Blog Tour and Giveaway: Three of Diamonds: W. Ferraro

Three of Diamonds (Book 3)
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Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus. Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold?

Other books in this series:

Three of Hearts (Book 1)          
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Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She's fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.

Three of Spades (Book 2)     
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Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire. There is one catch. He has to play the part of Natalie’s madly in love boyfriend for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the two is harder than he thought. Natalie’s days of shyness and lack of confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves and demands in the bedroom. Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie teaches him things he didn’t even know he wanted. Will Hamden’s notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of life, as we all are?

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He planned to discover all of Lola's depths and secrets, which she had hidden behind her self-made walls.

We met Lola in Three of Spades and it was obvious that they shared some kind of history, but it was really kind of mysterious. They have several meetings, but Wes does not understand why Lola appears to hate him so much. But Lola has her reasons to be guarded, and she knows Wes' secrets and how he lives his very private life.

"So you've been shot down?" Dylan asked...."Yeah, shot down, driven over and then again for good measure...."
"What she got against you? Most women are usually falling at your feet..."
"She saw behind the curtain and apparently thinks it isn't worth the trip through Oz."

Wes cannot fully understand his strong reaction to her and her negative one to him. But they keep crossing paths. Eventually he stops being patient and pulls out the big guns and unleashes his passion that in turn allows her to set hers free. They are fire and ice. He is sexy, bossy, and domineering. He has many layers to his personality and secrets that he does not really share. She is spirited, sassy, and opinionated. I love that she is a fuller figured woman and that Wes admires her curves. Lola is so fiercely independent and stubborn that it adds even more spice to their connection. She is not some woman who will be kept and rarely even wants to accept help. Wes just wants to give, but she does not want to take anything. Wes knows what he wants and when he wants it. He likes control and to exert his power. But Lola is a tough cookie. 

"I'm going to need a long block of uninterrupted time to even begin to satisfy my appetite for you."

But their wild passionate sexual fling soon begins to involve more emotions that they both find difficult to admit and face. They have secrets, pasts, and feelings to share but it involves trust and a certain level of commitment. And it is hard for them to get on the same page and stay there. They both lead their own lives and have commitments that often intrude. So it is not a quick and easy road of boy meets girl, boy gets girl....

I enjoyed the verbal sparring, physical chemistry, and breaking down of Wes and Lola. They were hard nuts to crack. They were cold, they were hot, and they were interesting. Wes pushes Lola out of her comfort zone while finding comfort with her he never dreamed possible. But they have challenges, issues and barriers that interfere and there is a certain amount of suspense and danger lurking as well. 

"I'm not enough, we will never be enough."
"You're right, You are not enough.  You are everything."

Will the man who does not get attached finally meet his match? And will the woman who thinks she does not need anyone be just the one to do it?

I loved some of the new characters. We are introduced to  Lola's rambunctious, special, younger brother Boyd; her sweet and supportive friend Aimee; and his muscle bound, humorous friend Jax. And of course there are visits from our favorite Hamden friends that always make me happy. This installment was definitely different than the previous two books and pushed the envelope a bit, but it really fit with Wes and Lola's personalities. It was seductive, funny, frustrating, complicated, and sweet. I look forward to more books in the Hamden series.

Thanks to Wendy Ferraro for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on a BETA read/Arc read  for this book.

**If there is some erotic type scenes mixed in with a sex club, I am all over it. This is my favorite genre. I just want to state however for those who may be apprehensive about taking a chance and reading Three of Diamonds due to the subject matter, this is a very light and I mean light D/s read. As a reader you will not see any dark erotic acts, the worse you will be exposed to is light bondage, anal play, and spanking. If you can handle those three things than your senses will not be offended. Wes is about pleasure and control, never about pain or humiliation.**

As you may have realized from my above reviews, I have a slight (just slight, nothing major...yeah ok I am lying) obsession with one Wes Thompson. I want to shout it from the rooftops that I am in love, totally and utterly in love. In addition, I am demanding that Wendy takes Wes off the market now, as I don't share or play well with others. (By the way Kim, you may keep Dylan). I have had a wicked crush on this dark bad boy since the moment I met him in Seth's story and then again in Dylan's. I just knew deep down that he was going to make me sigh and scream his name multiple times (and yes along with Lola, I most certainly did). Let me just say, Wes Thompson down right rocked my world in a variety of places; in a hallway at the bar, on the back of a horse, in his bedroom (and those are just a few of the naughty places we visited). As further proof of  Wes's staying ability, I must say that I fought sleep and as my reward, that man kept me up until 3:30 this morning.  I was absolutely exhausted and in the end completely satisfied.

With the first two books, I struggled with specific characters. I am excited to say that I adored every last one of them this round, even the new characters introduced. Especially Jax, I have been told he will receive his own book soon. Can I get a hell yeah!! For those of you who have read Diamonds, you'll get what I am sayin', and for those of you who haven't, well what are you waiting for...get. to. it. Any who, back to the characters. I just adored Lola to pieces. Loved her sass, and above all I loved the fact that she had no filter between her brain and her mouth. Rather reminds me of a certain person I know. I think it added an extra spark to the story, because seriously you never knew what was bound to fly out of her mouth next. She was a strong leading female, who earned every ounce of respect I had for her. She was real and truly amazing. It felt like a natural transition to connect and engage with her character. Her world was filled with a sensitive reality, a reality that consists of raising someone with a disability and living daily with the trials and stigma that comes with it. This though is what really solidified her character for me, the loving and over protective relationship she had with her brother who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. That right there gave me a completely new outlook on her character. Lola was independent; sometimes she showed too much independence, but who am I too judge, when you grow up raising yourself AND your special needs brother you do what you have to do. There was no doubt in my mind that she would move heaven and earth for Boyd, and she did this too on a daily basis with absolutely no regrets. Lola did everything in her power to make sure Boyd had whatever he needed, even working at a job she didn't really feel comfortable with. She wasn't always able to give him th efiner things in life, but she provided him with enough love and devotion that he wasn't lacking for anything. If you asked me who my favorite book heroine's were, Lola would be on the top of that list. I think that she is an amazing inspiration.

Just a little side note for the author: Wendy, can we please have a story between Aimee and Matt? Pretty please with sugar on top! I was fascinated by the chemistry they exuded upon initially meeting each other and was really looking forward to seeing more of it throughout the story. I'll admit I was a little sad to see that you briefly touched on their attraction in the beginning and never mentioned it again.

Hmm, I know you're all just dying to find out what's so special about Wes Thompson. Seriously, I could sit here all day and talk your ear off about him, but since I don't have that much time (and I'm sure neither do you), I'm just going to give the highlights; hopefully this will encourage you to make your own decision. And this works out better for me also since as I said above I don't really like to share what I consider mine. 

Wes' character is portrayed as a naughty bad boy who thrives on darkness and control. Holy hell and brim fire this man is born and bred to stimulate the senses. Just the memory of him makes my insides tingle. Everything about Wes is designed to arouse and tease, prepare your selves because even the most resistant woman will fall hard. I swear the minute he opened his mouth and the words started falling out, my heart skipped a beat. Wes definitely had a way with words that just seemed to rivet me (especially the dirty ones); however, he was more than that. Underneath the dominance and discipline laid a man who had so many layers to unravel, each one endearing him more and more to me. I couldn't keep my heart from melting as his relationship with Lola and most importantly her brother Boyd built. Wes was a mix of dark, possessive, sweet, loving, and protective. Everything that made him who he was just flowed, he didn't make excused for it. He knew exactly what he wanted and had no qualms about stating it and then taking it. In my humble opinion, this is Wendy's slam-dunk. She nailed Wes; there is no question about that in my mind. His personality and tastes ran darker than both Seth and Dylan's did. I wondered if she would be able to pull it off, and she did just that. I think by adding his kink it gave him an added edge over the other two heroes in this series. Wes never thought he would find love, nor did he ever imagine the sacrifices he would have to make to keep it. 

Every day I am asked to read and review books on my blog. I love and hate this because I am not always able to give a glowing review, as much as I would like to. However, one thing I have realized is that my star system is not based off one set standard of meaning. I never know how I will rate a book until I sit down and begin writing. I tend to be hard on books, I know what I like...plain and simple. I have certain things that irk me that may not bother others just as something’s that bother others won't make a difference in the world to me, if I connect with the characters and their journey. The thing is I love when I find a gem because sometimes it isn't always about the perfectly written grammatical structure of a story. It's about the heart and soul an author puts into their characters and the plot behind them. Wendy offers this in spades. This brings me to my point, I have just finished the third book in this series, and I have without a doubt found myself a gem. What makes this series a gem for me? Simply put, the journey of these characters is absolutely addicting to me. One thing I have noticed, with each read and review I have done, is the strong dedication the author shows not only to her characters but to her fans as well; she works hard to improve her writing and storytelling with each book she publishes. Because of this, I can say with all honesty that I am addicted to Wendy's fictional creativity and her not so perfect characters. I know with certainty that each time I open up one of her books that it will hold even more potential than the last.

Thank you, Wendy Ferraro, for the opportunity to read and review Three of Diamonds in exchange for my honest opinion.

W. Ferraro 

I live in New England with my young family. I'm a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I'm not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids.

I wish you all happy reading and hope you fall in love with the men of Hamden.



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