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She has him just where she wants him…

Joelle Sommers is very good at her job as a PI and bail recovery agent, but she’s definitely out of her element when she arrests sexy businessman Dean Colter in a case of mistaken identity. Because unlike her usual fugitives, Dean is cooperative, accommodating, and hot as sin . . . and not at all guilty as charged.  But this bad boy isn’t so innocent either, and she finds it increasingly hard to resist his seductive charm, and their mutual attraction.

After years of working himself to the point of having no life outside the office, Dean Colter is in the mood for an adventure. But being kidnapped by a gorgeous bounty hunter—one he discovers is into bondage, to boot—isn't exactly what he had in mind. Still, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that being a willing captive has its advantages.

Jo might be the one with the handcuffs, but Dean's about to discover the key to unleashing the passionate, uninhibited woman beneath the tough, stubborn facade.  And when he does, all bets are off.

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Title: Hot and Sexy
Author: Erika Wilde
Series: Some Like It Hot Book 1
Pages: 169
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
Hot Buttons: touches on child abduction, death of her partner (cop) during a mission and guilt of feeling responsible <-- highlight to reveal (may contain spoilers)


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A perfect pick-me-up

5 stars

I am a huge fan of Erika Wilde’s and this story, like her others, brings us all the things I love about her writing and her stories. This is a vibrant and sexy story about two likeable and real characters that you just want to smoosh together! You’ll be up all night until this one is done!

I’m going to admit that I’m always a little bit apprehensive when our heroine is said to be a little bit kick-ass - and doing a profession when they’re also a little bit bad-ass. Will I like her? Will I identify with her (since kick-ass and bad-ass are two words that no-one is ever likely to call me!)? Will I be a little intimidated by her? Will she live up to the name of Jo?! So I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised that Jo was such a likeable character. Sure, she is kick-ass, but she’s not just that; She’s got layers and vulnerabilities the same as you and me and I enjoyed reading her, and was cheering for her to get her happily ever after.

And Dean? Well, he’s an Erika Wilde hero so he’s a little bit alpha, a whole lot cocky and head to toe sex on a stick! Yum! Oh, and he’s a good guy - current capture by a bounty hunter notwithstanding! As with Jo - it was a delight to see Dean fall and fall hard - and get his own happily ever after.

The bounty hunter / fugitive storyline was something a wee bit different and I enjoyed it immensely - especially once the tables got turned on who was the captive and who was the captor! Not full on bondage going on but enough to titillate. And that went for all the sex scenes. Well, not even just sex. The first make-out session was so deliciously drawn out that I needed a lie down and cold compress right afterwards. Swoon! And back to the bounty hunter thing - I was pleased that Jo didn’t fall into bed with a felon - despite her attraction. Had she done that - I wouldn’t have been happy with her!

There’s also an underlying theme/storyline of Jo and her belief in herself - based on a traumatic incident from her past that still haunts her. This is obviously an upsetting incident for Jo - but thankfully, it’s not too harrowing for the reader. It felt real, but didn’t take away from the light and fresh tone of the book as a whole.

This is the first book in a new series (Some Like It Hot) and it teases the future books nicely - at least I’m hoping Melodie and Cole get their own story. I look forward to Cole being knocked on his ass when his assistant, Melodie, finally makes her move. This one is, as expected, a standalone and gives us a sweet and sexy HEA between Jo and Dean. This book is a great way to spend a couple of hours. It’s exactly what I needed for a sexy, readable pick-me-up. 5 stars.





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Erika Wilde is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is best known for her super sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series, and has also co-written the Dirty Sexy Series and the Book Boyfriend Series with Carly Phillips, her best friend and writing buddy for the past twenty years. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at www.erikawilde.com and sign up for her mailing list for updates and news!


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RELEASE BLITZ: Hot and Sexy by Erika Wilde





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She has him just where she wants him…

Joelle Sommers is very good at her job as a PI and bail recovery agent, but she’s definitely out of her element when she arrests sexy businessman Dean Colter in a case of mistaken identity. Because unlike her usual fugitives, Dean is cooperative, accommodating, and hot as sin . . . and not at all guilty as charged.  But this bad boy isn’t so innocent either, and she finds it increasingly hard to resist his seductive charm, and their mutual attraction.

After years of working himself to the point of having no life outside the office, Dean Colter is in the mood for an adventure. But being kidnapped by a gorgeous bounty hunter—one he discovers is into bondage, to boot—isn't exactly what he had in mind. Still, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that being a willing captive has its advantages.

Jo might be the one with the handcuffs, but Dean's about to discover the key to unleashing the passionate, uninhibited woman beneath the tough, stubborn facade.  And when he does, all bets are off.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33259027-the-duchess-deal

Title: Hot and Sexy
Author: Erika Wilde
Series: Some Like It Hot Book 1
Pages: 169
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
Hot Buttons: tbc


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Erika Wilde is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is best known for her super sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series, and has also co-written the Dirty Sexy Series and the Book Boyfriend Series with Carly Phillips, her best friend and writing buddy for the past twenty years. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at www.erikawilde.com and sign up for her mailing list for updates and news!


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Storm of Ambition by Lily Black


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Still reeling from her broken engagement with Aaron Farsee, Grace Meredes is content to live quietly and hide from the paparazzi. She’s abruptly yanked back into her father’s world when she receives a text from a blackmailer. Her family could be ruined unless she meets the blackmailer in Willowdale. The media reported that Grace dumped her fiancĂ© because she didn’t want to deal with his war wounds and PTSD, so no one will believe that he was the one who cancelled the wedding. Unwilling to expose her private life again, Grace contrives a cover story for her visit to Willowdale, along with a fake name, to keep her dad’s nosy senatorial staff at bay.

When Aaron sees Grace standing at the counter of his auto shop, he dreads the drama that will surely follow. She claims she’s in town to help with the winter festival, but he has trouble believing her. Despite his skepticism he agrees to help her, since the proceeds benefit the veterans hospital. But he is determined not to do anything that might help her father.

When someone leaves a threatening message along with a knife in Grace’s cabin, Aaron’s protective instincts kick in. But he can’t save her from a danger she won’t admit is real. The double threat of the blackmailer and her father’s buried secrets soon leave Grace without anyone to trust but the man who broke her heart.


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Title: Storm of Ambition
Author: Lily Black
Series: Willowdale (Book 2)
Pages: 250
Genre(s): Contemporary, US, second chance, romantic suspense,
Hot Buttons: blackmail, minor peril, death of minor character, attempted murder of minor character, stalking <-- highlight to reveal (may contain spoilers)


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Enjoyable but…

3 stars

When I first started this book, I actually had to go back just to make sure I wasn't reading the second part of a dreaded duet. She’s in love with him - he’s in love with her and they’re engaged. That’s the end, right? Wrong! This is a complete standalone (although the second in the Willowdale series) and things are about to go wrong for our couple before they (hopefully) go right. Excellent! Can’t have the characters having it too easy, after all!

We’re into the story and I’m trying to put things together in my head with the blackmailer, Grace’s reasoning for coming to find Aaron, for hiding out. My head started to hurt as I tried to understand what was going on. Then I decided that I didn’t really need to know what was going on to enjoy the book, so I just didn’t think too hard about the blackmailer’s motives - just content in the fact that Grace was being blackmailed. So that was all fine.

That was, however, a little bit of a theme with this book. Lots and lots of detail. I can’t fault the author for trying to really build the world of the town Willowdale and all the colourful characters that lived there. But with the blackmailer, Grace and Aaron’s past, the cast of characters, Grace’s dreams of being a dancer, Aaron’s PTSD and injury and the winter festival… it was a lot.

I was still enjoying myself. The writing carried me forward, I was rooting for our characters to get together again - I do love a second-chance love story - and in terms of the the blackmail plot, see above. And then, at 26%, it all came to a screeching halt when a guy from Grace’s past turns up. Oh, that’s right, he just happens to be the man that had “persuaded” her to cheat on Aaron when she and Aaron were a couple. Yuck. Yuck, yuck yuck. What kind of heroine is this?  Why do I want her to get her happily ever after? At that point, I was so uninterested in continuing the book AND my face was tripping me whenever I thought about it.

When I finally started the next chapter we get a caveat. “It’s okay - they weren’t exclusive at that point and Aaron had slept around a bit, too.” Okay then. So it was a cheap plot trick that nearly backfired! But still, I want my characters to love each other so much that they don’t even look at another person. Or at the very least, have some loyalty and integrity. Sadly, this was indicative of Grace and Aaron’s relationship as a whole. They didn’t have the spark that I wanted them to have - and I felt that both of them, but especially Aaron’s, reasoning for not being with the other, were flimsy and easily surmountable if you really wanted to be with someone. Fear not, though - this is still a happily ever after. Phew!

This is a romantic suspense story so we obviously have the blackmailer and the ‘suspense’ element of our story along with the romance. It worked because it was a little convoluted, and there was a wide range of characters who could be the blackmailer - so it’s a while before you finally get ‘the clue’ that makes you realise who it is. But kudos to Ms Black for then turning things so I doubted myself! There’s suspense, true, but there’s not a lot of peril or fear. I wasn’t scared or anxious and I’m the easiest person in the world to scare!

There were a few niggles that irritated me throughout the book. “Off of” - please just don’t! “Till” instead of “until” or “ ’til” is a personal irritant of mine. But the worst is continuity errors - the most glaring of which was that Grace’s father gave her the nickname “kitten” which she hated. This ended up being slightly pertinent point in the story, yet the next thing we know, the nickname is “Princess”. Just annoying.

There was a lot of instances of characters doing shift changes in relation to how they felt about other characters. I suppose it’s possible, but it didn’t help with how I felt about how these characters came across. For example, before Grace came to town, Aaron had gone on a few dates with/was seeing someone. At the end of the book he’s suddenly saying he always knew she was selfish, childish, and they didn’t have much in common. Similarly, Grace was suspicious of a character being her blackmailer right up to the end. Then, she’s suddenly saying he’s become like a father to her. Dizzying 180s!

For those interested, I don’t recall much (if any) swearing/ foul language, and the sex was limited to a one-liner description.

I had a lot to say about this book and feel I can really only award it 3 stars. However, I read it to the end and genuinely wanted to know what was going to happen - both with the blackmailer and with Grace and Aaron. The writing was engaging and, as I mentioned previously, Ms Black has a talent for building detailed worlds and characters that really come to life. I enjoyed my time living in the world of this book and wouldn’t be averse to reaching for another Lily Black romantic suspense novel again in the future.





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