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#Review of Duets and Dominance (Pleasure Island series #7) by Anya Summers w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @AnyaBSummers


Duets and Dominance

by Anya Summers

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GENRE: Erotic Romance

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Duets & Dominance by Anya Summers

Elizabeth “Lizzie” von Klepper has a problem of epic proportions—she’s the oldest virgin in the world. Invited to perform on Pleasure Island with her best friend Solomon, she devises a plan to seduce him, and rid herself of that infernal status. After all, they shared a mind-blowing kiss a year ago and that has to count for something, right?

Solomon Ventura adores Lizzie. She’s been his best friend since their humble beginnings at Julliard, but deep down he’s yearned for her. For more. And ever since he tasted her, a stolen kiss he hasn’t been able to forget, he cannot seem to stop his mind from conjuring up myriad fantasies with Lizzie in the starring role. But he’s not the man for her. She’s light where he is dark, and his brand of love would shatter the only woman he’s ever cared about.

Will the best friends move their relationship out of the friendzone? Or will a week spent on pleasure island destroy them both?

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Excerpt Three:

This place would be good for him. He already planned to stay past their performance week. If he had to fuck his way through the sub-pool on the island—as well as any single subs who visited—to thoroughly evict Lizzie from his lustful thoughts and put her back squarely in the friend column, then that was what he was going to do.

The private balcony off his room had a clear view of the ocean. The waves undulated, an endless movement of shimmering turquoise and cobalt. Sol inhaled a few steadying breaths. Lizzie wasn’t for him. She was too pure, too sweet, and just too good for a man like him.

But Christ did she look good, better even than when he’d seen her in Scotland.

Lizzie was the type of woman suited to candlelight and gentle lovemaking. Sol wasn’t that kind of man, never had been. It wasn’t that he wasn’t a good man, he just wasn’t good for her. She wouldn’t survive his brand of love, and Solomon couldn’t be satisfied without being a Dominant.

That didn’t mean he’d forget that one stolen kiss. Far from it. One touch, a simple brushing of lips, and every part of his being had stampeded to the forefront, eager to stake its claim. That Lizzie belonged to him.

If only that were true.

They were friends. It was better that way. She deserved better. Were he to turn the full brunt of his desires in her direction, she’d run screaming into the night. As she should, because a good girl shouldn’t tangle with the big bad wolf. His brand of dominance would leave her shattered. Solomon must have control, otherwise, it put him on a slippery slope toward utter ruin.

And he’d never be able to live with himself if he destroyed such perfection.

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I know, I know.  I haven’t reviewed on the blog a BDSM book in a long time.  I stopped when FSOG came out so it’s been awhile.  Why did I choose this one to review?  I liked the trope associated with it.  Friends to lovers.  I loved how Lizzie and Sol were friends but so different in every way that counted.  Friends from Julliard and now playing together in private concerts.  While we get to see how they became friends, we only get snippets about the friendship now.

What really struck me about these two is how they never communicated with each other about the sexual needs/wants/desires or lack thereof.  I would figure that would have been discussed at some point.  Lizzie’s back history is just awful but I loved how she got a backbone on the island even if it drove Sol beyond crazy.  Her time with Dante and Michael was perfect.  I loved how Ms.  Summers used them in Lizzie’s quest to make Sol final realize how much he needed and loved Lizzie.  Lizzie is a great heroine that had to grow up to get what she truly wanted; not what everyone else wanted for her.

Sol, my Sol.  I loved him.  The brooding, dark Irishman.  I totally understood why he kept Lizzie at arm’s length when it came to the lifestyle and how he explained everything to her was emotional and truly heartfelt.  Lizzie’s reaction is priceless and she proves that she isn’t the shy wallflower that he thinks.  I also think that Sol didn’t really give Lizzie a choice when it came right to it.  I didn’t like that aspect of him but that’s when Dante and Michael came into play and it was great.

Overall, the book is about the lifestyle, not so much the actual acts.  Sure there is the D/s but it is sorta on the lite side.  The smexy times?  Beyond hot in my book.  But that’s what makes this book so good.  It’s not over the top BDSM acts that you are having to Google but just good old-fashioned hot sex between two people that have been in love with each too long and when push came to pull, they finally decided to act on it.

I would definitely revisit the Pleasure Island series.  I liked the whole premise of the series.  Oh and I just love how Ms. Summers didn’t have too many secondary characters to muck up the actual romance between Lizzie and Sol.  *sigh*

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

 

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

 

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!

 

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, Book 1

To Master and Defend, Book 2

Two Doms for Kara, Book 3

His Driven Domme, Book 4

Her Country Master, Book 5

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6

Submit To Me, Book 7

Her Wired Dom, Book 8

 

Pleasure Island Series
Her Master & Commander, Book 1
Her Music Masters, Book 2
Their Shy Submissive, Book 3
Her Undercover Doms, Book 4

Her Lawful Master, Book 5
Her Rockstar Dom, Book 6
Duets & Dominance, Book 7
Ménage In Paradise, Book 8
Her Rodeo Masters, Book 9

 

 

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#Excerpt from Make Me Want (Men of Gold Mountain #3) by Rebecca Brooks w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @BeccaBooks @rebeccabrooksromance @entangledpub @entangledpublishing

Make Me Want

by Rebecca Brooks
Men of Gold Mountain, #3
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary, Romance, Erotic, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS:

Abbi Haas likes them big, bad, and out of her bed the next morning. So when a smoking hot firefighter shuts down a possessive ex by pretending to be her boyfriend, she’s happy to play along—and stay for the no-strings-attached sex under the stars. But her knight with bulging biceps had better not think she’s some damsel in distress. She’ll handle her ex like she does everything: on her own.

Wildland firefighter Tyler McCall is supposed to be taking a break from danger. First step to having fun: pick up a sexy stranger by pretending he’s her man. Too bad his fake girlfriend is also his new coworker…and their little white lie has already spread. Tyler knows he should walk away before he gets burned. But he can’t stay out of trouble, and there’s no way he’s letting her go.

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EXCERPT #4

He was twelve hundred miles from L.A. In a bar with a beautiful stranger who wanted to go home with him. If he fucked this up for himself, he had no doubt Scotty would come back from the dead just to kill him.

“Live a little!” Scott used to say, and Tyler would wave him away. But this was different. August nineteenth flashed through his head. His end date.

There was no possibility of getting serious now. This was just a chance for some fun. And it had been so, so long since he’d let himself have any fun. He left a twenty on the bar for an extra appreciative tip as he followed Abbi out of the bar.

“Where do you want to go?” he asked.

“Out of here,” she said.

“Okay.”

She looked at him, the trace of a smile on her lips. “You don’t talk much, do you?”

“Am I supposed to be here for talking?”

A burst of laughter rose up from across the parking lot. Russ and his buddies had come outside to smoke under a streetlamp.

“Shit,” Abbi said, the light in her eyes darkening. “You-know-who is still here.”

There was only one thing to do. Tyler turned and pressed her against the side of a car, covering her body with his.

“Good thing you have a boyfriend,” he said. A boyfriend who didn’t want to wait another second to start acting like one.

He knew he shouldn’t be getting caught up like this. He should have gone straight to the rental house, alone like he deserved. But she hooked her fingers through his belt loops and pulled his hips into hers.

And then he stopped waiting, stopped thinking, stopped talking himself out of what felt right. He kissed her hard until his mind went blank.

 

ABOUT REBECCA BROOKS

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.

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#Review of Sweet Surrender by Naima Simone! @Naima Simone @naimasimoneauthor

Blurb:

Killing the messenger is frowned upon. Okay, then… What about laying the messenger on the nearest flat surface and making her scream with pleasure?

From the moment Hayden Reynolds approaches Griffin Sutherland in the local, Florida dive bar, all he can think about is fisting her dark curls and stroking those gorgeous curves. But hell would freeze over before she allowed him to touch her because she’s the woman he left behind five years earlier. And now she’s there to deliver a message—an ultimatum—from his estranged father. Blackmail forces Griffin, black sheep of his powerful Texas family, back home to play nice. But the terms of his bargain say nothing about not satisfying his need for the woman he’s never forgotten…never stopped wanting…

Hayden is no longer the naive girl who once fiercely loved a golden Sutherland and believed he and a maid’s daughter could live happily ever after. Griffin broke her all those years ago, but she forced herself to pick up the pieces and move on. Now he’s back in Texas, acting the part of the proper, dutiful son. But there’s nothing proper about the detailed—dirty—descriptions of how he wants to touch her…take her… Though her body heats every time he’s near, she refuses to surrender to his special brand of passion. Griffin may have returned home, but he’s leaving again. And this time he won’t take her heart with him…

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As most know, I read a lot of trope romances and this is the dirtiest, friends to lovers/childhood friends to lovers/second chance book I’ve ever read.  And I mean that in a good way, too.  Ms. Simone never ceases to amaze me with her creativity in scenes and not only the sex but also the emotional part of it, too.  You really feel for Hayden in her love/hate for Griffin throughout the book.  Oh yes, it could also be an enemies to lovers trope, too.  Personally, I wouldn’t put it in that category.  Griffin NEVER hated her and Hayden just hated how it ended all those years ago.

Hayden is such a strong character.  Her only weakness is Griffin and with good reason.  He is definitely sex on a stick but there is more to him than meets the eye.  He’s caring, sweet and above all, will not cow down to his father, who will definitely NOT win Father of the Year.  Yuck and just keep it in your pants.  Yes, Griff’s father is a big pile of crap and he knows it.  I’m very interested to see if Ms. Simone writes more this family because I would like to see Mr. Sutherland get a big ole’ slap upside his head for all his dirty dealings.  Governor  Seriously?  In Texas?  I live in Texas.  Trust me, he wouldn’t make it out the primaries but I would love to see him try.

The one secondary character that stood out for me was Griff’s older brother, Josh.  The golden child, the heir apparent but he also saw the love that Griffin and Hayden had for each other.  His scene with Hayden at the end of the book is sweet, realistic and powerful.  I immediately liked him and would definitely read his book.  😉  Hint, hint.

While this book is on the short side, don’t discount it and not read it.  Ms. Simone packs a lot in her stories and I always leave satisfied.  *wink wink*  I’ve read all of her Entangled books and this ranks up there with them.  Ms. Simone never disappoints and she puts a spin on some tried and true tropes and makes them her own.