Category Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Ebook $2.99 (160 pages, BRAZEN)
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.
Author Site: cjellisson.com
Everything I usually don't like made likable! (5 stars)
I don't like alternating heroine/hero perspectives or first-person in present-tense narratives so what gives? Seriously! VANILLA ON TOP rubs up against two of my biggest reading dislikes and pulled not a 3 or even a 4... no, a 5 star rating right out of me. I didn't want it to, but darnit... I enjoyed every naughty and nasty minute of it.
Heather and Tony manage to be surprisingly enjoyable in the category romance sort of way. They're just enough over-the-top and unreal to be fun. At first they seem quite opposite one another and the relationship doesn't seem to be more than really hot sex which is certainly alright—especially when it's just-this-side-of-being-BDSM. Heather takes the reigns and Tony lets her, it's more about her being the boss and less about dominating him which I really found enjoyable. As the subplot of the business thickens it becomes obvious there's more than steamy encounters going for them and I loved that they made a great love match too.
I haven't yet read other reviews but I kept hearing mentions of 'the ping pong paddle scene' from other readers. It piqued my interest since it was getting so much buzz and I have to giggle because I don't care for spanking AT ALL but even I managed to have an eyebrow raising 'Oh my...' moment there. If you're looking for a sexy romance with just a splash of kink I highly recommend VANILLA ON TOP. I even made my husband read it—don't tell him I told you!—and he recommended it to some ladies he knows.
Overall, it's a book that surprised me in just about every way. It was hard to put down and even though it was told in a narrative style I usually hate it couldn't have been done better in another. I will definitely be picking up the next Walk on the Wild Side series installment.
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.