Thursday, January 8, 2015

Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway: The Club (The Club #1) by Lauren Rowe

Title: The Club (The Club #1)
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 5th, 2015

When playboy businessman Jonas Faraday receives a private note from the anonymous intake agent assigned to process his online application to an exclusive sex club, he becomes obsessed with finding her and giving her the sexual satisfaction she claims has always eluded her, in order to fulfill his own desperate need for redemption.

Sarah: When I read Jonas Faraday’s brutally honest personal message on his application to The Club, I practically climaxed at my desk. I’m an idiot to risk losing my job but I couldn't resist contacting him. I knew my confession would be like dangling an irresistible carrot in front of his nose—but never in a million years did I think he’d actually hunt me down.

Jonas: I was shocked to get my intake agent’s email—I’d attached that note to my application on a whim, never expecting a reply from an actual person, let alone a reply as mind blowing as that. Her message was so alluring, so irresistible, I’ve been spiraling into a full-blown obsession ever since I got it. What’s her name? What does she look like? Finding her is my top priority.

In The Club , what starts out as an innocent exploration of sexual attraction quickly spirals into a steamy story of unbridled passion, obsession, heartbreak, and, ultimately, redemption.

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And there she is.


Wow, her photo didn’t even begin to do her justice.

Some sort of primal hunting instinct is threatening to overtake me. I want to tackle her and ravage her right here and now. But, of course, that’s not an option. I’ve got to make her understand I’m not all about fucking her. If that were all I wanted, I could get that in The Club. Somehow, I hold it together well enough to pretend to be a civilized human being, capable of normal conversation.

“Sarah,” I breathe, holding my hand out to her. “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

She smiles up at me. Oh, those lips. They slayed me in her photo, but in person, they make me want to get down on my knees.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Jonas,” she replies. Oh, that hint of gravel in her voice. Maintaining control over myself tonight is going to be a tall order.

She takes my extended hand.

Her skin is soft and warm. I look down at her hand in mine and see that damned thumb ring of hers, and that just about does me in. For a split second, I contemplate pushing her back into the limo, crawling on top of her, and running my hands over every inch of her. Instead, I bring her hand up to my mouth and gently kiss the top of it—and then, slowly, pointedly, I lay a gentle kiss right onto her thumb ring.

Her eyes blaze—she knows I’m already a goner. She smiles and slowly pulls her hand away from my mouth—but the expression on her face tells me she likes the feel of my lips as much as I like the feel of her skin. Just that simple exchange, and the air is sexually charged. Not good. I mean, it’s fucking awesome, don’t get me wrong—but tonight is supposed to be about everything except my insatiable hard-on for her. In fact, tonight is emphatically not about that. Tonight is about showing her she’s not some phone sex operator to me. Tonight is about showing her I’m quite functional in ways that don’t involve my tongue or dick. I’ve got to make her understand that what she knows about me, she’s learned only thanks to a uniquely exposing circumstance—a situation unlike any other that, by its nature, compelled me to reveal the darkest, most primal parts of myself, parts I’ve never shown or talked about with anyone else. In real life, I swear, I’m really quite charming.
I’ve got to show her that, despite my insatiable and seemingly uncontrollable desire for her, I really do possess some attributes that aren’t even the least bit sociopathic. So, yeah, the more I think about it, tonight is all about showing her the parts of me that aren’t the least bit sociopathic.

I exhale, trying to get ahold of myself. I can’t allow myself to have a raging hard-on all night long. I’d never be able to concentrate on anything she’s saying—and that would blow my show-her-I’m-not-a-sociopath strategy to bits.

“So nice to finally meet you,” she says, smirking.

“No, Sarah, believe me, the pleasure’s all mine.”

About the Author:

Lauren Rowe is the pen name of an author and singer-songwriter who decided to use an alter ego in writing THE CLUB TRILOGY to ensure she didn't hold back in writing the story. (And she didn't.) Lauren lives in San Diego, California where she performs with her band, writes, and hangs out with her family and friends.

My Review:

The Club is quite an interesting story. It was definitely entertaining but the writing in itself wasn't completely my style. It was too wordy at times and I prefer a more fast pacing story. Apart from that, I really enjoyed reading this book and meeting the characters. They are quite fascinating and well developed. They have their own problems and demons which makes them feel real. I have to say that the story has few twists that make it quite interesting. I definitely didn't expect the turn the story took :)

Jonas is definitely a hottie and a confident one at that :) He knows what he wants and goes after it without any consideration of what everyone else will think about it. That's how he meets Sarah. And when he falls for her wit and sass, he falls hard. Without even having a glimpse of her face. I really loved their e-mail interactions. They were quite fascinating and fun to read. At the same time, it was also interesting to see how Jonas was driven to do things he never expected to do, just so he can hear Sarah's voice, see her face, touch her skin...

Even though on the outside Jonas looks like the strong and self-assured individual, on the inside he is so broken that his story brought tears to my eyes. His story is simply heartbreaking and the demons he carries in his heart tear him apart. I have to confess that until he revealed his story to Sarah, I had quite a few difficulties to understand him and what drives his actions. I loved reading how little by little Sarah manages to break the walls around his heart.

Sarah is also quite an interesting individual. She is smart and funny, sassy and stubborn. But she is also scared of relationships and being abandoned. She carries the scars from her childhood and because of that she has huge trust issues. Her childhood story is not an easy one and I think that's part of the reason why Jonas and Sarah fit so perfectly together. Their relationship is not an easy one but they do manage to make it work. And the chemistry between them is so off the charts that every time they are in the vicinity of each other, they can simply burn you alive :)

In a few words, I quite enjoyed the book but as I said before at times it was going too slow and the style of writing was quite wordy. Apart from that, it was quite interesting and I quite enjoyed meeting Jonas and Sarah. I am definitely going to check the other two parts of the series as I am quite interested to see what will happen next :) I also loved the side characters. Kat an John are so much fun and I would love to see more of them. It will be also quite awesome to read their stories :) For now I am anxiously waiting for the second part to come out :)


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