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HERS by DAWN ROBERTSON

hers

SYNOPSIS

I am weak.
I am lonely.
I am a slut.
I am strong.
I am Dominant.
I am independent.
I am Seven James.

My entire life, no one has wanted me, and that was fine, because I sure as shit didn’t need anyone else. Blah, Blah Blah, insert sad story here about negligent parents, and shitty siblings, and you have my life story in a nut shell. When my college boyfriend dumped me, it was just icing on the cake. Five years, and a booming career later I am here to collect my revenge.

That was until a delicious plaything walked into the kink club I frequent, and rocked my typically un-rockable world. Causing me to break the one rule I have lived by since Daniel Alexander walked out of my life, never have sex with the same person twice. Ever.

Warning!!!! Hers contains sexually explicit situations that may be uncomfortable for some. These include FF, FMF, and MFM interactions.

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Reviewed by Jenny, Gitte and The Malebox

Jenny:  Okay guys, where to start with Hers.  First off, readers should check out the synopsis and the warning….this does contain all sorts of sex situations and ummm yeah, it certainly was HOT.  In fact it was pure entertaining filth.  Levi was bloody gorgeous, Seven was kick arse and.….I was completely addicted and I felt kind of perverse reading some scenes and although I had a few issues with the storyline I couldn’t put this bad boy down! What about you two?

Gitte: GAH! Where do I start? My head was all over the place reading Hers. It was filthy, no question. But it was hot filth. Whether it was the scenes between Levi and Seven or between Seven and Star or….yeah there’s more hahahaha….Seriously, it’s sit in the freezer moments aplenty. No question. I loved Seven, she kicked arse and had the mouth of a sailor. Levi was bloody amazing. As for the story, hmmm I’m on the fence on that one as many things were left unexplained and the story tried to take a different direction at the end.

So MB, what did you think?

Malebox: It was your everyday story of boy meets girl, who then does him up the ass with a strap on and then love blossoms. If only life was this simple and uncomplicated, maybe each and every one of us could find that special someone in our lives. Maybe one day I will meet my Seven.

Jenny:  Hmmmm not sure what sort of romance books you’ve been reading MB. We hope you get to meet your Seven, though be sure to have some lube on hand! So let’s talk about our heroine Seven.  I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like her! I kind of fell for her…hard! I loved her…gutter mouth, kinks, hang-ups and all.  This girl was a bit of a straight shooter, she’s got a lot of baggage and although she showed her vulnerability at times, she was one tough cookie and very..ummm..Adventurous.

“But do not mistake my kindness for weakness, because we all know I am the one in charge here. In the boardroom, and in the bedroom……” – Seven

Gitte: I LOVED Seven, guys…like proper fan girl loved. She was tough, intelligent, a bad arse with a mouth that’d stun even the hardest fishwife. The Bath & Beauty shop would not be able to keep up the demand of soap this girl would need to wash her mouth out. But then again, that was actually one of the reasons I loved her. She said it as is and didn’t put up with any crap nor did she suffer fools gladly. She’s not had an easy life so far, people have let her down, she’s felt unloved and insignificant growing up hence her desire and need to take charge, to put her foot down and make her mark. She guards her heart and her defences are as thick as the Great Wall of China. Her interpretation of love is skewered and lust and sexual prowess/domination is put in its place.

‘My hard exterior had always been a front. Seven, the emotionally unavailable nomad, had finally opened herself up to another living soul, only to be trampled to pieces.’ – Seven

How did you feel about Seven, MB?

Malebox: Seven was quite unique in the sense that she was a no nonsense girl who was freaky naughty at the same time. Yes she had some issues, but what woman doesn’t. I can hear the female scowls across the world as I write this. She’s every man’s fantasy girl, rich, beautiful, part time lesbian and dominatrix. Imagine Sigourney Weaver from working girl, but only way more attractive and into other women.

Jenny:  Great visual MB. Now Levi!! We’re dying to hear your thoughts on him Malebox because G and I bloody LOVED this guy.

“But when I’m with you, I can’t think of another woman. When I’ not with you, I crave everything about you.” Levi

He was hot, kinky, had a heart of gold and was *cough, cough*VERY WELL endowed and we couldn’t get enough of him..  I think I was hypnotised by that beast of his. Wow! Seven painted us such a visual of that!

“His words send a shock through my body. This man has kink that’s for sure, and I fucking love it.” -Seven

Gitte: Yeah we bloody loved him didn’t we? Levi was LUSH. What a bloke…he was gorgeous, definitely liked his very own brand of kink…and well….umm…hello tripod!! But not only that, he had a loving soul and a huge heart.

‘Levi is like a drug I just can’t get enough of. I want to overdose on him until I fall into a sex-induced coma, only coming back to life once he is fully out of my system, and I am once again safe.’ – Seven

Malebox:  Levi was ok, he came across a bit of a wet lettuce to me at times. I can understand falling for Seven, as all of us men would, but I wouldn’t fall with my ass against her large strap on. He seemed to fall in love with her straight away and willing to do all sorts of things to gain her love. I get this I really do, but us men have limits. I would have liked to have known what and where this kink in Levi came from. What I found slightly even stranger was that Seven didn’t ask. When they get to the “lets share stuff” stage, my first question would’ve been “dude, why did you let me do that?”

J&G Levi! A wet lettuce?  We have to disagree there MB, though you do have a point about wanting to know where his brand of kink came from.
So Malebox, us girls always review and share our thoughts but we’re interested to hear your thoughts, a male perspective if you like, on what you would do in this situation. Would you go for it or run for the hills here or take it like a man like Levi?

1)      “First, protection. Condoms are a must. I don’t care how clean you are, or how clean you insist you are.” 

2)      “Two. If you are afraid of strap-ons, walk away now.”

3)      Third. This is a one time, no strings attached kind of thing. What goes on behind those doors is private… Last. When we are done with you tonight, you leave. No questions asked…” 

Malebox:

      1) Always practice safe sex boys and girls, this rule is golden, just like that shower I had the other week. I’m joking….or am I?

  2) I’m not opposed to strap-ons, but there must be some discussion beforehand, and a large dose of lube. Imagine you ladies, if your men walked into the bedroom with a prosthetic cock and said “look what I have for you”. It would go down like a turd at party

      3) I get this as I’m a guy and this is what we think at first anyway. We don’t go into a one night stand thinking” I must get her number so that I can call her first thing tomorrow” or “please I just hope this is going somewhere”. This is what a one night stand is isn’t it? Get in and get out .

Again, this is what a one night stand is. I have no problem with that, a little snack, maybe  a sandwich or quarter pounder with cheese on the way home, this is a good night.  As long as everyone knows the rules and agrees, what is the problem with it?

Jenny:  Wow! You have it all sussed out MB!  So yeah…..last thoughts on this one.  For me, I know I couldn’t put it down, I know I have a crush on Seven and I loved Levi. There were a few editing issues and I’m still unsure about a few things in regards to the storyline. It was sort of cliché and did change tack but it certainly entertained me and yeah….it was HOT and I read it in one sitting!

“Fuck me, Levi. Fuck me hard against this wall for all of fucking London to see.” Seven

The sex scenes were something else that’s for sure.  Last thoughts guys?

Gitte: Hmm…well I loved the refreshing female character of Seven and Levi was a pretty hot yet loving character in so many ways. Oh and the nookie sure was of the ‘sit in freezer’ variety. However, as I mentioned earlier I’m still on the fence due to the lack of storyline development and the editing issues. Despite this, though, I couldn’t put it down and that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed it as much as I did, because it truly was an addictive (and surprising) read!!

‘The fact is, we have the most fucked up relationship on planet earth. I don’t want him, but I do. He wants more than I will ever be able to give him, or at least I think he does…’

Freezer moments for you too MB?

Malebox: I can’t say that I had any freezer moments, I did go the refrigerator and take out some beers and cold pizza as I read it. Does this count? I enjoyed the book as the characters in the book were unique and there was lots of sex in it. This is definitely a woman’s book though and would probably not appeal to the general male population.

J&G:  No MB, beer and pizza moments don’t count but thanks for your input.  We’re glad we discussed Hers with you in that three way (no…not that sort of 3 way…the PM kind of three way!) and you decided to take the plunge to read and review with us, it’s been fun!

J,G and MB: 3.5 Stars

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FAR TOO TEMPTING by LAUREN BLAKELY

far too tempting

SYNOPSIS

Jane Black has written the breakup album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

far too tempting

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Jenny & Gitte: 4.5 Stars

Jenny:  Sometimes a story can capture you so completely that it allows the world around you to dissolves while you escape into its pages simply provides you with the perfect balance of everything you love. That was Far Too Tempting for me. It wasn’t overly angsty, overly dramatic, overly erotic or overly frustrating. Nope, this book had a bit of everything and the balance was just right.  It was the perfect escape and I loved it.

‘There comes a time when healing is simply a choice, when moving forward is a choice. You choose to love, you choose to commit, and you choose to be faithful.’

Lauren Blakely enveloped me in the journey of Jane and Matthew and in doing so she gave me the opportunity to spend time enjoying some wonderfully sexy, witty, beautiful emotional and flirty moments that I treasured. Yep, I really did enjoy this one G, what about you?

Gitte: I loved Far Too Tempting. It was a fresh, romantic and musical easy to read story that hit all the right buttons. It was beautifully written and the characters were sexy and lovable. The emotions I felt reading were intense at times and I thought this Author got the heartbreak, cynicism and romance just right…it flowed beautifully!

‘I’d come so close to giving in, giving up, moving on, because I just wasn’t making it at all. Then I was kicked to the curb….’ – Jane

Jenny:  Jane has had her confidence rocked to its foundation following the breakdown of her marriage with the father of her little boy.  Her marriage ended under circumstances that would bring any woman to her knees and Jane, quite understandably feels the need to protect her heart and finds it difficult to even comprehend opening up and trusting again.

‘Secrets can be alluring. But secrets can be devastating too.’

She feels betrayed and slighted and wonders just how she will cope and move on.  Well, one way is to put your feelings down in song and in doing so Jane inadvertently creates a kick arse album that goes on to become the break up anthem for so many and a runaway success..

‘Pain has a funny way of subsiding, eventually, so you can survive. It has this way of not suffocating you every single day. Sure, some days you’re still blindsided by a memory, a feeling, a song.’

Jane was down to earth and forthright and I really did like her because there was no diva behaviour from this girl. Jane had to put up with having her unhappiness and her rather humiliating marriage split become the thing of tabloid ridicule and that couldn’t have been easy. She was who she was and was understandably a bit guarded. What about you G.  How did you find Jane?

Gitte: How unique to get a complete snapshot of a female rock star who’s a Mum to boot. It felt so different and I really connected with her character.

“Her man did her wrong, so she went to the studio for closure….”

We all love those heart breaking songs that make us feel and cry. For me Adele gets to me every single time and no matter how many times I hear her songs I cry! Well, Jane wrote an album full of those after a devastating life event. My heart broke for her. To find your life was a ruse for five years, where your heart belonged to a man who was living a lie. How do you even try and work through something for which you have no control over and that makes you feel like a farce? Makes you feel like your identity is in question? I can’t imagine but the whole situation broke my heart. I completely understood her insecurities, her self-doubts and her struggles. Then when the fact that your heart is broken and your life changes, to be celebrated and recognised for this fact how do you go from there?

‘That is the secret of my success, the bittersweet reminder that you can write a break-up album and it can be great…but you’re only here because you are the biggest idiot in the world. Because you loved a man wildly, crazily, passionately. …’ – Jane

The journey Jane had to go through both musically and healing her heart…trusting to love without breaking all over again was emotional for sure. But it was funny and sexy too!

 Jenny:  Matthew is the gorgeous English music journo who works for Beat Magazine and who wants to do an exclusive on Jane.  He wants access to a behind the scenes look at the process Janes goes through in writing and recording her next album.  Jane has always had a thing for Matthew and is eager to do the expose but there’s one hitch.  Jane has a creative block and thinks she can only produce her best work when she suffering and heartbroken, when she starts experiencing happiness her creative juices dry up causing Jane to question everything in her life. What if she can only produce quality work if she’s unhappy? Where does that leave her?

‘Success is temporal. Fame is mercurial. Tomorrow, I could be nobody again.’

Jane and Matthew have an instant attraction and the chemistry between them is tangible.  I loved the flirty banter between them and the sexual tension and innuendos that hung in the air were delicious fun.  These two were sizzling! Matthew was a guy who wore his heart on his sleeve and I absolutely LOVED this man! He was hot and his background knowledge of the music industry gave him extra swoonie stars.  But….I have to admit to having this nervous feeling throughout that there was something sinister behind Matthew and that he had an ulterior motive for what he was doing. My heart and stomach were on constant alert as their relationship began to take off.   How about you G, did you feel the same?

“Please don’t fuck with my heart,” I say in a voice that threatens to break.
“I won’t,” he says.

Gitte:  LOVED Matthew. Again, an intelligent, cheeky and sexy male character, who in a way, was a ‘fan-boy’…so refreshing!! The chemistry and passion was intense and I did have to go douse myself with cold water a few times. At first I was as hesitant as Jane was about the motives of the enigmatic Matthew. When she opened her heart I was shouting ‘don’t do it Jane!!’ But….I can see why she fell, because I sure did too. He was quite simply bloody lush!

‘He could make or break a musician, but he could probably make or break a heart too, given the way he smiles with the most inviting grin and the way he’s a very eligible bachelor in New York City.’ – Jane

So yeah, I absolutely loved this story. It wasn’t your ordinary rock star book, it didn’t have ordinary characters, and I suppose you could say we had a bit of role reversal going on here. But what it did have was originality and I thought it was a breath of fresh air. I fell in love and I look forward to more from this Author!

‘I want someone to want me. I want to be desired, I want to be admired, I want to be adored.’ – Jane

Jenny:  We did G and I think it was that role reversal that I found so refreshing.  I was completely sucked into this beautifully engaging story of moving on, trusting, opening your heart and believing in yourself. The characters felt real and relatable and the story kept me turning the pages with gusto! No one was absolutely perfect, they all had their flaws and each and every one of them stole my heart.

‘Screw falling. I’m there. I’ve fallen in love with you, Jane.” – Matthew

This was exactly what I needed at the time and I’ll definitely be checking out more from this author that’s for sure because she kept me enthralled and entertained from start to finish.

‘These are the tentative dances of a new relationship, the tender moves of new hearts coming together, awkwardly at times……’

Is it easier to express yourself when your heart is breaking or when your heart is overflowing with love? You’ll enjoy finding out that’s for sure!

 

 ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

 

FAR TOO TEMPTING by LAUREN BLAKELY
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