Review: Exposure by Annie Jocoby

  • Title: Exposure
  • Author: Annie Jocoby
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release date: Feb 11, 2015

Blurb: Photographer CJ Parker is a woman who has literally not gone outside for the past six months. She’s been hiding from the world, and from life, ever since an unimaginable tragedy forced her into seclusion.  

On the one day where she decides to finally venture outside, she meets the mysterious billionaire, Asher Sloane. Dark-headed, magnetic, and gorgeous, Asher drips sex and animal magnetism. He draws CJ out of her shell and into the world, while showing her things that she never knew existed.  

What CJ doesn’t know is that Asher has a dangerous past. Behind his beautiful blue eyes and confident demeanor lies dark secrets that, if they are brought to light, could mean the end of CJ and Asher’s relationship.  

Will the exposure of Asher’s past destroy them?

Review: Sadly this was one of those stories where nothing was working for me. And I do mean nothing. I found CJ annoying and Asher cringe-worthy at times. Part of their scenes actually made me feel uncomfortable reading (and not because they are a bit hardcore, which they are). I would definitely not recommend this book, even in spite of the cringe-worthy scenes, to people who don’t enjoy erotica.

I hope to read another book by Annie Jocoby soon books to be able to really judge her writing ability – I really think this book simply didn’t connect with me.

Rating: ♥

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Review: Secret Surrender by Priscilla West

As soon as I finished the first book in the series (Forbidden Surrender, see review here), I knew I had to know more about Vincent and Kristen’s story.

The first book in the series, Forbidden Surrender, we meet Kristen, a financial analyst at a wealth management firm who tries to convince millionaire, adventurous, bad-boy Vincent Sorenson to be her new client. After the will-they-won’t-they of the first book (spoiler alert: they totally do, and it’s hot), this book starts off with Kirsten and Vincent trying to make their relationship work in spite of his hectic work schedule and both of their pasts.

I enjoyed reading this book, even when at times I felt like the story was starting to become a little predictable.

This story doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not: it’s a sexy, fun, quick summer read you will enjoy if you like hot romances. Priscilla West has a talent for writing hot male leads that make you wish they were real and yours.

If you don’t expect the book to change your life, and you like the genre, you probably won’t be disappointed and should definitely give it a try.

As for me, and since this books ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, I am definitely going to be reading the last book in the series – Beautiful Surrender – to find out what will happen with Kristen and Vincent very soon.

Rating: ♥♥♥½

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Reckless by Priscilla West

I was a bit confused by Reckless at first. A few of the initial exchanges between Jax and Riley were a bit of a cliché (Jax’s shirt ripping in two and being chased by an angry mob, for instance), which almost made me give up on the book.

But then, it got way better.

“You’re dangerous,” he said with a low, intimate voice. (…)

He tilted his head, his lips hovering perilously close to mine. My pulse be at erratically. “So are you.”

Jax is the lead singer in a rock band, the Hitchcock’s, and he’s hot enough to make crazy fangirls climax from his voice alone. After an awkward and ultimately frustrating first encounter with Riley, she becomes the band’s new accountant who must, for the sake of her career, make some cuts on the band’s costs. One thing I really liked about Reckless was that Riley wasn’t the sweet, innocent girl you often see in these romance novels – she was flirty and strong and seemed to enjoy life and sex unashamedly.

“Ripe, tender – must be delicious,” he purred, arms crossed and stroking his chin. He nodded toward the fruit in my hand. “The plum, that is.”

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read and Jax was definitely a sexy book boyfriend. If you’re a fan of the romance genre and are looking for a new series, give this one a try. I am definitely going to be reading Fearless (the second book in the series).

Rating: ♥♥♥½

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