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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452612676
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2013
Series: Walk on the Wild Side Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

C. J. Ellisson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Johnny Living Dangerously, More than Tolerable, and the VV Inn series, which includes Vampire Vacation, Just One Taste, The Hunt, and Big Game.

Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has recorded audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games and appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.

Lucy Malone is one of the most sought-after voices for erotica narration, counting numerous bestsellers among her titles. AudioFile magazine has said that "her presentation of the . . . scenes conveys excitement, surprise, anticipation, and fulfillment without reservation."

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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.