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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review & Giveaway–Ex-Retreat by Elise Hepner


After Chloe Barrons’ fiancé cheats on her via webcam, she begrudgingly accepts her Type-A mother’s offer of a spur of the moment luxury spa weekend. But things don’t play out quite from point A to point B when she arrives drunk and disoriented on the front porch of a deserted North Carolina beach house. From the very start she’s caught off guard by Noah Knightly, a sinfully sexy, self-proclaimed commitment-phobe who’s a handyman for his sister’s relationship rehabilitation center—a rehab where Chloe is the sole guest during off-season.
But faced with temptation, to stay guarded she’ll have to call the shots.

Noah shouldn’t have taken Chloe’s reservation. But in need of a second pair of hands to fix up the beach house, he throws all his sister’s rules out the window. Soon he worries that maybe he’s bitten off more than he can chew: each day Chloe cracks more of his cocky façade bringing down his guards to reveal a stuttering geek who has a hidden will to please her in any way possible.
With no way to ignore her pain, Noah sets himself up as a guniea pig to prove to Chloe that not all men are created equal—in or out of the bedroom. As Chloe comes into her own through every sexual session, Noah needs to decide if he’s man enough to accept the one thing he never thought he wanted—love.
Warning: This book contains a geeky, secretly insecure but overly cocky handy-man with a penchant for pleasing, a dominatrix in training who’s on the rebound, and enough smut to strip a couple layers off your soul. Plus there’s mac n’ cheese with a smattering of self-actualization for good measure.

My Review:

Chloe Barrons didn't expect to find her fiancé, Eric, cheating on her during a webcam chat. She decides to hide in her bedroom, but her mother has had enough. Her mother tells Chloe that she has five minutes to get ready for a spa retreat at an unknown  destination. Chloe thinks the spa retreat is her mother's idea of some sick joke.

Noah Knightly didn't expect a spa reservation in the off season or the delightful way Chloe feels in his arms, either. And Chloe isn’t indifferent to him. She’s wary, yet undeniably attracted to Noah.

Noah has a stuttering problem, which makes it difficult to voice what he truly wants. As days go by, Noah and Chloe find  their attraction can no longer go unanswered.

When Noah's sister and Chloe's mother show up, Noah speaks without thinking and loses Chloe's trust completely. Will Chloe find the strength to move forward? Will Noah linger in self-pity? Will Chloe find her dreams again? Will Noah find the courage to make things right with Chloe? Your answers await you in Ex-Retreat.


I've read many books that have had a cheating partner, but Ex-Retreat features a new twist and spin on cheating. I like that Chloe gradually found her courage to try again.

Noah is a sexy, shy, bookish man with a stuttering problem. Together they became the couple they each needed to be for one another.

I honestly thought her mother was a tad too controlling, but I loved the characters, flaws and all! I thought the story was cleverly written. I will definitely keep this author in mind in the future and I definitely recommend this great read.

Ex-Retreat features:

  • erotica
  • oral sex
  • angst
  • BDSM (light)

Rating: 4 Kisses


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  1. Thank you so much for your review and thanks for having me!

  2. Anytime, Elise! Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting. :)

  3. And the winner is...

    Congratulations, Daniela! Huge THANK YOUs to everyone who entered. Thank you for supporting our blog. :)


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