Monday, February 11, 2013

Week of Romance Book Reviews: Vanilla on Top

Vanilla On Top (A Walk On The Wild Side Novel)This week I am spotlighting some new romantic reads, and revisiting some old favorites, to get you through the cold nights and in the mood for Valentine's Day. (Because if your anything like me you need all the help you can get.) Than on Thursday I will have a special link to the release of the Write More Publications Valentine's Anthology, Novel Hearts. Featuring romantic stories by eight great authors. Including the debut of my short story, The River Liffey. Today's look is at the new erotic series from C. J. Ellisson. Sit back and take a look. Hope you enjoy the romance this week!

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.

Title: Vanilla on Top (Walk on the Wild Side, #1)
Author: C.J. Ellisson
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 279
Release Date: January 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-798-7
Imprint: Brazen

After reading Ellisson's other books, The VV Inn Series, I was so excited when I learned she had a new series coming out. Than when I found out the premise, well I couldn't wait until she finished it. And I wasn't disappointed. It was worth the wait.

Vanilla on Top is a different type of erotic book. The characters are whole, real and you are able to get into their heads. I related with the main character, Heather, almost instantly. Her need to be something more, someone different, struck a chord with me. Heather is not your typical erotic romance novel lead. She is well aware of herself and what she wants. She is not ready to bow down to any man , and wants to set the pace in her relationship. She is tired of playing the lost girl begging for love.

Enter Tony. He starts off as the typical self centered playboy who thinks he is god's gift to woman. But he is struck by the power Heather has over him and his need to please her. He is transformed by her and his love for her grows until he has no chance but to be with her.  She refuses to be controlled by him, refuses to be played. And it wins his heart.

This is where Elilison shines, where she ups the anti on this genre. Both characters are substantial and successful in their own life's. Heather can stand on her own and needs no man. She is in control of a male dominated company (saving the day behind the scenes) and strives to be seen as a successful business woman. She doesn't need Tony to take care of her. Tony wants her for the amazing woman she is. I love  Heather's character. She is not drop dead gorgeous, she is beautiful in an understated way. She is classy and smart, with the right amount of spunk and fire. So refreshing for this type of story.

If you have stayed away from this genre in the past due to bad press for books like Fifty Shades of Gray,  don't be afraid to give this one a try.  Ellisson has upped the anti in the erotic fiction genre and will be a hard act to follow for any woman who wants eroticism mixed with real characters. The plot is different and smart, and throws you a couple of surprises. She has broken out of the mold and has shown herself a force to be reckoned with. No wonder this book has been on the New York Times Best seller list. I had to give it four stars. 

C.J. Ellisson

C.J. Ellisson, author of contemporary fantasy and erotica, lives near DC with her husband, two children aged 11 and 9, two Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a young cat she's newly allergic to. After spending most of her working life dealing with real estate - either as a sales manager in wholesale mortgage banking, a corporate trainer, a Realtor, or as a property manager - she's now writing full-time and happy for the first time in years. Writing has become her passion and to find people want to read her stories feels like a dream come true.


  1. Great review for a great book. I really enjoyed the character development in the story. I can't wait to see what is coming up next in this series!

    1. Thanks so much Katrina :) I can't wait either

  2. I think your review is great and if I haven't read this book already it would make me go get it now.

    1. Thank you so much Wendy. I just love all C.J's books, thanks you for stopping by the blog :)