CC’s Review ~ 44 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton

Title: 44 Chapters About 4 Men
Author: BB Easton
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone in a series
POV: First person
Published: November 17, 2016

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4 Stars!!

After nine years of marriage, Brooke “BB” Easton is on a mission to influence her husband, Ken, into changing certain characteristics of his behavior. As a school psychologist, BB is well versed in behavior modification but when she realizes her private journal has been compromised, the experiment begins. With carefully constructed entries that include a bit of fiction, BB is determined to reach her goals and reap the benefits.

“Kenneth Easton had all the power, and he was using it to make me take control. As much as I didn’t appreciate being manipulated, I couldn’t deny how empowering it was to be the puppet master of this hunky, mysterious, real-life Ken doll.”

From the beginning, the first person narrative made me laugh due to the ease of BB writing in such a self-deprecating manner. While there were times when she was ready to strangle Ken, it was balanced by the many good qualities he possesses. And getting to the place where BB could appreciate Ken’s strengths was based on her past boyfriends and their unique experiences together. 

“Whenever Knight told the story, he would always muse, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

To discover whether BB was successful in her experiment, you’ll have to read the book, but she writes about her own insecurities and bad decisions with a certain honesty that is entertaining and relatable. 

44 Chapters About 4 Men is a humorous and sexy read. It’s recommended to start with this book as a foundation before moving on to other books in the series. 

44 Chapters series:
44 Chapters About 4 Men by B.B. Easton Skin (44 Chapters, #1) by B.B. Easton Speed (44 Chapters, #2) by B.B. Easton Star (44 Chapters, #3) by B.B. Easton Suit (44 Chapters, #4) by B.B. Easton

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LOYDA’S REVIEW ~ No Tomorrow by Carian Cole

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5★★★★★Stars

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 
Type:  Standalone  
POV:  First Person – Multiple

 

This review can also be found on Goodreads.

 

“You were never a part of my delusions. You were my only anchor.”

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Piper was always shy and felt always like an outsider growing up.  She worked hard to land a good job and at only twenty one years old her life was looking promising.  Piper always saw the best in people and that’s exactly why when she meets Blue at the park she couldn’t resist being touched by his beauty and talent.

“This love-our love- is a love that never dies. It withers in the dark and comes back to life again under bright moments even stronger than it was before.”

Blue aka Evan kept to himself; living in the street no one pay him any attention except for her.  Blue and Piper’s chemistry was instant he was hot and his music attracted Piper towards him.  They became friends and there was no denying they both wanted each other. 

“There’s a myth that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they’ll fall in love.”

This story was unique, deep, overload with feels and angst.  I honestly couldn’t stop reading from the minute I picked it up, I had to know how this madness would end.  I literally had butterflies, lots of sick stomach feels and lets just say I cried more than I can count.  I absolutely devour this story from beginning to end and I can honestly has I regret nothing.  This author delivered a deep story with hard and painful topics and my emotions were all over the place.  The couple were hot together; the chemistry on point and the levels of pain was bitter sweet.  For readers who enjoy an unforgettable deep story, this is for you. 

“Life and love can be so cruel and beautiful and utterly confusing. This isn’t the love I dreamed of as a little girl… But what we have is a real love. It’s dark, and ugly; raw and passionate. It brings pain and it brings happiness and everything in between.”

 

 

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CC’s Review ~ The Stablegirl by Miss Merikan

 

Title: The Stablegirl
Author: Miss Merikan
Genre:  Erotica
Type: Standalone
POV: Third person
Published: July 25, 2015

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4.5 Stars

Set in the early 1900’s London, one year into Annie’s servitude as a scullery maid, she is assigned to be the groom for her Master’s prize stallion, Coal. During this time, Annie takes her duties seriously and forms a bond with Coal even though he never utters a word. 

“You’re my only friend, Coal.” This time her voice did break down. “And now even you will be taken away from me.”


Dante Salvai is an actor who has an enormous presence based on his stature and good looks. Though talented, he suffers professional sabotage and agrees to become a stallion for one year in order to be free of his debts. A man of his honor, Dante convincingly assumes the role of Coal but doesn’t foresee meeting a beautiful and tender woman.

“I wanted to fuck this tight hole of yours every time I’d see you bend over to get hay,” Dante said, and she could hear his smirk.”


As Annie and Dante reunite, he intends to grant her wish of becoming a mare. While training in her new role as Crema, Annie is so anxious to please her new Master in every way. Though Annie has much to learn, Dante is patient despite the pressure surrounding him. However, as Crema and Coal they are able to enjoy each other without any limitations leading to hot times.

“He slammed hard into her pussy, and his balls smacked against her sensitive flesh, forcing a moan every time he pushed his cock in all the way to the hilt. Annie loved the way Coal filled her and would stay with her ass up high even after he finished, just to make sure none of the precious seed from her stud spilled.”


In starting this book, I was expecting the dynamic of Master and pony but not the experience of two ponies choosing to engage in roleplay. Needless to say, I loved the relationship between Coal and Crema. By shedding their every day personas, they were able to express themselves in ways that led to total acceptance. While there was conflict, Annie and Dante confronted it on their terms.

Due to her social status and Annie is a character that I rooted for from the beginning. Though she is uneducated, she remains honest and loving and is willing to fight for what is right. Dante also proves his worth by making sacrifices that would benefit others in spite of harming his pride. Not to mention he exudes sex. 

The Stablegirl offers hot pony play but also a plot with heart and main characters that are endearing and likeable. For those who want to test the waters into this kink, this book would be a good start.

 

 

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CC’s Review ~ You by Caroline Kepnes

Title: You
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Thriller
Type: Standalone in a series
POV: Second person
Published: September 30, 2014

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4 Stars!


Joe Goldberg is a twenty something that lives in Brooklyn and works at a privately owned bookstore. Dedicated to reading, Joe lives a fairly solitary life but he enjoys his routine until a unique customer catches his attention. 

“It is fun to fuck with you and you can’t decide if I’m pretentious or insane and I can’t tell if you’re being sweet or patronizing when you laugh.”

Guinevere Beck (known as Beck) is a MFA student at NYU without much direction in her personal life. Always wanting to be accepted by her friends and flirting with men that draw her attention doesn’t capture what she’s lost and seeking. 

“Full of disclaimers, you’re like a warning label on a pack of cigarettes.”

Told from Joe’s perspective, the story unfolds with his account of Beck’s life as he stalks her. With his observations and inner monologue, getting acquainted with Joe’s beliefs and thoughts becomes second nature. Following his trail of Beck offers insight into her personality, as well as the lengths Joe will take to obtain what he wants.

“You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together and you smell good, pure. I like this”

In starting this book, I was expecting a heart pounding thriller but the story became more of a character study of humanity and often how it is sadly lacking. Ironically, the character that should have been the most repellent was the most relatable despite his creepy and disturbing methods. As for Beck, I did not like her nor did she ever seem to learn from her mistakes or try to be accountable for anything. 

Overall, the storyline kept me intrigued, as I wanted to know what Joe would do next, but the pacing was slow at times and diminished the buildup of certain plot points. That said, Joe is a memorable character who will always keep the reader guessing his next move.

You will appeal to those who enjoy reading about flawed characters and their descent into immorality and deception. 

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BLOG TOUR~Dirty Headlines~by LJ SHEN

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“Dirty Headlines is a fantastic enemies to lovers office romance with a perfect filthy asshole hero that I wish I’d written myself.” – Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author

Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from bestselling author L.J. Shen is available NOW!

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Célian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.

Notorious playboy.

Heir to a media empire.

…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.

I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.

Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.

But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.

Brooklyn girl.

Infamously quirky.

Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.

When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.

He knows it.

So do I.

Every day in the newsroom is a battle.

Every night in his bed, war.

But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.

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Excerpt:

He had an American accent. Not French. American. Smooth. Familiar. Ordinary. He fired out sentences at the speed of light. I heard him, but I couldn’t listen. Shock gripped my body as the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. My dirty one-night stand was my boss. My lying, American boss. And now I had to deal with that—hopefully for a very long time, because I desperately needed this job.

Someone snapped their fingers, and my gaze shot from Célian’s face to Grayson.

His forehead had crumpled into a frown. “You look like you’re trying hard not to cry or having a really intense orgasm. I’m hoping for you that it’s the latter and some kind of a weird-slash-awesome condition. You okay?”

I nodded, scraping up a smile. “Sorry. Zero orgasms happening under this dress. I just zoned out for a second.”Lies. I was about to orgasm just remembering how good Célianhad felt parting my thighs with his big, callused hands and dipping his tongue into my slit.

Then words stopped streaming down on everyone’s heads like a scalding shower, and I realized that indeed there was something worse than hearing Célianspeak in his perfect American English. And that was not hearing him speak at all. Because now the icicles were pointed at me like a cocked gun.

I glanced up to meet his gaze. He stared at me for exactly one second before his focus snapped to Grayson. “Am I understood, Gregory?” he asked.

Gregory?

“Crystal clear, sir,” Grayson bowed, his voice trembling at the edges.

Célian jerked his chin toward me. “Your cover girl material is going downhill.”

God. Damn. Bastard.

He recognized me, and I knew it. His eyes had kindled, melting the ice and growing darker the minute our gazes mingled. He remembered, and maybe it killed him that I was here in the same way it buried me.

I want my iPod back, my gaze told him. I had over three thousand songs on that thing, and they were all too good to be wasted on that jerk.

“Jude Humphry. Junior reporter. It’s her first day,” Grayson highlighted, almost pleadingly. He shifted in my direction, as if he might need to physically protect me from the sharp-tongued, suited monster.

I suppressed a smile when I realized I’d told Célianmy last name was Spears. Well, he certainly wasn’t a Timberlake. He was a Laurent. An American monarch through and through. A billionaire, a powerful force, and judging by our one and only encounter—a raging playboy.

This man was inside you, I internally shrieked. And not just once. His cock was buried so deep in you, you screamed. You can still taste the salty, earthy flavor of his cum.You know he has a freckle on his lower back. You know what sound he makes when he empties inside a woman.

I internally thanked my mind for ruining my panties in public, and nodded. “Pleasure to meet you, sir.” I offered him my hand, my face flushing with embarrassment at my choice of words.

Everyone was looking at us, and there were at least fifty people in the room. Célian—if that was even his name—ignored my outreached hand. Instead, he turned his face to the man beside him. “Mathias, any other words of wisdom?”

Mathias? Wasn’t that his father? Just how cold was the man with the icy blue eyes?

“I think you touched everything,” said the big boss—and he did have a heavy French accent, so at least the lie had a seed. Mathias stared at me placidly, like he could read the secret his son and I shared on my face.

Célian spun toward me, uncuffing his cufflinks and rolling his sleeves up his veiny forearms. “Accounting can go back to their unfortunate line of work. Couture is excused from this meeting—though not forgiven for their horrid blog. Miss Humphry?” He snapped his fingers impatiently.

He was already waltzing down the narrow hallway, knowing I’d chase him like a puppy, and no doubt taking pleasure in that fact.

“I have a bone to pick with you.”

Bone, boner—same difference, right?

I shot Grayson a please-save-my-butt look. His eyes said, I would but I still have a life to live.

I followed Célian down the hall, my Chucks slapping the floor in a hurry. He sliced through the throng of accountants, then stopped at a corner office, opened the door, barked “Out!” to the man inside, and tilted his head for me to go in. I did. He closed the door, and it was just the two of us.

Two feet of empty space between us.

About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Excerpt Reveal: PERVERSION by T.M. Frazier

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𝙐𝙎𝘼 𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙆𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨, 𝙏.𝙈. 𝙁𝙧𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙚𝙧, 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞-𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪’𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙨𝙮 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙪𝙥 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙫𝙚.

PERVERSION, book one in the all-new Perversion Trilogy is coming September 25th and we have the first sneak peek for you!

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Synopsis

Love is supposed to be magical.

Ours is suicidal.

The first time I met Emma Jean Parish,

she conned me into taking her p*ssy.

Her 𝑐𝑎𝑡

When she was sixteen,

she manipulated me into giving her

her very first kiss.

At eighteen she gave me 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔.

She’s a con artist.

I’m a criminal.

I use her.

She manipulates me.

The attraction between us is explosive.

When it detonates

we could both wind up dead.

PERVERSION IS BOOK ONE IN THE PERVERSION TRILOGY

BOOK TWO: POSSESSION

BOOK THREE: PERMISSION

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Excerpt:

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When I was younger, I fell in love with magic. I learned every card trick there was from library books and unmasking magic TV specials. I used to put on shows for Gabby that included escaping from complicated knots and trick handcuffs. But what’s magic besides a sleight of hand?

It’s a lie.

And lying is what I’m damn good at.

My ability to spin a tall tale or two lead to stealing wallets and conning people into taking stray pets for the thrill of it. Now, I’m using it to earn for Marco. The thrill is there, but it’s muted, hindered, lost under his pile of mounting threats.

The inside of the casino smells like stale cigarettes, spilled beer, and burnt coffee. We’re not supposed to be in here. It’s Bedlam territory. But that’s also why it’s perfect.

It isn’t like anyone would recognize us here.

We’ve made friends with a few of the cocktail waitresses by giving them a small cut, and they don’t ask questions or ring any alarms when they see us working. I’ve also been straightening my hair over the last few years since my crazy curls stand out like a reflector on a dark highway. I’ve dyed it a few shades darker than my normal honey blonde to help blend in.

Tonight is starting off well. Gabby and I are working a con we’ve run a few times before.

Gabby walks away, her long dark hair swooshing behind her. She gives me a nod as she passes me by on the slot machine I’m pretending to play. She’s just faked losing an expensive engagement ring at another slot machine. I watched out of the corner of my eye as she frantically looked around for it, then loudly announced a thousand-dollar reward would be waiting at the casino cage for whoever returned it.

She is flawless. She should be an actress. And in another life, she would be.

But we don’t live in another life.

We live in Lacking and belong to Los Muertos.

Our lives are not our own.

A few people casually look around the area, then return to their machines when they don’t find the ring Gabby was ranting about. They won’t either. Because it’s not there.

Yet.

It’s go time.

I strut over to the area Gabby just left and put a dollar in the machine. While the wheels spin, I pretend to pick up the dime store ring I already have in my hand. By the time the machine dings to tell me I’ve lost my dollar, I’m turning the ring over, inspecting it like I don’t have half a dozen more just like it in my drawer back at the apartment.

“Would you look at that?” I mutter to myself loud enough so others around me can hear.

A man in an Adidas jumpsuit with a potbelly taps me on the shoulder. “I’ll take that. I saw the woman who dropped it. I’ll go return it to her.”

Liar. You just want the reward.

“That’s so nice of you,” I say. I hold it out, about to drop it into his hand when I pull it back. “I bet there’s a reward for something this valuable.” I start to walk around the man. “I’ll take it up to management. Maybe, they know…”

“Here,” the man says, holding up a hundred-dollar bill. “Take this. I’ll take it to her. I just…you know, as I said, I want to make sure it gets back to the right person.”

You’re not even a good liar.

Sometimes, it’s just too freaking easy. And this scam wasn’t even an Emma Jean and Gabby original. We saw it a long time ago in a movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Doesn’t anyone else watch movies?

I shrug and pass him the ring. Plucking the bill from his hand, I tuck it into my bra. “Thanks,” I say before quickly making my way toward the large glass front doors. It’s Thursday. Marco’s money is due in two days, and we’re short this week.

Really short.

I walk slowly and wave goodbye to the valets with a smile on my face. “Any luck, tonight?” One asks me.

“I think so,” I answer with a smile. Once I’m down the sidewalk and out of view, I scramble to the side of the casino where I kick off my heels and change from the sequined dress I’d stolen from a dry-cleaner into a pair of cut-off shorts and my yellow Keds.

Now, all I have to do is wait for Gabby.

I don’t have to wait long.

“Run!” Gabby yells, darting from the doors of the casino with two large men wearing tight black security t-shirts close behind. Running from security is terrifying enough, knowing that we’re running from members of the Bedlam Brotherhood kicks it up a notch.

I grab my backpack and sling it across my shoulders. I move as fast as I can until I’m running right alongside her. We race through the gates, cross the street, narrowly avoiding being hit by two cars. We duck into a hole in a fence and run through one backyard after the other.

“One of those cunt waitresses must have tipped them off!” Gabby says, through shallow breaths. She’s barefoot in a black mini-dress hiked up to her ass to give her long legs room to run. Her long thick hair is wrapped around her face, sticking to her mouth.

We hit the sixth backyard. Without another word, we separate behind a clothesline. We’ve mapped out this escape plan a thousand times, but this is the first time we’ve ever had to use it.

When I make it into the central part of town, to the Los Muertos/Bedlam border, I can no longer hear the shouts of the security guards. I lost them.

Hopefully, Gabby did, too.

I use a tower of stacked-up wooden pallets on the sidewalk like a ladder to scale a concrete wall, then drop down into the alley.

I grow more panic-stricken the longer I wait for Gabby. I bite the inside of my lip, pacing back and forth along the high wall. The Bedlam Brotherhood runs the security at the casino. If they catch her and find out who she is? Or worse? Who her brother is? They’ll… I shake the thought from my mind. She’ll be fine.

She HAS to be fine.

Please be okay, Gabby. Please.

I’m trying to catch my breath and pull myself together when I hear a clink echo through the alley as if someone dropped some spare change, followed by the sound of something heavy dropping to the asphalt.

“Gabby?” I ask into the darkness. Thinking it’s her, relief washes over me like rain on a barren desert.

My only answer is the flickering of a fluorescent light mounted high on the roof’s edge of the adjoining building. And the hiss of what sounds like a cat behind a dumpster.

I walk over and peer around it. “Gabby? Are you hurt? Say something!” I whisper-shout.

Someone moves from within the shadow. “Get out here, Gabby. We’ve got to go before Mar…”

The light flickers again, for just a second. That second is all I need to see that the someone slowly stalking toward me is not Gabby.

It’s a man…twice my size.

“Who are you?” I ask, shuffling backward as the man cloaked in a black leather hood emerges from the shadows. The front of his jacket is open. Underneath, he’s shirtless, covered in a sheen of sweat, and more tattoos than visible skin all the way up the front of his throat. His muscled chest and abs flex with each step he takes. The hood shadows most of his face, but when the lights flicker again, yellow eyes glow from within.

And they’re locked on me.

My ‘save your ass’ mode kicks in.

The man is blocking the only exit. My only other chance of escape is to scale the same wall I used to drop into the alley.

I keep moving backward as he approaches until my back hits the wall. I look left and right for something to use to climb on.

There’s nothing but emptiness.

My stomach sinks, but surrender is not an option.

I swallow hard as the alarm bells scream in my head for me to run. Somewhere. Anywhere.

There’s nowhere to go!

My legs tremble. Fear crawls like a million spiders along the backs of my legs. I push myself further against the wall as if I can squish the feeling away, but it’s useless.

Fear consumes me. Swallows me whole.

He continues toward me. As he gets closer, I realize it’s not just sweat glistening on his skin. There’s something else splattered across the tattoos on his chest and on his stubbled jaw.

It almost looks like wet paint.

My breathing stops when he’s close enough that I can make out the tattoo on the front of his throat.

A bleeding black rose.

The symbol of the Bedlam Brotherhood.

I’ve heard stories about Grim. The man in the hood. The executioner for Bedlam. They were all terrifying, but not nearly as terrifying as the reality of coming face to face with the man himself.

“We didn’t do anything,” I blurt. “I mean, we did, but it wasn’t a big deal. I’ll…I’ll give the money back. Just tell your men not to hurt my friend. It was all my idea. Let her go, and you can take me.”

“Who the fuck are you?” he asks. His voice is so thick and deep I feel it more than hear it. Shivers erupt all over my body.

He raises his arm, revealing a long curved blade.

For the first time in my life, I can’t seem to be able to hide my fear with my wit or sarcasm. My throat tightens. I can’t swallow, never mind speak. I’ve lost my words completely, along with my nerve.

The man’s blade drips red onto the pavement from the serrated tip.

Every fear response I didn’t even know I had runs rampant. I’m holding my breath. My muscles tense as if running was still an option. The hairs on my arms and the back of my neck prickle my skin as they stand on end. I raise up to my tip-toes and push back, trying to make myself disappear into the wall.

I glance from the knife back to his chest, then back again. The splatters across his skin?

It’s not fucking paint.

Before I can process what the hell is happening, he switches from slow-stalking mode into hyper-speed, pinning my wrists above my head. His hard, bloodied chest pushes against me, smearing blood across my white tank top, forcing the back of my head to connect roughly with the wall.

“I’ll only ask you this one more time. Who the fuck are you?” His low guttural growl rattles my bones.

His unblinking, angry, golden eyes lock onto mine. Without the fluorescent light, they’re more golden brown than a glowing yellow. As much as I want to, I can’t look away. He could be the last person I ever see.

The thought is just the spike of adrenaline I need.

“Let me go,” I say, finally finding my words. I try and jerk my wrists from his grip with no luck. I’m trapped. My fear and anger rise to the surface, but I shove it back down. Fear won’t get me out of this situation, so it will have to wait for its damned turn.

He digs his rough fingers into my skin. “Answer me. Who the fuck are you?”

The bite of pain only makes me angrier. I throw his question back at him. “Who the fuck are you?”

He glances down at my rapidly rising and falling chest before pinning me with his stare. The corner of his mouth tugs up in a half-smirk.

“So much confidence for someone who’s trembling,” he says with an amused glint shining in his demonic eyes.

I shrug. “Maybe, I’m just not a fan of enclosed spaces,” I say through gritted teeth.

“You didn’t answer me,” he says.

“Why do you have blood all over you?” I answer him with yet another question. “You know, if you were committing some kind of crime back there, you should be more careful. I recommend a bleach bath and death by fire for your clothes the first chance you get. If it’s self-harm, I’m sure there’s a helpline you can call.”

He cocks his head to the side. His nostrils flare. His face is only inches away. I can feel the heat from his body against mine. His cool breath flutters against my neck.

I’ve never been this close to a man before. My trembling grows. My inner thighs shake sending a rippling wave of something very unfamiliar coursing through the center my body. I try and press my legs together to stop it from happening again, but when he uses his knee to wedge my legs apart, caging me in even further, it only grows, uncoiling from within like a slinky being pulled apart at the ends.

I swallow hard as the stubble of his jaw presses against my neck.

“Name,” he demands, his voice raspier than before.

I shut my eyes tight for a beat, trying to gain composure, control, something that will help me as I try and reason my way out of this. “Listen, I didn’t see anything,” I blurt. “That is if you did anything. I’m not going to call the police if that’s what you’re worried about. I wouldn’t anyway, even if I saw something, which I didn’t.”

His brows knit together in a harsh line. “Why?”

His question confuses me.

“Why what?”

“Why wouldn’t you tell the police?”

Because Marco owns them.

“Let’s just say that I haven’t exactly been a model citizen myself tonight. Let’s face it. If the police around here weren’t being paid not to do their jobs, half this town would be locked up.” I take a deep, shaky breath. “Especially people like us.”

He stills. There’s no more talking. Only heavy breathing and a battle of wills. He releases one of my hands. I think he’s reaching for his knife. My blood turns cold. I can feel my face pale as my heart starts beating as faster and faster as if it wants to get in as many as possible before the end.

I’m surprised when he doesn’t go for his knife. Instead, his hand travels slowly down my chest into my cleavage.

“No, don’t!” I say, but it’s too late, he’s already yanked on my locket.

“Please just give it back, and let me go,” I plead. Feeling like it’s my real heart he’s torn from my chest. “It’s the only thing in this world that means anything to me. Besides my best friend, it’s all I have.”

I hate the desperation in my voice, but it’s the truth.

He’s silent for a moment. He raises his arms. I flinch, raising my arms over my face defensively. But when nothing happens, I lower them, just in time to see him push back his hood, revealing his face.

“Why?” I ask, closing my eyes knowing full well that the only time a criminal reveals himself to a witness is right before they take them out.

“Look at me,” he demands, holding my face in his hand.

“No!” I say, shutting my eyes tighter.

“Look at me!” he bellows. He’s on me again. This time, he holds my head in his large rough hands. “Open your fucking eyes so you can see me.”

With no other choice than to get my head squished like a turtle under a car tire, I do as he demands. Opening my eyes, I blink through the haze, and when it clears, I’m met with tousled, medium-length, light brown hair, slicked back on the top, shorn close to head on the sides. His nose is slightly crooked like it’s been broken a few times before. The stubble on his square, defined jaw is a few days over needing a shave. A jagged scar runs through his chin like an angry white lightning bolt.

He’s the most fucking beautifully terrifying man I’ve ever seen.

He’s searching my eyes for something, but I don’t know what.

“Why?” I ask in a whisper.

His hands release mine, but he doesn’t step back. He leans in closer, speaking against my cheek in a rumble of a whisper. The strange feeling from earlier comes back as a zap of electricity bouncing around my insides looking for somewhere to ground.

I’m breathing heavy. Our lips are so close, almost touching. He slides one hand off my face, snaking it around my neck, pulling me closer. He starts to answer in a rumble of a whisper, causing goosebumps to rise on my already prickled skin. “Because I want you to see the face of the man who’s just—”

“Where the fuck are you?” calls Gabby from the other side of the wall. “I lost them!”

The moment, whatever it is, is now broken. The man releases me so suddenly I brace myself against the wall to keep from falling. I turn my head toward her voice.

“Gabby!” I shout back.

My heart is beating out of control. Out of habit, I raise my hand to my chest, seeking familiar comfort.

I look up. The man in the hood is gone.

And so is my locket.

About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world.

T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines.

Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay.

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Picture Perfect Cowboy by Tiffany Reisz

 

Title: Picture Perfect Cowboy
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third person
Expected publication: November 5, 2018

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3.75 Stars! 

 

Simone Levine is a photographer and professional submissive. Being her gregarious and sweet self, Simone makes an impression on the man posing in front of her lens. Comfortable with her kinky lifestyle, she is open with her choices making her endearing and relatable.

“I think I could go crazy about you pretty fast, but I’m not going to get involved with a guy who treats women like they’ll break if so much as breathe on them.”

Jason Waters is a former champion bull rider who now manages his horse training business in Kentucky. Raised to be a gentleman, Jason struggles with balancing his conservative values with his fantasies. However, when Jason meets Simone he quickly realizes that it may be the opportunity he’s been waiting for.

“I need to believe I’m a good man,” he said. “I don’t know if I can be that or do that and also be a good man.”

Feeling a connection, Simone offers to “play” with Jason in hopes of helping him act out his deeply hidden desires. What transpires between these two is unexpected as Jason gives himself permission to dominate as he wishes. With Simone being a seasoned submissive, she is familiar with emotional boundaries but Jason’s playfulness and sweet side has her contemplating much more. As he opens up more, they find a rhythm in their dynamic.

“Red, wet, and throbbing,” he said into her ear. “That’s how I want your pussy.”

Knowing details about Simone from previous Original Sinners books, I was envisioning her to be with an intense dominant partner, however with Jason, she finds more of a playful balance since Jason is very inexperienced. For me, because of the need to obey and Jason’s enjoyment from inflicting punishment, the dynamic between them felt like DD/lg. 

Due to Jason’s conservative upbringing, his transition from trying kink to accepting it as an indelible part of his being is integral to his character. While Simone couldn’t have been a better partner to pop Jason’s Dom cherry, I wanted to delve a bit more into the conflict with his family and his acceptance. I was certainly glad when Simone set the record straight showing she isn’t a pushover.

Ultimately, Picture Perfect Cowboy is a book that will make many smile as the narration is infused with humor, sexiness and a touch of kink. For those who have not read the Original Sinners series, this book can be read as a standalone but it would be more enjoyable to those familiar with the subtleties of the series. 

Picture Perfect Cowboy is a love story about acceptance and being honest with yourself. This book would appeal to those who enjoy a sizzling romance with sincere, likable, and good-natured characters.

*An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.*

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