CC’s ARC Review ~ Deep Control by Annabel Joseph

 

Title: Deep Control (Dark Dominance #2)
Author:  Annabel Joseph
Genre:  Romance/Erotica/BDSM
Type:  Standalone within a series
POV:  First person – dual

Expected Publication: January 22, 2018

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4 Stars!

 

Dr. Ella Novatny is well-respected theoretical astrophysicist heavily focused on her career but when she isn’t immersed in the lab, she needs the escape of pain delivered by a Dom’s hand. Offered a job in New York, she must travel by plane and face one of her fears. However, when she is thrust into a completely uncontrollable situation, she is tested in more ways than she expected.

“I have a tendency to worry about things. To overthink. My field of science is based on questions more than answers.”


Captain Devin Kincaid is a pilot and known to be playboy sadist. Comfortable with his traveling and uncomplicated lifestyle, his time at The Gallery keeps him busy and sated by submissives. After meeting a certain masochist, Devin’s need to play with others becomes diminished but his past still affects certain decisions. 

“It was fun-ishment. But I can do punishment, too.”


As Ella and Devin find a common bond with pain, she begins to trust Dev but certain vulnerabilities flair causing Ella to do what she knows so well. Even with Ella’s pushback, Devin assures her of his intentions, but when Devin’s latent emotions surface, he must accept what he feels to move forward.

“Just lie there and imagine my cock moving in and out of you, pounding your hungry, juicy pussy.”


Told in dual POV, getting into the minds of these characters feels effortless. I admired Ella’s intellectual abilities and understood her deep need to protect her heart. While Ella works hard, she also needs an equally impactful release achieved by being a submissive. With Devin providing the security and touch Ella craves, she’s able lose control and quiet her mind leading to hot scenes.

“Things are always better after you fuck me,” I said. “You have a magic cock.”


From the beginning, Devin oozes sexiness as a Dom and while in his pilot’s uniform. While these two may have been an unlikely match without kink, their attraction builds as plot points are met. What I always appreciate about this author’s writing is her consistency in staying true to her characters. 

Deep Control will appeal to those who enjoy BDSM play and also a romance about characters trying to find their way together. 

Dark Dominance series:
Dark Control (Dark Dominance, #1) by Annabel Joseph Deep Control (Dark Dominance, #2) by Annabel Joseph Dangerous Control (Dark Dominance, #3) by Annabel Joseph

*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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Release Blitz~Midnight Blue~by L.J. Shen

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Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is LIVE!

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Midnight Blue

Author: LJ Shen

Release Date: January 18th

It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.

The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

Then he took my heart.

Then he took my all.

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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 peoples’ 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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RELEASE BLITZ/REVIEW~Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland is LIVE NOW!!!

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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.

It’s just sex, not love.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

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Beat
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Worth Forgiving
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Belong to You
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Made for You
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Cocky Bastard
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Stuck-Up Suit
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Mister Moneybags
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Dear Bridget, I Want You
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Liz’s Review~Signed~by Marni Mann

five-stars

“You’d be a fool not to take her on.”

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Signed is the latest and greatest contemporary romance by one of my go-to authors Marni Mann. With scandal, passion, and forbidden romance, Ms. Mann offers a blockbuster hit that will captivate you with every turn of the page.

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“You’re so dirty.”
“You’re so fucking delicious.”

James Ryne is no stranger to the paparazzi. A child actress who has bloomed into “America’s Sweetheart” she has found success on the red carpet. After fighting to overcome heartbreak when she and her first love, co-incidentally her co-star and best friend, broke up, James is working hard to remain relevant in the Hollywood world. When James has a one night stand with Brett Young, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Brett, a well-respected talent agent, is quite taken by James and, despite their huge age difference, they form a long distance friendship. After long distance calls and late night video chats, they decide to meet again. When Brett is making plans to return to LA scandal crashes into James’ life. When James’ career comes crashing down around, Brett may be the only thing that can save her. But can he actually represent the woman that he has fallen head over heels for? What will happen when James gets Signed?

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“Karma is such a cunt.”

Told in dual POV, Signed is a stunning smoking hot romance with an intriguing plot and complex characters. James is a strong heroine who is independent and dedicated to getting what she wants. I truly adored her stamina when it came to her pursuit of getting Brett. She refused to hide from the battle that became her life. Instead of Brett becoming her “savior”, James saves herself with Brett by her side. Without giving too much of the plot away, I will just offer that the circumstances in which these characters are living are quite relevant to the circumstances women face every day. With complex characters, scandal, intrigue, and smoking hot passion, Signed will certainly find it’s home on my favorites of 2018 and will stay forever in my mind and in my heart.

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Overall, I highly recommend Signed to anyone who enjoys a good forbidden romance with passion and heart. Be forewarned, you will have a major book hangover after finishing this one! Marni Mann never fails to amaze me with her fluid writing style, complex characters, and captivating plots. When Ms. Mann is writing, my Kindle and I are waiting! I can only hope that Ms. Mann will explore the other characters from this world because I am dying for more!

*This is a BR with my girl SUEBEE! First BR of 2018!!!!

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Release Blitz ~ Rules of Engagement by Lily White

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Rule No. 1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.
This is a love story, one that comes with rules, expectations, and dark shadows. One where the man who challenges me the most is cloaked in deception. I had no choice but to accept the terms, nowhere to run once the clock started ticking.
Donovan Stone was a man few people dared to cross.
He was dark.
He was dominating.
He was so silent that you had to watch him closely to begin to know what he was thinking.
He was my boss, and the man I should have run from the minute I walked into his corporate office.
Like any bad decision, it took time for me to see the truth about the game I’d entered, for me to understand that it wasn’t the stalker in the shadows I should fear, but the man who pulled the strings.
I had no choice.
At least, that’s the lie I told myself to forgive my foolish actions.
And while running as fast as I could through twisted mazes and deceitful games, I understood that the Rules of Engagement were now my life.
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Excerpt ~ Rules of Engagement by Lily White

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Title: Rules of Engagement
Author: Lily White
Release: January 17
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Excerpt:

It was a circle. That was it, but yet it affected me in ways I’d never experienced before. If Donovan could do this to me by simply drawing a circle over my palm, what could he do if our bodies were fully pressed together? Would I feel this rush of heat to be against him, or would I panic? The simple fact was that Donovan’s touch didn’t come with the sensation of bugs crawling across my skin – instead, his touch elicited goosebumps.

I should have known he’d notice my reaction.  Peeking up at him from beneath my lashes, I found him staring at me intently, his eyes trapping mine as he traced a line up my palm, over my wrist, slowly climbing towards the crook of my elbow. More goosebumps erupted, my cheeks flaming with heat for him to discover how his touch affected me.

More images danced in my thoughts, more desires building in my core as my thighs tightened at the touch, my eyes begging to close as I was carried away by the sensation. Barely holding them open, I turned my head to hide my reaction.

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Rule No. 1:  Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.

This is a love story, one that comes with rules, expectations, and dark shadows. One where the man who challenges me the most is cloaked in deception. I had no choice but to accept the terms, nowhere to run once the clock started ticking.

Donovan Stone was a man few people dared to cross.

He was dark.

He was dominating.

He was so silent that you had to watch him closely to begin to know what he was thinking.

He was my boss, and the man I should have run from the minute I walked into his corporate office.

Like any bad decision, it took time for me to see the truth about the game I’d entered, for me to understand that it wasn’t the stalker in the shadows I should fear, but the man who pulled the strings.

I had no choice.

At least, that’s the lie I told myself to forgive my foolish actions.

And while running as fast as I could through twisted mazes and deceitful games, I understood that the Rules of Engagement were now my life.


Author Bio:

Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Rules of Engagement by Lily White

Title: Rules of Engagement
Author:  Lily White
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Type:  Standalone
POV:  First person – dual

Expected Publication: January 17, 2018

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4.5 Stars!

Mia Jennings is trying to support herself in the big city but losing her last job has created a financial crisis. Feeling desperate, she enrolls in an interactive cyber game with viewers on the dark web. Adding to her dilemma, Mia accepts a position at a company with a seriously enigmatic boss.

“But desperation has a heavy price. It’s a toxic poison that makes you do things you would never normally do.”


Donovan Stone is the owner of Stone Industries a large, multinational software company. With his prickly personality and certain needs, Donovan is resistant to hire a new assistant but there is something about Mia that keeps him intrigued and isn’t about to make it easy on her.

“I’m not rude. I’m clear about my thoughts.”


As Mia learns to adapt to Donovan’s quirks, their employer-employee relationship takes shape with Mia learning much more than she anticipated and wishing she could terminate her participation in the game. With Donovan taking pleasure in Mia’s discomfort, he continues to push her until the tension becomes unbearable between them. 

“This was the type of kiss that vanquished all doubts I had left inside me that, to Donovan Stone, I was a woman worth taking a chance on.”

Tension mounts as Mia realizes the impact of her vulnerability as her predator makes his constant presence known. Despite not being able to hide, Mia raises the stakes compounding the risk. As she tries to end the game, more surprises are waiting for Mia.

“Rule No. 1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.”


Donovan was a standout character for me based on how he dealt with his past. While he can be abrasively honest, I was instantly intrigued and charmed by him. As for Mia, her desperation and need to please was successfully conveyed and led to her poor decision. However, I liked her overall determination and the fact she didn’t concede to Donovan’s challenges making them a good match.

From the beginning, a certain pace is set that allows for the suspense to mount. Combined with a tense dilemma and distinctive characters, the plot unfolds and lures the reader into a world where rules are meant to be broken. For those who enjoy romantic suspense with a unique plot, Rules of Engagement will keep you entertained to the very end. 

*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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