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Title – Scandalous
Author – Missy Johnson
Publication Date – January 22, 2015
Series – Tease, #2.5

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Synopsis

Our past defines who we are.

There are things from my past that I will do anything to keep hidden.

Things that I know Beth wouldn’t understand. How could she when I don’t understand what happened myself?

I blame myself everyday for the things I’ve done, and as I get closer to Beth I realise that maybe I’m not ready for this. Maybe I don’t deserve her.

Regardless, I know she can never find out.

But if there was one thing I know better than anyone, it’s that secrets don’t stay hidden for long.

And sometimes when they break, they are scandalous.

Review

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Scandalous ever since Missy Johnson announced that she would be writing it. It is a novella in the Tease series that brings together Coop, Mia, Beth, and Roman. That means I expected all of the sauciness of the previous books but multiplied. Unfortunately, while I did enjoy it, I can’t say that it’s my favorite of the series either.

As I was reading, I just kind of felt like the story fell flat. The beginning seemed to be a little all over the place and didn’t really connect with the ending in my opinion. I couldn’t understand the point of some of the conversations or things that happened; it almost felt rushed to me. Furthermore, the plot was pretty straightforward with getting the characters from point A to point B. The shining light for me was seeing the interaction between all the main characters. Because we got their individual stories in the first two books, it was perfect to see how becoming friends for the four of them would work out – especially given the nature of Beth and Cooper’s relationship. It was nice to see the conflicts arise and need to be worked out for the individual characters, as well as their counterparts. I also loved the independence that Beth was working toward, but I do wish there was more of it. The mystery surrounding Roman came unraveled and I actually really appreciated his whole back story.

All in all, this wasn’t a bad book but it’s certainly not my favorite either. I wish more attention would have been paid to Beth’s discovery about her father or deeper discussion into Roman’s background. It felt like those were the driving forces of the book but just barely touched upon. I am a big fan of the ending though, and it definitely filled my heart with love and hope!

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Author Bio

Missy Johnson

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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REVIEW – Tease by Missy Johnson

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Title – Tease
Author – Missy Johnson
Publication Date – November 14, 2013
Series – Tease, #1

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Synopsis

Male escort.

That got your attention.

Some of the most powerful and well known women in the country pay to have sex with me, some of them married. Some are into more than just straight sex, which is why they call me. Bondage, power play, submission…nothing is off the table. I will do anything for the right price.

The stories I could tell you about a certain high profile congresswoman, or that innocent blonde actress. Trust me, she’s not so innocent.

Guys would kill for my job. I’m living the fucking dream. Meaningless sex, no relationship hang-ups and I’m rolling in the dough. Life is perfect, just the way it is.

Until I meet her.

She changes everything.

She makes me want more than I’ve ever wanted for myself and she believes in me. But she also thinks I sell insurance. I can’t stop what I do, but I can’t give her up.

Eventually, my two worlds are going to collide and when they do, shit will hit the fan.

Review

I picked up this book because I signed up for an ARC of the second in the series, Promiscuous, which will be released on February 8th. However, when I read what it was about, I was instantly intrigued. The idea of a male escort being the main voice heard throughout – I mean, where can you go wrong? Ok, ok so there are plenty of ways that premise can go wrong. Luckily, Missy Johnson did not disappoint in her follow through.

We are introduced to Mr. Liam Cooper and holy heck did I want to get to know him. The idea of a male point of view always impresses me because the norm is so often that of a female or a dual view point at the very least. I loved Missy’s writing style. When her character is speaking, it’s almost as if you are a friend and he’s speaking quite colloquially to you. It made the story feel more personal in a way. Because of how informal the language and structure was, you saw this whole other side of Coop. As a male escort, he’s confident (and maybe sometimes cocky) and always trying to portray whoever the client wants him to be. However, through these instances where he’s talking to the reader in a way, we are able to see a much more vulnerable side to the character.

As for the other characters, I was intrigued but not necessarily invested in any of them. I was curious and I liked how they played into the story, but nothing about them stood out to me. This truly was a story about Coop and his journey to finding his love and making the hard choice.

I thought the story was cute and the sex scenes were definitely hot and steamy! I blushed reading through a couple of them and trust me, I never get flustered over something like that!

I guess I should also write a disclaimer that I am biased about this book. The reason Coop continues to be an escort is to pay for a trial and medical care for his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. My husband’s grandfather was taken from us because of this disease so that really made me understand his emotions and motives a little but more than maybe I would have under other circumstances.

Overall, I love me some Coop and really liked the story. Book 2 is centered around one of his famous clients, Bethany, but I’m anxious to see where it goes. Missy sure caught me in her web with this one!

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Author BioA New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Missy lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Promiscuous by Missy Johnson

Title – Promiscuous
Author – Missy Johnson
Publication Date – February 7, 2014
Series – Tease, #2

Synopsis

When you’re a twenty-year-old triple platinum singer you get an image.

Except mine was all wrong. On drugs; pregnant; fucking my manager.

But I wasn’t; it was all lies. I was a good girl.But now I’m done being the good girl, because it has gotten me nowhere.

I spent the last year in love with a guy who I was paying to fuck me.A guy who fell in love with someone else.

But now I’m over it. Now it’s about me.

If the world thinks I’m a bad girl, then hell, that’s what I’ll be.

I’ll show them bad.

Let’s find out how promiscuous I can be.

Review

After finishing Tease, I was quite intrigued and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Promiscuous and was so grateful to receive an ARC. From reading the synopsis, I never expected what I unraveled in these pages. Rather than this story being about Coop, it is all about Ms. Bethany Masters. After Tease, I wasn’t necessarily invested in her, but I totally am now!

From the very first chapter, Johnson slams you with a lost, wandering girl who then becomes just utterly broken. I loved that the beginning of this book was essentially the ending of Tease from Bethany’s point of view. It helped us as readers to understand a different dynamic to the scene. If you didn’t really feel anything toward Beth in the first book, I promise that you will experience a total 180. I went from nothing to sympathy, admiration, love, frustration – I ran the gamut. I really did admire her strong desire for her independence though; it’s not something we see very often in heroines.

My biggest peeve with Beth was her inability to be consistent – which she had admitted as a fault herself. One moment she wanted to see or hear from Roman (or Coop) and once she did, it was like she couldn’t get away from them fast enough. I think my favorite line was something along the lines of “I’m more hot and cold than Katy freaking Perry”! I just wish that she was able to make up her mind a couple of times rather than being so wishy-washy about the situation.

We are also introduced to the sexy, mysterious Roman – who I freaking adored! That suspenseful nature and not fully understanding all of his motives just hit all my favorite spots. I loved that he had this perfect mix of fierce protectiveness, but knew not to push boundaries.  He wasn’t your romantic gestures hero, but he was romantic in the way that he could just sense what Beth needed, and didn’t need.

If you’re looking for the steam that was present in Tease, there are a handful of scenes that will get your blood boiling – especially the club scene. However, I think this book was about much more than that. It was more of a journey for Beth and about her finding her strength again. She needed to begin to heal and that’s what we see start to happen in this book. Overall, I really liked Promiscuous, maybe even a little bit more so than Tease. The beginning was a little slow for my pace, but it picked up pretty quickly and then I couldn’t put it down. I honestly cannot wait until Book Three comes out – I am anxious to see what happens to all these characters. Whereas in the first I wasn’t overly invested in them, I couldn’t seem to get enough in this book.

There was no cliffhanger, but definitely some things left open that I want answers to. I want to know the mystery behind Roman and what secrets he has buried (and thinks we won’t find out)! I want to see how the dynamic between Beth and Coop develops (especially with revelations that came about), as well as the relationship between Beth and Roman plays out – particularly after she unravels his mysteries. If you haven’t picked up Tease yet, go get it and then scramble to read Promiscuous! You definitely will NOT be disappointed!

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Excerpt

I was beginning to realize what this was: he wanted more of the party girl. He was here to see the Beth who stayed out all night drinking, and kissing random girls and making out with handsome men.

Not me. Well, not the real me, anyway.

I slipped a finger through the tie of my robe, letting it fall open. I arched my shoulders, letting the material float down my shoulders. Goosebumps hit my arms as I stood there confidently. Inside, I was a screaming mess.

What the hell am I doing? What if he touched me? What if I freaked out?

Sure, I’d had plenty of sex since the rape, but none sober. I hadn’t let anyone touch me without being completely smashed first.

He stared at me for a moment, his eyes wandering over my curves as time seemed to freeze. I couldn’t read his expression, but the longer he stood there, watching me, the more I began to panic. Without saying a thing, he bent down and retrieved the robe, threading my arms back into it.

“I’m not here to fuck you, Beth.” He spoke softly, his hands running over the soft silk of my robe, down my arms to my fingers. I jumped back, both relieved and confused.

Well, this is embarrassing.

Author Bio

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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