Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Release Day Blitz, Giveaway & Eliza's Review: Pawn (Pawn, #1) by Maya St. James


Happy Release Day to Maya St. James and Book 1 of her 3 part serial - PAWN! Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card! Good luck!!


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“I want to spend your last semester getting you out of those fucking pearls and on all fours.”

That’s what he said to me when he found out that with one semester of college left, my father—his colleague—had cut me off. Young, wickedly handsome, and deliciously moody, Senator Graham Delaney’s filthy proposition to cover tuition in exchange for one semester of kink was terrifying and thrilling and offensive. Very, very offensive.
If you’re wondering if I told him to go screw himself after he gave me his ultimatum—if the night ended with me slapping that smirk off his face—that didn’t happen.
Instead, I did what I needed to do.
I just didn’t expect to like it.

Book 1 of a 3 part serial. Volume 1 (ebook) : January 27, 2015 Volume 2 (ebook): February 14, 2015 Volume 3 (ebook): February 27, 2015 Vol 1 to 3 Paperback: February 27, 2015

*WARNING: The pages of this book contain filthy words and naughty situations. Reader discretion advised.


pawn teaser

He fingers the string of pearls around my neck, and I hold back a tremble when his thumb traces my collarbone. “I know you don’t.” He drops my necklace, backing away from me, and gesturing to a glassed-in balcony with a fantastic view of the city lights and the Washington Monument. Squinting, I see there’s a table set for two out there. “Dinner, Elle, before I decide our time is better suited with my face against your—” Tuning out that last little bit, I walk a little too quickly onto the balcony, but the clench in my thighs makes me stumble. He steadies me, gripping my hips from behind me, and pouring gasoline on the fire his words started. “Are you always so clumsy?” Only when hot men who are a decade older than me threaten to go down on me in lieu of dinner. “No. Do you start all your dates like this?” I retort. “No.” We sit down, and the look he gives me is downright predatory. “I normally fuck first, dine later. I usually prefer the dining to be done alone without all the awkward chit-chat.” Flushed, I glance away from his face, focusing on an elaborate chess table, complete with tan and black marble pieces, sitting in the far corner of the balcony. Does he play? I’d learned from my maternal grandfather as a child, but I’d probably get my ass taken to town now, especially by someone like Graham. And instantly, my thoughts go south, carnal, and I blame his suggestive words. I sigh. “You know, you talk about fucking so much it makes me question—” I release a yelp when he pulls my hand in his under the table and shoves it against his zipper, closing my fingers around the unquestionable—and admittedly very, very impressive—bulge. Wow. “That’s not hard, Elle,” he tells me in a low voice, “but if you’re doubtful of my ability to make you forget your fucking name, how to walk—and everything else but yes, please, and more—it won’t take long for you to get me there.”     

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Thank you, Maya St. James for bringing me Senator Graham Delaney. He's a self assured, arrogant, sexy bastard and I can't get enough of him.

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Eleanor Courtney is near enough perfect. Well put together, well read and well versed in the pressures of having a father in the Senate. Her parents are more concerned with their image and public perception and as a result of a family dispute and her not falling in line, her father sees fit to cut her off financially, leaving her no way of paying tuition for her last semester of college.

Graham Delaney is a member of the same party as her father and for reasons currently unbeknown, her predicament gives him the perfect opportunity to seek revenge against her father. Elle is merely a means to an end, his unsuspecting pawn. He makes her an offer that's hard to refuse and after much contemplation and provocation from him, she accepts.

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Politely feral, unashamedly blunt; Graham Delaney knows how to push her buttons. He has a filthy, filthy mouth and the means to back it up. Even so he can't help but acknowledge she affects him too.

“You’re going to be a greedy one, and I wonder if this—” I slide my hand between her thighs, rubbing my fingers over the slick reward her aggravating tights are obstructing. She sucks in a ragged breath. When I trace the column of her throat again, this time with my tongue, she exhales and swallows hard. “—will be just as selfish.”

I completely taken this story so far. I like that Graham is a bit of a grouch, it brings some humour to the proceedings. Although Elle is somewhat quiet and well put together, I don't get the doormat vibe from her at all, further confirmed by the confrontation at the end. Politics may not be my strong point but I'd happily vote for "Senator Sexy-Ass"

Smut addict and hopeless romantic, sometimes at the same time. I have an odd fascination with reality TV, vintage clothing, and Marvel movies. Books are my passion. I'm the author of the upcoming PAWN and INTERTWINED serials.
Let's get to know each other and talk books. Find me on Facebook or email me at mayastjamesauthor@gmail.com.

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