Blog Tour: “Taming Me” (Cover To Covers #5) by Alexandrea Weis – My Review, Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway

Title: “Taming Me”

Series: Cover to Covers #5

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 2, 2015

Lexie Palmer is a writer in search of the perfect story.

When a case of mistaken identity introduces her to the charismatic dominant, Garrett Hughes, she discovers her salvation. In hopes of penning an accurate portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle, Garrett agrees to educate Lexie.

She eagerly places herself in Garret’s capable hands, but what starts out as just business with the sexy Mr. Hughes takes a turn toward the unexpected.

Soon, Lexie becomes immersed in his world, and finds Garret taking control of her life. Her experiences with Garrett may be providing wonderful material for her book, but how far is she willing to go to for her story?

Lexie Palmer is about to get a lesson in submission that she will never forget.

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It has now been a year since I was introduced to Alexandrea Weis and her books for the first time, and her ability to create stories that are engaging, lifelike, and filled with romance have made her become one of my favourite authors. There is just something about her books that always draw me in from the very beginning, and I can honestly say that “Taming Me” did the same as the other novels I have, so far, had the pleasure of reading: I lost  myself in the love story, yes, but, moreover, the characters, Lexie and Garrett, made me realise that, although people – in my opinion, at least – deep down do not ever change, they do have the ability to evolve and become better at making compromises in order to find happiness.

As ever, I will endeavour to write a completely spoiler free review, so I will not necessarily provide you with a rundown of the plot – because that is not the way I write my reviews – however, I cannot avoid it entirely, of course.

Lexie Palmer, a somewhat successful romance novelist, has hit a rut: her books are not selling as well as they used to, and so she needs to come up with a completely new approach to find inspiration for her next novel. Luckily, a chance meeting in a park seems to do the trick, and her fascination with the life of Garrett Hughes commences. Because as soon as Garrett reveals that he is a Dom, a new story begins to form in her mind, and Lexie manages to convince Garrett to depart with his insider knowledge into the BDSM lifestyle; but as time passes, Lexie finds herself becoming more and more interested in this intriguing man, instead of the Dom, and the question is if she will be able to let go of her preconceived notions about how a relationship should be like and take a chance? And is Garrett actually who he says he is? Hmm. Well, you will have to read the book in order to find out. 😉

Lexie is a wonderful character: independent, strong, and determined to succeed as a writer. She is rather jaded when it concerns men, but that is due to her failed marriage. And you cannot really question that or blame her for feeling that way. I loved seeing her evolve from this rather “playing-it-safe” woman and into one willing and, mostly, unafraid to take chances.

Garrett was first introduced to us in the “That Night With You” – the previous book of the Cover To Covers Series – and I have to confess that I have been looking forward to getting his story ever since. To be perfectly honest, he is quite the enigma: a successful architect, elusive, and not someone to reveal his innermost thoughts until the very end. This, to me, does not mean that he is a frustrating character, though that could very well have been the case; no, the subtlety of this man, the way he speaks and educate Lexie, intrigued me so, and I could not help but think that this man has a very specific agenda when it concerns her…but what is it? In the end, Garrett bares his soul completely, and that made me fall in love with him entirely.

The title of this book is, in my opinion, spot on: because who will be tamed, Lexie or Garrett? I see both of them as being pretty stubborn characters – on the surface, at least – and they refuse to let go of their stubbornness throughout most of the story; however, that is not to say this is wrong. No, these characters have trust issues, and I enjoyed seeing them tear down their walls, bit by bit, until, in the end, they find the courage to trust in one another completely. You cannot truly love another person if you do not have trust – not in my opinion, anyway – and Lexie and Garrett are pretty good examples of this fact.

I cannot profess to know a great deal about what the BDSM lifestyle is like in the real world, but Miss Weiss manages to paint a very vivid, believable picture of it, and it definitely appears to be a topic very well researched. The setting of the book, New Orleans, is interesting and captivating, and you get the sense that this may be just the perfect city when is concerns the pleasures that are of a sexual nature: it is more open, more free, if you will, and definitely not frowned upon to have “different” tastes.

The storytelling skills of Miss Weis are, as always, unique and engaging; Lexie and Garrett may be fictional, but they could actually be real people: that is how believable and genuine they are. Furthermore, the pace of the story flows really well, and the dry wit and banter between all the characters made me chuckle or even roll my eyes in amusement a time or two.

I have nothing but praise for this book, and I can honestly say that, out of all the books of Miss Weis’ that I have read and marked as favourites? This one tops them all. Thank you for a lovely reading experience, Miss Weis! And thank you for always satisfying my romantic – and, at times, cynical – heart with your love stories. ❤

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“When I punish a sub, I want to make the punishment memorable, but in another way I want to make it reinforce their submission to me.” He removed his tie, curling it about his long fingers.” Punishment is about withholding pleasure; tempting, promising, but never giving.”

I was mesmerized by the way the cool gray silk was laced in and around his fingers. I hurriedly gazed down at the drink in my hand.  “So what do you do, spank them, tie them up, what?”

He took my drink and put it on the table. “Would you like a demonstration?”

“No.” I shrank away, picturing being held over his lap and spanked like a child.

He leaned toward me, holding up his tie. “If you want to truly learn about my world, Lexie, you must experience it.” His face inched ever so close to mine. “I promise I will not hurt you,” he softly added.

His thin lips hovered in front of me as I considered his offer. He had a point; perhaps I needed to experience what he did to his subs in order to be able to write about it. As his dark brown eyes seared into me, my resistance slipped away.

“All right, fine.” I sat back against the sofa. “But I’m only agreeing to do this for the sake of the book.”

“Of course. It’s all about the book.” He stood from the sofa and went to the middle of the room. “Come here.”

Taking in a deep breath, I stood up and approached him. Without my heels I came right under his chin, and I could see the slight dimple there. I had never noticed that before.

“Turn around,” he commanded.

Sighing at the insistence in his voice, I did as he asked, wishing he could just ask nicely for once. When his hands went to the zipper on the back of my dress I almost pulled away, and then remembered his words from previous encounters. I had to relax, and I had to trust him.

“You didn’t pull away,” he whispered as the zipper slowly eased downward. “You’re learning.”

“I’m getting—”

“No talking. You never talk when I’m punishing you.”

I snorted. Silly me.

After he had pushed my black cocktail dress off my shoulders, I stood calmly as the fabric slid down my body and gathered about my ankles. Standing before him in my underwear and strapless bra did not seem like such a feat anymore. Maybe I was getting the hang of this; and then another thought hit me. Or maybe I wanted to be naked in front of him.

His fingers lightly stroked along my shoulders and then his deep voice said, “Put your hands behind your back.”

Still not sure what to expect, I complied, and soon I felt the silk tie being wrapped about my wrists and secured tightly. At this point, I should have been getting concerned. Every instinct I had was screaming at me not to go along with his plans, but at a certain point in a relationship there comes a time when belief in another person outweighs reason. We want to believe someone will be kind to us, love us, or take care of us no matter how many times our past has taught us otherwise. This was that moment for me. I believed Garrett would not hurt me, and I knew then that I trusted him.

When his hands left my wrists, they began working their way down my back until his fingers hooked the top of my black silk panties. He eased the panties down my hips and all the way to my ankles. Lifting my right foot and then my left, he removed the underwear and dress from about my feet.

The cool air in my apartment was making my flesh dance with goose pimples, and when his hand cupped my behind, the chill turned into a rush of heat.

“On your knees,” he said behind me.

With a little awkward effort I got down on my knees. I prepared myself for a few slaps on my butt, thinking that was what he had in mind for my punishment. But when he kneeled behind me and pushed my head over to the hardwood floor, my stomach clenched. Feeling so exposed only compounded the rush of adrenaline racing through me. My heart was pounding and my breath was coming in nervous gasps. I stayed like that for a few minutes, waiting for him to touch me, spank me … do something.

Keep reading – I hope you enjoy the interview with Miss Weis!

 

Hello Alexandrea,

Thank you so much for letting The Danish Bookaholic Blog run an interview with you. I have been looking forward to it for some time now.

Here goes:

 1. What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts and ends with my animals. I get up, feed furry people and spend the day juggling their needs and my writing. I do spend several hours a day on the computer, usually with dogs at my feet or a squirrel in my lap. When I am not writing, or tending to the zoo, I am an avid runner.

2. Where do you find the inspiration for your books?

Anything can bring a story to mind. Things just pop into my head, usually when I am driving … don’t ask me why. I’m not sure how the process works, and that is probably one mystery I don’t wish to know about. I just get an idea and it builds, until it needs to be written down.

3. What, in your opinion, is the most challenging aspect of being a self-published author today?

PR! Without a doubt getting your name out there is tough. There are so many books, so many writers that you have to really struggle to stand out. It’s a real challenge.

4. Out of all the books you have written, which one is your favourite? (If you have one, that is?)

My favorite is always my first, To My Senses, with The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine running a close second. I love those stories, the heartache and the poignancy of the characters still gets to me. I guess your first book is like a first love … unforgettable. 

5. How did you research the BDSM life style in your latest book, “Taming Me”? 😉

LOL! I should probably say lots of hands on experience, but my husband would die! Thank God for Google. Although, I did interview a few Doms about their methods for handling subs. This is New Orleans and there are lots of bars in the French Quarter where such individuals hang out, and are surprisingly open to talking about their lifestyle. However, I already have 4-legged Doms in my life, telling me what to do all day long, so I kind of had an idea of where to start.    

Again, thank you so much for stopping by!

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Cover Reveal: “Taming Me” (Cover To Covers #5) by Alexandrea Weis – Synopsis & Giveaway

Title: “Taming Me”
Series: Cover to Covers #5
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Lexie Palmer is a writer in search of the perfect story.
 
When a case of mistaken identity introduces her to the charismatic dominant, Garrett Hughes, she discovers her salvation. In hopes of penning an accurate portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle, Garrett agrees to educate Lexie.
 
She eagerly places herself in Garret’s capable hands, but what starts out as just business with the sexy Mr. Hughes takes a turn toward the unexpected.
 
Soon, Lexie becomes immersed in his world, and finds Garret taking control of her life. Her experiences with Garrett may be providing wonderful material for her book, but how far is she willing to go to for her story? 
 

Lexie Palmer is about to get a lesson in submission that she will never forget.

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Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
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“That Night With You” by Alexandrea Weis – My Review

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Title: “That Night With You”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 2nd November, 2014

 

SYNOPSIS

Madison Barnett spent one night with a stranger that changed her life forever.
But when she takes a job at Parr and Associates as their newest architect, Madison has no idea that the stranger she has spent five years trying to forget is about to walk right back into her life. And what she hoped would be a fresh start turns into a perplexing dilemma.
Soon Madison’s life is sent into a tailspin as she tries to juggle the demands of her controlling boss, Hayden Parr, with her persistent desires for her long lost sexy stranger.
Then, just when she thinks all hope is lost, everything changes.
Madison embarks on an education in the art of pleasure that began five years ago in the bed of the man who captured her heart. But there is one little catch…
When fantasies become reality, passion can turn addictive in…That Night with You.

 

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My Review

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I have been a massive fan of Miss Weis for close to a year now, and I love how she always manages to make me laugh and swoon with her romance novels. This author has a very down-to-earth way of telling her stories and she has a certain knack of creating strong, believable characters who you wish you could sit down to have dinner with sometimes. So yes, I always recommend her books to lovers of romance, and “That Night With You” is just as enjoyable as the other novels written by Miss Weis.

I will not go into that many details about the actual storyline of this novel, because the synopsis tells you a lot already, and I will do my best to not give you any spoilers, either.

Have you ever had a romantic or sexual encounter that you think back on years later from time to time? Do you sometimes wish that things had turned out differently? I believe that we all have regrets in life, and Madison Barnett is no different: when she was a 19-year-old student, she made a very un-romantic decision: having a one-night-stand in order to get rid of her virginity. I know, it is a bit shocking, BUT so very realistic – at least to me. On this fateful night, she meets a man, Harry, and, unbeknownst to him, he manages to make such an impression on Madison that no man since Harry manages to make her fall in love.

When Madison is hired to work at a very prestigious architect firm Parr & Associates, she is shocked to find that her boss, Hayden Parr, reminds her so much about her one-night-stand, Harry. What is Madison to do now? Wait and see if Hayden brings up the past himself? Or confront him and risk making a complete fool of herself?

Well, if you want the answers to these questions, you will have to read the book. *wink*

I might as well confess right away that I am harboring a massive girl crush on Madison! Yes, there is such a thing as a girl crush, dear readers. Madison is sweet, ambitious, strong-willed, yet also rather shy when it comes to the opposite sex. In the beginning, she has some self-esteem issues, but I really like how she, through her encounters with Hayden, grows into becoming a very mature, feisty woman who goes after the things she wants. There were times, while reading her story, when I felt completely crushed on her behalf, and I just wanted to give her a hug – so yes, I like Madison very well indeed.

As for Hayden: he is the perfect match to Madison in many ways. He has been hurt in the past, thus preventing him from putting his trust in other people, and I really like his honesty and him being upfront about his intentions with Madison. He is quick-witted, a clever businessman, but, more importantly, the fact that he searched high and low for Madison after their one-night-stand so many years ago completely melted my heart. It speaks of a very strong character. This does not, however, mean that I did not find him to be a bit of an idiot sometimes – because I did – and I was actually very unsure about how this book would end until I read the epilogue. So I applaud the author for keeping me in the dark until the very last page.

But I can already hear your question: Why not give the book 5 stars, then? Well…In all honesty, my reasoning for this is Hayden: although he possesses many positive character traits, he confuses me a lot. What I mean to say is that he can be hot one minute, then cold, and he acts like a boyfriend even when he makes it quite clear to Madison that he is not after a real relationship. I never felt completely satisfied with his reasoning, I suppose, because the things he said did not always match his actions. Call me crazy, but I have to be honest here: A man who changes his mind a lot about what he wants can be a bit of a turn-off for me. Nevertheless, I do think that Hayden redeems himself in the end, and this book is definitely one of my favorites of 2014.

As always, I am in love with the storytelling skills that Miss Weis possesses: you will find that there is plenty of wit, laughter, romance, as well as a cast of quirky, funny secondary characters in her books. But Miss Weis is trying something a little bit different this time, and that concerns the sex scenes: because they…are…hot! I mean, hot-as-sin hot! Most definitely guaranteed to make your panties combust! So keep the fan ready, my friends: you are going to need it.

There are always some serious issues being dealt with in this author’s books, and it is the same with “That Night With You”. To me, the love story of Madison & Hayden is about trust – trust in other people, but most definitely also about trusting in yourself; you can overcome past issues if you let go, overcome your fears, and, lastly, allow your heart to feel again. Nothing is more important in life than love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.  Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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“The Bondage Club” by Alexandrea Weis – My Review

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Title: “The Bondage Club”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 29th July, 2014.

 

SYNOPSIS

A man looking for a new beginning.
Hunter Donovan is a writer who dreamed of penning the great American novel but settled for a job running the family business, Donovan Books. Trapped publishing other people’s stories, Hunter buries his frustrations in vodka and an endless parade of one-night stands.


A woman with a secret.
Cary Anderson is the perky, petite, and staunchly determined editor who is well versed in erotica fiction. But Cary has a kinky side that she is struggling to keep hidden from the world.

Fed up with dwindling sales, Hunter hopes to breathe new life into his publishing house by breaking into the risqué world of erotica. He hires Cary to rescue his company and she is keen to show her new boss everything she knows. But what starts out as a lesson in sexual fiction turns into an unexpected roller coaster ride of disastrous romantic encounters. And just when Cary helps stir Hunter’s creative voice, he uncovers the truth about her wicked ways.

Some ties that bind can cut right to the heart in…The Bondage Club.

 

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review

 

They say that opposites attract…but do they really? Well, apart from the initial physical attraction when you meet a person, I honestly believe that finding – and keeping – your soul mate has little to do with the physical attributes you possess. To me, what is on the inside truly determines if you have found that special someone who completes your life. But somehow, some way, we often have to search long and hard before we actually get it. And that is why I love Miss Weis’ books: her characters may be closer to forty or fifty instead of thirty, but they are always searching for fulfillment in life. The stories this author bring to life are genuine and honest, and I just love that she has this gift of bringing her readers hope with her words: she is telling us that it is never too late to reach for your dreams, no matter your circumstances, and it is the same with her latest work, “The Bondage Club”.

Meet Hunter Donovan: he is a bachelor who gave up on his dream of writing the great American novel when he was younger, and he now runs the family business, “Donovan Books”. And even though you would think that he is more than satisfied with his life, it is not the case. His older brother, Chris, and his father are both contributing factors to why he is less than happy with his life, but he is rather unsure about how to change his ways. However, bringing the business into the 21st century may be the right answer: he recognizes how the erotica genre has become more and more popular in the last few years, and that this is what his company needs in order to remain successful.

But how can he make this happen without bringing his father’s wrath and his brother’s disdain upon him? Enter Cary Anderson, a very successful freelance editor who knows just what to do in order to help Hunter reaching his goal. Being the womanizer that he is, Hunter knows how to turn on the charm to get what he wants, but he is very surprised when Cary does not simply fall in line. It seems that this woman knows her own mind and she is definitely not afraid to voice her opinions. So: imagine Hunter’s surprise when he realizes that he is becoming more and more attracted to her even though she is not his usual type – what is he to do? And how will he react when he learns about the secrets Cary hold?

There are many things I love about this story, but I actually want to address the title first: “The Bondage Club” is absolutely brilliant! Because even though you might think that you know exactly what this romance is about – because of its name – you will be wrong. Because this book is so much more than what meets the eye. Obviously, I do not want to give away the plot, and you may call me a tease for stating the above, but I just feel that it will be a great disservice to you if I reveal too much. And the last thing I want is to ruin your reading pleasure.

I really like Hunter: he is in a rut, plain and simple, and the fact that he slowly reveals more and more of himself and opens up his mind to new possibilities – both professionally and personally – makes me believe that you will fall for him as well. I admire his tenacity, and even his use of sarcasm is rather endearing. I admit that I found him to be a bit of a challenge sometimes – well, he is, after all, a man – but once I uncovered more and more about his background, I could understand him so much better. And once he learns to accept the fact that his old dream could become a reality, he grows so much. Yes, I like Hunter very much indeed.

“That was the problem with desire; if you didn’t pursue it, you ached, and if you did indulge, you eventually spent the rest of your life wondering when everything had gone so horribly wrong.”

As for Cary: oh, she could make me laugh! Initially, I thought that she was so confident, but once the mask she wears around other people started to slip, I saw a woman so like myself (or who I used to be, anyway). I found myself able to fully connect with her because some of her actions are born out of a need to please others – read: men – instead of having the courage to just be who she truly is. Her insecurities made me want to reach inside my Kindle so that I could give her a hug or offer words of comfort even though I knew that this was not possible. But what I love most about her is the fact it is not only Hunter who needs to do a lot of soul searching: no, Cary has to take a good look at herself and her life and find the strength to become the person she wants to be; through Hunter, she learns that pleasing others all the time is not healthy – no, she has to put herself first. And that is a scary thing to do. But she also has to learn that she may be an expert in erotica based on a theoretic point of view – but she definitely has a lot to learn about the male mind, and Hunter is just the man to show her how it works.

“Love can be a kind of bondage,” she explained. “We can get tied to someone just as easily as we can get tied up by someone. The book is about bondage in all its forms.”

As always, I am drawn into the world this author creates with her words. Miss Weis knows how to make me laugh, swoon, and even fume with anger because of some of the actions, or reactions, her characters make. But like I stated above, I love how she incorporates hope and encouragement even when the timing seems awful. Whenever I have read her books, I find myself sitting back and wonder about my own life, actually, and if there are any changes I need to make, because her words are just…powerful and strong. That is how I feel, anyway.

The setting of “The Bondage Club” was particularly interesting to me because it deals so much with the publishing business – one I have always been very fascinated with – and I truly think that Miss Weis manages to paint a very realistic and vivid picture of how the industry works. Furthermore, a book that is written entirely from the male point of view is always very fascinating to me, so that is also why I love this book.

I cannot say that much more without giving the entire plot away, so I will simply stop here and say: if you love romance novels, surprises, and a sassy heroine who knows how to make a male bewildered, tripping over his feet, you will love this book! There is great banter between Hunter and Cary, the pace of the story is perfect, and even though it deals with some serious life choices, I honestly think you will find yourself able to really connect with these characters. Because some way, somehow, this story will make you stop and think long and hard about your own life and the choices you have made in the past. That is how it has been for me, anyway, and I love how it leaves me with a sense of hope and courage to fulfill my own dreams. Thank you, Miss Weis!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.  Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Cover Reveal: “The Bondage Club” by Alexandrea Weis – Synopsis, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies!

It is no secret that I love Alexandrea Weis and her books, and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal of her next book, “The Bondage Club” – it is stunning! And hot, of course.

Besides the reveal, you can read an excerpt from the book, AND there is also a giveaway for you all to enter: one lucky reader wins an e-copy of both “Cover To Covers” and “The Riding Master” by Miss Weis! These are 5 star reads for me, so yes, I heartily recommend them to all romance lovers.

Enjoy! ❤

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Title: “The Bondage Club”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 29th July, 2014.

SYNOPSIS

A man looking for a new beginning.

Hunter Donovan is a writer who dreamed of penning the great American novel but settled for a job running the family business, Donovan Books. Trapped publishing other people’s stories, Hunter buries his frustrations in vodka and an endless parade of one-night stands.  

A woman with a secret.

Cary Anderson is the perky, petite, and staunchly determined editor who is well versed in erotica fiction.  But Cary has a kinky side that she is struggling to keep hidden from the world.

 

Fed up with dwindling sales, Hunter hopes to breathe new life into his publishing house by breaking into the risqué world of erotica. He hires Cary to rescue his company and she is keen to show her new boss everything she knows. But what starts out as a lesson in sexual fiction turns into an unexpected roller coaster ride of disastrous romantic encounters. And just when Cary helps stir Hunter’s creative voice, he uncovers the truth about her wicked ways. 

Some ties that bind can cut right to the heart in…The Bondage Club.   

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.  Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Enjoy the excerpt, everyone!

 

      The veil of evening was reaching across his office window when Hunter’s cell phone on the side of his desk rang. Checking the caller ID, he frowned when he saw that the number was blocked.

“This is Hunter Donovan,” he barked into the phone.       “Do you always answer the phone in such a cheerful manner?” a seductive female voice reprimanded.

“That depends on who this is.”

“Cary told me of your little meeting today, and your interest in my next book. You don’t waste any time do you?”

Hunter’s heart skipped a beat. “Well, well, Ms. Slut. Nice to hear your voice again. I hope your time at the Book Expo was worthwhile.”

“You were the highlight of my trip, Mr. Donovan.”

Hunter smiled as he sat back in his creaky desk chair. “I’m so glad. I was beginning to think you didn’t like me.”

“Have you ever met a woman who didn’t like you?”

The question made Hunter chuckle. “Which answer will get me your next book, Ms. Slut?”

A high-pitched tinkling laugh came through the speaker of his iPhone, making Hunter’s stomach flutter ever so lightly. “I like a man who doesn’t waste time with sweet talk. Check your email. I just sent you the manuscript. It’s called The Bondage Club, and if you’re interested, e-mail me a contract, and I will look it over.”

“Can I ask what it’s about? I mean, with a title like that I can guess, but….” His voice faded as his curiosity rose.

“There are many different kinds of bondage, Mr. Donovan, that don’t involve ropes, chains, or even handcuffs.”

Hunter gaped at his cell phone. “I don’t get it.”

“Love can be a form of bondage,” she explained. “We can get tied to someone just as easily as we can be tied up by someone. The book is about bondage in all of its forms.”

“Then I look forward to reading it.” He paused as he thought of an idea. “But why not come to my office? We can discuss the details of the contract over lunch,” he pursued with a hint of insistence in his voice.

“I don’t think so. Lunch with you would be dangerous.”

Hunter coyly smiled. “For which one of us, Ms. Slut?”

“I’m not your type, Mr. Donovan.”

Hunter’s body rippled with the hint of a challenge. “You never know; if Donovan Books handles your novel, we may grow on each other.”

“I hope not. Getting involved with the man who publishes my book would complicate matters. I’m also a very demanding author. I might get on your nerves after a time.”

“I have a lot of demanding authors. You would fit right in.”

“Do you usually try and date your authors, or will I be the first?”

He fingered a corner of the manuscript open on the desk before him as his imagination began to wander. “You would be the first. I never date clients.”

“I heard a nasty little rumor to the contrary, about your brother and Monique Delome. They were engaged and then she up and married some Texas oil man. Lucky girl.”

“Lucky to be rid of my brother,” Hunter returned, pushing the manuscript in front of him to the side.

“Oh, do I detect a note of sibling rivalry, Mr. Donovan?”

He leaned back in his chair and turned his eyes to his arched window. “Rivalry, nah. More like deep-seated hatred. And if I’m going to bare my soul to you, you should start calling me, Hunter.”

“Let me guess, Hunter.” Her voice was throaty and delicious, spurring on his desire. “He stole your Legos when you were six and you have never forgiven him.”

Hunter ran his hand over his face, feeling the conversation was getting a little too personal. “Never mind my brother. Let’s talk about you.”

“I make it a practice never to talk about myself. The less people know about me, the better.”

“I don’t agree, Ms. Sl….” Hunter crinkled his brow. “What else can I call you? Ms. Slut is too—”

“Call me Smuttie, if you like.”

“Smuttie…don’t you have a real name?”

“Smuttie is all you need to know.” The sound of voices in the background broke in. “Let me know what you think of my manuscript, Hunter. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.” Then the line went dead.

 

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“The Riding Master” by Alexandrea Weis – My Review

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Title: “The Riding Master”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 26th April, 2014

Synopsis

A woman finding her way.
After a devastating divorce, an emotionally skittish Rayne Masterson swears off men and vows to devote her life to her passion, horses.

A man with insatiable desires.
Trent Newbury is an expert rider who is arrogant, brash, and has a ruthless reputation for getting any woman he desires.

As the new riding master at Southland Stables, Trent is eager to make sure all of his riders are the best they can be. But when he meets Rayne, he takes a special interest in taming the beautiful woman’s stubborn nature. Slowly and deliberately, he weakens her defenses with his charm and beguiling good looks. And just when he thinks he has won Rayne’s trust, his philandering past threatens to pull them apart.

She thought no man could ever touch her heart, until she met…The Riding Master.

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My Review

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I have only read one other book by Alexandrea Weis, (“Cover To Covers”) but she has very quickly become a favourite author of mine. Her characters always feel so lifelike, with real, honest issues, and the settings of her books are described in such a manner that you truly feel as if you are a part of her stories.

I have to start this review by telling you that even if you are not a horse lover like myself, I strongly urge you to read “The Riding Master”. It has everything that I could wish for in a romance novel: some drama, some pain, and, ultimately, simply a beautiful story about a woman scarred by her past and the man who is more than willing to make her believe that he is her perfect match.

As usual, I want to focus mostly on the characters, Rayne and Trent, instead of going into too many details about the actual story line because if you, like me, really do not care for spoilers, I want to avoid making them, thus ruining the story for you.

So let me begin by introducing you to our heroine, Rayne. Just in her early thirties, she has a failed marriage to a much older man, Foster, behind her. The only thing she wanted out of her divorce was being able to keep her horse, Bob (and I love that name, by the way), and, fortunately, her ex did not refuse her. It has been a year since her divorce, but Rayne has not exactly moved on from it. Emotionally closed off, she goes to work, rides her horse in the afternoons, and she is also a riding instructor for juniors at the stables where she keeps Bob – she may not feel happiness as such, but she is content. But her quiet life is soon rocked by the new riding master, Trent Newbury.

Trent takes one look at Rayne and sets about to woo her. Undeterred by Rayne’s aloofness, even her rudeness, Trent is determined to show Rayne that he is honorable and a completely different man from her ex-husband…But will Rayne be able to find it in her heart to let another man in? That is the real question here and you will just have to read the book in order to find out.

“I only want a woman who intrigues me, excites me, and makes me want her. And that woman, is you…only you, Rayne.” (Trent)

I completely fell for Rayne: at first, she seems rather insecure, but definitely not weak as some may first think when they read the book. In my opinion, she is simply shy when it comes to the opposite sex, embarrassed by her failed marriage, and seeing as that has been her only real relationship, she does not know that things can be so much better. Furthermore, her very strained relationship with her mother does not exactly help matters, and I completely understand her being afraid of forming any kind of genuine attachments.

“For Rayne, looking ahead in some ways was just as painful as looking back. Sometimes she did not know what was worse: the regret over past mistakes, or the worry over mistakes yet to come.” (Rayne)

Not many women, however young/old they might be, just jump into a relationship after having found their husband in bed with another woman. At least, I do not know of many. So I really think that her apprehension about Trent seems genuine and realistic. You know how important it is for me to truly connect with the characters in the books I read, and part of me falling for Rayne was seeing her opening up to Trent: it does not happen over-night, far from it, so experiencing her blossom under Trent’s behavior towards her made my romantic heart sigh happily.

And Trent: what an amazing character he is! Here is a man unafraid of giving over his heart to the woman he wants; he is a man with no hidden agendas, no real skeletons in the closet – at least none that are too important. He is exactly who he says he is, and I find it very refreshing to see this in a book hero. As with Rayne, he just feels so real, and the fact that he knows how to treat a woman with respect earns him major points in my world. I also have to mention that his playful, naughty, and, I might add, dominant character traits most definitely made this bookaholic swoon more than once while reading the book.

“I’m not looking for a woman to make me look good. I’m looking for someone I can build a life with.” (Trent)

The banter between Rayne and Trent is so fantastic that I, on occasion, found myself reading certain scenes more than twice, actually, because I was either grinning like a goof or simply laughing so hard that tears sprung to my eyes. Aside from the fact that Miss Weis has a gift of creating a h/H that both seem realistic, she also shows real talent when giving us some wonderful secondary characters. There is Rayne’s boss at the stables, Rebecca, who, despite showing a hard, cynical mask to the outside world, is a real romantic at heart; then there is Lindsey, Rayne’s coworker, who, although having been happily married for several years, is addicted to romance novels and she loves to give Rayne advice on how to catch the eye of the opposite sex. (Honestly, some of the things she says…Well, they made my ears turn red!) Last, but definitely not least, let me not forget to mention Frank, Rayne’s great mutt of a dog: he is adorable!

Now, to me, this truly is a story that focus on one woman’s journey to finding happiness, and realising her own self-worth. But it is also a story about learning to let the past go…to stop looking behind you and start looking forward instead. It is a story about how taking risks is sometimes necessary, especially concerning matters of the heart. Because once you learn to trust in others, and to put faith in yourself?  That is when you reap the greatest of rewards: love. In my opinion, love is the most important thing in the world, even though it is also the scariest.

“What would it be like to be held in the arms of a man who was passionate, experienced, and interested in only pleasing her?” (Rayne)

I could keep going on and on about how much I adore Rayne and Trent’s love story, but I will refrain from repeating myself, and finish my review by telling you that Miss Weis captured my heart and mind once again, and I am looking forward to spending many more hours of my life inside the pages of her novels in the years to come.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2011, and was named best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won best Contemporary Romance by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, was a Silver Medal winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Romance, as well as a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Contemporary Romance for 2012. Her last novel, Acadian Waltz received honorable mention at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards for Best Contemporary Romance and  a Gold Medal at the Feather Quill Book Awards Program for Romance. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans

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“Cover To Covers” by Alexandrea Weis – My Review

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Title: “Cover To Covers”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

A man driven by his desires.
Tyler Moore is considered cold, ruthless, and determined to get everything he wants. CEO of a flourishing oil company, he thrives on order and never gives up control to anyone.

The woman from his past. 
Monique Delome has left her unhappy past behind to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Love is something she believes is better suited to the pages of her novels and not meant for real life.

Whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, Tyler Moore is always in charge. But when Monique Delome walks back into his life, everything changes. A successful romance author, all the sexy leading men Monique writes about strangely remind everyone of Tyler. Intrigued, Tyler sets out to seduce the one woman he could never forget. Soon Tyler gets more than he bargained for, and his grip on his well-ordered life is turned upside down.
     Tyler Moore is about to find out what happens when a romantic tale jumps from the pages and comes to life between the sheets.

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My Review

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When I first began reading this book, I was in for a bit of a surprise because it turns out that it is slightly different from what I usually read. Please do not get ahead of yourself and stop reading. Is it a romance novel? Yes. Filled with drama, heartbreak, passion and laughter? Yes. But the difference lies in the fact that the main couple is rather mature, and I am not quite used to that. Nevertheless, I found it to be very refreshing and at no point did it make me not want to keep reading, so please do not let it dissuade you from buying the book.

I will not go into too many details about the storyline, though, as the synopsis says so much about it already, so please allow me to be a bit vague from time to time.

Meet Tyler Moore: suave, hardworking, oil tycoon who has two failed marriages behind him. He has just celebrated his 50th birthday but that certainly does not stop him from acting more like he was still thirty in regards to the opposite sex. He spends a lot of his time in meetings, and engaging in casual sex is all he wants. But when he runs into an old girlfriend – Monique – his clearly defined world is tipped on its axis.

“She had happened so long ago, but he found it funny how advancing age only seemed to make the memories of youth more poignant. It was as if growing older brought into focus the emotions that the impetuosity of youth seemed to blur.” (Tyler)

He reflects on their past, wondering if he was in the wrong twenty years ago, and when he finds out that the heroes she writes about in her romance novels all are based on him, he knows that she is still thinking about him and he wants to try to pick up where they left off.

Monique lives in New Orleans, and she leads a quiet life while writing her books. At first, she is very reluctant to let Tyler back into her life, but she decides to give him a chance eventually. And having a former boyfriend turn up at your doorstep, determined to wear you down – one you still have feelings for – would probably make most of us willing to try again.

I very much enjoyed getting to know Tyler, and the fact that the story is told solely from his point of view had me riveted to the pages. I found Tyler to be a rather arrogant man – and some of the things he said definitely had me shaking my head once or twice – but he is a very likeable character at the same time. Like so many others, he is defined and ruled by his past and the disappearance of his older brother, Peter, when he was just a child, plays a big part in how he has led his life so far. I could not help but care for Tyler and hoping that he would see that in order to move on with Monique, it would be imperative that he changed his ways.

One of the things I admire about Monique is the fact that she does not let Tyler get away with anything. She is brutally honest, strong-willed and independent. She, too, has a failed marriage behind her, but even though it scarred her, making her vulnerable for a while, she found her way back to herself and she chose to not let a man dictate her dreams ever again. That kind of determination deserves a great deal of respect in my opinion. Also, I found her reluctance to start anything with Tyler again quite understandable, given their past and how he made her feel from time to time.

“Showing me isn’t telling me how you feel, Ty. It was always this way before. You would claim to show me how you felt, but never once did you ever say how you felt.” (Monique)

Most of this story takes place in New Orleans, and I confess that I now really want to visit this city one day. Miss Weis knows her city very well, and that definitely comes across in the book. Her writing style reels you in, and her descriptions of both places and people feel so life-like, it is as if you are experiencing everything yourself. That is the sign of a great story-teller in my eyes, and I was actually a bit sad when the story ended. I would also like to stress that the flow of the story is perfect – it never feels rushed or farfetched to me. Everything these characters felt, I felt as well.

Both Tyler and Monique have to learn letting go of the past and give up on the preconceived notions they harbor towards each other. What I feel is one of the most important themes of the story is that you are never too old to go after the things you want, that it is never too late to change if you do not like the direction your life has taken. And I find this to be very uplifting, actually. This is, in my opinion, mostly Tyler’s story: family secrets will be revealed, drama ensues and his fears of losing control will have to come to an end. Trusting in Monique is absolute key, and I confess that I found myself a bit worried if a man of his age was able to acknowledge his past mistakes and learn to compromise.

“…I was terrified of how much I needed you…of how much I love you. I will do whatever it takes to hold on to you. Like I told you before, I would rather fail a thousand times with you than never take the chance.” (Tyler)

To sum up: if you are looking for a great romance that is slightly different from what you are used to, I definitely recommend that you buy this book. Like I said in the beginning of this review, it has everything that you could wish for in a romance novel: heartbreak, laughter, tears, passion…Oh, and an ugly mongrel called Bart *wink*. I will certainly pick up other books the author has written so far, and this book is now on the list of my favourite books of all time.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2011, and was named best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won best Contemporary Romance by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, was a Silver Medal winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Romance, as well as a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Contemporary Romance for 2012. Her last novel, Acadian Waltz received honorable mention at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards for Best Contemporary Romance and  a Gold Medal at the Feather Quill Book Awards Program for Romance. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans

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