Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson
Entangled Publishing - January 2013
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.
Title: Vanilla on Top (Walk on the Wild Side, #1)
Author: C.J. Ellisson
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Release Date: January 2013
About CJ Ellisson
C.J. Ellisson, author of contemporary fantasy and erotica, lives near DC with her husband, two children aged 11 and 9, two Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a young cat she's newly allergic to. After spending most of her working life dealing with real estate - either as a sales manager in wholesale mortgage banking, a corporate trainer, a Realtor, or as a property manager - she's now writing full-time and happy for the first time in years. Writing has become her passion and to find people want to read her stories feels like a dream come true.
WARNING - MY REVIEW IS NOT SPOILER FREE, SO DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT!!
Oh my goodness, where do I begin. I loved this new Contemporary story from CJ!!
Heather Pierce is "dragged" to a speed dating event with her best friend Carla. Heather is convinced she's not enough to catch the eye of any of the men who soon enter the bar where the event is being held. Carla believes that maybe if Heather steps out of her shell, she CAN find a decent guy and possibly love. Heather is reluctant to step out of her comfort zone. Once te event starts and the one guy she's been eyeing is sitting across from her she lets her inner minx out to roar!
Tony Carmine is a high flying guy, with a reputation as a playboy. When he too is dragged to the speed dating event and a black haired minx sitting across from him starts to give HIM orders his blood isn't the only thing boiling. The chemistry soon starts to fly as Heather decides to take charge and it leads to a little hot encounter before she leaves him high and dry. Poor Tony is struck by the take charge head-strong woman, but with no way to contact her he's left wondering if he'll ever see her again.
A day or so later Tony is heading into work. Where ever he goes he's always looking for his black haired minx, he didn't think he'd find her right in his building. When he spots her on her way in with a latte, he intercepts and she is a bit shocked before regaining her composure and flirting with him. She soon begins to realize that being the head strong woman can help her gain love and find her inner minx and they work together purrfectly.
As Tony and Heather begin to get to know each other and about their jobs they soon find out that things at work can make relationships complicated. As Tony finds out about Heather's job at Parkerson, he has an inkling that the company name is familiar. He soon realizes why...his company is looking to BUY Parkerson. Putting Heather's job at risk. Heather only knows limited information about who Tony is and where he works, but a chance encounter at a business meeting puts her on the spot and leaved her fuming. However they find a way to make amends and work things out without compromising either position at work...or so they think.
As Heather deals with the blow of being called out in front of her boss and the CEO, she is also given a change to truly advance in Parkerson. IF she can save the failing company and avoid the buyout then the position of CFO is hers as well as a first - being on the Board as a female. With her new position Heather has to keep a secret from Tony and avoid being seen with him or she can face loosing her position at Parkerson. Tony, meanwhile is realizing that life isn't all about work, and he makes a choice that leaves Heather shocked. But he knows that he wants a relationship with Heather, and to make that happen ens making a sacrifice, and to him it's worth it for her.
This was a great start to a new series, I really loved watching Heather merger the old her and the new inner minx coming out into a great woman who is confident and sexy in a smart role. Seeing her take charge and lead the relationship was exciting. Tony grows as well as he realizes what he needs to feel whole, alive and happy. Seeing them sizzle on the pages was incredible as they grew together. I can't wait to see what CJ Ellisson has in store next for this series!