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Vanilla on Top

(Walk on the Wild Side #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,940 ratings  ·  457 reviews
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her
ebook, 279 pages
Published January 11th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
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Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader and aspiring novelist, I am pretty difficult to please when it comes to issues like voice and style. I've tossed many books to the side after only a few pages. Largely due to this, I had never read an erotica novel prior to receiving Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellison. My only other foray into the genre included the first 20 pages of a well-known erotica trilogy. That was all it took for me to decide that the author and I just weren't going to click.

I wasn't sure what to expect whe
Erzabet Bishop
Vanilla on Top
A Walk on the Wild Side novel
C. J. Ellison
Contemporary. Sub/Myst.

M/F. Anal Play. Spanking

277 pages

Heather is talked into going to a speed-dating event. Marcus has talked his friend, Tony, into going to the same speed-dating event. After a few changes in partners Heather and Tony get together for their short allotted time and almost immediately his phone rings. He answers and complains about being interrupted and when it happens for the third time Heather tells him to turn it off. H
Loves To Dive
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Tired of being alone, Heather reluctantly allows her best friend Carla to drag her to a speed dating event. She’s not really expecting anything to come out of it but, hey a girl can dream can’t she? As the head of acquisitions for a big time shipping conglomerate and sexy as all get out, Tony doesn’t need any help getting a date but allows his friend Marcus to talk him into accompanying him to the same speed dating event, maybe it will be amusing.

As soon as Heather sees Tony across the
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
**Buddy read with Georgia, Marina, Rosalinda and Soraya!!!**

To be honest, I have a lot of mixed feeling about this one...

When the story started out, I didn't think I was going to like it that much... The characters were hard to connect with, there wasn't much depth to the storyline and if it hadn't been for the awesome buddies I read it with, I might have even given up reading the book around 30 % in it.... But, I'm glad we stuck through it after all, because the story turned out to be a lot
Georgia ♥
*Copy provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Thank you!!

And buddy read with Debra, Marina, Rosalinda and Soraya!

3.5 Stars

My first attempt at a buddy read, kicked off with a BANG! I think I'm talking for everyone, when I say that we had a blast! Just take a look at our status updates and you'll understand...

Now let's start booktalking and psychoanalyzing...

“What’s gotten into you lately? First you’re all bossy and take control with him, then yo
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know how there are some books out there that you can connect to because the characters embody “the girl/boy next door”? The characters are believable and likeable and you care what happens to them. Well, there are even better instances when you have a more personal connection and think, wow that character is me. The author C.J. Ellisson invokes that feeling with her new book Vanilla on Top. Within the first couple of pages I was hooked and totally identifying with Heather and her insecuritie ...more
Years back, a friend and I used to go out as our alter egos: fake names, occupations, really didn't matter because we didn't intend to ever see anyone we met again. Truth is it was exciting and oddly empowering. Vanilla on Top, a contemporary erotica novel written by C.J. Ellisson, reminded me a bit of those days (minus the erotica :P). The female lead, Heather tries out speed dating and stumbles upon an opportunity to be uncharacteristically adventurous and dominant during a ca ...more
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Stacey is a SMUT WHORE
***BUDDY READ*** Ladies, the best about reading this book was reading it with you: Soraya, Debra, Marina, Georgia, Sarah, Em & Betty :)

I loved Tony from the beginning and he is the main reason for my 4 stars!

I didn't know speed dating worked like that, dammit I should have tried before! lol

Heather has been insecure all her life and she decides she needs to change that so she goes to an speed dating event and meets my hot Tony (I know, I consider him mine, I am pretty possessive!). Tony, on the
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
3.5 stars

Well, if you like lotsa sex, this book delivers. The first half I was a bit worried it was typical erotica with no real plot. That improved with time.

The story of Tony and Heather who meet at a speed dating session. He's a rich successful businessman who gets pressured into going with his buddy Marcus (why? Exactly). He meets Heather. She's had a sad history of losing her parents to a car accident and her last two relationships were less than stellar...the last guy cheating on her. She
Duchess Nicole
"Who knew being an emotionally unavailable bitch would be such a turn on for some men?

I imagine most men would be okay with the role reversal shown here in this book...unexpected and titillating public sex after meeting for two minutes? Um, yeah!

However, this is not conducive to a romance.

And that was my big problem with this book. Everything these two do leads to sex. Every scene they are in leads to sex...every argument, phone call, date, simple conversation leads to sex.

I did expect there to
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: galley-arc, meh
1.5 stars

Okay, this book... I was excited to read it. I haven't disliked anything in the Brazen line so far, but oh man this one missed the mark. I loved the plot. I even liked the characters. But the awkward descriptions during sex or relating to the sex were just too much for me. Let's give some examples, shall we?

My shaft wedges between the firm halves of her butt

Her butt, really?

One wet finger probes between my ass cheeks, searching for my tight pucker.


3.5 stars

Buddy read with Georgia, Soraya, Debra, Rosalinda :D
Thank you guys for the amazing experience, you made it count:)

Now on to the review..Oh where to begin..
Let's start with..

Heather. She is this incredibly insecure woman, whose self-consciousness is hindering her from aknowledging her true value and beauty. She is essentially a pushover who wants nothing more than to change this facade, which she does the moment the opportunity rises.
So basically she goes from someone like this:

Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Oh! what a tangled web we weave…’ Alright, I know you probably read that in your most sinister voice. Try it in your most seductive voice, confident and in charge, then you’ll feel the power that Heather feels when she taps into her inner bad girl.
The story isn’t really about the deception or pretending she’s something that she’s not, but the emergence of the butterfly that was hidden within. Heather is a marvelously complex character, and the reader is there with her watching her growth and m
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
A sweet 3.5 stars!

This is a sweet quick read...

Turn off your phone! Pour yourself a drink and start reading....

Heather.. A girl who is tired of men walking over her, decides to take charge of her life and be in control.

Meets Tony... A very handsome sexy business man who is tired of woman using him for his money and is happy for a woman to control him for once!

They meet at speed dating and find themselves very attracted to each other... Heather has Brazen confidence :) lol

The unexpectedly find e
Jan 21, 2013 marked it as dnf
DNF at 23%

Too much sex and not enough story or character development.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Vanilla on top was a fun quick read which told the story of Heather, a young but seemingly shy woman, lacking in self confidence, who's had a run of bad luck, especially with men, and needs a pick me up. The story begins with Heather attending a speed dating event. When Tony, an attractive man, sits down opposite her, Heather decides to try a different tact with men for a change and see what it feels like to be the one in charge. Tony is instantly drawn to the dominance that Heather exudes durin ...more
Anastasia シ
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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OMG I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS NOVEL!! The author draws you in from the first chapter, it was soo hard to put down! I just had to see what happened next :D I stayed up all night! Such a good novel!
LOVE Troy & Heather!! this novel is definitely a MUST read!! I highly recommend it!
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD is all i can say about this book. it has you hooked from the very first chapter . If you like 50 shades you will love this book. the characters are more believable and loveable. and you get hooked . c.cccj. Ellisson is the author to look out for
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
This was a short but fun and sexy read. I liked the idea of adding speed dating to the story. I don't know if I've ever read a book where speed dating was involved. I wish she had more guys during the speed dating session before meeting Tony but I'm not complaining too much because we are popped right into the action and man does the author sure have a way for laying out the scene in fine detail for her readers.

The characters were likable and even though in the beginning Heather takes charge of
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Today's review is on Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson

Ellisson is no stranger to the erotic genre by any means, and Vanilla on Top is proof of that. This book is well planed, well paced, and very well written. The characters are likeable, believable, and oh so hot, without anything being taken away from the realism of their daily lives.

Centered around the lives of Heather Pierce; a soft-spoken and meek woman, who her friend classifies as a "doormat", and Tony Carmine; a top notch executive in busi
~ Cariad ~
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
~Slightly tweaked review~

A solid 4 stars from me

Well, who knew speed dating could be so much fun! I won't give the game away, but the first chapter is and the eroticsm throughout is breathtaking. You definitely get a feel for Heather and Tony's emotions.

The whole book flowed well for me, fast paced, great story, something different too in that Heather takes charge of her life by becoming a sort of 'vanilla domme' (Vanilla on Top is a totally appropriate title for the book!)

Loved Tony - (vi
Boone Brux
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Super hot and impossible to put Dow. Heather and Tony's story is one of letting go of control and realizing by doing so, they gain everything. The romance developers naturally, with realistic conflicts and obstacles. A definite read.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
HOT HOT HOT and i will say it again this story was HOT..

This is my first time reading a book by C.J Ellisson and it's one i wont forget for a while and

i don't think my hubbie will either ;) and i will be certain to check out her other work.

This is a well written book that not only has sexy sex scenes but the story behind it is great to and you really wont want to put it down i finished this book in one sitting.

How many of us want to change ourselfs in someways and take charge of our lifes well
Love, loved this book. Very hot and steamy read. Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson from the first page had me hooked, line, sucked in and begging for more. Heather and Tony meet at a speed dating gathering, where Heather tells Tony "Turn it off," (his phone) the heat between them begins to ingnite. As their realtionship begins to catch, burn hotter and stronger (more ways than one which is an awesome thing), Heather and Tony realize that their careers overlap. Will it turn to smoldering only to di ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of C.J. Ellisson's Vampire vacation Series and so tried this book because I like her writing. A Writer of one genre often has trouble writing in another genre, so imagine my surprise when I found out this book was just as well written and captivating as her Vampire Vacation Series!
Anyone who reads this book is in for a great read! Several twists and turns in the story line let you realize that this book was well thought out and most definitely a labor of love! ( no pun intended)
Miss E
Laura Ball
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tired of her life and being alone, Heather takes a leap outside of her personal norm. And WOW this is a big leap! She is nervous about it initially, but could this be a part of her that has been hidden in her personality? Tony is tired of always being in charge. When Heather demands that he turns off his phone - sparks are flying from there! Heather & Tony have great chemistry together, and to watch their relationship unfold was extremely satisfying. The book keeps moving so that I really did no ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not my usual genre. I so loved Ms Ellison's other series (VV Inn) that I tried this one anyway. And, am I ever glad I did! The talent this author has for
character development, for making you believe her characters are real people, is fantastic. You are drawn in, and quickly begin to care about them and what happens to them. The story doesn't disappoint either.
Other books in this genre that I have read have left me wondering where the story is. Vanilla on Top does not! It has the story t
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! C.J. Ellisson draws you in from the first Chapter and doesn’t let go until the last word on the last page. You will fall in love with Tony and Heather and find yourself flipping pages to find out what happens next! Kudos to Miss Ellisson for flipping the script and making the woman in charge and the man scrambling to please her. Great story! Great characters! Hot sex!
Tina  Peacock (Formerly -Bookcrack)
5+++++ STARS for Smexy goodness

4.5 STARS for Love it or Leave it

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We heard good buzz on Facebook that Entangled’s latest Brazen erotic romance VANILLA ON TOP was the first in a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ series [a series of light BDSM discovery stories] we said ‘Yes, please.’ (Self-purchased on Amazon.)

But you don’t have to be a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey type books or light BDSM to enjoy it. Oh no.

If you’ve ever suffered though a blind date, a
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I have been waiting patiently to read C.J.'s latest release, Vanilla on Top. This is definitely a FAVE for 2013 and I cannot wait to read the next installment.
Discover your inner bad girl, and set her that not catchy? I know after reading this book, I need to set my inner bad girl free more often. =)
"Vanilla on Top" should not be compared to Fifty Shades or even Crossfire. This book is in a league of its own. I had a hard time putting it
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C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs and two cats. She's battled severe chronic illness for years and is thrilled to report she’s finally approaching the end of treatment. She turned to writing when she could ...more

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