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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Blog Tour & Book Review: Vanilla On Top by C.J. Ellisson

Vanilla on Top
By C.J. Ellisson

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.

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Viviana's Review:
I really enjoyed and like "Vanilla On Top". Its an interesting story of a woman coming into her own and finally knowing her self worth and taking charge of her own life!

The first chapter truly sets the pace and things progress rather quickly. I will admit (because I'm honest) that at first Heather was getting to me (not in a good way) as she seemed to be the whiny type and honestly, I was thinking "Not again"! Not another heroine who thinks she's ugly and unlovable when she's hot and gorgeous and every guy wants her. THANKFULLY, this isn't one of those stories!! Whew! This is about learning that you own your own destiny and that if you believe that you are smart, sexy and desirable, that is what you're putting forth into the universe and that's what will attract others to you! Heather is smart and beautiful, but she's always thinking otherwise and allows others to ping pong her around or she even goes as far as pushing the men she's dated out of her life because "Why would they want to stay w/ little old me? I'm nothing!" (insert rolling of eyes). We've heard the saying "Fake it til you make it", well here is a perfect example of how that works! Heather may be "pretending" to be someone she's not; someone who is confident, knows she's sexy, will tell the man what she wants and how she wants to be pleasured, but while she thinks she's pretending she's learning that she CAN be "that woman" and finds her true self.

Tony is sexy, smooth and well, known as a play boy. He's tired of being the one in charge and providing everything, both at work and in his personal life. Co-workers ride his success and the women he's dated want him to pay for everything from the dinner check to the bills. Imagine his surprise when he meets Heather! She's in complete control of her life, she's successful and in charge of her sexuality. Completely mesmerized and smitten with her.

Can she learn to be this assertive women that she has portrayed thus far?

A great read with a wonderful story and wow talk about hot and steamy scenes!! HOT!! Check out the excerpt below and the giveaway!!

Rating: 3 Stars - I Liked It! 

Because I like to tease...............
Here's a mini blurb:
Determined to leave her wallflower tendencies at the door, Heather Pierce attends a speed dating event pretending to be someone new. Someone dominant. Little does she know, the larger than life man whose world she rocks is incognito himself, and he isn't about to let the mysterious vixen slip through his grasp.

You want more? Here's a hot, steamy excerpt:
I smirk with a confidence I’m not completely feeling. “Nice of you to join me, Tony.” I relax against the brick and check him over from head to foot, making sure he knows with just my eyes exactly how desirable I find him. You can do this, don’t panic. He won’t laugh at you.

 I nod toward the stacked chairs. “Take off your coat.” He slips the expensive garment from his shoulders, pulling the starched fabric of his shirt across his defined chest. I nod my approval and his eyes glint with desire in the dimming light.

He smiles, seemingly eager to play whatever game I’ve got in mind. “Anything else?”

I push down my inner anxiety and grin, in what I hope is a teasing manner. “Your tie.”

His eyebrows shoot up, but he loosens the knot and pulls the material free. The red silk slides over his shirt, and then is tossed carelessly toward his coat.

Holy crap, hes doing it. Hes listening to me. What now?

“Unbutton the top two buttons of your shirt.” The command springs unbidden to my thoughts.

He complies and reveals the golden skin below his throat, with a few stray chest hairs visible near the neck of his undershirt. He looks so good I’d like to grab his shirt and rip it open, licking the skin as it’s uncovered.

Holy cow, where did that come from? I’m not this aggressive woman I’m pretending to be.

“How’s that?” he asks.

My pulse pounds so loudly in my ears I can only nod, afraid I’ll give too much away if I answer. I clear my throat, reaching for nonchalance. “It’ll do.” My hands slide to my hips and I take the plunge, pouring every ounce of courage I possess into my next actions.

I grab my skirt’s black material and work it slowly up my thighs. Tony’s eyes grow round as he follows my movements.

“Get down on your knees,” I say, forcing out my voice in a firm tone. Keep it together, girl! He looks like he’s game. Keep going.

I tug the fabric up, until my skirt scrunches up around my waist and my black lace underwear is bared to the night air. The handsome man’s breath rushes out and I worry he’s going to balk, leaving me here with my skirt rucked up like a fool.

The intensity of the sexual moment overwhelms me a bit and I slide a finger over my heated mound, teasing the aroused flesh underneath. Desire pushes me to be bold. “Did you not hear me, Tony?” Strength pours into my voice, making me sound more sure of myself than I feel. God, if he laughs at me now, Ill die.

Tony steps closer and sinks to the cobblestone terrace, reaching with two eager hands toward my hips. He buries his face in my crotch and breathes deeply. “You smell so good.” He rubs his cheek back and forth against my panties. “What do you want me to do?”

A shudder ripples through me as the breath of his whispered voice warms my skin through the thin lace. He wants me to tell him what to do. I can do this.

“Kiss me,” I rasp, my voice barely above a whisper.

His soft lips press against the thin garment as the heat from his flesh teases me higher. My every sense feels on high alert during this encounter. I’ve never done anything so daring in my entire life. The next kiss presses harder and little shocks of arousal dart through my core.

“That’s nice,” I say, resisting the primal urge to grind myself into his face. “But I need more.”

I glance down into Tony’s light brown eyes and see an intensity I’ve never seen on a man’s face. To know it’s directed toward me feels even more amazing. “Tell me what you want.” His hot hands skate up my thighs to rest near the aroused juncture between my legs.

I feel the wetness pooling in my panties, my body eager and ready to be with this man I just met. More than anything I want his fingers teasing me to a release. “Slip your thumbs under my underwear and stroke me.”

He pulls his hot lips away from the damp cotton panel of my panties and breathes deep. “Yes, ma’am.”

A prickling ignites my skin, sending the hairs on end when he calls me ma’am. I like it.

I like it a lot.

Two thick digits slide under the delicate fabric, one angling for my aroused bud and one slipping deeper toward my waiting wetness. A jolt of pleasure rips through me the second his thumb makes contact with my clit. An instant later, his other thumb presses against my tight opening.

“You’re very wet.” His voice rumbles into the evening, almost reverent, like I’m a precious object he’s not sure how to handle. “I want to taste you.”

“Not yet.” There’s no way I could handle his mouth right now. I’d lose it completely and my credibility on driving the bus in this scenario would blow up in my face. My breath hitches and I gather myself, aiming for calm, cool and collected. “Only when I say.”

A moan of protest echoes into the night, cutting off when his hungry kisses pepper my thighs. My legs widen of their own accord and I slide down the cool brick a fraction of an inch, heedless of the snags my clothes will receive. The stiffness of his thumb pushes deep inside me and after a few plunges a small groan erupts from my lips.

It’s been months since I’ve been with anyone. I’m so turned on by this man doing exactly what I want, what I told him to do, that I fear I won’t last long. The slick pressure on my clit starts to circle, driving me even higher.

“Come here and kiss my mouth,” I say. His hands pull away and I feel bereft of his touch. I hastily add, “Don’t stop touching me. Use your fingers instead.”

In a flash, the sexy businessman stands, ravaging my mouth with a passion I’ve never had directed toward me. A deep rumble sounds in his throat while his lips cover mine. The frenzied action reveals his pent-up arousal and desire, and I’m almost giddy with the power surge I feel. He truly wants me. Not just what I can do for him, but wants me and what I’m making him feel. What a rush!

Two slick fingers pump into my sex while Tony sucks on my bottom lip, nipping it once in his haste. He leans in to deepen the kiss and the length of his erection presses against my hip. I want nothing more than to tell him to take me right here—to beg this gorgeous man to do me until I scream his name—but a part of my brain still holds on to the act.

I bet he can have any woman he wants any time. I need to stand out from the others. For once, I want to be the desired one. My mind empties as exquisite waves of pleasure build and spill through my limbs.

I break the intense kiss to focus on what I need to do. “On your knees,” I whisper. “Now.”
Curious? Want some more? Head over to her website and feast your eyes on the first chapter!

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About the Author

C.J. Ellisson writes erotica and urban fantasy. Her vampire series, The V V Inn, mixes a heavy dose of erotic elements with suspense, action, a little bit of mystery and some light humor. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.

To learn more about C.J.'s books (where you can read half of the novels for free), please visit her website at www.cjellisson.com


  1. Hi there..thanks for your great honest review. I have read this book and loved it!! Can't wait for the next one..It always seems to long to wait...geesh ...get site also!

  2. I've seen this book floating around the blogosphere and it looks like a great read. I can't wait to find out for myself. Thanks!
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  3. Vanilla on Top is a book that is so very hard to put down. From the very beginning the characters and action draw you into their world. I found myself turning into the 'B' that doesn't want anybody to interrupt her reading. I can't wait for the next installment of this series!

  4. I have to agree with Tiffany, it was a hard book to put down, especially when the real world calls you back to it (making sure my little one was actually napping, cleaning, and normal day to day stuff). Love the click between Heather and Tony. Not to mention the heat between the two was very hot.

  5. Loved your review! Loved this book! Everyone should read it!

  6. Loved this book! My favorite in the Brazen line so far! Cant wait for more!

  7. great review--really captured how I felt about the story. One of my favorite scenes was when she was shopping--the shoes and the leather store. I want some leather pants! C.j.'s writing has stood the test of time for me, I'm sure I will be rereading Vanilla on Top many times over. I've reread her Vampire Vacation series about 4 or 5 times already. ;)

  8. I love your review! Heather makes it seem so easy to just "fake it". I Love that because shes strong and confident, but you are well aware that shes not just a snotty b*. Shes sensitive and not truly that confident...more like "real women" It is too often one or the other in books.

  9. Love your review and I like when people are honest and not trying to sugar coat a review. The book is awesome and can't wait for C.J. to write more on this series.

  10. Thanks Everyone!!
    I will ALWAYS provide/give a HONEST and Fair review!! Its just who I am! :) I'm so happy that you all enjoyed/liked my review of "Vanilla on Top" as I enjoyed reading it!! Looking forward to reading more!! :)

  11. Definitely more than a 3 star in my book, but to each their own! ;) I LOVE your moon, though. I WILL have that tattoo one day. Great review.

  12. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Heather and Tony. I was going to take my time and savor each and every word. Before I Knew it, I was finished and I wanted more. I loved how Heather threw caution to the wind and let loose...

  13. That was an honest review. This book is a must read for all and i cant wait to see what comes next.