Saturday, July 13, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway ~*~ The Billionaire's Ultimatum by Cerys du Lys

We are super excited to have Cerys duLys visiting us today!
She is sharing the top 10 books on her TBR List....
Check it out and comment with any thoughts you may have for her ;)

This is a guest post written by Cerys du Lys, the author of the contemporary erotic romance novel, The Billionaire's Ultimatum: His Absolute Need  She is an erotic romance and erotica indie author, who is currently finishing up her Hunted by the Beast series, an erotic fairytale re-imagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast, and her medieval fantasy erotic romance series, The Monster Within, both of which will also be available as novels later this year.  You can find out more about her at her website or sign up for her weekly newsletter here


I'm new to doing top ten lists, but I wanted to give it a try.  I think I have a unique perspective on some things that you all might find amusing, so I figured I'd offer that up.

So, saying that, here are the top ten books that I want to read sometime soon, with reasons for why.  Some of the reasons are... well, they're strange.  I don't have any particular order for this list, so I haven't numbered them, but I assure you there's ten!  If one of these books is your favorite book, please don't get offended if I say something weird about it.  I'm sure it's a great book, and I bet I'll love it, but the reason why I wanted to read it in the first place might be odd.

Selling Scarlett, by Ella James.

This one is weird.  Mostly, I like the idea of it.  Also, the cover is really soft and cute, but also sexy.  I like soft and cute things a lot.  I think they're sexy sometimes.  People say that's weird, but I don't care.  I think prostitution is really interesting, too.  Like... I don't know why.  It's taboo, but kind of sexy because of that?  I'm sure I wouldn't want to be a prostitute, but the idea of it is kind of entertaining.  A nice, high class prostitute, though, on like... a red silk sheeted bed, eating grapes.  I think that's what prostitutes do most of the time, just lay on red silk sheets and eat grapes.  The rest of the story sounds interesting, too, but the cover and the prostitution angle intrigued me the most.

Knight & Play (and maybe the second one, too), by Kitty French.

Alright, so I love medieval fantasy.  I like knights.  I realize this book isn't medieval fantasy or about knights, kind of.  I mean, Lucien Knight is technically a "Knight," but that's his family name.  Not quite the same.  The cover is also really interesting to me.  I don't even know what that is?  Also, I hear it's about sex toys?  I can get behind a book about sex toys, even if it's not a medieval fantasy.  I'm pretty sure medieval fantasy sex toys might be horrifying, anyways.

Beautiful Bastard, by Christina Lauren.

I literally have no reason why I want to read this book besides the fact that I find the idea of a beautiful bastard (I'm thinking an arrogant jerk?) interesting.  Is he interesting?  I need some opinions here.

Reaper's Property, by Joanna Wylde.

At first I didn't want to read this book.  It doesn't sound like something I'd like.  The main character woman sounded odd.  Horse sounded like an asshole.  The whole thing just sounded kind of uh... wrong?  Then I saw this quote someone liked on Goodreads.  Here it is:
"Gonna fuck you now."
"Sure," I whispered, dazed.  "Not sure I'm gonna be able to participate too much, think you blew a circuit or something."
I changed my mind and I would like to read this book now.

Captive in the Dark, by CJ Roberts.

I want to read this book because I seriously don't even understand it.  This is like Reaper's Property to me, but ten times worse, which makes it better?  Not better, I guess.  I just... she's kidnapped?  And the guy's mean?  I don't understand it.  Is it good?  Sexy?  I'm all about reluctance and all of that, but this book confuses me.  I think it could be great, too, though.  It's one of those things where it might be the best or the worst, and I guess I'll just have to read it to find out.

The Her Billionaire, Her Wolf series, by Aimelie Aames.

I read the first one, and I really liked it.  It's very eloquent, but also sexy.  These are more like a series of novellas as opposed to a novel, but I think that's alright.  Also, she added some French speaking lines in there, which is cute to me.  I added some French to The Billionaire's Paradigm series I wrote, which was also fun.  Basically just add some French to a book and I'll probably want to read it.

Rainwater Kisses, by Krista Lakes.

This one might be somewhat of a cop out.  I know Krista Lakes and her husband (not very personally, but I know them), and I knew she was putting out a new novel called Saltwater Kisses.  I thought it sounded neat, so I offered to read it and review it.  It was neat, and I liked it.  Then her husband told me there's a second one coming out, Rainwater Kisses, and well, I need to read it now, because Saltwater Kisses left me with some questions I need answers to.  Other people's husband are sneaky and good at dropping hints about books their wives are writing, I guess.  I honestly have no idea what the book is about yet, but the first was great so I think the second will be really good, too.

Fire Dance, by Delle Jacobs.

If that's not the most beautiful cover ever, I don't know what is.  Also, I love medieval fantasy romance books, so this is basically right up my alley.  I like other books, too, but medieval fantasy is my safeguard/comfort food kind of book, you know?  It just sounds like a nice book.  A woman who was forced to become a witch?  Also, the whole castle conspiracy thing.  This book sounds great.

Me, Cinderella?, by Aubrey Rose.

I love fairytale re-imaginings a lot.  This one isn't exactly that, but the title is interesting to me.  Also, the math parts.  There's math in a romance novel?  I think that's so neat.  I want to see how she wrote the book and if there's good comparison between the original Cinderella story or not.  I don't expect it to be that similar, but I think it'd be awesome if she snuck in some secret references, you know?

Maliciously Obedient, by Julia Kent.

I haven't read any of Julia Kent's stories before, but I've heard from a bunch of people that they're great.  I really like the story concept, too.  The whole thing sounds silly, but a bit sexy at the same time.  I like books with sequels, too, and Suspiciously Obedient just came out recently, so I'd have more to read if I liked the first.  Silly, sexy, and with a sequel?  I'm in.  Also, I'm curious about someone being Maliciously Obedient.  I kind of need to find out how that works.

And there you have it!  
What books are you looking forward to reading, and why did they first catch your interest?  
I'd love to know!

Cerys, Thank you so much for stopping by!  This is a great list and a few are on my TBR list as well!  But, I have to say I love your reasoning and I think I need to read Beautiful Bastard for the same reason as you ;-)

Now Let's tell these wonderful people a little about The Billionaire's Ultimatum . . . 

Falling in love wasn't part of Jessika's temporary job description. Nor, initially, was being asked by billionaire CEO Asher Landseer to become an egg donor and surrogate for his infertile wife. All Jessika wants to do is help, but is she setting herself up for heartbreak in the process?

Screwing up on her first day of a one-day job is the last thing Jessika Fevrier wanted to do. Worse yet, she's managed to infuriate Asher Landseer, the young, handsome, reclusive and eccentric billionaire CEO of Landseer Enterprises. His idea of work performance punishment is unorthodox to say the least, but Jessika finds herself intrigued by this singularly unaffected man nonetheless.

She was only supposed to clean Asher's office, but before she leaves for the day he has another job he'd like to offer her. Revealing that his wife is infertile, Asher asks her to consider becoming an egg donor for his family. He's always wanted children of his own, but the fates have plotted against him, it seems.

Asher's marriage is of necessity, rough and possibly loveless, but his desire for children is genuine and real. His absoluteness and certainty in himself and his surroundings, despite everything, captivates her. Jessika finds herself charmed by this dominant, enigmatic man who seems to know everything about business and nothing about love.

Behind the scenes, there's more than the fates plotting against him. Someone has it out for Landseer Enterprises, and they're going to do everything within their power to cause Asher's downfall. Between dealing with Asher's conditions and requirements, the cruel gaze of his spiteful wife, and corporate sabotage, Jessika finds herself lost in a world completely different from the one she's used to.

Can she rediscover herself and come to terms with her impossible feelings for a man she can't have? Or in her attempts to satisfy His Absolute Need will she inadvertently become the catalyst that leads to his (and her) ruin?

Dominant, sexy, and powerful. This tantalizing story of love, lust, intrigue and suspense will bind you, entwine you, and thrill you until the very end.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Excerpt ~
And then he asked me, "I know this is sudden, but would you consider becoming an egg donor for me and my wife? I'll need to discuss it with her first, but I believe she'll accept the idea. You'll need to carry the child, too, but I'll make certain you're comfortable. I can arrange for you to have suitable living quarters in my home for the duration of your pregnancy."

"There's no need to donate," I blurted out. "We can just have sex..." I realized what I'd said before I finished, and the words hung there, awkward.

He stared at me for a brief moment, stared into me, and then he laughed again. Moving his hands away from my hips, he stepped away and walked to his office door.

"I..." I said, trying to think of something to say. Something witty, or sexy, or funny, or intelligent, but I couldn't manage any of those.

"Are you busy tomorrow?" he asked. "Let's arrange a lunch date. I'll let you know what Beatrice thinks, and you can let me know if you'll agree, too. Consider your answer ample repayment for the book, whether you agree or not. Those are my conditions. I won't accept anything else."

And, he left.

Author Bio~
Cerys has charted on numerous best sellers and hot new release lists internationally with multiple books.

She lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire. She spends her days writing, reading, learning, and working. And maybe sometimes she flirts with the mailman. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about emotions and relationships.

She adores pondering sexuality and sensualness. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance, her goal is to also keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornographic. Every story she writes has a delightful plot along with the more devious and delicious scenes we all want to read.

She prefers romance settings, with the occasional monster or fairytale. Her secret kinks include reluctance, interesting paranormal creatures, romance(even with monsters), and fun. She loves writing about all of these things, though very strongly acknowledges that fantasies are fiction and nothing more.

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  1. Thanks for having me!

    It was a lot of fun picking through my to-read list and remembering why I wanted to read each book, haha.

  2. Super excited to try this book! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Very excited to read this book... such a sweet giveaway chance.. thank you.

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