Publisher: Red Hot Publishing; 1 edition
Publication Date: February 9, 2014
Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance
Source: received for an honest review
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.
As with the other Ellisson books I’ve read, VANILLA TWIST is sexy, interesting and fun to read. She creates real characters – most you’d like to get to know and some you’d like to slug. The situations are realistic and, in the VANILLA books, completely unique. Tony is hot, flirty and very successful but not full of himself like you’d expect. Heather is like most of us – part accomplished, confident businesswoman and part insecure, inexperienced girl next door. Who, like Heather, hasn’t dreamed of leaving all their hang-ups behind and asserting a new self? Just like Tony, I found Heather’s sometimes aggressiveness, sometimes shyness, very intriguing. It’s fascinating to watch her take control with Tony from their first meeting in VANILLA ON TOP and even more intriguing to watch them go through the fears and worries all new couples experience in VANILLA TWIST. The equality in their relationship allows them to switch things up and enjoy different scenarios, to each be vulnerable at times and dominate at others. The stresses on their new relationship cause them a lot of angst and have the potential to break them apart leaving the reader nail-biting waiting to find out if they can make it through the tough times. These experiences are catalysts to each growing, becoming stronger and better and creating a firmer foundation for their love.
Unlike the plethora of BDSM books on the market lately, these two push some boundaries, try some new things and have a lot of steamy sex but never cross into the harsher world of domination, bondage or other “lifestyles”. Their version of vanilla is most definitely not bland or boring.
I’m highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling: Sensual, with more explicit love scenes and the language may be more graphic and direct.
Reviewed By: ReadWarrior