Monday, January 18, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Slave to Love by Julie Richman

There are risks to mixing business with pleasure...

He was a royal prick.
The night we met, he ignored me.
Then Mr. Big Shot CEO grabbed my ass in a business meeting.
My boss just loaned me out to this guy.
Now, we’re working on a major project together.
And our chemistry is dangerous.
If I allow it to ignite, I’ll risk losing that promotion.
Worse, what if I lose myself in him?

From the moment I saw her I knew she was trouble.
It was the combination of her fresh face, smart mouth and nipples that seemed to know my name.
This woman could satisfy my needs both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
But there was more to it than that.
I wanted her.
Really wanted her.
And I was in the position to change the course of her life.
But I’ve got secrets, secrets that could destroy her.
And either make her mine or drive her away forever.

~Book Review~

4.25 Stars

Sierra Stone, 33 is a sassy, confident fresh breeze in the corporate world and in the fictional one. She’s not meek or mild and she doesn’t play games. She also doesn’t “shit where she eats.” And that’s probably why the new client, handsome Hale Lundström, 37, is throwing her off. Hale is instantly attracted to her and at times he lets his instincts take the lead.

“‘You are so damn sexy, mermaid. The night I met you, I went home and jerked off in the shower thinking about you. About your gorgeous hair, and those nipples, which yes, I will suck and your pretty smile…’”
Neither Hale nor Sierra can deny their pull and rapport, and thus negotiating a relationship becomes a slippery slope.

I’ll admit from the blurb I expected it to be way sexier—like all over the boardroom dirty.  It falls a little short in that kind of steam department, in quantity to be precise. That’s not due to any lack of chemistry; I definitely felt the sparks. This is a slow burn romance and it’s built up well. All in all, it’s a fairly sweet, light-hearted romance with quite a few ‘ahh’ moments.

“‘I like being with you...’” – Sierra 
“‘I’ll one up you…I don’t like being without you.’” – Hale
Sierra is a great female character. She’s smart, down-to-earth, has integrity, and holds her own in a male dominated business world.
“‘You have perfect legs for Louboutins.’” – Hale 
“‘I know, don’t I.’” – Sierra
I found the un-PC corporate bantering rather funny—“two bitches.” There were quite a few places that the story was good for a laugh.

Hale is a decent guy who wants the girl but makes a few missteps along the way. That’s not to say Hale doesn’t learn from his mistakes, but the prospective relationship is plagued with its fair share of misunderstandings and misperceptions. Oh, but drunk Hale is quite adorable and swoon-worthy.

Told via Sierra and Hale’s alternating first person point of view, my biggest critique would probably be that the chapters’ narration isn’t labeled. In other words, I was sometimes a paragraph or more into the chapter when I had to readjust who I thought was speaking. Their name at the top would be a simple fix to this confusion though.

Slave to Love is a stand-alone with a sweet ending!

I’m really not quite sure what to do with her. She’s not like the women I date. She’s not like the women I fuck. Yeah, I have women in my company, just not in my inner circle. So, I’m not sure how to balance having a close work confidante that I want to bang. So damn bad.
Would it be a bad thing to keep her in the conference room after dismissing the rest of the team, lock the doors, pick her up and seat her on the edge of the conference room table. Feel her melt into my hand as I run my fingertips down the front of her silk tank top. When she shivers, twist her taunting nipples until they harden, then stop and listen to her moan. Would that lost animal sound be coming from what I was doing to her or because I stopped? I wouldn’t wait to find out as I pushed her underwear aside, and harden even more, the moment I feel her wetness. Using her slick juices to moisten her clit, I’d finger her until she is gasping for air and reaching for me. I’d let just her nails and the tips of her finger graze my hard cock as I hang just out of reach. I would totally get off knowing that it is her need to grab me, making her wilder, and that crazed instinctual desire in her eyes would have me titanium hard. I need to be buried deep inside her.
I know my face is portraying a practiced and perfected look of deep concentration when my VP of Product Development asks for the second time, “Can we get the go-ahead on that, Hale?”
Shaking my head and drawing my brows together, “Give me your full brief in writing.” I act as if there’s something bothering me in what he presented, when in actuality I’m just buying time because I didn’t hear a word he said.

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USA Today Bestseller Julie A. Richman is the author of the highly acclaimed NEEDING MOORE SERIES trilogy (SEARCHING FOR MOORE, MOORE TO LOSE & MOORE THAN FOREVER), BAD SON RISING & HENRY'S END. Saddled with the affliction of serious wanderlust, Julie can often be found behind a camera lens in locales from Paris to Alaska.  

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