Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Review ~ Little Black Book (Little Black Book #1) by Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea

Little Black Book
(Little Black Book #1)
by Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea

My name’s Sebastian Black, and I want to buy you. I could have any woman I want, but I choose you.

Here’s my offer…
I’ll put your name in my LITTLE BLACK BOOK, and when I want you, I’ll call you. When I call, you’re going to come, in more ways than one. It will be mutually pleasurable for both of us.

There are only two rules:

If you do either, I’ll remove you from my book and payment stops.

Do we have an understanding?

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My Thoughts
First off, those two rules -


and the part about –


Yeah, those did not work for me – at all.  Right from the start of this story, I was not a fan of Sebastian Black.  I thought he was an egotistical, arrogant, self-absorbed prick.  And the women who bought into that crap?  Well, to each her own I guess but, to get paid for sex, well, that did not work for me either.

But I did continue reading this book, only to find out what the big deal was.  Reviewers either love it or hate it, so I had to find out why.  I am just going to throw it out there – I liked it.  Did I love it?  No.  Would I recommend it to others?  Yes, only because it was a good story, and if you read the synopsis and other reviews, you should know what you are about to read.  Why is it good you ask?  Well this is why:

Sebastian owns his own nightclub.  Because of its success, he is filthy rich.  Because of his crappy childhood, he really does not want to have any emotional attachment to any women.  He doesn't even call them by their real name for heaven’s sake.  Nope, he assigns them cartoon character names. Seriously, names like Bambi, Wilma and Betty. And he puts all these names and numbers in his Little Black Book.  His goal?  To fine his perfect Jessica Rabbit.  To him, Jessica Rabbit is the perfect woman and one that will never surface, because well, Jessica Rabbit is not real.  So until he finds his Jessica Rabbit, he has his harem of women he calls upon and pays them well for their time.  Because of Sebastian’s past, I gave him a small pass for his attitude toward women.  He’s damaged and someone needs to fix him.

All of that changes though when Rosslyn enters the scene.  She has raised her brother ever since her parents were brutally murdered.  Needing a job, she lands one at Sebastian’s club.  Once Sebastian meets her though, he is convinced that Rosslyn is his Jessica Rabbit.  So what’s he do?  He fires her on the spot and offers her a deal she cannot refuse.  At first she does not accept it, but after losing her house, her car and now jobless, she accepts.  The problem I had with Rosslyn’s character is that she was a virgin before she met Sebastian, and after her first encounter, she suddenly becomes this sexual vixen?  Well, this is fiction, so I guess I will have to give it a pass.  Anyway, Rosslyn is finally living the good life, but she is breaking one of Sebastian’s rules….she is falling in love with the man (gosh, I did not see that one coming).

So far, the story has been pretty typical, nothing really special.  Yes, the sex was hot.  I mean, it’s Sebastian Black for goodness sake.  But intertwined in this romance story is a mystery that is begging to be solved. You see, Rosslyn’s parents’ murder was never solved.  The killers are still out there.  When she finds out who it was, well, that is where this story really picked up and I was hanging on for dear life as the story unfolded.

Overall, this was a good story that I don’t regret reading.  The writing was good and the characters, although complex, were interesting to read about.  This one did not leave in a cliffhanger which I appreciated and I always love it when it ends in a happily ever after.  I grew to love Sebastian and I think you will to when you read this story.

4 stars

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About the Authors
Tabatha Vargo
Tabatha is a sweet tea sippin', front porch sittin' kind of girl from South Carolina. She loves old, historical anything, wind chimes, and all things romantic. She is the mother of an 8 y/o rock star/princess and the wife of her very own Prince Charming.
When she isn't writing, she's texting book ideas to herself.

Melissa Andrea
I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I'll try.

Reading has always been a passion for me and writing is as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter, The Discover Series was my debut release and since then I have written a contemporary romance, The Edge of Darkness. The only thing I do better than writing? Making beautiful, sassy and independent, girls. My daughters will always be my greatest accomplishment, my biggest fans and my every inspiration. I live, breath and would die for them! I've been married to one of the greatest men in my life for 7 years and I love him more than chocolate (you know shit just got real :), Justin Timberlake and Friday's. Without him my website would be a mess and I would probably be paying more taxes than I should. He is a jack of many trades and this is just my opinion but I like to think besides my daughters, I'm his second biggest accomplishment. (Does anyone else hear a horn tooting?)

I was born in Denver, Colorado -but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don't have a big family, but I'm close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn't have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. She has supported me throughout this crazy adventure and I'm lucky to have her on my side!

6 things you should know about me:

1. I'm a tornado with lipstick! Translation: I'm very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them.

2. I adore the color pink!

3. I love things that sparkle (including vampires!)

4. I like even numbers (hence 6 things about me, not 5)

5. I'm loyal to a fault but I like to see the good in everybody. Don't mistake my kindness for weakness though because my bark is not always bigger than my bite :))

6. I don't like calling readers 'fans'. When it come down to it, I am all YOUR biggest fan! MWAH!

I will never be able to thank every reader, every blogger or every author who has helped me in one or a million ways since I published but I will try every chance I get. Y'all are the reason I am here and every comment, every message, every review makes me feel like I have a reason to be. So to the moon and back, THANK YOU!

Okay, so this was a little longer than a paragraph.

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