Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I want to wish everyone a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Be thankful for all your blessings and for those loved ones in your life. Love a little more, be happy, content and never take people or anything for granted, because you never know what tomorrow will bring!






~ Kathleen, Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Shadow Series by Marni Mann (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for The Shadow Series by Author Marni Mann!






The Shadow Series

Series Description:

Readers Beware: This is not your mother's romance, nor is there a rich, playboy millionaire seducing an innocent virgin. Charlie leads a passionate, controversial, and thought-provoking life - the sex scenes will make you blush, the twists will make you gasp in disbelief and the characters' angst and pain will make your heart ache. Prepare to dive into a highly sensual, unique storyline with substance and a touch of darkness - as well as explicit language and descriptive sexual content. After all, real life is lived in the shadows, and Marni will take you there. But love can linger in the darkness.... 

These books are for mature audiences. They contain explicit language and sexual content.


BUY THE SERIES: The Shadow Series
Book 1: Seductive Shadows
Book 2: Seductive Secrecy 



Book Review



Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann
Book 1: The Shadow Series
Publisher: Entice by Booktrope
Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Format: Paperback - 256 pages 
             Kindle - 455 KB 
             Nook - 825 KB
ISBN: 9781620153420
ASIN: B00CY22GOU
Genre: Erotica


BUY THE BOOK: Seductive Shadows


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.


Book Description:

Charlie is a sensually-inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from the abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security; the money brings financial freedom and the madam is the mother figure she longs for.

But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets renowned-yet-mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. Cameron is sexy, and not in a subtle way. He stimulates Charlie's art, her intellect and her desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, she discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.

Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman's self-discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a remarkable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

Book Excerpt:


I wasn’t a prostitute. I was an artist who used her fingers to paint a fantasy and her body fulfilled it. The muse, or the canvas, but always the artist. And when I was desired by men was when I felt the most creative.

Just because I was hired to provide pleasure, didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy every moment of passion and every uninhibited deviant thought. I was turned on by the cameras that would point toward my bed, the lust that would be whispered in my ears, and playing out the fantasy that I would compose. Not knowing anything about these men, what the top half of their faces looked like, their names, meant they also knew nothing about me. I would never have to discuss my past or the accident; the only thing I would have to unzip would be my lingerie. I would have enough money to pay off my mother’s debt in a reasonable amount of time and take more than one class a semester. The arrangement was perfect.

But then I met Cameron. With icy, baby blue eyes so intense...he was sexy, and not in a subtle way. Bold and confident, he inspired my art and challenged my emotions and, for the first time since the accident, I felt a strong connection to another person.

I had a burning desire to trust Cameron, to escape the dark life I had been leading and reveal to him the wounds of my soul…until I discovered a devastating connection between my past and the mansion. And in the midst of all the truth I uncovered, I learned my life was in imminent danger....


My Book Review:

Seductive Shadows is a gritty and provocative story of one girl's journey of self discovery. Written in the first person narrative, author Marni Mann weaves an enticing, dark, and emotional tale that delves into the life of Charlie, a twenty-three year old art student. Charlie has had a troubled life, through her passion for art, she tries to escape her abusive past with a neglectful and alcoholic mother, and the memory of a tragic accident that occurred five years ago, but the past still haunts her, leaving her scarred and unable to love. Charlie uses art as a way to channel her emotions and sexual acts as a way to forget her past. Charlie accepts a position in a high class brothel that allows her to hide behind a mask as Cee, her alter-ego that enables her to leave Charlie behind. When she meets a fellow artist named Cameron, she finds someone who she can trust and love. Cameron encourages Charlie to take the journey toward self-discovery in order to move forward with her life.

Seductive Shadows is so much more than an erotic tale, it is a riveting story that takes the reader to a deeper and emotional level as it delves into a flawed person's journey to come out of the recesses of her dark shadowy past and into the light in search of herself. The author does a wonderful job of creating layers upon layers within this story, alternating between flashbacks to the past with the present, she entices the reader with intriguing twists and turns as each of the layers are uncovered. You can't help but feel for Charlie as her story unfolds. From her troubled life with her mother, to the tragedy and loss of her best friend, to the choices she has made in her life, it is easy for the reader to relate and understand Charlie, feel her pain, and cheer as her journey leads her towards self-discovery and moving forward in her life. This story deserves to have a sequel, it's open-ended and surprising conclusion leaves the reader wanting more. I would love to be able to continue to follow Charlie and Cameron's story, I know they have more to tell the readers.

Seductive Shadows is a thrilling and provocative story, it is captivating and thought-provoking, it is simply a must read.


RATING: 4 STARS
                                    






Seductive Secrecy by Marni Mann
Book 2: The Shadow Series
Publisher: Entice by Booktrope
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Format: Paperback - 235pages 
             Kindle - 1944 KB 
             Nook - 825 KB
ISBN: 9781620151723    
ASIN: B00E8OQ9R2
Genre: Erotica


BUY THE BOOK: Seductive Secrecy


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.


Book Description:

"We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other."

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron--if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them.

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?


Book Excerpt:


I lifted my arm out of the comforter and placed my fingers on top of his. I couldn’t stop the guilt that washed through me. I had questioned Cameron’s feelings. I had thought that maybe he still wished I was wearing my mask, or maybe that he wanted me to put one back on. And now I knew none of that was true.

“I need to ask you something,” I said, squeezing his hand, “and I need you to be completely honest with me when you answer.”

He nodded. “Always.”

Now I was the one who was holding on. “You’re not going to lose interest now that you’ve—”

“Never,” he said interrupting me.

“But you’ve gotten what you wanted now. What else is there?”

“That’s where you’re wrong, Charlie. You haven’t given me everything that I want.”

“I haven’t?” I couldn’t imagine what might have been missing.

He exhaled through his nose and shook his head. Then he lifted his hand and rubbed it over my cheek. The intensity in his touch hadn’t diminished at all. It was even more severe than before. But behind all that raw emotion was a softness that was pushing its way to the surface. “I’m not talking about your body.” His thumb went to my lip, dragging it out from my teeth. “It’s true that I’m as insatiable as you, and that no matter how many times I have you, it isn’t enough. I want you again…and again. And every time, you give me that.” I didn’t understand what else there was. “What you haven’t given me all of is…your love.”


My Book Review:

In Seductive Secrecy, Charlie and Cameron's story picks up where it left off in the first book of the series, Seductive Shadows. Author Marni Mann easily draws the reader back into Charlie and Cameron's relationship. This couple has a complicated relationship full of troubling pasts, dark secrets, personal demons, and complex issues that keeps drawing them back into the shadows. While their relationship is intense and once again tested, this passionate couple is truly perfect for each other, and their ability to sustain their love, overcome obstacles, heal, and move forward is oh so worth the read!

Seductive Secrecy is an amazing story about two broken souls who find each other, and conquer the shadowy obstacles that life keeps throwing their way in order to help them to grow, heal and find a way to stay together.


RATING: 4 STARS 
                                    




The Shadow Series is a gritty, emotional, and intense series that is a must read!




About The Author



Best-selling author Marni Mann, knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.


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November 21 Authorsand Readers Book Corner - Excerpt 
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Position by Dahlia Salvatore (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for The Position by Author Dahlia Salvatore!






Book Review



The Position by Dahlia Salvatore
Publisher: Booktrope Entice
Publication Date: August 18, 2014
Format: Paperback - 186 pages
              Kindle - 553 KB
              Nook - 422 KB
ISBN: 978-1620154847
ASIN: B00MW1BRNY
BNID: 2940150366114
Genre: Erotic Romance 


BUY THE BOOK: The Position


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.


Book Description:

Dylan Farrow puts on his pants every morning one leg at a time, just like everyone else at the Kerrigan Advertising Agency. He handles high-pressure projects with a fast turnaround. He's prized for his keen intellect and admirable performance. But how did he get where he is today—to the level of Junior Executive of Design Production?

Well, that involves how he takes his pants off...  and for whom...

Hoping to break through the glass ceiling under which she's been trapped for years, Valerie Caplan picks up her life and moves to Seattle. After hearing about the position of Senior Executive of Design Production from an art director at Kerrigan, she decides to apply. When she lands the big interview, she never thinks for a minute that she'll have any serious competition. She assumes that she has the job in the bag...until she discovers that the only competition has something she doesn't have—the willingness to go outside the office to impress Danica Stewart, their uptight female boss.


Book Excerpt:


Dylan

I barely got anything done all day. I was more eager to see Kimberly than I thought I was. The thought occurred to me that I had no idea what she looked like. This was more or less a blind date—or interview, whatever one chose to call it. Fake interview?

I'd gotten us reservations at Barnside, a high-end restaurant in Bellevue that served only organic food. They actually grew it in a garden not too far from the building. A college buddy of mine owned and operated it. He was always too happy to oblige when I asked for a table, though they were always booked up.

I'm here, she texted.

By the statues, I replied.

I kept an eye out for a young-ish woman, but didn't expect what I found. She looked fresh out of the cradle. Petite with long, wavy, blonde locks and tanned skin, she made me worry that I'd set up a date with jail-bait.

“Hi!” she said animatedly.

“Hey there. Ms. Greer?” I asked.

“Yeah! Are you Mr. Farrow?”

“That's me.” I held out my arm for the girl—it didn't feel quite right to call her a woman.

I checked in with the host and was told it'd be a few minutes before our table was ready. We sat in the waiting area.

“I love this place,” she said, looking around at the lobby trappings. “I've only been here a few times, though.”

Did they have to get you a high-chair? I thought.

I picked up and looked over the menu. “They have a great T-bone here.”

“We're ready for you,” said the hostess. “This way please.”

We followed her to the table, set up with a single red rose in a vase and two candles in mason jars. It was the same romantic setting I requested for all of my dates.

I pulled out her chair for her and she looked pleasantly surprised. All of her past boyfriends must have been douchebags not to have pulled out her chairs for her.

“So, Mr. Farrow, you're looking for an assistant?” she asked. “I can promise you, I'm qualified for doing pretty much anything you'd need.”

I'd forgotten about the lie. “Oh. Yeah. I was hoping to ask you some questions about your experience.”

“Good evening, ma'am, sir. Here is the wine list for this evening,” the waitress handed me a leather bi-fold. A wise choice on her part.

“Tonight, we recommend the 2007 Foris, Pinot Noir and the 2012 Chasing Venus, Sauvignon Blanc.”

“We'll have a bottle of the Foris, please. And can we start with the satay?” I handed the wine list back to her.

“Yes, sir. Excellent choices. I'll be back in a few minutes.”

Kimberly looked pleased with the idea of a whole bottle of wine. I didn't plan on drinking much of it myself, after all I had to drive. Dinner went swimmingly. I was able to find out a few things about Danica Stewart, but nothing much out of the ordinary. She wasn't married. She had no children. Previously she'd worked for another major company in Seattle, but moved up to the division director position when it was offered to her. I still wished Jan would have said something about leaving or moving on. I might not have had to go to these lengths to gain information.

“There's more,” Kimberly said, her plump lips swaying over her fifth glass of wine. She leaned over, almost dipping her substantial breasts into her largely untouched dinner. “She dropped something a week before I left and I kept it.”

I was overjoyed. Finally some real dirt.

She set her wine down carefully and rummaged through her purse. She slid a card from her wallet and handed it to me.

The Red House, Redmond. 
No admission without application. 
Members only.

The Red House, huh? It was too interesting not to check out. I grinned at the card. Whatever that place was, it sounded devious. I couldn't wait to go. I pulled out my wallet and tucked the card in and removed my gold credit card to pay the bill.

“Oh! How sweet.” Kim put her hand on her heaving chest. “I was going to cover myself. What a gentleman.” Then her eyes darkened and everything about her changed. Suddenly she didn't look so young, na├»ve and stupid anymore. I realized, with surprise, that she was all woman. “So,” she said, rubbing her heeled feet against my ankle. “Your place or mine?”

Mine.



My Book Review:

Dylan Farrow is sleeping his way up the corporate ladder by seducing his female bosses at Seattle's Kerrigan Advertising Agency. He has a cutthroat reputation, isn't afraid to use his body, and is ruthless enough to do anything to succeed, it's what he does best!

Valerie Caplan left her dead end position at Trinity Advertising Corporation in Denver to pursue a position within the advertising industry in Seattle.

Valerie applies for the position of Senior Executive of Design Productions at Kerrigan Advertising Agency, the same position that Dylan thought he was up for promotion. New Divisional Director Danica Stewart throws a monkey wrench into their plans when she interviews both Dylan and Valerie at the same time, and challenges them to work together on a lingerie campaign project in order to determine who is more suitable for the position.

What do you get when you put together a sexy ruthless man and a sassy determined woman, and challenge them to compete for the ultimate prize of "The Position?" One sexually tension filled love/hate relationship that turns into something more, and a not-too-subtle undermining by a dominant female boss who puts her own complicated spin into the competition!

In The Position, author Dahlia Salvatore weaves an exciting erotic romance novel that easily draws the reader into Dylan and Valerie's story. Set in Seattle and told in an alternating first person narrative by Dylan and Valerie, the reader follows along as their love/hate office relationship is tested to the max with enough sexual tension, drama filled interactions, comedy, and a ruthless plot twist involving a domineering female boss and a secret domination sex club community.

This juicy story kept me thoroughly entertained and turning the pages as the intriguing and oh so steamy plot twists unfolded. Dylan is a guy that you wish you could hate because of his unconventional, cocky, and ruthless style, but he's just too damn sexy! Then add in a sassy, independent, and determined woman like Valerie, and you know that fireworks are going to explode when these two people come together for more than just a job competition. And if that isn't enough to whet your interest, throw in a female boss with a secret life who is determined to make Dylan hers, and you have one hell of a hot erotic romance story that will leave you breathless!



RATING: 5 STARS 
                                       






About The Author




Dahlia Salvatore is a thirty-two-year-old female author living in Seattle, Washington with her husband. She comes from Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to Seattle six years ago. She loves the west coast and doesn’t see herself anywhere else.

Her influences include contemporary writers J.K. Rowling, Mary Balogh, Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and many many others.


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