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Review: Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

Separation Games (The Games Duet, #2)

Separation Games
(The Games Duet #2)
Author: C.D. Reiss
Publisher: Flip City Media Inc.
Published: January 3, 2017
Genre: Romance, Adult, Erotica, BDSM, Contemporary

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The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.

These are the unbreakable rules in the game.
Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics.

The heart is impulsive.
The heart makes bad decisions.
The heart doesn’t see the long game.

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.

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“He’d asked me to love him when what awakened my love was the very thing that killed his love.”

I was honestly not 100% impressed with this finale. It’s not that the book wasn’t good. I actually fell in love again with the writing of C.D. Reiss. I just thought it lacked some things while it overdid some unnecessary things at the same time. I extremely loved the first book of this duet Marriage Games so I really expected the final book to be that powerful and passionate like the first book.

Separation Games picks up where Marriage Games left off. After Adam discontinued his 30-day deal with Diana to save their marriage, Diana was devastated because it was then when she finally realized that she wanted to be a submissive for Adam. But Adam has some issues with his life as a Dom and he realized that he could never love Diana as a submissive. Now, Diana is determined to get Adam back and pursue the dark world of submission. She is going to do everything in her power to win him back.

First of all, Diana was such a total mess in this book. I didn’t like the way she approached things. Not to mention the fact that she was so inconsistent. One day she was all over Adam and she was really desperate to win him back and then the next day when Adam finally wanted her, she said “NO. NO. NO.” I mean girl, get your act together!

There were just too many scenes here that served as fillers. I wanted some depth in the story. Some intensity like the first book. Despite the flaws, however, the conclusion was great and I was glad how everything turned out good in the end. I was shocked by that little twist with Serena there. Lol.

Rating:

3 Stars

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Review: Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss

Marriage Games (The Games Duet, #1)

Marriage Games
(The Games Duet #1)
Author: C.D. Reiss
Publisher: Flip City Media Inc.
Published: October 22, 2016
Genre: Romance, Adult, Erotica, BDSM, Contemporary

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THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.

THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.

THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong.

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This book stunned me in so many levels. It’s been quite a while since I enjoyed a dark love story with a BDSM content that does not suffer a “wannabe” syndrome like some books do. So you can just imagine how amazed I was after reading this book. It was so gripping it managed to stir me up all the way through.

Caution: This book is not for everybody, and certainly not for the faint-hearted.:-)

Told in 2 different POVs, Marriage Games started when the marriage of Diana Barnes Steinbeck and Adam Steinbeck was about to fall down. Diana left a letter to Adam saying that she needs a divorce because she no longer felt their connection as a married couple. Adam did not immediately let her, but instead, he asked for thirty days for them to be together and to show her the things that he hid all throughout their marriage– his life as a Dom.

“Bedroom games. That’s all it is. But they’re serious, and when played right, everyone wins.”

I didn’t set high expectations prior to reading this. Seeing my friends’ 5-star ratings made me felt skeptical because some top-rated books just do not work out for me. BUT THIS. WAS. SO. FREAKING. GOOD.

I loved C.D. Reiss‘s writing. It’s my first time to read a book written by her and she just blew my mind with her poetic and lyrical tone that felt so right for a dark book like this. I was amazed by the back-and-forth narration between the past and the present events. It was so engaging and it made me want to read more and more in order for me to find out what the heck is really happening with the two.

“You’re a submmissive, and the Dominant in me always knew it.”

This book basically explored deep and complex thoughts from a man who fell into the world of BDSM. It was then when I read Adam’s POV that I felt kind of enlightened. His thoughts simply show that not everyone who gets involved with this strange sexual act wants to do it to their loved partner. Some people hide it because they do not want to show their “dark” side which would taunt the relationship. They have this need to protect and to just be “normal”.

What I especially loved about this book was the balance between the romance and the intimate scenes. Just by reading it, you can feel the deep connection between the two characters. You can feel the emotions, the conflict, and the confusion through their POVs.

The characters were also admirable. This is a BDSM book but I was surprised to find a feisty, strong heroine. Diana is the kind of heroine that does not annoy me nor bother me because of her tendency to become vulnerable, but she was such an amazing character.

Everything about this book– the plotline, the characters, the writing, the romance, the hot kinky scenes — was good. I daresay it’s one of the best page-turners I’ve read so far. The ending was a cliffhanger, but it made me feel excited to find out how the story would end.

“I love you. Every version of me loves you.”

Rating:

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Blog Tour & Review: Commander in Chief by Katy Evans

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Commander in Chief (White House, #2)

Commander in Chief
(White House #2)
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Katy Evans
Published: January 5, 2017
Genre: Romance, Adult, New Adult, Contemporary

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The sizzling second installment of the White House series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

We fell in love during the campaign.
The stakes were high.
Reputations could have been ruined.
Scandal hovered over us like a cloud.
Now the man I love is the President of the United States of America.
And its not my vote he is after.
He wants it all.
My heart. My body. My soul.
He wants me by his side.
In the White House.
Normalcy will be gone from my life, privacy forgotten.
I am only twenty three. I just wanted to play a part in history. But it seems like history wasn’t done with me. The part where I lost my heart to Matthew Hamilton? It was only the beginning…

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“I want you. I want you indefinitely– and eventually, baby, you’re going to need to own up to the fact that the man you’re in love with is the president, and you helped put me here.”

(I buddyread this book with my lovely sis Bea. Click her name to read her awesome review!)

Katy Evans manages each time to suck me into the story she writes. I loved Mr. President and now after finishing this conclusion of Matthew and Charlotte’s story, I am so happy because of their satisfying ending.

In this book, the hot and super swoon-worthy Matthew “Matt” Hamilton is already the President-elect of the United States. Charlotte flew to Europe to stay away from him and try to move on after he won the presidency. But when she returned to witness his first day as a ruler in the States, she wasn’t able to deny the fact that her feelings toward him still remain. And when their paths crossed once again, she did not expect him to pull such a shocking proposal to her– to become his acting First Lady of the United States.

I loved most parts in this book– especially the scenes where Matt was trying to win Charlotte back and woo her. Despite his busy schedule, he was still able to make time for her, doing his best to make her feel that she’s the most beautiful, most worthy First Lady in his heart.

The thing that has awed me most was the loyalty they had for each other. I loved how strong they were together and how tough they were despite some political issues that surround them. Over the course of Matt’s presidency, I was afraid that he’s going to be destructed while being in love with Charlotte but omg, I was so wrong. He is the man! The best President ever.

Maybe I was looking for a little bit more angst and depth that’s why I rated it 4 out 5 but otherwise, I loved how the story turned out in the end. There was a resolution regarding the crime of Matt’s father. The final chapters also brought me a whirlwind of emotions as well as the ending which just made me grin from ear to ear. Matt and Charlotte’s love story, as a whole, was more than beautiful. They said their lives aren’t fairytale. Um, I don’t think so. There could never be any more perfect than their love for each other.

“I shed more than my clothes when I’m with her. I shed every preconceived notion of who I should be. My last name, the presidency, everything is gone– only I remain. A man, flesh and blood, not perfect, but trying his damn best to be, and a man who wants her. Bad.”

An ARC was provided by Katy Evans and Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:

4

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Review: A Countess for Christmas by Christy McKellen

A Countess for Christmas (Maids Under the Mistletoe #1)

A Countess for Christmas
(Maids Under the Mistletoe #1)
Author: Christy McKellen
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: October 1, 2016
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary

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The earl’s secret bride…

Emma Carmichael is shocked when she sees who she’s waitressing for at a lavish party—Jack Westwood, the new Earl of Redminster. Her new life comes crashing down when Jack announces to the world that they’re married!

Jack has never forgotten his first love despite the tragedy that tore them apart. When the paparazzi cameras intrude, he proposes they live as man and wife until the fuss dies down. Emma feels like Cinderella, masquerading as his countess…only, behind closed doors, their marriage feels tantalizingly real…

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Just what I needed this Christmas. The story of A Countess for Christmas is another one of those royal romance books that are all things sweet and are quite simply difficult to resist.

Emma Carmichael has been married to the Earl of Redminster Jack Westwood. However, their marriage was a secret. They were both so young when they made such a sudden decision to settle down and because of an unfortunate event, they were forced to separate but weren’t able to end their marriage. Now six years later, they met again when Emma worked as a waitress at a party and unexpectedly saw Jack.

I love Christmas romances and so are getting-back-together stories. Add the fact that it’s written by Christy McKellen who has always been writing beautiful Harlequin stories, so this book was definitely a win. Our heroine Emma was likeable. She was not annoying and she made such good decisions all throughout the book. Jack was also a swoon-worthy male lead. Always such a gentleman and passionate when it comes to his feelings to Emma.

I also loved their conversations in this book and the way both characters made me feel connected to them. All in all, this book was a delightful quick read with a wholly satisfying ending. While a little cliché was thrown in some places, this was simply designed to make the reader feel good especially when it’s read on Christmas Day.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Thank you to Christy McKellen for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating:

4

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Review: Mister O by Lauren Blakely

Mister O

Mister O
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Lauren Blakely
Published: May 2, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

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From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone…

Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power.

Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time.

I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.

But then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She’s my best friend’s sister, but she’s far too tempting to resist–especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper, has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I’ve secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?

No one will know, even if we send a few dirty sexts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those f*&k-me-eyes on the train in front of her whole family.

The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I’m not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure –I’m thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.

Looks like the real Adventures of Mister Orgasm have only just begun….

**MISTER O is a standalone romantic comedy and it follows supporting characters first introduced in BIG ROCK**

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This was supposed to be the book that would get me out of my reading slump. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one. Too much sexual frustrations and innuendos, not enough romantic development.

I was so excited to find out that Nick Hammer is the leading man here. He was introduced in Big Rock which was my first Lauren Blakely read and which was also the book that I liked. I thought Nick was such an interesting guy. He’s basically sex on legs. He’s a cartoonist who’s well-known for his sexy comic The Adventures of Mister Orgasm. I loved that this book was told in his POV because his thoughts are entertaining and… dirty. Who can say no?

“I suppose that makes me the Magellan of the female orgasm. A true explorer venturing forth, fearless and ready at any moment to map the terrain of her pleasure until she cries out in rapture.”

What I didn’t love was the exaggeration of the smut. Not to mention the lack of plotline. At first, it was fun and entertaining but later on I found myself getting bored because of the repetitive flirtations that seemed to lead both the characters to nowhere. There was a potential conflict, of course. Knowing that Nick was secretly lusting over his best friend’s sister seemed to really create a good clash but then it was resolved easily so…

There was a little bit of chemistry between Harper and Nick but it wasn’t that powerful to make me swoon. Perhaps there just wasn’t anything new here. Sure there were steamy scenes and some romantic development in the near-end but the overdone sexual frustration took most of the time before they figured out that they’re actually in love with each other and they’re not just horny. Meh.

Rating:

2 Stars smile

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