Monday, February 17, 2014

Vanilla Twist by CJ Ellisson

Heather thinks she has it all—an interesting lover, a dream job, and a new wardrobe to match her take-charge attitude. But everyone has a past, and when Heather confronts hers at work she’ll be hard-pressed to hold onto her newfound confidence and resolve. Does she trust Tony enough to let him help her or will she tackle the issue on her own?

Still intrigued by the young woman and the multiple layers she presents to the world, Tony begins to change his life, too—for what he hopes is the better. He quit his high-powered career to find peace in a less stressful day-to-day existence. Desire for Heather still invades his every waking moment, and when trouble threatens their sexual explorations he makes the hardest choice of his life. One he may soon regret.

Type: Erotic Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Note: This is 2 of 3 books about Tony/Heather. Each has a complete ending but their tale is ongoing.

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CJ Ellisson is pretty much my crack when it comes to books. I can't get enough of her characters and the worlds she creates. They're fun and sexy and have a bit of drama and are just irresistible. And Vanilla Twist was a pretty good showing. Especially in the heat department. Whew!

The quick of it-- This is book two featuring Heather and Tony (book one Vanilla on Top got a 5 star from me). Vanilla Twist is a peek back into their relationship and how they're doing as they deal with some insecurities, outside drama from each of their pasts rearing it's ugly head and how they're moving forward together. And all with a healthy heaping of sheet time.

I loved these two in Vanilla on Top so it was fun getting to see them again. They're an excellent fit and love exploring everything with each other sexually which is so fun and exciting to read (she takes the lead the majority of the time). I couldn't help but smile over some of their reactions to this or that. They're definitely stronger as a pair than individually and I could see them making it as a couple.

I really enjoy Heather's character. She's got some insecurities because of a past relationship but more often than not she's able to shake herself out of them and find her inner strength. She's just a good person and I love seeing her excitement over things. Tony on the other hand I really struggled with this time around. While he's pretty wonderful where Heather is concerned he did not handle things well with the drama from his past that shows up and I found myself liking him less and less as the book went on and not really seeing him as a hero anymore. His reactions while I could see being true to life just didn't work for me. He came off as a jerk a lot of the time though he did somewhat redeem himself in the end it wasn't really enough for me to completely respect him as the hero anymore.

Overall, I enjoyed Vanila Twist. There were some really hilarious moments between Tony and his brothers/best friend and lordy the chemistry between Tony and Heather was scorching hot. While I wasn't wild about Tony and there were some writing spots that felt awkward to me Heather shined as a heroine and had me rooting for her from the get go and really won the book in my opinion. If you're looking for a hot spicy erotic romance to heat up the weekend give this one a go (though I'd recommend starting with Vanilla on Top first).

More CJ on herding cats!

Review--Vanilla on Top [2013 Pick of the Litter]
Review--Vampire Vacation [2012 Pick of the Litter]


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