Wednesday, October 14, 2015

review || STRANDED WITH MY STEPBROTHER { release blast } by Madison Collins

Self-Published | October 12, 2015 | Taboo Romance


A standalone taboo romance. No cliffhanger. 18+

On the way to our parents wedding in the mountains, the mother of all snow storms attacks, leaving me stranded in a remote cabin with my new stepbrother.

My hot as hell, I-need-to-change-my-panties because-they’re-soaked, cocky asshole of a stepbrother, Bentley McAllister.

The kicker of it all?

The only items he's packed are liquor and condoms, and he’s looking at me like he wants to put both to good use.

My name is Sierra, and my libido can only take so much.

Send help!

{ about madison collins } .

Madison Collins is the author of romantic short stories such as Caged, Stranded with My Stepbrother and the upcoming Monster Prick. She enjoys the occasional stiff cocktail, and watching romantic comedies. Most days you can find her curled up with a good book. She currently resides in New Jersey.

{ excerpt } .

“Listen, princess.” I lift her chin toward mine, meeting this gorgeous big blue eyes. “I’m not sure if you noticed, but we’re stranded together in the middle of fucking nowhere, with only each other to count on. You can fight me all you want, but there’s one thing you need to understand. I’m going to protect you. I’m going to take care of you. And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m six-foot-four, and probably have a hundred pounds on you. My body is going to produce a lot more heat than yours. Now calm the fuck down, and let me get you warm. Got it, sweetheart?” Her fighting stops immediately.

She nods, coyly, blinking those baby blues at me, all of her fight disappearing. “Got it.” Her voice is small, and I suddenly feel like a dick.

“Good. Glad we’re on the same page.” I tug her body closer so we’re pressed tightly together, and I hold her to my chest, wrapping her in my arms. A contented little sigh escapes her lips. The top of her head doesn’t even reach my chin. She packs a lot of sass for such a small thing. I inhale, and breathe in the scent of her shampoo. The smell of vanilla and lavender fill my nose. Damn, who knew that combination could be so perfect? It’s intoxicating and I can feel my body slowly start to react to the smell and the images my mind starts to produce. The way her slight curves mold to my body serves to warm me up pretty damn quick.

{ review } .

On the page of 'taboo romance', I feel that Madison Collins did a good job with this story. I have found that there are two ways to go about these stepbrother romances -- heck, honestly any romance: either gritty, dark, and super steamy; or real, relatable, and some heat between the sheets -- but still hot.

That said, you either have the stepbrother romance where it seems like the sibling-ship is merely a word between the two, but then you could also have the completely taboo read -- and when I think 'taboo read', I put it in the same mindset as, say... fantasy porn. Like an erotic romance with one woman lining up three men and measuring their man-parts (I could search for this book, but it was read sometime earlier this year).

So -- taboo-wise? Spot on. We have a seemingly naive lead in Sierra, but bring on the dirty talking (almost) stepbrother in a secluded cabin, and her inner vixen eventually comes out. When Bentley and Sierra get past the annoyance, going into the hot and sexy times (and yeah, maybe still a little annoyed with one another), we slowly start to see a different side to Bentley -- and the romance reader in me really loved the end-of-the-book Bentley as opposed to the beginning-of-the-book Bentley.

The timeline of the book was relatively short (okay, it was just short), so the belief that there will be any sort of longevity to the relationship (something I definitely think about when reading romance) is a bit in limbo... Being the reader I am, though, I'd still like to revisit these two later down the road to see where they're at, just because that's how I roll.

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