Friday, February 25, 2011

Review: Turn It Up by Vivian Arend

She wants it. He’s got it…and a whole lot more.

Turner Twins, Book Two

Maxwell Turner considers his stubborn and resourceful attitude a plus. After all, it usually gets him what he wants—except for Natasha Bellingham. The long-time family friend may be ten years older than he, but so what? He’s plenty old enough to know they belong together. Now all he has to do is convince her.

Over the past few years Natasha’s love life has degenerated into a series of bad clichés. Her biological clock is ticking—loudly. As a proven architect with her own house-design company, she’s financially ready for a baby. Who says she needs a permanent man in her life for that? She just needs a “donation”.

When Max discovers Natasha’s future plans include artificial insemination, he’s outraged. She wants to get pregnant? No problem. He’s more than willing to volunteer—no turkey basters involved .

But there’s one non-negotiable clause: He wants forever. And he intends to do everything in his power—fair and unfair—to make it happen.

Warning: This title contains one younger man ready, aimed and hell bent on giving one woman everything she wants. Includes interludes against the wall, in a Jacuzzi, on a car hood and even—shockingly enough—on a bed or two. Oh, and about that porch swing? Yup…

I have obtained the above information from Vivian Arend's website.

I also received the book from the author for an honest review. So, let's go!

For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review.

Omg, this book is delicious! Ms. Vivian did a great job at making me fall in love with her characters... As always! This is a great story of how a little determination could go a long way. Max kinda reminds me of "The Train Who Could," lmbo! But remember, you also have to factor in love. It is a power tool. I mean seriously, would you let something as precious as the one you know is yours, slip through your fingers just because of what people thought? How long do you think you could swear off love, men and relationships? That was Natasha's plan. Really, who needs a man who wants to totally devote himself to her, to love her for all she is worth, to defend her and honor her to no end, who wants nothing more than her happiness before his own?

**Ohh yeah, I see you shaking your head. Agreeing with me. I know... I mean, really. Hell, I was signing up for my own Max while reading this**

Natasha was on edge of 35 with a realization of not wanting to be hurt by another hurtful relationship, Tasha wants a family. The unconventional way... she wants a baby with no father in the picture. I mean, who needs a man who eventually will not like what he has at home and go after another woman ~ right?? Tasha thought she was not meant for love ~ of any kind. Hell, not even from her own mother. So what did she have to offer to a man? But what she kept at bay was a hot, young man who wanted her attention more than any other man in her life.... Max. But something held her back from truly coming out the closet about her feelings for this man... Was it his age? Was it that he belonged to a family that kinda took her in? Or was it simply the fact that she felt she could not give him what he would want ~ love...

Okay, so Max is young... I would dare to say really young, but come on. Who would not want a 24 yr old *stud of a man* wanting her? Max might be young, but he was smarter than most 24 yr olds, with his own company and enough money in the bank to not have to care to much about where his next meal came from. But what Max wanted in life was not the conventional thing... He wanted Natasha... someone almost ten years his senior. But the thing is, he has been wanting her since he was barely legal. And one night, when the God's gifted him with the opportunity of a lifetime, does he allow it to slip through his fingers or does he take the freaking bull by the horns and ride for the best ride of his life? Hell, this is a simple answer...

These two have freaking chemistry like a rocket scientist. I understood Tasha's hesitancy to get involved with men after being hurt the way she was in the past... But the past is the past. So with that, Natasha formulates a plan to start her future! But little did she know what a few, few, few drinks would do... You know what they say, "Loose tongues sinks ships," lmbo... Well, her ship had not even left port yet, and someone was already on board with her plan. When Max found out what Tasha wanted, he was all but ready to help her out! What would you lose to have what you truly wanted? How far would you go to make that someone see what was right in front of them? How far would you go to let someone know they freaking rock your world? Well... If you are brave enough, why don't you Turn It Up and tune in to Max and Natasha's story!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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  1. I really enjoyed Turn It Up - and even though I don't usually like the Older/Youunger trope - Ms. Arend made it work. And Max, *fans self* Yum!

  2. I really liked this book too. The first one is just as good :)
    Great review Cecile.

  3. Your enthusiasm is catching, Cecile! Wonderful review. :)

  4. What can I say, I hope that woman takes a chance with that hot young guy :D

  5. Patti (Book Addict)~ Hey hon! This really was a great book! Have you read book one?? It was just as good! I do love the older woman/younger man story. Hummmm... Gotta love cougars!

    Chris~ TGIF!!!!

    elaing8~ Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! This was a very hot book, I have to admit!

    Janna~ Hey hon! Oh thanks for popping in! It is good to see you. This was a very hot book!

    Blodeuedd~ Hey honey! Ohhhh, she took a chance alright.. It was a hot book! One I think you would enjoy - a lot!

  6. Glad you enjoyed this! I bought it and look forward to reading it. :P

  7. Oh great review. I've enjoyed Vivian Arend's books in the past. I may grab this one!

  8. ~ames~ Hey honey! How have you been? I hope you have been well. I really did enjoy this book. And I hope you enjoy it as well! hot hot!! Hugs to you!

    Fiction Vixen~ Hey honey! Thanks for peeking in today! Ohhh if you loved her in the past, you will love this one! Hugs to you honey!

  9. Great review dear!! This is another book that I've been eying so I'm so glad to hear that you really enjoyed it!

    I meant to hop over here earlier to give you hugs and tell you just how much I LOVED your post at Lissa's blog! LOL! You freaking crack me up! =D Sorry I haven't been around much .. Just finished finals and now starting my next round. :( But, I wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and wishing you a fabulous week!! *HUGS*

  10. Thanks for stopping by~you are so sweet! I love Vivian Arend's novellas. I am so getting this series.

  11. Sorry I haven't been keeping up with the books hun...I just cant read them that much anymore...I alreadyhave to damn many that I have to buy because of you ;)

    I do miss your smutty ass when I don't talk to you though. Love you dear.

    I love your smutt of the day too!

  12. Tanya~ Hey honey! Aw thank you very much hon. This really is a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I hope you do too!!
    Awww honey, I just wanted to pop over to see how you were doing!?! Was missing you! Hope all is well!
    I has so much fun at Lissa's place, she really let me run wild!! Heheheh! You know I always love to have fun! Ohhhh finals... say no more honey! I completely understand. Hugs to you!

    A Buckeye Girl Reads~ Hey hon! Ohhh don't feel like you have to come by, I just wanted to drop by to see what you were up too! It feels like forever! Thanks for coming over though! It is always nice to see friends!

    Brandi~~ Awww you know I have a soft spot in my heart for you my honey dear! Oh believe me... I can't keep up with the books either... But I do seem to be getting some very hot books lately, lol... I think I owe you an email.. Hummmm... Know that I miss your sexy ass too honey!! Hugs to you! Ahhh isn't that picture just freaking hot... I have more... But I have to teach you patience... lmbo!!

  13. 'Oh, and about that porch swing? Yup…'

    Now there's an idea.

    (A nod to you, Cecile)

  14. OH Mr V... there are a bunch of ideas... and that porch swing.. Well, I have to say that I have been admiring the one on your front stoop...

    ***Noddin back at ya Mr V***

  15. Oh THAT swing.

    *shrugs modestly*


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My Fictional Smutty Boyfriend.... =)