Series: Walk on the Wild Side

Review: Avoiding Mr. Right by C.J. Ellisson

Posted July 3, 2013 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Avoiding Mr. Right by C.J. Ellisson
Avoiding Mr. Right by C.J. Ellisson
Series: Walk on the Wild Side #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Red Hot Publishing on June 3rd 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 130
Source: Author

Also in this series: Vanilla on Top
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Book Description:

Book Description:
Carla Johnson thinks issuing orders to a lover will keep her heart safe and leave her in charge of her own destiny. Afraid for Carla’s future, her best friend Heather implores her to change her self-centered ways, handing her a list of love life mistakes to steer clear of:

1. Casual Sex
2. Friends with Benefits
3. Avoidance of Intimacy

Carla ignores the list—unwilling to face she might have a commitment problem. Until she invites a co-worker to her place one night. She instantly regrets the hum-drum sexual encounter and discourages the accountant from pursuing her.

Andy Shea refuses to become another lover the feisty blonde dumps. It'll take a patient man with a strong hand to unlock Carla's sexual awareness and win her heart. He’s up for the challenge to convince her he’s the one—and eager to prove this number cruncher won’t make a boring bedmate.


Lynn’s Review:
This book is written in the first person.  Each chapter lets you know who’s doing the talking in that chapter.

This is a book that follows up the story started in Vanilla on Top.  Carla’s talking about casual sex with her friend, Heather.  They’re also discussing about being alone.  She sounds like a woman who’s met with a lot of disappointment.

Andrew has gone out for drinks after work with Carla.  But she appears to be more than a little tipsy.  This is a story that’s not just about Carla and Andrew.   C.J. includes some of Andrew’s family – goes to show what a great guy he is.  It also shows that he was raised right.

He also makes Carla question her current lifestyle.  Sounds like he would be perfect for her – you’ll have to keep reading to see if you feel the same way.  C.J. gives her readers plenty of sex but she also gives them a great story too.  She plays on a woman’s fantasy of a work hookup and another fantasy of sex in the office.  Who doesn’t love the forbidden?

C.J. reminds the reader that you can’t assume anything because nine times out of ten your assumption could be wrong.  You could also be missing out on the best thing that ever happened to you.  It also shows how some people in love want to test the boundaries of what they’re comfortable with.  And then C.J. gives the reader the perfect HEA ending.

This is the second book in the Walk on the Wild Side series that I have read.  Carla’s story leaves me anticipating when the next book will be coming out.  This is a series that once it’s complete, I look forward to rereading.

If you liked book one, you will love this one.  If you haven’t read the series, make sure that once you finish this book go back and read Vanilla on Top.  You can also stop over to her web site, http://www.cjellisson.com/, and look under “Books” to see what titles are available.  And while you’re there, sign up for her newsletter so you can be kept up to date. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)

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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
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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