Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Hunting Laura by J.A. Bailey/ Review: Market For Love by Jill Elaine Hughes




TITLE ~ Hunting Laura
AUTHOR ~ J.A. Bailey
GENRE ~ Erotic Romance
RELEASE DATE ~ June 1, 2013
COVER ARTIST ~ Samantha Holt

Laura has just signed up for a term at the exclusive school for submissives. But all is not as it seems. The sexy blonde is hiding the real reason she's there. As the classes progress, Laura is forced to face some truths about her problems with sex along with her growing attraction to her mentor, the dark and distracting Mr Hunter.

Mr Hunter promises to whip her into shape as a sub but before long he is uncovering many of her deepest secrets and desires. But will he discover her biggest secret? And can Mr Hunter really help Laura overcome her issues with his rough methods?

Niall Hunter, a teacher at the exclusive Hollybourne School, knows there's something unusual about his submissive student, Laura. And it’s not just her issues with sex...
While his desire for her wars with his duty, Hunter is determined to help her conquer her problems and find out every secret inside that head of hers. Will he be able to fix what is broken?

As their relationship heats up, Hunter realises he wants more than just a teacher/pupil relationship, but after being hurt in the past, can he trust the secretive woman? And does she feel more than just gratitude for him?

Content warning: Contains adult scenes.

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Laura is a woman with serious problems when it comes to anything sexual.  She has fantasies that she considers dirty and inappropriate. Why? We don't know until toward the end and when we find out, it's understandable. She has been mentally harmed by the person who should have loved her unconditionally. She comes to a school for submissive's thinking that the people are depraved and exploiting the women who are there. She also has a secret, she needs to graduate or she will lose her job.

Mr. Hunter is a teacher at Hollybourne school. He seems hardcore and immediately Laura is skittish around him. What is it about him that scares her, yet arouses her at the same time? When her mentor breaks his leg and can't come to the school, Mr. Hunter becomes her mentor. She soon finds out that the attraction isn't one sided and he is a very complex man.

Niall Hunter has been hurt before, he has closed himself off to all woman. Then comes Laura. She is his first student to ever mentor and this puts him in a precarious situation.  Can he stay professional or will the attraction he feels be too much? He immediately crosses lines that he shouldn't and finds that he can't help but continue. She makes him feel things he hasn't felt in years.

When Niall finds out the truth about Laura can he forgive her?  Will he destroy them both for the sake of his pride or find that he has true love and the ultimate submissive of his desires?

This book is a very steamy read. It has your typical BDSM, but it also has some touching love scenes as well.  It's a non-stop read that you won't want to put down until you finish.  It's not a long read but is enjoyable.  I would give this book 4 stars. It would have been 4.5, but I got annoyed with the word Arse being used all the time.


He pulled several lengths as Laura watched, seemingly oblivious to her presence. Her heavy legs remained rooted even as she tried to persuade herself to go. Just get out, Laura. Walk away and leave. Hunter paused at the end of the lane and stared at her, sending a shiver through her. Cheeks flaming, she dove under and swam furiously. She didn't stop until breathless and exhausted. Unfortunately he was still there and she was still frustrated.

His dark gaze studied her as she swam over to the edge and gathered her breath. “Why did you do that?”

Blinking away the water, she scowled. “Do what, Sir?”

“Swim as if you were trying to escape something. Were you trying to escape me?”

Laura released a spluttered laugh. “Of course not.” His eyebrow twitched as if he didn't believe her. Damn him. “You were doing the same,” she added.

He chuckled, the sound unexpectedly lifting her heart. “You might be right.”

They stared at each other. Surely he heard her pulse pounding? When he looked at her like that, she was sure he could see everything. Did he know the truth? Was that why he’d taken a disliking to her? Shit. She was such a fool for agreeing to this. No job was worth this.

Courage sapped by his dark eyes, she swam over to the steps. On her like a tiger, he swam quickly after her and she failed to prevent the surprised yelp as she grabbed on to the metal steps and his arms came around her, gripping the railings. She twisted around to find him looming over her, the water dripping from his hair onto her face. The haunted look no longer lingered in his gaze, instead hunger seeped into it and twisted her stomach.

“You are trying to swim away your frustration,” he stated.

Laura gaped up at him, her shaky fingers curling around the stair railings, just beneath his hands. His body pressed into hers, making the steps dig into her back.

“Are you frustrated, Laura?”

“Are you?” she threw back.

A wry smile quirked on his lips. “Yes. God help me, I am.”

His mouth came down upon hers, causing a gasp. She heard his muffled curse as his hands twined under her damp hair and his tongue pressed into her mouth. Powerless against the onslaught, she gripped stupidly at the railings as her body responded to his touch.

Arching into him, she kissed him back. Even as she fought it, her body craved him.


Laura – Sienna Miller
Niall – Clive Owen
Simone – Halle Berry
Charlotte – Amanda Righetti
Victoria Pembroke – Catherine Zeta Jones



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J.A. lives and works in England and has been writing for many years now. She loves to create stories with a distinctly British feel and all her stories involve strong, virile men, intelligent women and the raunchiest scenarios possible. You can find J.A. on Facebook at


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Will Miranda survive the ups and downs of her new love life, which is just as volatile and unpredictable as the market?  Or will her new romance go down the tubes along with the economy?  Only time will tell.

Readers who are down and out about their trashed investment portfolios can pick up a copy of MARKET FOR LOVE and forget all about the economic downturn.  Read the book, and have a little fun peeking inside the unseen world of the sexy young investment bankers who’ve been pushed to the edge along with everyone else.


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This book was an easy relaxing read. It wasn't too long of a read at 241 pages and honestly it didn't seem like it was that long because the story went by so quickly. This book is full of one event after another.  There is no lull in this book to create boredom and the interaction between Miranda and Max is hilarious at times.  I liked that Miranda's character could take the bull by the horns, but at the same time get flustered and become human. Max is an alpha male, but he truly doesn't know how to interact with a woman who fights his sexual whims.  The sex between them is steamy, the story line is full of revenge, and it's a modern day business woman's fairytale.  I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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