Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.
Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.
Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…
In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
This book was such a treat! In so many ways it satisfied me. Alice Clayton’s writing style, wit, humor, and raunchiness fits me to a T. I think I have a writer’s crush on Ms. Clayton, she is definitely at the top of my list of writers! The chapters of texts and inner monologue were genius! It was a great way to reveal what happened over a week’s time without getting bored or feel like you missed something. You made me fall in love with a cat! A cat! (I’m generally not a fan)
Caroline was fabulous. I felt at times, I was her. Her thoughts and her language resemble mine. Her banter with Simon, yep, that’s me and the hubs. Her dirty talk, guilty! I LOVED her!!!
Simon, holy hell. I really can’t properly put into words how I truly feel about him, for him. He can bang my wall any day 😉 The way he loved her baked goods was hilarious and the kitchen sex scenes were original and fun. I also like a man who loves a challenge 😉
Clive, what a freaking character. A smoking jacket, a q-tip cigarette, falling in love with the Russian. Hilarious.
Even the storyline of the secondary characters was entertaining and well thought out. I would love to read more on the other couples.
I loved how many pages of gorgeous description the love scenes had. Nothing was rushed or assumed, it was all spelled out and a beautiful picture was painted. In my opinion, this is one of Alice Clayton’s fortes. Such a great novel! Keep them coming Alice Clayton!!!
Ah. I loved this book! A friend and I had gone to the bookstore for a “reading date” (don’t be jealous of how cool we are) and that’s where I started this fabulous read. We were laughing SO HARD. I was kinda scared we’d be getting glares pretty soon. Tears rolling down my cheeks type of laughter. The next day at work, I was reading while I ate my breakfast and read parts to my boss. I needed him to understand that I wasn’t a lunatic laughing all by myself. Needless to say, I have already recommended this one to several people because I loved it so much.
Caroline… who couldn’t love her and her missing O? Her character is who I want to be. She says all of the things I think. She was strong and independent, but wasn’t nutso. She was absolutely hysterical, as well. I loved her friendships and her dedication to them. I loved her sense of dedication to what she believed in – you know, like people being in the right relationships.
Simon. Please. PLEASE bang my wall, man. I loved that he didn’t try to hide from Caroline. He loved her baking and we ALL knew it. I loved the way he was so open about how things were and why he did what he did. It was what it was and he told it that way.
The text messaging and inner dialogue was fantastic. It gave you insight in to how they were all connected and where their relationships were. It helped to move the story along, give you insight, but not make it drag. Fabulous!
Now Clive. I hate cats. I hate them with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It doesn’t help that I got freakin’ attacked by one Clive on Simon style when I was like 4 (except it wasn’t during sex, obviously) and that I am VERY allergic to them. But then there is Clive. Clive really made me laugh. He almost made me want to get a cat myself.
I’d say this book is 5 out 5 stars. I am really hoping there will be a sequel because I NEED more Simon and Caroline.
“Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring–after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.
When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can’t get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.
Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.”
This book was excellent! The first time I read it was the day it was released. I sat down and read through it in 1 day/night, I believe. It sucked me in from the first page and I could.not. put it down. The 2nd time I read it was just recently. I happened to be reading it while I was channeling my inner Lucas and getting my new tattoo. The artist (who happens to be a friend of mine, thank goodness) was asking what the book was about, so I gave him a brief synopsis. His response, “well? Is she begging for it by the end? Seriously, if she does, I need to know this guy’s tricks!” That was definitely an interesting conversation, to say the least.
Sienna intrigued me from the beginning. There was something about her that really captured my attention. She reminded me of myself in a lot of aspects. There were certain situations where her confidence was obvious and then other situations where her insecurities got the best of her. As far as her family is concerned, Sienna struggles. She has quite a hard time standing up to her family, but I loved how Lucas pushed that issue with her. I love that he encouraged her to be strong. I really liked how her character grew and developed. I enjoyed seeing her take on a more confident nature.
Lucas. Hot. That is how I describe him. He is a confident, tattooed Rock Star. At times I was scared he was just going to be mean more than he was dominant, but that feeling didn’t last. He quickly showed that despite his relatively rough and aggressive exterior, underneath it is a guy that is passionate and caring. His method of getting what he wants is definitely unconventional, but it works.
I really adored the supporting characters. Sienna’s brother Seth… well, I wanted to punch him in the jaw a few times, but he grew on me. The grandmother was so sweet and I loved her. I’m pretty sure I want her to be my grandmother. Kylie is Lucas’ assistant and she holds nothing back. LOVED her. She’s definitely someone who I’d want on my side of a fight! Tori is Sienna’s best friend and roommate. That girl seems like she would be awesome to party with, but still ridiculously loyal!
One scene that I just can’t get enough of is the piano scene. When you get to it, you’ll know. It was HOT. I found myself saying, “oh holy shit,” and, “yes, please,” more than once. Then it ended. It just ended and I might have yelled at my poor Kindle. And I was so pissed at Lucas for Sienna, but still so much in love.
At the end of the book, I was left wanting more. Well, I take that back. I NEED more. It’s a definite NEED. I need to know why Lucas is the way he is. I need to know what is driving him. I need to know more about Sienna! I’m not sure what I want to know about her, but I need more! I need to see where their story goes.
Towards the end of the month, All Over You (the Devoured novella) will be released and it is going to be FREE!! She also has an unrelated book, Tidal, being released THIS WEEKEND!
This stunning series is like nothing I have read before! C.J. Roberts is a true genius!
Captive in the Dark (Book 1 of the Dark Duet)
“Caleb is a man with a singular interest in
revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry
mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has
immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he
holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has
emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close
enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful
girl to train her to be all that he once was.
Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only
a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be
called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has
a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to
accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and
arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her
unwelcome attraction to him.”
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing
situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.
Let me start this review of Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts saying that I was not ready for what I was about to experience. Book 1 is an introduction into Caleb’s world. The first half of this, at times, was difficult to keep reading. (I remember squinting my eyes shut and peeking out at my Kindle, like it would help me get though it!!!) Human traffiking and slavery is not an easy subject to touch but C.J. Roberts did it in a way that kept me reading and glued to this novel! My emotions were very conflicted, I wanted to hate Caleb, I knew what he was doing was wrong, but I felt for him at times and even found him sexy :gasp:.
Livvie, poor poor Livvie. I just kept thinking, she didn’t ask for this! But it was a way out for her and her own crappy life. Not that this one was better, but it was different. I agreed with most of the choices she made. She ended up being very brave, especially for someone so young!
The climax of the novel is exciting and gruesome, it sealed the deal for me! Got me hooked and wanting more, more, more! I couldn’t wait to start book 2 immediately and I did! I definitely don’t recommend this for all readers but if you are open minded and can get through this tough novel you will be rewarded with book 2 (about to touch on that one next).
Seduced in the Dark (Book 2 of the Dark Duet)
“What is the price of redemption?
sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a
debt that must be paid in blood.
The road has been long and fraught with
uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.
surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?
Or will he make
the ultimate sacrifice?”
The moment I started this novel, I knew it was going to be different than anything I’ve ever read! It immediately hits you with shocking information and hooks you and never lets go! C.J. Roberts has this novel broken down in chapters from the present, chapters from the past and several different points of view! And she did it seamlessly! I never wanted to stop reading. I like that it kept my mind sharp and paying attention. I think I ignored everyone around me and I know I stayed up long hours each night.
Livvie reveals it all to us in this novel. She doesn’t leave anything to question. Yes, being inside her head is a bit of a mindfuck but it’s necessary so you can empathize with her, become her, feel her! I did all of those things. I think I had a case of Stockholm syndrome myself!
The stories of Caleb’s past and his world all through the present were eye opening to me. I know that this exists but it’s hard to imagine in this day and age. I kept questioning whether someone like him is born that way or was he a true product of his environment. All of that aside, I fell in love with him and wanted a Happy Ending, eventhough he did not.
The ending was so much more gentle than I ever expected. I think I had tears rolling down my face for the last 25%. I can’t really explain why because I don’t want to give anything away, but it really touched me in a unique way. I will add that the sex in this novel is scorching hot! And the balance between Dominant and ‘regular’ scenes was perfect!
This isn’t a series that you recommend to everyone, because not everyone is ready to experience this. You all know that you have that one friend (C, yes, it’s you! Heart you babe) that you can share this with. And you’ll have to because you will need to discuss this!!!! After this series, I was ruined for the next couple of novels that I read. They paled in comparison. C.J. Roberts you are a genius! Thank you for this amazing experience!!!