Susi’s Review and Giveaway – Beyond Me by @JenniferProbst (the Sex on the Beach series)

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Synopsis

CAN FUN IN THE SUN TURN INTO LASTING LOVE?

Spring break in Key West with my besties was supposed to be casual fun. But I never expected to meet James Hunt. Sex and frolic? Yes! A relationship? No. But his hot blue eyes and confident manner drew me in. And when he let me see the man behind the mask, I fell hard, foolishly believing there could be a future for us. Of course I never considered our relationship might be based on lies…or that his betrayal could rock my foundation and make me question everything I believed in…

OR WILL A LIFE BUILT ON LIES RUIN EVERYTHING?

The moment I saw Quinn I knew I had to have her. She hooked me with her cool eyes and don’t touch me attitude. I had it all, money, social status, and looks. I could get any girl I wanted…until her. When my friends challenged me with a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week, I couldn’t pass it up. But sex wasn’t supposed to turn into love. She wasn’t supposed to change me, push me, and make me want more for myself. She wasn’t supposed to wreck me in all ways. And now, if I can’t turn my lies into truth, I just might lose her forever…

My Review

First of all, I am a huge Jennifer Probst fan. Her books are always a perfect blend of awesome characters, exquisite writing, a hint of the unexpected and sexy love scenes too.  Beyond Me, one of the books in this fun and sassy Sex on the Beach Series does not disappoint.  It was amazing!

First of all, Jennifer, thanks for taking me back to Key West for awhile.  As a Floridian, Key West has so much to offer especially to Spring Breakers,  It was the perfect setting for Quinn and James to meet and enjoy their Spring Break together.  I could totally see these two characters as well as their friends in all of the places described in this book.

The characters, Quinn and James were simply perfect.  I loved Quinn’s sweet and reserved personality.  She is definitely a strong and independent woman with much life experience for her young age. James, whoa….   Gorgeous is not enough to describe this sexy and delicious guy.  I totally loved James from the very start.  He is a rich sexy young man who lives on his own.  He has been partying and blowing money all of his life.  You may consider him a playboy when you first meet him.  But, as you get to know him, his unexpected qualities emerge, making him even better if that is possible. (Yes, I would love to have a James for Spring Break too.)

While Quinn and James see Spring Break as a time to hook up, their instant chemistry sears through the pages of this story.  Quinn turns out to be more for James than he expected.  The sex, well, yes, it is totally hot and tastefully written.  I do admit to blushing along the way and enjoying the intensity of their chemistry together.

Their Spring Break encounter teaches both Quinn and James about themselves.  It was a pleasure to read and enjoy how much these two characters wanted and ultimately needed each other.  I think that one of the main reasons that I loved this book so much is because Quinn brings out the best in James (no spoilers, read it to find out what I mean) In fact, they both are good for each other.

This story is written in both character POV’s which I really love.  This writing style is awesome because the reader gets complete insight as to what each character has on their mind.  As a reader, it makes understanding the characters emotions more fun.  And, being inside the male mind is always so entertaining.

Beyond Me is a must read!  I know that you will love reading it as much as I did.  So grab a Sex on the Beach cocktail,  sit back and enjoy this sexy, sassy you just can’t put down book today.

I gave this book 5 sexy stars! 

Get all three books in the series!  

 Keep scrolling for a giveaway!

Beyond Me is part of the Sex on the Beach Series written by three talented authors.

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Giveaway

Do you want to win a an e-book of Beyond Me by Jennifer Probst?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  This giveaway will run through Friday evening. One lucky winner will be selected by randomizer.org   (No purchase necessary to win)

Good Luck!

~Susi

About the Author:  Jennifer Probst

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” Visit her website for more info!

twitter:  @jenniferprobst

Sex on The Beach Drink Recipe

I just finished reading this awesome book, Beyond Me by Jennifer Probst.  It is one of the books in the Sex on the Beach Series.  (full review tomorrow)

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The Sex on the Beach Series

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This series releases tomorrow. I can’t wait to read the other two books Before You by Jenna Bennet and and Between Us by Jen McLaughlin.  They are next on my TBR.

Three separate novellas. Three different authors.

I thought it would only be right to get in the mood for this series with a drink.  Here is the recipe for a Sex on the Beach Cocktail.

Enjoy!

sexonthebeach drinkIngredients

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz peach schnapps

2 oz cranberry juice

2 oz orange juice

Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice.   Fill with equal measures of cranberry and orange juice.  Stir!

Garnish with a slice of orange.

From My Kitchen ~ Shrimp Creole Recipe

By now, most of you know that I love to cook.  I also love the flavors of the Caribbean.  Today’s recipe is Shrimp Creole Cuban style.  This shrimp dish has Haitian and French influences too.  I serve it with white rice and my favorite vegetables.  When I made it last, I added fried plantains, another family favorite.  It is a quick and delicious dish to make.  Your family will love it!

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Shrimp Creole (Cuban style)

Ingredients 

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped onion (I prefer yellow onions)

2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more if you like it hot)

1 tablespoon freshly chopped flat leaf parsley

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 pound scallops

1/4 cup white wine

Directions

1.  In a large saute pan, melt the butter and the olive oil over low heat.

2.  Add the celery, onion, garlic, tomato, pepper flakes, parsley, sugar, salt and black pepper.

3.  Cover and raise the heat to medium low, simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the onion and the celery are tender.

4.  Add the scallops and stir, cover. Cook for about 2 minutes

5.  Add the shrimp, stir and cover.  Cook for about 3 more minutes.    (Shrimp cooks fast)

6.  Add the wine and stir until the liquid comes back to a simmer.

7.  Serve over white rice and with your favorite vegetable sides.

Enjoy!

¡Buen Provecho!

~Susi

Throwback Thursday- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

For today’s Throwback Thursday Post I decided to showcase another one of my favorite books I grew up with.  Not only was this one of my favorites, but my own children have enjoyed reading it countless times.  This is one of those books that I keep on my bookshelf at home and in my classroom.  Roald Dahl is another one of my favorite authors.

My children and I gave this book 5 stars!

And…the book is better than the movie!

Did you read this book as a child?  What are your favorites?

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The mysterious Willy Wonka makes the most amazing and almost magical chocolate candies in the world. No one has been allowed inside his factory for years, then Mr. Wonka invites five lucky children to visit his marvelous factory. Five Golden Tickets are hidden inside five random candy that could be anywhere in the world.

Discover the secrets of Wily Wonka’s factory from Oopma-Loompas to Snozzberries, from Everlasting Gobstoppers to the best way in the world to mix chocolate. You will be amazed, astounded and entertained by Mr. Willy Wonka and his wonderful chocolate factory.

Review- Interview with a Master by Jason Luke

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It’s the interview like no other.
It’s the interview of a lifetime.
It’s THE Interview with a Master.
When Jonah Noble reveals details of his life within the world of BDSM, the tale he tells is intensely erotic, profoundly sensual, and brutally honest.
This is His world. His way.
There is only one question the man will not answer…

(BDSM erotica from a man’s POV, written by a man. Contains some explicit language)

My Review

If you haven’t read Interview with a Master by Jason Luke yet, then you need to get this book right away.  This book was not what I expected when I first read the title.  Honestly, I was intrigued by the title and some of the comments I had read on social media about the book.  Well….the book turned out to be an extremely interesting and brilliant read.

First of all, I love books written in the male point of view.  I think the male mind is fascinating.  Sometimes, comments made by men are surprising.  With that said, Jason Luke does a spectacular job of explaining his BDSM experiences from his point of view.  Not only is his book well written, he builds suspense for the reader.  I never wanted his interviews with Leticia to end.  He definitely builds “anticipation” throughout his book.  Additionally, I learned about BDSM. I can see the roles of the master and his sub through different eyes now.

The story was enlightening.  There were several lines that stood out as I read that were my favorite.

“Being taught the skills and thrills of sex by an older woman was one of the best things that could have happened to me, Leticia. I learned so muc h from her, and they were important lessons – lessons I stll remember and apply even today.”

“Leticia, there are no rules – apart from the safe, sane and consentual requirements I have already mentioned.  If those conditions are met, then a BDSM relationship can be as extreme or as borderline-vanilla as the people involved want it to be.”

“I understand what women need to make BDSM work in the bedroom.”

“A Master without a submissive is a guy. Just a guy. He needs someone who wishes to submit to him.”

“It’s not one thing about a woman that makes her sexy in my eyes, it’s a collection of things – an intoxicating fusion of the obvious and the subtle that merge together.”

“Anticipation is more potent than a whip and more compelling than handcuffs. The ability to tease and arouse a woman is a subtle skill few men ever bother to learn.”

“Being a good Master, in my book, is much more than meets the eye, and it’s much more than people outside of the lifestyle seem to really understand.”

Now, the ending was quite surprising.   Since I have learned that there will be another book, I am excited and am looking forward to more of The Master.

I recommend this book. I think readers will experience BDSM through different eyes.

I gave this book 5 stars.

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About the Author: Jason Luke

Jason Luke enjoyed several years involved in the BDSM lifestyle – but he is quick to point out that his experiences don’t qualify him as an expert, any more than knowing how to drive a car makes him a qualified mechanic. ‘Interview with a Master’ is a novel about how one man became a Master. The book is a work of fiction, but Jason has drawn heavily on encounters from his own real life. He won’t say which parts of the book are fictionalised, and which parts are auto-biographical.

Erotic BDSM fiction written by a man from a man’s point of view.

You can find Jason Luke on Twitter @JasonLukeAuthor and on Facebook.

Interview with a Master is now available in 9 countries! 
Here they are …
• Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IB32RZY
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