Sunday, April 30, 2017

Blog Tour --- Sweetest Obsession by Ann Mayburn

This is a STANDALONE insta-obsession erotic romance set in the Cordova Empire series (no cheating-HEA-no cliffhanger)
In my family, there’s an old story going back generations about love at first sight. I used to think it was a fairytale, until I met my sweet Joy. The more I got to know her, the more I wanted her. But the world of the cartels is a dangerous place, so I watched her from afar, wishing things were different and I could claim her for my own. Despite my best efforts to keep her safe, evil found Joy. After she endured a savage beating at the hands of a rival cartel, I vowed to do everything in my power to make her mine and win her heart. I can only pray that when she finds out the truth about me, and the things I’ve done to bind her to me forever, that she’ll be able to love the monster I really am.
Without a doubt, Ramon Cordova is one of the biggest jerks I’ve ever met. He’s egotistical, bossy, and seems to know how to push all my buttons. Too bad he’s also sinfully handsome, utterly charming when he wants to be, and is the only man I feel safe with. After the attack, I’ve become afraid of the world outside of my home—afraid of crowds, afraid of loud noises, afraid of everything. When I’m in Ramon’s strong arms, those fears melt away. I know there’s a darkness inside of him that he tries to hide, and I’m afraid that when I finally find out the secrets he’s been keeping, he’ll destroy what’s left of my battered heart.
With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened. From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as muchd etail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back. Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD. Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she's weird, and that sarcasm doesn't translate well via text.

************MY REVIEW**************

This is book 2 “Sweetest Obsession” in the Cordova Empire series. The main characters in this book are Joy and Ramon. In book one, we first meet Joy and Ramon; Joy is Hannah's BFF and Ramon being a part of the cartel and almost brother to Leo. Ramon has become Joy’s secret stalker which is oddly endearing. Ramon watched Joy and knew she was “the one” although their first meeting was not the best so Ramon had to overcome that to get Joy to see that he is a good man, not the arrogant jerk she first met. When a terrifying event puts Joy back in Ramon’s life and hands, Ramon works hard to get Joy to see him as a good man, a good protector.
Joy is truly a good woman who is kind and sweet. She is hard worker who fell hard for dangerous and dark Ramon. Their story has many twists and turns. One thing that I found seductive and exciting is the passion between them- Ramon has quite the kinky side and he makes sure to entice Joy into his dark and erotic web. There are many layers to their relationship. I loved reading about the ups and downs in their relationship.
I also loved reading more about the Cordova Family. Especially Roman's parents and his brothers; also the strained relationship that Joy had with certain members of her family and how that was dealt with. This is a beautiful read that had a lot of emotions , a lot of angst but also has time for passions and sexual tensions. Ann Mayburn writes her romances with quite the flair and I am solidly hooked on her books, especially the Cordova Empire series. I look forward to the next in this series.

My rating: 4.9 stars ****
"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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