Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Release Day Blitz, Double Review & Giveaway ~ Compulsive Fascination (Compulsions #2) by N. Isabelle Blanco

Compulsive Fascination (Compulsions #2)
by N. Isabelle Blanco

He owns her—Every. Single. Breath. She just doesn't want to admit it. To him, or herself. . .

You get hurt once; you assume that’s the norm. You see others suffer; you assume that’s the norm, too.

At least, that’s what Livana once did. One rough go-around was enough for her. After that, she kept it simple, no strings attached. It was just easier that way. Even necessary.

Until she went out one night and met Calum Alexander, a man whose intensity broke through each of her defenses, leaving her vulnerable.

Afraid to fall in love, she tries to keep some of her walls up around herself, even though Calum is determined not to let her.

Faced with a man that seems intent on possessing her, Liv knows it’s a mere matter of time before she no longer has a choice.

That is. . .until Calum's own insecurities come to the fore, throwing their new, fragile relationship into a tailspin.

Will the feelings between them be strong enough to keep them together, or will their issues get in the way of what they had just started to build?

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It occurred to me that we never really had angry sex before.
It was about to happen.
Right now.
Leaning down, he slanted his mouth over mine. I took it, opening my mouth for the aggressive thrust of his tongue. Our tongues tangled, breaths mingling. He kissed me with slow, hard laps, making his message clear.
He owned my body.
He knew it.
Did he think that gave him the right to hug his ex in front of me and that I’d have no say about it?
Hurt, I bit down on his lip.
Not breaking our kiss, he groaned and sucked on my tongue. His fingers tightened around my nipples. That hint of pain again.
Each sting merged with the sensations his tongue evoked, until I was drugged. Couldn’t think about anything but him coming inside me.
Letting go of his wrists, I fisted his lapels. “God, just fuck me already. Please.” My tone was incoherent. Needy.
He wrenched my head back with a fist in my hair, attacking my neck with his tongue and teeth. “You want me to fuck you?” He gave me a harsh bite that made me yelp.
It wasn’t lost on what his words truly meant. “Yes. You.” Gasping for breath, I pressed as close to him as possible. “Always you.”
He didn’t deserve that, but I had no choice but to give it to him.
A guttural sound left him. His hands came down on my ass, lifting me up against him. “I’ll give it to you. Every single, God damned thing.”
Christ, please tell me that meant what I thought it meant.
Bending at the knee, he scooped me up into his arms.
I'd become so lightheaded with want that it took me a few seconds to find my voice. When I finally did, it sounded raspier than I’d ever heard it. “Where are we going?”
The look in his eyes somehow turned hungrier.
I couldn’t focus on the beautiful garden around us, or what direction he stormed in.
It was all about him. That austere expression, the hardened brow. His golden eyes fixated ahead and burning with that violent energy.
Oh, God. I loved him. I truly did. So fucking much, and suddenly, I couldn’t breathe through the emotion—could barely contain the words inside me.
Calum raced up another short flight of steps and lowered me down to my unsteady feet. He reached into his coat pocket for that passkey again and stepped up to me.
His free hand met my pussy through my dress, palming it, the action possessive. “We’re going somewhere private. You’re mine. No one sees you come but me.”

5- Obsessive, Possessive, and downright Crazy -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I, Livana Payne, male-heartbreaker-extraordinaire (according to my best friends), had been breaking every damn rule in my book. I, the wham-bam-thank-you Madame … had been seeing someone.
Every one of my survival instincts screeched at that but it was true.
Calum Alexander came into my life like a whirlwind of pure sex.

Livana Payne has been burned in the past, badly enough that is has caused her to avoid any kind of emotion entanglement-sex is all she is after... at least that was the case before Calum Alexander came storming into her life. He pulls her to him like she has never experienced before, of course it doesn't hurt that the sex is off-the-charts hott, but it's more than that; he is a genuinely good guy, and that is something she never thought she would ever believe. Try as she might to fight it, she is falling for him hard and fast-she just can't let him know that. Her insecurities and doubts, jealousy and fear, threaten to ruin everything; but Calum won't let her go without a fight. Until this seemingly perfect man lets his own insecurities and jealousy take over, and in turn making a mistake that could cost him everything if he lets it.

You're fucking dating Calum Alexander!”
Eh... dating might be too strong a word.”
“You made him you fuck buddy, didn't you whore?”
That was the plan, but the lines got blurred.”
He fell in love with you!”
I hate you and everything about you, you lucky bitch!”
“Will you calm the fuck down? We aren't together as of right now.”
“I thought you weren't together to begin with. So which is it, Livana?”
“Blurred lines, remember?”

This book had me a mixed up bag of emotions right from the start. The ever-present, overpowering lust that we experienced in the first book is most definitely still there, but it gets compounded with frustration and anxiety over the actions of these two. Jealousy is a giant ugly green monster that haunts every step that they take causing them to have some pretty stupid and not at all thought out reactions. Liv becomes the master at the 'run don't ask' game and Calum is... well, he's a dude ~ 'nuff said. I wanted to smack them and hug them and lock them in a room together til they pulled they're heads outta their asses. Luckily for us, Liv's gay best friend Mikael provided some much needed gut-clenching laughs along the way. The banter between those two was epic. And the sex was just as crazed as the first time, mu hubs thanks the author for that. But after all the hott-mess were put through, we are still left hanging off a cliff with the freakin ending. I am dying here. This series has very quickly become an obsession for me and I CANNOT WAIT to see what is in store next for these two nut-jobs.

I need to claim you and you need to claim me.”
Those words almost sent an orgasm through me, my sex fluttering and pulsing in response to them. I had to acknowledge the truth in his statement; something was happening to us. Something strictly biological and territorial.    

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Addictive Lunacy (Compulsions #1)
by N. Isabelle Blanco

Calum Alexander lived his life one way. With purpose and moderation. Everything was set in place and everything happened according to a plan.
That is, until his picture perfect engagement falls apart and his crazy brother Lucas gets him to agree to a night out. Calum is left to fend for himself when Lucas decides to bail, and "fend for himself" he will need to.
A vivacious and obviously young Livana Payne catches his attention and before he knows what's going on, they end up talking. By the end of the night, Calum is on fire for the impish girl who's managed to ignite an inferno within him.
Yes, she’s twelve years younger and the complete opposite of what he’d imagined in his life, but he hungers for her in a way that’s frightening. Drunk and surprisingly out of control, he's dead set on his need to have her.
But the moment he accidentally lets it be known that he's recently single, Livana is having none of it. There is no way she's getting involved with a man who just broke up with his fiance.
No, they were going to have to wait. Calum’s need for her somehow kept growing. As the days went by and he got to know her more, Livana seemed to be stealing all of his sanity.
As much as she wants to wait it quickly becomes obvious to Calum that he’s losing his grip to the monster she’d awakened within him.
He’s about to lose control and when he does, he knows there’s going to be nothing gentle about what he’ll end up doing to her . . .

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5- Crazy Hott Insanity -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I couldn't give into what my body wanted from her. I'd have to tell her the truth before I did and once I did, I'd look like the biggest asshole in the world.
Which, I was starting to believe I was. Why the hell was I in a bar, lusting like a maniac after a woman when just yesterday morning I'd been engaged and ready to marry another?

When Calum Alexander took his brother Luke up on his offer of a night out, he did so reluctantly but considering he was just dumped by his fiancé not twenty-four hours ago, he figured he could do with a night out. When his brother then stands him up, he is pissed... until he sees her. Never could he have imagined that the blond beauty would set his life on a course he never expected. Livana Payne is not only twelve years younger than him, but she sets him on fire in a way he has never experienced. A night of chatting and drinking turns heated, until Liv finds out about his very recent break-up and puts a halt on their passion. She likes Calum, she really does, but she doesn't want to be rebound chick. He needs time to deal with the loss of his engagement before they can ever consider any kind of involvement. They stay in touch, she gives him time, but neither could have predicted just how hard that would be. And neither could have been prepared for the beast Liv just unleashed in Calum. Can she handle the intensity? Can he?

Oh, fuck no.
Are you fucking serious right now? An erection? Really?
Not that I was a stranger to them, but this one hit me hard and out of nowhere. I actually took a step back, panting with shock and sheer hunger.

This was a relatively short read, and I think it's meant to be more of a glimpse into when these two met and how they began. I LOVED IT!! The transformation that takes place in Calum was fricken awesome-dude goes from a proper, somewhat shy guy who was in an engagement of convenience to a Liv craving, sexed-up horny-as-hell monster who has no idea what to do with all his pent-up lust. It was as hott as it was hilarious. You could tell he has never experienced this kind of a reaction to a woman before and it confused the hell outta him, and as crazy as it drove him he wanted to respect her wishes and give it some time first. We don't really get too clear of a picture of Liv, all of our time is spent in Calum's head, but from what I've seen I could really get to like her. And I have to say, when these two finally come together (pun totally intended), well-you might need a cold shower, or a willing partner, to work off the hott-mess it will leave you in. I never get calls like that. After the build up leading to the explosion, I was not disappointed. I am very much looking forward to seeing where we go from here with these two, should be intense, and hott-as-hell. N. Isabelle Blanco writes her steam just the way I like it; dirty, rough, and full of passion. She has definitely crash landed herself onto my One-Click-Addiction List with these two and I am drooling for more.

Baby, I need you,”
I admitted, begging her in the simplest way I could. I was in hell. Only she could save me. Release me from this prison that she'd cruelly thrown me into.
You'll never be free. Never. She feels too good.

 N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.

An avid reader in her teens, her fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fan fiction, which became her on-again, off-again hobby for the next ten years. During that time she amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fan fiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world.

N. Isabelle Blanco spends her days working as an author, web programmer, marketer, and graphic designer. That is when she isn’t handling her “spawn”, as she calls her son, and brainstorming with him about his future career as a comic book illustrator.
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