Friday, March 30, 2018

The Choice by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella LaPearl Blog Tour

Heavenly Young doesn’t have time for romance. The innocent nursing student is struggling to care for her ailing father, keep a roof over their head, and start a new career. But fate decides to complicate her world even more by putting two very different men in her path and forcing her to make a choice that will change her life forever.

Dr. Ken Beckman—vascular surgeon by day, super-alpha by night—has three hard-and-fast rules: Never date where he works, never touch vanillas, and never get tangled up with a virgin. But the moment he meets Heavenly, he aches to toss his scruples aside and claim the untouched beauty. She’s not ready for someone like him…but he wants her too much to walk away—even though he’s not the only man caught in her spell.

Seth Cooper, ex-cop turned private eye, isn’t looking for a happily ever after, just a hot-and-sweaty good time. And the minute he claps eyes on Heavenly, he’s all for coaxing the angel into his bed. But soon, she’s so deep under his skin that he’s willing to put his broken past behind him and turn his life upside down for her. But he’s got competition…

When it came to helping friends, Beck and Seth were in sync. But now they’re vying for the same girl, and the games get vicious—until they realize Heavenly is keeping secrets from them both. Will they call a truce and work together again before they both lose her for good?

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Raine’s big brother shoved a glass of thick red vino in her hand. “So, did you find someone to fuck your brains out?”

She recoiled. If she gave him an equally blunt answer, would he stop this mortifying inquisition?

“Yes. It was easy.” Heavenly punctuated her lie with a bright smile.

River glowered. “Tell me Beck or Seth finally manned up.”

“He’s someone you don’t know.”

One of River’s dark brows shot up. “Where did you meet him?”

“Um… around.”

“What does that mean? A park? A bar? A grocery store? A swingers’ club?”

“Why does it matter? I found someone and it was lovely.”

He looked skeptical. “Lovely? That’s how you describe meeting a stranger, losing your clothes, and banging him?”

Heavenly bristled. “How would you describe a hookup?”

“Hot, sweaty, messy. Mind-blowing. Spine-melting. Earth-shattering.” River snorted. “Never lovely.”

“Sweaty?” She shuddered. “That sounds unpleasant. It was nice. I… tingled.”

“Tingled?” He scowled. “Did your pussy fall asleep because he couldn’t find your clit? Maybe you should have given him a map.”

She nearly choked on her wine. “I found the experience perfectly satisfying.”

“Sweetheart, you don’t know squat about satisfaction.” Raine’s brother leaned in and peered at her, eye to eye. “Here’s what I think happened: You haven’t so much as flirted with another man. You don’t understand why ‘lovely’ sex is bad because you’ve never had it. In fact, not only did you not have sex with this mysterious ‘stud,’ you haven’t offered the virginity you asked me to take to anyone else.”

“What. The fuck. Did you say?” Beck growled suddenly.

Heavenly glanced over her shoulder. Both Beck and Seth glared from across the kitchen. Oh, no.

“Get out,” Seth snapped at River, hauling ass across the room. “Now. While you can still walk.”

Dread burned her veins. She didn’t have to wonder how much they’d overheard. Obviously, it had been more than enough. Tonight had just gone from mortifying to catastrophic.

River backed away, hands raised. “Hey, just so you know, I turned her down because I like my balls where they are.”

“That’s the only reason you’re getting to keep them,” Beck insisted. “Seth told you to get the fuck out.”

“I’m leaving,” River assured, then glanced her way. “Good luck.”

Once he’d gone, silence descended. She was alone with the two men who had been tempting, confusing, and consuming her for months. They were going to demand answers.

This wouldn’t end well.

Heavenly drew in a shaky breath, startled to find both now inches away, arms crossed over their chests. Aggression rolled off them, filling the tense air. Beck drilled holes through her with narrowed eyes, set off by a scathing slash of his mouth. Seth’s seething stare was no less displeased. Unfortunately, she had nothing to offer the savage beasts except a smile full of trembling bravado.

Because the truth would change everything.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F/M Romance (Slight BDSM)
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Heavenly is a very young, naïve woman who enthralls two different doms.

She is a hardworking, lovable woman whose first priority is her father. While he is sick with an auto-immune disease, she is able to befriend Beckman, a friendly surgeon who is immediately taken with Heavenly's pure nature. Despite Beckman's kinkier needs – he is a sadist – he can't help but want Heavenly for a sub.

Then you have Seth. He is also a dom but not a sadist. He is in town to help his good friend, but when he meets Heavenly, he too is immediately drawn to her sweetness and good heart.

You watch these two men try to figure out how to woo Heavenly and you also watch Heavenly struggle with wanting two different men. This was mostly about the three of them figuring out how and whether or not they could develop a relationship. There was a lot of buildup but not a lot of physical connection. What was described was steamy and just what you'd expect, but it was very little of the story.

I really enjoyed how this story was written. There were different points of view and I thought that really helped create the right atmosphere for when they all came together. Their chemistry is off the charts and their relationship, while unconventional, is one that will hopefully work for them all. While I wouldn't say that this is your typical story, all three authors wrote a compelling romance and I can't wait to see what happens next!

This is the first in a new series – but we have met many of the characters in the first Doms of Her Life series, which means that it is very easy to fall straight back into that world. If you have not read them, then I would highly recommend you do. I would say before this one if you can, but this would be a good starting point too.

What a fabulous name for such an innocent character! Heavenly Young had to grow up far too quickly when her mother abandoned her and her sick father, but that stinted all standard growing up for a beautiful young woman. So when two, significantly older, and most definitely far more experienced men start to pay her attention, she is most confused. And possibly more amusingly to the reader, both the dominant (one even a sadist) men are confused by their feelings too! Really, this is the most fascinating setup of a ménage novel I have read in a long time.

Given the distance that all three of them have to travel, you can be sure that we get a wonderfully complex and intense story developing. Heavenly feels obliged to keep her home life private, as she is embarrassed at how she and her father live. She does, however, want to explore the feelings that both men incite in her. Beck and Seth, who have known Raine, Macen, and Liam and their story, have no intention of sharing Heavenly and so the competition is on...

Knowing that this was the first book in the series, I was well aware that my patience would be stretched as these three people come to terms with what could, what might, and what should be their future. But to be honest, the writing is so good, and the plot so full of twists and wonderful dialogue, the end drew close all too quickly. I defy you not to get all hot and bothered from the power of words and very little action.

I cannot wait to see how things move from the rather cliffhanger ending. So much more to come, of that I am sure!

Heavenly Young is a naïve young woman that knows nothing about love or being in love. With the way her mother left and her father being sick, she had to grow up really fast. She didn't get the chance to grow from a teenager to a young adult because she had to become her father’s caregiver. Now she is a volunteer at the hospital, taking internet classes to become a nurse, and working a night job to help pay the bills and cover her dad’s medicine.

Beck and Seth were drawn to her from the moment they saw her. They haven't had feelings like this before and they each want her for themselves. So they will fight for her feelings, even play a few jokes on each other to win her over.

Both men will figure out that they will have to work together to get Heavenly to see that they just want to protect her and help her. Can they work together to make that happen? Will she be able to let them in and tell them about her past?

I found this story well written and I would not have known it was by three authors if I hadn't saw it with my own eyes. It flows very well and is a great story that will have you on the edge of your seat at times. There were a few places that dragged for me but not enough to make me stop reading. There is a big cliffhanger, so be prepared for that. I can't wait to see what happens next. And I need to go back and read Raine's books because I haven't read those yet.

Shayla Black

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Jenna Jacob

USA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls, heal their scars, and find a happy-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.

A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her alpha-hunk husband live in Kansas. She loves reading, getting away from the city on the back of a Harley, music, camping, and cooking.

Meet her wild and wicked fictional family in Jenna’s sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Become spellbound by searing triple love connections in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella LaPearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts and heal their scars to discover unbridled love and devotion in her contemporary series: Passionate Hearts. Or laugh along as Jenna lets her zany sense of humor and lack of filter run free in the romantic comedy series: Hotties of Haven.

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Isabella LePearl

Isabella LaPearl is a USA Today bestselling author known for her collaboration with Shayla Black & Jenna Jacob for the Doms of Her Life Series. She enjoys writing sexy, erotic romance. A wife, mother, writer, reader and a love for riding motorcycles.

To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement... what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors, who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Choice (Doms of Her Life: Heavenly Rising #1) by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella LaPearl to read and review for this tour.

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