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Insufferable Proximity (Insufferable Proximity #1), by Z. Stefani

Unsufferable Proximity______________________________________________

Someone is hell-bent on sabotaging Julian King.

Julian is a hot-shot lawyer and a natural born womanizer with an unnatural addiction to the opposite sex. He also happens to be the boss’s son, which makes him a natural target. With a Rolodex filled with scorned women, a brother who loathes him and the competitors he defeated on his way to the top; there were plenty of people that would love to see him burn. But his money was on the person he despised most, his enemy Heaven Deville.

Heaven is an aggressive, ambitious, destructively-driven lawyer who HATES Julian King. The two stubborn lawyers were currently locked in a brutal battle for the coveted partnership position at the firm; and Heaven would do ANYTHING to prevent her arch rival from winning.

When Heaven goes too far Julian gives her two options- either he turns her in OR she has to willingly sign herself over to him for the next 30 days.

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Honestly, I think this book was a joke. If I had to come up with a list of words to describe it, it would look like this: clumsy, unrealistic but somewhat entertaining.

“Your hatred is my foreplay.” – Julian King

If you get past the many many typos (you’ll notice there is even one on the cover of the book, just sayin’), the stereotypes, the over the top plot, the really laughable resolution of dilemmas, conflicts and enigmas, the delusional characters (Gosh those crazy secretaries!), the main characters who change their minds like they change underwear and end up being and acting very very differently from the characters you meet at the beginning of the book and the abrupt ending, you will be able to enjoy the book. At some point I just started rolling with it because I would not have made it to the end otherwise.

And the thing is, I enjoyed the book to a certain point. Even if the plot and characters are very obvious and clumsy, I enjoyed (I’m using this word very loosely here) myself more or less until the contract between Julian and Heaven was over. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was somewhat entertaining.

I think the blurb depicted a story and characters that had the potential to be very controversial sexually speaking, but sadly, the end result was really….well, soft and normal. I mean, with a cover like this one…

(that was the cover at the time I bought the book)Unseffurable Proximity 2nd

and quotes like this one….

“I want you – every inch of you. I want you naked and on your knees before me, I want to stick my tongue in every orifice on your body, and I want to fuck you until you’re begging me to stop”

…I was sort of expecting something hot or at least something a little bit outrageous. So imagine my surprise when the book turned out to be very mild compared to what I was expecting. The quote I put above? Well it’s really not an indicator of what happens in this book. If I had to comment on it, I’d say it’s all talk and no action.

Julian tells Heaven he’s going to make her do the most disgusting and degrading things imaginable, but really, she keeps getting serviced by him. I swear, except for some light spanking and bondage here and there, Julian spends his time with his hand up her skirt or his head between her legs. There wasn’t even one tiny BJ in this book! So like I said, the sex turned out to be very mild (and not really original), but still somewhat entertaining.

One thing that I think some readers will have a problem with is that the characters are very one dimensional. Julian is pretty much a sex addict and a jerk and Heaven is pretty much just ambitious and stuck up.  And they both hate each other with a passion. They even end up hating loving each other. A little messed up you say? I’d have to agree on that. Want proof? Let’s take a quick look into their heads:

“He’s a cocky, egotistical, competitive, selfish, self-righteous egomaniac, and there’s nothing sexy about that.” ~ Heaven

“She was driving him insane, he couldn’t stand her, but he’d never wanted a woman in his life as badly as he wanted her right now.”~ Julian

It’s when I got to the last part of the book (approximately the 70% mark) that it became especially hard to not roll my eyes every five second. And then the ending did it. That’s what made me give this book only a 2 stars rate. It took the author about 700 pages to tell us her story but she didn’t even take the time to give it a real ending? Seriously? So yeah, that annoyed me a little.

So to sum it up the clumsy and unrealistic aspects of the story didn’t make this book unreadable for me. I found this book somewhat entertaining and it was easy to read. I think the story had potential and could have been really good. That’s why I read it but as it is, well it’s simply went really wrong somewhere along the way.
So in the end, I’m not sure I would recommend this book to anyone and after some review reading for the second book in this series, I don’t think you should give the sequel a chance either, unless you’re ready to waste a little bit of money.

One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1), by Monica Murphy

One Week Girlfriend_______________________________________________

Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.

But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…

Me.

I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.

Forever.

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Well, what a surprise! This book totally made a number on me! This novel really went beyond what I expected. The story is much deeper and darker than I thought it would be… But Oh. My. God! THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING !!!!

“There’s no going back,” he whispers … “Once I am inside you, you’re mine.”

When I first picked One Week Girlfriend, the title let me think it would be one of those sweet, cute, funny — and definitely sexy — stories where the characters play pretend and end up developing actual feelings for each other and not play pretend so much anymore. And well there is a little bit of that in this book, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Literally.

“It’s the people who know you the best who can hurt you the most.”

There are so many sweet and lovely moments in the story I kept oooow-wing  at all the time. And at the same time the “true story” is so freaking insane and one character in particular is SO SICK and disgusting I truly wanted to punch her through my Kindle!!!! Adele is freaking sick, insane, delusional, disgusting, manipulative and let’s just say it, just a freaking psycho. I really hope bad things happen to her in the next book because she definitely deserves it. And I’m not one to wish harm to people or character so it’s saying something.

“I shut myself off to make life bearable. I’m like a damn machine sometimes. Unfeeling. Uncaring. Emotionless.”

She completely messed up Drew and she acts like they share something special. Like she owns him. Like what she did wasn’t completely sick and awful. Honestly, sometimes I just felt like taking a shower when I read moments of the story she was involved in, she made me feel so dirty!

“But this girl…she doesn’t feel pointless. She’s real and she’s beautiful and she fits perfectly when she’s in my arms. She makes me want to feel.”

I really cannot wait for the second part of the story to be released. Drew and Fable were amazing characters. They start out as complete strangers and complete opposites too, but they eventually find in each other someone special who cares for them and accepts them for who they are. Their connection to each other and their relationship was lovely and deep and so beautiful.

“He might be more trouble than he’s worth but I don’t think so. This man came into my life for some reason. Just as I came into his. Maybe we’re supposed to help each other cope. Or give each other hope.”

Honestly, the ending left me hanging and I can’t wait to read the next part of Drew and Fable’s story because I might just go insane not knowing what happens next.

“Honestly, I don’t quite know how we got to this point. I hated him on sight. I did this only for the money. I thought he was a fucked up mess. I still think he’s a fucked up mess. But so am I. And he’s so beautiful, so thoughtful, so vulnerable. We can be a mess together. I want to heal him. I know I can heal him.”

I really recommend this book. This story is so much bigger and darker than it seems at first glance but it’s totally worth it!

God, I’m sorry, this review sucks. I actually wrote this right after finishing the book so, let’s just say that my emotions were all over the place and it was kind of hard to write anything remotely good we me still gushing over this novel.

I’ll just add one last little thing:

“M-A-R-S-H-M-A-L-L-O-W” !!!

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

Hansel 3_______________________________________________

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

Hansel 2_______________________________________________

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.

The Invitation: Surrender (The Invitation #2), by Roxy Sloane

The Invitation: Surrender

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Welcome to your wildest fantasy…

The invitation arrives out of nowhere. No name. No address. Just one simple challenge.

‘Play with me.’

The games are intoxicating, each one more thrilling than the last. And pleasure is the ultimate prize.

He knows my secrets. He sees my darkest desires. He can drive me to ecstasy — and I don’t even know his name.

This is your invitation. Now it’s your turn to decide.

Are you ready?

Discover the red-hot new erotic series from the author of THE SEDUCTION.

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Holy smoke that was hot!

“I know your darkest desires (…) Welcome to your wildest fantasy. Are you ready to play?”

After reading The Invitation: Prequel, I was really looking forward to this sequel. Last time I read a serie by Roxy Sloane, the first book had me hooked but my interest in the serie sort of dwindled until the last book that had me a lot more satisfied with the story and characters. So when I started The Invitation #2, I was a little worried about having a repeat performance of The Seduction Series. But thank God that wasn’t the case because I would’ve been super disappointed!

“He showed me things I never knew about myself. Haw far I’ll go for pleasure. How fucking amazing it feels to surrender. And now that I’ve had a taste, I want more.”

The steam factor for this book is as high as it was with the first one, if not steamier! This one is definitely more BDSM oriented than the first book was too. Our mystery man, on top of having a commanding and seducing voice, has a filthy mouth on him that I truly loved! He said the right things at exactly the right times and it just made things better when they were already very good to start with.

“It’s been three years. I don’t know you at all anymore.”

Seeing Ash again after those three years when he basically went dead on JJ was very confusing for her, and that’s where the absence of dual POV was frustrating because I would have done a lot to know what went through Ash’s head when he saw her again. JJ has a hard time reconciling the Ash she knew three years ago with the Ash she has to face in New York. Gone is her old best friend. In his place is a ruthless and hard man when it comes to business and he has a lot of money to lose if JJ wins her case. She’s not sure she can trust him like she trusted him once.

We really go through all the confusing JJ is feeling in this book with her seeing Ash again, receiving those mysterious and naughty invitations and notes, and all the while, she has to deal with her feeling of rejection and betrayal toward Ash, as well as her desire for him that is still very present even after three long years of not knowing if he was even alive, and this new and exciting man that seduces her so well and pushes her sexually to live her dirtiest fantasies.

“It’s never been like this before: so hot, so wild, pushing all my limits. Not since…Ashton.”

This book is written from Justine’s POV only, which makes sense since we don’t know (even though we kind of have our own little suspicions) who is sending her those naughty invitations. I really liked Justine compared to Keely’s POV. She was really a nice character to follow through the book and I loved never really knowing who was behind those invitations. Of course, I hoped with all my heart that it was Ash, because it if isn’t, then that would really suck, but I kid you not, Mrs. Sloane had me doubting and scrolling through the different male characters present in the book in my mind, and you really don’t know who the mystery man is until the very last lines of the book.

“So who would I choose, if I had to? My mystery man, or Ash?”

The book closes on a little cliffhanger that leave us guessing on how things are going to be for our heroine and her mystery man. I’m really looking forward for the last installment in The Invitation Series, which comes out October 27th!

“The only man I’ve ever wanted. The only man to break my heart.”

The Invitation: Prequel (The Invitation #1), by Roxy Sloane

The Invitation

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“It’s my last night in town, and I’m not flying home until this girl is flat on her back with her ankles up around her shoulders and I’m so deep inside her she’ll never want another man again.”

Hot, English businessman Ashton made a pact not to screw up his friendship with Justine ‘JJ’ Jenkins over a cheap one-night stand. Now, two years later, he’s going out of his mind with wanting her — but she’s still off-limits. Now school is over, and his control is wearing thin. They’ve got one last night together, and he’s determined to make it an experience she’ll never forget.

The one girl he swore off is going to have the night of her life. And with a sexy game of dare on the table, it won’t take long…

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“It’s my last night in town, and I’m not flying home until this girl is flat on her back with her ankles up around her shoulders and I’m so deep inside her she’ll never want another man again.”

If you’ve read The Seduction Series by Roxy Sloane, then you know you are in for a treat in the smut department with this book. And to be honest, I enjoyed this book and the sex in it a lot more than I did with Vaughn and Keely.

In The Invitation, we get to see Justine (Keely’s friend from The Seduction) when she was still in college. And with her, we meet Ash, her drop dead gorgeous British friend. And even though Justine and Ash are attracted to each other from the moment they meet, they make a pact to not sleep together and be friends instead.

“I made a pact I’ve regretted every damn day for the last two years.”

And they stayed true to this pact and became best friends, sharing every one of their secrets and never holding back with each other, all the while lusting after each other, without ever acting on it. Until their last night as students, and their last chance to finally give in and know each other just a tiny bit better.

“Fuck the pact. I’ve waited long enough. This girl is mine.”

Like I said, if you’ve read Roxy’s books before, you know you are in for a treat if you are looking for something smutty to read. And I actually liked this book better than The Seduction books when it comes to the smut because, where Vaughn got on my nerves with his randy one-track mind (I swear, the guy is worse than a teenager hitting puberty), Ash and JJ had a connection and a chemistry that I loved. And when those two get together and focus on how to push the other in a sexy game of dare, things get sizzling hot and deliciously dirty.

“I know exactly what she wants, what she needs. It’s hard and fast and dirty.”

The end of the book both made me sad and curious. The end allowed me to officially give Roxy Sloane the title of Tease of the Year. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the serie, The Invitation: Surrender, and all the dirty things coming Justine’s way.

“This will have to be goodbye – but only for now.”

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