Monday, June 10, 2013

Book review: Avoiding Mr. Right

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. 

Avoiding Mr. Right picks up where Vanilla on Top left off, but focuses on Heather's best friend Carla. Carla appears to have it all together. From her designer looks, to her high powered career. She thinks of men as her toys. She has a love them and leave them agenda, which she thinks protects her heart from the kind of loss her mother experienced.  But really all it serves is the make the gaping hole inside her bigger. 

Not many people see the caring side of Carla. The side where she volunteers for charity and drops anything to help friends and co workers in need. After a drunken encounter Andy gets a glimpse at the real Carla. He has secretly been interested in Carla for months, sensing something about her is deeper. He knows that if he can get past her outside shell they have a chance at a real relationship. 

But they both have issues. Carla has a past filled with hurt and perceived abandonment. Andy is dealing with the terminal illness of his beloved mother.  And this is where Ellisson shines. These issues fill the characters with realness and vulnerability that takes this book past your normal erotic romance novel. Ellisson has the the amazing ability to build sympathy and understanding in her characters in a real way. Though Carla's mother seems like a secondary character the whole story is centered on her choices in the past. Without her Carla would not be the woman she is. Both the good and the bad. Her backstory is central to the storyline in a subtle way.

Once again Ellisson had given us a book that we can't put down for many reason. Hot romance and jaw dropping erotic bedroom scenes, coupled with tender moments filled with heartfelt honesty. I can't wait for the rest of the Wild Side series. And applaud her decision to go the self published route and keep her characters the whole people they are.  We can see just why C.J. Ellisson is a New York Times Bestselling author. This book is definitely a shelf keeper. 

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for a fair review. 
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About The Author:
C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze. Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.

To learn more about C.J. and her other books, please stop by the author's website ( or visit her on facebook at


  1. Great review! If I hadn't already read it and LOVED it, your review would convince me to buy it ;) I can't wait for another Walk on the Wild Side!!!

  2. Very well written review. I couldn't agree more. C.J. is an amazing author and the way she tied the characters together makes it impossible to put her books down. I am chomping at the bit for the next installment of this series!

    1. Thanks so much guys for your comments. :) C.J. is really an amazing writer. And woman for that matter.

  3. Carla's "in your face" attitude could convince some readers to put the book down before they see the real Carla. I'm glad you mentioned Carla and Andy's true personalities shining through--that was a very important part for me. C.j. does an excellent job of infusing her characters with complex personalities be they powerful women or men, vampires or werewolves. Excellent review.

    1. Exactly, you have to stick with her. On the surface she is really shallow, but underneath she is just struggling to not be hurt. The complexity of her characters is what sets her apart. CJ is a stand out...