Review: Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellison

Posted February 12, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellison
Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson
Series: Walk on the Wild Side #1
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Entangled Brazen on January 10, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 160
Source: Publisher

Also in this series: Avoiding Mr. Right
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event…and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered—until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.


This book was written in the first person. Each chapter also had a title of our two main characters. C.J. would switch back and forth between Heather and Tony. This style worked for C.J. because we get the chapter from the point of view from each of the two main characters.

Heather Pierce and her friends are at a bar (they call it a wine bistro). It sounds like they are there for a mixer (speed dating). What I love about this story is that the women aren’t all twentysomethings but women who are more mature (sorry to any twentysomethings that may read this book). Heather is very descriptive about the male patrons at the bistro – makes me wish that I was at the mixer.

While at the mixer, Heather meets Anthony Carmine. It was a chapter that had me fanning myself at the end. You will want to keep something handy to cool you down. It will get the blood heated that’s for sure. A great story to read on a cold winter’s night.

As each chapter passes, the anticipation builds on how far our couple will go. The reader also gets a sense of what Heather and Tony are feeling as they try to get to know each other. With this style of writing, we don’t get confused as to what is going on plus you know whose point of view you are reading by having a name to the chapter. C.J. also shows how vulnerable people can feel when they are in a new relationship and how outside forces can get in the way.

After finishing this book, I can see why this is A Walk on the Wild Side Novel. My question to you is, are you willing to take a chance like Heather and take a walk on the wild side? It may seem frightening but how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Once you have finished this story, you may want to see if C.J. has any other titles available that also take A Walk on the Wild Side. You can stop over to her web site, http://www.cjellisson.com/, and look under “Books” to see what titles are available. I will also be interested to see what she coming next for her readers. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast).

Rating: 4 Flower, Sensuality Rating: 4 Flames

7 responses to “Review: Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellison

  1. Hi Lynne!

    I just saw your review on the seocnd book in the series and came over to your blog to thank you. I did a search and foiund the first book’s review. Thank you so much for the time and effort on your reviews, both were very well worded. I’m thrilled to read how much you enjoyed the books — thank you!!

    On another topic — Love your blog design! It looks fresh and summery. Very nicely done.

    Wishing you a great summer,
    C.J.

    • C.J: I’m afraid that you will have to give the kudos for the blog design to Sherri. She’s the owner of this blog. I’m looking forward to reading your next book but in the meantime have a great summer.