Friday, October 21, 2016

Release Blitz, Review And Giveaway - Addicted by Alex Lucian

Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. 


Ruby was sin and sex.  

The ultimate indulgence and worth every penny she cost me. I paid for her body, but didn't know she'd end up embedded in my soul.  

Elias was dark and tempting. 

Unmatched in intensity and passion compared to my other clients. He handed me cash in exchange for my touch, and he dug himself into my heart instead.  

Money changes things, firms up the lines of a relationship. But when it becomes an addictionan all-consuming, life-changing addictionthe lines are completely obliterated.  



I laughed under my breath before stepping forward and punching the emergency stop button on the elevator.
“What are you doing?” she asked, her eyes wide in her face. Her pale face. Ever since that douche stepped into her space, all the color had been sucked from her skin.
Which is how I knew she was fucking lying to me.
No former client would have given her that kind of reaction. That guy knew her. And not just biblically, but definitely that too, given the crazy-ass gleam in his eyes when he looked at her.
When I didn’t answer right away, she fidgeted, crossing her arms over her stomach and then letting them drop again. Then she swept a hand through her hair, making sure the curls were still laying over one shoulder.
“Beck and call, right?” I rasped out, leaning my shoulder against the wall of the elevator.
“What?”
“You. You’re at my beck and call for these thirty days, right? This being day one.”
She mimicked me, leaning her shoulder against the opposite wall, essentially facing off with me in the small space. “That’s right. Do we need to discuss this now?”
There was a slight edge to her voice that I’d never heard before, and I wasn’t ashamed in the slightest to say that it hardened me even further. “Why not?”
“Because I prefer not to have business discussions when I’m in a box that’s suspended sixteen floors above the ground.”
“We’re not going to have a discussion.” I straightened, undoing my belt. Her eyes tracked the slow movements of my hands.
“I’m not having sex in this elevator.”
“No, you’re not.” I raised one eyebrow, and lifted my chin at her. “You’re going to get on your knees for me. I want to know what your lipstick looks like on my dick.”
Alex Lucian is an author living on the eastern coast of the United States who appreciates being anonymous, for personal and professional reasons. Tempting is Alex's first novel.

Tempting (The Tempting Series: Book 1)
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Beguiling (The Tempting Series: Book Two)
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Provocative (The Tempting Series: Book Three) 
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Review

This is my first time reading an Alex Lucian book. I have to say, for an author with only four books published so far, Alex writes well. And, though the copy I read is an ARC, I didn't see any errors. That's irregular for an ARC and bodes well for the finished copy.

The female lead, Ruby, works as an escort while finishing her second master's degree. To me, that makes her somewhat of a nerd. A product of the foster care system, she does not let that define her. Nor does she carry a chip on her shoulder. She makes no apologies for what she does and why she does it. The only issue she seems to have, which she has already been working on, is with her ex boyfriend.

The male lead, Elias, is a former Army turned photojournalist. He is dealing with the effects of his sister's death. He is also commitment adverse. He may not look like a troll but he doesn't even want to go through the trouble of having any type of relationship with any woman, hence, the escorts.

I liked the two of them individually, and as a couple. I liked that Elias made Ruby go through an "audition" before his proposition. He was not afraid to admit that Ruby was smarter than him but he still put it to the test. Their chemistry is smokin' hot but their conversations are also interesting. They spent as much time outside the bedroom as they did outside.

I am glad that the author did not try to put drama or angst in this book. Yes, there was a conflict but it was readily resolved and not drawn out needlessly. The resolution also displayed the characteristics of the two leads flawlessly.


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