Series: The Something Series

Princess Emma Reviews: Teach Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

Princess Emma Reviews: Teach Me Something by Aubrey BondurantTeach Me Something (Something, #4) by Aubrey Bondurant
on February 9th 2017
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5 Stars

Life is short, and sometimes you have to take chances...
Catherine Davenport is successful in her career, but doesn't have the same skill when it comes to her love life. After a painful divorce, she's finding the new world of dating both intimidating and frustrating.
Tired of striking out, she takes the extreme measure of enlisting the help of an instructor in a private club who offers sessions on how to improve her dating strategy as well as her overall sexual confidence.
'Calvin', the masked man with the piercing blue eyes and husky voice not only challenges her to step out of her comfort zone, but encourages her to unlock her repressed adventurous side with various lessons.
She feels like she's making progress until her worlds collide and the identity of the man privy to her most intimate details is shockingly revealed as someone she knows.
Can Catherine put her insecurities aside to take a chance on love where she least expected it? Or will her past interfere with her ability to plan a future with the one man who truly knows the real her.
Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fourth book of the “Something Series”Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Series: The Something Series #4
Also in this series: Ask Me Something, Bet Me Something (Something, #3)
Also by this author: Tell Me Something, Ask Me Something, Bet Me Something (Something, #3), Show Me Something (Something, #5)

5 Crowns

Teach Me Something is book 4 in the Something series; a series of standalones featured around a group of friends. You do not need to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one, however because they are so good I recommend you do. You will get to know the characters that bit more and you will feel like you are revisiting old friends as soon as you start reading.

Catherine Davenport is a very successful business woman. Editor-in-Chief of the world famous Cosmo Life magazine, her knowledge and influence in the fashion world is unrivalled. Life should be perfect, and professionally it is; it’s her personal life that leaves a lot to be desired. Married and undergoing IVF for a much wanted baby, her husband suddenly up and left her for a younger model. That was 2 years ago and he left behind a woman insecure in her personality and what she can bring to a relationship. She absolutely sucks at dates and the small talk that is so important in finding “the one”. So she secretly starts taking classes at a sex club to give her the tools she needs now that she is ready to move on and dip her toe in the dating pool.

Calvin is her masked instructor. Strictly no sex, he advises her on the do’s and don’ts of starting a relationship. He makes her really evaluate her wants and desires, encouraging her to be confident and assertive; even if this is totally out of her comfort zone. But a trip to Vegas with her closest friends changes everything. Sometimes the person who fits you perfectly, comes in a package you don’t expect. When Catherine finds her something, it turns out to be closer to home than she thinks.

Will she put Calvin’s advice into practice or will the insecurities and heartache of her past and her influential career ruin what could be a love she never saw coming?

I could write pages and pages about how much I adore this series. Aubrey Bondurant’s Something series never ever lets me down; in fact it just seems to go from strength to strength. At the heart of every book has been a butterfly inducing love story. They are always my favourite, but because of that I am seriously picky. They are either too superficial, too repetitive, have too much sex or just don’t have any substance to them. All of those things can never be said about Aubrey’s books. Her stories and characters have depth. They aren’t just hearts and flowers and they always have just the right amount of sexiness to them. In a nutshell they are carefully crafted in every way. Each time I pick her new offering from this series I think “She will never out do the last one”, but she does every time. Where sometimes you feel too much similarity to previous books in a series, you never do with hers.

I loved both Catherine and her man (who shall not be named to avoid spoiling it for you). You often find in life that a successful woman never has it all, and Catherine is the perfect example of that. I loved reading her story and the unexpected twist and turns her life takes.

 

If you love good old fashioned romance that is guaranteed to give you all the feels, do not miss this book or indeed this series. I now wait patiently for the next instalment, so get writing Aubrey… I am addicted to this series and the characters you have created. – A MUST READ!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Bet Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

Princess Emma Reviews: Bet Me Something by Aubrey BondurantBet Me Something (Something, #3) by Aubrey Bondurant
on June 30th 2016
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5 Stars

Being able to stand on your own two feet, sometimes requires getting knocked off them completely...
McKenzie “Kenzie” Lane is newly graduated from college and looking forward to a dream internship she has lined up for the summer in LA. Unfortunately, her controlling mother has other plans.
Colby Singer, with his hot-as-sin looks and wicked charm, is never without attention from the ladies. Despite suspecting how Kenzie feels about him, he’s always kept her comfortably off-limits since she’s the baby sister of one of his best friends. But when he’s determined to distract her temporarily from the stress of her mother’s ultimatum, deciding to show her some fun, he quickly finds that keeping her in the friend zone is not as easy as he’d hoped.
Once Kenzie realizes this may be her last opportunity to gauge her long-time crush’s true feelings, she puts it all out there in the form of a bet. It's the perfect idea for her perfect man.
Until he isn’t.
Will a dose of reality lead to true love? Or will it crash and burn before it can even get started?
Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Third book of the “Something Series”Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Series: The Something Series #3
Also in this series: Ask Me Something, Teach Me Something (Something, #4)
Also by this author: Tell Me Something, Ask Me Something, Teach Me Something (Something, #4), Show Me Something (Something, #5)

5 Crowns

Book 3 in the brilliant Something series. This book can be read as a standalone as each book follows a new couple, however I recommend you read them all in order. This is a great series with great characters and this book will contain spoilers if you decide afterwards that you want to read them all; and believe me you will.

Kenzie Lane has been in love with the boy next door since she was 6 years old. He may be 10 years her senior, he is most definitely a player and unfortunately for her she has always been the little sister of his friend, so forever placed firmly in the friend zone. But Kenzie remains hopeful that one day he will notice her for the woman she has become; even moving to California to place herself directly in his radar. Alas the radar continues to be on the blink, until a little bet leads to something more.

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Colby Singer has always been proud of his playboy reputation. He is also proud of his career and although close to his older brother has always felt the need for his approval. Kenzie Lane is like the little sister he never had. Okay, so she may have a slight crush on him, but he has maintained a platonic friendship with her and has been careful to never cross any lines to encourage it. So when she needs cheering up following a blow-up with her mother, Colby rushes in and takes her to the  one place that can cheer her up… Vegas. Little does he know how the best laid plans can suddenly go very wrong.

1 bet, 2 people and a simple kiss. Will Kenzie finally open Colby’s eyes? Or will Colby fall of the pedestal she has long placed him on?

I absolutely love this series and am not too proud to say I may have badgered Aubrey to get myself an ARC of Bet Me Something. Having read the previous 2 books back to back, I suddenly found myself anxiously waiting for Kenzie and Colby’s book. So I began channelling positive thoughts of speedy writing to the author. Then bam, suddenly it’s here. Eek, will it meet my expectations?

I love all of characters that Aubrey has pulled together in these books, but I have to say both Colby and Kenzie were characters that I really had a soft spot for. I loved these 2 in the previous books – the unrequited love versus the playboy. So understandably I then began to worry that when I finally got the story that it would lack in some way and not be how I so needed it to be.

Bravo Ms Bondurant, you pulled it out of the bloody bag with this story. It is abso-bloody-lutly perfect.

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but don’t expect it to be plain sailing for these two. If you think that Kenzie will be a pushover, think again. She is tough as boots and although madly in lust with Colby, she suddenly has her eyes opened to the fact that he isn’t as perfect and dreamy as she (or he himself) thinks. As for Colby, well he certainly has his work cut out with the vivacious Kenzi. Suddenly the girl he has always friend zoned becomes the ultimate challenge, and his hard earned reputation of player extraordinaire isn’t something he is proud of anymore.

A book full of love, friendship, sex and belly laughs. This is my favourite of the 3 books and that is saying something given how much I loved the previous 2. Aubrey describes her books as “smutty chick-lit” and I think that is bang on. The characters are engaging and the storylines fun. If you are looking for your perfect holiday read then look no further.

 

Meanwhile as I close my laptop, I do so channelling Aubrey those speedy writing positive thoughts again. I need Catherine’s book and I need it now.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Ask Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

Princess Emma Reviews: Ask Me Something by Aubrey BondurantAsk Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant
on November 26th 2015
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4.5 Stars

How do you ask the question, when you know the answer may change everything?
Sasha Brooks has been focused on one thing her entire life: her career. Newly promoted as the vice president in a New York advertising company, she has beauty, brains, and one hell of a fierce reputation. But she also has a secret that she keeps carefully guarded.
Brian Carpenter is finding out that managing his newest VP isn't without its challenges, but when it comes to Sasha, he'd expect nothing less.His easygoing personality and Southern charm are the yang to her yin and the calm to her storm.
Over the last eight years of their friendship, the flirtations, innuendos, and chemistry have almost led to more, but Sasha has convinced herself they're better off just friends.Almost. Until the moment she thinks he's with someone else.
Is she too late to admit her feelings? Gathering the courage to ask the question, Sasha discovers she isn't the only one keeping secrets.
You think you know someone....
Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Second book of the “Something Series”Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Series: The Something Series #2
Also in this series: Bet Me Something (Something, #3), Teach Me Something (Something, #4)
Also by this author: Tell Me Something, Bet Me Something (Something, #3), Teach Me Something (Something, #4), Show Me Something (Something, #5)

4.5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Something series. This book can be read as a standalone, however I would urge you to read book 1, Tell Me Something as it really is a great read, with overlapping characters and will give you a little more background on the main protagonists in this story.

Sasha Brookes, otherwise known as Sasha B Fierce is at 32, riding the successful wave that is her career in Advertising. Recently appointed as the VP in the New York branch of Gamble Advertising, she is living up to her reputation as fierce, dedicated and okay, maybe slight workaholic. It leaves little time for friends or relationships, which suits Sasha down to the ground given the issues that Sasha faces and has to deal with on a daily basis. But one man continues to distract her; too bad it’s her boss.

Brian Carpenter is laid back, professional and bloody good at his job. Based in the Charlotte office, he oversees the various branch VP’s, but it’s one VP in particular that keeps him on his toes. They have a friendship and business relationship spanning 8 years, and although he tries to keep a professional distance, Sasha is his siren and he blindly follows her call. But Brian isn’t into a cheap one night stand, he can get one of them any night of the week; no, he want a lot more. It’s going to be a challenge. Sasha is hard enough to manage in the boardroom, how difficult will she be in the bedroom?

Squeee…. Loved this book!! Having recently finished book one, I couldn’t wait to jump on this baby.

Would Aubrey’s talent continue to shine through?

Would she be a one book wonder?

Let me assure you that everything I loved about book 1, continued in this book. The writing is effortless and flowing, and the characters and their story captivates you very quickly. As with book 1, there is also a deeper subject matter dealt with, however it is done in a light way and you aren’t bogged down with seriousness.

Just loved Brian, he is one determined SOB and when I closed the book, I did it saying well played Brian. He knows what makes Sasha tick and he uses it to his advantage. As for Sasha, well never judge a book by its cover is all I will say. Looks can be deceiving and there is a lot more to Sasha than a pretty face, pencil skirt and 4” Louboutin’s.

If you like your romance to have loveable characters, hot sex, humour and a bit more depth, this book, indeed this series is a MUST READ!! Now my only question is… Will it be Catherine or Kenzie next?

 

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