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Hot New Series! Accelerate (Hotwired #1) by Tracy Wolff *Review*

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Accelerate (Hotwired #1)
by Tracy Wolff

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
From Loveswept
Released November 24th 2015

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A sexy carjacker takes a would-be starlet for the ride of her life as a pulse-pounding new series from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff begins.

Once the brains behind a car-boosting ring, Nic Medina has spent the last three years playing it straight. Now drag racers flock to his L.A. auto shop, Hotwired, for a shot at going head-to-head with the man himself. But when a crooked cop gives Nic a treacherous ultimatum—steal ten high-end cars or watch his nephew disappear into the system—he makes the only choice he can, one that puts the life he’s worked so hard for at risk. No sooner does Nic agree than he spots some nasty competition—and a gorgeous bystander in harm’s way.

A small-town girl with Hollywood dreams, Jordan Bass never expected to be swept up in a real-life drama. But that’s exactly what happens when she witnesses a violent crime. And when a smoldering stranger takes the wheel and practically kidnaps her in a desperate bid to keep her safe, she’s not sure whether to scream . . . or kiss him. Nic’s bad news—but the real bad guys aren’t above silencing a witness. On a collision course with danger, Jordan finds herself falling for the man whose street smarts are keeping her alive . . . and whose touch puts her in high gear.

 

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Review

4 stars

Tracy Wolff has done it again!

In the last year or so, Tracy Wolff has become one of my favorite authors simply because her stories are compelling with complex characters, romance and that added touch of heat. This time around she brought those elements and much more. Intrigue, car chases and drama are some of the added elements that rounded up this first story in what appears to be another fantastic series.

Jordan Bass is finally settling in a new life, focusing on her studies and healing old wounds. None of her plans involve falling for a bad boy, but once she sets eyes on Nic Medina she’s a goner.

Nic Medina has not had an easy life, but he’s working on making it better for him and his family. He’s made a name for himself and his business, but people and mistakes from his past keep haunting him and soon he finds himself deeply involved with a ring of dirty cops. All this while he is fighting his attraction to Jordan, the woman he kidnapped and stole a car from.

What made this story so enjoyable to me was the way the author brought the romance and the conflict together without taking away from either of the elements.

Not a fan of insta-love scenarios, I was cautious about Nic and Jordan’s relationship in the beginning. But once introduced, I found I was curious to see how the author would bring them together in a viable way.

I loved Jordan and Nic together. Of course, their chemistry was instant but I loved that the author took the time to build upon that chemistry. Their connection was slow in coming, but soon it was evident that Jordan and Nic complemented each other in every way. I enjoyed the bickering, their flirty banter and their honest dialogue. I found myself enjoying their candid moments just as much as their heated ones and soon was cheering them on so they could be together.

I liked that once the story started, was unable to put it down. Having an intriguing plot that not only brought about uncertainty but also rampant emotions, increased my enjoyment of this story. It was a treat to see different sides to Jordan and Nic when they realized the situation they were facing. I also loved how, because of that situation, they grew closer together and allowed themselves the chance to explore their connection. Jordan became more confident in herself and lowered some of her walls, while Nic finally realized he deserved to have a life for himself even if he couldn’t save every one he loved.

As the first book in the series, Accelerate delivered in all fronts. Not only did it deliver a great romance between two intriguing individuals that never thought love was in the cards for them, it also set the stage for upcoming books while giving us a glimpse into the characters that most likely will be starring in those books.

All in all, a fantastic start to a series. I especially enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters–main and secondary–that were introduced and the conflict that surrounded them.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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Tour: Slashed (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy Wolff *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Slashed (Extreme Risk #3)
by Tracy Wolff

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
From Flirt
Released September 29th 2015

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Do nice guys always finish last? In the new Extreme Risk novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff, a burnt-out underdog and a vulnerable tomboy defy the pressure to be perfect and go after what they really want.

Bighearted and easygoing, Luc Jennings is falling behind in a family of serious overachievers. While he may be decent enough at snowboarding to turn pro and rack up some sponsors, he’s never topped any podiums—unlike his friends Z, Ash, and Cam. Luc’s always been head over heels for Cam Bradley, but she’s never seen him as anything more than a friend. Now, after years of coming in second, Luc can’t take it anymore—especially if it means watching Cam chase another guy.

Cam hangs out almost exclusively with dudes, and that’s fine by her. She’d much rather be shredding at the Olympics than primping in the mirror. Cam’s wildest dreams have a way of coming true—except when it comes to getting her longtime crush and best friend, Z Michaels, to notice her. Then her mother suddenly shows up after being gone for, like, ever, and Cam’s whole world comes crashing down. Desperate for a place to lay low, she turns to the one person who’s always had her back.

 

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Review

4 stars

As a follower of the series I knew that Cam and Luc’s story would be kind of angsty with a side of sizzling heat. And I was not mistaken.

Growing up as one of the boys, Cam doesn’t put much stock on her looks preferring to focus all her energy in her sport. As a woman ranking at the top of her sport, Cam appears to have it all–looks, career and the best of friends. Through the years she has been treated as a sister among the guys, but after that heated night with Luc she doesn’t see him as a brother. However, Luc’s distance from her since that night only amplifies her feelings of inadequacy. If only she can stop herself from thinking lusty thoughts about her best friend Luc everything would be perfect. It’s not that she doesn’t want him. Nope. She does. A LOT. But she doesn’t believe he feels the same for her.

Luc has been crushing on Cam for years, but her attention was always directed to another of his best friends, Z. Luc could never compete with Z–professionally or otherwise. It seems he’s always once step behind, hanging on his friends’ coat tails and never gaining any ground. So with his feelings being unrequited Luc does what he does best–bed as many women as he can to try to forget the one he truly wants.

Sheesh! Could these two have been any more exasperating? Really, it was like watching children fighting. A whole lot of assumptions and not a smidgen of communication.

Fortunately, Tracy Wolff gave me enough of what I needed to keep me invested in their story–connection and chemistry between Luc and Cam. It was clear that Luc and Cam shared a deep connection as friends, one that had been constantly growing through the years. They worked well as friends, but once emotions came into play both Luc and Cam’s insecurities came to the surface to wreck havoc on an already rocky terrain. I think that’s why I came to appreciate even more those moments that pushed their connection to something ‘more’. They not only brought them together but showed how great they could bif they got their sh*t sorted out.

Of course it helped tremendously to have that undercurrent of chemistry always present in their interactions. Be it through a stolen glance, a light touch or even a friendly conversation, that spark of chemistry made itself known. I enjoyed watching them trying to keep their attraction at bay. It was useless for them to abstain from giving in, but so very enjoyable for me to experience. Bwahahahaha! 😉

Like I mentioned before, there was some angst brought about Luc and Cam’s repeated assumptions and inability to communicate. Some was needed, some was unnecessary. However, I loved them together so deciding to overlook those frustrating moments made sense to me in the grand scheme of it.

Slashed is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone. However, I do think that reading the other books would enhance your experience. Especially, since you get to know more about Luc and Cam and how they arrived at the situation they were currently in.

All in all, a great friends to lovers story that showcases how assumptions and miscommunication can jeopardize the best of relationships.

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Excerpt

Fuck, she looks good. And fuck, it’s hard to keep my eyes off of her.

Like the other girls, Cam’s dressed in a bikini. But unlike Ophelia and Tansy, hers isn’t two little scraps of cloth held together with strings. No, in typical Cam fashion, she’s wearing a simple black suit that’s much more about athletic function than hotness factor. And still she looks fucking fantastic in it. All long, lean lines and tanned, gorgeous skin, with legs that go on forever—legs that seem specifically designed to drape themselves over a guy’s shoulders as he thrusts into her again and again and again.

Not that I care. Not anymore. I may have been in love with her once upon a time, but after the disastrous one night we spent together, I am totally over it.

Completely.

Absolutely.

Or at least that’s what I tell myself once a day. More if I’m actually around her for any length of time.

Fake it till you make it. That’s the motto I’m living by these days.

“Dude, where the hell did that come from?” Ash demands as he sits down on the edge of the boat and fastens himself into his wakeboard.

I shrug. The last thing I want to say is the truth, which is I’m sick to fucking death of always coming in last. I’m a good athlete, a really good athlete, and in any other group, that would probably count for something. With my three best friends—all of whom top snowboarding podiums on a regular basis—not so much.

It’s not that I’m jealous of them, because I’m not. They’ve each had some really bad, really heavy shit to deal with through the years and I figure their mad skills are kind of the universe’s way of evening up the scales. Still, it’d be nice to not always feel like the loser. Like the ballast they cart around, not because I contribute anything to the team but out of loyalty.

“That was totally wicked,” Ophelia tells me as I move to the front of the boat. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

“Thanks.” I shoot her a smile, even knowing she’s just trying to make me feel better.

“Uh, sure you have,” Z tells her even as he grins at me. “I do believe you’ve seen me work a half-pipe before.”

She rolls her eyes. “Of course, baby. And you have a bigger penis, too.”

“Hey, now!” I squawk in mock affront. “That seems a little judgmental considering you haven’t seen the goods.”

“You want to fix that?” she asks, eyebrows raised. But she’s been Z’s girl long enough for me to know she’s all bravado.

I reach for the waist of my board shorts. “Sure—”

“No!” Z stands up abruptly, grabbing onto Ophelia as he does. “No, she doesn’t.” He’s picking her up in his arms and striding over to the side of the boat while I slip into the vacated driver’s spot.

“You want to take a go?” I shout to him, but instead of answering he just steps onto the bench seat at the back of the boat.

“Don’t you dare,” Ophelia shrieks. “I mean it, Z! You better no—” Her shriek is abruptly cut off when he jumps in the water, still carrying her.

I glance at Ash, who’s just shaking his head like when’s she going to learn? I know exactly what he means. Z pretty much dares everything and telling him not to do something is a surefire way to get him to do just that.

Logan and Cam are close to hysterical they’re laughing so hard, and when I glance in the water at Ophelia—who’s still so shocked that her mouth is opening and closing like a guppy’s—I can’t blame them. Especially when she finally seems to come around and starts smacking at Z, who’s laughing just as hard as the other two.

Tansy keeps glancing back and forth between the lot of them like they’ve all escaped from an insane asylum. But when Ophelia finally stops beating up on Z, Tansy leans over the side of the boat and calls, “Here. I’ll help you up.”

Ash heads toward her—to help, I’m sure. Tansy isn’t close to being as fragile as she was when we first met her a couple months ago and she was fresh off of chemo, but Ash still has a tendency to treat her like glass. But before he can get there, Ophelia grabs her hand and yanks.

Tansy’s only protest is an astonished little squeak, and then she’s tumbling headfirst into the lake. Ash makes a dive for her, misses, and falls in after her.

By now Cam and Logan are laughing so hard they’re practically crying, and I’m not far behind. Especially when Ophelia leaps on Z’s back and starts trying to drown him.

It’s second nature for me to look at Cam, to try to catch her eye and share the joke. At least until I remember that we don’t do that anymore. We don’t do anything anymore. So, I look at Logan instead, and that’s when I see it. The wistfulness. The envy. He won’t say it—the kid never says it—but I know he misses being able to jump out of the boat without a second thought. Misses being able to just do what he wants instead of having to plan every little thing out beforehand. After running it by Ash, who we’ve already established has major protective issues when it comes to the people he loves.

The boat is stopped, but I turn the ignition all the way off before I climb out of the pilot’s seat and head toward him. I pick him up easily—he may be long but he’s also super lanky—throw him over my shoulder. “Hold your breath,” I warn, then jump off the back of the boat without waiting to see if he follows directions. It’s exactly what I would have done a year ago, before the accident, and though there’s a tiny part of me that questions if it’s really okay, I tamp it down. Except for the paralysis, he’s all healed up. In as good a shape as any other fourteen-year-old boy. So to hell with it. He deserves to have fun, too.

I hold onto him until we surface, making sure he can tread water using just his arms—which he does just fine despite the fact that he’s still laughing. Only then do I glance at Ash, expecting him to bitch me out. Which is fine. I know how he is and I’m prepared for it. Except when our eyes meet, his are filled with something that looks an awful lot like—shame.

I shoot him a questioning look, but he just shakes his head. Mouths “thank you,” then moves over to dunk his brother a second time.

Cam joins us after a couple minutes, and even though I know it’s totally masochistic, I can’t stop myself from swimming up behind her. From putting my hands on the silky skin of her waist.

“Hey, don’t—” she says with a laugh, twisting around to see which one of us is going to dunk her.

But dunking her is the last thing on my mind—even if I did start out with that as a vague plan—and when her surprised eyes meet mine, I don’t push down until she’s underwater. I don’t pull away, though, either. Instead I stay right where I am, hands lightly resting above her hips, thumbs gently stroking at the hard, flat plane of her abs.

Her green eyes are huge as she watches me watching her, and then she smiles a little tremulously. “Hi.” It’s almost a whisper.

“Hi,” I say back. It’s the first word I’ve said to her in weeks that hasn’t at least been partially for show.

 

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About the Author

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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TBR Thursday! Shattered (Extreme Risk #2) by Tracy Wolff *Review*

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Extreme Risk #2
Tracy Wolff
New Adult
Flirt
May 20th 2014
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The Extreme Risk series—Tracy Wolff’s edgy, emotional take on the New Adult genre—continues with the story of a lost soul and the fearless beauty who inspires him to take a flying leap back into life.

Ash Lewis has poured every last ounce of his blood, sweat, and tears into reaching the very top of the professional snowboarding world—until the unthinkable happens. After the biggest competition win of his career, Ash’s mother and father are killed in a tragic accident. Unable to handle the idea of going back out on the snow to pursue the dream his parents shared with him, Ash feels that he has no choice but to walk away from snowboarding forever. Then he meets Tansy Hampton.

Wild, fun, and impulsive, Tansy has a different look and a new passion every week. As a cancer survivor who spent the past several years waiting to die, Tansy has a fresh perspective on life—even if she doesn’t have a clue about what she actually wants to do with it. But she’s determined to find out, and that means making the most of her time while she still can.

From the very beginning, their chemistry is intense. But while Ash can’t stop chasing the ghosts of what can never be, Tansy stays firmly focused on the possibilities the world holds for her—and for them. She’s already picked up the pieces of one shattered life. Now she’s determined to help Ash do the same.

 

 

Review

What a great story!

And here I thought I was going to get something similar to Shredded then I start reading Ash’s story. A story packed full of drama, angst, sizzling chemistry and emotions. My Gosh! The emotions that were thrown into this story were intense…and they came from different directions too.

If it wasn’t his brother, it was Tansy or it was Ash. The statements ’emotions run rampant’ fits perfectly with this story. And you know I’m a sucker for emotions!!!

What I loved the most about this story was Tansy. She was sweet yet so very strong. She had gone through hell and back and she was determined to start living her life to the fullest and to make the best of it no matter what the outcome.

I loved that she gave Ash as good as she got. He made things hell for her but she was strong willed and didn’t allow Ash to deter her. Even when I though she was down for the count, she continued to persevere and surprise me with her words and her actions.

Of course, I loved Ash too. He was kind of broody and intense, but he was loyal and caring too. He loved deeply and I admired the hell out of him for it.

All in all, an outstanding addition to the series. I loved it!

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TBR Thursday! Shredded (Extreme Risk, #1) by Tracy Wolff *Review*

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Extreme Risk, #1
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In this intense and exhilarating New Adult series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a vulnerable rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future in each other.

Twenty-one-year-old professional snowboarder Z Michaels is the bad boy of Park City, Utah. He’s always had his pick of any girl in town—and on the competition circuit. But underneath his cool exterior is a young man in turmoil, trying to take the edge off tragedy by overindulging in sex and shredding the slopes. In fact, Z’s reckless behavior is a thinly veiled attempt to blunt his emotional suffering with physical pain.

Ophelia Richardson isn’t like any girl Z has ever met. Though she’s from New Orleans high society, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not shy about being miserable in frozen, godforsaken Park City. But laying low is her only option after her ex, a rich boy who couldn’t take no for an answer, nearly killed her in a jealous rage. Following that terrifying encounter, the last thing Ophelia needs is a boyfriend—especially one as rich and arrogant as Z. But Ophelia soon discovers that he isn’t what he seems. If anything, Z may be even more damaged than she is.

Tormented by their pasts and feeling alone in the world, Z and Ophelia find a connection unlike any they’ve ever known. But with Ophelia hiding the details of her life in Louisiana and Z’s death wish reaching terrifying new heights, their relationship seems to be going downhill before it even begins—unless they can find the strength in each other to trust, grow, and love again.

 

 

Review

Z is a snowboarder with a troubled past that leads him to take chances and act recklessly. While Ophelia tries hard to get over traumatic events from her past and wants to stay away from anything dangerous–even if she’s intensely attracted to the man who wakes feelings in her she once thought forgotten.

Sad when the secondary characters are more interesting than the main ones. And this was the case for me with this story.

In the last year, I’ve come to count Tracy Wolff’s books as ‘must reads’, so when I saw that she was developing a NA series I jumped at the chance to read it.

Sadly, it wasn’t everything I expected it to be. Maybe it was because I’d read and loved other books by the author, maybe it was because the characters came across as selfish and immature. Whatever the reason, I can’t say that I loved this story as much as I thought I would.

I loved the premised and the setting and was looking forward to some angst and romance. I got the angst and the romance, but it was the characters that brought them to the page that disappointed me, especially Ophelia.

For a 21-year old man, Z acted like he just stepped out of high school. Some things were due to his surroundings, other I couldn’t find a source. Then there was Ophelia. Her behavior and actions didn’t make sense to me and her train of thought left much to be desired.

So yeah, I think it was the characters that didn’t work for me.

What did worked for me were the secondary characters. Ash, Cam and Luc caught my attention and I hope their stories are as good as I think they will be. I’m especially looking forward to Ash’s story now that I know some of what to expect of his story.

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New Release! Play Me: The Complete Story by Tracy Wolff *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Play Me: The Complete Story
by Tracy Wolff

An Erotic Romance
From Loveswept
Released June 16, 2015

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Ethan Frost novels—Ruined, Addicted, and Exposed—comes the sultry tale of a young woman searching for a bit of control. . . and the powerful new boss who makes her go wild. Originally released as a five-part serial, this eBook bundle collects the complete saga from beginning to end: a sizzling affair loaded with desire, seduction, betrayal, and dark romance.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny… just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria, who needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian steps in. The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy, and kinder than any rich man should be. And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t the only thing Aria wants.

 

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Review

4 stars

Aria is a cocktail waitress at Atlantis. She’s trying to get her life back in track after running away from her past. Aria is all about taking and maintaining control of her life–until she meets Sebastian Caine. Soon she discovers that surrendering her control to the right person can be physically and emotionally satisfying.

Sebastian Caine returned to Las Vegas to run his father’s hotel after a series of strokes left him unable to run the business. Sebastian is determined to make some necessary changes in the hotel–starting with keeping the guest and the employees from being harassed by the ‘whales’. That is what brings him face to face with Aria. Sebastian recognizes Aria’s need for control and he knows he’s the perfect man to show her how she can achieve the perfect balance in her life. She’s everything he wants and the very woman that could bring him to his knees if he’s not careful.

Play Me is another example of how Tracy Wolff can bring complex characters, intriguing storylines and emotions to the page while still making the story romantic and hot as hell. She draws the readers in, captives their minds and melts their hearts in the process.

In Play Me: Wild we get to know a bit about Aria and Sebastian and what drives them as individuals. Sebastian and Aria’s chemistry was palpable from their very first meeting. But Aria is weary of rich men and vows to keep his distance. However, Sebastian can see right through Aria’s tough persona and is determined to protect her. Especially now that Sebastian is aware of her work situation.

Which lead us to Play Me: Hot. As the title implies, this is one HOT little episode. It starts where Wild left off with Sebastian and Aria in Sebastian’s office after he took her away to ‘fill out some paperwork’. Like I said before, Sebastian and Aria’s chemistry was intense and easily palpable and this installment shows how much. This first encounter was packed full of anticipation and sensuality. Sebastian is convinced that he can give her what she needs and soon Aria is lost in the pleasure Sebastian brings her. Which in the end leaves her a little bit woozy and a lot confused. But whatever, that man can have me filling out paperwork any.damn.time!

Aria returns to work and she tries to keep her wits about her, but she’s is dropping fast from subspace and doesn’t understand what the hell is going on. This is where Play Me: Hard starts. Sebastian is trying his best to look after Aria and she continues to be her stubborn self. For me this was the installment that cemented Sebastian and Aria’s connection. In this ‘episode’ we get to see another side of Sebastian and Aria. Sebastian shows his tender side–caring for Aria, protecting her from herself–while Aria reveals a bit more of her vulnerability and her life now that her defenses are down. Their dialogue was honest and revealing and their connection an ever growing presence as the story progressed.

Of course, there was also the cameo from Ethan Frost, Sebastian’s best friend (you can read an excerpt below) and another intense scene between Aria and Sebastian. But the ending…the ending was the best thing to happen.

Through all the previous installments I’ve been intrigued by Sebastian and Aria’s pasts and how it had shaped them. So when Play Me: Real picked up right where the previous installment left off I was so very curious to see what I would learn about Sebastian. My curiosity was met and then some! that that was one hell of an intense and revealing scene! It loved it that Sebastian showed a side of himself that I had not seen before and that Aria listened without judgement. Of course, all this intensity and honesty leads them back into each other’s arms. And this is where my first urge to smack Sebastian upside the head came up. Which led to me wanting to throttle them both–Sebastian for losing his path and Aria for not recognizing the error of her ways. Well, at least it served to show how deeply affected he was by his past and his feelings for Aria and vice versa. Pffft!!!

We find Aria heartbroken and Sebastian all broody at the start of Play Me: Right. Thankfully, Aria’s sister helps her recognize her mistake in time to salvage what had developed between her and Sebastian. The author had peeled back bit and pieces of Sebastian and Aria’s layers with each ‘episode’ of the serial but it’s with this installment that they are truly bared to each other. Of course, it all comes after the heated encounter, but I won’t complain since I enjoyed it so much!

All in all, the perfect mix of sensuality, emotions and romance.

 

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Excerpt

“What are you thinking?” Ethan asks after a minute and I’m just opening my mouth to tell him when there’s a sudden commotion at the door. I turn around just in time to see Aria burst through it, looking wilder and hotter than I’ve ever seen her.

She’s dressed in a crimson sundress that hugs every one of her curves even as it makes her olive skin glow. One of the straps has slid down her arm and her hair is a just-rolled-out-of-bed mess. But it’s a captivating look on her, one that has my mind flashing to about a million different things I’d like to do with her—all of which start with plopping her firm, lush ass on my desk and burying my face between her thighs. For hours.

I’m so distracted by the thought of making her come that I almost miss the upset on her face, confusion mixed with hurt and panic and fear. Once I get past her breasts and it sinks in, though, I’m off the couch and heading toward her in an instant. “What’s wrong, Aria? Are you—”

“Fuck me.”

I freeze in my tracks. “What did you say?”

“I want you to fuck me. Right now. Please.”

Ethan rockets up from his chair, shoots me a look that is half-amused, half-concerned. “I will take that as my cue to leave.”

The fact that Aria doesn’t even glance his way tells me all I need to know about her state of mind. All thoughts of Valducci and revenge disappear in my sudden worry for her.

“Baby.” I cross the last of the distance between us and pull her body flush against mine. “What’s going on? What’s wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong. I’ve just been thinking about what you said on the phone earlier and I want it. I want all of it now.”

 

About the Author

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

Find out more about Tracy at www.tracywolffbooks.com.

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Exposed (Ethan Frost #3)
by Tracy Wolff

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
From Loveswept
Released May 5th 2015

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Will Ethan Frost go too far for the woman he loves?

The moment Chloe Girard walked into my life, she exposed secrets and emotions I always thought were best kept buried.

She wants to move on, to ignore the past. But I can’t do that. Not when she still suffers. And not when the man who hurt her remains unscathed. So when I discover the perfect opportunity to make him pay for what he did to Chloe, I can’t walk away, no matter the consequences.

But there’s a fine line between justice and obsession. As I turn up old crimes and new lies, I know that I’m playing with fire—and risking the very foundations of our relationship.

My love for Chloe is absolute. I just hope it’s enough to save us both.

 

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Review

3-5 stars

So here’s the thing–too much of a good thing is not always better. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this installment in the Ethan and Chole saga. However, there were moments in the story where I found myself rolling my eyes, shaking my head in exasperation and even *gasp* skimming through passages (especially Chloe’s!!!).

Silly of me to think that Addicted was the end of Ethan and Chloe’s story! The story starts right where Addicted left off with Ethan and Chloe making up at last and getting ready to get married. Now, in my opinion this story could have done without a couple of chapters. I mean there are only so many times where I can play witness to Ethan and Chloe’s fighting and make-up sex. That’s not even mentioning their rambling which were repetitive to the point of exhaustion.

Now to the great points in the story. The emotions, the conflict and its resolution. This is what I enjoy about Tracy Wolff’s writing–that innate to make her characters portray intense emotions while still keeping it real for the reader. I liked seeing how Ethan and Chloe maneuvered their differences in regards to the Brandon issue. While Ethan wanted to get his revenge, Chloe just wanted to forget about it and move on. Not an easy feat to resolve, but by giving us glimpses into Ethan and Chloe’s thoughts we could come to understand where each was coming from, move on and continue with the story.

I can’t truly say if there’s going to be another installment in the series, but the ending left room for more from this couple. Personally, I wouldn’t mind reading Tori’s story. As Chloe’s best friend, she has played a major role in putting things into perspective for Chloe and has been an all-around great addition to the series.

So this story might not have been what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it overall. It was a treat to see Ethan and Chloe growth, both as individuals and as a couple, something that always increases my interest in a couple. And of course, it helped a great deal that the emotions were an ever present entity and the romance something that kept on evolving.

All in all, a good addition to Ethan and Chloe’s story where we finally see them as a fully formed couple. Only time will tell if there are other obstacles in their future!

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Excerpt

After several long minutes, my heartbeat finally returns to normal. I pull out slowly, rolling Chloe over so that she’s cuddled into my chest and I can feel her breath against my neck, her heart beating against my own.

“I love you,” she says, her lips moving drowsily against my sweat-slicked skin.

“I love you, too.”

It’s a vow on my part as much as it is a declaration. Because loving her has never been the problem. I’ve loved her almost from the beginning—I started falling the minute she refused to drink the blueberry smoothie I made her and by the time she’d returned the Vitamix I’d bought her for the second time, I was all in.

Yes, loving her is easy. But keeping her—that’s something else entirely. I’ve already fucked things up with her, twice. I lied to her, tried to break up with her, hurt her over and over again when all I’ve really wanted to do is protect her.

I don’t know how one man can fuck up as badly—and as many times—as I have. And yet, by some miracle, she’s still here. In my arms. In my bed. Though, technically, we’re in her bed at the moment.

That’s something else I intend to change as soon as possible. Not that I have anything against Chloe’s room—or her roommate. But I need her with me, in my space. I need her in my house, her stuff cluttering up my dresser, her shoes tripping me on the way to the bathroom, her sexy-sweet scent hanging in the corners of every room I enter.

I need her things mingled with mine, need her life mingled with mine.

Because no matter how much I’ve fucked up, no matter how many mistakes I’ve made, I can’t let her go. I won’t let her go. Not now. Not ever. We’re tied together, our lives twisted and tangled together long before we had a clue what we would mean to each other. I wouldn’t have chosen our past, how we started out. But it exists. It’s real, and it’s something we’re both going to have to live with—for better or worse.

That’s the nightmare. That one day she won’t be able to live with what Brandon did to her. With the part I played in keeping him safe because I didn’t know better. Because I was blind.

But that’s a future I hope will never happen—a future I’m determined to never let happen. Right now, in the present, she’s still here. Still in my arms. Still willing to give me—to give us—a chance to get this right.

It’s more than I deserve, but I’m taking it.

I stroke her back, murmur nonsense words in her ear as Chloe snuggles close to me. Her breathing evens out and she’s asleep again within minutes. She’s exhausted, the toll of the last few weeks—the last few months—impossible to ignore. For both of us.

I close my eyes, try to follow, but my mind is too crowded to allow any kind of sleep to creep in. Chloe’s words from earlier chase themselves around inside my head—and there’s a part of me that knows she’s right. That knows I’ll be messing with all kinds of old wounds if I keep pursuing
her bleed.

Hurting her any more than she’s already been hurt is the last thing I want to do.

But as I lay here staring at the ceiling, I can’t stop thinking about my brother. About the fact that he hurt her when she was young and defenseless. About the way he continues to hurt her even now.

I flash back to the way he looked at her in my driveway that day when the whole world came crashing down around our ears for the first time. So smug, so satisfied, so convinced of his own invincibility. The nondisclosure agreement—agreements, I remind myself, thinking back to the call I just took—make him untouchable and he knows it. More, he revels in it.

I’m not okay with that.

I’m not okay with any of it. Not what he did to Chloe and those other women. Not how he got away with all of it. And most definitely, not how he’s planning to run for Congress and beyond, building a life for himself making laws that he feels absolutely no compunction to follow.

None of that is okay.

Chloe might be strong enough to live with the past—and a future where Brandon never pays for his crimes. But I’m not. And I never will be.

 

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About the Author

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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New Release: Play Me by Tracy Wolff *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

Play Me Serial

Play Me
by Tracy Wolff

An Erotic Serial
From Loveswept
Released December 2nd 2014

In the seductive all new eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a woman running from her past has finally found a bit of control . . . until her powerful new boss makes her go wild.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to make my own life, away from the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria as she needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian, steps in.  The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy and kinder than any rich, powerful man should be.  And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, , Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. But if the way her body instantly responds to his touch is any indication, what Aria really wants is Sebastian.  Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t all that Aria wants …

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences.

 

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Serial Review

4 stars

Aria is a cocktail waitress at Atlantis. She’s trying to get her life back in track after running away from her past. Aria is all about taking and maintaining control of her life–until she meets Sebastian Caine. Soon she discovers that surrendering her control to the right person can be physically and emotionally satisfying.

Sebastian Caine returned to Las Vegas to run his father’s hotel after a series of strokes left him unable to run the business. Sebastian is determined to make some necessary changes in the hotel–starting with keeping the guest and the employees from being harassed by the ‘whales’. That is what brings him face to face with Aria. Sebastian recognizes Aria’s need for control and he knows he’s the perfect man to show her how she can achieve the perfect balance in her life. She’s everything he wants and the very woman that could bring him to his knees if he’s not careful.

Play Me is another example of how Tracy Wolff can bring complex characters, intriguing storylines and emotions to the page while still making the story romantic and hot as hell. She draws the readers in, captives their minds and melts their hearts in the process.

In Play Me: Wild we get to know a bit about Aria and Sebastian and what drives them as individuals. Sebastian and Aria’s chemistry was palpable from their very first meeting. But Aria is weary of rich men and vows to keep his distance. However, Sebastian can see right through Aria’s tough persona and is determined to protect her. Especially now that Sebastian is aware of her work situation.

Which lead us to Play Me: Hot. As the title implies, this is one HOT little episode. It starts where Wild left off with Sebastian and Aria in Sebastian’s office after he took her away to ‘fill out some paperwork’. Like I said before, Sebastian and Aria’s chemistry was intense and easily palpable and this installment shows how much. This first encounter was packed full of anticipation and sensuality. Sebastian is convinced that he can give her what she needs and soon Aria is lost in the pleasure Sebastian brings her. Which in the end leaves her a little bit woozy and a lot confused. But whatever, that man can have me filling out paperwork any.damn.time!

Aria returns to work and she tries to keep her wits about her, but she’s is dropping fast from subspace and doesn’t understand what the hell is going on. This is where Play Me: Hard starts. Sebastian is trying his best to look after Aria and she continues to be her stubborn self. For me this was the installment that cemented Sebastian and Aria’s connection. In this ‘episode’ we get to see another side of Sebastian and Aria. Sebastian shows his tender side–caring for Aria, protecting her from herself–while Aria reveals a bit more of her vulnerability and her life now that her defenses are down. Their dialogue was honest and revealing and their connection an ever growing presence as the story progressed.

Of course, there was also the cameo from Ethan Frost, Sebastian’s best friend (you can read an excerpt below) and another intense scene between Aria and Sebastian. But the ending…the ending was the best thing to happen.

Through all the previous installments I’ve been intrigued by Sebastian and Aria’s pasts and how it had shaped them. So when Play Me: Real picked up right where the previous installment left off I was so very curious to see what I would learn about Sebastian. My curiosity was met and then some! that that was one hell of an intense and revealing scene! It loved it that Sebastian showed a side of himself that I had not seen before and that Aria listened without judgement. Of course, all this intensity and honesty leads them back into each other’s arms. And this is where my first urge to smack Sebastian upside the head came up. Which led to me wanting to throttle them both–Sebastian for losing his path and Aria for not recognizing the error of her ways. Well, at least it served to show how deeply affected he was by his past and his feelings for Aria and vice versa. Pffft!!!

We find Aria heartbroken and Sebastian all broody at the start of Play Me: Right. Thankfully, Aria’s sister helps her recognize her mistake in time to salvage what had developed between her and Sebastian. The author had peeled back bit and pieces of Sebastian and Aria’s layers with each ‘episode’ of the serial but it’s with this installment that they are truly bared to each other. Of course, it all comes after the heated encounter, but I won’t complain since I enjoyed it so much!

All in all, the perfect mix of sensuality, emotions and romance.

 

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“What are you thinking?” Ethan asks after a minute and I’m just opening my mouth to tell him when there’s a sudden commotion at the door. I turn around just in time to see Aria burst through it, looking wilder and hotter than I’ve ever seen her.

She’s dressed in a crimson sundress that hugs every one of her curves even as it makes her olive skin glow. One of the straps has slid down her arm and her hair is a just-rolled-out-of-bed mess. But it’s a captivating look on her, one that has my mind flashing to about a million different things I’d like to do with her—all of which start with plopping her firm, lush ass on my desk and burying my face between her thighs. For hours.

I’m so distracted by the thought of making her come that I almost miss the upset on her face, confusion mixed with hurt and panic and fear. Once I get past her breasts and it sinks in, though, I’m off the couch and heading toward her in an instant. “What’s wrong, Aria? Are you—”

“Fuck me.”

I freeze in my tracks. “What did you say?”

“I want you to fuck me. Right now. Please.”

Ethan rockets up from his chair, shoots me a look that is half-amused, half-concerned. “I will take that as my cue to leave.”

The fact that Aria doesn’t even glance his way tells me all I need to know about her state of mind. All thoughts of Valducci and revenge disappear in my sudden worry for her.

“Baby.” I cross the last of the distance between us and pull her body flush against mine. “What’s going on? What’s wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong. I’ve just been thinking about what you said on the phone earlier and I want it. I want all of it now.”

 

About the Author

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

Find out more about Tracy at www.tracywolffbooks.com.

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Play Me
by Tracy Wolff

An Erotic Serial
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Expected to Release December 2nd 2014

Today, Tracy Wolff is so excited to offer a first look at her brand new erotic serial, plus reveal the super sexy, new covers, for Tracy Wolff’s Play Me.

Play Me’s Aria has more than a few complicated feelings when it comes to her sexy boss—and rescuer—Sebastian. See all the covers and learn more about the serial!

In Play Me 1: Wild the seductive first installment of an eBook original serial from Tracy Wolff, the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a woman running from her past has finally found a bit of control . . . until her powerful new boss makes her go wild.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to make my own life, away from the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria as she needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian steps in. The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy and kinder than any rich, powerful man should be. And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. But if the way her body instantly responds to his touch is any indication, what Aria really wants is Sebastian. Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t all that Aria wants …

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me 2: Hot, Play Me 3: Hard, Play Me 4: Real ,Play Me 5: Right.

All five books will be releasing on December 2, 2014.

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Excerpt from Play Me 1: Wild

Whales belong in the ocean, not in a casino. But in my experience, more often than not, that’s exactly where you find them. Cozied up to a poker table or a craps table or a roulette wheel, sucking down Lagavulin and hassling every pretty girl that walks by.

Then again, I live in Vegas and I work at the Atlantis, currently the hottest casino on the Strip. Where the hell else am I going to see a whale other than right here in my own backyard?

Tonight the place is crawling with them, rich men throwing around thousand dollar chips like confetti and tossing back thousands of dollars’ worth of free liquor the same way. I want to say that it’s an unusual occurrence, but the truth is, this is my life. Has been for a while now.

It’s a different view on this side of the casino from your typical Vegas experience, one filled with ten thousand dollar suits and ten million dollar bets. The air fairly crackles with the sound, the scent, the feel of money. Which translates into much higher tips than working the regular floor does, tips I desperately need. All I have to do to earn them is ignore the fact that the whales on this side of the velvet ropes have much grabbier hands. And an overdeveloped sense of entitlement.

“I need two fingers of Lagavulin, a Belvedere and cranberry, another Nolet’s Reserve and tonic and a shot of Patron Silver,” I tell Michael, tonight’s bartender, as I pick up a dirty martini and a couple of mojitos made with top shelf booze.

He nods, never breaking rhythm as he shakes a margarita in one hand and squirts Coke on top of rum in another.

And then I’m off again, teetering back toward the high roller tables in the four inch stilettos my boss insists all the cocktail waitresses wear. I don’t mind them so much—learning to walk in Louboutins and Manolos was pretty much a required course growing up in my house—but after seven hours straight on my feet, even my steel arches are beginning to whimper.

Which is probably why I’m not at my most patient when Whale Number One, a Japanese businessman who just flew in from Tokyo, rubs a suggestive hand over my ass and down my scantily clad thigh.

I turn around and shoot him a look, and he holds his hands up in a pretend gesture of surrender. “Can I get you anything else?” I ask him, keeping my voice sweet and my eyes steady. It’s my experience that guys like this have trouble keeping up the letch act when they’re looking straight into your eyes. It’s a lesson I learned from my mother years ago: rich men will only give you respect if you demand it.

 

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About the Author

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

Find out more about Tracy at www.tracywolffbooks.com.

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Addicted (Ethan Frost #2) by Tracy Wolff *Review*

 

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Addicted (Ethan Frost #2)
by Tracy Wolff

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Released on July 15, 2014

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Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless

spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

 

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Review

4 stars

Addicted picks up right where Ruined left off. If you haven’t read Ruined I recommend you do so that you can better understand Chloe and Ethan’s relationship and the state of their relationship at present time.

After reading and loving Ruined I was looking forward to getting my hands on Addicted. And although I liked it A LOT, I can’t say that I loved it. Mainly because of Chloe.

Once again, Tracy Wolff delivers in the emotional front as well as in the heat department. Ethan and Chloe’s connection continues to grow and deepen and their chemistry remains as sizzling as ever. In that regards, the author didn’t pull any punches. From devastation to regret all the way through lust and love, Ethan and Chloe’s emotions were perfectly portrayed to impact the reader. I felt their pain over their situation and cheered for them when they started to make amends and seemed to get things right. Of course, I also wanted to shake some sense into them a time or three, especially in regards to Chloe.

I understood where she was coming from but I didn’t appreciate how many times she used Ethan as a escape-goat for their relationship’s troubles. Yes, he had things he was guilty of doing or saying, but her reluctance to look at herself as a guilty party just served to get on my nerves. Thankfully, most times than not she came out of her pity party a bit more enlightened and determined to do right by Ethan and their relationship.

Like I mentioned before, their chemistry was maintained throughout. I liked the contrast between the hard, edgy scenes and the slow and tender ones. What never faltered was the emotions each brought to each encounter or the intensity of the pairing. Yep, I highlighted passages–again and again!

Addicted served as a great conclusion to Ethan and Chloe’s journey to finding and enjoying love. It had the passion that initially brought them together, emotions that got more intense as their love grew and a also served to bring closure to some of Ethan and Chloe’s past.

All in all, a great romantic read. I wouldn’t mind more from these characters.

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Ruined (Ethan Frost, #1) by Tracy Wolff *Review*

 

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Ruined (Ethan Frost, #1)
by Tracy Wolff

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Released on January 7, 2014

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He’s the last man Chloe Girard should love . . . but the first she ever could.

Ethan Frost is a visionary, a genius, every woman’s deepest, darkest fantasy—even mine. And, somehow, I am his.

He stole into my life like a dream. Turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true—especially those I never knew I had. He demanded everything I had to give and gave me everything of himself in return.

But dreams don’t last forever, and ours is no exception. Because my nightmares are darker, and my wounds deeper, than I could ever reveal. And as much as Ethan wants to protect me, the secrets we share will only tear us apart.

 

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Review

5-stars
I don’t know about a similarity to the Fifty Shades of Grey, but to each its own.

For me what made this such an enticing and riveting read were the emotions portrayed by the characters. From laughter to flirtatiousness all the way through fear, heartbreak and pain, every one of Ethan and Chloe’s emotions were right there for the taking which I love.

“But in those moments, caught in Ethan’s eyes and his spell, I can do nothing but nod. Do nothing but surrender and hope the ride is worth the inevitable fall.”

Ethan Frost. Unlike Christian Grey, Gideon Cross or the infamous Jesse Ward, it didn’t take much for me to love him. From the very beginning, I liked him. He was direct, fun and sexy. YUM! What’s not to love?!

“Always, baby. Whatever you need.”

Chloe Girard. Unlike Ethan, it took me some time for me to relate to Chloe. I understood her reluctance to get close to Ethan, but I think she was too hard on herself and her hesitancy stemmed more from her insecurities than from any trauma she suffered in the past. Why do I say this? Because after confessing her past and gaining Ethan’s support and understanding, everything kind of resolved itself too easily in that regard.

Thankfully, Tracy Wolff didn’t pull any punches in bringing forth their connection. Through flirtatious banter, honest interactions and lustful moments she developed and strengthened Ethan and Chloe’s connection to the point that I was completely enthralled in their story.

I found myself grinning through their bickering, sighing with every emotional exchange and highlighting (and re-reading!) the hell out of their intimate moments. Thus taking on an emotional investment in their relationship to the point that when the the story came to a close I almost threw my tablet against the wall in a temper tantrum.

“Almost everything is an unnecessary risk. Sometimes the risk is worth the reward”

All in all, a riveting read with two complex characters that brought the best and worst out of each other and whose connection ran deep.

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