Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review ~ Vanilla Twist (Walk on the Wild Side #3) by C.J. Ellisson

Heather thinks she has it all—an interesting lover, a dream job, and a new wardrobe to match her take-charge attitude. But everyone has a past, and when Heather confronts hers at work she’ll be hard-pressed to hold onto her newfound confidence and resolve. Does she trust Tony enough to let him help her or will she tackle the issue on her own?

Still intrigued by the young woman and the multiple layers she presents to the world, Tony begins to change his life, too—for what he hopes is the better. He quit his high-powered career to find peace in a less stressful day-to-day existence. Desire for Heather still invades his every waking moment, and when trouble threatens their sexual explorations he makes the hardest choice of his life. One he may soon regret.
Vanilla Twist drops you in the middle of Heather and Tony’s on-going relationship. A relationship that originated in Vanilla on Top which I have not yet read – a warning label should be applied. Overall, I was able to still enjoy the story, would have enjoyed more details about aforementioned events.

In contemporary romance I expect certain characteristics in my protagonists, and they must complement each other. While the characteristics may differ depending on circumstances, there are things that I am unwilling to accept as a reader. This is especially true in regards to the hero in the story. Tony Carmine has moments within the story where I felt his actions were less than heroic. The author never crossed the line into unredeemable territory but C.J. Ellisson pushes against the boundary.

This book differed slightly from my usual read – the heroine is the lead. For the majority of the story, regardless of POV, Heather is the focal point. Originally, this felt odd but as the story progressed I discovered that it made for a more realistic telling. She is not your typical self-assured woman but I enjoyed witnessing her the dominant position.

Together, as a couple, they are spectacular; as individuals they are sub-par. He is boorish and her confidence withers.

While the ending cannot be considered a cliffhanger (the storylines are all resolved) – it is also not a true ending.
Disclosure: This book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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