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In Flight (Up in the Air #1), by R. K. Lilley

In Flight
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When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

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Soooo…In Flight. Well, first off, I liked and enjoyed this read.

“I knew I had a problem. I was starting to like that kinky rich bastard.”

The book is well written, the plot is more than interesting, the sex is oh so hot and you get attached to the characters. I loved that each chapter in this book started with a new name for James and that it described a bit of his personality each time.

“Mr. Stalker
Mr. Kinky
Mr. Spellcaster
Mr. Charming
Mr. Personality
Mr. Stalker
Mr. Celebrity
Mr. Beautiful
Mr. Mercurial”

It took me some time to finish this book but normally, I would have finished it in less than a day. It’s that kind of book. Once you start it, you cannot put it down until you’ve turned the last page.

“I’m going to ruin you. I’ll be your first, and I’ll fuck you so thoroughly that I’ll be your last too. You won’t want any other man after I’ve gotten my hands on you.”

Now, and this is what kept it from earning five stars, is that even if the characters are lovely and sweet and you get to like them more and more as you read the book (especially Stephan and James) Bianca became a problem to me at the end.

“If you are having trouble understanding, let me spell it out for you … This is serious, Bianca. I’ve never been more fucking serious in my life.”

I liked her character a lot, and that from the start. But the thing is, she was so quick to jump to conclusions and think the worst of James when really, nothing justified it, and that is something that annoys me to no end!

“I had fallen in love with a perfect lie.”

I can’t really tell you what happens and what Bianca does or think at that time in the book but it happens close to the end, something like six or seven chapters before it. When you read it, it’s clear she just exaggerates everything that has happened. Well at least that’s how it felt to me. And then she’s all sad and depressed, blaming James for things that he didn’t do. Anyway, sorry for the rant.Well, it’s probably of no help to those who haven’t read the book yet, but when you do, I think you’ll see my point.

“My past has shaped me, that’s true of anyone.”

Anyway, that was really the only thing that bugged me while reading, so all in all, I really recommend this book, and I will be reading the sequel very soon!

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Hansel, Part IV (Hansel #4), by Ella James

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THE FINAL PART IN THE DARK EROTIC FAIRY TALE…

Hansel.
Gretel.

They were captives who shared a wall, and cut a hole in it so they could hold each other’s hands. Until he killed their captor, Mother. Then he disappeared, and as the world swooped in to save the Children locked away in Mother’s house, the girl called Gretel became…lost. No breadcrumbs.

Finding Hansel, years later, is the shock of Leah McKenzie’s adult life. Finding out how far she’ll go for him – that’s no surprise.

Leah’s given Hansel – Lucas, he says it is – every piece of herself. And he’s been both cruel and kind.

What they share is dangerous.
What they feel is dark.
Their history is twisted.
Their hearts already broken.
And that’s before the secrets are revealed.

*Hansel Part 4 is the final installment in this erotic fairy tale. Full disclosure: it’s a dark read. If you don’t enjoy mind-bending stories with disturbing twists, this story may not be for you.

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I’ll be honest, I sort of expected more of this series. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, but I started it expecting more out of it.

“I hate that this is your story. I’d do anything to change it.”

The last part of Hansel and Leah’s story answered all my questions and like I thought it would, some of the revelations were definitely twisted, and then some. On that level, the book did it for me. Some of the stuff that happened to Luke and Leah you expect but some other were really surprising and made for very interesting twists in the story.

“It’s fate…Because it brought me you. You are my fate.”

But I guess what I expected more from was the connection between Luke/Hansel and Leah. I really liked their connections as kids when they were both captives of Mother and the bond they created then. And this book made it clear why their bond at the time was so strong, especially for Luke, considering his story and relationship with Mother. But the present day Luke and Leah didn’t really do it for me. I really looked forward for this bond they had when they were both captives to resurface when they saw each other again, but it never really did.

And it felt like Leah was looking for this connection she had with Luke back when they were young in the Luke she meets again ten years later but never finds it. It felt like she clung to this idea of Hansel she kept for all those years and won’t face that her Hansel has changed, or more so, is still traumatized by what he went through in the House and still feels guilty over a lot of things. He definitely left part of himself in this house.

“All you have to have is half.” she whispers.
“What?”
“You’re only half,” she murmurs, looking up into my eyes. “If you put two of us together, baby, all we need is half to make a whole.”

I really felt like they couldn’t communicate with each other, much like in book #3, and that was frustrating considering that was what got them so close to begin with. I missed this connection they had as kids and seem they couldn’t find as adults.

So even though the plot was really original and good in a very twisted way, I didn’t feel the connection between Luke and Leah as much as I would have liked and that made me feel not connected to them in the present time story they were living.

Hansel, Part III (Hansel #3), by Ella James

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In part three of Hansel’s story…Limits are pushed, walls come down, and secrets are revealed. Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember? *This is a dark, erotic romance, and is part three in a four-part serial series.

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I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the last two. Nothing really happens in this book. Hansel/Luke and Leah spend most of the book in a car driving, and even though it’s the perfect time for them to talk and for us to learn more about the both of them, well they spend the majority of this time in the car not talking to each other.

Things started to get more interesting the moment they arrive at the motel for the night. After that night, Hansel becomes more approachable and a lot less guarded with Leah, which made things more interesting for me.

“He’s full of shit.
He thinks he can fool me?
He thinks I don’t know him?
He’s lying to himself.”

We do get to know a little bit more of Hansel’s story as a kid after he was taken by Mother. Their relationship during the time he was alone with her is definitely twisted and even though nothing is really described or said, well it gave me the creeps.

And from what we read in this book, it seems there is a little more behind Leah’s abduction than we thought.

“Leah is a fairy tale.
A princess…
I know I’m not her prince.
I’m not the happy ending for her…
The goal is not to keep my princess.
I brought her here to set her free.”

So even though I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the last two because there isn’t much action or revelations in this one, the bits we do learn and the last page of the book still left me curious to read the last part of the story and finally get the answers to my questions.

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I wasn’t supposed to tell her, but I have to.”

Hansel, Part II (Hansel #2), by Ella James

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He was Hansel.
She was Gretel.
Once upon a time, they shared a prison wall inside a crazy woman’s house.
When they meet again, he has a whip. She wears a mask. And fear runs high – for so many reasons.
What will happen when the mask comes off, the walls come down?

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?_______________________________________________

“The past can find you anywhere you go.”

I still have a lot of questions after this book even though some of my questions got answered while I read.

“I don’t talk about my past, Leah. Not ever. Not with anyone. If that’s what you’re here for, you should leave.”

I enjoyed reading more about Leah’s past and how she was kidnapped ten years ago. It was especially creepy when Mother rambled on to Leah on their way to The House. This woman seriously gives me the creeps.
I loved even more finding out about Hansel’s past in this book. His story is truly heartbreaking but I have a feeling it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to him…

“It seems to me like love should be a literal shield. It should offer physical protection; it should be a balm that heals real wounds. I lay back down beside him, and I wonder why the opposite is true – why loving someone almost always leads to pain.”

Things between him and Leah don’t get any easier though. I loved seeing how they connected with each other when they were captive, but unfortunately, ten years later, it’s way different between them and at the same time, some things don’t change.
Hansel is scared to let Leah see the real him. He’s always been her protector and now, showing her his weakness scares him. Which doesn’t make things easy between them after all this time apart.

“This man is mine. No one else’s. Only mine.”

I have a feeling Hansel is going to do something really stupid in the next book so I’m crossing my fingers for Leah to change his mind before that or for him to make some really good groveling once he messes up.

Hansel, Part I (Hansel #1), by Ella James

Hansel_______________________________________________

FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLA JAMES…

One boy. Mother calls him Hansel.
One girl. Mother named her Gretel.
Locked in little rooms, in the mountainside mansion of a crazy woman.
Until he saws a hole into the wall dividing them.
Then at least, they have each other’s hands.

It doesn’t end well at Mother’s house.
Everything gets…broken.

Ten years later, they meet again in an exclusive Vegas sex club.
Whips.
Chains.
And most of all, a mask.
What happens to love when it gets twisted?

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?_______________________________________________

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started this book. All I knew was that there would be elements from fairy tales and I usually like that in my contemporary books once in a while. It was a first though for me that the story was an erotica. So I was curious about the story.

And well I liked this book as far as introductionary books go. It gave just enough info on the character’s back story to make me want to know more and just enough new elements to make me want to know how Hansel and Leah reconnect in the coming books.

“It’s fucked up, I know, but I still lust for Leah.”

The story is definitely twisted and there were enough clues in this first book to let us know that some twists will be huge and a little unsettling, like for example, why does Mother kept them locked in rooms? Or why did she pick Leah in particular? How was life for Hansel and Leah during all those years apart? And why does Hansel recreated their “cells” in his sex club when they are such traumatic places from both their pasts?
So yeah, I see many many mysteries to come in this serie.

“Pretty little blondes girls. That’s what I needed. A pretty little blonde to be my Gretel.”

Because of the format (which is a format I like less and less when it comes to series) we don’t get to know Leah and Hansel a whole lot in this book, both when they were captives and when they find each other again ten years later.

“I start to cry – quiet, tired weeping – because I want to see him and I’m scared to.”

But I liked the connection between Hansel and Leah. I liked how even without knowing it is her, Hansel recognizes Leah on an instinctive level. I’m really looking forward to more of their interactions and knowing more of their past together.

This first book made me curious and willing to read more of the story.

Ps: Also, this first book for free while the other three are not. So if you’re still unsure this is for you, you can still get the first one and decide later.

Odalisque (Comfort #3), by Annabel Joseph

Odalisque

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Kai Chandler has it all. A thriving tech business, movie star friends, and a mansion in the Malibu hills. But he’s lonely, nursing a broken heart and reeling from a shocking breach of trust. Then a friend tells him about a secret chateau outside Paris where they train women in the erotic traditions of the Code d’Odalisque. For a million a year, Kai can choose a sexual servant to use at will, a woman thoroughly trained in the pleasuring of men.

Kai makes the trip and, in the course of touring the facility, meets Constance, a shy and strangely quiet odalisque. He decides to acquire the beautiful woman and bring her to his home. Constance and Kai delight in their voyage of erotic exploration as he plays undisputed Master to her slave. But soon they find themselves forming an increasingly emotional connection, with the end of Constance’s term of service looming over their heads. Jealousy, fear, regret and longing threaten to tear the lovers apart, and they must choose between the safety of the Code and the risk of true love and trust.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, m/f/m menage, group sex, BDSM scenes, power exchange themes, and swinging/partner swapping.

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Annabel Joseph is steadily making it to the top of my favorite author’s list!

I liked Odalisque as much as I did Comfort Object! I love that Annabel comes up with stories that come across as improbable but that actually are not that far from reality (I’m thinking Comfort Object, Odalisque and Command Performance here).
What I mean by that is that the concept of a Code d’Odalisque could easily seem improbable and completely fictional, but if you look it up, you’ll find out that it actually exists. And that makes the story feel even more real.

I also love how Annabel wonderfully combines intense emotions with funny moments and dead pan humour. This book is deeply emotional and sprinkled with dead pan humor.

“Crave wasn’t even a strong enough word for what she felt.

Kai and Constance were great characters you cannot help but fall in love with. You can feel their connection from the moment they meet at Maison Odalisque. I honestly can’t say I preferred one character better than the other because it would be a lie.
I loved Kai’s tenderness and caring as well as his darker and a little damaged side and I loved Constance’s authenticity and freshness and how driven she was.

Now, if you don’t know what an Odalisque is and what they do, this book and its content can possibly shock you. I won’t go into the details of the job description of an Odalisque because the book and the informations you can find about them on the internet will probably do a better job of it than me, and anyway, the synopsis explains it well enough.But make no mistake. There is no non consensual sex in this book. Constance is a willing participant in everything she  does sexually.

“She was his sex toy to use, if and when he decided to use her.” 

If you wonder about possible cameo from the previous books, rest your mind. Jeremy and Nell are still present in a few parts of the book even though the focus is not on them. I loved those cameo as well. It was great to be able to see Jeremy and Nell and where they are at now.

We also get to see more of Mason who was introduced in book #1 with his wife Jessamine and it made me even more eager to start reading his story.
From book #1, Jess felt a little off to me for some reason and you really get to know who and what kind of person she really is. But I’ll say no more and let you have the pleasure to find out for yourself. Just know that you’ll feel deeply for Mason in this book.

So once again, it is a five stars rating for Ms Joseph and her Comfort Object serie.

Comfort Object (Comfort #1), by Annabel Joseph

comfort object

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Nell, an out-of-work professional submissive, is desperate to find a job when she meets handsome film star Jeremy Gray at the restaurant where she works. He says he needs a personal assistant, but the work contract he shows her details not organizational duties, but sexual ones. Jobless and homeless, Nell agrees to work for him anyway, on the promise that he will pay for her to finish her college degree when her stint as his “assistant” is complete.

The start of their formal Dom/sub relationship is rocky, but they soon fall into a mutually satisfying, highly sexual routine. They play vanilla boyfriend and girlfriend in public, while Jeremy uses Nell as his kinky comfort object behind the scenes. Then a stalker threatens their secret lifestyle, and their contract may not be strong enough to hold them together.

This novel contains explicit sexual content and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM themes and content including spanking, bondage, exhibitionism, ménage (m/f/m), group sex.

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I freaking loved this book. I thought it was brilliant as far as BDSM fiction goes.
It made me think of No One But Maddison, that I also loved.

It is less of a thriller than No One But Maddison was, in fact, there is only a very little bit of that in the book, but it was very much alike in the description of the “life style”.

The story is about how Jeremy found Nell and asked her to “work” for him as his PA. Only when he shows her the contract she has to sign with what is required of her, the contract only mentions sexual requirements.

I absolutely loved the characters (Even Kyle the jerk). Nell is opinionated, a little stubborn, funny, sweet and has a bit of a wild-streak. Her narrative voice made me laugh more than once.

“Sexual subservience and use may include but is not limited to sexual intercourse, the use of erotic toys and aids, the use of multiple partners and multiple penetration, the withholding and control of orgasms, sexual objectification, and diverse sexual practices, which the applicant may or may not find repugnant…

In other words, the man you are considering working for is a pervert of the most extreme kind.”

Jeremy was great as well. At first we think of him as the ultimate jerk for different reasons I’ll give you the pleasure to find out on your own, but even though he is her “boss” and never misses a chance to remind her – and himself – of that fact, you just know that he is a nice, completely lost and completely infatuated guy.

I’m not saying this book is for everybody. This is no Fifty Shades. Jeremy IS a sadist, and so he likes to inflict pain, and he really likes to inflict pain on Nell, but not just because he finds that fun, but because he wants her to take the pain for him, because she wants to please him. Nell is far from being a “pain-whore”. On the contrary, she kind of fears it, but gets a thrill out of accepting something for her Dom’s pleasure.

“I am…I don’t…I would prefer not to be caned. I find it nearly intolerable. The pain of it…I know my job as a submissive is to accept pain, and I do, but it’s not as easy for me as, perhaps, some submissives who really enjoy pain. Pain is different for me.” I stopped, embarrassed, but Jeremy was watching me in fascination.
“Why is pain different for you?”
“Because I…just…I mean, I want to accept it to please my dominant, but it’s not easy for me. And severe pain–it panics me a little…”

The connection between Jeremy and Nell is immediate and kind of intense. I mean Jeremy is already very, and I mean VERY intense.

It was funny to see him avoiding the fact that he saw Nell as more than his employee and toy, to the point where he was lying to himself about his “irrational” actions toward her.

And I think the epilogue was my favorite part of the whole book. It was sweet, funny and kinky! Very kinky! I can’t quote it or I might just put the whole epilogue here, but I was smiling the whole time I was reading it, laughing and yes giggling. Let’s just say that I really liked Jeremy’s performance as a teacher.

But I honestly loved every minute of this book. If you are into this kind of books (No One But Maddison, Comfort Food, Seduced In The Dark and the likes), I would really highly recommend you read this book. Like yesterday.

Now off you go! Mr. Gray and Miss Ashton are waiting for you!

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