Friday, November 27, 2015

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: Ask Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

Series: Something #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

~Blurb~

How do you ask the question when you know the answer may change everything?

Sasha Brooks has been focused on one thing her entire life: her career. Newly promoted as the vice president in a New York advertising company, she has beauty, brains, and one hell of a fierce reputation. But she also has a secret that she keeps carefully guarded.

Brian Carpenter is finding out that managing his newest VP isn't without its challenges, but when it comes to Sasha, he'd expect nothing less.
His easygoing personality and Southern charm are the yang to her yin and the calm to her storm.

Over the last eight years of their friendship, their flirtations, innuendos, and chemistry have almost led to more, but Sasha has convinced herself they're better off just friends.
Almost.
Until the moment she thinks he's with someone else.

Is she too late to admit her feelings?
Gathering the courage to ask the question, Sasha discovers she isn't the only one keeping secrets.

You think you know someone....

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Second book of the “Something Series” 

Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content. 

~Book Review~
4 Stars

Sasha Brooks has worked with Brian Carpenter in the advertising industry for several years. Her last promotion made him her boss and that’s part of the reason she’s kept their relationship in the friend zone. Sasha’s a “fierce” business woman on the surface, but on the inside she’s fighting a long standing anxiety disorder. Brian, on the other hand, is easy going and laid back…until he takes his clothes off and then he’s in dominant mode.
“‘I want you to lose the towel, honey, lie in the middle of the bed with your knees apart and your pretty pussy on display for me. Put pillows under your head and relax because when I come out, I plan on spending a lot of time down there.’”
So Brian has some rules for this new relationship with Sasha, taking them from just friends to friends & lovers. Rule number one being fucking before fighting when angry! 

The pair is no strangers to bickering, and their verbal sparring provides some giggle out loud moments. It was fun when Sasha would piss Brian off. See rule number one.
“‘I underestimated your ability to talk dirty. Your approach is subtle, yet I’m on the dance floor with a hard-on now.’”
Aside from the sexy times, to which they are plentiful, the story has a good message of how images and facades can be alienating as well as how striving for perfection can lead to loneliness. I was a little uncertain about Sasha and her insecurities in the opening. I didn’t exactly connect with her at first, but after how she handled the “bathroom gossip” scene, I wanted to high five her. And then she kept going with the kick ass bravado that she summoned up despite her anxiety issues. She really came to show how a woman can be strong in the face of personal adversities.
“I held my head high and walked away with as much dignity as a woman with panties balled up in her fist could.”
Told via Sasha’s first person POV (aside from the epilogue) Ask Me Something is the second book in The Something series. It can be read as a standalone, although Josh and Haylee from Tell Me Something and many other secondary characters also appear.
AMAZON US / UK / AU / CA

~Excerpt~

His voice was doing funny things to me, so I gulped down more water. I couldn’t believe we were standing in my kitchen having this conversation. “Maybe I like to call the shots with the men I date.” Quite frankly, if they didn’t like it, then too bad, I almost added. 

“Yeah, and how has that worked out for you, Sasha?” 

His smug look made me want to wipe it off. “I’m not into long-lasting relationships, therefore it's worked out just fine,” I retorted. 

He gave a low chuckle and moved, boxing me in against the countertop. With his forearms on either side of me, he leaned in. His voice was low and gravelly as he murmured against my ear, “I was talking about the sex, honey. How was the sex?” 

I wasn’t sure I wanted to discuss my sexual history, let alone admit it lacking. Meanwhile, his nearness was wreaking havoc on my senses. 

He pulled back and danced his fingers down my arm. “Actually, I could tell you how it’s been for you.” 

I shivered at his nearness and sexy voice. “Do tell,” I challenged on a whisper. 

He smirked, knowing exactly the effect he was having on me. “It was fine. And the word fine is a throwaway word. It’s what you respond with to the doorman when he asks how your evening was: “Fine, thanks.” It’s what you say to the client when they ask how your flight was: “fine.” But it shouldn’t be the way you describe your sex life. Hell, maybe the first time was okay and promising. The second time, maybe a little bit better, but by the fifth time, you realized that’s it. That was the main act with the encore. But it was fine, so you stick it out for a while. After all, it’s nice to have a reason to wear something new and lacy with someone to notice. Nice to get dinner with someone. But then you find yourself bored and staying late at work even when you don’t have to because, frankly, the alternative isn’t as appealing, and that’s not so fine.” 

“Okay, enough.” I moved one of his arms and stepped out of reach to lean against the opposite counter. He’d touched a nerve, hitting too close to home on my sex life or at least the one that I could remember.

“I only tell you this because I’ve been there, and now it’s time for something better than fine.”

~Also Available~
AMAZON US / UK / AU / CA


Aubrey Bondurant loves to read, write and travel. When she isn't working full time or spending time with her family, she puts her fingers to keyboard and crafts a story.

As a former member of the military, she's passionate about veteran charities and giving back to the community.

Her writing style is a combination of chick lit and erotic romance or "smutty chick lit" as she calls it. The "Something Series" will consist of 5 books. The first one, Tell Me Something, came out in June 2015. The second book, Ask Me Something, is now available.

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