Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Taming Me (Cover to Cover #5) by Alexandrea Weis

Title: Taming Me
Series: Cover to Covers #5
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2015

Lexie Palmer is a writer in search of the perfect story.

When a case of mistaken identity introduces her to the charismatic dominant, Garrett Hughes, she discovers her salvation. In hopes of penning an accurate portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle, Garrett agrees to educate Lexie.

She eagerly places herself in Garret’s capable hands, but what starts out as just business with the sexy Mr. Hughes takes a turn toward the unexpected.

Soon, Lexie becomes immersed in his world, and finds Garret taking control of her life. Her experiences with Garrett may be providing wonderful material for her book, but how far is she willing to go to for her story? 

Lexie Palmer is about to get a lesson in submission that she will never forget.

Excerpt from Taming Me © Alexandrea Weis

“When I punish a sub, I want to make the punishment memorable, but in another way I want to make it reinforce their submission to me.” He removed his tie, curling it about his long fingers.” Punishment is about withholding pleasure; tempting, promising, but never giving.”
I was mesmerized by the way the cool gray silk was laced in and around his fingers. I hurriedly gazed down at the drink in my hand.  “So what do you do, spank them, tie them up, what?”
He took my drink and put it on the table. “Would you like a demonstration?”
“No.” I shrank away, picturing being held over his lap and spanked like a child. 
He leaned toward me, holding up his tie. “If you want to truly learn about my world, Lexie, you must experience it.” His face inched ever so close to mine. “I promise I will not hurt you,” he softly added.
His thin lips hovered in front of me as I considered his offer. He had a point; perhaps I needed to experience what he did to his subs in order to be able to write about it. As his dark brown eyes seared into me, my resistance slipped away.
“All right, fine.” I sat back against the sofa. “But I’m only agreeing to do this for the sake of the book.”
“Of course. It’s all about the book.” He stood from the sofa and went to the middle of the room. “Come here.”
Taking in a deep breath, I stood up and approached him. Without my heels I came right under his chin, and I could see the slight dimple there. I had never noticed that before.
“Turn around,” he commanded.
Sighing at the insistence in his voice, I did as he asked, wishing he could just ask nicely for once. When his hands went to the zipper on the back of my dress I almost pulled away, and then remembered his words from previous encounters. I had to relax, and I had to trust him.
“You didn’t pull away,” he whispered as the zipper slowly eased downward. “You’re learning.”
“I’m getting—”
“No talking. You never talk when I’m punishing you.”
I snorted. Silly me.
After he had pushed my black cocktail dress off my shoulders, I stood calmly as the fabric slid down my body and gathered about my ankles. Standing before him in my underwear and strapless bra did not seem like such a feat anymore. Maybe I was getting the hang of this; and then another thought hit me. Or maybe I wanted to be naked in front of him.
His fingers lightly stroked along my shoulders and then his deep voice said, “Put your hands behind your back.”
Still not sure what to expect, I complied, and soon I felt the silk tie being wrapped about my wrists and secured tightly. At this point, I should have been getting concerned. Every instinct I had was screaming at me not to go along with his plans, but at a certain point in a relationship there comes a time when belief in another person outweighs reason. We want to believe someone will be kind to us, love us, or take care of us no matter how many times our past has taught us otherwise. This was that moment for me. I believed Garrett would not hurt me, and I knew then that I trusted him.
When his hands left my wrists, they began working their way down my back until his fingers hooked the top of my black silk panties. He eased the panties down my hips and all the way to my ankles. Lifting my right foot and then my left, he removed the underwear and dress from about my feet.
The cool air in my apartment was making my flesh dance with goose pimples, and when his hand cupped my behind, the chill turned into a rush of heat.
“On your knees,” he said behind me.
With a little awkward effort I got down on my knees. I prepared myself for a few slaps on my butt, thinking that was what he had in mind for my punishment. But when he kneeled behind me and pushed my head over to the hardwood floor, my stomach clenched. Feeling so exposed only compounded the rush of adrenaline racing through me. My heart was pounding and my breath was coming in nervous gasps. I stayed like that for a few minutes, waiting for him to touch me, spank me … do something.

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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I love the Cover to Cover series so for me this book was a must read. Even though it wasn't my favorite in the series, this story is still quite good. It is definitely intriguing and show a different D&S relationship than the most commonly portrayed in fiction. The characters are quite intriguing and fascinating. They are very well developed and they are definitely fun to "hang out" with.

Garret is definitely a very intense and enchanting alpha male. Even though the way he treated Lexie at times, wasn't exactly my cup of tea, he still managed to intrigue me with his personality and made the book quite an interesting read. Lexie, on the other hand, is quite frustrating character most of the time. I did understand her hang ups, especially considering the way she grew up, but I still didn't like how she judged Garret and his acquaintances mostly on their sexual preferences. So, of course, I was really glad when she started changing her opinion even if it wasn't in all areas. 

I loved reading how both Garret and Lexie changed each other for the better. It was definitely and interesting to see their relationship developing little by little and the small nuances in their behavior showing the way they felt about each other. Even if they haven't recognized themselves. I have to say that one of my favorite things in the book was the verbal sparring between Garret and Lexie. They were so much fun, the way each one was stubborn and pigheaded, that hey just drove each other completely nuts :D And DAMN, they for sure have some crazy chemistry that makes their interactions even hotter :)

In a few words, I definitely enjoyed reading the book. I cannot say that it was my favorite but it was still quite an interesting and fascinating read :) I will still recommend it to all lovers of racier and steamier romances :) I can't wait to see what Alexandrea Weis will come up with next :)


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