This one just didn’t work for me I’m afraid.

Blog tour: Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre

Synopsis:

It’s really hard to save a guy’s life when he keeps running from you.

You might be asking yourself why I’m waving an inflatable penis in the air and screaming at the top of my lungs. If I took time to explain, Declan Moss would get hit by a bus.

Let me back up. I didn’t ask for this. I was perfectly happy—and perfectly sane—before I was tasked with keeping Declan Moss alive. It was a thankless job until the moment that my panties dropped and his delicious smirk found his way in between my thighs.

Hello, toe-curling ecstasy. Goodbye, professional boundaries. And suddenly, there’s a new danger to avoid: the falling of my heart.

About the Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.

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Release blitz: Double Down by Alessandra Torre

DOUBLE DOWN by Alessandra Torre is LIVE!

The stunning conclusion to the All In Duet…

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

*Note, this book is the second and final book in the All In Duet. It should be read After Even Money.

Read Book 1 Even Money

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Release blitz: Even Money by Alessandra Torre

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Even Money is LIVE!

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From NYT Bestseller Alessandra Torre comes a suspenseful and seductive duet…

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless hook-ups.

He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started. Rumors spread. Stalking commenced. Someone died.

None of it stopped me from falling in love.

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Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

Happiest of happy release days to one of my favourite authors, Alessandra Torre. The busy lady has been so productive lately, and this one, Love in Lingerie is GUARANTEED to set your e-reader alight!

 

img_3328Book: Love in Lingerie

Author: Alessandra Torre

Release date: 16 January, 2017

Main characters: Kate Martin, Creative director, tasked with turning around Marks Lingerie’s fortunes. Trey Marks – CEO of Marks Lingerie and soon-to-be driven to distraction by his Creative director.

Plot: Kate Martin needs a new job. She knows she’d be perfect for the new role of CD at Marks Lingerie – she just needs to convince Trey Marks that he can’t afford not to hire her.

Trey has spent all of his resources making his business thrive – since the departure of his co-founder, he’s been struggling to keep on-trend. When Kate enters his world, he’s impressed with her business acumen, but also on a personal level. If experience has taught him anything though, it’s not to blur the lines between business and pleasure. Thankfully she’s not single…

So begins a strong professional relationship and an even closer friendship. The pair grows closer and closer, acknowledging the mutual attraction, but not prepared to jeopardise their business or their friendship – but how long can that last?

Why you should read it: Oh my – you may know that I love a slow-burner, but this book re-wrote the definition of slow-burner! Most of the story is anticipation and delayed gratification, but also gives the characters room to get to know each other. I enjoyed their exchanges and every day situations. I really believed in these characters and the dual pov, was seamless. There were complications along the way, but not too much drama. The dialogue was spot on and kept me reading throughout the night.

What you may not like: If you like your romantic payoff to be delivered quickly, then this book may well frustrate the heck out of you. Other than that – I have no idea!

Rating: Easy peasy. 5/5 – I’d give it more if I could. Alessandra Torre has done it again. I didn’t think I could like her any more than I already did after Hollywood Dirt, but you know what? I’m happy to be wrong!

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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Book: Moonshot

Author: Alessandra Torre

Genre: Romance/suspense

Release date: 4 July 2016

 

Basic story: Ty Rollins was just 17 when she first laid eyes on Chase Stern. Having always admired him from afar, she never dreamed he’d actually play for her beloved Yankees.

As a ballgirl – and daughter of a baseball legend, Ty lives and breathes the sport. Her family is the Yankees, her home the stadium. Chase has a bad reputation and Ty’s father is determined to keep them apart.

Chase has made his fair share of mistakes. Mistakes that got him transferred clear across the country. He’s ready to realise his dream of playing for the Yankees and needs to stay clean and sober if he’s going to keep his spot on the new team. Meeting Ty throws all that up in the air. She’s beautiful, talented and sure to spell trouble for his new leaf. Convinced she’s the one, he wants to come clean to her father and the public, but Ty isn’t convinced her dad wouldn’t kill him.

The years pass and things take a sinister turn. Women start dying – and at first there seems to be no causal link, but that’s not the case. Is it a manic fan, or is there more to it? Ty and Chase are about to learn that their love comes at a cost…

Why you should read it: Calling all sports fans! This one’s for you. I know less than nothing about baseball, but the book is so descriptive, I felt as though I was in the dugout observing it all. It’s evocative and well written. The story has a strong narrative running through it and the passion between Ty and Chase is strong.

What you might struggle with: For me, the pacing of the book was slightly off – in the sense that the last half was rushed in some ways. The end was neatly (a little too neatly) wrapped up and some scenes could have been expanded on. I felt that so much time was spent setting the scene at the start, that the overall development of the story towards the end suffered. It’s an enjoyable read, but maybe not as interesting a read to a non-sports fan.

Rating: Because I love the author’s fearlessness and her ability to create original characters in new and interesting settings, I give it a solid 3/5. I liked the characters and was keen to get to the bottom of what happened.

Moonshot is out now!

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

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 Book: Black Lies

Author: Alessandra Torre

Format: Kindle edition

Review by: Onnica

Synopsis: Brant: Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years. Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee: Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven‘t.

Basic story: When Layana Fairmont met Brant Sharp, eccentric genius and all-round enigma, she thought she’d found the man of her dreams. Empire-building has consumed him and he has always had a predilection for escorts rather than relationships. All that changes the night they set eyes on each other. Layana has been trying to escape from the social confines she was born into, but soon realises that she isn’t really built for more. With Brant in her life, she feels as though she has a happier future until she learns the secret…

Still reeling from the revelations, Layana meets Lee – the polar opposite of Brant. He’s crude, poor and a manual labourer. He despises both her and Brant’s wealth but beneath it all, his heart is hers. Struggling to reconcile her love for these two men, Lana knows her time is almost up. She will have to choose, or the choice may be made for her…

Why you should absolutely read this: Oh dear God, you absolutely need to read this book! It’s smart (Alessandra Torre writes incredibly well and engagingly) and I honestly didn’t see the twist coming. I was wary of Lana – what was her angle, why was she so greedy and underhand. Then I was completely in her corner. She’s a fighter, ready to fight for her happiness, despite the odds stacked against her. Both Brant and Lee provide some very sexy times and I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down until the very end. I was sneaking in chapters at work – I was hooked!

What you might hate: You may hate Layana in the beginning – she comes across as a spoilt and selfish young woman. Stick with it and you’ll change your mind. I can’t say too much – the secret is too good. If you haven’t read any Alessandra Torre before, then note – she’s a very naughty woman. If erotica isn’t your bag then maybe steer clear of this one. The difference between her and other authors is that she always provides a damn good story around the smut. It isn’t shoehorned in.

Rating: a resounding 5/5 – I loved every second and I will certainly re-read. Well done Ms Torre.