Review of A Taboo Love series: Hey There, Delilah… (Book 1) and Unmasking Charlotte (Book 2) by M.D. Saperstein and Andria Large

Hey There, DelilahBOYFRIEND BOOKMARK RATING: ★★★★

Hi, my name is Delilah Sampson, and I am a self proclaimed “frump girl.” My world came crashing down the day I walked in on my boyfriend having sex with my boss, rendering me single and jobless. A new job fell into my lap as the secretary of the gorgeous, rich, powerful, and mighty cocky controlling partner at Santino Law Firm. I spend my days trying to please a demanding boss, keeping my lustful thoughts to myself. Until one night, when my best friend drags me to a club, and I fall for a man whose true identity I will never know.

See, at Club Masquerade, everyone wears a mask and a nametag with a fake name. Also, on your nametag is a number that you are assigned when you come into the club, which is linked to an in-house messaging system; no one is permitted to speak, which ensures that identities are kept secret. I meet my lover every Saturday at 9 pm sharp. We text and email constantly when we are not together, and I have somehow fallen in love with him.

But, then there is Nick Santino. He is the partner that I can’t keep my eyes off. Unfortunately, the only reason he hired me is because he is not attracted to me and all my frump glory. Fortunately, for me, I am a kick ass secretary, so he keeps me around. Like many men in his position, Nick is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it; all without commitment, of course.

So when he finds a woman that he is both physically and emotionally attracted to, he finds himself in unchartered territory – love. And I can do nothing but be jealous from the sidelines – lusting for a man I can’t have, and loving a man I can’t know.

Hey there, Delilah is book 1 of the Taboo Love series, in which we tackle the boss/secretary relationship. Each book will be a stand alone with a HEA, but will have a few reoccurring characters.

STEPHANIE: ★★★★

I wish this little gem of a book would have ended up in my Kindle long before now. I adored this book. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it gave me everything I wanted. It was fun, flirty, dirty and sexy. I could relate to the characters and they ladies were sassy and the read was wickedly delicious.

Delilah is a self proclaimed “frump-girl” and of course my mind went straight to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Delilah was living with her boyfriend, had a job (that she hated, but she had at least that), she was content. Things weren’t perfect in her life, but she made it work… well until the moment she walked in on her boss having sex with her boyfriend. Aww crap… you have no idea what is going to happen next right?

Of course she dumps him and her boss. But now suddenly single and jobless, she must find a way to piece back together her life. A job almost instantaneously lands in her lap and she grabs it immediately. She knows she is a hard worker and she knows that she can do the work. But then again… she has never met her boss. Isn’t that just the luck… her boss is a huge major piece of eye candy and she just thinks he is amazing. But there is no way he would ever give her a second glance. You can tell Nick’s type and it is not Delilah.

To pull herself out of her funk, her best friend, Charlie, and her decide to check out a new club. But what Delilah doesn’t know is this club is not just you standard singles bar… it is so much more. And that’s when it happens… she meets him. He is amazing. He is beautiful, intelligent and he is attracted to her. But the thing about this club… well, it is a masquerade club. You will never see the true identity of who you are with, more so, you will not converse with them either. But there is something there. Delilah knows it and suddenly she is torn between the amazing boss that she wants to discover and the amazing man behind the mask.

Now, let me just chat up Nick, the boss for a second. Nick is a partner in a law firm. He is smart, very good looking and witty. But Nick has a problem hanging on to assistants. He always hires the same type of assistant. The kind he can’t keep his hands off of… and ultimately when he can’t keep his hands to himself, he finds the position open again. But this time something changed. He didn’t hire his type. But there is something still so intriguing about his new assistant. She is smart, witty and her name is in his favorite song. But he is not dipping his toes or anything else into the company pool this time.

When Nick finds himself in the company of an amazing woman one night, he doesn’t want to let go she’s got the body to die for and the personality he has been craving… so what’s the problem? The problem is his new assistant has grown on him and he can’t stop thinking about Delilah when he is with La La…

This book just made me smile. The characters were fun and flirty and seemed to make the entire book just flow. The banter was witty and the steam was undeniable. This book was so much more than just a heated love story; it was also a story about growth. Delilah’s character grew so much in this book and she went from complete frump girl to hottie with a hiney that guys just drool over. She found her way out of the shell she had created around herself. And Nick… well Nick was teetering on the edge of something strong in this book that he was completely unfamiliar with… that’s right. LOVE.

I loved the characters and the big scary issues they faced, like whose face was behind the mask at the club or what was really under that frumpy impression at the office. This book was a fun read and definitely kept me pushing through it until the very end.

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UNMASKING CHARLOTTEBOYFRIEND BOOKMARK RATING: ★★★★

Some say that I’m cynical. Some say that I’m flippant. But I am neither of those things. I am just a realist, who through an unfortunate turn of events, learned the hard way that everything is in fact black or white. At least for me it is, and always will be.

But then there is Calvin King. The thorn in my side, the pain in my ass. He is what some would call the perfect man – an imposing businessman, an even more impressive ladies’ man. Every man wants to be him and every woman just wants him. At least that is what I hear. I’m not admitting to anything beyond that.

What I do know and will concede to, is that my resolve is tested as soon as I meet Calvin. He ticks every box off my checklist – sexy as sin, tall, dark, rich, intelligent, and funny. My body craves just the thought of him. How can I possibly keep him at arm’s length when he is the only man I want and desire? And it doesn’t help that he kisses like a god and sets my body on fire. Crap! Don’t ask me how I know that, he doesn’t play fair.

Most importantly, I can’t let him unmask me, it’s my only defense.

Unmasking Charlotte is book 2 of the Taboo Love series and picks up where Hey There, Delilah left off. As with Hey There, Delilah, it is a standalone – so don’t worry if you haven’t read Hey There, Delilah, yet – with a HEA. That means no cliffhanger! Oh, and expect to see some of your favorite characters.

STEPHANIE: ★★★★

The one man she is most attracted to is one man she can never be with. Charlotte doesn’t even dare. The one time she did, it was ugly and she would never even consider it again. But that’s what tragic events can do to you. They can prevent you from becoming whole, becoming who you are meant to be. This book is more than just a simple love story. It takes tragic events of the past and weaves them into a present life and those events will forever change the lives of two people when they least expect it.

Charlotte is a beautiful woman who has a great job, great friends and a great life. But it has taken a lot to get her to this point. She lived through a very traumatic event and it has jaded her view of men and what she can and cannot have out of life. But there’s this one guy. She is just so attracted to him and he does something to her just by being near. She knows that she can never chance to have anything with him because of the scars of the past but there is something there and she knows it.

Calvin, a smart and savy and hot business man, wants one thing and he doesn’t want to stop going after it until he has it.  That one thing… Charlotte. But she won’t let him in. She denies his every move and his ever advance. He should probably just give up and move on, but everything inside him says not to. She is worth it… if he could only figure out why she doesn’t want him back…

The thing about the past is that it is always there to remind you of events that changed your life. Both Calvin and Charlotte have a reminder in their past that they just can’t get beyond. Calvin changed his professional aspirations because of a story he heard his dad tell. Charlotte lived her tragedy that prevents her from opening her heart to the one man she can’t seem to get enough of, even if that is nothing. She still wants it as much as he wants her.

It is hard to review a book like this because the one thing you want to talk about when it comes to this story, is the one thing that would spoil it for other readers. But with the first book in this series, Hey There, Delilah… the characters were amazing. Yes, the same cast appears in both books, but this is Charlotte and Calvin’s story. But I love these characters so much. They have just embedded themselves in my heart. They make me laugh, they touch my heart and at the end of the day, they are just perfect for one another.

The characters and their stories are larger than life but they have remained true to their families and their friends and above all to themselves and I really appreciate that in a book. None acted better or smarter than another and they leveled each other out. They called each other out on their issues and they kept the bond between reader and character.

This book had it’s heat, but it also had a couple of very serious social issues to deal with and it was done flawlessly. I really appreciated how the authors handled the situations presented in this book. Putting together the pieces of your heart after everything shattered is something amazing but to have someone walk along side you when you do it is even better. This book just touched me in a way I can’t even describe. It had heart and it was a great read.2f8a7-add-to-goodreads-button3

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Right now, Unmasking Charlotte is only $0.99!

 

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