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Crowd Pleaser

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
You know those love stories you read about? The ones where the heroine remains untouched, virgin-like, until she meets the man of her dreams?

The stories where she's always in the shadows, always on the outside, no one knowing her name until she meets her one and only? A shy glance across the room at her first ever college party captivates the man she'll soon fall in love
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published March 14th 2018 (first published February 19th 2018)
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Alex ♈
I expected a book about a strong woman, who wasn't ashamed to like sex.
I expected a book about female empowerment, about cliché-breaking and fighting against double standards...

It wasn't the case, IMO of course...

But what I didn't expect was the male protagonist, who judged and treated the heroine without any respect.
Manwhore extraordinary and he allowed himself to judge her??? A§§hole.

The male character ruined this book for me.
POS. Sorry, but not sorry.

I wish the girl would tell him to f*ck o
Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Crowd Pleaser is the only thing I've ever read by Maire James, and I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. From the moment I read the blurb though, I knew I had to get my hands on this book. It sounded right up my alley, so I crossed my fingers and hoped that it would meet my expectations. Thankfully, it did!

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I love to read romance novels that are a little something different, and to me, that's exactly what this was. Randi, the heroine of the story, is a porn star. She makes money fucking
Marie James
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Crowd Pleaser is LIVE!!!

Hot, steamy and full of oh-la-la!!

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Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Not for any safety gangers out there and not a book to pick up for any heart rendering romance or swoons. I did it and liked it cos the smut was hawt. Whoo wee.
Melanie (mells_view)
That girl is a real crowd pleaser.

If you’re looking for a campy romance about a reality porn star and a frat guy who have their kismet moment in a pretty public and hardcore (hehe) way, then Crowd Pleaser is the book for you.

I thought this read was fun. There is a bunch of quick smut, and there is a bit of tension between the main couple. I liked the first half better than the second. There are some moments when the characters say some slut shamey things, but it’s part of the plot in the book. T
Kathleen R.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing


I was not prepared for this book whatsoever. I have read books by Marie James before, her Cerberus Second Generation Series and one stand-alone, but it was nothing like Crowd Pleaser. Honestly, I thought it would have been something like a party entertainer of the sorts, someone that you would call when your party really stinks, but nope. Not at all. It’s honest to goodness about ‘party crashed porn stars’!

So colour me pink and tell me I’m imagining things, but this book was hilarious
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even surprised anymore that Marie James was able to take an idea that most wouldn't even consider and turn it into a romance. Having read almost everything she's written I know that she knows how to work a plot and make it magic. However I continue to be impressed by her skill and amazing talent.

This book had so much that I loved. A leading lady who is independent and owns her sexuality. She doesn't let the things people say about her break her and she isn't the inexperienced virgin wait
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"Sin is no fun if it's done with a frown."

Holy Hotness, Batman! Let's all agree that the synopsis is very intriguing and purposely vague. I want so badly to tell you about my experience of going into this story blind... it was an eye-opener. But I must respect the author's decision to, not share more than she did. All I can tell you is that she had me turning up my A/C, in the winter.

I also have to share that I really loved the colorful support characters as well, including the four-legge
Karen Mc
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

WOW!!!! Marie James set my kindle ON FIRE!!! I would have loved to have been inside Marie James’ head while she was writing this sexy story. Crowd Pleaser is such a NAUGHTY DELIGHT—so ENTICING and EDGY! It’s a cat-and-mouse game that chases the angst. It’s an ADDICTION. This fire-hot and heady read was MY GUILTY PLEASURE.

This story is so SEXY with strong characters that will captivate readers from beginning to end. The hero and heroine are on fire together with chemistry that completely combust
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
This story is crazy. Crazy hot, crazy different, and crazy good.
I’m a big fan of the MC stories I’ve read by author Marie James. I’ve come to expect some super hot scenes, enjoyable storytelling, emotion and maybe a twist or two. And with Crowd Pleaser, I got even more than I expected of all that!

“Men can go around and stick their dicks in anything, and they’re ‘just being boys.’ But, when a woman owns her sexuality and wants to sleep around she’s a whore. Well, fuck you, Jake. It’s my life, m
Isabelle Morebooksthanlivros
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I received this book for free from Foreword PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wow!!! I'm still a bit speechless here and unsure of what I should say.
Erotic, contemporary romance, with dual-POV.

Stand-alone romance, book-boyfriend hero and kick-ass heroine.


First, I have to mention that the blurb was very catching at the same time very vague. I had no idea what I was going to read. You won't get anything else from me eith

Ana Rita
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Happy doesn't even cover the way I was feeling when I saw this book on my Kindle. I was happy, excited and curious to say the least.
But first things first. This author has been on my to go list for quite some time and every book is a challenge.
Marie James has an unique way of writing that can make you cry one second and laugh as well. Her writing is intense, real, hot and wild.
Crowd Pleaser is her latest release and tells the stories of Randi and Jake.
The first thing that crossed my mind when
Cheryl O'Harney (The Book Whisperer)
Arc provided in return for an honest review.

Title: Crowd Pleaser
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5/5

This was such an amazing take on an unconventional love story, it oozed sexiness and heat from the get go.

A strong leading lady in the form Randi a porn star who’s job it is alongside another porn star is to get the crowd going wherever that may be, she doesn’t apologise one bit to anyone for the fact that she does what she does, she’s on a job when she meets Jake who she mis
Jenny B
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seriously this is a one click right now book. I loved the premise of this book and the characters were incredibly easy to relate to and step into their minds. Marie James has written a treasure here that has everything in it from humor, banter, some heart pulls and some definite heat. (Not sure you can be surprised by the heat knowing the blurb in advance). I absolutely loved what a strong character Randi was and there was no wishy washy from her. Jake is such a well written character I am not s ...more
Terri S
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review To Come
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Did that amazing blurb get your attention? I sure hope so because that is only the beginning…..

Randi is not your typical girl next door. In fact – she is the girl you wish you could be. One that takes the bull by the horns and turns that intensity into a means to an end. What Randi didn’t count on was crossing paths with Jake. Everything about Jake makes Randi want to break her own rules. Who knew a mistaken identity could be so ‘all consuming’? Then there is the realization that Jake isn’t goin
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James never fails to deliver the heat and with Crowd Pleaser she cranks it all the way up! It was so much more than I expected it to be but everything I never knew I wanted. Holy Hell! I am still fanning myself. I could not put this one down. I started the book and the next thing I knew it was 1:30 am and I was left speechless and completely in love.
I absolutely lobed this one. It was so different from anything I have read recently, that it felt like a breath of fresh air. If you are looking fo
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crowd Pleaser by Marie James 5 Stars

This book is unlike any other book I've read by Marie James, or any other author for that matter. I fell in love with this story from page one. Randi and Jake are unconventional characters, but very conceivable. Randi is the girl next door. She is cute, has feelings, and a controlling family. She is doing everything in her power to get out from under the clutches of her family and make a life for her self. Only it's not an easy task. She loves the finer things
Making your female lead a porn star is one heck of a big risk, but Marie James certainly pulled it off. I loved the anti 'slut shaming' feel of this book and the bravery of making the heroine someone who owns her sexuality.

"I'm merely pointing out that slut-shaming just because she's female is ridiculous. So she f**ks for money? Sounds like a smart plan considering all of us that do it for free."

Men can go around and stick their dicks in anything, and they're 'just being boys'. But, when a
Sassy Southern
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Randi Simms is known to most people as “Cici”. She works for the company SCP, otherwise known as Sorority Crowd Pleaser and it brings her into many college parties. She is grateful that the money is good, but she dreams of other things and knows this is just a stepping stone to paying off her condo until she is able to follow her dreams.
Jake Kortright is a rich kid living in a sorority house when one night brings him together with Randi and now he knows that he wants her. But how far will Jake g
Kaci Stewart
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

Crazy, insane hotness!!!! This book was nothing like others I've read. The premise is different than any book out there and it's so much more realistic regarding college and sex among men and woman and the double standard there is. Their love wasn't easy or always pretty, it wasn't was organic and real. Randi/Cici and Jake have chemistry I've not read before. Literally from the first 5 or 10 pages I knew these two were going to make my kindle and me
Sara Koelsch
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazingly original story! I mean, can you even believe Marie James wrote a book about the female lead character being a porn star. Yes, she did, I promise you! This book is unlike any other romance book out there. Not just because of the woman’s chosen profession but her “no apology” attitude over it. She was fierce and strong! She owned it and wasn’t ashamed of what she does or who she is at all. I just couldn’t get enough of how fabulous Randi was!

If you are thinking, oh, this is j
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Jennifer
(5 stars)

This is not your traditional love story of girl meets boy, they kind of dance around each other then finally hook up and live happily ever after. Randi is called a crowd pleaser, the company she works for has her going to certain parties and there she and another crowd pleaser put on a bit of a "show" to get the crowd amped up. These shows are also filmed and put on a web site; see Randi is a porn star. When she goes to a party and ends up putting on a show with the w
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Steamy, Sexy, HOT unconventional love story. The main characters attraction is very HOT right from the get go..... no easing into their Hot sexual attraction..... displayed for all to see!! Marie knows how to spin a story, and this one is definitely not your typical love story.
It’s a very superficial story told well if your looking for something that is very sexy & Hot, and a quick read. This is the book for you!!
I enjoyed it but would have liked more depth, to know more about them and
Kathy Rouchelle
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marie James gives us another incredibly hot story with something that I love to read in books....A strong leading lady. And Randi is not only strong, she is a balls to the walls, go big or go home kinda girl who believes that what's good for the goose is just as good for the gander! Yes...if it's ok for a man to have sex with whoever he wants, then why in the hell can't a woman and why does she have to be labeled a whore if she does. She does who she wants when she wants and that's just the way ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy sh1tballs......this book is H..O..T!!! From chapter one I needed a fan to cool me down, boy are those sex scenes something else!

This book was everything I wanted in a five star read - it has the 'hook' right from the very start, it's an absolute page turner and I didn't want to put it down even when sleep was beckoning. It was literally the first thing I picked up when I woke this morning, desperate to finish it.

I loved the characters of Jake and Randi, there is an instant chemistry between
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC REVIEWED - 5 Stars +

Crowd Pleaser is a must read for 2018, Marie James delivers a gripping storyline that pulled me in and had me reading from cover to cover without pause.

Wow!!!! Crowd Pleaser was everything I thought it would be, we go straight into the action and not the other way around the slow build up to sex, hell no we get down and dirty from the off, this book is a very hot read, passionate, funny in parts and shows that even in the year 2018 people have double standards, a guy can
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that Marie James can write so many different types of books. This book was such an interesting concept and not like any other book I have ever read. The whole cast of characters in this book helped to make the story a fun and enjoyable one. Seriously... I loved them all, but especially Hunter!

Randi and Jake had SIZZLING chemistry from the start. This book was seriously HOT! What they needed help with was their basic everyday interactions, but it was nice to see growth from both throughou
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crown Pleaser was such a great read and definitely started off with a bang. I was hooked from beginning to end with this one and finished it within a few hours. The characters each have that special something that will make you enjoy them and this story a lot. Randi (Cici), Jacob (Jake), Hunter, Jas and Ellis will have you smiling, laughing and frustrated. Havoc was a handful and the parts with him and Randi had me smiling. Randi was a strong character and I appreciated that a lot, especially wi ...more
Kim  Brewing
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, seriously just wow!

If you pick a book by the blurb, don't with this one! That is what I usually do and I would have missed out on a great and unique story. If you're looking for something that doesn't fit a cookie cutter - than this is the book for you!

I loved Randi. I really really loved the attention this book brought to double standards. Randi is a woman that owns her life and lives it. Jake is a great character and the epilogue made me love him more.

I was hooked from page one... I coul
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Marie James, full-time working mother of two boys and wife of 12 years.She's spent most of her life lifetime living in central Texas, with only short stays in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Her passions include reading everything under the sun and sewing, although she doesn't get to sew much these days!.

Writing has always been a passion. She is currently working on her 13th book but has to

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