Vanilla on Top – CJ Ellisson – 4 stars

January 27, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

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The blurb:

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.

My thoughts:

This was a nice story about learning who you really are inside and what is truly important in life.  Both of our leads learn this as they start to build a relationship out of a steamy first encounter.

Heather is the perpetual good-girl who is a wallflower at work and in her personal life.  You can see where she is more likely to bow down and hide than stand up even for herself.  This is a woman who needs something to break her out of her shell so she can become not only a better worker/lover but also be happy.  She is surprised when a man pushes buttons for her to take charge during a speed-dating event where she not only finds that she likes ordering a man around but man oh man can she order him to pleasure her then walk away leaving him aroused and intrigued.  I enjoyed watching her put the pieces together and start to live a life with meaning plus the self-esteem she never has truly had.  This is thanks to the wonderful man she meets in Tony.

Tony….. sigh… what a wonderful man he ended up being.  We get to see him struggle with his feelings for Heather while at the same time struggling to figure out what he is missing in his life.  You get to see a man who has been driven to succeed at almost any cost but then through his interactions with Heather he uncovers what is truly important to him.  He doesn’t need money or prestige to be happy but instead finding the missing piece of his soul was most important.  He is great when he lets her lead their sexual encounters but he is also wonderful when he pushes her buttons and boundaries when he is in charge.  This is a man I would love to have in my life if it were possible.  He’s confident enough in himself to let the control go and be shared with his partner.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.  I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more.

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