Saturday, April 4, 2015

Book Spotlight for Playing With Temptation by Erika Wilde (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of Ms. Wilde's flirty and sensual storytelling I was immediately tempted by Playing With Temptation by Erika Wilde.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book, along with my impressions of it, and along the way learn a bit about Ms. Wilde too.  To celebrate the recent release of this first book in The Player's Club series, fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC, print books, a mug, and a tote bag!


-How did you come up with the idea for this story?
PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION is a spin-off series from The Marriage Diaries.  While writing those stories, other characters started appearing on the page, and once I introduced The Players Club, I knew that those secondary characters needed to get their own stories!
-Can you share a little of your current work with us?
PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION features Raina Beck and Logan Cruz.  This story, along with all the stories in this series, revolve around The Players Club . . . which is a sex club.  But while the story is super sexy, it's also very emotional, too.  Raina has a lot of issues to work through, and it takes a strong, confident guy like Logan to give her everything she needs.  He's one of my favorite heroes to date!
-What are your current projects?
I just finished up the 6th volume in my Marriage Diaries series, and I'm now concentrating on The Players Club.  I don't write more than one series at a time.
-Will you write more about these characters?
Absolutely!  PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION is the first book in The Players Club series and will introduce a whole slew of characters that will also get their stories.  As of right now, I have seven more stories planned for the series!
-What is for you the perfect book hero?
A hot, sexy, dominant alpha man who is also caring, patient, and completely dedicated to the heroine!
-Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.
When I'm not writing (or reading) I love to make crystal and wire jewelry!

When Raina Beck is given an invitation to The Players Club, all she wants is a night of decadence with a gorgeous, sexy stranger. The seductive, mysterious man she meets fulfills her deepest desires and most erotic fantasies, giving her a night she’ll never forget. But forgetting him isn’t quite so easy.
Logan Cruz prefers his women submissive and compliant in the bedroom . . . everything the independent Raina is not. Yet from the first moment he lays eyes on her, he’s determined to make Raina his. Despite her resistance.
When Logan is assigned to protect Raina from a stalker, everything between them changes. Sex becomes more than just physical, and emotions run deep. Falling in love was never on Raina’s agenda, but can she let go of the past and surrender the one thing he wants the most . . . her heart?


Raina stepped back inside the store, closed and locked the door, then faced Logan, who was blocking her way back into the boutique.  She nearly laughed when she saw his surly expression.  “Wipe that scowl off your face, or you’re going to scare away the customers.”
He grunted like a caveman.  “The only one I wanted to scare off was your infatuated delivery guy.
“Infatuated?” she repeated, unable to keep the amusement from her tone.
“Oh, yeah,” he drawled.  “There was a hell of a lot of posturing going on, and he was just a little too defensive for my liking.”
She laughed at his poor reasoning.  “Yeah, well, so were you.”
He closed the distance between them and backed her up against the nearest wall, trapping her there with his hands braced on either side of her arms.  He wasn’t touching her at all, but she could feel the seductive heat emanating off of him.  Her breasts tightened at his nearness, and her entire body melted and liquefied.
He dipped his head and brushed his lips against the side of her neck, just below her ear, in a slow, sensual tease.  “I have every reason to make sure he, and any other man who looks your way, knows you’re off-limits.”
The gruff, territorial note to his voice thrilled her, but she wasn’t about to let him know how much she liked that dominant side to his personality and give him that much emotional power over her.  “I’m not off-limits to anyone.”
“Yeah, you are.”  He lifted his head and stared down at her, his dark green gaze as intoxicating as a shot of hard liquor on an empty stomach.  “While we’re together, you belong to only me, no one else.”
She opened her mouth to dispute his statement, but before she could argue, his lips covered hers in a hard, fierce, possessive kiss.  The deep, sinful kind that stole her breath and made her instantly wet and aroused.  One hand curled around her neck, his thumb pushing her chin up so she couldn’t turn away — not that she intended to, despite the fact that she had a store full of customers and employees who could walk in on them at any second.
None of that mattered when she craved the addictive taste of Logan Cruz.
The man kissed like he fucked…down and dirty and without an ounce of shame.  He kissed her like they were a couple, like they were exclusive, like she was his.  Logan’s mouth ate at hers, his tongue licked and stroked, and with a soft moan of surrender, she gave him everything he demanded, every hesitation stripped away in favor of the pleasure he offered.
Just when she was on the verge of pulling him into her office so he could bend her over her desk and ease the throbbing ache he’d ignited between her thighs, he lifted his mouth from hers, but not before he bit gently on her plump lower lip, then soothed the sting with a slow lick of his tongue.
Mine,” he growled adamantly.
The heady, masculine claim made her shiver — and what did it say about her that she couldn’t even bring herself to refute something she was beginning to want very badly — to belong to him, and no one else?



As a reader who loves her stories spicy, this book practically singed my fingers while reading it.  With a crackling connection between its main couple, with a bit of danger to keep everyone on edge, I was fully engaged from the first page to the last.  Juggling both steamy encounters with intense emotions has become a trademark of Ms. Wilde and is once again on display here.  Along with a satisfying amount of steam comes issues of trust and overcoming past pain which are dealt with in a mature way to keep the story flowing beautifully.  Add in a likable main couple and an entertaining cast of secondary characters and you end up with a promising start to a new series.

Raina is a strong and proud businesswoman tired of being labeled for owning an adult boutique.  Too many times men have found her good enough to sleep with but not good enough to bring home.  Being treated as a dirty little secret has her turning her back on love and relationships.  For her, one night is enough as she now wants to be the one in control and the one to love 'em and leave 'em.  A friend's invitation to a sex club turns her newfound plan upside down though as she meets an enigmatic man who understands her deepest desires and longs to give her exactly what she's long dreamed of.  Like Cinderella, she leaves without giving him her name, never expecting to see him again.  Fate has other plans however and when a stalker sets his sights on her the mystery man might be the only one to save her.  He unsettles her though as he pushes her emotional boundaries and delves into her painful past.  Raina's childhood was one of constant emotional upheaval with a mother too cowed to keep Raina safe which has Raina valuing control above all now.  Men have left her untrusting of their motives and her heart firmly closed off, so it will take a very strong man to get her to open up.  

Logan is just the man for the job though as he's strong-willed and confident, but with a caring and loyal side too.  He was also burned by love in the past by those closest to him which has him doubting love as well.  Until the night he sees Raina no woman has intrigued him for longer than one night, but seeing Raina has him wanting to take the time to discover all her different layers.  He's not shy about what he enjoys in the bedroom and sees Raina as his perfect match.  Their sexual connection is instantaneous as his sexy narrative to her upon meeting her made me melt.  Luckily fate threw them together to allow him to connect with her on a deeper emotional level that was full of push and pull as she didn't make it easy for him.  Keeping her safe from a stalker is a 24-hour job which keeps them constantly together to show their ever evolving relationship that's thankfully not riddled with too much angst.  There is LOTS of sexiness though which was both playful and erotic to keep it from becoming bland.  Logan is ultimately a good book boyfriend....very alpha, but in a way that's sexy and supportive.  He's encouraging of her to embrace those hidden desires she once found dirty and together they make love look dirty and fun.

The eroticism of this story is immensely satisfying as a basis for Raina and Logan growing closer and deepening their emotional connection.  The stalker also brought them together but this part of the story wasn't dealt with as fully as I'd hoped.  What should've been suspenseful was kept too much in the background to make much of an impact.  With its two strong leads I was happy to see equally well-crafted secondary characters that were supportive with familial-like interactions that have me looking forward to seeing more of them in this series starter that left me completely tempted to read more.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.
So, why the new pen name? 
As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance.   However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with.   That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.
Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage.  The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.
I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates.  


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