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!

Review & Giveaway: Rodeo Nights by Ava Sterling

Title: Rodeo Nights: A Manage Story
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 11/16/18
Length:   20 Pages

Overview

Two cowboys at once? Sounds like a good time to her.

Cora thinks boyfriends are more trouble than they’re worth, blamed on her recent breakup with her college crush. She said she needed space, and immediately after, she packed up her bags to head back home to Oklahoma…at least for a little while.

It turns out to be good timing, as she’s able to catch a rodeo that night. What she couldn’t have predicted was how close she’d become to two cowboys in particular, Luke and Logan, who both look incredibly alike. Friends for years, they both have the same dark hair and dark eyes, among other more…intimate features.

She starts out the night alone, and by the end, she has a hunky cowboy on each arm. The only thing better would be some private time alone so they can show her just how well they can share.

My Thoughts

First off – thank you Ava for getting me access to this book.

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To my readers – i’m new to Ava Sterling’s catalog and she’s got quite a bit which i’m sure you’ll start to get exposed to more and more from my blog now that she’s been discovered.

What we have here is a sweet novella about a girl who’s decided that being safe and doin the right and expected thing isn’t necessarily her path. After dealing with a boyfriend in college who kept playing the yoyo game, she’s decided that summer break will be her time to live her best life. and in this story – it’s at the hands (and mouths etc.) of a few really sexy rodeo guys!

Cora meets her destiny one night at a local rodeo where she quickly makes eye contact with two very sexy men who are competing, Logan and Luke. When the competition is over, her night begins and it quickly turns into an experience that none of them expected. See, typically when i read menage stories, the two guys are accustomed to what it’s like to share a woman but apparently Logan and Luke have never shared before but it seems to come naturally.

It’s hot and sexy and fun to read. I feel like there’s so much more that we could have gotten into with this story if it were longer, but i think this novella serves the purpose for what a lot of readers like myself want. a palate cleanse and something that’s hits the spot and hard…and just right. Enjoy!

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Review: Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3) by Raine Miller

Title: Eyes Wide Open
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 8/20/13
Length:   352 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #3

Overview

Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them.

Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? Still lurking in the shadows is a stalker, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the London Olympic Games. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested, and what the heart can accomplish, despite danger and adversity.

My Thoughts

We’ve spent quite a bit of time with these characters over the past two installments that it was about time to see how things would play out for them. We know that Ethan’s on edge even more in this third book because it seems like the person who he’s trying to protect Brynne from is getting closer, and he doesn’t know how that’s even possible. How can you protect the woman you love when you don’t know exactly what you’re protecting them from?

This is a deeper installment than the others i think. Our mains are faced with unexpected challenges that truly test their love for one another. We saw Brynne’s secrets revealed and we know what haunts her and what brought her to London, therefore prompting the need for Ethan to protect her. We knew that Ethan was tormented by something from his time in the military but it takes much of this third book to find out exactly what. He’s not overly excited to share that part of his life with Brynne or anyone but he finds that he has no choice.

Add to that some relationship changing moments that come along and you can imagine that if we had a roller coaster before, we would have an inverted free falling coaster now. There are deaths that are unexpected, deaths that we wished would happen, friendships and bonds strengthening and some interesting moments of chance that come up to keep us engaged.

True to form of what we’ve seen in the previous two books, the scenes between Ethan and Brynne are constantly intense. If they aren’t pushing each other physically and emotionally at all times, they are also pushing each other mentally and that’s something that they both need. The romance and passion that comes from that as well takes us to another higher level and it’s hot and flaming throughout the story. They use each other as a means to escape how they feel inside and they use each other because of the connection that they share.

Some of the supporting characters take on important roles here, Jonathan, Ethan’s father surprisingly comes to save the day at one point. Brynne’s Aunt Marie surprises us in another way. Gaby and Ethan’s cousin Ivan are another duo that have a nice bit to add to the story as are Hannah and Freddy (Ethan’s sister and brother in law). So all in all, much to be read here in this third story and so much brings us a conclusion that we want and at one point truly expect. I hope you guys enjoy this one and pick it up!

Review: All In (The Blackstone Affair #2) by Raine Miller

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Title: All In
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 6/25/13
Length:   227 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #2

Overview

Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne’s trust and she’s left him. He’s unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up—he’s dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. The passion between them was explosive, but the secrets they hid from each other are dark and chilling and are powerful enough to destroy their shot at a life together. With political threats now directed at Brynne, Ethan is running out of time and will need to gather all his strength and agility to protect her from the dangers that could take her away from him forever. Will Ethan be able to save Brynne from a past that keeps her locked in fear? Will he ever feel the warmth of her touch, the solidity of her trust again? This is a lovestruck man who is willing to do whatever it takes to possess the heart of the woman he loves. He’ll go to any lengths to protect her. He’ll go all in. Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.

My Thoughts

I was really intrigued by where we were left off in the first book that I honestly couldn’t wait to get right back into this second installment. This story is getting more and more complex, as we learn about Brynne’s secret, and how Ethan has to come back from withholding information from her. As the reader, we know that the first few bits of this story will be emotionally taxing, and explosive all at the same time. It’s in stories and scenarios like these where our alpha males are taken down a few notches and fall off their pedestals when they have to atone for not being honest entirely and that’s what Ethan’s forced to do.

Brynne needs to feel safe and secure – that’s one of the biggest things that she’s made into a non negotiable coming out of what she endured as a teen, and that’s what she thought she found with Ethan. It’s nice to see that both she and Ethan quickly come to their senses and figure out how to listen to one another for what they truly need, especially since they both know that there’s something bigger at stake – not just love, while that big in itself, but true need for safety.

This installment has two paths, one that’s in the single minded goal of keeping tabs on Brynne for her safety, while not truly knowing which direction a threat will come, while also watching Ethan and Brynne build their lives together. If we focus on the relationship piece first, we have to acknowledge that it’s uncharted territory for them, figuring out how to be together, blend their lives and be open to the people who come in and out. It’s tough for both to accept certain things and that adds to the entertainment factor that we get with this book.

Then we have to ground ourselves once again in the reason that Ethan is in this story – that he’s protecting Brynne from various directions. we spend much of the story really waiting for something to happen, until it does, and then we’re at a loss for who’s behind it, what it means, what the immediate threat is and what the resolution will be. We’re left on the edge of our seats waiting for clarity and things to be revealed and that means that i must dive right into book three now so i can figure it out. Enjoy!

Cover Reveal: Solo Mission by Ava Sterling

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As a way to kick things off today, I wanted to share an upcoming release from the one Ava Sterling! Check out below and get excited! I don’t have information for the release date yet but as soon as I do, I will come back and update you both on when you can get it and where you can pick it up! Enjoy!

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There’s only one way to handle an agent who looks that good.

The evening was supposed to be simple: hold an event, have the media over, celebrate a charity, and have a few martinis in the process. These days, that’s as exciting as things get for Pearla, and she prefers it that way.

Years ago, she gave up being an operative for the agency and hasn’t looked back. She created a company using her savings and life has been treating her well. Well enough to start giving back to the community. But on the night she hosts a party for all her colleagues, her past comes back to haunt her. When she enters her office after taking a break from the crowd, she comes face-to-face with a female agent in a rather tight dress.

Minutes later, it’s a fight for Pearla’s business, her livelihood, and her reputation. They are the only things on her mind . . . that is until a new desire overtakes her, one that will suddenly take precedence over everything else.

Pearla might not be getting back to the party for a long time.

If you enjoy steamy stories about lesbian women, tight dresses, spies, and fight scenes, then you’ll love Solo Mission.

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