Release Blitz: Seduction & Surrender by C.C. Gibbs (Excerpt + Giveaway + Top 5 Fancast)

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Hey bookies! The sequel to Nicole and Rafe’s story is now live!

Check out an exclusive excerpt of SEDUCTION & SURRENDER below!

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Title: Seduction & Surrender (Reckless #2)
Author: C.C. Gibbs
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From the peaks of erotic ecstasy—to the point of no return . . .

Power. Passion. Pleasure beyond imagining. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini offers all this—and more—to the beautiful Nicole Parrish, a young American traveler with a taste for adventure that matches his own. From the private yachts of Monte Carlo to the palatial estates of Geneva to the glittering penthouses of Bangkok, Rafe has shown her a world of unimaginable sensual delights. Now, he is ready to take her to the next daring level. Of danger. Of desire. Of deliciously erotic self-discovery . . .

Nicole has never known a man as sexy, as strong—or as commanding—as Rafe Contini. Night after steamy night, he turns up the heat, tests her boundaries, and pushes the limits of her body and soul to the point of sweetest agony. But when this masterful lover sweeps her away to a secluded island getaway—where anything can and will happen—Nicole must decide just how far she wants to take this game. And just how much she can bend Rafe’s rules . . .

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TOP 5 FANCAST FOR RAFE AND NICOLE

For Rafe (picture all the men with long, dark hair):
1. A young David Beckham
2. Adam Levine
3. Scott Eastman
4. Nyle DiMarco
5. Julian Schratter
 
For Nicole (picture all the women with long, dark hair):
1. Nicole Gale Anderson
2. Phoebe Tonkin
3. Caitlin Stasey
4. Jennifer Lawrence
5. Jessica Stroup

EXCERPT 

Twenty minutes later, the helicopter banked steeply to the right, the pilot pointed, and Rafe’s private island rose out of the Adriatic Sea, spreading slowly across the horizon—a sizable expanse of mountainous landscape visible through the shimmering mist, a faint silhouette of a distant castle materializing out of the haze.

Nicole’s brows shot up in surprise. “A castle?” Leaning in close to Rafe so he could hear her over the rhythmic thump, thump, thump of the rotors, she felt a shiver run up her spine. “You didn’t mention a castle.” Castles had dungeons! Kink and dungeons were practically a stereotype, her overactive imagination pointed out, even as a flashback of images from way too many horror films suddenly had her heart tripping. Jesus, get a grip! She was on holiday with the most ridiculously beautiful, shamelessly lovable, wet dream of a man; life couldn’t be better. Okay?

“It’s not exactly a castle yet.” Rafe smiled. “It’s closer to a rock pile that’s burning through money. I call it my hobby. My accountant calls it a nightmare. ”

“Speaking of nightmares,” Nicole said, her apprehensions flaring again at the reference to things that go bump in the night. “Reassure me about dungeons. Don’t ask. It’s stupid, I know, but…”

Taking note of Nicole’s trepidation, Rafe chose a marginal lie rather than argue reality versus her wild imagination. “No dungeons. Don’t worry. And you’ll love the room that’s been restored in the tower,” he offered, avoiding further discussion of dungeons. “You can pretend you’re a twelfth-century demoiselle. I’ll pretend I’m the crusader who never reached the Holy Land, built this castle instead, and chose the lucrative life of a pirate.” He grinned. “So wanna play? I’ll make it worth your while.”

A small frown mirrored her lurking anxiety. “I don’t know—maybe, probably, let me think.” Rafe’s unencumbered views on wealth always gave her pause to consider—how he could buy anything and anyone, pleasure and perversion alike, no hassle, no questions. And the words pirate and play weren’t particularly reassuring on this remote island with its spectacular limestone cliffs, wind-swept twisted pines, and medieval ruins.

“Maybe?” A teasing query. “Look, if you must know—and don’t you dare laugh—your castle ruin is kinda creepy. It reminds me of Frankenstein’s monster.”

Rafe’s brows rose. “Seriously? You believe in that shit?”

“I’m trying not to— oh God, is that the tower?” As the distance to the island narrowed, the castle tower loomed, half derelict, dark and gloomy against the blue sky. She squinted, took a small breath, and muttered, “That’s scary.”

He stared at her. “You’re kidding.”

“Okay, how about it makes me a little unsettled?”

“Good.”

His smile was so wide, his goddamned dimples showed. “Meaning?” she said, half guarded, wishing she hadn’t watched so many spooky movies.

“Come on, pussycat, relax,” he said pleasantly. “I promise you’ll have fun.”

Nicole gave him a hard, steady look. “No offense, but I’m in the middle of fucking nowhere. I’m allowed to wuss out.”

He flicked a glance at the passengers behind them. “You’re in the middle of nowhere with beaucoup bodyguards. You’re safe as hell.” A small smile. “If that’s what you want.”

“They’re your bodyguards.” Her eyes grew wide. “Jesus, don’t look at me like that.”

His smile was pure, bad-boy brilliance. “Like what?”

“Like you’re going to eat me alive.”

“As I recall, you like—”

She put her hand over his mouth because the pilot was grinning and she wasn’t anywhere near as blasé as he was.

He licked her palm and she jerked her hand back and tried to glare at him, but he was smiling at her now like she was the best thing that had ever happened to him and her frustration fell away before the flat-out beauty of his smile.

Recognizing her capitulation, he leaned in, tucked a dark curl behind her ear, and kissed her cheek softly. “Consider me your guardian angel,” he murmured, and at her skeptical look, amended it to “Personal guardian—how about that? And we’ll have privacy once we land.” He flicked a glance toward the pilot. “Just you and me. No one else.”

“Except for those people down there.” She pointed at a small village of whitewashed, blue-roofed houses spilling down the hillside from the castle gates. “And the staff required for that.” A sprawling peach-colored Venetian palazzo surrounded by gardens came into view beyond the castle walls.

Rafe touched her ear with his lips. “Everyone will keep their distance. I’ve given orders. So you’re free to scream as loud as you like, wherever and whenever you like.”

She turned, grinning. “Appreciate your foresight and planning.”

“I’m here to make you happy, Tiger.”

~~~ FIRST IN THE SERIES ~~~

See how Rafe and Nicole’s story begins in book one in the Reckless series, POWER AND POSSESSION:

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender . . .

Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants-no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger-body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man-especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days-and nights-that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line-between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

Check out my review here!

 

About the author:

C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of New York Timesbestselling author Susan Johnson. She divides her time between the Midwest and Northern California, and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein and researching books is great fun!

Find her on: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | CC Gibbs Fans

Release Blitz: Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs (Excerpt + Review)

Power and Obsession-Release-Week-BlitzHey bookies! I’m excited to be part of the release week blitz for Power and Obsession by C.C. Gibbs! Check out my review and an excerpt of Power & Possession! There’s a giveaway below too!

power and obsessionTitle: Power & Possession (Rafe #1)
Alternate title: Pushing the Limits (UK)
Author: C.C. Gibbs
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Purchase inks: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | GooglePlay | Kobo | BAM

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender . . .

Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants-no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger-body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man-especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days-and nights-that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line-between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

Add it on Goodreads here!

REVIEW

Nicole is the most stubborn and powerful woman that I have ever read about that will make anyone think twice before getting into an argument with her! She’s headstrong and strong-willed, that’s for sure, but her ability to defy everything even when Rafe seems to be exerting his power and charm over her is just amazing!

Rafe Contini is used to having women falling on their knees and fawning over him, but what he doesn’t expect was Nicole’s hard-assed and stubborn attitude.

She becomes his latest challenge – his latest obsession.

Now I get why the book was named Power & Possession! Both Nicole and Rafe has power over their own, with Nicole having more in my opinion yet they want to possess each other. Especially Rafe, he wants Nicole but Nicole proves to be the hardest challenge ever!

They need and crave power.

They are each other’s possession.

Now now, I always like an obstinate and challenging female protagonist but somehow, I feel as if Nicole is way too stubborn. Almost as if she’s acting like a child, which is why in the first place, I almost lost interest in the book and from the way Rafe deals with her, it’s like a father trying to pacify his spoiled daughter.

Though, things do improve and get better as the story goes on. By improving, I meant Nicole seems to be less stubborn BUT she is still stubborn.

Get it? No? Yeah, me too!

So GET YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK AND READ IT TO UNDERSTAND!

Recommended for readers who would love to see a charismatic-and-charming filled rich and hot billionaire falling for his latest stubborn and powerful obsession!

EXCERPT

“Where are you staying?”

“At my uncle’s apartment.”

“Come to my place.” He folded his hands on the table, leaned forward a little, his gaze focused, her appeal powerful as a riptide, ignoring the fact that what he was about to say was messing with his head. “I’ll kick out everyone else.”

“Everyone else? Meaning?” She didn’t lack confidence, and he was notorious for his casual sexual encounters.

For some reason he didn’t mind her impertinence. “Only male friends. I never allow women to stay with me.” He smiled. “Until now. So how about it?”

“Sure, I’d like that.” And suddenly the summer takes an interesting turn. So far the boys of summer had been only mildly interesting. “But not for long.” She wrinkled her nose. “I have to go back to school in a couple of weeks.”

Rafe suddenly went still; her little nose twitch reminded him of a child. “Just for the record,” he murmured, “how old are you?” People graduated college at any age; he had at nineteen.

“Worried?” Nicole flashed him a grin. “How much does it matter?”

He scowled. “It matters.”

“Or?”

“Or you’re gone.”

“Now neither of us wants that,” she said, amusement in the blue of her eyes. “Do we?”

He didn’t move a muscle, even his breathing quieted. “Don’t,” he said, very softly. “No games.”

Nicole’s voice was lush with provocation. “Really? I’ve heard you like games.”

“You heard wrong.” He held her gaze for a moment, then sighed. “Tell me your age or get the fuck out.” Hand of fate or not, he didn’t do stupid.

“Twenty-two.” Her brows rose in perfect arcs.

“So, are we seeing blue skies and rainbows once again?” Honeyed sarcasm dripped from each word. “Or do I find someone else at this party to entertain me?”

Rafe’s smile slowly unfurled and his eyes took on a predatory glow. “You could try, I suppose. But you wouldn’t get out the door.”

“Oh dear, oh my, I do declare,” she lamented in playful parody. “Am I your captive?”

“You are.” Smoothly rising from his chair, he strode toward the door. “Now I’m going to lock the door, then fuck you till morning.”

“And then what?”

Whoa. The unmistakable note of demand in her voice brought him to a stop. He turned. “I’m sorry, did you say something?”

She met his insolent gaze and smiled. “I said—and then what?… As in afterward.”

Audacious or foolhardy? Fascinating certainly. He winked. “Afterward, you can tell me your name. How’s that?”

She winked back. “I’ll think about it.”

He went very still. “Is this a contest?”

“I hope not,” she murmured, gazing at him from under her long, dark lashes. “I hope I get what I want.”

“Which is?”

“Do you need a list?”

“Do you know what you’re doing?” Unsure whether it was anger or lust igniting his senses, his voice took on a raspy edge and his golden gaze turned cold.

“I can’t answer that definitively, but right now it looks like your dick knows what it’s doing,” she noted, with a languid lift of her hand.

He looked at her for a moment. A woman had never taunted him before and he wanted to pick her up and shove his dick so far up her pussy he’d need a road map to get out.

“Don’t,” she said, very, very softly. “This could be really good… mind-blowing in fact. You have to know that.”

“Fuck you,” he whispered, shifting his stance enough to ease the pressure on his erection.

“Anytime… Just not that way, okay?”

He dragged in a ragged breath. “Don’t tell me what to do.”

She held his gaze, unflinching. “Nor you me.”

A smile slowly overcame his discontent as he held her contentious stare. “Why don’t we see?” he said very gently. “You might like it after all.” Then he reached back, turned the key in the lock, slid it into his pocket, and moved toward her.”

About the author:

C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of New York Timesbestselling author Susan Johnson. She divides her time between the Midwest and Northern California, and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein and researching books is great fun!

Find her on: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Review: Power & Possession by C.C. Gibbs

power and obsessionTitle: Power and Possession (Rafe #1)
Alternative title: Pushing the Limits (UK)
Author: C.C. Gibbs
Release date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genre: Adult
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 266
Rating: 3½ stars

*Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender . . .

Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants-no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger-body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man-especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days-and nights-that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line-between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

Nicole is the most stubborn and powerful woman that I have ever read about that will make anyone think twice before getting into an argument with her! She’s headstrong and strong-willed, that’s for sure, but her ability to defy everything even when Rafe seems to be exerting his power and charm over her is just amazing!

Rafe Contini is used to having women falling on their knees and fawning over him, but what he doesn’t expect was Nicole’s hard-assed and stubborn attitude.

She becomes his latest challenge – his latest obsession.

Now I get why the book was named Power & Possession! Both Nicole and Rafe has power over their own, with Nicole having more in my opinion yet they want to possess each other. Especially Rafe, he wants Nicole but Nicole proves to be the hardest challenge ever!

They need and crave power.

They are each other’s possession.

Now now, I always like an obstinate and challenging female protagonist but somehow, I feel as if Nicole is way too stubborn. Almost as if she’s acting like a child, which is why in the first place, I almost lost interest in the book and from the way Rafe deals with her, it’s like a father trying to pacify his spoiled daughter.

Though, things do improve and get better as the story goes on. By improving, I meant Nicole seems to be less stubborn BUT she is still stubborn.

Get it? No? Yeah, me too!

So GET YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK AND READ IT TO UNDERSTAND!

Recommended for readers who would love to see a charismatic-and-charming filled rich and hot billionaire falling for his latest stubborn and powerful obsession!

 

 

 

Stacking the Shelves #1

stacking the shelvesStacking the Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews where all the books I’ve got (which can be books I bought, borrowed or for reviews!) recently would be featured – both physical and digital. The beautiful graphic is taken from A Page of Heaven!

My haul this week includes…

Trade me the pleasure principle retrace mob mistress power and obsession Forced Submission

 

^ARCs from Netgalley (Many thanks to the publishers/authors!)
* Bought (ebook)

It’s been too long since I last organised my stuff so I’m going to start anew! I’ve read Mob Mistress and Forced Submission, so expect the reviews to pop up in the next few days! I must confess, I read both books in a day. I was intrigued by the storyline of Mob Mistress so the moment I downlaod it from Netgalley,  I read it. Also,  I bought Forced Submission today and finished it before I can even put my kindle down! BEWARE: It’s too dark a read

(I can now see why the book was BANNED from Amazon.)

Enough about me, what books have you been stacking your shelves with this week? Link your book hauls or leave a comment! Ciao peeps!