Monday 18 February 2013

Review & International Giveaway: Vanilla on Top - C.J. Ellisson

Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event…and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered—until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.

Walk on the Wild Side Series:
Vanilla on Top
Further titles & release dates to be confirmed

Visit C.J. Ellisson's website for more information.

Heather is sick of being walked over by the men in her life, she has always bent over backwards to make her relationships work yet they still end in disaster and she has had enough. When her friend drags her to a speed dating night she decides that for once she is going to put her own needs first and take control of the situation. The incredibly good looking guy she has her sights set on may be well out of her league but she isn't going to let that stop her and she plans to have him at her mercy. Playboy Tony is used to getting things his own way, he is on top of his game at work and his good looks and money ensure he never has a problem getting dates. So when Heather takes charge of their first meeting and then walks away without a second look he is shocked to find himself wanting to chase after her. Heather's take charge attitude intrigues him and he can't get enough of her.

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed Vanilla on Top, it was so nice to have a heroine who knows what she wants and is prepared to take risks to get it. As much as Heather was nervous at times she never showed it to Tony and I loved the way she was able to tease him and leave him hanging. She has been through her fair share of rubbish boyfriends and it was about time she got to set her own terms in a relationship. It was great to see Heather blossom as her confidence grew and that didn't just effect her relationship with Tony but also the way she interacted with her friends and how she saw herself at work. She starts off thinking that she is putting on an act but after a while she realises that deep down she can take control of her life and that she deserves to have the good things in life.

I have to say it - Tony is HOT! He was sexy as hell and he was willing to put his skills to good use! He is used to having women fall at his feet so it intrigues him when Heather seems so immune to his charms. Although he is usually the dominant one in his relationships but there is just something about Heather that makes him want to give up control and I loved the way they are so happy to experiment together and act out each others fantasies. I have to admit I loved Tony even more when he started to let his own dominant side out to play, there is something about alpha men that I find impossible to resist! There is no doubt that these two have chemistry but even though the story takes place over a relatively short time period I also felt that they had an emotional connection. They both changed for the better after meeting each other and it was like they gave each other the confidence to be who they really are inside.

If you're looking for an erotic romance with a strong heroine, a sexy Italian stallion, incredible foreplay followed by smoking hot sex alongside real relationship development then you should definitely read Vanilla on Top! The next book in the series will jump straight to the top of my wish list the second it is published and I can't wait to read more from C.J. Ellisson in the future.

Source: Received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review

Other Reviews:
Herding Cats & Burning Soup
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.

Giveaway Details:

As part of the blog tour I'm excited to offer one of my followers an ebook copy of Vanilla on Top thanks to Entangled Publishing.
  • One winner will receive a PDF copy of Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellison.
  • The winner's prize will be sent out directly by the publisher Entangled Publishing so the winner must give me permission to pass their email address on.
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  • Duplicate and invalid entries will be deleted and the winners will be chosen at random from all remaining entries.
  • The giveaway will close at Midnight GMT on the 4th of March 2013 and the winner will be contacted soon afterwards with their prize.
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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to win because the review really got me... especially that part about the real relationship developping :)

  2. Love the review and I love this book! C.J. has definitely been bumped up to an auto buy author for me!!!

  3. thanks for the great review! Sounds very interesting. Was already on my wishlist and is now getting bumped up :)

  4. I would love to win a copy of this book because I have been wanting to read this since the first excerpt I read of it. I can't wait to read it. It is definitely on my must have list :)

  5. Aw yay! I'm so glad you loved it too!! One of the things I'm always a little nervous about with stories like this that happen over so few days is that I won't really buy into the relationship but man I was surprised by these two. You're so right they really did work together and you could feel that emotional side of things too. Loved that!

    And oh yeah Tony was incredibly sexy!!

    I reviewed it a little while back. Here's my link to it :) I'm following your blog now too! So glad to have found ya!

  6. Oh, you have a treat in store for you. These characters grow so much from their first meeting until the last page. You actually hate to see the book end because you're so invested in them.
    I can't wait for the next book in the series!

  7. Loved this book! Cant wait to read more!

  8. I'd like to win because I need new book :)

  9. Thanks for entering the giveaway everyone, I'm glad you're all excited about the book because it really is fabulous!

    There is still plenty of time to enter so good luck everyone :o)



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