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Length: 246 pages

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"Rey takes a daring alternate route on the road to romance in the workplace. " - Publishers Weekly

"...the sex scenes sizzle." - Measha's Writings

"This is a straight to the point kind of book. Really easy read. Lovely." - Channelling Cloretta

About the Author

Isobel Rey is a Cambridge graduate. After interning at a stage/film talent agency, Isobel now works at a London advertising agency. This is her debut novel. Originally from Surrey, Isobel lives in London with her partner and a one-eared rescue cat called Thumper.

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  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909520748
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IJEVN9G
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LAYLAW on February 13, 2013
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Good read and it was up and down all the way until the end, I just wish there was more at the end. When it finally came to a climax the book was over, oh god how I wish for 20 more pages of the two characters being together. But a great read regardless. It is down by a foriegn author so I had to acquaint myself with some terms than I would normally but still a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Hoogstra on March 13, 2013
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The sex scenes were hot, though they were idealized versions of sex scenes. There were just enough of the romance elements to give the story something to hang your clothes on, but not so much that you are pulled away from the true use of this story...the erotic scenes.

All were perfect examples, thus I say "idealized versions." The perfect friends with benefits, the perfect playboy, while sleazy enough to turn away from, the perfect voyeur's experience of an orgy, and the perfect love interest. Oh, and also the perfect female friends to help the love story along.

A cut above boilerplate sex writing.
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2.5 Stars

Sometimes a book has a character you just can't relate to. For me, that was the female lead in Substitute. Alexia has left her controlling boyfriend and started a new life and new job at an agency represents sports figures.

Here she falls for the boss, Nathan, but he keeps finding her in compromising positions with Tony, the office playboy. Can she overcome his distaste for Tony's leftovers to form a relationship?

Alexia reminded of Ado Annie from Oklahoma-she's a girl who can't say no. She doesn't like Tony but she doesn't protest when he fondles her in the office and at a special event. She does like Richard, a friend of her flatmate who shows her how to enjoy her passion without actually having penetration sex. Apparently fingering, wanking and oral sex don't really count as sex in her world--she's saving intercourse for Nathan.

Basically I found her weak, whiny and annoying. Nathan wasn't much better, being attracted to her, but not willing to carry the attraction further. Some of the secondary characters, including Richard, Romy and Sophy were more likeable. The sex scenes were well done and the plot wasn't bad. The book is set in London and be prepared for the language to be British English rather than American English.

Overall, this was a pretty lackluster offering, which would have been far better with a stronger heroine.

Review copy provided for an honest review.
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By Janet on January 15, 2015
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I'm on the fence with this one. As Erotica it definitely fits the bill. As a contemporary Romance, not so much. I think my issues lie in the portrayal of the heroine. She is the escapee from an abusive relationship who finds herself partaking in a veritable sex buffet. I had a little trouble justifying her extreme sexual reactions to casual male encounters. If you can suspend logic for a bit, set your mind on Erotica, and read for that purpose, the book makes more sense.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchnage for an honest review.
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*3.5 Stars*

Ok, so I read this about a week ago and have been putting off my review because I'm just having a hard time rating this book. There were things I liked and some things I didn't like so much.

It begins with Alexia leaving her douche of a boyfriend and is starting a new chapter in her life. An old friend has let her move in and helped her get a job with her as a temp at a sports agency. Alexia soon finds out that things can get pretty steamy at work behind closed doors.

Alexia is somewhat inexperienced at sex, the only sexual relationships she has had was not normal so they left her unsatisfied and unsure about sex. When she first lays eyes on the handsome Nathan, which happens to be her boss she feels some sparks or shall I say wetness from seeing him. This new job seems to burst open all of Alexia's sexual needs because she seems to get turned on by every male she encounters. One of her fellow employees Tom wants Alexia bad, and comes on to her strong and if she didn't like it so much I would say he is a borderline rapist, if that makes any since. Another male in her life is Richard a friend of her roommate who is dead set on teaching and helping Alexia satisfy her sexual needs. While things get heated at work and home for Alexia she seems to go on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and confusion.

In the end will she finally get the one she has wanted all along? You will have to read to find out.

I must say the erotic scenes were pretty hot in this book. The main thing that got to me was how Alexia was so inexperienced but seemed to get turned on by every male that came near her or every time she thought about sex. The "squirting" in her panties kind of drove me a little crazy but in all it was a pretty sexy read. If you are into books that have a lot of erotic scenes then I would say you would enjoy this book.
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#Substitute

This book takes the reader on a journey were the hunted/novice learns to be the hunter expert. It reminds me of Snow White (new version) becoming the Huntsman.
Alexis, the Heroine, wants to be needed and wanted sexually. She needs to learn more about her strength and sexuality as a woman.
The writer conveys this well. The sexual need/tension was phenomenal in this book. As the reader I could see the heat come from my iPad from each of the character that was wanted Alexis.
The poor girl doesn’t find herself attractive and has a low self-esteem of herself. There are scenes in the book where Alexis talks to herself, and it reminds me of Ana’s (50 Shades of Grey) inner goddess. I would have been perfect in this book, but perfection was delivered as the author decided to us the assistance of two fair godmothers, both of Alexis’s roommates [Romy and Richard]. One of them is a male and his help is beneficial to the development of Alexis, you will see.
Alexis roommates teach her how to rebrand herself. Which is quite rockin’.
I love how no matter the situation Alexis is was caught in these positions that make it look like she is more physically active in than she is. Every time this occurs only one person sees her, the Hero and the man that Alexis has the hoody eye, biting my lip and panting for each time she sees him.
The Hero (Nathan Fallon) in this book is described as hot, but I believe that the true Hero is Richard. I see him as the person who truly, physically, helped Alexis become the woman with a positive self-esteem. Richard gives her tutorials in the art of self-confidence and sexuality and most need the hands on approach.
Liked:
1. The anticipations
2. The opening scene
3. The male characters (Richard and Nathan)
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