The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane Review

The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane

The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica, Zane is back with a new novel about a testy love affair that emerges between a woman who’s had enough and a man who’s had it all.

Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits” mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings. 

Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris, a prominent vascular surgeon, one night at a poetry slam. Tevin listens to her deliver her male-bashing poem and instead of steering away from her like most men with any common sense would do, he asks her out. Tevin has been casually dating for years, ever since his failed marriage to Estella. They had suffered several miscarriages and the emotional pain had become too much for either one of them to bear and still wake up with each other every morning.

Opening up, gaining trust, tearing down barriers, and ultimately, having the audacity to love again is not easy for either Jemistry or Tevin. It takes a lot of transparency, emotional honesty, and patience to even begin to build a life together by helping each other rebuild what has been broken. The Other Side of the Pillow examines, explores, and exposes what it means to truly fall in love. It proves that true love stories do not have a happy ending. True love stories never end at all.

To say I was excited when I heard Zane was writing a new book would be a huge understatement. To me, despite what popular culture will lead you to believe, she is the one and only queen of erotica. In my opinion, The Other Side of the Pillow was quite different from her previous books and I still LOVED it!

“In truth, I disgusted myself because he was right. I had relinquished all my common sense and self-respect in the name of love. I used to scoff at women who stayed with men who cheated on them, or hit them. Yet, there I was with one who took pride in doing both.”

Ohhhh, don’t we all know a Jemistry? Or heck, we could be the one that is a Jemistry? Jemistry is a woman in a relationship with a man that she knows is no good for her, but yet she stays. Well, she stays until one day she realizes that she deserves more and walks away. Jemistry is definitely a believable character. She is flawed, broken, bitter, and has dealt with enough heartbreak and disappointment to last a lifetime.

Enter Dr. Tevin Harris!!

“I realize that we just met but I want to be “the example” of what a man should be instead of “another example” of what a man should never be.”

Did you catch that ladies??? Dr. Harris is swoon-worthy and everything else. But, he too is flawed and is carrying some baggage with him. The love story between him and Jemistry is one of push and pull. It is one of complexities and it develops over time as each of them learn to not only put down their walls but to be patient and wait for the other person to allow them in.

The Other Side of the Pillow came along right when I needed it in my life. It will serve as a constant reminder that nothing is gained by having a cold heart. Jemistry’s story reminds us that even though we had one that broke us down, there is someone that will help build us back up and become the true love of our lives. And, as mentioned before this is a step out of the norm for Zane as it isn’t erotica, but to me it is one of her best books to date. This is how you write a book about grown ups for grown ups!!

Ohhhhhh, and the note at the end from Zane is EVERYTHING!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Other Side of the Pillow in exchange for an honest review.


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Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

A jaded Chicago reporter in her twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius in this rich and deeply satisfying contemporary romance by the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. A year ago, she had a handsome boyfriend and a budding career as a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper. But after the woman who raised her passed away, leaving her lost and alone, she fell into a rut—and never got out. Now she’s stuck writing fluff pieces about lipstick and wine, and feeling trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere.

Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, Kate’s boss and mentor gives her the opportunity to jump-start her career. The assignment: spend a week interviewing R. J. Lawson, a famously reclusive tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as the owner of a well-respected Napa Valley winery.

Kate jumps at the chance, but the trip begins in disaster, both personally and professionally. After alienating R.J., her only saving grace is Jamie, a charming vineyard hand who shows her the beauty of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. It doesn’t take long for Kate and Jamie to fall hard, and for Kate to rethink her life in the city. But the week ends with a heartbreaking journey back to Chicago that sends Kate reeling, wondering what went wrong in those four perfect days.

There’s no one to take care of me, no matter how many people surround me. I’m all I’ve got. Those words became my mantra.”

I identified with Kate from the very beginning of this book. Here she is, a young woman simply going through the motions of life. She has a job as a reporter and she is in a relationship but it all seems flat and still has her feeling empty. She has lost her spark and something needs to change immediately.

Kate has a few people in her corner that truly believe in her and one is her boss. He sends her on an assignment and basically says do not come back until you snap out of your funk. Kate has no idea of the adventure that awaits her.

I do not know if there are enough words to truly convey how much I adore Renee’s writing style. Yes, there is a hint of insta-love, but it is quite believable in this instance. As I stated earlier, Kate is a character that I think people, including myself, can identify with. Without telling too much of the book, she has begun to settle and we get a front row seat to see her realize that she deserves more out of life and her relationships.

And, Jamie!!! Oh my, what a leading man!!! I don’t do the whole book boyfriend thing, but if I did, he would be in the running. He symbolizes the very basic thing we all want, whether we are a man or a woman: someone to see beyond the exterior and what’s on paper and to see us for us and who we are at our core.

Kate and Jamie’s story has a little bit of everything. There is a little drama, there is some sweetness, there is some sex, and there is plenty of humor! Nowhere But Here is one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2014!!!


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Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.com.

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My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones Review & Giveaway

My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones

My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, an Inside Out series e-short told from Mark’s point of view, as he battles his all-consuming desire for Crystal.

Devastated by Rebecca’s death, Mark is facing the chaos of the press and the police investigation alone, his reputation, his business, and even his freedom under threat. When a family emergency sends him back east to New York, he puts Crystal—who’s as capable as she is challenging—in charge of his San Francisco art gallery. A Master, all about control, right now he feels that he has none. With his secret sex club and his relationships of the past in the spotlight, Mark finds sanctuary in the one place he promised he would never be again—but cannot seem to resist Crystal’s arms.

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I was drawn in from the very first paragraph of My Hunger. It is the journey of Mark and what happens after Rebecca’s disappearance. Enter Crystal. She is different than the woman Mark normally deals with and because of that their interaction is quite amusing to read. Even though, it is stated that this novella can be read as a standalone I found myself thinking I should have read the other books in the series so I could completely understand what was going on. My Hunger is a short tale woven with intensity, suspense, and some heat. Jones is definitely a talented writer and this book would have been rated a 5, but the ending just left me hanging. And, now I am trying to find the time to read all of the previous books in this series and am anxiously awaiting to find out what happens next with Mark!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of My Hunger in exchange for an honest review.


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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