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Hard as Mason (Sultry Tides Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Wells
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Laura Bellamy is a rising star at her San Francisco company. She is smart, beautiful, professional, respected, and driven to succeed. Unfortunately, the greater her success grows, the more her husband’s insecurities are revealed. The couple has been married only three years since busy Laura took a chance on finding love on an internet dating website.

But once the honeymoon ended, the more she tried to make their marriage succeed, the more Greg’s true colors stained their crumbling relationship. He is jealous, paranoid, and cruel. Adding to their pressure-cooker marriage, he focuses his insecurities into pressuring his wife to start a family and give up the career that makes her happy.

Laura has worked with the same company for longer than she’s known her husband. In that time, not only has she loved her career, she’s also enjoyed her friendship with Mason Paladino: a fellow executive who is witty, sophisticated, and a bit of a goofball who sports a gorgeous swimmer’s body. For too long, the friends have suspected they share romantic chemistry, but neither will break their vows. If the right conditions present themselves, will they act on their simmering desires? Would it be wrong to deny their love? Can Laura trust her heart to show her the right path after failing miserably with her husband?

When Greg’s insecurities push him over the edge from cruel to criminal, will Laura stay, or end the toxic relationship? And if he catches her with a new man, how far will his anger drive his actions to tear them apart?

Find out what happens to Laura and Mason in book one of the Sultry Tides series.

WARNING: 18+ Only
Contains explicit language and adult sexual situations which may be considered offensive to some readers.


Editorial Reviews

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"A very great read with an oh my god ending, that will leave you begging for round 2."
--Twin Opinions
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"I can hardly wait for the second book. I think you will want to jump on this series, the plot alone is worth the read but the style and flow of the writing makes it a smooth and quick read."
--Crystal's Many Reviewers
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"You will not be able to put this one down. This was an amazing book. ... This was a sweet, sexy romance between the two main characters and then bam!! Drama Drama Drama. The ending is heart stopping and I can't wait for book two. Great read!"
--Sexyways of Reading
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"What a great combination of HOT, passion, humor, and a psycho ex. I fell in love with the characters. ... This book jumps right in and the journey continues to the very end. I had a hard time putting the book down once I started. I can't wait to read book 2!
--Give Me Books
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"Hard as Mason, is a fast paced, sinful little treat. The title alone says it all.  Mason is one hard, hot-blooded man just waiting for you to devour.  This book is full of sizzling scenes sure to leave readers tingling all over. ... 
"Hot, hot, hot!  I'm telling you, you will not be disappointed with the steamy writing skills of Cindy Wells."
--Deliciously Wicked Books
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"It's a strong debut...I had a hard time putting it down and I already want to read the sequel."
--Sara's Organized Chaos
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5 Stars
--Rene's Getaway
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"Give this a try and find your next crush!"
--Book Crush


Product Details

  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Cindy B. Wells; 1 edition (May 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K91F1MW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not going to review grammar pr punctuation. I have found that Indy authors, Kindle and basic grammar , through no fault of the authors, do not get along. That being said, I liked this book. Although I think that the main characters seemed rushed into getting into a relationship, it was over a three day weekend from when Lara dumped Greg and her and Mason professed their love for each other, the author was able to explain this in that they had been attracted to each other for quite some time. Laura's marriage had been actually falling apart for a while.
At times, it seemed that the conversation between Mason and Laura were like two horny teenagers and the description of body parts predictable, the story shined through. Domestic violence and the pain of 2 failed marriages is well written. The final "battle" for Laura had me reading faster. The cliff hanger has me looking forward to the next book. If you like books full of sex, Hard as Mason is for you. This book is not for the prudes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hmm Mason.... July 31, 2014
By Kara
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read the book blurb I told myself to go into it with an open mind and I'm glad I did because despite it having Domestic violence in it, it was very well written. It was 4 1/2 stars for me.

Laura, has been married only 3 years to Greg who lately had become very possessive, jealous about her job and angry that Laura prefers her job over wanting to start a family with him. She loves her job and is not ready to have a family with Greg especially the way he's been acting lately so she tries to keep the peace and not argue back with him, well that seems to upset him even more. Well because of the way he's been she prefers to be at work than at home and that is where Mason comes in. He's worked with Laura for a while that they have a close work relationship but that has turned into something else on both of their part's and neither thinks the other one feels the same way. They have weekly work meetings that has drawn them closer and they notice each other more but neither is aware of what each one is going through in their personal home life.

Mason has been married to his college sweetheart and have teenage boys that have gone off to college and leaving him and his wife with a vacant house. His wife decides she wants to follow her dream of being an artist and moves to NY when offered an opportunity she couldn't pass. Mason being a sweet, loving and supporting husband encourages her instead of discouraging her... **SMALL SPOILER**Mason discovers his wife is not faithful and ultimately is divorcing her.

Laura and Mason decide to explore this feelings they have had for one another for a while and let me say that it is passionate and the sex oh my goodness it is HOT!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut! June 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
So when I started this book, I had to keep reminding myself this is book one in a series. Even at the end of the book, with the cliff hanger ending (of sorts), I was a little perturbed but then again, it's the first in a series so I'm OK with that. Things are going to all get resolutions in a future book and so I'll wait patiently.

I'm going to be honest, I kind of don't like Laura. I know her marriage is a mess, and I know Mason's marriage is a mess and on the way out as well. I know all of this, but the goodie two shoes part of me is screaming, this is all wrong, wrong, wrong. And I so very much liked Mason. I see Mason as the hopeless romantic, the kind of guy who would be used and abused by women and always have a broken heart. I see Laura as this go getter, fast track career woman, who wouldn't ever be able to focus enough on a partner and start a family. Which is the reason her marriage is a hot mess in the first place.

I loved the erotic scenes in the book, I loved the romance of dating a person and trying to really woo a girl, I loved Mason's thoughtful gestures. I worry that this will be one of those relationships that start out super hot and heavy and then give it a few months and it's like, they realize this was just rebound and therapy for broken hearts. For their sake, I hope it doesn't go that route.

What I also enjoyed was the story line with Greg. He's a complete loon. I really liked it because I think this is a really common issue in marriages- people don't really lay out their expectations on what married life is going to be like, what their family planning expectations are, and just being able to handle successes and failures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love July 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
**Arc graciously gifted for honest review. Review given on behalf of <a href="http://givemebooksblog.blogspot.com.au/">Give Me Books</a>

"Come on out Rocketman," she growled. She inhaled sharply and licked her lips when she freed his manhood that bounced up with joy. "Did you just name my penis?" he grinned. "Hmm. Rocketman," he continued. She offered him a sexy wink. "Ready to dock?"

What a great combination of HOT, passion, humor, and a psycho ex. I fell in love with the characters. They are real people who struggle with the issues life throws at them while keeping a good sense of humor.

Mutual attraction at the office can lead to harmless flirting and sometimes even love.

Masons wife left him, and Laura kicks her husband out after a heated and nearly physical argument. Laura and Mason are one of the couples you cheer for, but are secretly jealous of. They have known each other for a long time, shared a mutual attraction they haven't acted on, and when the time comes for their chance, they are explosive right off the bat!

When Laura's soon to be ex husband discovers this new relationship, he does not take it well. Mason comes over for a date and is blindsided at the door. Will he be able to help Laura or will he be another innocent victim? I couldn't put the book down when the confrontation peaks.

This book jumps right in and the journey continues to the very end. I had a hard time putting the book down once I started. I can't wait to read book 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book. It is definitely one I will keep on my bookshelf to read again. I picked it up and finished reading it within a day.
Published 3 days ago by Glynis Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars ** 4 Deliciously Wicked Stars **
~JERZIE’S REVIEW~

Cindy Wells’ debut novel “Hard as Mason”, is a fast paced, sinful little treat. The title alone says it all. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jerzie Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I found the book slower than I like in the beginning but midway through it picked up and became full of drama and suspense that captured my attention forcing me to not put the book... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Crystal's Many Reviewers
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read and powerful emotions that pull you in
Well, DRAMA is what this book is. A great read and powerful emotions that pull you in. Greg, well crazy doesn't even begin to describe this man. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Twin Opinions
5.0 out of 5 stars She is smart, beautiful
Laura Bellamy is a rising star at her San Francisco company. She is smart, beautiful, professional, respected, and driven to succeed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rene M.
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great combination of HOT, passion, humor and a psycho ex
"Come on out Rocketman," she growled. She inhaled sharply and licked her lips when she freed his manhood that bounced up with joy. "Did you just name my penis? Read more
Published 2 months ago by GiveMeBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Passion-filled Romance
What can I say about this book?! What started out as a slow, tentative romance novel evolved into a passion-filled, fast-paced thriller. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ap2514
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
Laura was in a bad relationship with a guy named Greg. She was married to him and then ended up filing for a divorce. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
If you are looking for a leisurely read then this book is not for you. This book will require you to block out several hours of your day because you will not be able to put this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leslie
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Hard as Mason by Cindy B.Well
Laura is a stuck in a loveless marriage, Mason has recently separated from his wife, so is love in the air for these two? Read more
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More About the Author

Cindy B. Wells considers herself to be a romantic at heart. She enjoys creating steamy stories that are intelligent, fun and sexy with strong characters and new discoveries. Oh, and food...because what goes better with romance and love than spectacular cuisine? Therefore, you can expect to find some of her favorite restaurants and particular dishes in her stories.

A San Francisco native, Cindy has been a professional writer for many years. She splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and the place she likes to call home: the coastal community of Carmel, California. When she's not writing or reading, Cindy enjoys traveling, camping, sailing, painting, wine tasting, baking and, of course, spending time with her family.

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