Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real...
IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...
Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…
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four months later
BigMan232: I need you naked and at my feet tonight. You've been a bad girl. Time to pay up.
Cora kept her phone in her lap as she surreptitiously read the message lighting the screen and tried not to roll her eyes. Ugh, get a clue, dude. She clicked Ignore and Block. She thought she'd done that the last time BigMan had contacted her in the Hayven game but apparently not.
She quickly checked her inbox to make sure she didn't have a message from the guy she really wanted to hear from, but there was nothing there. Bummer. He'd been quiet the last few days.
"You better not be working over there, cupcake," Grace said from across the table, her voice barely cutting through the din of voices and music at the party. She popped a stuffed mushroom into her mouth and gave Cora the cocked eyebrow of challenge.
Cora pressed the button to make the screen go black. "Not working."
"Liar." Grace leaned forward on her forearms, her silver bangle bracelets jangling against the table and her poker-straight blond hair turning gold under the soft lights of the winery's gorgeous cedar and glass event space. "Well, cut that shit out. This is called a networking party for a reason. No hiding in our phones. We're here to drink loads of local wine and to mingle."
"The wine I can do. But mingle? Have you met me?" She held her hand out across the table. "Hello, I'm Cora Benning, you're mingle-averse best friend."
Grace ignored Cora's outstretched hand. "Mingle-averse."
"Yes. It's a thing, actually-like an allergy."
"Uh-huh," Grace said, deadpan.
Cora gave her a grave look. "I should've made you aware ahead of time. I could break out in hives or something, or you know, go anaphylactic on you-throat swelling, eyes bulging. Not pretty. Really, I should be carrying an EpiPen with me just being around all these strangers who require small talk. This is why I went into IT. Medical safety."
Grace tossed a balled-up napkin at her, missing left. "Well, you're going to have to get over it, smartass. You're the one who wanted to start her own company. And part of that is putting yourself out there and meeting new people. Mingling. Mixing."
Ha. She loved that Grace framed it as Cora wanting to start her own company instead of the truth-that she'd quit her last job in an unplanned blaze of non-glory only to find out afterward that she had no decent job options that didn't involve working overnight at a call center. Yay for expensive college degrees that apparently meant diddly without a recommendation from your previous employer.
"You need bigger jobs than setting up virus protection for Marv's Auto Parts or helping your mother out at the police station-which, by the way, she should be paying you more for. You've been getting intern pay for how many years now?"
Cora shrugged. "You know I don't do the police stuff for the money. It's a good cause."
Plus, she'd never admit it to her mom but she loved the challenge of working on cases. In a different world, she may have gone into the field herself, but her mom had always warned her away from it. Too dangerous. Crappy pay. Find yourself a fancy office to work in, Coraline. Capitalize on that brain of yours.
"Yeah, the good cause of keeping your mother off your back. But I promise you, if they contracted that work out to someone else, they'd be paying whoever it was a helluva lot more. Playing Good Samaritan doesn't pay the bills. Your landlord isn't going to care that you're doing good deeds when you can't make rent."
Cora groaned and took a big sip of her wine, trying to focus on how delicious the Water's Edge Tempranillo was and not on the cold splash of reality Grace insisted on giving her. Last thing Cora needed to think about was the dwindling number in her bank account. She'd had a decent savings when she'd left her job at Braecom, but she'd had to lean on that to get her business started. And though the part-time gig at the police station helped provide some steady income, it wasn't enough to sustain her once her little nest egg dried up. She needed to land some bigger accounts.
However, that didn't mean she'd suddenly developed the ability to mingle. Business meetings? Presentations? She could handle that stuff. But small talk with strangers? Ugh. She'd only been half-kidding about the hives. "I can make business contacts by email. I'm better in writing. Or on the phone."
Where I can control things and not have to be charming.
"No, babe. That's called spam and is the chickenshit way of going about it. You're better than that."
Cora rearranged the food on her tasting plate. Cubed chorizo and smoked Gouda became little Monopoly-style neighborhoods, the spicy mustard a moat in between. She resisted the urge to level the whole gourmet town with a sweep of her hand. Grace didn't get it. The woman sparkled at these functions. She could talk to a wall and make it interested. Cora could make that same wall feel awkward and want to excuse itself to grab a drink.
When she felt Grace's stare burning into her, she looked up and attempted a deflecting smile. "So I'm a chickenshit. Exactly when did I hire you as my business coach? Because this motivational talk is really helping. I mean, I feel like I need a poster with a dude jumping off a cliff into the open sea or something. Or maybe that one where the cat sees the lion in the mirror." She held up her hand and curled her fingers like a claw. "Rawr."
Grace pointed at her. "Don't get snippy with me, Benning. I'm acting as your benevolent and helpful mentor, which means I'm not above kicking your ass. I don't want you living on ramen by the end of the year or worse, going to back to Braecom to beg for your job back."
"Not gonna happen."
No fucking way. She'd sell hot dogs on the street before she returned to Braecom. When her boss had gotten wind that she'd been sleeping with Kevin, Cora had gotten a talk about how to conduct herself professionally. A week later, he'd told her that she was no longer being considered for the supervisory position she was in line for because the rest of the guys on the team wouldn't respect her as an authority figure.
And what had Kevin gotten? Her promotion. Fucker.
"It's not as bad as you're making it out to be," Cora said, trying to sound upbeat and swallow past the bitterness the memories dredged up. "I have prospects. The other day, I had a lady offer me two grand to hack into her ex-boyfriend's Instagram. I think there's a business opportunity there. Cora Benning-Avenging Hacker for Victims of Cheating Assholes." She spread her hands like she was seeing the words on a sign. "Though we may have to play with the company title. That may be too much to put on a business card."
Grace snorted. "Yeah, let's try to focus on things that won't land you in handcuffs. You don't need to go to the dark side to make money."
"But it wouldn't really be the dark side. I mean, technically yes, but it'd be for a good reason. Only shitty people would be harmed. It'd be like Dexter or that show Cheaters, hacker style." She gave Grace a bright grin, knowing it'd only piss her off.
"Okay, Robin Hood of Hackerville. Let's not give your mother a reason to throw you in jail, all right? You just need to get out there and rub elbows with people who actually have cash and could use your services-the legal ones. You're a badass, motherfucking, white-hat hacker. They need you."
"Now that's what should be on the business card. Badass motherfucking hacker. I'd get loads of business."
"Not if you don't speak to anyone ever."
Cora deflated at that, her mood souring further. "Come on, Grace. I'm a start-up. The people here are big deals. We're at some hoity-toity winery for God's sake. That big-ass cowboy who was welcoming everybody when we came in? Yeah, that's Grant Waters, the owner. He's got so much money that he's lost count. These people walking around? They own corporations and yachts and shit. They've already got a team of IT security on their payroll. They're here to drink expensive wine and network with other CEOs, not people like me. I appreciate you getting Jonah to snag us an invite to this, and I love you for thinking I'm at this level, but I need to start smaller. Like way smaller."
Cora's phone vibrated in her lap again, and she forced herself not to check it. Grace knew she was always online but assumed Cora was just a workaholic. She'd die of shock if she found out her best friend was a regular player in a kinky online game. And then Cora would promptly die of embarrassment. Yes, my sex life is now one hundred percent online. No, that's not pathetic at all.
"You don't know that these people don't need you," Grace insisted.
"But I do." Cora glanced out at the milling crowd. There were no tuxes or sparkly cocktail dresses. From the outside looking in, these people didn't look important with a capital I, but she knew better. In the dot-com world, the more casual someone looked, the more money they probably had. The thought of pitching to any of them made her stomach knot, especially after the trauma of the job interviews she'd had right after leaving Braecom. You could only hear "not the right fit" so many times before you started to wonder if you'd accidentally been assigned to the wrong planet. She looked back to her best friend. "Plus, let's not pretend you finagled an invitation to this party for my benefit. You're here to meet hot Internet moguls."
Grace put a who-me? hand to her chest. "Is it so wrong to have a two-pronged reason for being here? That's called being efficient. And I don't see how that would be bad for either of us. Your on-the-rebound dry spell has gone on for way longer than is healthy."
Cora stabbed a toothpick through the Gouda tower she'd built on her plate. Was it really being on the rebound if the relationship hadn't actually been a relationship? "I'm not in a dry spell. I'm on hiatus by choice."
Truth. Sort of.
"No. You're avoiding." Grace lifted a hand when Cora tried to protest. "Since the Kevin incident and quitting Braecom, you've used starting up your business as an excuse to shut down your social life. That worked for the first few months, but I'm not buying that excuse anymore."
Cora sniffed. "Exactly when did I have this booming social life?"
"You used to at least go out after work sometimes. And you'd let me drag you to bars. And before Kevin, there was that guy you saw for a while-Nick, Nelson."
"Neil? You're going back that far? We went on three dates in college. He liked to talk about dorm room beer-making. And smelled like old bread."
She flicked a hand. "Details. Now you shut me down anytime I ask for anything that involves you going out after seven. I bet if this hadn't been work-related tonight, you would've canceled on me. You would've turned down free wine and fancy cheese."
True. She almost had. And really, turning down free fancy cheese was probably on her personal checklist of The-Girl-Ain't-Right signs. But she'd agreed to go because she'd wanted to see Grace, and she knew Grace wouldn't let her get away with inviting her over just to hang out and watch movies again. "I have a lot going on."
"I know you do. But you can't let all that stuff shut down your whole life." Grace gave her a pointed look. "It's my duty as your best friend to not let you become a crazy, sexless cat lady because some asshole wronged you. It's in the handbook."
Cora smirked. "I'm allergic to cats. And I've had sex. You're cleared of liability."
She cocked her head in that take-no-bullshit way she'd perfected. "Had being the operative word there. Had, Cora. I get that you needed some time. But don't let what happened with Kevin turn you into a hermit. You thought you had something with him and you didn't. He was a jerk about it."
"He called me a bro with a vagina, Grace."
"Okay. Fine. More than a jerk. A complete asshole. But I don't think this is even about him. That night we had too many margaritas at Rosa's, you told me the sex was sufficient. Who the hell wants to have sufficient sex? You never got stars in your eyes when you talked about him. He was cute and convenient. And safe. And he saved you the trouble of being out in the dating world. That's what you're mourning. Not him."
A bitter taste crossed Cora's tongue, and she had to take another sip of wine to clear it. She wished there was some magical app where you could just wipe a certain time in your life out of your head. One click and it went into some unrecoverable trash bin. But that trash bin would be overflowing by now. Reading too much into her hookups with Kevin had just been the final dating mistake in a long list of them.
In the end, it'd been a good thing. She'd finally accepted her place in the dating pecking order. She was and had always been a tomboy and a geek, never quite comfortable in the skin she'd been given until she'd accepted that "proper girl" trappings and behaviors were not for her. But that had set her up to be the girl to hang out with, the buddy. She was the one they'd sleep with if they had no one else better lined up. Sufficient. Nothing more. Not the woman anyone lusted over. Not the girl anyone fantasized about.
And really, after accepting that, the loss of her dating life hadn't been all that tragic. Dating had always been painful and awkward for her. The sex . . . uninspiring. These last few months, taking that off the table completely, had been a weird kind of relief. She had friends to hang out with. She had Dmitry and Hayven. She knew how to take care of her sexual needs. Not everyone needed to pair off like little plastic pegs riding in the car in The Game of Life.
"I'm not in mourning or unhappy, Gracie," Cora said, hoping her friend could hear sincerity in her voice. "Truly. You don't have to fix anything. I'm fine. I don't need a guy right now. I'm a busy girl and a wizard with a vibrator. Who needs more than that?"
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I loved this book. I like a little mystery with my kink!!!
I could have gone with more of their storyline ?
I've been waiting for this one..and it didn't disappoint. Characters I can get involved with and a plot that keeps me reading.
✦Review: LOVING YOU EASY by Roni Loren http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-6v2 Publication Date: September 6, 2016 Genre: Erotica/ Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4.5 Stars I loved this book! A computer geek and two hot alpha guys? Yes, please! I love this series because each book is a scorching hot romance with a unique twist. Sometimes the book features a couple and sometimes it’s a threesome. Loving You Easy is Cora, Hayes and Ren’s story. All the characters have individual relationships and Roni Loren weaves their relationships and interactions with each other seamlessly. Loving You Easy was sexy, naughty and had secrets and danger that kept me on edge. I loved all the characters and the scorching hot romance had me fanning myself. I highly recommend this entire series for erotica romance lovers. Each book can be read as a standalone in any order you choose and Roni Loren has fun hero categories on her website for readers to choose from if you’re looking for a specific type. Grab this one, start at the beginning of the Loving On the Edge series or go to her website and pick a hero. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real... IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar... Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great… Review: Ms. Loren always does an excellent job of writing menage love stories. This one is scrumptiously hot, that you will be fanning yourself for a long time after reading. The love story of Ren, Hayes, and Cora begins with an online fantasy game. I love that they all have a geeky undercurrent to them. And that Cora is the hacker of the group added a lot to the story for me. I was touched by her insecurities and how the guys helped her overcome them. It is not all sex and games, there is someone out to settle an old score and Cora get stuck in the crossfire. It was not a big surprise to me when they revealed who was behind all the trouble, but I was very satisfied with the whole mystery. Again, did I mention how sexy this book is? Well it is. There are some M/M, M/M/F scenes if any of those are not your cup of tea. This is number 9 in the series, but you will not be lost if you read this out of order or as a stand alone. Great addition to the series! 4Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
This story has just the right amount of dramatic intensity to keep you on your toes, while providing a very satisfactory erotic menage romance. All three characters get equal page time, and have their own set of past issues to deal with. Cora's are the least dramatic, a simple case of never having met the right guy to fulfill her desires and feeling that her more geeky nature is more of hindrance than an asset in the relationship department. Playing in an online game is freeing because she can use a visual persona of her choosing (someone who is a little more alluring than Cora feels she is in real life) as well as enact scenarios she doesn't feel she'd have the courage for in real life. She has a fairly close relationship with her mother who is a police officer often involved in violent crime cases. Cora has done some work for the police department to catch suspects using her IT training, but her mother has stopped her from applying for a full time job there, worried about her safety were there to be a backlash attack from someone they put in jail. She always takes extra safety precautions at home, so when her safety is violated by someone who calls her by her onscreen name, she knows that the Hayven game has had a serious breach and immediately seeks to repair the damage before someone gets really hurt. Ren and Hayes have been friends since they were quite young. At one point when Ren ran away from home as a teenager and got involved with an older man in what became an abusive relationship masquerading as BDSM, he came to Hayes for help and Hayes was able to provide the safety net he needed to get away from the situation and move forward with his life. The two of them stayed close, Ren's bisexual nature never coming into play in their friendship. As adults, they'd moved into the club scene together and started Hayven. When Hayes went to jail accused of assaulting a woman in what was supposed to have been a mutually agreed upon scene, Ren was devastated and did everything he could to get his buddy out of jail. With the current security breaches happening in the game, it looks like the person responsible for setting up Hayes in the first place isn't done with him yet. Amid the backdrop of trying to catch the perpetrator, Hayes and Ren finally admit that their feelings for each other are more complicated than just friendship and they share some steamy scenes together, before adding Cora into their relationship. Soon things come to a head and Cora must decide where her loyalties lie and whom she should believe. Loving You Easy is a tight mixture of sex and suspense that will keep you turning pages late into the night. I enjoyed every aspect of this story and I intend to catch up on the earlier books in the series that I've missed!
Omg I loved these guys!!! It is so awesome tomfeelmthe fire between all three of them after all the heartbreak. Witty and fun, yet serious. Loved seeing such a strong heroine!
A very satisfying, wonderful addition to the series; it kept me up all night reading! I’ve been in love with Roni Loren’s Loving on the Edge series since I picked the first one up at my local library. Her writing transports me to another place and allows me to experience things that I might not want to do in real life. For me that’s the whole point of reading and she is a master at taking me away from real life. In a way I was lucky; several of the books in this series were already out by the time I discovered Roni Loren’s writing so I was able to devour them one right after the other. The problem is that this also spoiled me and I had a hard time waiting for her next book to be released. It’s been a little over a year since she’s had a full-length novel in this series but fortunately there was a novella to help me endure the wait. [Note: Roni Loren also started a fabulous new series, The Pleasure Principle, which also helped me be patient waiting for Loving You Easy.] I hardly know where to start with my review. This book had my emotions on a rollercoaster. I laughed out loud in more than one place and I cried in many others. But one day after school, Ren had brought Hayes to his aunt’s restaurant to introduce him to sushi. Hayes had talked a big game that he could handle spicy food, so Ren had bet him twenty bucks that he couldn’t take a big dollop of wasabi without spitting it out. Hayes had boldly popped it in his mouth and swallowed. It’d taken about five seconds before he was coughing, ten before he was crying, and fifteen before he was beseeching God for help and cursing the entire nation of Japan. Quoting the places that had me in tears isn’t as easy because you really have to read them totally in context with the rest of the story. Suffice to say that reading about Hayes’ wrongful imprisonment and how it affected his friendship with Ren, their company and his life overall was very emotional. The connection between Ren and Hayes was so strong and yet they remained only friends until things finally come to a head one night. I also got very emotional when reading about Cora and her low opinion of herself. She thinks that men don’t find her attractive at all so she’s immersed herself in the safety of the online world of Hayven where she can explore the confusing (to her) sexual feelings she has. She is smart and brilliant at what she does but it’s very difficult for Hayes and Ren to convince her of this. We know from the book’s blurb that Ren and Hayes find out that Cora is the submissive they know from Hayven. What I didn’t expect was the anticipation and almost anxiety I felt waiting for that spot to come in the book; it was much, much later than I expected but so worth the wait. Like the other books in this series the heat level in this one is off the charts. I marked no less than 5 spots in the story as HOT! and I know that I missed others simply because I was so engrossed in the story that I’d forget to highlight as I read. My review can’t begin to do justice to Roni Loren’s writing and storytelling. This is definitely one of those books that I felt very emotional about but then have a hard time conveying that in words. You don’t need to have read any of the other stories in this series to enjoy this one; they all stand alone with no problem. But, I’d be willing to bet that if you haven’t read any of the others you won’t be able to wait to read the other
Oh my gosh Roni Loren I freaking cannot gush enough about how freaking amazing her books are. Seriously life changing stories right here. Loving You Easy is amazing. I would say it’s my favorite of Roni Loren’s books, but I’d be lying. I have no favorite because they are all my favorites. There is a scene though in this book where I almost passed out it was so hot. Like DAAAAMN! Go Roni Loren for always giving me such amazingly captivating and sexy stories every single time. Cora has had poor luck with men and is awkward in social situations. She has a hard time being who she thinks people want her to be. When she discovered Hayven an online sight for kinky people she thinks her life is perfect. She has a man who in the virtual world thinks she’s the perfect woman and slowly she’s beginning to fall for her mysterious man. Then she meets Ren and Hayes. The owners of her favorite game when her account is messed with and she’s hired to find out what’s happening with their site. That’s when things get interesting and slowly but surely Cora finds herself fantasizing about having both kinky men in her life. Ren and Hayes have been best friends since they were seventeen. Through every thing they’ve stuck together. Hayes has had a difficult time adjusting and trusting people after a bad situation sent him to prison for three years. Through it all Ren was with and fighting for him. When Hayes came out their friendship was becoming more than just a friendship but Hayes doesn’t want to use Ren after all he’s been through. I seriously love how Ren, Hayes, and Cora’s relationship is more than just sexy times. They all have their own traumas to work through and they work through them together to make them stronger as individuals and as a couple or…whatever the word for three people in a relationship is. Roni Loren is seriously one of my favorite authors of all time. I don’t exactly remember how I stumbled upon her books, but I’ve been in love ever since. I once sat in a Barnes and Noble reading one of her books from start to finish before buying it. I was there a very long while not that I noticed. Roni Loren just delivers every time. Her stories just surprise and keep me interested throughout the entire story. Every book seems to be more and more exciting and yet every one is still equally amazing. Thank you Roni Loren for making another fantastic and amazing book. If you are looking for some super sexy kinky love stories with actual stories, humor, great characters, and fantastic writing I highly suggest you pick up any of Roni Loren’s books. I think you can read each book as a stand alone, but it makes more sense to read them in order.