Friday, May 9, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Three And A Half Weeks by: LuLu Astor

Title:  Three And A Half Weeks
Author:  Lulu Astor
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  April 29, 2014
Review Source:  Enticing Journey

His instructions begin in the hotel room.
“Do you have a garter belt?”
“No. But I do have silk stockings that stay up without a garter. Do you want me to wear those?”
He nods. “And your black stilettos, please.”
It’s not until we get in the taxi that he makes his next request. Once he gives the driver an address, he leans in to whisper in my ear. “Take off your panties.”
I am sitting in the taxi in New York City with Ian Blackmon. The Ian Blackmon of Wall Street, Forbes and People magazine renown. Before our chance encounter, I’d never heard of him. Now I see his name and likeness everywhere I look. Before our encounter, I’d never even dreamed of meeting a man like him. Now I share intimate moments with him. Before our encounter, I’d never been tied up and ravished.
Now I am… frequently.

My name is Ella Strong. Welcome to my brand-new world.
Before I'd never been tied up, dominated and ravished. Now I am frequently.....Ariel (Ella) Strong...a young woman in her last year of college, sweet and innocent working at a boutique meets the devastatingly handsome Ian Blackmon when he comes into the boutique to buy a present for his sister. This meeting changes her life forever.

Three And A Half Weeks is Ella and Ian's story. Its a story of love shown through domination and submission. Ella meets Ian at the boutique when she sells him a necklace for his sister as a gift. She is then summoned to his office where he explains his attraction to her. He suggest an arrangement..they have a date. It’s a life event for Ella and she enjoys it but decides she will not see Ian again.

Ian  an alpha and dominant wants Ella and refuses to take no for an answer. Ian gets what he wants for a period of time ..three and a half weeks to be exact. But Ian makes a terrible mistake. A mistake that causes Ella great pain, and she begins to fear him. Ella flees. What Ian realizes after she is gone astounds him. He realizes in a very short time that Ella has become his everything.

This is a really nice, full story. Both come to realize during the course of the story who they are...each one separately and together. They see how people love differently and show that love in many different ways. As the story progresses both become more confident in themselves and each other.

Three And A Half Weeks is full of twists and turns. It has elements of suspense and mystery. The characters are flawed but loving and willing to grow. The surrounding characters are interesting and engaging. The book is a good length which I always enjoy. The title Three And A Half Weeks has special significance to the story that I really really enjoyed. I believe that Ian Blackmon may be my new book boyfriend. Well done Miss Astor....Well done!

Nevertheless I keep it up. When I feel him get even harder than he was already, I stop and wait a few moments. Then I start up again. While I’m rubbing him, I kiss his throat, lick his ear, suck his earlobe, and finally bite his neck—hard. As soon as he feels my teeth sink into his flesh, his eyelids flutter closed for a brief moment, and then he grabs my hand, roughly leading me out of the club and right into a waiting taxi. I can’t help but smile.

After giving the driver the address of the hotel, he leans back and looks at me. Seeing my triumphant grin, he merely raises a brow. “Battle conceded, war still up for grabs,” he says as his hand goes back up my dress.

Lulu Astor is a New York City girl, born and bred. She met her husband at a doggie play group in Tribeca in the ‘90s and together they embarked on adventures, moving first to Chicago, where their first son was born, then on to Santa Fe, New Mexico, followed by Los Angeles, Cali. Eventually they headed back to NYC where their second son made his debut shortly thereafter.

Beginning her writing career with nonfiction, she began writing short fiction (her first love) in grad school, moving on to longer works shortly thereafter. She wrote the Complements series in 2010, and it was published on KDP in 2013. Three and a Half Weeks was initially conceived as a short story but evolved into a full-length (very full) novel as time went on.

Immersing herself in fiction (whether reading or writing) every minute possible, she also teaches writing and literature as an adjunct professor in the New York-Connecticut area where she currently resides.



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