Monday, September 28, 2009

Review: Hard As Nails

Hard As Nails
Line: Moderne

Series: None
Book Length: 298 pages

Book Type: Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9781419957925
Credit to Ellora's Cave Publishing

The Blurb:

Naughty Nuptial
The Cake Babe

Start of the Hot Hendersons series

Marissa pushed aside all thoughts of men and focused on establishing her business. That is, until Jason strolls into the kitchen the day before a big wedding. Tall and ripped with teasing brown eyes, his heart-stopping grin has her self-imposed celibacy crumbling.

Jason sets eyes on the hot cake babe and immediately wonders if she's as sweet as the confections she creates. Her girl-next-door cuteness and lush curves are sheer distraction. Soon he's tasting more than just her famous butter cream.

Who knew a little leftover frosting, an urge to go without panties and an errant bouquet toss would have Marissa's calm existence churning in a sexual maelstrom she suddenly has no wish to overcome.

Love's Ally

Book 2 in the Hot Hendersons series.

It's the spring of Tessa's discontent. Sales are low, she's losing her best friend to the unholy union of matrimony and her sex life is on the skids. But that's about to change.

Tom has covertly observed the fiery redhead for longer than he'd like to admit and he's kept his distance…until now. Assuming he can harness his desire, he gives her a lift home from a party but realizes his miscalculation the minute she slides across the seat of his truck.

All Tessa's wanted for the past six months is to touch him. Maybe a little taste. But when he pulls her into his arms and the windows steam up, they both realize a little of anything is rarely ever enough.

Hallow's Eve Hunk

Book 3 in the Hot Hendersons series, but is a stand-alone story.

Vicky is looking forward to her cousin's holiday party, until the evening turns a little too kinky for her tastes. She flees the scene and finds a quiet neighborhood bar complete with pool tables, fine bourbon and a hunk among hunks.

When a beauty dressed as a National Velvet wet dream sidles up to the bar Andy has to have her. Their innocent game of Halloween role playing turns hot and they embark on a journey of sexual exploration neither expected the night to bring.

It's an evening Vicky and Andy aren't likely to forget. One filled with secret desires, skeletons in the closet and more than a few things going bump in the night. All night!

Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal
Book 4 in the Hot Hendersons series.

Prof. Shelly Latimer is spending the final moments of her day overlooking the river, a glass of good red wine in one hand and the coffin-shaped box containing her wedding rings in the other. She's not looking for Divorce Day companionship but it finds her…in the hot, hard-bodied form of her neighbor, Luke Henderson.

Shelly's logical mind balks at Luke's sudden interest, though he strives to convince her he's genuine in ways she's never experienced.

Luke realizes straight off that he'll have his hands full with more than Shelly's womanly curves. There's his playboy reputation to dispel, her apprehension about age differences to ease, and the daunting task of convincing her that the passion they share is much more than just a fling.

:::My Review:::
Because there are four short stories in this book, I will do a short review for each book.
First, I will start with telling you right off the bat that these brothers are freaking SEX ON A STICK!!!! The hussy factor was purring throughout the whole damn book! Okay, she might have been screaming and panting and drooling... not purring!

The Cake Bake - Marissa Hughes is a phenomenal bakery. And her skills are being put to the test with the wedding of the year in Grand Harbor. The bride is slashing everyone and everything that gets in her way and that does not go her way. But Marissa passes the test, only because her skills are outstanding. But her bedroom skills had taken a backseat to her business. Her business was her first priority.
Now let's met, Jason Henderson - Sex On A Stick Number 1. His family "owns the most successful contracting firm in the county." He also happen to be the groom's cousin. I will use this description for all of the brothers... Tall, handsome and oozing sex appeal = Sex On A Stick! Okay, now that I have told you what he looks likes... His career is pretty much set for him. And since he is a Henderson brother, let's just say that he knows his way around the ladies. **insert evil smile from him here**
Now, let's put these two ingredients together and you will come out with one delicious, sexy couple. They had me laughing and falling in love! Wanting to have some **cake and eat it too**!!!

Sex On A Stick Number 2's story...
Hallow's Eve Hunk- Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in being at the right place, at the right time? This story starts at my favorite time of the year... Halloween!!! Victoria, aka Vicky, is at a party her cousin invited her too. Bobby, her cousin, is "trying" to help her regain some clientele. She is an interior designer who lived in Atlanta... but one of her clients decided to withhold certain details of his life... while romancing Vicky. So, she moved back home to Grand Harbor. Bobby and her got into an argument at the party, so she headed out. She comes to a bar and decides to go in. She did not care what bar, just as long as it was warm. Insert Andy, aka Andrew, - see above for description for Sex On A Stick brother - here. He is just having a beer at the bar when this hot woman walks in. Andy is not in costume nor does he care that she is in one. They exchange a bit of conversation and one thing leads to another... And I am going to let you figure out what comes next!! They are an awesome couple. They had me laughing too! So, let's see if you like to go Trick~or~Treating now?? **dirty wink**

Sex On A Stick Number 3's story...
Love's Ally - In this story, Jason and Marissa just got engaged!!! So, of course we get to meet Marissa's best friend Tessa and she is a trip! She is a tell it like it is kinda woman; take no shit. She owns a bookstore and she reads tarot cards. So people tend to think she is a kind of freak - so to speak. The story gets interesting because while one brother tries to make a "play" for her... another one finds himself wanting her all for himself. No sharing!! Now, it is Tom that finds himself getting annoyed with his brother, Luke, for "trying" to make the play for her. Tessa is only interested in... Tom Henderson, who is (yum-me) "rumor had it Tom Henderson was the master of the twelve hour fling."
Now with romance in the air... do you think the twelve hour man can fall in love...?? This is one smkoin hot couple... Damn!

Sex On A Stick Number 4's story...
Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal - The beginning of the story takes us to the brothers planning Tom's bachelor party. Oh, yea... this gets really good and funny as shit!! The brothers themselves are funny and add in their new found loves... hilarious!!!
This story is about Luke... the playboy himself! He sales wrought iron creations; hence the title... lol!! For the description of the man... All I am giving to give you is - he is FREAKING SEX ON A STICK... hell, he is the damn stick!
Shelly Latimer is a college professor, newly divorced (from a complete asshole) and living in the apartment that said asshole and her moved into. Luke and her have been neighbors for five years. But no barriers were ever crossed. They admired each other from a distance. But this story takes a TWIST... she was also older than him! She is forty five and a real woman. (All the women are but the way she describes herself, well, it made me think of myself) This relationship was unlike the other ones, they have some barriers to over come. This was definitely a ride for me... and one I was glad that I stayed on!!! You will love this story =)

This whole book was absolutely wonderful! Ms. Ellis introduces us to the Henderson brothers. And believe you me... You will want to meet all of them! They are a family that stands up for one another and sticks by each other - no matter what. The stories are very well written. I never wanted to put the book down! In fact, I re-read the book to do the review... You know, for research purposes!!!! I loved all the stories! I know for a fact that it will not disappoint the hussy in you!!! I can not wait for the other Henderson's to get their story! But I have to admit to wanting to keep the brothers to myself and not sharing with you!!! Hope you enjoy!

Please stop by Ms. M.A. Ellis's place --->>> here and check out what other tasty treats she may have for you!!!
If you would like to purchase this book, please go --->>> here to Jasmine Jade Enterprises. Because I'm sure in hell not giving you my copy.... Mmmaaawwwhhhaaaa (evil laughter)

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ellis when I went to the book signing in New Orleans. (So yes, my book is autographed!!!) She is such a delightful woman! I loved her immediately... And she told me that there is another book coming out with two more of the brothers.... And let me tell you... that I can not wait!!!
Until next time....

Oh and do not forget to stay tune for my Birthday Party Kick Off October 1st... There will be mcuh to see... and I hope you stick around the whole month... Because it will be sweet!!!!


  1. What I learnt, sex on a stick ;).. a lot of it. Those are some hunky men. Great reviews Cecile.

  2. HA - I love the numbered sex on a sticks. It is cute all the stories connect. Not feelin the dude on the cover though - glad to hear the other guys are much more drool worthy :)

  3. I do enjoy interconnected stories... :)

  4. Thanks, Cecile, for loving my Hot Hendersons as much as I do! I'm working on the twins...take a moment to break out the fans and misconstrue that comment any way you'd like :)

  5. MANDI--I wish we had more control over the covers we end up with. Generally, we send in descriptions of our hero, cross our fingers and pray. But if you go to my website and see some of the covers I've had, my HARD AS NAILS cover dude isn't so bad after all :)

  6. So you re-read the book for research purposes huh *wink* I would've re-read it to just get to sample all that sex-on-a-stick again LOL

    And M.A. Ellils, you think be
    can I volunteer at Ellora's Cave for the job to sample some studmuffins with the descriptions of the author heroes in my hand? I wouldn't mind stepping up to that plate *wink*

  7. Edit self: And M.A. Ellils, you think be can I volunteer at Ellora's Cave = I can be...

    I admit...I was on such a sex-on-a-stick high that it made my dutch and english grammar collide in this sentence *sigh* Bad Cecile 

  8. Hmmm...I really can't tell from your review if you liked this book -hahahaha!!

    This sounds like a super sexy read. I do like when the stories interconnect and you get to enjoy new characters while getting a peek at how previous characters are doing.

  9. Good One Cecile..

    Interlinking the stories was good and this books sounds like a read I would enjoy...

    Please continue your research - don't stop on our account...



  10. ~Blodeuedd!
    Thank you! Sex On A Stick... This book has them in tenfolds! These are some hot brothers! I hope you have a great day my friend!

    Hey Girl! I had to start numbering them... They are freaking hot! It was nice that the stories are all connected and the characters come in and out of all the books. That was nice to see that as well. It really made like you were reading a "family" book. The guy on the cover is hot, but not what I picture the brothers to look like. His look is that of a military book or something like that. But all in all... we know that authors don't get much say in it. So, let's not judge a book by its cover! LOL!!
    Because these men are definitely drool worthy honey!!! I have picked up four fictional boyfriends! And I am waiting for the other two brothers to get their own books!!
    I hope you had a great weekend!

  11. ~Chris!
    Hey honey! If you enjoy interconnected stories... You WILL love this one. They are short and sexy! Definitely worth picking it up!

  12. Ms. Ellis! Thank you for dropping by! Enjoy the story, hell, I could not get enough of these damn brothers, I had to go back and re-read the stories, lol!!!
    I so can not wait for Matthew and Sammy's story!
    **note ladies... they are twins**

  13. ~Leontine!
    Hey honey! I hope you had a great weekend! Girl... You know, I wanted this review to be perfect, so I HAD to research and re-read the book again. Just to make sure I got the facts right, lmao!! Not to mention, I re-read it because I was having withdrawals for some more Sex On A Stick!
    You are too funny!!!

    ""And M.A. Ellils, you think be can I volunteer at Ellora's Cave for the job to sample some studmuffins...""I wouldn't mind stepping up to that plate *wink*"" You are something else! I will join in that job! Just think of the "research" we could do!!

    And then you get tongue tied!
    ""I was on such a sex-on-a-stick high that it made my dutch and english grammar collide in this sentence *sigh* Bad Cecile ""
    Bad me!!! Of course not! **evil wink**

    ~Patti! Hey honey!
    I was not sure if I liked the book either... that is why I had to re-read it and drool over it all over again, lmao!! This book definitely is a very super sexy read.

    ~Erotic Horizon
    Thank you honey! Glad to see! Miss you! I did like that Ms. Ellis kept the characters coming back and forth throughout the whole book. It was nice. She gave each man their own story, but kept the brothers in arms reach of each other! I loved it! And I will carry on the responsibility of research... all for the sake of the story and review!!! LOL!!!
    I hope you had a great weekend!

  14. Sex on a stick books!?! LMAO!!! Girl, you know how to find the books that appeal to the hussy within. Woot!

    This collection sounds like a great and steamy read. Can't get much better then that. *wink*

    Thanks for the fabulous reviews and recommendation!

    (((hugs))) VFG

  15. Awesome review Cecile!!!! Sex on a stick huh? Oh my!! Actually I have this book on my wishlist........thinking I need to put it at the top of the tbb list ASAP!! :)
    Happy Monday Cecile!

  16. Hey hon!!! I'm so sorry I dropped off the face of the earth last week busy busy busy UGH lol. Hopefully this week will be much more normal.

    Terrific review dear and very hunk cover as well!

    Hope you are having a great one! (((Big Hugs)))

  17. Great fun review Cecile!! LOL You are too funny..

    That cover is definitely extremely hawt though..

    Thanks for sharing..


  18. Great review. Might have to check this one out. Who can resist sex on a stick?

  19. "For the description of the man... All I am giving to give you is - he is FREAKING SEX ON A STICK... hell, he is the damn stick!"

    LOL! Cecile you are THE BEST!! This is why I love ya so much. You know how to bring a smile to someone's face.

    Great review!!


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