All Wrapped Up, By Braxton Cole


Mari meets Luca on an adult website. She’s still smarting from a divorce and only looking to explore her desires. They create wish lists of their sexual fantasies and agree to work through them together. No strings, no attachments, nothing but pleasure, and Mari anticipates their first meeting with impatience. But through a miscommunication involving a private text message and Mari’s nosy brother, Luca ends up at her 30th birthday party, before their planned rendezvous. Much to her surprise, they seem to connect better than she expected, and in ways she hadn’t expected. He’s strong, commanding, but also gentle and respectful and he makes her ache in ways she never thought possible.But when Luca later expresses a desire for something more than just casual sex, Mari’s impulse is to run the other way. After all, her failed marriage is evidence that she really shouldn’t go much deeper. Can Luca convince Mari otherwise? Can he help her see that he’s her ultimate birthday wish come true?

Birthday Wishes is Book 1 in The List Series is intended for an adult audience only and contains mature themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

Lil Tease for you!
“It really is your birthday,” he said, a question in his tone, but not the words.“Yes. Thirty as of eight this morning.” I refused to be one of those women who lied about her age. I may not like getting older, but I wouldn’t let it turn me into a harpy clinging to long gone youth. I was thirty. I’d worked hard to make it through those years, and I wasn’t going to deny a single one of them.

“When you said you wanted to work on your birthday wish list, I thought you meant it metaphorically, not literally.” He led me smoothly through a song change. He was so comfortable on his feet I couldn’t help but wonder what it would take to unravel him just a bit.

“Nope, no metaphors here.”

“Had I known, I would have wrapped the package a little better.”

I looked at his crotch reflexively and pictured his cock with a ribbon and bow tied around it. “It’s not too late, you know.”

He placed a finger under my chin and tipped my head up. “Your mom is watching us.” He was totally laughing at me. Busted checking out my date’s goods by my mom. Unfortunately, my eyes needed to stay above the waist for the rest of the evening.

“Fabulous. One more thing for her to ask about.”

“I created family problems by coming here?”

“Problem is too strong a word, but since my divorce. . .” I let the sentence hang. How could I explain my mom’s interest without making her look like a pushy nut job? In fairness, she was a little bit of a nut job, but I think that was just my biological clock ticking. I couldn’t hear it yet, but somehow it’d tapped into my mom’s system instead of mine. Children were not high on my list of concerns, but grandchildren topped hers.

“Until your brother explained, I thought you were the one who gave me the address.”

“I figured. Ricky likes to play. He didn’t mean any harm.” I gave my baby brother a raft of shit at any available opportunity, but just like any older sister, I’d be damned if I let someone else judge him harshly. It was my job to defend.

“He cares about you.”

“Mmm.” What else could I say? Admitting we liked one another is not something Ricky and I would ever do willingly. “You should tell me something about yourself,” I said, “like what you do for a living.” My mom was going to ask and I couldn’t just say I don’t know, Mom. I want to fuck him, not marry him.

My Review:
                First let me say, this book was not at all what I expected! I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting into when I started reading it, but it was completely worth the read!  It has parts that will make you laugh; parts that will make you “happy” and parts that will make you drool.  Not that bad for a novella for sure!
                Although the sex in this book was steamy, I was left wanting in a sense.  During the course of the book, you find out about the List that has drawn Mari and Luca together, but you don’t really get to find out that much that’s on the list.  Sure there are hints that are given as to what the other is excepting, but altogether, I just wanted to know what else they came up with.
                If you are looking for a steamy read, one that will bring a smile to your face, than this is the book for you!

 

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Mari and Luca continue to work through their list of sexual fantasies in All Wrapped Up, Book Two in The List Series. They’ve abandoned their original plan of no strings attached and, for the most part, Mari’s learning to be okay with it. She definitely likes Luca’s strings (and whatever else he might use to restrain her), but she’s not sure she’s ready to take the next step in their relationship. Luca, sweet, strong, commanding Luca, insists that it’s time to move in together. Mari insists it’s time to relax and enjoy what they share without complicating things.With every moment they spend together, Luca shows Mari how good they could be together. Will Mari run away from her emotions, or does Luca have her all wrapped up?

All Wrapped Up is Book Two in The List Series and contains mature adult themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

My Review:
                When we leave Mari and Luca at the end of Birthday Wishes, I wasn’t sure what to expect from them, or from their list.  There were parts of this book that I was actually shocked by the progression of their relationship!  (I was secretly hoping that they would still be together.)
                The different things that they were able to cross off their list this time around, were extremely hot and I didn’t want to put the book down once I started reading them.  I was still left wondering what else is on their list, but I am hoping that this will be a longer series so that we can learn more with each book.
                I have a love/hate relationship with Mari, I understand that she had been hurt in the past but it almost seems as though she is playing Luca just to keep him around.  Not that I can blame her, he sounds freaking HAWT!  I would try to keep him around as well, but to me it doesn’t seem as though she is completely sure she wants to be with him.
                I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!