Twenty-One (21) by Clarissa Wild ~ Release Day Review

Twenty-One (21) by Clarissa Wild is out today! This was a great dark romance. If you haven't tried Clarissa's work before, I suggest picking this one up and tasting her work for yourself!
Title: Twenty-One (21)
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Published: October 7th 2015

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21 years
On her 21st birthday she’s taken. Collected by a rich family as an unpaid debt. Her body sold. Her mind his.
21 weeks
For 21 weeks she carried a burden no girl should ever have to carry. Now she loses her freedom to a man born to destroy her.
21 days

His name: Angel DeLuca. His mission: To break her in 21 days before she sees through his lies. But she won’t give up without a fight.
21 minutes
It takes only 21 minutes for their lives to be forever entwined.
21 seconds
21 seconds to spill. Time is running out.

Secrets ruin them … but not all truths are worth the price.

This is a STANDALONE Dark Romance novel. WARNING: contains explicit situations, dubious consent, graphic violence, drug abuse, and other disturbing content.

I’ve read a few of Clarissa Wild’s dark romances and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to read her newest release. Twenty-One is from the same world as Stalker, but can be read as a standalone, as you don’t need to know Phoenix and Vanessa’s story to get into this one. They are totally different but I did like seeing Phoenix and Vanessa cross over into this book momentarily.

Right from the prologue I was thrust into the dark and bloody life of Angel DeLuca. I could see how heartless he could be and that he’d do anything to get the information he needed before completing the job. Sky, she was willing to do anything to protect those she cares about, even getting captured and tortured. I loved how determined she was and didn’t succumb to any of the punishment that was dished out.

Slowly, Sky’s story was unravelled, and I figured out the plot twist early, but I still was kept in suspense the whole way. They were both sexually attracted to one another, despite not knowing who the other was due to their faces being hidden behind masks. Angel and Sky had a deeper connection than I realised and I loved how fierce and protective he became of her.

Twenty-One was a dark and twisted read that I devoured in a day. The torture and sex scenes will not suit everyone, so don’t pick up this book unless you enjoy these types of reads. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and how Clarissa slowly seeped the details into the story to keep you on edge. I did manage to finish the book with a smile on my face, hoping that Angel and Sky can really find peace and happiness now.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, and Stalker. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

Other reviews featuring Clarissa Wild
Fierce series
Fight #0.5
Fierce #1
Flame  #2
Filthy #3
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Waiting On Wednesday # 161 – Nuts / Illuminae

I love Alice Clayton's writing and Nuts sounds like another hilarious read! 
I haven't read anything by Amie Kaufman or Jay Kristoff, but Illuminae sounds intense!
Nuts (Hudson Valley, #1)
Title: Nuts
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: October 20th 2015

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1)
Genre: YA Dystopia
Expected Publication: October 20th 2015

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
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Beautiful Entourage by E.L. Todd ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday

I picked up Beautiful Entourage for just 99c and then purchased the audible narration for only $1.99! Bargain right? And it was a good read too! 
Title: Beautiful Entourage
Author: E.L. Todd
Series: Beautiful Entourage #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 30th 2015
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Being a professional escort comes with its vices. To keep women from getting too clingy, stop them from dropping their panties, and silence them before they can blurt the L word, Rhett has made certain rules. He never breaks them.


1. No Kissing.
2. No Feelings.
3. And definitely, absolutely, no sex.

But when Aspen, a beautiful brunette, hires him to help repair her image to her family, things get complicated. Rhett's never had a problem separating work from pleasure. But now work and pleasure seem to be one and the same.

I was browsing Amazon for a new Audible read, and I stumbled across Beautiful Entourage. I haven’t read anything written by E.L. Todd before, but the blurb for this read totally drew me in! The whole Male Escort job is what had me… with his rules that we all know, need to be broken! I did like this read, but I wasn’t blown away like I hoped to be.

  • Rhett was an easy character to read about. He is a sweet guy who takes his job and his rules seriously. He’s a good judge of character and I could see the spark of interest flair in his eyes in regards to Aspen. She’s not like the usual girls he meets and wants to know more.
  • Aspen is a successful woman, who wants to take over her father’s company. A bad relationship has left her a little shattered, but she’s determined to move past it, with the help of Rhett. She has a good heart, but members of her family continue to walk over her and I really wished she found someone to support her.
  • I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Aspen and Rhett grow. They started as friends, doing normal things together and getting to know each other on a deeper level, not sexual. Once they admitted their feelings to each other, things became hot!
  • I enjoyed the narration by Laura Jennings and Michael Ferraiuolo. They held my attention with their story telling and were easy to listen to. I felt that Laura sounded more natural and I enjoyed her perspectives the most.

  • Aspens dad is a real jerk! He’s constantly putting her down and making her feel like crap. I get it, he’s a jerk, but despite wanting his company she should’ve put on her big girl panties and stood up for herself! If you are that unhappy with your family and your job, you need to make the change. You can’t just bottle it up and tell me you wish he were dead… So her inner dialogue annoyed me at times.

So despite Aspen ranting about her father, I did like the book. There were some secondary characters introduced that I would like to see more of. E.L. Todd has an easy writing style, and I enjoyed the alternating perspectives between Aspen and Rhett. If you are looking for a light romance, with a few family hurdles, you would enjoy this one!

This was the end of their first kiss... it was a sweet moment, considering how hurt Aspen was.

Rhett reluctantly broke the kiss, keeping his face against mine. He breathed hard and his eyes shined in desire. It seemed like I was the only one in the room who mattered.

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Amazon Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Review & Quote-tastic

Derailed is the first book in the Clayton Falls series and is currently FREE! Grab it while you can and get your first taste of Alyssa Rose Ivy's work!
Title: Derailed
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Clayton Falls #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: September 23rd 2012

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When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.

Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

Back in December 2012, I read the second book in the Veer series, and now’s the time to go back and read the first book, Derailed. I’ve forgotten how easy Alyssa Rose Ivy pulls you into her writing and I was quickly swept away in her world.

As you can tell in the blurb, this is a second chance at love for Molly and Ben. Molly moved home after the death of her fiancé, unsure of her future and what she wants from life. Molly feels down because of what she’s been through, and doesn’t think she deserves happiness. It was sad to see her struggle with her emotions and belief that the men in her life always leave her. Molly was hesitant to see Ben again… the last time they spoke to one another their relationship ended abruptly. Molly was going through a hard time and Ben wasn’t there to support her. She’s feeling lost at the moment and doesn’t want to fall back to old habits.

Ben was upfront with what he wanted, and I could see how much he still loved Molly. He quickly eased himself back into her life, and I felt that she let him do so too easily. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was a good guy, but Molly’s inner dialogue was all about distance, but then she’d say and do the opposite. I loved seeing Ben in his band, but when he performed a particular song it kind of broke my heart. Molly found it hard to handle, and then asked him to never sing it again… that actually made me a little mad with Molly… it was something Ben wrote and despite its connection to Molly, she needed to accept it.

There was a bit of a love triangle in this book, but it was mostly one sided. I liked Gavin, he had a good heart but wasn’t a good match for Molly. I liked Kelly and her fiancé Tom; Kelly is a good friend for Molly and tries hard to get her out of her slump and doing normal things again.

I thought this was a nice read and was happy that Ben and Molly got their HEA, despite Molly’s reluctance. I think that Alyssa Rose Ivy has a way of building these incredibly emotional worlds that keep you hooked until that final page. I must get the third book, to see who will settle Jake down! 

This is how sweet Ben is... Sigh!

“I never believed there was anyone else out there. I knew completely that no one else would ever make me feel the way you did. You were the best thing that ever happened to me, and from the day I realized I loved you, I never even considered a future without you.”

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Other reviews featuring Alyssa Rose Ivy
Clayton Falls series
Veer #2
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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 157

It was the final week of school holidays... and it was a busy, but hard week. We bought home two cousins from our trip away, so I had five kids to look after. Lucky they do their own thing! But on the Monday, one of our little fur babies died. I'd say it was a snake bite, the kids said he had the shakes when he came over, but they didn't tell me. They cuddled him, let him go, and a few hours later they found him dead. It was sad, I dug the hole and my daughter buried him. I was so proud of her! Other than that I ran around doing kid things now we are celebrating the finals of football! 

Blogging wise, I managed to keep on top of comments! But didn't schedule any posts... Will catch up next week!
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent ~ Release Week Review & Quote-tastic
Slashed by Tracy Wolff ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #159 - Hard to Break / Black Widow: Forever Red
Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Unwritten by Lauren Runow ~ Teasers & Giveaway
Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Beautiful Entourage by E.L. Todd ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
TWENTY-ONE (21) by Clarissa Wild
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds ~ Promo
Wrong by Jana Aston ~ Blitz & Review

I grabbed this after seeing it at Marilyn's Mystery Blog, and read it immediately and loved it! I will get more! It's FREE!! 
Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1)
Play With Me (Grover Beach Team #1)by Piper Shelly

These ones were all 99c bargains!
Scorpio Stinger MC BOX SETNever Always SometimesSaint NicholasStorm (Sex and Bullets, #1)
Scorpio Stinger MC BOX SET (Scorpio Stinger MC 0.5-3)by Jani Kay
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Saint Nicholas by Jamie Deschain
Storm (Sex and Bullets, #1)by Jo Raven

I grabbed these because I needed them and they were under $2.00!
In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths, #0.5)The Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga, #1)
In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths 0.5) by K.A. Tucker
The Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1)by Rachel Van Dyken

Slow Play (The Rules, #3)Twenty-One (21)Wrong
Slow Play (The Rules #3)by Monica Murphy
Twenty-One (21)by Clarissa Wild
Wrong by Jana Aston

Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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Unwritten by Lauren Runow ~ Teasers & Giveaway

Today I have some teasers from Lauren Runow's new release, Unwritten. This is her debut book, and the blurb definitely caught my attention. What do you think? 
Title: Unwritten
Author: Lauren Runow
Series: Unwritten #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 15th 2015
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Charlie Ashley, or Mr. Ashley as his clients know him, is a high-end male escort who gets paid thousands for whatever services his clients require. He’s lived the last ten years alone, not letting anyone in, enjoying his success and provocative lifestyle.

Allison Hayes has no idea the man she is falling in love with is a male escort. She connects with Charlie through their love of music, playing a taunting game asking herself if she loves him, hates him or if she is going to save him.

After meeting Allison, Charlie enters a world where everything he knows no longer makes sense, leaving him too scared to move forward, yet making it impossible to look back. But can he give up his entire life for love?

Lauren's Favorite Quotes

“So, is this love…?” I pause to see her response. Reaching closer, I whisper in her ear, “Because I’m definitely not the answer…”   – This is when they are discussing the song “Savior” and I love the flirtatious and playful way her warns her using the lyrics of the song.

“What took you so long? I gave up on you,” she says with sleep still in her voice.
“Please don’t ever give up on me,” I seductively whisper.   – I just felt so much for Charlie here and what he’s going through. This is the first time he starts to let down his guard.

Allison takes a deep breath in but before she can say anything I speak up, confessing, “Don’t ask me to come in…” I look to her to gage her reaction, my eyes pleading for forgiveness. She sits with a blank expression on her face so I continue, “I don’t think I could say no, and I just can’t.”   –  I love this line because he’s trying to tell her how much he wants to be with her but he just can’t so he’s begging her to not make it harder on him.

“I just want our first time this intimate to be real. I want to feel you like I feel your kiss. Deep inside, making my world turn upside down. I don’t want you to hear me cum, I want you to make me cum.”  – The phone sex scene was so much fun to write!

Moving so slowly, I kiss her as I make pure love to her. No games, no money, no role-playing. Just love.  – This is the moment he completely gives in and for the first time in his life makes love to a woman. It just felt so real for Charlie and I loved it.

Alex leans in, getting close up shots from every direction; his face, my face, our embrace, our lips so close but not touching. The click of the camera and our pounding breath is the only thing keeping us from being lost forever.  – Everyone should have that moment where you are so close to each other, wanting to devour each other but know you can’t. It’s hot, it’s sexy, it’s intense!

Lauren Runow is a lover music and songs that speak to her or make her dance. She is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and lives in Northern California with her husband and two wild and crazy boys. If she’s not at her local CrossFit, reading or working on the community magazine her husband and her publish together, she’s at the baseball field with her boys or taking them to the skatepark. You can connect with Lauren at Twitter and Facebook.

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