Title: Addicted To Sin
Series: Book #1 in the Sinful Pleasures Series
Author: Monica James
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 8th, 2015
Tell me your deepest, darkest secrets. I dare you.
Addiction comes down to one simple, primitive concept. Desire.
My name is Dr. Dixon Mathews, and I’m New York’s finest shrink. For $500 an hour, people tell me their darkest, most sinful secrets.
My own addiction? Sex.
I might be certified in solving other people’s problems, but not mine –
I know I’m a lost cause. I don’t do relationships. I don’t even do the same woman twice.
But that’s all about to change, thanks to two entirely different women who awaken my deepest desires.
Who will I choose?
I know who I should choose, but I never said I was the hero of this story, or even the good guy. And besides, who wants to be good, when it feels so good being bad?
My tale isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you’re game, strap yourself in and expect the unexpected. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Achingly sexy and highly addictive, the first in the Sinful Pleasures Series will have you hooked. Driven to Sin coming very soon…
I have always been a huge fan of this author. And this seemed a bit different than her usual books. Deeper. Darker. Sexier. I was intrigued, but wasn’t so sure. But by the end? Addicted! Ms. James can do no wrong.
Dr. Dixon Mathews is a psychiatrist that specializes in addiction. His clients pay him a lot of money for help in solving their problem. But Dixon has problems of his own. His addiction to sex. Now before you go thinking you know this story...you don’t. Dixon has deep rooted issues. He uses sex to cover up his past that left his heart shattered. And he will never admit it. Not even to himself. Until he finds himself completely enamored with two different women. Two very different women. And it’s not what you think. There is no triangle. Both women awaken something inside of him. Dixon’s life is about to change.
We are taken on a journey with Dixon. And the women that have him all wrapped up. He comes to learn that what he thought he wants is not what he needs. His needs have changed. It’s time to face his past head on. He becomes aware of his choices. And that with choices come decisions. And ultimately consequences. Some that may cost him everything. Dixon is a unique character. Sure he sleeps with everything that walks, but there’s a side to him that the author slowly unfolds. As a a reader you fall for him. For his heart.
The writing is captivating and draws you in page by page. I found it very hard to put down as the story flowed effortlessly. The author seamlessly tells the story from different POVs that allowed you to become completely embedded within the lives of her characters. I am very vague in the plot to avoid spoiling anything for the reader. You want to go into this story knowing as little as possible. Once Dixon Mathews grabs you, he is not letting go. Not until the very end. And even then you’ll be like me...tapping your kindle screaming that there has to be an additional chapter! I will be the girl rocking in the corner waiting for book two!
The author tackles some serious and heavy issues here. Your heart goes out to all of the characters. They are flawed. Imperfect. But you will easily find that you can relate to them on some level. For we all hope for love and to be desired. To love and receive love in return. But life does not always go as planned. And secrets? Lies? They all come to light. Unless you make a bargain. But at what cost?
Addicted To Sin is raw, genuine, and honest. There are no rainbows and butterflies in this story. These are real people battling their inner demons. And at times, themselves. People that learn that the fall from love is much harder than the fall into it. There are twists and turns you do not see coming. The author brilliantly executes a sexy and well crafted story about deep dark secrets and falling for the one your heart ultimately desires.
Well done! I am SO ready for more Dixon Mathews.
Release Blitz: Something Like Love (Something Like Normal #3) by Monica James- Bianca's Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
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Nothing prepared me for the third installment of this series. Nothing. Something Like Love went places I never imagined. I felt every emotion of all the characters. Every single one of them. This brilliant, passionate, and heartbreaking story continues to be one of my favorites of this author.
“Hope to live. I hope to live, Red. With you. After this is over. I hope to live a boring life with you.”
Something Like Love picks up where book 2, Something Like Redemption left off. Mia and Quinn are face to face with the one person that could have saved Mia and turned her back, Mia’s mother. She soon learns that her mother has her reasons and years later is completely heart broken over the choice she made to leave Mia. As always, Quinn is there every step of the way. We learn more about Quinn and his reasons for guarding his heart. Can they learn to live, love, and perhaps even heal?
“Quinn Berkley is beautiful, inside and out. He’s shown me how to live, and through his strength, I have never felt so alive.”
So much happens in the third installment that my words nor my review can do it justice. If you loved the first two books, you will become absolutely emotionally invested in this story , their journey, and these characters even more. Monica’s true talent of weaving together romance and suspense truly shines in Something Like Love. You will find that you are in the story, rather than reading it. Danger has followed Mia and Quinn for much of their journey, and believe me. It is far from over. I will not go into much detail regarding the plot as you will need to simply experience it. Their story is to be lived through to understand the depths of their love through all the darkness.
“You are ingrained into every fiber of my body, and I’m drowning.”
Something Like Love takes the entire series to a whole different level. As a reader you are completely immersed into Mia and Quinn’s story, even more than before. Mia comes face to face with her past and it breaks her. This strong girl is absolutely heart broken over what her parents have done to her. She holds on to Quinn. The boy she loves so much, but is afraid to say out loud. Until now. Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and mended, and even darkness comes to light.
“God knows I don’t deserve your love, but I want it...so very much.”
To watch someone fall in love is one thing, but this journey that Mia and Quinn have embarked on is so much more than that. You are not a simple bystander in their story. You FEEL them fall irrevocably for the other. You see a broken girl, Mia that has never been loved wanting to love more than anything. And you see Quinn, someone who feels the most undeserving of love, wanting nothing more than to be loved. You understand why the word love hasn’t been shared between them up until this point. To put simply I am not sure that what they feel can be described by any words. Their desire for the other surpasses love. Their love is powerful, it goes into the darkness. Their love is light. Mia and Quinn’s story truly demonstrates the power in accepting the love you deserve.
“What’s in here.” and he presses his hand to my heart. “I want to possess. I want to own, but I don’t deserve you. I never have.”
My heart is still not over this book an entire week later as I write this review. I am so happy that their story isn’t over. The ending of Something Like Love had me gripping my kindle. As the story unfolds, truths are revealed and you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. Well done, Ms. James. I am counting down until the next book in the series.
Turning slowly to face him, I can see that his eyes are still closed, but his mouth is tipped up into a smile which radiates freedom. I’ve never seen him look so carefree. He looks as if his sins of the past are washing away with the punishing rain.
I know it’s not that simple, but through pain and loss, we have bonded together and gained strength. And that strength suddenly animates me to tell Quinn how I feel.
“Quinn!” I scream to be heard over the harsh rain.
My eyes are mere slits, as the rain is so heavy, but the moment Quinn opens his magnetic eyes, I see that he has changed. Something inside of Quinn has shifted, and it’s beautiful.
“Quinn, I—” I repeat, my teeth chattering from the cold, but also from what I’m about to confess.
“You what, Red?” he questions, running a hand through his wet hair.
Another thunderbolt sizzles through the sky, and I yelp. Charging into his arms, I slap my hands over his ears because I’m terrified. I want to him tell him how I feel, but I’m afraid. Droplets of rain cascade down his tender face, but he doesn’t stir to brush them away, and I know I have his undivided attention as his gaze never wavers from my face.
This is not the way I wanted to do this, but I know that for now, this will have to do.
“Quinn…I…I love you,” I whisper, my hands still sitting firmly over his ears.
Once I say those three little words, the tightening in my chest lessens, and a small smile tugs at my lips because I’ve never felt so boundless with a decision. And nothing has ever felt so right before.
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I feel ridiculous. And I bet I look ridiculous.
My ingenious plan isn’t so genius now that I’m actually acting it out. I’m a tad chilly and am getting a slight cramp, but I have no time to chicken out because the front door downstairs has just closed.
My plans of escape are long gone.
Rearranging myself, I shuffle up the bed quietly, listening intently.
I can hear bottles in the fridge rattle as Jasper opens the door, no doubt standing in front of it, the dim light inside bouncing off his perfect features as he grabs a beer.
I hope he’s not hungry, as I can’t remain in this position much longer without losing face.
Thankfully, I hear his heavy footsteps trudge up the stairs, and my insides do a tiny flip-flop in excitement, and trepidation.
This is it, Ava. You’re a strong, powerful sexy woman. My goals are more important than my fear. I am the lioness of the jungle, ready to pounce.
Who the hell uses these positive affirmations, because they are so not helping right now!
Taking a deep, steady breath as Jasper opens his bedroom door, I can see he’s taken aback when confronted with the millions of candles I have laid around the bedroom, trying to set a mood, and hopefully, not setting the house on fire in the process.
“What the…” he gasps, and then his eyes land on his bed.
Well, they land on me.
I am lying on his bed, in the most seductive pose I can muster, without looking like a total dweeb.
“Ava?” he asks as he steps into his bedroom, slightly stunned to see me sprawled on his bed like a Playboy Bunny.
“Happy birthday,” I reply softly, giving him my best attempt at ‘bedroom eyes.’
I practiced in the mirror for about twenty minutes, so it better come across as sexy, and not like I’m severely cross-eyed.
He strolls over to the end of the bed, looking down where I lay, propped up on one elbow with a knee bent, gazing up at him.
“Th-thanks,” he stutters while eying my body not so discreetly.
Win for me! Jasper, who is usually so eloquent, is lost for words.
Smoothing out my black chiffon nightgown, which scarcely covers my bare skin, Jasper watches intently as my hands glide over my flesh. I demand the blush about to creep over my body to keep away, because now is not the time for modesty.
He licks his bow lips and runs a hand through his hair, fisting it into a messy peak. He looks amazing. Even at 2a.m., after working all night, he looks as if he’s stepped off a runway in his grey sleeveless hoodie and faded blue jeans, which are tucked into his loosely tied, scuffed combat boots.
“Are you my birthday present?” he asks, his eyes lingering on the sheer material at my breasts.
Before I have a chance to answer or blush he adds, “Because if you are, I want to unwrap you now.”
I Surrender (#1)
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This book absolutely moved me. It was like watching a movie that you did not want to end. It is completely captivating. My heart felt for every single character.
"And for once, I chose me."
Mia Lee has finally decided to leave her life behind and is now Paige Cassidy. She ends up in South Boston, Virginia with the state of mind that she is going to perhaps work a little and then move on. No sense in establishing herself anyway. Her secret and her past can catch up with her if she stays around too long. Paige's life is turned upside down when she meets four amazing people. They completely change her life. They change her ways of thinking. That perhaps she can be normal. That her past does not dictate her future.
"But I know normal is something I will never be, so I'll settle for something like normal."
As I mentioned before, there are four characters that completely change everything for Paige. Telling you how each character contributed to the change would be a disservice to the reader. You need to experience it. However, I cannot write a review without mentioning Quinn. He stole my heart the moment Paige laid eyes on him. His demeanor and everything about him is so mysterious, haunting, yet Paige cannot stay away from him. And neither can he.
"Because...being with you would possess every single inch of me, and you're not ready for that."
This story is so much more than a girl running from her past. Every single character in this story is haunted by their past in some way, shape or form. They all have scars and are wounded emotionally. Their troubles run deep and book one of this series just grazes the surface. I absolutely cannot wait until we get more in depth of this story and it's characters. While Quinn feels he is no good for Paige, he is drawn to her in every way possible. Fate continues to bring them closer together even if they both try everything in their power to stay away. While one stays away from love as it has disappointed them over and over the other has no idea what love is. What Quinn and Paige have is stronger than love. While love knows no boundaries, what Quinn and Paige share, it sees no boundaries. They only see each other. While love may not be mentioned in this story, you don't need words. You just feel it.
"Quinn doesn't just kiss, he devours, and I can't get enough."
The ending absolutely blew me away. I was breathless and speechless. This was the most phenomenal part of the story. Everything you thought you knew about this story and the characters is shattered to pieces. Monica switches everything up and I was left with my mouth wide open. I could not put this down. I was on edge the last ten percent.
"Being with me, it will consume parts of yourself you never knew existed. Are you ready for that? Can you give me everything..."
Although this is a first in a series, I would definitely recommend that you read it now. I am one of those people that need to wait until an entire series is out before I can commit to reading. However, I find that hard to do when it comes to Monica James' books. They are so worth the wait, and Something Like Normal is no exception. Go read and experience this book.
It feels effortless. And it feels right.
We stay hugging for a few moments, and as I nestle closer to his chest, surrounded by his smell, I know that I’m in trouble. I have feelings for someone who is going to be really, really hard to say goodbye to when the time comes. But when did this happen? When was the exact moment my world got tipped on its axis, and shaken up beyond repair?
I should have stopped it, but who am I to stand in the way of something that was inevitable?
The sound of Quinn’s heart beating steadily against my ear is comforting, and if I close my eyes really tight, I can pretend that I’m just a normal girl, being wrapped up in the arms of her normal…boyfriend? But make believe is for dreamers, and I’m a realist. I will enjoy the here and now because I don’t know what tomorrow holds.
Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy, running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two.
She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in both the US and UK.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals.
She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.