Tangled Beauty (Tangled #1) by Kristen Middleton

Book Description

August 1, 2014

Sinclair Jeffries thought she knew what she was getting into when her zany, gay friend, Jesse Eddington, talked her into portraying his girlfriend during his parent’s anniversary party on Huntington Beach. That is, until she met Reed, Jesse’s sexy as hell older brother, and ends up getting much more than what she’d bargained for.

Reed Eddington assumed his future was settled until he met Sinclair, his brother’s so-called “girlfriend”, but the raw, sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. As he watches their ruse from the sidelines, he finds himself wanting to uncover more than just their amusing little facade.

Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 18+

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On another site this book was recommended for those over 17 years old and more than  likely most 16-year-olds have read or seen worse than this story line.
This book is an entertaining read but nothing special.  The characters were flat and not well-defined. I like Sinclair and her gay male friend, Jesse, but his brother, Reed, was arrogant beyond words and I never did come to like him. Like I said it was a pleasant read but I won’t read any of the others in the series.
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Cover by Dreamscapecovers.com

**I hate this cover**

The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young

Book Description

April 29, 2014
Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

Review –
 I didn’t like the book for the first few chapters because, to me, it was boring and dragged, but then it picked up and I found it to be as good as the first, The Program. Sloane and James (who wouldn’t be my pick for her) are on the run from The Program and little do they know that she has THE TREATMENT in her possession in the form of the little pill that Realm gave her. The pill returns all your memories and can lead too severe depression so only the strong survive.
There is a lot of running and  driving from  safe house to safe house and Dallas is one of the new characters met along the way. She is a leader of one of the rebel groups. Even with all the precautions they take they are infiltrated by someone sympathetic to the cause of The Program and are captured.  Things get out of control but they are rescued in the nick of time by Realm (he and James are now friends) and ways of The Program are made known to the public and all is good for Sloane and James.
I like this series very much and am looking forward to reading THE REMEDY, with is a prequel to The Program Series.
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Acquiesce by Cory Cyr

Book Description

December 29, 2014
****18+ due to adult language and explicit sexual content*****Caspian Vance~former child prodigy, now an accomplished professor of human sexuality at twenty-six has it all—an IQ that’s off the charts, a stellar career at which he excels, and the drop-dead looks and body that make women spontaneously combust with lust.

He’s been studying sex and women’s behavior since he was sixteen. When it comes to the science of human lust and the rewards of sexual pursuits, he has all the answers.

There’s one thing he knows for sure: “love” has nothing to do with it.
Sex is a basic, primal human need—love is an unstable, emotional complication. Both are present in a person, but completely unrelated. His own world of logic and fact accepts this truth and now. . .

He’s going to prove it.

When Cass takes a sabbatical to research his theory in order to write his third book, he enlists the help of a former lover and now owner of the world’s most exotic and secretive male brothel catering strictly to wealthy older women. On this remote Caribbean island, he uses his keen sense of observation and research to prove “love” is merely a series of chemical reactions in the human brain—nothing more.

Nicola Barrington~ had the perfect life, married to her soul mate.Ten years into her one and only relationship, her idyllic world is shattered by the death of her beloved husband. The loss of her “one true love” sends her into seclusion where she spends the next eleven years pining for the man she still loves.

The beautiful heiress, stays hidden away, her only connection to the outside world being being the hired help and her two close friends. Her friends know Nic has much to live for and are eager to see her find love again. . . and if not love, they would settle for her rediscovering the throes of lust.

As her 40th birthday approaches, her two friends succeed in coaxing her out of her emotionally safe haven to celebrate with a trip to an exclusive resort known for “restoring an older woman’s brilliant, inner glow.”

Caspian’s superiority and logic combined with Nic’s innocence and melancholy are on an imminent collision course. Sometimes even a genius has a hard time figuring out a woman.

Review –
I loved this story line, while being a bit unrealistic (isn’t all erotic romances) it was entertaining and eye-opening, especially  the chemistry between and sexual “know it all” and a woman who hasn’t had sex in eleven years.
This story takes on a beautiful island where the business is that of a male brothel ( I don’t remember ever reading about one before) and the cost for three weeks in over a million dollars. Cass, the main male character does not work at the brothel, he is there doing research.
I found the “re-awakening” of Nic to happen too fast. I don’t think she would have been that agreeable no matter how gorgeous the man was, but I still loved the story and the outcome.
Very Adult.
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Fervent (Condemned #3) by Gemma James

Book Description

April 25, 2015

I never imagined things could get worse, but they do. The men who took us show no mercy. They won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice.

Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I was back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but our captors can’t break what’s already broken.

What scares me is the madness I see festering inside Rafe.

I’ve taken his freedom, his career, his reputation, yet despite all I’ve done, he’s determined to fight for me, kill for me, give everything he is for me. He’ll even die for me.

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This is the third in the Condemned Series and Rafe and Alex are taken to an underground (I truly mean UNDERGROUND) sex trafficking ting ran by Jax’s father. There, Alex is beaten and tortured while rafe is made to look on. This is Lucas’s payback for what Rafe did while in prison. After a time, and a couple of failed escape attempts, Jax suceeds in breaking them out, killing men in the process and taking them to a safe secluded cabin. Alex heals,physically, while Jax and Rafe plan to take down Lucas and the sex trafficking ring. Rafe doesn’t want Alex going so he secures her and says he’ll be back.  He and Jax are successful in killing Lucas and calling the cops on the rest of the sex ring, but Rafe decides that he and Alex are just to f***ed up to be together and tells Jax to tell Alex that he was killed in the take-down.  Fade to black.

Adult.

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