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Crush Me: A Dark Erotic Love Story by [Black, Stasia]
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From the very beginning, I suspected I was making a bargain with the devil. I accepted Bryce Gentry’s position as his personal assistant knowing there was more to the job than answering emails and taking meeting notes. I mean, so what if he likes to watch me do my office work without my shirt on? No big deal. All I care about is making ends meet and taking care of my son. But Gentry seems determined to make me a pawn in his personal vendettas and power plays.

And then there’s Gentry’s handsome former collaborator and current rival: Jackson Vale. Jackson makes me FEEL. He makes me feel alive. Feel sexy. Feel in control and out of control at the same time. He makes me want a future when I can barely manage the day to day.

For a girl like me, it’s dangerous to want. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, it’s to never put my heart on the line.

The stakes of these games are getting too high, too fast. It was just supposed to be a job. But now I’m stuck between two men intent on destroying one another. Will I make it out of this with my heart, soul, and body intact, or will this CRUSH ME?

Warning: Contains triggers and dark themes which may be distressing to some readers.

Book 1 of 2 Part Series. Second book available now.

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:

Q – Where did you get the idea for this book?
A – Like most books I write, this one began with a taboo sensual fantasy I had in my head that I just HAD to write down. It involved an office romance between a wealthy, alpha boss and his employee. Well, after I wrote that one down, then I had another deliciously naughty scene in my head—and then another and another!! But then, beyond the sensual scenes, I started to really think about these characters. Suddenly the boss had a billionaire business rival and competitor. The more I fleshed out these three people, the more the story began taking on a life of its own, getting darker and more twisted. Because what if the boss wasn’t a good man? What if, instead, it was the RIVAL who was the bad boy romantic hero, also alpha and dominant, but with a troubled past that made him determined to save the heroine? The more I stirred the pot, the more the action turned and took corners I never expected.

Q – Why should I read this book?
A – I write the kind of books I love to read, which is dark romantic erotica. I want stories that steam things up in the bedroom but not if those scenes don’t go hand in hand with three-dimensional characters, can’t-stop-flipping-the-pages suspense, and quality writing. I like alpha males, occasionally some BDSM, contemporary, urban settings, and fiction where women can be strong while also exploring all sides of their sexuality. My favorite books are ones that dare to go into the darkest and most taboo places in the human psychological experience, leaving you wrung out on the other end.

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  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542410681
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N30Z10O
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A Book Lovers Emporium - 5 stars I so enjoyed reading this book, the writing was good and the characters were so believable. I was totally mesmerised by this story and it's wonderfully colourful characters; I couldn't put it down.

When Calliope Cruise walks in to a job interview for the PA position to the CEO of Gentry Information she is holding out all her hope of getting this job. She has been turned down numerous times for job positions and this one is her last hope; she has a two and a half year old son to take care of and rent to pay, so she is desperate to make the right impression on Bryce Gentry.

Calliope or Callie as her friends call her has had a troubled past but she doesn't expect for one minute to get her eyes opened to what she will be dealing with where Bryce Gentry is concerned. Lets just say chapter one was amazing and led the way for the rest of the book to develop as well as it did. I was shocked and enthralled by what I was reading.

Enter Jackson Vale who is entirely different from Gentry - Callie feels a pull towards this man who makes her feel things she thought she never would again. However, there is business rivalry between Gentry and Vale and Callie is quickly becoming the pawn between the two men. She is pulled in so many different directions her head is a mess.

I really enjoyed this story and even though at times I couldn't quite connect to Callie, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her - how can one person have so much bad luck ? Can Callie make a life that's worth living for herself and her son? Will these two men destroy her life or put it back together? This book ended on a slight cliffhanger and we get to continue her story in book two, Please Me and I'm so looking forward to it .
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By Belinda Donaldson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 January 2017
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Wow my mind is completely blown by this book.

Callie is a single mum trying to make ends meet, keep custody of her son and keep what little dignity she has left in tact.

Bryce is alpha, gorgeous, rich, every girls fantasy. But in disguise. Truthfully he is the devil. And he just made Callie a deal she should refuse but can't.

Jackson has been burnt by Bryce in the past and wants nothing to do with him, until he meets Callie.

Callie will do anything to save her son, Jackson will do anything to save Callie and Bryce he will do anything he wants.

This story has some dark twists and turns, but is so worth the read.
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This was an amazing read, not really dark, but degrading, humiliating, sad. Triggers for rape and abuse definately. It was an emotional read, which I can only give credit to this amazing debut author. She has the ability to bring the story to life, and the emotions are real. Poor Callie, I really felt for her, and I am looking forward to continuing this story as Jackson is just what Callie needs right now, as well as Charlie. Hot steamy scenes as well as sad abusive ones, but it makes one great fictional read. (I was gifted this book and have volunteered my honest review) Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PS. Always read the fine print! 1 February 2017
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Now THIS... THIS is how I like my dark reads. Fast paced, twisted plot, alpha males...

"There are two circles in my life, and they must never touch."

Calliope is a single mother, sharing rent with her sister just trying to make ends meet. She got mixed up with the wrong man, not at all who she thought he was. Now she's having to say goodbye to her son once a week and every other weekend. As any mother would do she's trying to get her son back, for good. With money tight that means getting a better job. A better job equals a better lawyer.

"Which means, tomorrow morning, I'll be heading straight back into the lion's den. Whatever it takes."

This is how we meet Gentry, Callie's new boss. Callie knew immediately that this job would require.... more... than your typical assistant duties. But she is just THAT desperate to get her son away from her ex that she will literally do anything to keep this job. Gentry is all male, large and in charge. His form exudes dominance.

"For a second there, a second, I felt like I was on an equal footing with him. And then, just like that, he stole it away from me. Put me back in my place."

On a "business meeting" Gentry introduces Callie to a former friend and possibly future partner. It's up to Callie to win him over to Gentry's side.... she's a pawn in this game being played between the two.

We meet Jackson and everything changes. Feelings are starting to form and Callie is feeling things she probably shouldn't be feeling, not with another man like this. She barely even knows him. But oh my word the man is hot.....and kind. He is the complete opposite of Gentry and it's throwing her for a loop.

"I've been naked with men before, but never this naked."

Just when I was working out my feelings for Gentry, it's quickly coming to light that he isn't the man I wanted him to be. Not at all I was shocked, disgusted, betrayed... I need justice in book two in the worst way!

PS. Always read the fine print!

My rating: 5/5 stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Dark must read Romance 31 January 2017
By Shannon S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love reading books by new Author's. I never know what to expect and to me that's the best part. The anticipation. And I love all types of romance. Crush me is definitely a Dark Romance. You will read about everything that is Dark.

What I loved about this novel is that I didn't have to wait long at all for the story to build, the anticipation to come. The only thing that through me off guard was the language used in some parts. I did not expect it, which made me laugh.
"Spoiler"
Callie, Gentry, and Jackson. Callie is a single mother trying to make a life for her and Charlie. She needs money and finally lands a great paying job that will help. But she finds herself in another situation she can't control. Another man who takes, and takes some more. Her new boss, Gentry, a man who breaks people. A man who doesn't care what or who he hurts. A man who takes. A man who destroys.

But then there is Jackson and rival of her new boss. He is smart, caring, and emotionally connected to her. But she can't help feeling like everything is all a game. Is it?
I can't help but love Jacksons character. And you will love him too.

I felt so much sadness towards the end of the story. Everything was falling a part.
Callie never gave up. She pulled through everything she went through. Her strength is who she is and she is definitely someone who deserves a HEA. And I hope to read that she does in the conclusion novel Please Me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Romance 12 February 2017
By Leah - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a dark romance that makes you question what you would do in a similar situation. Callie was a senior in college when she had an affair with her professor. He told her the whole time he was divorced from his wife but in reality he only wanted to use her. When she became pregnant he told her to get rid of the baby and pushed her aside. Callie decides to keep the baby and raise him but her family disowns her forcing her to raise the baby on her own. Her sister Shannon comes through and moves in with her to help her raise Charlie. When Charlie is two and a half David, her old professor, decides he and his wife want the baby and fight her for custody. David has a great team of lawyers funded by his wife’s trust fund so Callie must find a good lawyer and fast. She accepts a position as a personal assistant to Gentry, a high powered robotics company CEO, but quickly learns things aren’t always what they seem. Gentry begins using her not only for her mind but for her body as well asking her to do very inappropriate things at the office including attending a work lunch with an old college of his where he touches her under the table while the other man watches. Callie feels she has no choice but to keep the job because it pays so well and she needs the money for the lawyer. What she didn’t expect was to fall for the man at the lunch meeting. Jackson went to college with Gentry and is a robotics genius in his own right but didn’t let the power go to his head like Gentry. He is commanding yet gentle and romantic which is something Callie never let herself believe could be real. As the two get closer Callie decides to leave her job with Gentry and go work for Jackson and possibly explore a relationship with him but Gentry won’t make it easy to leave.
Will Callie be able to leave Gentry and find a future with Jackson? Will she ever get full custody of her son from her ex? Will she be able to hold her own with all the challenges thrown her way or will she be crushed by it all?
This is a very dark book and I won’t lie, I had to skim some parts because it made me feel uncomfortable. I found myself both celebrating with Callie in the happy times and crying with her during her challenges. She goes through what no one should have to go through in this story but when I ask myself if I would do the same to keep my son I found myself answering yes. This is a story of the growth of a young woman. I can’t wait to read the second installment of the story and see her rise like a phoenix from the ashes stronger than ever!
I give this book 5 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Mother of all things dark and twisted..... 10 May 2017
By Lady_readsalot - Published on Amazon.com
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Holy mother of all things dark and twisted.
Let me go ahead and warn you up front: this book is not for the faint of heart. If you are the swoony sweet HEA fiction loving reader....this is not for you.
But if you like your books over the top.....where you constantly say WTF.....a book that drags you down dark and twisted hallways that you hope to never really physically visit yourself....?? Then hell to the yes....this is all for you.
The storyline is INTENSE, CRAZY, and so dramatic it sucks you in from the very beginning.
I cried more than once for Callie....because really....how much can happen to one poor girl in her life? Can't a girl catch a break? Obviously not in Stasia's world. Obviously not.
I could not for the life of me put this book down...I needed to know....like NEEDED TO KNOW so desperately what was going to happen next.
There is a book two so Stasia leaves book one open ended...but don't worry...both are out and available so you can do just what I did and download book two like NOW.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very DARK Romance (please be careful if you have triggers) 25 March 2017
By Kim Holsapple - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished Crush Me last night! Whew my panties are still in a twist! To be honest, at first I had a hard time with the beginning of the book because I thought it was the author’s writing BUT IT WASN’T – it was the character of Gentry. I am so glad I kept with the story.

This story is fast paced so hang on! Callie is a single mom, who is trying to keep custody of her son. Gentry is her boss, who gives her a job to help her afford a better lawyer for her custody battle but did she just make a deal with the devil. And then there is Jackson, heavy sigh, who is a business colleague of Gentry’s. Also, there is David and “The Shrew” who are thorns in Callie’s side.

Before starting this, I knew there was a second book coming out and now I can’t wait to get my hands on it. There were some unanswered questions in Crush Me but that’s what a good author does to have you coming back for MORE.

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