The Sinful Series by Emma Nichols
We are part of The Sinful Series promotion tour which includes a giveaway. For me, the dream casting really helped bring this story to life, so check it out. Very nice choices. This two story series is available for only $1.99 which expires today. I would recommend grabbing a copy at the discounted price. This was a quick and enjoyable weekend read.
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Publisher: Amazon digital
Publishing Date: September 10, 2013
eBook: 258 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Sin at Sea:
When Alysin decided to surprise her boyfriend at work with dinner, the surprise was on her. Since he was going at it with his secretary on the conference table, she packed a bag and called her BFF. Jolie and Alysin had been traveling the country, working as digital nomads for ten years ever since graduation. Taking this as a sign it was time for a new move, they decided to take a cruise, regroup, and make a plan.
Then she meets Mr. Bedroom Eyes. Following her lead, they pretend to be married so that she can rid herself of the guy who started hitting on her before the boat left the dock. Though it was supposed to be a momentary arrangement, he asks her to take it one step farther. Then another and another. The cruise promises to be memorable in every way that matters.
Along the way, Alysin learns that she won’t have to fake an orgasm if she’s with someone who knows what to do, that not all men suck, but the best ones suck really well, and that sometimes what starts out as something pretend, can fast become something completely real. Will the woman who lives life with no regrets, regret that she made that stupid rule about not exchanging names and contact info?
Vixen in Vegas:
It was supposed to be a week of simply being, of living in the moment, and enjoying every minute while it lasted. Of course, that kind of intoxication can have lingering effects. For Sin, she found herself wanting to break all the rules, to extend her time with the stranger who stole her heart. Vegas was just the right kind of place to take such a gamble. Meeting up with BE at the gondolas was a risk. Love went against everything they had promised, but the best things in life can’t be planned.
Soon Alysin will be tested.
After guarding her heart for so long, she finally let a man in and discovered that the worst things in life happened when she least expected them. When she walked in on BE with another woman and overheard their heated conversation, she suddenly remembered there was a reason she made these rules.
Will broken rules lead to broken hearts or will she realize that though love was a gamble, she was all in?
First in Sin at Sea, Alysin Nixon and her best friend Jolie, decide to go for a caribbean cruise after Alysin finds her boyfriend doing his secretary on the conference room table. God, how cliche can he be?
Ten minutes after the ship pull out, Sin is already being bothered by some loser who decides a lady sitting alone is fair game. So Sin pretends she’s waiting for her husband and grabs the first hot guy passing by and she is so glad she did. Mr. “Bedroom Eyes” or Mr. BE as she calls him is just the man she is looking for to take her mind off her loser boyfriend.
Sin and BE decide that a week at sea playing husband and wife will be just the vacation they would both enjoy. To keep it simple, there would be no exchanges of names, e-mail, phone numbers. It would be one week of sex and fun and then thanks for the memories.
Neither of them counted on just how much fun they would have together and maybe one week just isn’t enough time for what could be the love of a lifetime.
Then in Vixen in Vegas, Sin and Mr. BE decide to meet up again in Vegas after disembarking from their cruise. Love has blossomed between them and neither is willing to just walk away–no commitment rules or not.
Sin has commitment issues, but BE, or as she finally learns that those initial are not far off, Benjamin Everly, is just too perfect to walk away from and soon the woman who is afraid of commitment of afraid she may not have enough time with the man who stole her heart.
When I first started the book, and we jumped into a scene of Sin and her BFF getting really, really close (I’m not much for the F/F or the M/M action), I wasn’t sure I was going to be making it through this story, but I am really glad I continued and gave it a try.
Of the two stories, book #1, Sin at Sea, is the more light-hearted and sex-filled story of the two and it is important to read for the overall set up of the series, so don’t pass it up. There were some scenes that were too much and then there were other scenes where I would have wanted more. It was an erotic storyline but also a bit of fluff in that Sin is, of course, young, hot and–surprise, she makes lots of money at a job that allows her all the free time she wants and the ability to work whenever and wherever she wants so her and her friend can just move on to another city whenever the mood hits, etc. Mr. BE has tons of money and buys her expensive clothes and a wedding ring/engagement ring just to play husband and wife for a week. I don’t understand why first names couldn’t have been exchanged and they even end the story without knowing each other’s names. But as the story goes on it becomes less of a sex story, and as feelings start to grow between the two, and they start to realize they don’t want to walk away at the end of the week, this story really starts to get more interesting.
As we get to Book #2, a real story starts to unfold. We still have sexy, naked time with Sin and Benjamin Everly (as we finally find out his name), but it just enhances the story plot, it is not the only focus of the story. We find out why Ben was on the cruise by himself and we have Sin dealing with the fact that she is a commitment-phobe who is truly in love for the first time in her life. Sin holds strong through her fears and tries to deal with Ben’s issues.
It does get pretty intense as the story continues. Some things I guessed and some hit me as completely unexpected. Although this series starts as just an erotic fluff piece which was enjoyable but not “run out and grab it” exciting. Vixen in Vegas is what truly turns this into a really memorable story.
Received an ARC from the publicist in exchange for an honest review.
From Vixen in Vegas:
…well, how often does a phone ring just after 4 a.m? It could be an emergency. It could be a prank call. Or, according to the picture that glowed on my screen, it could be Jolie calling to cheer me up. That warmed me instantly.
“Hey, girl,” I said, all out of breath from my sprint for the phone. You may recall, I am not a jogger.
“Hey, sexy,” he breathed into the phone.
It took me a minute to process just whom I was speaking to. Then the tears started. Actually, it was more of a waterfall effect. Then came the snot. “Oh my god! It’s YOU! And you’re on Jolie’s phone!” I started sniffling while I wiped away the tears and tried my best to hold myself together.
“Yes, babe. It’s me. Jolie called me. It’s a three way. You know. Again.” he joked.
“Are you crying?” He asked concerned.
“No,” I lied. “Must be a cold.”
“Good, I don’t want you crying, especially when I can’t be there to comfort you.” He spoke soothingly into the phone and it reminded me of all those nights snuggled in his arms, talking, and making love. “What’s going on? One day apart and you’ve already decided not to meet me?” He asked.
My chest constricted. It hurt so much. My voice caught in my throat. “I don’t know how to do this. I’ve never done this before,” I whispered hoarsely.
“What? You’ve never made plans a week in advance? You’ve never moved?” He asked questions he already knew the answers to just to make me think.
“I’ve never been in love,” I admitted. “I’m scared of losing me to be with you.” I was silent after that admission. It took a lot for me to share that.
“Well, if it makes you feel any better…I don’t make a habit of falling in love. I tried it once. It didn’t go the way I expected. I’ve been a little gun shy ever since. For you, I’d take a bullet. You are a once in a lifetime kind of love,” he said quietly. “Promise me, you’ll meet me.”
This conversation was what I needed. Jolie had found the perfect way to soothe my soul and settle my nerves. No wonder she was my BFF. “Hmmm. I suppose I could promise you,” I began playfully, “but what good are promises with you? Here we are, talking on the phone…”
“I’ll have you know I thought this through. I’ve broken no rules. You don’t have my name or my contact information. Jolie does. So there.” He chuckled at his own cleverness.
I couldn’t help but laugh. “And you think this information is safe with Jolie? You think I couldn’t get it from her if I wanted?” I asked.
His deep sexy voice responded, “Yes, that is precisely what I think. Jolie loves you. Jolie even seems to be rather fond of me and she thinks we make a phenomenal couple. So let’s stick to our rules for now. And when I see you on Saturday, you’ll discover what a big, bad rule breaker I am. Just wait for me until then. If one of us needs to, we have Jolie to reach out for us.” He was silent for a moment. so was I as I considered all he had said. “I love you, baby,” he said. “Saturday, I’ll be waiting for you.”
“Saturday,” I murmured. “I’m going to rock your world.”
“Babe,” he said seriously, “you already have.”