Review & Giveaway: Whiskey and Water by Ava Sterling

Title: Whiskey and Water
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 3/6/18
Length:   18 Pages

Overview

Amber looks the part.

She has on a tight shirt that hugs her chest and a pair of shorts that shows off her legs. She even has her black hair in curls so it falls down her shoulders in soft waves that bounce when she walks. She’s the quintessential hot bartender. The only problem is, she hardly has anyone to serve. 

Carla changes all that when she comes in from the rain for a drink. Within minutes, the electricity cuts out, and the place goes pitch dark. With nothing else to do, they decide on a dare. If Amber can drink a whiskey shot without making a face, she wins. If she loses, she has to kiss Carla. 

It starts off with a playful dare and ends with Carla’s boyfriend, Jack, coming in to check on her. Considering what he walks into, it’s understandable that he’d want to join.

My Thoughts

I need to thank our amazing author Ms Ava Sterling for this story – it’s exactly what i needed for a sunday night! What we have here is a fun evening for a girl who was beyond bored at the bar that she works at, and while it’s a job, it’s annoying given that she always has to be in motion because her boss watches the security tapes to make sure she’s not standing idle. That proves to be even more brain numbing than waiting for customers to come into the bar!

So on a dark and stormy night, when there’s no one to serve, Amber finds herself alone and then quickly not so alone in the bar. Enter Carla, a biker looking chick, soaking wet after she’s ridden through on her motorcycle which of course has conveniently broken down just up the road. We all know where this is going to lead right? The nice thing though is that while Amber isn’t very experienced, she’s fairly adventurous and the scene plays out quite nicely. Especially when the power goes off and the security cameras are offline!

I love that Amber decides that the thrill of what Carla makes her feel is worth the risk, and i love that Carla is so playful at making Amber participate as it keeps the momentum of the story going! And who doesn’t like incentive right? Amber knows she’s going to lose, and maybe she’s so intrigued by what Carla has to offer that she does it on purpose.

What follows this flows fast and furious. Carla is experience and knows what pleases someone else, and Amber quickly has no choice but to explode and enjoy. The idea that all this is happening in a bar, with the power off, that just adds to the tension and heat in their scene. It’s not until there’s someone else in the room that what was hot before gets explosively combustible.

Jack is what threesomes are made for – he’s a guy who really takes no hesitation in the scene, takes what he wants, maybe shares a bit, but is clear and single minded. He’s Carla’s boyfriend, and this is obviously something that they do often – the menage. Its a night of firsts for Amber and seeing how this plays out makes it even more compelling. She’s flying, she’s lost her inhibitions, and perhaps they have made her think about things in her life different.

Of course, the lights come back on (which means also the security camera) and we are left to wonder how this will all play out for Amber. Will she still have a job? Is this just a one time thing with Carla and Jack or is there a chance for more? What will this mean for Ambers taste in the future! So many questions and so few answers!!!!

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Review & Giveaway: Study Hard by Ava Sterling

Title: Study Hard
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 1/4/16
Length:   22 Pages

Overview

Graduating from college is hard enough without being single.

Faye’s best friend, Dakota, helps keep her mind off men by helping her study. The big exam coming up is making Faye lose sleep.

Dakota offers up her dad’s house for them to cram some studying in. It’s much quieter than the university library, especially considering that Dakota’s dad is out of town on business. Within an hour of being there, though, her dad arrives home after changing his flight. 

He doesn’t mind that they dropped by, but Faye finds it hard to concentrate on her studies with such an attractive, confident man nearby. She’d never do anything to hurt Dakota, but this is something Faye has never encountered before. 

She’ll have to decide whether experiencing Mr. Stevens is thrilling enough to risk a friendship over.

My Thoughts

I’ve read quite a few stories now from Ms Ava Sterling and this one may be one of my favorites. White short and concise, it has a mix of the character development and dual plot line that could make for an even more robust story.

To build off what’s in the summary of the story, we have two college friends who’ve clearly known each other for a long time and who work to elevate each other, either in school or with their personal lives. We’re first teeing it up here with the idea that Faye was successful in getting the attention of a hot guy at a party the previous night and there’s no jealousy there. nice right?

Then it’s back to studying – finals are no joke and that’s what seems to be on deck for them. As is always the case, there are distractions over and over again, either in thinking about the hot guy from the party, doing other stuff, or now, the fantasy of Dakota’s father – a guy who has been divorced, keeps himself in amazing shape, and well, the object of Faye’s attentions (in her mind at least) for years.

What we have here is a well laid out novella – seeing how this can all play out in the obvious but not obvious sort of way. We know that things will ‘go down’ once the girls relocate to Dakota’s dad’s house, but the question that begs is how will it happen, what’s the opportunity there, will Dakota find out, and backing it up a second, will her father even be into it?

Let’s just say that what we have in the final pages of this story were exactly what i needed last night. There are teases of the rationale for why an older man is better – Faye even vocalizes that, and the scene that Ms Sterling lays out gives us everything we wanted and more. Yet again I wish that we didn’t just have 22 pages, but happy to have enjoyed this one anyway!

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Review & Giveaway: See Me After Class by Ava Sterling

Title: See Me After Class
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 6/26/17
Length:   20 Pages

Overview

Kristin has played a part all her life.

She’s dated guys off and on, but without any success. They just don’t do much for her. They’re messy and rough. She thinks that is her destiny, until she meets Professor Carolyn Bannister.

Carolyn is the director for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, busy sorting through auditions at her university’s theater department. When Kristin finishes her audition, Carolyn gives her the part before the rest of the students have their chance. Kristin matches the part perfectly of someone who has held in a secret desire for someone.

It isn’t long after Kristin receives the part that she wonders if she’ll get some one-on-one time with Professor Bannister to rehearse her part…and perhaps practice a few other things for the first time in the privacy of a backstage changing room.

My Thoughts

I”m always a fan of a story with a power difference, where one person comes off as though they have the upper hand because of age, experience, profession etc, and then we quickly find that the script is flipped and it’s really the other person who holds all the cards. Seeing though as this is a novella, i’m going to suspend that expectation and see hwo this plays out.

I’m going to first thank our lovely author Ava Sterling once again for giving me access to her library. What we have is a sweet story here about a girl who deep down knows what she is and what she wants but has always been too shy to take a hold of that.

As an actor, she’s able to portray herself as someone else, and that gives her a chance to not only to better embody a character that she’s after, but she’s also put in the path of a woman who may hold the answers to her questions. Carolyn is everything that she’s looking for, older, experienced, beautiful….

Where this story takes us in an innocently sweet introduction to a work of intimacy and passion that Kristin was always dreaming about and hoping for. She’s given an opportunity to live out her flirtation, her fantasy and see what that could bring to her life, all while being able to take on the ideal role in the theatrical performance.

We’re faced with the age old question in this story though of what is possible and what are the ramifications. Remember that Kristin is a student, and Carolyn is a professor and in EVERY situation, this is taboo and carries potentially more risk than reward. Both of them have so much to lose, so Kristin’s fantasy better be worth the risk right?

I say this EVERY time, but I would love to see how this story could play out long term – knowing that there is so much at stake, and so much that they could both learn from each other. The reader can only guess what ‘could be’ and what’s sustainable, and of course, my imagination goes in a million directions.

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Review: Giveaway: She’s the Boss by Ava Sterling

Title: She’s the Boss
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 11/16/16
Length:   20 Pages

Overview

Kylie discovers that she likes to take charge in the bedroom as well as the board room.

Struggling to keep her magazine company in business and recovering from a recent breakup, she feels high strung. And on top of that, she can’t stop staring at Nick, her magazine’s graphic designer. With the two of them left alone one night at the office, she decides to find out just how well he can take directions.

My Thoughts

I always enjoy stories where there’s a woman who’s not just a boss but a BOSS and that’s what we have with Kylie in this novella. She’s a woman who knows exactly what she wants professionally in staring a magazine, personally in kicking her ex to the curb and romantically when she decides that it may be interesting to see what may happen with a sexy graphic designer that works for her.

As the one at the helm, she has to motivate everyone, get status updates from all the key people and it’s during one of those meetings when her eye catches on this one guy in the room. Then, when deadines are fast approaching and she can’t bring herself to make anyone stay to help her close out the latest issue, she finds herself at the office late at night, alone ,or so she thinks. Previously mentioned graphic designer pops his head in, and well, he offers to help her, yet neither is overt on what help they are talking about

What happens from there is a very quick and expected bit of hot and steaming something or other. Kylie is the boss of course which makes this situation complicated and the fact that she’s realizing as well that maybe she’s not just a boss in the office makes this encounter that much hotter.

She tells him what she wants, he’s shy at first and then seems fully on board with what she’s asking and then all bets are off. The question that we beg however is what does this mean for the office and this duo moving forward and how will it complicate things?

Being that this is a novella, it’s one of many questions that we don’t have to stress about having answers to – so i think that we can leave ourselves to wonder. What i can say though is that this gets me back on board with Ms Sterling and the other stories that i’ve read that i’ve enjoyed!

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Review & Giveaway: Always in Control by Ava Sterling

Title: Always in Control
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 6/6/16
Length:   18 Pages

Overview

Serena hasn’t worked long at the law firm before she catches the eye of Mr. Laing, a top lawyer within the company. She quickly falls into the role of his babygirl and submissive, pleasing him in every way she can think of.

One night, he takes her to a cocktail party, lavish and fancy compared to what she’s familiar with. There he tortures her in the sweetest way possible, barely hidden from the other unwitting guests. She hopes he enjoys his dessert later at home, but Mr. Laing may not be willing to wait that long.

My Thoughts

Happy Wednesday everyone! So here we are again, in one of the many worlds and stories by the great Ava Sterling. If you’ve spent time on her site to see the significant variety of what she writes, i think that you can see that i’ve been bouncing between category of kink trying to find which ones are my favorite. So this time around i’ve taken the leap into her own brand of power struggle, the master and submissive bit of romance. If you’ve spent time on my blog as well, you can see that I read quite a bit in this area, and it’s perhaps one of the more challenging ones, especially if you’re going to have a quick snippet or novella. There’s a trust dynamic and a storyline that needs to develop to truly understand how the dynamic works between the two.

I’ll start with saying that I really enjoyed that this story was focused in Manhattan since i like to see how my stomping ground gets incorporated into a story. We have a very successful man who has decided that his assistant is his new pet, and that’s something that Serena is completely on board with. I think that’s what fantasies are made of, being new to your job and some how catching the eye of your boss – a man who is powerful, wealthy and knows exactly what he wants and what you want when you don’t even know it.

We spend a quick night out with this duo – as they go from home where they are preparing for an event to the event itself where the control that Mr Laing has over Serena is impressive. He’s able to get her to do things that she never expected she would do, and she finds that she enjoys it more than anything. Where that takes them, both in private or in public is something that your imagination will have to run along with.

A parting thought that I have here is that this was a sweet quick intro into the world of control and dominance. It perhaps was a bit too sweet and quick though for my liking – i kept wanting to understand more of the back story here since that’s what really excites me. How did she get the job, what were his first advances, and what does it mean for her job long term. All things that we don’t get in a novella, but all things that i’m sure Ms Sterling has thought about should this have become something bigger.

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Review: The Princess (Filthy Duet Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Princess
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 1/22/19
Length:   284 Pages
Series:  Filthy Duet Trilogy #2

Overview

He’s the bastard of the empire, a savant, a genius, and a self-made success. He left it all behind, but he came back for her. 

Their passion is a flame that ignites more than their bond. It ignites secrets, lies, and a puzzle that once solved, will shake them to the core.

You know one deep, dark secret, but you do not yet know anywhere near everything.

My Thoughts

I LOVE this series – for so many reasons! To back up a second, i made the silly yet stupid mistake of reading a few things out of order i think, but on well right? I read The Bastard when it first came out and that introduced me to Eric, Greyson, Harper, Mia, reminded me that the Walkers exist since i clearly forgot about them and then took us on a journey. I then picked back up with the Walker Security series so that i could really get into the minds of everyone in this amazing deep ‘family’ and well, thank goodness The Princess finally came out!

Eric and Harper as you’ll recall have one of the most complicated pasts that you could imagine. Step Siblings sure, but there was an attraction from the first moment they met, but it was one that wasn’t meant to be then, or perhaps ever. But we know that in this genre, that’ll never be the case and they will likely piss each other off and so many other people because they just can’t stay away from one another.

So in this book, we find that they can’t stay apart, Eric feels the need to protect Harper when someone is clearly after her, even when he’s been given information by his half-brother Isaac to imply that Harper has lied to him about some of the most important things. Add to that the fact that they are both still trying to figure out what’s going on at Kingston and who’s behind it all, at the same time, knowing that Eric had/has ever intention of taking the company down as well.

We can clearly understand all the drama here right? It’s layer upon layer, secrets, lies, no idea who to trust, and some really intense passion and chemistry. Which Lisa Renee Jones is known for!

We find ourselves going from Denver back to New York in the hopes that a change in location will keep them safe, but of course that’ll never be the case. An assassin is sent to kill Eric which is unsuccessful. Attempts are made on other peoples lives and each time it happens, we find that we’re no closer to answers since the game that we thought certain family members were playing become less obvious because of who’s being taken out. One key player is left on life support in the ICU after being a target and that was a shock.

Throughout this story, we see that the Walker security clan plays a pivotal role – we rely on Blake to help decode things, and we see that Savage and Smith once again are front and center. (i LOVE Savage – just going to put it out there that i need a story about him STAT!). When yet another set of a coded messages come in and Harper can’t figure it out but Eric is triggered – well that means that their world is about to implode yet again.

Because….Eric has been hiding something, and Harper learns that he has been lying but not about what yet and it seems like this could be game changing!

I don’t think that we needed the intensity of the romance and passion that these two share, but i have to say that it was hot and such a compliment to this crazy insane story. When you see how Eric needs to protect Harper at all costs, and how she wants to do the same for him, knowing that he’s got this side to him that needs a savior, well of course it means that they’ll combust when they come together for a break. Their scenes are so hot that the flames leap from the page, in a dirty yet really sweet way which is the trademark of our author. I can’t wait for Book three to come out – The Empire i believe it’s called -and it can’t come fast enough! Enjoy!

Review & Giveaway: The Billionaire’s New Toy by Ava Sterling

Title: The Billionaire’s New Toy
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 5/11/16
Length:   27 Pages

Overview

Claire wants to land the sale of the year, supplying all bedding materials for one of the largest luxury hotel chains in the country. The only thing standing in her way…is Connor Brenton.

A self-made Billionaire, Mr. Brenton is the type to go after what he wants. Now what he wants is Claire, but she’s more interested in padding her sales numbers than an erotic connection. At the sales appointment, it will be decided who gets what they want first.

My Thoughts

I’m a fan of this story – even more than the others that I’ve read recently by Ms Ava Sterling. What we have here is one of my favorite sub segments of the genre – the Alpha powerful man, and the sexy female who thinks that it’s her body that gets her what she wants until she realizes that she truly has the power because of how she carries herself.

What’s sweet about this story is that even though it’s a novella in length, we get an opportunity to see that there was a history between these two characters – a past shared experience and that’s what makes it feel more robust than others that I’ve enjoyed. While Claire clearly has her mind set on keeping her job and that means getting a sale out of a very successful yet handsome hotel owner, what she gets when she makes the attempt is so much more than she bargained for. Mr Benton has his mind set on success – and he is always successful. Will he be in this instance as well?

There’s a sweetness to this story while all the flirtation and heat is underneath. Mr Benton plays with Claire’s emotions and psyche which is a fun twist and the question from them will become how much will Claire bend, what will happen to her job, and what will happen to her. He’s skilled, capable of getting what he wants, when he wants it, and can she handle it? Very good question!

I wish we actually had more of this story as it has feelings of Sylvia Day and J Kenner among other authors when i read it.

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Review & Giveaway: Role to Play: A Menage Story by Ava Sterling

Title: Role to Play: A Menage Story
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 6/23/18
Length:   15 Pages

Overview

It’s time to admit her fantasy.

Being the wife of a police officer, Rose’s life is rarely dull. Her husband, Danny, is an attractive man, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. Sometimes, there needs to be more.

Danny’s best friend Ellis is the entire package. He’s also a police officer, but with that extra gruff. He’s like Danny but rougher around the edges with just the right amount of stubble gracing his cheeks. 

One night, Danny finally gets Rose’s fantasy out of her, and it involves Ellis. Finding it more agreeable than she ever would’ve guessed, Danny volunteers to arrange everything. It’s then she adds a twist–outdoors, in public, and with a role to play.

She can hardly wait.

My Thoughts

Thank you again to our lovely author Ms Ava Sterling for sharing another fantasy driven read! i’m definitely a fan of women who aren’t afraid to voice their fantasies to their SO and in this case that’s exactly what we get with Rose. She’s been married to a man who wants nothing but to please her and take care of her and she’s content with that. Of course though, there’s always room for more right?

With this couple, we also have the supporting role of the husband Danny’s best friend Ellis. A man that Rose has an attraction to and a man who has been part of a fantasy of hers. The question becomes though – just how willing to please is Danny? Is he willing to share with Ellis and is that something that Ellis is even open to? The other nuance to this fantasy is that Rose wants to live this out in public – that’s another element that can make this dicey and really really hot at the same time.

the question that we ponder while this story plays out is whether or not Danny will give in to what his wife wants, will Ellis participate and what will it mean for the couple and the friends. If nothing else, we know that at least hearing the fantasy that Rose wants to live out will be hot and steamy since that’s what our author always does. It’s always a quick burst of intense heat and chemistry in a way that feels so real and within reach yet so unattainable at the same time. Anyway check it out and enjoy!

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Review & Giveaway: After Hours: A Babysitter Story by Ava Sterling

Title: After Hours: A Babysitter Story
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 7/8/17
Length:   17 Pages

Overview

Brooke loves her job. Where else could she make extra cash while spending her days eating ice cream and talking on the phone?

The only thing missing from her life is a confident, mature man–qualities severely lacking from anyone she’s recently dated.

She’s been house sitting for Mr. Hightower off and on for months and never thought of him as anything more than an employer, despite his toned physique and his bold outlook on life. He’s a baseball coach, used to giving orders and people following them. 

In his living room finishing up a shift, she overhears him giving some of these…instructions. She closes her eyes and fantasizes about them in a much different context. Right there and then, she hatches a plan to make him hers.

My Thoughts

OH how i have become a huge fan of these quick reads because they get right to the point without all the dramatic build up. As you guys saw in the previous story that i read by Ava Sterling, we had a leading lady who wasn’t quite satisfied with her life and relationship status. So that of course leads to trouble when you have a sexy female lead who knows what she wants.

In this story, Brooke is a house sitter – not so much a baby sitter which is possibly the best job ever for a college kid. She also has a boyfriend who she’s had over at the house since there’s nothing better than having an empty house to do what you want. In this case though, her boyfriend only wants to play video games while Brooke is trying to tease him into living out a fantasy. When that doesn’t happen, she notices that Mr Hightower, the man who’s house she’s watching is quite attractive. And takes matters into her own hands.

While you can imagine that this is going to be hot and steamy, you also have to acknowledge that he’s an older and more experienced guy, so there’s a bit of mystery that i’m not going to elaborate on for how things pan out. What i can say though is that our author does a great job of painting the picture in a way that draws you in, and keeps it on the right level of a college girl and her level of experience. So on that note…..

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Review: Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair #4) by Raine Miller

Title: Rare and Precious Things
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 2/26/14
Length:   263 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #4

Overview

Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby while facing the challenges of settling into a new home and married life. But when specters from the past resurface, so do their lingering doubts. Fears about those things they struggle to understand about each other, threaten the very foundation of their relationship. 
The story of two souls who both need the other in order to be complete…
A husband and a wife who learn just how rare their love truly is when faced with losing it…
Two lovers who will have to lay bare their darkest fears so that they may find peace… 

“I need you like I need air to breathe. You are my air, Brynne.” -Ethan Blackstone

My Thoughts

Silly me – here i thought that book three was the final one and that this was a trilogy. Whoopsies! What we have instead is a great forth book to this series – seeing how life continues and hoping that things will finally smooth out for this couple. Like that’s really possible.

We’ve left off from the last installment with Ethan and Brynne living somewhat of their happily ever after. Now they are married, they have a baby on the way and life seems like it’s going in the right direction. We know Brynne’s past and she’s trying to cope – especially now that we know her life is no longer in danger. Ethan however still has his nightmares and his ghosts from the past and we’ve yet to truly get to the bottom of it. Are they strong enough of a couple to help each other through the darkness? that’s the biggest question in this forth installment.

Throughout this story, we’re kept in the romantic bubble between these two. Their chemistry continues to be off the chart, but what i would want to be true happiness that brings them together is often a need for pain and a need to hide from pain. They share that – the fact that their past torments them and as a result they cling to each other for survival.

There are several different paths that this next book takes us down. We see at Neil and Elaina’s wedding that the past is now the present with the appearance of Sarah – the wife of a fallen soldier from when Ethan was held captive. That brings so much to the forefront for him, and makes Brynne question her role in life. Sarah makes Brynne uncomfortable and jealous and uncertain, and being pregnant doesn’t help.

Then there’s Lance – he’s reappeared through a trauma of his own and he’s trying to get time with Brynne to iron out the past. There’s so much weighing on Brynne in the sense that she’s wary to listen to him because she doesn’t know his motivations, and she also doesn’t know if it’s healthy for her to let him have a chance.

Add to that yet even more life and death situations, and well we’ve got an exciting finale to this series. Even the best laid plans don’t ensure that we’re going to have a happy ending and when we find ourselves in dire straights again, well, we can only hope that there are angels looking down on this family to be. We can only hope that they’ve built up enough good juju that things will work out on the positive. To learn that – you’ll have to read! Enjoy!