Sunday, March 17, 2013

Surrender Your Love 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.
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Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.
Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.
Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.
When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.
A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare.
 A penetrating ringing noise woke me up too soon. I groaned and covered my ears with my pillow, silently begging whoever was making such ungodly noise to shut it. It took me a moment to realize it was my alarm clock. I rolled on my side and knocked it over in the process. A male voice let out an amused snort. I jumped up, instantly awake. My gaze settled on the guy on the left side of my bed and I felt the telltale heat of a major blush rushing to my face. He was propped up on one elbow, one arm tucked beneath his head, his chiseled chest with dark hair trailing down his flat abdomen on full display. The sheet covering his modesty left nothing to the imagination. In fact, it only managed to stir an unwelcome pull between my legs. Not only was he strikingly good looking, he was also well endowed. A heady yet dangerous combination in a man. My tongue flicked over my suddenly dry lips as I pried my gaze away from the bulge that was evident beneath the thin sheet.
What was he doing in my bed? And why was he naked?
What do you think, stupid? It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. Just look at his smug grin.
I peered at his face. In the bright morning light falling through the window he looked younger than last night but just as arrogant. His gorgeous lips curled into the most stunning smile I had ever seen. A panty-dropping smile, as Sylvie would have called it. I paled at the realization. Had I dropped my panties for him?


****The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****

Brooke took a job right out of college; it was supposed to be temporary till she could get something better. When her boss sends her to a meeting and she thinks she is being played with, it will change her life. Jett is the owner of a big company, he goes to the meeting with Brooke pretending to be someone else, and after talking to her he decides to hire her. Brooke has to take the job with the Mayfield Company; her first assignment is to go to Italy with Jett. The two of them of undeniable chemistry and Jett gives Brooke a contract for no strings attached sex. As they get closer secrets start to come out, Brooke and Jett are tangled in a web of lies, deceit, danger and growing love. First I have to mention the cover, how could I pass up doing a review for this book with a cover like that. I want a full size poster of it. I enjoyed this book a lot; there were surprises and a mystery to it that I wasn't expecting. Brooke is hardworking, nice and she has scars from her past which make it hard for her to trust people or have a real relationship. Jett is a hot, rich businessman with scars of his own. The sex between the two of them is red hot, they also have an emotional connection that both of them keep hidden. The mystery behind the property in Italy had me constantly trying to figure out what was really going on. The ending of this book had me holding my breath in places and yelling in other ones. While I am not big on cliffhangers, this one was done really well. I immediately e-mailed the author and asked for the next book. Surrender You Love is among my top five reads of this year, great characters, wonderful plotline and love scenes that have you fanning yourself. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to find out what happens.

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Tainted Love

Tainted Love
My name is Isabel Cruz, and I’m nineteen years old, almost twenty. I go to Lincoln University where I’m majoring in English. I’m a straight-A student, and I know what I’m doing with my life, but things weren’t always that way. Or rather, I’ve always known what I wanted, and it just hasn’t always gone along with society’s views. In high school, I had an affair with my swim coach. I wanted him, and I took what I wanted. We were together until I graduated, but he had a wife and kids, and I left him behind to come here. I left everything behind to come here. At least that’s what I thought.”
Isabel was never like the other girls at her school in the sleepy town of Hillside, California. At sixteen she fell in love with Tom, a married swim coach at Royal Oaks High School; their exhilarating and sultry affair continuing in secret for several years. Finally, Isabel realized that her own future had to come first, but even after relocating to Washington, D.C. to study at Lincoln University, she finds herself still wracked by guilt over jeopardizing the happiness and security of Tom’s young family. Now almost in her twenties and desperate to start a new chapter in her life, free from past controversies, Isabel will once again find that her beauty and precociousness will captivate another older man, this time a professor at her university. Confronted by this burgeoning affair, Isabel realizes just how deeply she still loves Tom and, in spite of the disapproval of her hometown community, her feelings become too strong to deny.
When Isabel returns to Hillside, reunited with Tom, she feels herself falling for him all over again, only this time with the tantalizing promise that things could really work out for them, especially since she is no longer the naive teen she used to be. But all is not as it seems; Isabel begins to hear rumors about Tom’s involvement with other girls at Royal Oaks High. Quickly this salacious gossip leaks to the local media and the authorities begin to investigate the claims. Only then does the true gravity of Isabel’s misguided choices begin to profoundly affect those around her and threaten to derail her life completely.
Tainted Love is the thrilling follow up to Sweetest Taboo by Eva Marquez, and rejoins Isabel Cruz as she tries to put her complex and forbidden romance with Tom behind her. Written from the perspectives of both Isabel and Tom, the irrational and desperate love they share is brought to vivid life by Marquez. Inspired by the conviction of one of her former high school teachers for sexual misconduct with a minor, it addresses a poignant modern taboo, one that is becoming increasingly common in the US, with unnerving insight and precision. Tainted Love is a must read for young adults, their parents and all fans of romantic fiction.


****This book was part of a blog tour, I was given a copy for my honest review****
This book did not go as I expected to. Following on from the blurb I thought that Isabel would be sucked into the relationship again, falling back into an old pattern. The blurb leads you to believe that Tom goes behind Izzy's back with some other students. If you had read the previous book you would know that him doing this would completely undermine what they had as a relationship.
The tone of this book starts things off totally differently. For one we start off with a preface from Tom's point of view

"Have you ever really been in love? I am not talking about infatuation, co- dependency, or being with someone for such a long time that you feel used to him or her, so used to them that you wouldn't know how to live without that person. I am talking about the type of love that you know, that you feel in every fiber of your being, a feeling of comfort of being at home in the arms of that person, knowing that even if you never saw him or her again, you would continue to love them unconditionally with all your heart for the rest of your life?"
You start to see Tom very differently from the seedy, student nabbing teacher in the first book, to a very sad man, living a disappointing life who falls in love with a beautiful girl.We get more information into his relationship with his wife. I started to feel sorry for Tom, who's character was starting to seem more of a pushover than a pursuer.
Izzy's character in this book disgusted me on many levels, she just loved to make excuses for her own irresponsible behaviour. Their relationship barely had a chance to begin because of her. Now I have to ask myself,why would I want this relationship to go any further? I simply don't know, but in this book I was mad at Izzy and her mistreatment of a man that she professes to love, yet has no qualms walking all over and leaving behind to face a storm on his own.
At the end of this book I was ready to kill Izzy, to me she has no redeemable qualities whatsoever. However there is more to this story, another whole book!!! I am intrigued as to where this story will go.
Does this couple  have a chance at happiness? Or has the circumstances of their relationships origins tainted everything ?
I honestly cannot say I enjoyed this installment of this story at all. It was irritating, aggravating, lies, cheating, miscommunication and characters sticking their noses into it, making everything worse.It ended I feel a horrible melancholy, something I don't like feeling when ending a book.  Knowing I have to wait for the next installment just aggravates me more. But I finished it and it did provoke emotions from me, so I had to have been engaged in the story and drawn in enough to feel for the characters. For that I will give it a 2.5 star rating, I just don't know if I would have put myself through this emotional wringer if I had known the outcome.

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