All In by Autumn Stark

All In by Autumn Starkfour-stars

All In Series: In Plain Sight #2
on February 23, 2014
Pages: 419

I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Jay Markham, a wildly popular actor and a chronic womanizer, has become bored with his life. Jay decides to take a break and goes to visit his life-long best friend and famous romance novelist, Anthony Tate. But just because Jay decides to take a break doesn’t mean his fans will let him. The fans and the paparazzi follow him to the small Washington town and, in an effort to escape a particularly dogged fan, Jay ducks into the first open door he can find.

Parker Hardisson is a fairly normal, if self-contained, woman in her, ahem, early thirties. Relatively happy with her life as a freelance translator, she gets to work out of her own home and enjoy her life as quiet and drama-free as possible. So what if she’s a teensy bit lonely? So what if there’s some part of her that wants to explore the world? Things are working out just fine. So, when a mega-movie star comes slamming into her house, she wonders if she’s finally cracked.

Parker seizes the opportunity to make the deal of a lifetime. No strings, no questions. The problem is, Jay is playing this game by his own rules.

My Review

Four sexy, loving, romantic, thrilling stars!

I truly enjoyed this book beginning to end. It was a cross between second chance love and Cinderella. I loved how the h saw the H as a regular guy from the start, not the big Hollywood star he was. She wore regular clothes, sometimes silly ones, even.

“She’d abandoned the purple dress and blue sweater for the unsexiest nightgown she owned: an oversized gray shirt with the lyrics to ‘Soft Kitty’ on it that came to her knees. It had been a gift from Abby. A pair of gray fuzzy knee-socks completed the outfit.”

The sex scenes were very erotic and realistic.

“He’d pressed her back until he could stretch her all the way out her legs dangling from the hips down. Then he’d used the kitchen towels to bind her wrists and tie them firmly to the drawer handles on the other side. Parker had stared at him like she thought he was an evil genius. Then, he spread her legs and coated her with the Hershey’s syrup he’d found. He hadn’t stopped until he’d licked up every last drop of the chocolate liquid from her folds and given her two toe-curling orgasms. Her body was loose and warm before him now.”

I had to take away a star for two reasons, each reason chopping a half point.

  1. There was a LOT of erotica in this book, yet there was no age warning. The author description said the author writes erotica, but the book description said nothing about it, and was listed as Contemporary Romance. Erotica-writing authors sometimes write in different genres. This book needs a warning.
  2. Editing and formatting — My copy was a galley book,, so I’m uncertain as to whether it’s just my copy or if the purchase copies are the same. The formatting was so bad that it was often hard to follow dialogue, to tell who was saying which line. Paragraph breaks were mid-sentence. It was a mess and so hard to read like that. I read a lot of books and can’t take the time to read one like this again. The editing was non-existent. I don’t like to have to edit while I read. Please, authors, pay a good editor. You will sell more of your books, and your stories will shine. Note to author: Grammys are awarded to recording artists, NOT actors.

“He was Jay Markham. People’s Sexiest Man Alive. He’d been nominated for five Grammy’s and won two.”

Oh, and plurals don’t require an apostrophe.

Overall, I might read this again in the future and would recommend it to others that don’t mind the above problems. Happy reading!


About Autumn Stark

Autumn Stark writes Erotic Romance with a sense of humor and a whole lotta steamy fun. Doesn’t mean there aren’t a few whips every now and then, but she’s a sucker for a happy ending. Autumn has been writing in one capacity or another her entire life, but Break Me is her debut novel.

Autumn Stark is the pen name for author and publisher, April Oglesbee.

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