Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Spotlight for The Irresistible Bundle by Senayda Pierre (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Readers who enjoy steamy reads will be drawn to this collection of books that follows the sensual journey between a group of very strong-willed people.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of The Irresistible Bundle by Senayda Pierre, a scorching collection of tales, along with my impressions of it.  To celebrate the release of this collection make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 GC, and e-copies of this bundle, and then add this collection to your bookshelf as it's on sale for this week only for $2.99 too!

The Irresistible Bundle includes:
Attraction (Prequel Novella)
Irresistible (Book One)
Desirae and Devon scene
Chelsea scene
Temptation (Book Two)
Yearning (Marco’s Novella, 2.5)
Bikini Wars scene
Reverence (Book Three)
Remiss (Never before released: Valentino’s Novella, 3.5)

It only takes a moment to feel that spark of attraction...
From the moment Carina Lobos and Jaxon Wright lay eyes on each other they can’t deny the attraction between them.

What happens when you can no longer resist the irresistible?
Carina Lobos is a freshman in college. She’s beautiful, sexy, and absolutely irresistible to many. Jaxon Wright is a junior, captain of the rowing team, and can have any girl he wants. Their chemistry is undeniable and explosive.
When a sexual encounter goes viral, things spiral out of control. Carina’s officially branded “Jaxon’s best” and for a man-whore that’s saying a lot. Girls sneer at Carina while guys now see her as an easy lay.
As Carina attempts to push Jaxon away, the magnificent owner of Club 69, Valentino DeLuca captures her attention… but Jaxon won’t be dissuaded. While Valentino provides a sexy distraction, Jaxon’s relentless pursuit finally wears her down and they tentatively begin a relationship. Jaxon works to convince Carina that he’s genuine and that he wants the relationship to work. Although he is Mr. Wright he’s all sorts of wrong for Carina.
As great as Jaxon is in bed, Carina isn’t easily willing to give her heart. Can he prove to be too irresistible and ultimately win Carina’s heart, regardless of the competition?

This is Jaxon Wright's story. Popular senior in college. Math major. Rowing captain. And beloved man-whore... Temptation incarnate.
Jaxon Wright was the King of the Campus... that is until a certain Spanish beauty named Carina Lobos walks into his life and knocks Jaxon down a peg... or two.
A year later and a lot has changed. Carina is a prominent figure in Jaxon' s life. Their relationship is on an entirely different level. Jaxon has lost his pack of hyenas and they aren't taking it well. They're looking to make Carina pay. They've been replaced by the Irresistible 8 and the men in their lives.
Can Jaxon avoid the temptation Carina presents? Will Jaxon be able to find happiness with someone who isn't Carina or will the temptation of what could be sabotage any other possibilities?

From the moment I met Valentino DeLuca I yearned for a love I thought was unattainable.
Marco Soriano fell in love with his best friend.
I’ve lived with the constant ache in my chest. I really have no excuse why I let it fester. I don’t go into relationships seeing the white picket fence with 2.5 kids. I get in, have a good time, and move on. I yearn for something more with Valentino but I don’t allow it to consume me.
For years Marco watched his best friend have relationships with others longing for the day he’d get his chance.
Truth-be-told I was saving myself for the day Valentino finally noticed me as something more than just his closest friend.
But then she came along and changed everything. Marco wanted nothing to do with her and yet she was too tempting to resist. She threatened everything he cherished because Valentino was falling for her.

Desirae screaming obscenities gets us out of our seats. We jog over to the game room where Griffin rolls around the floor howling with laughter while Diego tries everything to pry Desirae off his back. Carina just stands next to her mother unfazed by the spectacle.
“You cheating bastard” Desirae shrieks. Yolanda’s horrified expression quickly morphs to humor as no one seems concerned by the attack. “This entire time you and Griffin have been pulling that shit!”
“I told you not to let them team up” Carina snickers. “They play dirty.”
“You should’ve seen her face” Griffin wheezes from the carpet. “She was actually surprised!”
“You mean Desirae actually believed you boys wouldn’t cheat because Yolanda was present” Ignacio chortles. “Des, sweetie, you must realize that for them it’s the thrill of not getting caught. The higher the stakes the bigger the rush”
“Firecracker” I call out over the raucous, “Did you bring any of your arsenal?” She immediately understands what I’m implying. Her eyes grow wide, sizzling with revenge. Desirae rolls off Diego and takes off to a different part of the house.
Diego quickly straightens looking around for his attacker. He blanches at her abrupt departure. Desirae is a violent little thing.
“What do you mean by arsenal” Yolanda warily inquires. Griffin and Diego’s eyes widen as Carina bends over laughing.
“You are so fucked” she crows just as Desirae flies back in the room with a switch in her hands.
“Shit” Griffin squeals before bowling over Diego and taking off to the opposite side of the room.
“Idiots” V mutters loud enough for Ignacio and me to hear.
“Putting $50 that she makes contact with both before they can get past her and out the room.” I smugly state. I have no doubt that Des could beat the snot out of both of them if she really puts her mind to it.
Ignacio’s jaw drops at my statement. Diego climbs the pool table swearing at Griffin about how this was his fault.
“Man up you two pansies” Desirae barks. “Which one of you cream puffs is gonnatake it like a man?”
Diego and Griffin points at each other only pissing Desirae further off while making us guffaw with laughter. Ignacio holds his hand out. “I’m betting $50 that she’ll make contact with one but not both. There’s just no way.”
We shake hands as V somberly pats Ignacio on the back. “It’s like taking candy from a toddler.”
“You mean a baby” I correct.
“You aren’t supposed to give candy to a baby but you can a toddler” V indignantly replies.
“But that’s not how the saying goes” I argue.
“Semantics” V waves me off. “Pay attention... it’s about to get really entertaining.”
Diego points at Desirae from the middle of the billiards table. “If you don’t put that thing away I’m going to throw you over my knee and make sure you can’t sit for a week!”
Desirae’s eyes glitter. She straightens her spine but keeps her knees bent. “Diego baby you’re not supposed to be talking dirty to me in front of your parents.”
V chuckles seeing it all unfold before it actually happens. Griffin the moron falls for Desirae’s act. The moment he thinks she’s relaxed enough he takes off. Diego moves forward trying to distract the spitfire enough to debate who she should beat first. But what the two severely underestimate are Desirae’s abilities with any kind of implement such as what she holds in her hand. She flicks her wrist the moment Griffin gets within reach. The crack in the air makes us all flinch. Griffin wails before tripping on his feet and face-planting into the carpet. He rolls away from Des before she can get another shot.
Diego takes advantage of his best friend’s misfortune and jumps off the table. Desirae’s continuous motion makes a full circle wrapping the switch around Diego’s waist. Thwack and a howl are the only sounds heard before Desirae marches back out of the room taking the horrid switch with her.
“And that folks is why you don’t fuck with Des” Carina smugly states. Ignacio gawks for a few minutes before realizing that he owes me money. He mutters oaths of injustice as he hands me the cash. And Griffin and Diego - yeah, they tuck their tails and go soak in a tub of ice.
Ah, first impressions. Gotta love Des for always making things memorable.
Diego Lobos is every mother’s dream. He’s handsome, smart, athletic, and well-mannered. Diego attended an Ivy League college and managed to keep a near perfect GPA. Mothers want him as their future son-in-law. Girls swoon at the mere mention of his name. Guys want him to be on their team. Everyone wants to be friends with Diego Lobos.
He’s the guy everyone loves… And rightly so. But is he right for me? Can Diego fill the voids within me? Those vacant spaces that have been dark and empty for so long that I’d forgotten they existed until he stepped into my life… Diego is charismatic, charming, and genuine. He’s sexy without being an arrogant ass.
What more can a girl ask for? In my dark world I need more. I have a need most can’t fill. I demand certain expectations that have guys cupping their balls and running in the other direction. Can Diego be a submissive? Sometimes I think so and other times he just confuses the hell out of me. This particular detail matters though. I can’t ever go back to that time. I can’t ever be under another man’s thumb. I refuse to bend. Yes, I’m broken but I refuse to part with the little bit that’s left of me.
Love me or hate me. I don’t care. But everybody loves Diego… So why would he work so hard to be with someone like me?

“I don’t deserve you but I’ll spend forever trying to prove it.”
Valentino DeLuca spent years trying to decipher his feelings for his best friend, Marco Soriano.
Valentino didn’t notice men. He wasn’t attracted to them. He loved women; specifically his Spanish beauty, Carina Lobos.
But all of that changed when Marco became his anomaly.




Readers who like their romances steamy and full of angst and unexpected twists and turns will get just that with this collection of books that takes us on an intense journey starting in college amidst an eclectic group of friends.  For Carina, college opens her eyes to many things and introduces her to Jaxon, the player who never seems able to commit but leaves a lasting impression on Carina's life as he always seems a part of it.  Carina's new roommate Desirae leaves a lasting impression as well with her outspoken nature and her ability to recover from being betrayed.  Readers see their lives, and others in their unconventional family, progress from friends to lovers through pain to happiness where their HEAs are never certain and sometimes unconventional.  Through it all though the characters remain unique and realistic in their occasional poor choices that sometimes left me frustrated.  These characters may not always be popular in their actions but they do own up to them.  By the end of the journey individual HEAs are hard-won with readers feeling like they've been put through the wringer.

There's a lot going on in this collection, almost too much at times with so many storylines being juggled.  It's an all-encompassing journey though with the various stories being told, the inclusion of deleted scenes, and a brand new work to round out the set with varying degrees of success.  All the stories have a nice flow with intense emotions on display to fully immerse you into the character's lives.  Each work is heavy on the sexuality with numerous kinds of games being played and couplings represented which for the most part add to the narrative.  It was only with the book Yearning that I felt things were a bit too gratuitous, but I could overlook that as the story gave us insight into the sexy Valentino and Marco, and their growing connection to Carina.  My favorite of this collection was Reverence as it highlights Desirae as she fights her feelings for Carina's brother Diego.  Desirae's strength is again on display through her being a Dom which shows her as a survivor.  Diego is the quintessential hero who I completely fell for as he was willing to do and become whatever Desirae needed from him.  

Ultimately this collection left me drained....but in a good way.  The character's paths to HEA were all rocky, never taking the expected path.  It was intense on every level which made for a memorable reading experience that I definitely recommend to fans of erotica as the balance between steam and substance was well-crafted.

My rating for this is a B.

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


Senayda Pierre is a native Floridian who’s always had a passion for music, sports, reading and writing. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
Senayda is an identical twin. That’s right, sometimes people give her a second glance wondering if she’s the person they know! She’s never seen snow… Swears she’ll live in Hawaii someday… And she intends to travel the world…
Senayda’s had a long love affair with reading and writing. She loved to write short stories and poetry throughout her childhood. Now Senayda’s moved onto novels.


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