Today's review is on Avoiding Mr. Right by CJ Ellisson
Though I wasn't an instant fan of Mrs. Ellisson work, over the course of her books I have become a true follower. Each of the books I have read; all of her V V Inn books and Vanilla on Top, have shown growth in not only her base writing skills but also her ability to spark desire in the reader. In fact, after reading Vanilla on Top I had no problem writing a positive review and taking a cold shower. And while I enjoyed Avoiding Mr. Right, I feel that it fails to reach the height of the bar set by its predecessor in it's eroticism.
Where VOT was full of hot attraction and blazing sex, Avoiding Mr. Right was more of a love story. Emotionally scarred woman, strong man to help, love ensues. Don't get me wrong, there was sex, just not as hot and heavy as VOT. And let's be real, hot and heavy sex is what I was looking forward to and expecting. (I've been married for 19 years, I need some dreaming material.)
Carla Johnson is in complete control of her life, including her sex life. She decided a long time ago that she didn't need a man in her life to fulfill her. What she does need though is nookie, and a lot of it. After all, she's a very sexual woman. Her friend Heather; who used to be a meek woman turned dominatrix in VOT, worries that Carla will never find her Mr. Right if she continues having casual sex the way she does.
Andy works in the same office as Carla and has been in love with her for months. Though he has tried to get closer to her, she continues to pretty much ignore him. Sure he's smart and handsome, but he's also an accountant. And there's no way a boring accountant could provide the excitement in life and in the bedroom that she needs. But after a few drinks at the end of the day and a night of less than memorable sex between the two, Andy sets out to show Carla that he really is the man for her.
If I had to rate Avoiding Mr. Right on it's eroticism alone it would rate a bit low, but I cannot rate any book on just one point. I have to take the whole piece into consideration. And with it's love story and the way Ellisson shows the struggle and growth of her main character I'm happy to give it the rating it deserves.
4 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon
Book Description: via Amazon
Carla Johnson thinks issuing orders to a lover will keep her heart safe
and leave her in charge of her own destiny. Afraid for Carla’s future,
her best friend Heather implores her to change her self-centered ways,
handing her a list of love life mistakes to steer clear of:
1. Casual Sex
2. Friends with Benefits
3. Avoidance of Intimacy
ignores the list—unwilling to face she might have a commitment problem.
Until she invites a co-worker to her place one night. She instantly
regrets the hum-drum sexual encounter and discourages the accountant
from pursuing her.
Andy Shea refuses to become another lover
the feisty blonde dumps. It'll take a patient man with a strong hand to
unlock Carla's sexual awareness and win her heart. He’s up for the
challenge to convince her he’s the one—and eager to prove this number
cruncher won’t make a boring bedmate.
About the Author:
C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT
Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and
several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband,
two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.
Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic
illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues
to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly
attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work
outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy,
erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.
To learn more about C.J. and her other books, please stop by the author's website http://www.cjellisson.com or visit her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/c.j.ellissonfanpage