The Girlfriend (The Boss #2) by Abigail Barnette

Book Description:

Published: August 17, 2019

Format: Audio/Audible

Unemployed, blacklisted, and pregnant, Sophie Scaife’s life is totally upside down. Her relationship with publishing magnate Neil Elwood is on the rocks. Her best friend’s career is igniting. And Sophie is afraid she’ll make one of the toughest decisions of her life alone…

When a devastating diagnosis forces Neil to return to London, Sophie throws caution to the wind to follow her heart across the Atlantic. Keeping a scorching D/s affair as red-hot in sickness as it was in health is a challenge, even for two lovers as inventive as Sophie and Neil. But Sophie is more than willing to try anything her Sir commands, and their fantasies of control become a welcome refuge from the daily stress of illness.

While Neil’s wealth and privilege make adjusting to her new situation easier, Sophie finds herself rebuilding her life around an uncertain future. And while both of them face the changes between them head-on, they’re all too aware that their happiness may be fleeting—and Sophie could lose Neil forever.

Review –

The Boss ends with the cliffhanger that Sophie is pregnant, and The Girlfriend picks up from there. I pretty much guessed how that plot was going to be resolved by the blurb for this book, and I was right. Though I have no problem with the manner in which the situation was resolved, it was very unpleasant to read about it.Now, after finishing the book, I have to wonder why that sub-plot was even there to begin with. One of the author’s criticisms of “Fifty Shades of Grey” (in her wonderful “Jenny Reads Fifty Shades” series on her blog) was that there are pointless sub-plots that do nothing to really move the story forward. I think the pregnancy cliffhanger/subplot was pretty much the same thing. If anything it existed merely so that the author could point out just out feminist, PC, and not-FSOG this book is/tries to be. And really, that continues through the entire story.

There is a very REAL depiction of what it’s like to be a care giver to a cancer patient on high dose chemotherapathy and the changes mentally and physically that the patient can undergo. The book also talks about using the good days of cancer treatment to keep the relationship alive by having inventive sex. I feel  because this book is written by a female all of this information was done magnificently. A male wouldn’t have been as caring in the detail. There also is a description of an abortion that is very graphic and therefore could be a trigger for some readers or listeners.

I really liked this book more than the first because we came to see Sophia and Neil is much more depth.

 

 

 

 

The Boss (The Boss #1) by Abigail Barnette

Book Description:

Published: July 15, 2013   

Format: Audio/Audible

Sophie Scaife almost ran away once, trading her ticket to college for a ticket to Tokyo. But a delayed flight and a hot one-night stand with a stranger changed her mind, putting her firmly on track to a coveted position at a New York fashion magazine.

When the irresistible stranger from that one incredible night turns out to be her new boss – billionaire and publishing magnate Neil Elwood – Sophie can’t resist the chance to rekindle the spark between them… and the opportunity to explore her submissive side with the most Dominant man she’s ever known.

Neil is the only man who has ever understood Sophie’s need to submit in the bedroom, and the only man who has ever satisfied those desires. When their scorching, no-strings-attached sexual relationship becomes something more, Sophie must choose between her career and heart… or risk losing them both.

Review –

I believe this may be the first BDSM/contemporary romance written by a woman that Ive read and I found that not only are the sex scenes amazingly hot, but the characters are well developed and seem like real people, not caricatures. This book portrays a good relationship with proper communication, boundaries, and an equal partnership even with the economic/age disparity. The D/s aspects of the story make sure to stress concepts like consent, safewording, and aftercare. The wealth of likeable and love-to-hate characters span a wide range of diversity and don’t fall into the usual clichés you’d expect from this kind of story, which is refreshing and wonderful.

The build-up to the cliffhanger and the cliffhanger itself was expertly done and my heart is currently aching wondering how the heroine and hero will handle the next stage of their lives. I’m looking forward to the second book.

My recommendation is: if you can get over the age difference (twenty-four years), navigate through the sexual athleticism, and the fact of the cliffhanger ending, you’ll enjoy this novel.

This is a series of seven books and I don’t know if I will read them all, but I’m definitely reading the next one to see what happens.

 

 

Bossman by Vi Keeland

Book Description:

Published: July 16, 2016

Format: Audio/Audible

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business—his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us—telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?
Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Review –

Oh, how good it was to finally read a spot-on hilarious new adult novel? emotional, and I just needed a break. This on was particularly lightweight and just right.

I loved Chase and Reese together and their sexual chemistry was off the charts.  Both characters are interesting and well-written.  There was also a great deeper emotional level when it came to both Chase and Reese’s pasts and it added a wonderful layer to both characters.  I loved watching their relationship grow from something innocent and fun into more meaningful and serious.  Of course, there are a few bumps along the way but it just made me love their story even more and I was so happy the way things ended for these two!

The whole plot wasn’t entirely something new, but I still loved it. Vi Keeland’s writing made it effortless to get into, which made this book even easier to read/listen.

If you’re looking for a book guaranteed to pull you in and keep you glued to each sexy and fun page, this is a book for you! Thank you, Ms. Keelend, for an other amazing read!

Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March

Book Description:

Published: October 17, 2017

Format: E-Book/OverDrive

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

Ruthless King is book 1 of the Mount Trilogy. Mount and Keira’s story is continued in Defiant Queen and ending with Sinful Empire.

Review –

Mount is the king of the New Orleans underground. Equally feared and respected, nothing happens without his knowledge or order. When Mount wants something, he gets it, and no one stands in his way.

Keira is still reeling from the unexpected death of her cheating husband and barely keeping her head afloat running her beloved family whiskey business. When big, bad Mount shows up at her door and tells her that she owes him a five hundred thousand dollar debt, she’s shocked. When he tells her that he’ll take her in exchange for the money her husband apparently loaned from Mount, she’s livid. But a debt is a debt, and you don’t say no to the most feared man in NOLA. And the fact that the man enrages her as much as he brings out all her primal urges? Definitely inconvenient.

Mount has such an utterly sexual presence to him, that you don’t just read about him, you feel it. March knows how to write one delicious alpha, but she seriously out did herself with this one. He’s cold, ruthless, dominant, and the sexiest anti-hero I’ve read.

I loved that Keira is the only one that has the balls to stand up to him. This is no cowering wallflower. This is a woman that gives as good as she gets. And let me tell you, she gets it HARD. She’s smart, head strong, and not afraid to tell the domineering man where to stuff it.  I am HOOKED. Line and sinker.t

If you’re a fan of sizzling romance with an anti-hero that’s to die for and a story that’s as captivating as the romance, this is a trilogy you need in your life!

Body (Trinity Trilogy #1) by Audrey Carlan

Book Description:

Published: November 17, 2014

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Men ruin women.

Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.

I didn’t want to want him.

I didn’t want to need him.

I didn’t want to fall for him.

He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding… intense.
When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth…

Men don’t ruin women. They devour them in every way that counts.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. Beware of triggers.

Review –

I enjoyed this book very much but would have liked it even more without the “instalove”. It was all too fast. Gillian has a history of a controlling men controlling her life but she’s letting Chase do the same thing. Also, I think the sex scenes were a bit over the top. Yes, Chase and Gillian had a magnetic chemistry but they don’t have to go around have sex ALL the time.

I think the stalker is going to turn out to be someone other than the obvious. I’ll be reading the second in the series to find out.

 

Sheer Submission (Sheer Submission Part One) by Hannah Ford

Book Description:

Published: January, 2018

Format: E-Book

Stay away from her.

The words burned against my brain, searing hot. Then another thought, more dangerous than the first.

Tie her wrists, brand her, teach her.

She was wearing a dress that was a size too small, and I knew immediately she didn’t have a boyfriend waiting for her at home, because no man would have let her out of the house in that.

The dress was red. Short. A sweetheart neckline that was supposed to make her look innocent, but did nothing except push her full curves up and over the material. Her hair was dirty blond and long, tousled around her shoulders.

She was sipping a glass of champagne and looking around nervously, her wide eyes flicking from person to person at the party, as if she were afraid she was going to get caught.

What have you done, bad girl? Something you should be punished for?

My palm burned as I imagined taking her over my knee, that short little dress pushed up, the place between her legs pulsing.

The feeling of desire I had looking at her was like an electric shock to my soul.

My instincts said to leave her alone, that this would end in nothing but tragedy. My instincts had always served me well in the past.

But this time, I decided to ignore them.

An innocent girl.

A ruthless man.

An inevitable, sordid devastation…

Review –

Though the storyline has been overly used, especially when dealing with “Billionaire Dominants in Business”, Hannah Ford was able to draw me in because of the secrets being held by Landon Sheer. He is so much more than he is portraying and little by little I’m sure all of them will become known to the readers.

Landon spots Aven at one of his office party business functions and knows she doesn’t belong there. Aven and her friend have crashed the party so she can ask Landon Sheer to help find her sister, Violet, who has disappeared. Aven believes Violet is with Landon’s brother but doesn’t know how to locate him.

Landon tells her he will help IF she will give into him, sexually, and she agrees UNTIL she sees the dark blue scarf with the “V” initial on it behind Landon’s bed. At that point she gathers up her clothes and leaves the hotel and walks home.

This was the end of the first book (if you can call 45 pages a book) so I purchased the second in the series, Sheer Torment, which I will comment on later.

Be warned that there are a LOT of typos and misspelled words but for 45 pages I overlooked it although it was bothersome.

You know how I am with covers and this one looks GOOD until you learn that Landon Sheer is a clean-shaven man. Just saying!

 

 

 

Crave (Billionaire Bachelors #1) by Monica Murphy

Book Description:

Published: August 6, 2013

Format: Audio

Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge—last bachelor standing takes all—Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.

Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: Infuriating, arrogant…and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away. When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.

But in the light of day, everything seems clearer and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet…and win the jackpot instead.

Review –

This is a book that I would place in a category I call SOFT SMUT. I call it that because the sex scenes are minimal and it’s really all about the characters  and their chemistry with one another.

I knew that going in and it was a very pleasant read even though I knew, without a doubt, that it wold end with a HEA. There’s a good bit of self-deprecating humor mixed in with the passion, plus a sarcastic undertone.

I think you’ll enjoy this contemporary romance if you like powerful, sexy businessmen and smart, sassy women who know exactly what they want.

 

Dark Domination (Bought by the Billionaire #1)by Lili Valenti

Book Description:

Published: June 9, 2015

Marine turned billionaire arms dealer Jackson Hawke has one goal—to have the woman who ruined his life at his mercy. He’ll see her on her knees, even if he has to pay for the privilege.

Six years ago, Hannah buried her twin sister. Now, with her family in jeopardy, Hannah must sell herself to a wealthy stranger in order to save their home.

She expects to be scarred by the experience. She doesn’t expect to pay penance for her sister’s sins or to meet a man who brings her body savagely to life.

Now Hannah must choose—confess to Jackson that she’s not the twin he’s looking for and forfeit the money she needs to survive, or submit to a man whose dark domination may be the end of them both.

Review –

A little more detail into the story:

Hannah is a twin and her twin, Harley, isn’t the nicest person.

One night while she sister is out, a sexy man comes in through a window and makes mad crazy love to her thinking she’s Harley and then leaves.

Soon after, she learns that her sister has been killed in an automobile accident and she goes to stay with her Aunt on a Tahitian island, where she owns a broken down B & B. desperately needing money for repairs Hannah agrees to sell herself to a billionaire for a month as an escort(or so she thinks)

Jackson, the billionaire and the “window man” thinks he has bought Harley and has been planning this revenge for six years. Harley pretended to love him and then ruined his military career and caused him to be imprisoned. He’s out now and plans to make her pay. All these years he thought she was dead but his PI found her on a small Tahitian island.

On entering the plane, Hannah is gagged and blindfolded and he takes advantage of her again and again, each time a little rougher. Although he wants to hurt her he can’t forget the love he felt for her.

Finally arriving at their destination and settling into the house, he removes her gag and blindfold and expects her to be afraid, shocked and outraged but he is mistaken. Hannah can’t believe her eyes-it’s her “window-man”. whom she thought she would never see again.

As he waits for her shocked reaction, none comes. Instead she just smiles. End.

Man, I couldn’t believe the end came when it did.  So, of course, I had to buy the next installment, which I will report on later.

A great read with lots of steamy,sexy dialogue and action.

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Enthrall Her (Enthrall Sessions #2) by Vanessa Fewings

Book Description:

Published: May 18, 2014

This is the escalation of the forbidden. This is the power of Enthrall.

Deemed too feisty to train. Too defiant to dominate. Mia’s journey into the world of the forbidden takes its next step.

Richard Booth, her master, must make the crucial decision…let her go or give her over to the only man who can her truly subjugate her, Cameron Cole, Director of both Enthrall and the preeminent BDSM manor Chrysalis, and a connoisseur of the dark arts. Cameron’s gift with shaping blossoming submissives will ensure Mia reaches her potential, a destination that may take her too far.

Mia’s choices will lead her to places both within and without that she never dreamed possible.

But when her training is complete, will Cameron be able to return her to Richard, or will her transformation have bewitched him beyond repair?

Review –

I skipped the first book in this series because the synopsis didn’t pique my interest but this one did.

In the first one Mia went to work for Enthrall, a fetish club for the very wealthy, as secretary to the assistant director, Richard Booth.  Richard is a bit of a dare-devil and too much so for his friend, Cameron Cole, so he decides to set Richard, a Dom, up with a new submissive, Mia. Mia is a bit too feisty for the term submissive so in book two Richard asks  Cameron, who is the club’s psychiatrist and a  connoisseur of the dark arts, to take over Mia’s training.  Mia, wanting to please Richard and share his life style, agrees.

Mia is hardly obedient and Cameron is trying his best to make her submit but knows that she is holding back a dark secret from her childhood and until she tells him what it is she will not be ready to submit.  He takes drastic measures and  keeps her in a dungeon like room for three days while using BDSM tactics and finally the secret (you’ll have to read the book to find out what she was hiding) comes out  after he has broken her spirit. After she has time to gather herself she still wants Cameron to train her for Richard and he continues but realizes that he has feelings for her,despite his better judgement and unbeknownst to anyone else. He wonders if when he’s done if he will be able to hand her over to Richard.

As the day near for the reunion with Richard nears, Mia is inadvertently put in the “lion’s den” with wealthy board members and Lance grabs Mia’s arm, hurting her and Cameron asks that he release her because she is being trained  for someone else. Lance acquiesces .

Later to prove his love for Mia, Richard holds an auction where subs are auctioned off to the highest bidder and everyone knows that Richard is going to be the lucky man to take her home. But, Lance, has other plans and bids a million dollars to secure Mia.  Cameron, tells Lance that there has been a mistake and that his money will be refunded but Lance wants Mia. So, at the end of book two Cameron is whisking Mia to London to keep her out of Lance’s hands, while Richard tries to talk some sense into him.

There  is lots and lots of very explicit sex and BDSM.  Adult.

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Shades of Pearl (Pearl #1) by Arianne Richmonde

Book Description:

Published: August 21, 2012

Pearl Robinson, is a beautiful and smart documentary producer. She’s forty, divorced and single and hasn’t even had a date for over two years. She has given up on love.

When she hears about Alexandre Chevalier, a young French, Internet billionaire, she assumes he’s a geek who wears a hoodie and keeps pet rats in his bedroom. How wrong she is! She bumps into him face to face and is stunned by his charm, beauty and sophistication, and startled by her strong feelings and desire for a man fifteen years her junior. His looks, wealth and worldwide triumph with his social media site, HookedUp, means he can get any woman he chooses, but there is something about Pearl he finds irresistible…

The couple begins a passionate affair and Pearl’s body is awakened in ways she never imagined possible. She is consumed by him and his magical touch. But dark secrets, jealous family members and other external forces are threatening to pull them apart.

Erotic Romance for readers 18+ contains adult situations and strong language – full-length novel (70,000 words – 278 pages). #1 of a trilogy – all books released.

Review –

A pleasant read about  discovering love when it’s the last thing you are looking for. Alexandre is obsessed with Pearl (gave her priceless pearls as a gift after just seeing her a couple of times) and is jealous of her being interested in anyone else but is hurt when she wasn’t honest with him about her job. They get over that hurdle but his sister is trying to break them up. Regardless, he asks Pearl to marry him and she accepts.  End.  While I enjoyed the story I don’t feel invested enough to read any more of the series.

Adult

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