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Posted January 2, 2014
From the start you are pulled into a sexy, steamy, and memorable story. I loved this book. I loved how strong and confident Skylar is. She takes the challenge and makes it her own. And Griffin is so sexy and perfect. Definitely a must read if you like your books hot from start to finish.
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Posted January 21, 2014
Deliciously sweet, romantic and sexy
“Pumped” Stilettos and Seductions Novel by Willow James (aka Sara Humphreys)
Sometimes you just want a Calgon moment; you know not too much angst and something you can sink your heart into. That’s what this book is like. A deliciously sweet, sexy romantic read.
Skylar Sole a very independent woman, working at a sex boutique and learning the ropes of business while putting herself through college. She hopes someday to open her own Jewelry shop where she can design or help others design their jewelry. She has no time for men or relationships and has her heart tightly guarded and locked up. This stemming from her Dad leaving her mother. The closest thing she’s come to a relationship is the daily ogling of Mr. Wall Street who passes by her place of employment.
Griffin Blaze “Mr. Wall Street” as Skylar refers to him, is everything any woman would desire. He considers himself a stray because he was bounced from foster home to foster. He’s managed to cut out a pretty nice career for himself but he too is gun shy about relationships. However he has been eyeing a particular sales person at Stilettos everyday he walks by on the way to the deli. How convenient. Until on Sunday afternoon he works up the courage to go into the boutique wanting to me Skylar. While she’s in the back room ranting at her boss Franco she spouts off at the mouth about not needing men and taking care of her own pleasure. When she walks out into the store she is shocked, embarrassed and everything else when Mr. Wall Street is standing at the register. For all intense and purposes I think he was just going to ask her out, but when hearing what she said the brilliant idea popped in his head to proposition her. He introduced himself and she introduced herself to him. He asked her to walk with him so they could talk and he could tell her is proposition. They stopped at the deli for coffee and iced tea and he led her to the park. When Skylar asked what the proposition was Griffin responded “SEX”. After some banter back and forth he hands her his card and tells her to think about it since neither was looking for a relationship or commitment. Skylar takes his card and he walks away. Just like that walks away. Well you know she texts him back and say “I’m in”. And so the proposition begins. After their second encounter Griffin really regrets the proposition and the statement of no relationship and no commitment. He’s falling in love with her.
My absolutely favorite excerpt from the book is “I love that face you make when you’re trying to come up with a word for Scrabble when you’ve got crappy letters. I love the way you look in the morning as soon as you wake up, even with that big stupid bandage on your head. I love watching you sleep in my bed, even if I’m not in it with you. I love that my cat wants to hang out with you instead of me. I know it’s crazy because we’ve only really known each other for a little over a week and I don’t have any idea how it happened because it’s never happened to me before.” Skylar asks What’s never happened to you? “Love” “I Love you, Skylar”. Okay so I totally melted. I love this book and I so give this read and Ms. James 5* I can’t see how anyone can not like this story.
Posted January 12, 2014
REVIEW: Willow James' PUMPED earns five hot and heavy stars!
Willow James (aka author Sara Humphreys) has a new series that we should be talking about. Yes, I mean her Stilettos and Seductions series that centers around a naughty lingerie (and sex toy) shop called Stilettos. PUMPED (Stilettos & Seductions Book One) is a fun read. While described as erotic (which may or may not deter some people from reading), while this book is definitely steamy, I don't find that it needs any warnings. This is, really and truly, a hot, beautiful romance with some very sexy scenes.
Don't get me wrong, PUMPED is more than a little naughty as well as entertaining, sexy, and yes, serious too. It's a novella of about 100 pages, so it's a fairly quick read that I think you'll definitely enjoy. The story opens as dedicated student Skylar, who works full-time at a lingerie (and sex toy) shop Stilettos, is watching for her daily dose of eye candy to walk by, a man who's started work at the office building across the street she calls Mr. Wall Street. Marco, the owner of Stilettos, knows of her fascination with this buttoned-down hunk and plays cupid when said hunk wanders in to Stilettos, just as she's confessing a rather embarrassing lack of "lovin'" in her life.
Griffin (aka Mr. Wall Street) takes Skylar out for a walk and a cup of coffee then makes a proposition that rocks her world. He wants to hook up with her for sex-only, a no-string, no-emotions, non- relationship relationship. At first she seems upset, but when it is apparent that he's been checking her out at the same time she was looking at him, she seems a bit more receptive to this suggestion and becomes fascinated by the opportunity.
She agrees to the bargain as she's not only attracted to him, but at the same time she doesn't want the hassle that she feels a real relationship and love would bring to her life. From the example of her BFF Jess, who keeps having her heart broken by her cheating boyfriend Scott, I can totally understand her lack of interest in and fear of falling in love with someone.
From their first naughty date in the back row of the movie theater, it's apparent that Griffin and Skylar have a connection - probably a real connection. This to me is the real part of the story. I won't share any more details, but if you love a good romance mixed in with some HOT, spicy, and ever-so-naughty action, you'll love PUMPED. I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in this trilogy and finding out more about what will be happening at Stilettos.
In conclusion, Willow James' PUMPED, her first entry in her new Stilettos & Seductions series earns five hot and heavy stars!
I received an eARC from the author for use in this review.
Posted January 4, 2014
A VERY SENSUAL contemporary romance!
This is actually the 1st book in Willow James', aka Sara Humphreys', new Stilettos and Seductions trilogy. I will definitely be looking for the others as this was a stellar start to the series.
Skylar, our heroine, works at a women's fetish store. Skylar stays busy with work and school, but she dream-lusts after Mr. Wall Street, who passes the shop every weekday as he goes to a nearby diner for lunch. He never comes in ... that is until one Sunday, when he walks in just as Skylar is loudly proclaiming the virtues of her vibrator....
Wes, our hero, is a loner. He's not interested in a romantic relationship but he steals a glance at a young lady who works in a woman's lingerie shop that he passes every day on his way to lunch. One Sunday, he decides to make her an offer...
IF you like your books HOT, pick this up! It wasn't just sex, the story was very good and laugh-out-loud funny too. I couldn't put it down once I started it!
4 1/2 STEAMING STARS!
Posted January 2, 2014
Sexual intensity that keeps you reading!
Do you feel like reading a short novella! Well PUMPED is HOT, SEXY, AND FUNNY! Willow James did an excellent job in writing some steamy sensual scenes for her two characters Skylar and Griffin for her first book in her Stilettos and Seductions trilogy. Both are so cute in their own ways in discovering each other sexually! Both want sex without strings attached...then the fun began and everything became so STEAMY, it kept me at the edge of my seat, I had to keep on reading. Ms. James, AKA Sara Humphreys, is a talented writer of contemporary erotic romance that will keep you interested until the end. I am looking forward to read her next book in this trilogy! Beware PUMPED is sensual, passionate and romantic!