It's an acquired taste…he just has to acquire it
Elise knows what she wants in the bedroom, and she makes sure she gets it. Her thirst for domination has long been quenched by a stable of men only too happy to bow down before her.
But sexual satisfaction isn't the same as love, and she's been burned in the past by giving her heart too freely.
Niall is handsome, smart, succ...more
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If you've ever read a Megan Hart novel, you know her stories are always complex and alluring and Vanilla was no exception.
Elise is a woman that knows what she wants and she likes to dominate her men in the bedroom. She's not into causing pain or humiliation but she enjoys being in control and feeling worshiped by the man at her feet. She's beautiful and smart, her career as a partner to a financial planner keeps h ...more
But there is something ...more
3.5 - 4 STARS
Extra book Details: Heroine POV; 1st person. Stand-alone. Approx 310 kindle pages.
Vanilla is a realistic tale of a woman's struggles with her love life. The grief of her past love, the troubles with her current lover, and the possibilities of her future partner.
While I wasn't enthralled or in love with the book, it was a very good read. There were no stereotypes, plenty of depth, ...more
Elise had her heart broken in the past and never really got over it. That heartache sort of drove her need to be the dominant one in the bedroom. She convinced herself it would be easy and safe to be in control. So she seeks out anonymous sexual relationships with submissive men. For her it's not about being a bitch or inflicting pain. It's about having the control to pleasure her partner in any way he desires.
I thought Vanilla was made just for me when I read the blurb. I love dominant women, especially with dominant men who will submit. Even better when there’s some power play. This was different though, and wasn't what I was expecting. I mean, I liked it, but wasn't blown away by awesomeness or anything.
Vanilla is very much about Elsie and her journey. She is secure in who she is and what she does, and doesn’t hide it. What I love about Elise is she doesn’t fall into one specific role or st ...more
Oh, why could I not get off this train wreck of a book? I've read several of Ms. Hart's serials and didn't like them. I thought a whole book might be better, so I gave her another chance. NEVER AGAIN. Elise was so annoying, and wishy-washy, and weird, and maybe a domme, and annoying. The only reason I stayed on this train (speed reading over half of it) cause I needed to see which door (aka man) she choose...Door #1 or Door #2 or Door #3. I personally didn't like ...more
Sadly, this one didn’t work for me. The heroine spent a good portion of the book in a D/s relationship with a secondary character, who I actually quite liked. In fact, most of the sex scenes were between them, too. The actual hero wasn't even introduce into the story until around 30%. And even then, he had very little page time and was sorely underdeveloped. This book was definitely only about the heroine and her journey to find, I don’t know, acceptance in a romantic relationship consi ...more
Quick & Dirty: Vanilla is a realistically raw look into a damaged and flawed mind. This is not your typical happy love story. I loved Megan Hart’s stellar writing style, I just couldn’t get into this relationship.
Opening Sentence: The hum and the sting.
Vanilla is not your typical love story and it definitely was not what I was expecting. If you go into this novel thinking that you will be surprised. Vanilla is a realistically raw look into a damaged ...more
Okay, 2020! Happy New Year!
New year - new book resolutions. Well, in my case the same book resolutions as last year's, but I'm more resolved this year! One of my resolutions is to review the books I read, even if it's just a few sentences. So... here I go...
First, something that's bugging me. Vanilla (Alex Kennedy, #3)?! NO! would be the short answer. The longer one would be that Vanilla is about Elise Klein whose story earned this book a place on my Depressionville shelf, and whose boss/partne ...more
One thing I know for sure when I pick up a book by Megan Hart is that I am in for a surprise; this is an author who never writes the same book twice. What I can count on is characters in realistic situations with emotions that are so genuine they leap off the page. These books may be classified as romance or erotica, but they’re so much more than that.
Vanilla was Elise’s journey to find not only he ...more
When I pick up a Megan Hart erotic romance, I know I’m going to get my heart broken, and all that’s left to discover is how, and whether or not she’ll put it back together again by the end of the book. What I got with VANILLA was heaping helpings of everything I love about her books, with a heroine not quite like any other she’s written and a hero who more than lived up to that definition by how he o ...more
Elise is a 33 year old woman who thinks and acts like a teenager. At one point, she even mentions how the man she is involved with takes her back to when she was 15 years old. That is not a good thing. Between relentlessly pursuing the ex ...more
Sometimes love takes you by the hand and leads you to run through fields of flowers while butterflies weave you a dress out of rainbows. Other times, love takes you by the throat and chokes you until all you see is the bright, sharp trail of shooting stars right before everything turns to black. The problem is, you can never tell in advance which way the story ends, not until you're too far into it, and you have no choice but to keep turning the pages.
I love Megan Hart. I love the ...more
I'm a huge fan of Megan Hart. I have come to expect a sexy, steamy book with a solid plot to back it up. Broken and Dirty are my favorites of this author's books.
I found Vanilla to be a lot slower paced than most of Megan Hart's books.
It took me a while to even figure out who the male lead was going to be. The first 60% of the book was very slow moving. I kept reading, waiting for things to pick up.
The last portion of the book did pick up the pace, but only slightly.
My favorite part ...more
Having been burned in the past by a relationship that continues to haunt her, Elise is careful not to cross the lines between sex and love; careful to remain in control.
When Elise meets Niall, their connection is instant and soon she finds herself falling for him despite their differences in sexual preference. Together, the ...more
“Why do you do that?”
“It’s not something I do….It’s who I am.”
This book was so amazing. Megan Hart is just one of the best writers out there today. I have to say that this book did not make me cry as much as the others. Instead she took me on one of the most perfect journeys into the life of someone who has different sexual preferences. I have to say that until this book I never even considered how weird it is that p ...more
For some this book may be “acquired taste…” but others not so much… I am with the later. I have loved many of Megan’s books in the past for some reason here lately (the last 4 books…. This will be the 5th one…) I really wasn’t into them and was starting to dislike them. This one was an almost DFN and I was battling with myself to follow thru to finish it.
I am discovering Megan Hart’s writing style has REALLY changed over the years ...more
Vanilla is anything but … it’s more of a swirl of vanilla and chocolate with sprinkles on top. Megan Hart grabbed my attention with “Flying” and her eclectic way of writing. With “Vanilla”, she took me to the next level and had me holding my breath to see where she was taking all of the characters.
Even though the book is written in Elise’s point of view and I knew what she was thinking and feeling, I was intrigued to see how Megan Hart was go ...more
I think any book that has Alex Kennedy in is my favorite of Megan's. This book is about Elise who works as Alex's assistant. Elise is juggling her need to dominate as well as her need to date or perhaps have a relationship in the future. She's been burned and as we all know when burned we try our damnest to let that burned bridge go but it's tough to overcome.
When the story opens Elise is single but seeing a man who loves to be s ...more
I'm only 10% in but this is the writing style I came to expect from Hart and missed recently. OMG I think am I gushing, lol.
50% into the story and totally wooed.
Great story, loved the femdom angle, although this story was very light on sexual content in comparison to many of Hart ...more
It was still a good read though. I really liked the female dominant scenario as I've read many of the male being the dominant one so this was a nice change! I also liked how the story explored that topic more and shot down the stereotypes often associated with female doms.
This book also enlightened me on different scenarios on love and relationship ...more
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Hart, Megan (2015-03-01). Vanilla (Kindle Location 4400). MIRA. Kindle Edition.”