Friday, June 2, 2017

Review & Blitz: Sweet Torment by Georgia Cates

Title: Sweet Torment
Author: Georgia Cates
Genre/Age: Romance/NA
Series: None
Publisher: Georgia Cates Books LLC
Format: ebook via Give Me Books Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
My best friend’s little sister—that’s all Claudia Bliss is to me.
My head keeps trying to convince my heart, but both know it’s a damn lie. 

It’s her face I see every time I close my eyes.
It’s her lips I long to kiss.
It’s her touch I crave in the dark.
She’s the one I love … but wanting Claudia is wrong. 

She’s been like a little sister to me since the day she was born. Now, everything between us is changing—including the special bond we’ve always shared. It’s stronger than ever … and becoming something so different. Something so hot. Something so forbidden.

My little dove is growing up.
Doesn’t matter how wrong it is, I can’t stop wanting her.
I will have her.

Bram Windsor. I have loved him my entire life.

For years, I was nothing more than one of the boys to him. Owen’s little sister. The pest who tagged along everywhere the boys went. But now, everything has changed.

I’ve grown up and it’s time Bram sees me for what I am. A woman. A sexual being who wants him. A virgin more than ready to give herself to him.

I don’t care what our friends or family say. I love him and everything about being together feels right.
I will have him.

NOTE: Adult Content Ahead
“Duke!” I turn when I hear Claudia squeal my special nickname. One look is all it takes. I no longer have to wonder what Rivers meant.

Claudia’s thick, dark hair is longer. She’s always worn it in braids or slicked back into a ponytail through the hole in the back of her ball cap, but tonight it’s hanging in loose curls. Long, lush eyelashes surround aquamarine magnets—the same eyes I’ve seen no less than a million times, but I can’t stop staring at them. It’s as though I’m seeing them for the first time.

The red top she’s wearing is sexy as fuck––one of those where it comes up and around the neck, leaving her shoulders and back completely exposed. Damn, damn, daaamn. Her perky tits and protruding nipples look like nothing less than perfection pressing against the thin fabric.

It’s possible I’m drooling a little as my eyes scan her mile-long legs from her ankles all the way up to the curvy hips she’s showing off in tight skinny jeans. I swear to God those tits and curves weren’t there the last time I saw her. I would have noticed.

Her shoes piss me off. Fuck-me pumps. She has no business wearing anything like those.

Who is this hot, beautiful woman who has replaced Claudia Laine Bliss?

I was six when she was born; I’ve known this girl all her life and most of mine. Since the time she could walk, she spent her days chasing Owen, Rivers, and me. Always slower. Always weaker. Always so soft, sweet, and delicate. She’d have chosen death over admitting a single one of those facts back in the day. But we didn’t care. She was Owen’s baby sister.

Our little Claud.

That was then and this is now. And our little Claud isn’t so little anymore.

She rushes toward me and leaps into my arms, same as she has for years, with her legs wrapped around me. But this time feels different. My dick immediately recognizes the changes in her, too. The fucker spasms and comes to full attention when her body collides with mine.

The exposed skin on her neck and shoulders calls out to me like a siren. A seductress. A fucking temptress. Touch me, Bram. Kiss me. Lick me. You know you want to.

What. The. Fuck.

No, no, no. Every thought going through my head about her right now is wrong. So many kinds of wrong. This is our little Claud. My best friend’s baby sister. Not some random chick I’ll bang and abandon before morning.

Still wrapped around me, she holds my shoulders and leans away so we’re face to face. So close I could kiss her. “I’ve missed you so much. I’m very upset with you for staying away so long.”

“You know I was taking extra classes so I could graduate early.”

“I know…but you didn’t come back to see me. Not even once.” Her pouty bottom lip protrudes and it reminds me of the face she used to make as a child when she wanted her way. Except this time it’s hot as fuck. I want to suck that lip into my mouth. Maybe even bite it.

“I didn’t do much of anything for the last five months except study. But it was worth every weekend I spent with my head in a book; I’m finished for good.”

She slides down my body and her crotch rubs my cock—no, make that my hardening cock. I will it to stop but it’s a dick. It can’t not respond to the touch of a woman. Especially when that woman is this hot.

Shit, I hope she can’t tell that she made me hard.

Even more so, I hope Owen and Rivers can’t tell that she made me hard. They would kill me.

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.


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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A surprisingly wonderful novella!

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Bram has returned home from college, ready to start working and leave the college party scene behind him. Then he comes face to face with his best friend's little sister. A girl who isn't so little anymore and invokes feelings in him that are better left alone. Yet, he can't help but see his dove in a different light. A much sexier light.

Claudia is elated when Bram finally looks at her like she's always dreamed he would. As more than his friend's sister. As a real woman, with needs and a plan to make him hers. But even if she could convince him to give their attraction a real shot, Bram won't follow through until she turns eighteen. And even then, there's the small problem of their relationship putting a wedge between Bram's friendship with Claudia's brothers. 

I love forbidden love tropes. It's one of my not-so-guilty pleasures. This is the best friend's sister theme and boy is this a steamy read with a few surprises along the way. The romance was both sweet and spicy. I fanned myself several times, gasped more than once, and smiled for pretty much the entire story. It was a really fun book.

That being said, I know there will be people out there who won't like the fact that the heroine is so young. I think we tend to forget that girls were voluntarily and happily marrying at younger than seventeen/eighteen for centuries and only recently has the average age for marriage risen. In this book, there is no actual sex that happens before the girl comes of age, yet there are lesser activities that some may still frown upon.

I'm not one of those people. Why? Because I remember what it was like to be a teenager and this story couldn't have been more believable for me. In fact, I was one of those who married young, at nineteen, and had my first child at twenty. I also had my third at twenty-four and my husband is 3 years older than I am. I'm still happily married after eleven years. So this book reminded me a lot of myself at that age and my own choices were very similar. 

Even though this was definitely a novella full of sensuality, there were also lots of hints of sweetness and some humor sprinkled throughout. Bram surprised me for being able to hold out for so long. I could totally understand Claudia's frustration, too. She was a young woman on a mission, though. I was rooting for the both of them.

I think this could have been a full-length novel if the author had tossed in a few flashbacks of our couple's childhood. We hear mention of how Bram was protective over Claudia as she grew up, but I would have liked to see that, too. And I would gladly read more chapters featuring this couple.

In closing... 
I will absolutely been reading more from this author. Five sweet suns!

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