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Review: One With You by Sylvia Day

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Author: Sylvia Day

Book: One With You

tl;dr recommendation: the passion is on point and the rest was just clutter. One With You gets 3.5 stars. Gideon gets a million.

Book Summary:

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

Longer Review:

I might cry a little bit. That’s a perfectly acceptable response to finishing a book series, right? I mean, flipping through the last page, sighing and then falling into almost hysterics because The Series has ended.

I’m going to try to be objective about my review, which is really motherfucking hard because this is Gideon we’re talking about. THE GIDEON CROSS. The man that all other book boyfriends are compared to.

If Gideon wasn’t in this book, would I have loved it? ehhhhhh probably not. Yet, Gideon is everything. I feel that Sylvia had a huge task to write this book. The fans of this series are rabid and loyal. I’m one of them. Did Gideon disappoint? Hell no. He was the star of this book. He was EVERYTHING.

But the rest of it? ehhhh. There were things that happened in the book that I didn’t think were necessary. I won’t give you spoilers, but I was just like ‘WHAT!?’ It made it seem like she was just trying to fill the pages rather than organically tell the story. There was seriously no need for some of it. And then the fact that the one thing I really wanted to see never came to fruition totally bummed me out. The ending was not one that I loved. I just didn’t. There were a lot of things that felt unresolved. I didn’t get all of the answers that I wanted and the drama that she had spent FOUR BOOKS building up fell flat…because the story just basically let these issues go.

The twists in this book felt a little more like yields. While they were surprising in so much that I was surprised that they happened, my reaction was more of an ‘okkkkkk….AND?’ rather than a ‘OH. HOLY SHIT THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.’ See the difference?

The only part of this story that I truly loved was Gideon and Eva and their journey together. I loved how far they came. I loved watching them together. I loved that Eva grew a pair of lady balls and stood up for Gideon when it was necessary. I loved their romance. I loved their passion. I LOVED THEM. The rest of it didn’t blow me away.

So the verdict is that the passion is on point and the rest was just clutter. One With You gets 3.5 stars. Gideon gets a million.

LIST: Three favorite blow job scenes in honor of my husband’s birthday

Today is really my husband’s birthday, and he loves blow jobs. This is shocking I’m sure, being as how he’s a man.

I actually think I lost two followers on twitter after announcing my intention to blog about cocks and sucking them. but WHATEVER. I love a good blow job scene. I mean, come on – PUN INTENDED. I love these books for the stories, and yes, I also love these books for the sex. SorryNotSorry.

And honestly, I think sometimes the most powerful position that a woman can be in is on her knees. I mean, she is the one in total control at that point.

Anyway, enough waxing poetic. I figured, what better way to honor my lovely husband who bears with me while I read and blog (and then read some more) than to list some of my very favorite blowjob scenes & give a little teaser for each. Yes? YES.

1. Gideon & Eva; Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
     My Review/Reaction found here

Eva swallowed me.

“Fuck,” I hissed, my fingers digging into the armrests as her fingers dug into my hips.

The rush of wet heat over the sensitive crown of my cock was shockingly intense. Hard suction tightened around me and a satin-soft tongue massaged the perfect spot. Through the pounding of my heart, I heard the team questioning whether my webcam and headset were working properly…

Straightening my spine, I slid forward and activated my feeds. “Excuse the delay,” I said briskly as Eva took more of me. “Now that you’ve had the change to review the deck, let’s discuss the steps you’ll be taking to implement the recommended adjustments.” 

Eva hummed her approval and the vibration reverberated through me. I was hard enough to drive nails and her slender fingers were teasing me, stroking with just enough pressure to make me want more.

2. Alec & Anna; The Masseuse by Sierra Kincade
My review found here

“So hard,” I murmured, running my fingertips down his length. “I want to taste it. I’ve fantasized about you like this.” 

I liked him from stem to tip, one long pull with the back of my tongue.

He stared down at me, lust in his eyes, and I knew I had him. 

I wrapped my fingers around the base of his shaft, giving him a hard squeeze before massaging his balls in my other hand. There wasn’t enough time to make this last like I wanted, but that didn’t mean I wouldn’t give him every ounce of pleasure I could. 

With the tip of my tongue, I swirled around the head, tasting the slippery, musky liquid. The response it evoked was instantaneous. My eyes drifted closed. My stomach tightened. The plane hit a bump, and for a split second it felt as if we were cresting the top of a roller coaster. His breath caught, and I pulled him into my mouth, nestled the smooth head of his penis over the back of my tongue, and sucked.

“Jesus fuck,” he muttered.

3. Colton & Rylee; Driven by K. Bromberg
    My review found here

I look up at him as I sink to my knees and very slowly undo the last three buttons of his jeans. 

He stares at me beneath eyelids heavy with desire, his lips parted, and need palpable. I lower his jeans and boxer briefs, his iron length springing free. I run my fingers down the dark smattering of hair and grip the base of his shaft. I lean forward and Colton sucks in an audible breath as I circle my tongue lightly around the bell-shaped tip and then flutter it slowly down to the root and back up. My hand moves slowly up and down the veined length while my other hand comes up to cup his balls beneath, gently grazing them with my fingernails.

I look up at Colton and I’m swallowed up by the look in his eyes as he watches me. His jaw flexes in expectancy as my fingers tease him, and when I take him very slowly into my mouth, he winces in pleasure before throwing his head back and hissing “Fuccckk, Ryleeee!”

I tease him gently at first, only taking the tip of him into the warmth of my mouth, rubbing my tongue with pressure on the sensitive underside just beneath the rim of his crest. I twist my hand around his shaft, stimulating him with friction and wet heat.

When I’ve tormented him enough and can feel the tension in his thighs from anticipation, I sheath my teeth with my lips and take him all the way in until I can feel him hit the back of my throat. The guttural groan that comes from Colton’s lips fills the room as the musky taste of his arousal and evidence of his desire for me churns an exquisite ache that invades the depths of my very core. 

Are we all worked up now? I would think so. Now I suppose I should go put these skills I’ve learned to use…hmmm…..

OWMS’ top 10 Favorite Reads of 2014

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What’s the end of the year without revisiting some of my favorite reads?

My criteria for making it on this list is:
1) I read it this year; and
2) I fucking loved it.

Side Note: I am aware that there are more than 10 books on this list. That’s why it says top ten favorites READS not BOOKS. 🙂 But seriously, can you really just pick one book out of a series that you love? No. The answer is No. 

Let’s get down to business:

1. The Crossfire Series (1-4) by Sylvia Day

Ohgoodfuckingchrist. This series slays me. I cannot wait for book 5. I NEED TO KNOW what happens like I need air to breathe. I almost wish I were kidding. Gideon Cross is perfection and I’m dying for the HEA that I know is coming. Please Sylvia, don’t let us wait too long…

2. The Driven Trilogy by K. Bromberg

Not only is K. Bromberg the nicest, most genuine person on the planet, but she can also write. For me, Colton didn’t enter my heart inch by inch, he surrounded it from all sides and then infiltrated. It was almost so sudden that I wasn’t even aware how attached I was to Colton at first. You can check out my full review here. I’m also dying for her 2015 releases, but that’s for another post…

3. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

Can we get a little innuendo up in here?! I am a sucker for wit, charm, steamy sex, and stubbornness. This book has ALL OF THAT and more. I did a review of DRT which you can find here that tells you in more detail why I’m so goddammned obsessed.

4. Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

I fucking love Will Sumner. I actually just did a re-read of this book the other day because I needed a good pick-me-up and there’s nothing this book does more than that. It literally warms my soul. Not kidding. I can feel the warmth spread through my body as Will falls in love with Hannah. I LOVE THEM IMMENSELY.

5. The Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner

How have I not done a review of this series yet? Total fail on my part which I shall rectify as soon as possible. I love love love Damien Stark. He’s an alpha billionaire with secrets but there’s just so much more to him than that. His love for Nikki is so pure and perfect I could re-read these books weekly and be happy.

6. Songs of Submission Series by CD Reiss

This series caught me totally off guard in the best way possible. I’m not even sure how I found it, but I am SO happy I did. Jonathan is hot and sexy and CD Reiss really delivers with this series. I felt like I ran a marathon after reading these, but they were so worth every single step. You can read my full review here.

7. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

OH.My.God. This book is utterly fantastic. It really is. It’s a great standalone novel that you can whip through quickly and that leaves you thoroughly satisfied. I think it lived up to its hype. I Floved it. You can find my full review here.

8. Seductive Nights Series by Lauren Blakely

Julia and Clay are awesome. They interact so perfectly together and talk so dirty, which is one of my favorite combinations in main characters. It doesn’t hurt that there’s some spanking, cuffing, and other fantastic debauchery involved. Haven’t read it? Put that shit on your list. And read my full review here.

9. One Night Trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas

These are the books that took me out of a book dry spell. After I thought something was wrong with me, that maybe I could never love another book again, these snuck up on me and made me FEEL. I really loved them. And here’s another that I need the rest of the story for….[FebruaryFebruaryFebruary…]. Full review found here!

10. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Holy mother of god. Colleen Hoover is the only author who makes me sob horrible, nasty, unattractive tears. This is one of my very favorite books this year and gave me the hugest book hangover. I spent most of the time reading this attempting to hide my ugly crying while sitting on the couch with my husband. I was unsuccessful. It’s a beautiful story. Gorgeous. I really can’t say enough about it other than you need to read it. And ideally not in a public place, unless you’re totally ok with tears streaming down your face in public. If so, go forth. HAVE TISSUES NEARBY. And read my review here.

2014 was really a great year for me. Things keep getting better and better and so do the books! I hope you all have a great NYE & let’s get ready for 2015!

25 Days of Book Boyfriends – Day 21: GIDEON CROSS + a Giveaway!

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What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to gush a bit over my favorite book boyfriend?! Some have come very close – others have been a mere millimeter away from meeting the Gideon Threshold – but NO ONE has surpassed Gideon Cross as my ultimate book boyfriend. As my best friend says, he is a Perfect Fucking Filet Mignon.

If you’re not familiar [you’ve been living under an erotica rock] Gideon Cross is the main man in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. He’s sweet, he’s enigmatic, he’s arrogant, he’s impassive, he’s troubled, he’s loyal, HE IS THE ULTIMATE.

I’ve decided that David Gandy is Gideon Cross. I mean, COME ON. He’s tall, dark, handsome and his impassive face screams sex and power. Thus, Gideon. Why am I obsessed with Gideon? For, at the very least, the following reasons:

1.      His complete and utter reverence for Eva. Gideon worships Eva. Every move he makes, he thinks of her needs first. He would move heaven and earth for her – and while he doesn’t always do it the way it should, his intentions are always to protect and love that woman.

“I think of nothing but you. All day, every day. Everything I do, I do with you in mind.” 

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2.       His need to be with Eva. He may run a multi-million dollar corporation, but Eva brings him to his knees.

“I wish I needed you a little less. Just enough to make it bearable.”

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3.      His dominant ways. Do you need a strong, take charge man? Oh yes, yes you do. and Gideon knows it.

“I’m an animal with you, I want to mark you, I want to possess you so completely there’s no separation between us.” 

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4.      His negotiation skills. He argues to get what he wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. And he always gets what he wants.

“It’s time to discuss what it’s going to take to get you beneath me”

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5.      His dirty, sexy, filthy mouth. OH good god. Gideon’s mouth alone sparks fantasies, but what comes out of his mouth is even hotter…#swoon.

“When I come, I come for you. Because of you and your mouth, hands, and insatiable little cunt. And it’ll be that way for you in reverse. My tongue, my fingers, my cum inside you. Just you and me, Eva. Intimate and raw.”

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are you in yet? You sure as fuck should be. Delicious, sweet, powerful, all consuming, dominant, and heart stopping.
This man is the pinnacle of all book boyfriends.
He’s deserves far more than one day to celebrate, but ahhhh, I’ll take what I can get. Since I can’t have Gideon, let’s do a giveaway, shall we?

WANT TO WIN A $15 AMAZON GIFTCARD?! Of course you do.

All you have to do is COMMENT on this post, FOLLOW me on Twitter (@OWMyshelf) and/or RETWEET my tweet of this post. Each one will gain you an entry (If you already follow me on twitter, and you do one of the other things, you get the follow point too!). ENTRIES CLOSE AT 8PM EST ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014. I’ll pick a winner then!