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Vanilla on Top

Vanilla on Top

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by C. J. Ellisson

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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


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.

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Vanilla on Top

A Walk on the Wild Side

By C.J. Ellisson, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 C.J. Ellisson
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ISBN: 978-1-62266-798-7



The bartender approaches us, carrying our drinks, a lopsided grin on his aging face. "Gin and tonic?"

"That's me," I reply, reaching for the squat glass.

He sets a wineglass in front of Carla. She accepts it with a nod and turns her perky blondness my way. "Who orders a mixed drink at a wine bistro?"

My best friend forgets, I'm not nearly as bold as she is and often require stronger fortification for my nerves. "Sometimes wine doesn't cut it."

The elegant room fills with bodies, and my temperature rises. So many handsome guys, I'm afraid to open my mouth and trip on my tongue. What in the hell possessed me to try this type of outing again?

Carla eyes the variety of men pouring through the double doors. "Linda outdid herself with tonight's event. There weren't this many hotties at the last one. But then again, it wasn't run by Linda."

I shudder at the memory of the first speed dating attempt she dragged me to.

God, I'd felt like such an idiot.

I clearly blocked the humiliation of how no one wanted a date with me afterward. Then again, the prospect of being alone the rest of my life doesn't sit well either.

"Yup, our lovely organizer did a great job with the men showing up tonight." I force a laugh to hide my awkwardness. "Maybe one will even call me later."

"Hey, cut that long hair into some semblance of a style and you might have the same luck Julie did."

I self-consciously tuck a strand of fine black hair behind one ear. I have no intention of getting a cute pixie haircut like Carla's. The long locks are one of the few things I like about myself. "Your sister lucked out with her hotshot property developer, but let's be real. Most of the good ones in this city are gay or married."

"Not true! I refuse to think there are no good ones left." She nudges me with her shoulder while pointing her glass at some of the men around the room. "Take a good look. I bet there are at least six here who aren't married, or gay and looking for a beard."

I gaze at my friend and appraise her good-naturedly. With curvy good looks and a low cut blouse, she has a much better chance of snagging a guy than I do.

Linda, the busty brunette in her forties who organized the event, waves at us from across the bar, gesturing we should head over to the tables like she explained earlier. Carla and I select small, two- seater tables next to each other, sliding into the cushioned chairs at almost the same time.

"Smile, Heather," Carla says with a cheeky grin. "You'll do fine."

"Oh, yeah." I hold back my grimace, reminding myself of the free booze. Maybe, if I drink enough, I'll say something charming and one of these men will choose me for a date. "I'm sure I will."

Carla leans over and swats my arm playfully. "Step out of your comfort zone, girl. Slip on a new skin while you're here."

Putting on a brave face, I nod. "I'll try."

I swirl the thin red straw in my gin and tonic while looking over the prospective men. There's a tall, dark, and gorgeous one in the corner. He's sporting a blinding white smile, offset nicely by his cocoa-colored skin, deep brown hair, and sharp casual jacket. Yum. My lips tilt up at the corners. He looks in my direction and I drop my glance to the clipboard on the table in front of me. I'd die if he caught me staring at him.

Carla once labeled me a "doormat" while we were commiserating over my past relationships. She might have been right. I'm always bending over backward, sometimes literally, to make a guy happy. And what has it earned me? An empty bed, lonely nights, and lots of meals for one in my freezer. I take a long sip of my drink.

Maybe I should slip on a new skin. Honestly, this current one isn't working too well. I stiffen my spine as I glance once more around the wood-paneled space. I know there's a guy out there for me. I just have to find him.

Two men arrive together, one looking slightly more harried than the other. The first one is sandy-haired and built like a runner, slim hipped and lean. His tailored, pinstriped suit still looks fresh at eight o'clock. He's got a dimple in his chin and an infectious grin as he looks around the room at the available ladies.

Quite a few women look older than me, so even if I'm not stunning, I'm still sitting near the top of prospects for the evening. This may turn out to be my lucky night, yet. The man behind the runner makes me pause. He's easily the best looking guy in the bistro. And sure enough, by the way heads are turning, I'm not the only one who notices him.

Though slightly shorter than his lanky friend, he must outweigh him by thirty pounds or so. His lean middle implies that extra bulk is all muscle. He's ... arresting. Sable-brown hair, cut short and styled in a lazy fashion that somehow looks professional on him. His charcoal suit drapes across his broad shoulders and defines his narrow waist like it was custom-made. His white shirt contrasts with his Mediterranean complexion, and when he looks up at his friend's teasing tone, I get a glance at his light brown eyes and chiseled cheekbones. What I wouldn't give to run my fingers through his hair and kiss him senseless.

I shift in my chair, aware of a growing dampness in my panties. God, how embarrassing. To be drawn to a man I've never talked to and who is obviously way out of my league. I probably don't have a snowball's chance in hell of attracting his attention. I wish I had something prettier on. This slim black skirt and snug spring sweater might emphasize my build nicely, but I'm betting it will take cleavage and a lot of leg to attract a man like him.

My eyes shift sideways to Carla sitting next to me. The deep vee of her shirt showcases her plump, high breasts perfectly, and her tousled pixie-hair simply screams, I'm a fun girl, date me.

A small part of my eagerness for the night deflates over my chances of meeting him compared to hers. The two good-looking friends finish their paperwork and saunter to the bar. What am I really doing here? Sure, I might have a chance of meeting a guy for a midnight hook-up, but really ... speed dating?

Makes me wonder — what's wrong with these guys if they can't find a date on their own? Shut up, Heather! I scream at myself. You sabotage everything before it even starts!

All right, all right, some of the men could be normal. I sip my drink and scan the room once more. The only decent ones here are the man with the blinding smile, the runner, and Mister Italian Stallion with the sexy bed hair who came in last. A sigh escapes me as I realize I'm close to drooling. Each one of them looks utterly delicious and I pray they've got brains behind the pretty faces and gorgeous bodies.

Now, if I can just say something interesting to one of them in the allotted two minutes, I might have a chance.

Linda stands near the middle of the bar area and raises her arm. "Attention Speed Daters!" All eyes turn toward the organizer. "We're ready to begin. You all know the guidelines. Make polite conversation, ask questions that matter to you, make notes on your card, and move on. All in good fun!" She smiles and nods to a few of the participants around the room. "You never know. You just may meet your one and only match tonight."

I sigh and plaster on a happy face. Still better than sitting home alone with another microwave meal, so I'm not going to complain. I slurp the last of my drink through the tiny straw. Damn. Need to take advantage of that free booze or it will definitely be a ruined evening.

After getting a refill at the bar, I saunter back to my little table for two, ready to meet my first "date" of the evening. Mr. Serial Killer in Training sits across from me and immediately asks if I'm a vegetarian ... thank God for my second drink. I glance down the line to see who will be shifting to my table next. A shudder runs through me as I take another sip. Hopefully the alcohol will make meeting Sloppy Guy and Blinding Smile a little easier to bear.

In thirty minutes, the Italian Stallion slides into the chair at my table. He's just come from sitting with Carla and wears a smile from ear to ear. A lump forms in my throat from looking at him close up.

A small scar traces the left side of his jaw, its pale color faded with age. I'd like to hear the story behind the old wound. His full lips look soft enough to kiss and his classic Roman nose would be better suited on an Abercrombie model than a businessman in Manhattan.

His eyes glide over me, a slight spark of what I hope is interest in their depths. A flare of awareness ignites in my chest. The man's charming grin remains in place. A good sign so far. Right as he opens his kissable mouth to speak, his phone rings. His relaxed expression turns into a grimace as he digs in his pocket to retrieve the offending device.

"Sorry," he mumbles my way before answering. He turns slightly in his seat, angling himself away. "Yes?" He barks into the phone. "No, I won't be back in tonight. The instructions are in the email I sent."

At least I had the decency to turn off my phone before I came in. Hell, unless you're a doctor on call, I doubt there's anything that important requiring your phone to stay on for two hours. He looks into the distance and I feel a twinge of annoyance.

"No," his tone grinds out, authoritative and powerful. "You need to listen to me, Brian. The directions are in the email. You follow them precisely and the deal will close. Call me again and I'm going to be really pissed."

He clicks his phone shut and closes his eyes. Tension spills off him and I hesitate to break the silence. What could be so important that he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders? He takes a deep breath and opens them again, staring straight into my eyes.

"I'm sorry, that was rude of me." He angles toward me. I nod my reassurance that it's okay, but inside I can't help but think I've lost even more of my precious allotted time with this desirable stranger. He really is way out of my league.

"You know what I want more than anything?" he says with a touch of longing. "I want someone else to take control for a while. I'm really sick of being the guy in charge all the time."

I smile, not particularly sure I can relate, but willing to appear understanding. His phone rings again and sharp anger stabs my gut.

"Turn it off," I say, with a challenge in my tone. I sit up straighter and stare into the depths of his caramel eyes. "You want someone to tell you what to do?" He nods, his calculating gaze on me as the phone continues to ring. "Turn off that damn phone," I bite out, pretending I'm issuing a command. "Now."

Shock registers across his expression, but he hides it quickly. I raise an eyebrow and feel the sparks fly across the table between us. He returns my stare and smiles, the first real one I've seen on him since he came into the restaurant. It's kind of lopsided and lazy, curling my toes at the devilment it promises. The phone rings a third time and I break our standoff and glance away, tilting my chin an inch higher, showing my displeasure in his lack of action. He fumbles for the phone on the table between us and shuts it off.

My pulse races and a part of me waits for him to shout that I'm the rudest bitch he's met tonight. Well, I tried my hand at ballsy and domineering — worth a shot. I look toward him and smile, catching him off guard, if his raised eyebrows are anything to go by. The interest I thought I saw earlier still lurks in his eyes.

Hmmm ... Maybe tonight won't be a total wash after all.

I pick up my drink and tilt it toward him in greeting. "I'm Heather."

He raises his to meet mine and clinks it across the space. "Tony."

"What do you do, Tony, that has people calling you after office hours?"

He stiffens and his tone comes out flat. "I head acquisitions in a large shipping conglomerate. We're organizing to buy out a small firm this week."

I nod, not sure if knowing what he does matters. He seems wired pretty tight, poor guy. "Who did you arrive with, that guy with the sandy-colored hair?"

Tony lifts a brow and interest lights his expression. "Why?" His grin broadens. "You want me to introduce you?"

I stare back at him with a feigned confidence I don't possess. "I'll meet him soon enough, won't I?"

"Touché." He touches the timer on the table. "We are speed dating."

"That's why I asked. You don't seem like the type to be here."

"Probably not, but Marcus talks me into lots of stuff I might not normally try on my own. He's an old college buddy. Dragged me here 'cause he said I needed a break from work."

I glance down my nose at his phone, angling my head a bit. "He might be right."

"And hey — what makes you think I'm not the type to try speed dating on my own?" he asks, a twinkle in his eye.

This man doesn't know me from Adam. I could be anyone in this moment, anyone who is brash enough to tell a stranger to turn off his phone. Carla said to slip on a new skin ... maybe she was onto something ...

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I reach across the table and trace a finger down the back of his hand. "You're wound too tight," I say, dropping my voice, trying for a seductive tone. "Like you're going to snap." I gaze at him through my lashes, hoping I can pull off a sexy look like I've seen in movies. "What you need is to let off a little steam."

Desire sparks in his caramel eyes and he turns his hand over to grasp my own. "Really? What did you have in mind?" Tiny shocks of pleasure shoot up my arm at our increased contact.

The two-minute timer dings and the prospective dates around the room say their goodbyes and shift out of their chairs, eager to move on to the next person down the line.

I shrug and pull my hand away. "Why don't you follow me to the patio and find out?"

There's no doubt I've piqued his curiosity. I pick up my drink, still staring into his stunning eyes, and circle my tongue around the tiny swizzle stick before slipping the red plastic into my mouth for a taste of my drink.

Tony's lips part in an exhalation of breath, his stare locked on my mouth.

I smile at his expression, pleased I've made an impression. He seemed to like when I told him what to do. I wonder how far I can take this with him willing to follow. I slide from my chair, now glad I wore a pencil skirt that emphasizes my butt, and walk out of the room without a backward glance, hoping he takes the bait.

My black stiletto heels rap against the marble tile of the bistro as I swish my hips toward the narrow door leading to the closed outside seating in the rear of the restaurant. I push the door open and step through. The metal door whisks shut behind me. It's early spring and unseasonably warm outside tonight, but still too early for the bistro to have the area set up for receiving diners.

My heart races as I lean against the cool brick. What the hell am I doing, trying a stunt like this in a public place? Will he come out here? If he does, what do I do then? Anyone could walk out here, and by the full ashtray on a stack of tables, the probability of it being a smoker is high.

Ten minutes. All you need is ten minutes.

Can I talk my way through this? Well, why the hell not? If he follows me out here then I've definitely intrigued him enough to learn more about me. But how do I set myself apart from the countless women who've probably already thrown themselves at him?

The door creaks open and Tony steps out. You can do this, Heather. Take command. Tell him what you want. Tell him what to do, just like he said he wants. Now or never.

I smirk with a confidence I'm not completely feeling. "Nice of you to join me, Tony." I relax against the brick and check him over from head to foot, making sure he knows with just my eyes exactly how desirable I find him. You can do this, don't panic. He won't laugh at you.

I nod toward the stacked chairs. "Take off your coat." He slips the expensive garment from his shoulders, pulling the starched fabric of his shirt across his defined chest. I nod my approval and his eyes glint with desire in the dimming light.

He smiles, seemingly eager to play whatever game I've got in mind. "Anything else?"

I push down my inner anxiety and grin, in what I hope is a teasing manner. "Your tie."

His eyebrows shoot up, but he loosens the knot and pulls the material free. The red silk slides over his shirt, and then is tossed carelessly toward his coat.

Holy crap, he's doing it. He's listening to me. What now?

"Unbutton the top two buttons of your shirt." The command springs unbidden to my thoughts.

He complies and reveals the golden skin below his throat, with a few stray chest hairs visible near the neck of his undershirt. He looks so good I'd like to grab his shirt and rip it open, licking the skin as it's uncovered.

Holy cow, where did that come from? I'm not this aggressive woman I'm pretending to be.

"How's that?" he asks.

My pulse pounds so loudly in my ears I can only nod, afraid I'll give too much away if I answer. I clear my throat, reaching for nonchalance. "It'll do." My hands slide to my hips and I take the plunge, pouring every ounce of courage I possess into my next actions.

I grab my skirt's black material and work it slowly up my thighs. Tony's eyes grow round as he follows my movements.

"Get down on your knees," I say, forcing out my voice in a firm tone. Keep it together, girl! He looks like he's game. Keep going.


Excerpted from Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson, Liz Pelletier. Copyright © 2013 C.J. Ellisson. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Vanilla on Top 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 172 reviews.
rainbowgirl12 More than 1 year ago
Wow C.J Ellisson has done it again!! Vanilla on Top is a must read book. An erotic novel with an interesting touch of BDSM thrown in. Meet Heather a shy and retiring girl and Tony a workaholic business man. Share with them a sexual journey of  adventure and discovery. This book left me needing more and iI hope there will be more. Ladies if you like Heather are a wallflower in the bedroom open these pages and open your minds. This story is hot! hot! HOT and reading about Heather's evolving from wallflower to the mistress of her needs is exciting and sizzling.  
Wendy_C More than 1 year ago
First in the "Walk on the Wild Side" series [a series of light BDSM discovery stories], Vanilla on Top follows Heather and Tony's growing relationship. Heather goes from a wallflower into a strong woman who is not afraid to go after what she desires where as successful businessman Tony, learns the freedom in letting go and together they become something more. The sex scenes are tastefully done and hot to read, and the plot is well written. Fans of the Shades of Grey trilogy should enjoy this story.
adamsgirl4602 More than 1 year ago
i usually read on paranormal romance/erotica, so this is outside my normal reading genre. and what a happy surprise it was, i loved this book. will definitely be reading more by this author. hot, hot, hot book!
kph21 More than 1 year ago
`Oh! what a tangled web we weave...' Alright, I know you probably read that in your most sinister voice. Try it in your most seductive voice,  confident and in charge, then you'll feel the power that Heather feels when she taps into her inner bad girl. The story isn't really about the deception or pretending she's something that she's not, but the emergence of the butterfly that was hidden within. Heather is a marvelously complex character, and the reader is there with her watching her growth and metamorphosis. While Heather is on her journey, Tony is on his as well. He's at the top of his game. A true power player in the business world, but something is missing. Jokingly looking for someone to take charge, he finds Heather at a speed dating event. Boy, does she take charge! He doesn't even realize that this whirlwind of a girl is going to turn his life upside down. Will the smart, take charge behind the scenes girl find the confidence and drive to make her dreams come true? Will the dynamic business man find someone to pull the strings to his heart? The twists and turns will have you hanging on every word. Each chapter pulls the reader in deeper, rooting for Tony and Heather. Then there is the steam factor. Steamy! Oh my goodness, Ms. Ellisson's natural ability to put the reader in the moment with her characters is at its best in Vanilla on Top. It's definitely a book that you don't want to put down and it would be wise to have a fan handy. Kudos for an excellent beginning for this series, personally I can't wait to see what's next for Ms. Ellisson and her characters.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! I absolutely love this book!!! It is erotic yes, but the story line will keep you so enthralled that you will find it being the perfect combination of story and steam! Looking very much forward to more books from this author!!!  
libbysandi More than 1 year ago
To read Vanilla On Top is more like getting the whole sundae. In a time when more erotic romance is funneling into the market, Vanilla On Top stands out above the rest. CJ Ellisson creates a story with believable characters that you can relate to using normal everyday behavior and humor. Right from the get go you are hooked into Heather and Tony's chemistry. Add to that an intense relationship and plot, and you have a book that is hard to put down even for the most mundane tasks. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book Miss Ellisson. I'm off to have the same vanilla sundae again!
PerpetuaLW More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!! I'm a bit of a wallflower like Heather and she just opens up and gains confidence and is able to start going after what she wants!She is commanding, and Tony needs a woman like Heather, to help him relax and slow down and see what he really wants in life! I would love to be able to take charge like she does. She is so strong and sexy and confident, and you get to watch as she starts to realize that. The sex scenes are so hot but it's not overdone. It's very tasteful while being incredibly steamy! It's not just sex, it's story and characterization. Heather and Tony aren't just flat characters; they have depth and desires and insecurities and we get to watch them grow and change into who they didn't realize they wanted to be. And they grow and change together in their relationship as well! I won't give away the ending but I was on the edge of my seat and emotional in a good way!! I couldn't stop reading until the end!!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG - first off - I adore the Brazen line. They have all been TOP NOTCH. Now, I almost didn't buy this one because the description just didn't do it for me. BUT, as I have loved all the others in the Brazen line, I decided to go for it. And boy and I glad I did! This book was beyond sexy! Like, after the first chapter I was ready to pounce on my husband. Seriously - this line of books is excellent and this one is amazing! BUY IT! You will not regret it.
mommyandwe More than 1 year ago
Once again, C.J. Ellisson has exceeded my expectations. Vanilla on Top was an amazing, HOT read. I literally couldn't put it down (who needs to do housework anyway when I've got a delicious book like this lying around???). I read it in under 24 hours and NOW I'm (im)patiently waiting on a next-in-series. I always love it when I can put myself in a storyline. I could SO see myself in some of the things Heather did and felt. The only thing that could've probably made the story better (for me, personally) is if she'd been a redhead! ;)  Vanilla on Top is very well written and extremely detailed. Character development is awesome and I LOVE how Heather grabs what she wants by the...ahem...pants and goes for it! I also love how it's not a one-sided relationship where the "take charge" is concerned. By the end, they learn to give and receive. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!!! 
madnicho More than 1 year ago
Great book well written. I Loved this book and her other books are even better, they are totally different to anything i have read.  Don't start unless you are prepared, to not have to put it down and not at work. Great story line the other reviews have said it all. If you want a HOT BOOK you FOUND IT
Tadinu More than 1 year ago
Ms. Ellisson does it again! Another fantastic and incredibly erotic book under her belt! I love how you can really relate to Heather and her insecurities, and even more so when she decides to let herself go. I mean, who doesn't like to order a hot guy to his knees? ;) I absolutely love the different POVs, and I have found no other book that is able to pull it off so well. Looking for a hot read, with a believable and relatable storyline? Look no further! I will be waiting very (im)patiently for her next book!
AJ83 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I loved everything about it! The characters were believable and likeable. The sex was hot and steamy. The story hit hard at the very beginning and didn't let up, moving at a good pace that never stopped. There is not one single dull moment in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was fun to see Heather and Tony grow, in their own way, as the book went on. It was HOT HOT HOT and sexy as all get out : D I can't wait to see if there will be more, I would love to see where Hesther and Tony go from here...
gummi0197 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! C.J. Ellisson draws you in from the first Chapter and doesn’t let go until the last word on the last page. You will fall in love with Tony and Heather and find yourself flipping pages to find out what happens next! Kudos to Miss Ellisson for flipping the script and making the woman in charge and the man scrambling to please her. Great story! Great characters! Hot sex!
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
This is one of those stories that leave a lasting impression on you, from the character development to the story telling. CJ has an interesting way to tell a story, the chapters alternate one from the heroine's pov, the next from the hero's then back to the heroine's. This added another level for me as I loved knowing what was going on inside Tony's head as well as Heather's. I felt really invested in them as a couple and I was rooting for them to get a happy ever after! I'll be buying the next one for sure and I'll never look at a table tennis bat the same way again! ;)
MadMom0525 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed CJ Ellison's VV series of books and decided to give this one a go. So glad I did. I have to admit it got me going... Work in the office the next day had me thinking if any of my coworkers had a bit of Tony to their off hours recreation.
susie1660 More than 1 year ago
it is rare to find ann author who gets you to identify with the charachters so easily and quickly. If you do not see parts of Heather in yoursefl, you know people who are just like her, and Tony. there is a romance, and a nice little background story that keeps you guessing. Sex scenes are tasteful, but leave you wanting more, they are that hot and steamy..and I would love to have an encounter in a shoe shop just like theirs
ondreea More than 1 year ago
You know how there are some books out there that you can connect to because the characters embody "the girl/boy next door"? The characters are believable and likeable and you care what happens to them. Well, there are even better instances when you have a more personal connection and think, wow that character is me. The author C.J. Ellisson invokes that feeling with her new book Vanilla on Top. Within the first couple of pages I was hooked and totally identifying with Heather and her insecurities. I appreciated the fact that within the first couple of chapters you can see her grow as a person. I also like the interaction between Heather and her friend Carla. They are friends, but not everything between them is roses, which unfortunately is the case in many adult friendships. How many times have we had a friend encourage us to be more aggressive or assertive and once we do, the green monster rears? The resolution of professional conundrum in the book also caused me anxiety, because I kept wondering how they were going to resolve it. This is the first book I've ever read that walked you through the entire in-depth relationship building between two characters. I really understand both main characters' motivations and insecurities. The story is well written and believable. The sex scenes are HOT! without being "trashy". If you want to read a quality book about a woman coming into her own and developing a meaningful relationship that also has some hot, sexy scenes, then by all means, you need to pick up this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C.j. Ellisson is a master when it comes to writing. I have read her VV Inn paranormal/urban fantasy series (Vampire Vacation, The Hunt & Big Game) and they were Fabulous. Now she burns up the pages with Vanilla on Top (her 1st book in the Wild Side Series!) Heather wants to take control for a change and Tony doesn't mind giving her that control at ALL! Great storyline, plot and characters!! The intimate scenes are well written, sexy, without being vulgar or to over the top! If you are looking for a scorcher, this is a MUST read. You will definitely finish wanting MORE...and it may make you wonder how much control do you want in the bedroom??? flag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, I really enjoyed this book although I did not have high expectations. I was kind of hesitant to read it because the whole idea of the female character becoming the dominant partner. I assumed the male character would be a wuss. I was wrong. Tony is a great male character and I really enjoyed Heather's inner struggle to gain control of her life and emotions. The book is also well written, so you enjoy seeing these two come together despite their unconventional first encounter. It was a very nice read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS Fun Sexy Read Had a few hesitations going into this book, which clearly were unfounded as I was unable to put the Nook down! We start out with our timid Wallflower Heather who realizes sometimes you simply have to be the change you wanna see and take the bull by the horns (*ahem* and does she ever)! Annnnd enter Tony Carmine stage left... Company big shot and notorious playboy. Something about this take charge vixen he meets while speed dating leaves him with an unsated taste for more. ;] Heather quickly learns that she enjoys playing this role, but will her confidence shatter when their professional worlds collide? Will Tony's need for control resurrect? This was my first C.J. Ellison book and won't be my last. Vanilla On Top is well written told from both Heather and Tony's point of view which only added depth to the characters and thier story. They were refreshingly relatable, mature in the sense they’ve learned from past relationships and experiences and are willingly apply those lessons into exploring a potential future; that is if the world around them doesn't destroy them first. "Damn, I've got it bad. When the hell did this sneak up on me? She had you when she told you to get on your knees." Tony to himself
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
VANILLA ON TOP (Walk on the Wildside #1) by C.J. Ellisson ABOUT THE BOOK:  Released 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 REVIEW:   I was first introduced to C.J. through her amazing and sexy V.V. Inn series about a powerful vampire and her seethe of vampires and werewolves.  As an example of a powerful woman, Vivian is the ultimate hunter-she knows her prey and they know what to expect. VANILLA ON TOP is another example of a strong woman-but a woman who must think outside her protective cocoon and step up to play the game.   Heather Pierce is a woman who is tired of waiting in the wings for something exciting in her life.  On the advice of a friend, she reluctantly attends a speed-dating event only to find she is intrigued with the idea of bringing a man to his knees-literally.  Heather venture into the wild side will change everything she ever knew about herself and more. Tony Carmine is the ultimate alpha-male.  He knows what he wants and he goes for the jugular every time-especially in the world of hostile corporate take overs. But when a chance encounter at a speed-dating event brings Tony to his knees, he is no longer sure of anything in his life.  Something has to give and Tony knows he has to make the ultimate sacrifice if he wants to survive. CJ Ellisson writes a story of one woman’s desire to step outside of her comfort zone and explore the wilder side of life. It is every woman’s fantasy to take control and in VANILLA ON TOP we live the fantasy through CJ’s writing. From Heather’s explorations of sensual picnics, smexy texting and seductive foot wear, the reader will be pulled into the storyline and experience one woman’s re-awakening at the hands of the man with whom she is falling in love and the experience of exploring one’s inner vixen-all in the name of power and control. The likelihood of such an abrupt 180 turn around in reality may not be plausible without something major precipitating the change, but Vanilla on Top is a fun story to push the proverbial edge-after all it is a work of fiction and every reader wants to escape the reality of their own lives. And in the end, the ultimate power and control over each other’s heart is what this couple had been looking for –all along.
hottes84 More than 1 year ago
awesome story, couldnt put it down. Love it
blackcrys More than 1 year ago
I received this book exchange for an honest review. This is a good book, I had a little trouble with it at first. I thank in the beginning it was missing the connection but as I read it got a lot better. The fact that they were both alphas and could balance that out with each other and have a lot of fun made the book very interesting. I like the way C.J. Ellisson writes. If you like your romance with some kinky fun you'll like Ms. Ellisson's books.
bookmom22 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it, once I realized that it was "light" dominance and not too heavy. It was interesting watching both  characters step out of their comfort zones to become a couple. There was just enough of both the dominance and romance to make it interesting. The characters are very believable, both workaholics who wanted more.