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

Cindy Wells
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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


"A very great read with an oh my god ending, that will leave you begging for round 2."
--Twin Opinions
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Wells evenly balances the sex scenes with the narrative in this story, describing both in exquisite detail. As such, Hard as Mason could practically double as a travel guide for the San Francisco/Monterey Bay area as well as an erotic novel!"
--Christina Harding Erotica
"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
5 Stars
--Rene's Getaway
"Give this a try and find your next crush!"
--Book Crush

Product Details

  • File Size: 883 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: #1,298,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars ** 4 Deliciously Wicked Stars ** September 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

Cindy Wells’ debut novel “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.

Laura’s marriage is a mess. Greg, her husband, is a controlling, chauvinistic a**hole. He has certain ideas about what a wife should be like, that being, a wife who is barefoot and pregnant and who is perfectly happy being a stay-at-home mom. What he doesn’t want is a highly successful businesswoman, making a name for herself and climbing her way up the corporate latter. Laura loves her job. This last fight is the final breaking point for Laura. Their argument intensifies where it almost gets physical. The next day, Laura does the only thing she can do, files for divorce.

After years of marriage, Mason and Brenda’s marriage is also over. The two have had their issues, but what put the final nail in the coffin was catching his wife with another man.

Mason and Laura have work together for several years, and what started out as a coworker relationship, quickly flourished into a friendship. Sure they harmlessly flirt back and forth, stolen glances here and there, but they respect the boundaries of their professional relationship and have never crossed the line. Laura has a secret. She has always found Mason attractive, but is convinced it is a one-sided infatuation. Mason feels the same way. Having denied their feelings for far too long, and no reason for them to stop, they take the plunge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read September 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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 down till I finished. It is still sometimes hard for me to connect the first part of the story to the same characters at the end because the development of their personalities continued to evolve and grow throughout the whole book which in this case is a brilliant thing.
Laura is a very successful business woman who has worked her way to the top with her ethics and determination. She is married to Greg whose ambition seemed to die after their vows were taken. Now his main goal in life is to take her out of the business suit and keep her barefoot and pregnant at home. There is no way Laura is willing to be tied down and give up all she has worked for but even more there is no way she is having Greg’s child and be forever connected to him. After his temper at her refusal reaches the point that the police arrive she gains the courage to tell him it is over and kick him out.
Mason married his “high school sweetheart” and they raised twin sons. Now that the boys have moved out and started school his wife has decided to take her art career one step farther and move to NY to gain her success. When Mason finds out that she is doing more than creating art he divorces her and begins to rebuild his life as a single man. He throws himself into his successful career even more and interacts with Laura at the job.
Laura and Mason have an attraction with each other early but since they are bound in marriage to other people they put the brakes on their feelings. Once they are free to seek each other out, they begin to see happiness and they are HOT together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hmm Mason.... July 31, 2014
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 A Yummy Read
Laura and Mason could be anyone stuck in a marriage, secretly wanting the other, not realizing (yet) that their feelings are mutual. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TallSammLim
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Details!
Immediately upon freeing herself from an abusive marriage, Laura is swept off on a romantic weekend with her lover during which they have copious amounts of sex and share the kind... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christina Harding
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Published 4 months ago by Bonita Farrar
3.0 out of 5 stars The chemistry between Laura and Mason felt awkward and robotic (ie...
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Laura and Mason are both unhappily married to their spouses. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Book Crush-Kara
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought well I may not like the paces of this book
What I thought about the plot:
At first glance, I thought well I may not like the paces of this book... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mom of two
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 8 months ago by Glynis Evans
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 9 months 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 9 months ago by Rene's Getaway (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 10 months ago by GiveMeBooks
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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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