Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blog Tour, Reviews by Maimeo's Angels & Jackie & Giveaway: Starting Over by Erin Cristofoli

Title: Starting Over
Author: Erin Cristofoli
Genre: Erotic/Contemp Romance
Published: August 21, 2015 
"You Can Call me Sir"
Left with no option but to leave the only life she has ever known, Katherine White has packed up and moved almost three thousand kilometres for a chance at a new start, with a new job, in a new city. 
When her best friend drags her to a masquerade party on only her second night in town, Kate has a chance encounter with a mysterious masked man that dominates her, pushes her limits and leaves her craving more. He tells her that there is no long-term in their future, but he wants to continue to explore their sexual chemistry. The only trouble is, he wants their identities to remain a mystery. 
Benjamin Hyde has been burned by love and has vowed to never let another woman stomp on his heart. His days are filled with successful business ventures and his nights with one night stands at the club. 
After reluctantly being dragged to a masquerade party by his best friend, Ben is surprised to find a girl that captivates him and he doesn’t hesitate to take control. 
When Ben’s new assistant, Kate arrives on Monday morning, a glimpse of a tattoo on the back of her neck throws a wrench into his perfectly sorted world. Could Kate really be the woman that Ben had hooked up with?
Ben wants to pursue Kate, but she is adamant not to mix business with pleasure. 
Normally Ben would agree, except when it comes to Kate.

"I don’t think I can even express how well written this book was!! I loved the characters and I loved the stories everything fell together so nicely!! i don’t want to give too much away since I’m the first review, but I will say, you need to buy this book and read it ASAP!" ~ Alpha Book Club

"Please don’t think that that’s all this story is there are more twists, turns and complications to this than just Ben and Kate’s chance encounter, go get your copy and see what really lies in store for these two you wont be disappointed." ~ Amazon Reviewer

"Overall, this is a very sweet, feel good romantic story about learning to trust and love again. Ben and Kate are so good for each other. I think that Erin has a good future in the indie world, and look forward to her next book - which I hope will be about Jen, because she seems like a wild card!" ~ Goodreads Reviewer
Letting out a yelp, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for the fall, but nothing happened. Instead, I peeked through squinted eyes to find myself plastered to the chest I had run into, feeling a strong arm wrapped around my waist. My hands were splayed across the man’s pec, and I couldn’t help but flex my fingers slightly, feeling the muscle beneath the shirt. Wow.
 “Are you all right?” a rich, gravelly voice above me asked. I blinked and realized just how close I was to the perfect stranger, and tried to add some distance, but his hand remained firmly on my hip.
 “Yes, thanks to you… just a little unsteady.” I looked up and found myself stunned, looking into the eyes of the man who had been watching me dance.

4 Star 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a new author to me and I am always excited when given an opportunity to read a 
debut novel. Be prepared there are scenes of BDSM in this book.
Kate White is new in town having moved thousands of miles from her small town home to 
start a new life with a new job. A chance meeting at a club brings Kate and Ben mask to 
mask. Kate has been dragged there reluctantly by her best friend Jen on her second night in 
her new town, whilst Ben has been talked into going by his best friend Liam. 
Frankly Ben is bored and wants to leave, until he spies on the dance floor a woman in blue, 
dancing sensually. He is attracted immediately but she disappears. Kate has a little too much 
to drink and is in danger of falling down the stairs when an arm reaches out and saves her. It 
is the man she felt staring at her while she danced.
Anonymity is the name of this dance, well for Ben anyway. Kate is more than happy to share 
her name with the masked stranger, but when she asks his name, he responds with “You can 
call me Sir”. 
Their attraction is immediate and after dancing together, Ben entices Kate to do something 
daring. He is surprised to see that she has a Celtic tattoo on the back of her neck. A quick 
encounter in the coat room leaves both of them wanting more although Ben has made it clear 
this is a one-time only encounter.
No one is more surprised than Ben when he rushes after Kate and tells her he wants to finish 
what was interrupted and meet again. Getting her number he tells her he will be in touch. He 
firmly believes that after the next encounter, he will be able to erase Kate from his mind.
Ben doesn’t do commitment or relationships. He was badly burned by a previous relationship 
and now all he wants is the encounters he has at the Blue Velvet, an upscale BDSM club.
What they don’t count on is that unbeknownst to him, Kate is his new assistant. He 
recognizes her tattoo when she starts working for him. Kate on the other hand is oblivious to 
the fact that Ben is in fact “Sir”.
What follows is a roller coaster of a story, waiting for the explosion to occur when Kate 
realizes that Ben is “Sir”. I loved the BDSM dynamic and the introduction to Kate of the 
lifestyle was certainly intense and smoking hot. Ben craves Kate's submission. I really liked 
these two characters and the story was well written and held my interest.
I am interested as to whether there are plans in motion to write a story for Jen and Liam.
I look forward to reading more from Ms. Cristofoli. A great debut novel.

4.5 Stars 
I was given this book for a honest review
This is a debut novel by Erin Cristofoli and I really enjoyed it.
Kate and Ben both had bad experiences with relationships in their past and both are not going down that route again.
Kate has moved to a new city and the only person she knows is her best friend Jen. This is all going to change when she meets her new boss Ben and they fast become best friends. She is attracted to Ben but friends is all they can be as she is sworn off men.
Ben is charming, successful, and smart and he knows he has to keep his attraction for Kate to himself and vows to only be a friend to her.
Throw into the mix a BDSM club and a mystery man called Sir and we get some hot steamy sex between strangers......
This book is about friendship, romance, trust and learning to love again......
I loved this book and I hope to read more from Erin Cristofoli

Erin was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, where she resides with her husband and two kids. She is a stay-at-home mom and has long dreamed of having a published book of her own. Starting Over is her debut romance novel. When she isn’t writing, Erin​ has a love of most forms of art - painting, photography and crocheting.


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