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Swallow Me Whole

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,210 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Sadie Sawyer wants to learn how to blow a guy.

She’s my sister’s best friend.
The girl I’ve known since grade school.
The girl I’ve always considered off-limits.

She’s the girl that crawled under a table in a bar one night and changed everything between us. Now the brain in my pants is more than willing to step up. The rules are simple.

No kissing.
No screwing.
No falling in love
ebook, 424 pages
Published May 25th 2018 (first published May 20th 2018)
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
DNF @ 27%

Sorry but it’s a no for me. I couldn’t get past 27% because the heroine is a complete doormat. Her boyfriend cheats on her so she does this thing with her best friend’s brother, right? Well the boyfriend works at her father’s law firm. He apologizes, she ignores him, her father tells her to understand, she doesn’t stand up to herself. Now at the party to celebrate said ex-boyfriend’s new promotion (this happened RIGHT AFTER THE FATHER FOUND OUT THIS DOUCHEBAG CHEATED ON HER), where she
Sadie and Ashton have been friends since childhood. Their friendship remains strong and neither has ever tested the boundaries of more even though both have thought about it. After Sadie’s boyfriend cheats on her, she begins to question her own sexuality and what it says about her that she has never been able to let go. Now she’s taking lessons from her best friend and things are getting pretty hot as well as dicey where their relationship is concerned.

I really enjoyed this read. It’s a scorchin
Gemma James
May 07, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
What. The. Ever. Loving. HECK!!

The title and blurb suggested a dirty little friends to lovers romance I would fall in huge love with. I've read from Gemma James before and each time was a blast. I figured this would be too. And... nope. The heroine was a complete waste of time and I couldn't continue to torture myself with her story.

I'm almost twenty-three-fucking-years old -- the same as Ash and Mandy, who are light-years ahead of me when it comes to sex. But me? I must be the last virgin fr
Re-read 01/20/2019 - DNF @ 59%
First read 05/24/18 - No rating


You know how sometimes you have a faint recollection of a book and the details are fuzzy, but you remember liking it? Needless to say, some books are better off as a memory. I don't know what crack I was on before, but this book can go straight in the trash, as far as I'm concerned.

I find it awfully funny that Ash was so mad at her for not standing up to her controlling father when he was doing the exact same shit. Sadie told him no
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It started out so so good! So hot and kind of daring.
But the rest of it all was a bit predicted? I knew it before it was confirmed.

I have a massive hate towards her father what a canoe that one is! How can anybody be so cruel towards their child?
I was waiting for her to get a back bone!

It ended at around 57%, but I'm not reading the other one as the blurb tells me it's not my rodeo.. Life is too short!!
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh I simply loved it, completely utterly hot! That's all I'm saying! It's followed by TRASHY FOREPLAY, which by the way, I'm glad I read it! I despise the relationship here, the circumstances no way do I condone but I'm loving it anyway! It's a cliffy but don't worry, uh, correction, worry! 2 is NOT out. Gosh damn it! I slipped up again, never read cliffies if the next arent out! ERRRR! BOTH stories...5 stars
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-5-stars, arc, freebies
2.5 stars

When I first read the description of Swallow Me Whole I was super excited, there is nothing I love more than childhood friends turn lovers. Unfortunately what started out as fun quickly went down hill. I enjoyed the chemistry between Sadie and Ashton but the overall story was boring. The situation with the OW was there only for added drama which didn't work for me. Also I felt the intimate scenes were very repetitive and I couldn't believe it took the entire book for them to really get
May 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
💝FREE on Amazon today (5/25/2018)!💝

Sadie Sawyer wants to learn how to blow a guy. She’s my sister’s best friend. The girl I’ve known since grade school. The girl I’ve always considered off-limits. She’s the girl that crawled under a table in a bar one night and changed everything between us.

Now the brain in my pants is more than willing to step up. The rules are simple.

No kissing.
No screwing.
No falling in love.

But the more I let her use my body in the name of experimentation, the more I kn
Beneath The Covers Blog
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 2018-reads
A friends-to-lovers romance with an eccentric twist!

I really enjoyed this book. Swallow Me Whole was quite a surprise with everything that happened in the storyline. Friends-to-lovers, a controlling father, a cheating ex, and so much more! I can’t go too much further because, ya know, spoilers and all that jazz.

But I will say this, Ashton and Sadie had insta-erotic chemistry! Wowza…I think I got first degree burns from the red-hot flames bursting between them! And the unexpected *cough* “desires
Whoo Gives A Hoot
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
Swallow Me Whole is my very first Gemma James read and I have got to say that I loved it! This story was absolutely hilarious and I adored the friends-to-lovers aspect that the author gave us. I couldn't help by fall in love with Sadie and Ashton, childhood friends that find themselves getting a little friendly after a night of drinking...

To find out what happens after that unexpected night make sure to pick up your copy today!
April Symes
Sadie and Ashton have been friends since childhood. Both had a crush on the other for most of that time, but kept it to themselves. Ashton turned into this manwhore who doesn’t do relationships. While Sadie has a fear of intimacy which leads to her never finding a satisfying relationship and the one she was in ends due to the man cheating on her. So Sadie decides to ask her best friend Ashton for help to overcome her fears. He agrees to teach her the art of oral sex and seduction. Ashton has alw ...more
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I enjoy friends to lovers stories and I do like Gemma James. This one was an okay story. I didn't feel the deep connection between the characters. Especially for friends becoming lovers. I finished the story but it isn't something that I would reread.
Kim Whitehead
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to shout from the roof tops on how phenomenal a book was? Well that’s exactly what I want to do!! Written so perfectly with so many feels! Ashton and Sadie stole my heart! I was so enamored by the whole experience!! Captivated by their brooding relationship!! And holy hotness the for play was off the charts!! Phenomenal!! This one literally swallowed me whole!!
Terri Turner
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The writing was great, the story really fun to read but there was also that sweet romantic side as well.

Sadie Sawyer is a woman on a mission after catching her boyfriend cheating on her. She can't think of anyone better to ask than her childhood friend Ashton who just happens to be the brother of her best friend for some assistance with her lack of sexual experience in the bedroom department. Sadie has known Ashton since
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kinky-not-bdsm
3.5 stars.
The plot:
Sadie is a 23 year old woman who works at her father's company. One afternoon she decides to surprise her boyfriend (who also works there) but instead she finds him cheating on her with his assistant. Devestated she calls her friends (Mandy and Ashton) for support and gets drunk. She thinks the main reason she was cheated on is not only because she didn't give her V card yet but also because she won't even give oral (because she doesn't know how). So, on her stupor she goes un
May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Amazon freebie had Swallow Me Whole and opening chapters of Trashy Foreplay. Rough BJ Sex and infidelity -in both stories women felt very, very disempowered - immature and dysfunctional relationships were too much like bad TV Soap Opera - not my cup of tea! Toasted from Ebook Library...
Steven Allen
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

Wow! I have been waiting impatiently for this beauty to show up on my kindle! I have never read a book by Gemma James but I knew instantly from reading the blurb that I just had to get to know Sadie and Ashton personally in Swallow Me Whole. Once I sat down and abandoned all housework, I devoured their story in just one day...that is how exciting and titillating these two are! They were sweet, filled with brimming sexua
*ARC from Author for Honest Review*
I give this book a 3 star Rating
Have I Read Previous Books From This Author? Yes
Would I read more from this author? Yes
Cover: HOT 5 Stars

Heat Level: 3 1/2

The whole synopsis had me totally excited, not on just what it’s about (LOL), but I love me some strong forward girls in books like this. The beginning of the story is stereotypical but the bar scene was damn awesome, it was interrupted but damn HOT.
BUT (you knew it was coming) the whole book was... hate to sa
Laura Lee
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Swallow Me Whole
By Gemma James
4 Stars

Sadie has been best friends with siblings Ashton and Mandy since first grade. Now adults, Sadie is working at her father’s law office and living with Mandy. After witnessing her ‘boyfriend’ doing the nasty with his assistant, Sadie sets off for a night of drinking.

That night will forever hold a spot in her life. It’s the night she broke up with her boyfriend and the night she made the moves on Ashton, her best friend.

From there, the story takes off and the h
Space Cowgirl
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Getting Inside Her, Body💃 and Soul💘

Best Friends Adult Romance💕 with BDSM👋 Elements.

Sadie💃💋, Mandy, and her brother Ashton🐺🍆🌋👋 have been best friends since childhood..
When Sadie💃💋 catches her lawyer boyfriend having a sexcapade with his assistant in his office, she decides she must practice her 🌙night moves, because she's a naive young woman. Sadie💃💋 thinks her being a virgin and totally untrained In the bedroom arts is why her boyfriend cheated on her.
In a drunken lapse of good judgement, she cr
Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader
**Review of the audiobook**

STORY: 4 Stars
OVERALL: 3.5 Stars

Since Gemma James wrote some of my all-time favorite, dark romances, I had ultra high hopes for this best friend’s brother/friends to lovers romance. Unfortunately, this book does not adequately demonstrate how incredibly talented Gemma really is; SWALLOW ME WHOLE is predictable and boilerplate. Although there wasn’t anything extraordinary about the story, it was super sexy a
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a great friends-to-lovers story and Gemma James doesn’t disappoint with SWALLOW ME WHOLE. I fell head over heels in love with Ashton. He was the PERFECT boyfriend - sweet, sexy, protective, possessive and dominant, and I loved how he owned his feelings for Sadie from the very beginning. He didn’t skirt around what he felt for her and didn’t give up despite the obstacles that came his way. The chemistry between Ashton and Sadie was EXPLOSIVE!! These two just went off like fireballs wheneve ...more
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
Swallow Me Whole by Gemma James was a funny and sexy friends-to-lovers romance. Sadie and Ashton have been friends for a long time and have never crossed the line. But when Sadie’s boyfriend cheats on her, she questions her own sex appeal. So, she decides she may need help, who best to help her but her friend Ashton? Simple, right?

Ashton has always been a player. He enjoys the ladies. He is a sexy and charming man. But when Sadie comes to him, he is not letting go. When it came to Sadie, he wan
Up All Night With Books
4 Stars
Review by Elizabeth
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/ Books Blog

Swallow Me Whole is a standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Gemma James. Buckle up and get ready for the rollercoaster to start!

Sadie Sawyer is twenty three, soft spoken, and works for her father. Sadie has also been best friends with Mandy and Ashton Levine for as long as she can remember. After observing her boyfriend, Jake, screwing his secretary, she gets drunk and does something not like herself, get Ashton
Amanda Rowell
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Ashton and Sadie's story. They have been friends for a long time and both have feelings for each other that goes beyond friendship but neither will admit. Sadie has intimacy problems and ask Ashton to teach her the act of oral sex, and he agrees. I mean why not, we are friends and that's what friends do is help each other. Everything seems to going ok with the lessons but feelings start to get in the way making things really hard between them. Just as they are admitting how much they care ...more
Kari Hansen
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadie has been best friends with Mandy and her twin brother Ashton forever. Although Sadie is attracted to Ashton and Ashton is attracted to Sadie they have kept their feelings to their selves as they don’t want to destroy their friendship.

When Sadie finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her she believes that it is because of their sexual relationship so after a few drinks too many she decides to show Ashton her oral skills. Ashton has a reputation with the ladies so after they cross that
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadie and Ashton have been friends since they were kids along with Ashton’s twin sister Mandy. Sadie had a crush on Ash when she was younger but thinks she’s over that now, while Ashton has kept his distance thinking she’s out of his league. When Sadie discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to turn to Ashton to help. Who else can help the naive and innocent Sadie if not the king of one night stands Ashton Levine?

I adored Ashton in Swallow Me Whole. I detested Corrine (I w

DNF @ 20% due to the Doormat aka Leading Lady - Some LL's can play this doormat role well and I understand their roles but this LL... I don't get it. As far as I can tell she wasn't sexually abused. Her Father sounds like a controlling asshole sure but she is a grown woman living on her own. Sadly enough I get why her ex went to find someone else... she is a 23 year old who won't be intimate at all. They've been dating for a while and the idea of sex is slightly repulsive to her so he seeks out
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