Upside Down

Liz Gavin
Upside Down
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Elessar Books
Release Date
February 2014
BDSM, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Carol Anne Sullivan is a tough New York stock broker. She's suffered enough in order to learn a hard lesson - never let love spoil her relationships. Her boyfriends know that rule from the start. She's domineering and assertive but also faithful and fair while the relationship lasts.

Mark Aikens is Carol's boyfriend. He's been in love with her for a while but his submissive side hasn't allowed him to rebel against her golden rule and to tell her how he feels. Fear of losing her forever might spur him into action.

Cindy O'Rourke has admired Carol from afar. So, she jumps at the opportunity to work for her idol. Little does she know, things will never be the same for her after that job interview.

Carol has been going through a rough patch: world economical crisis, dysfunctional parents, demanding clients, faultyequipment. Without much time for herself, her love life is suffering. So what is the big deal if she fantasizes about a new employee when her boyfriend, Mark, can't give her what she needs? The big deal is - the new receptionist, Cindy, is a woman who threatens to turn her world upside down.

This is the steamy tale of an unconventional love triangle which should be read with an open mind and an open heart. Sometimes, love comes to our lives in unexpected ways but with such overwhelming power that the best course of action might be to surrender to it.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Apr 06, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
172 people found the following review helpful
What's better than a hot young man hell-bent on pleasing you? A hot young woman who wants in on the action, too.

Carol Sullivan has life by the balls. A successful investment adviser/stockbroker, she has power, wealth and a hot young PA, Mark, to service her carnal needs. Her world is turned upside down when she meets the new receptionist at the office, Cindy O'Rourke. Carol can't understand what's happening to her and why she's having sexual thoughts about another woman. Add that to the volatile relationship with her parents and Mark asking for more than she's capable of giving, Carol's life is spinning out of control. She'll need to reconcile her feelings for both Mark and Cindy before she goes out of her mind.

GAAH! Nothing sours a book for me more than serious editing errors, and UPSIDE DOWN was absolutely riddled with them. It took away from my enjoyment of the storyline and any connection that I might have with the characters. For instance:

"You never seize to surprise me, pet."


"He had an athletic, hot body but he was not conceit at all."


"I found out, then, I was in the mood to loose my soul to the Devil if it meant I got to kiss her throughout Eternal Damnation."

I started off liking Carol, but as I got into her story, I really, really didn't. She didn't come off as likable or loving or as a caring Domme to Mark. He was pretty sappy and a total yes man, and she was just cruel to him yet he came back to her again and again. Cindy's character confused me, I went back and forth as to whether or not I thought she was going to pull a bunny out of a boiling pot or whether she genuinely liked Carol. Either way, the two women had just as much chemistry going on as Carol and Mark did, and that's to say it was decent.

Bottom Line: This story could have been much better for me if the mistakes weren't plentiful and horrendous, but as it stands right now, I can't recommend UPSIDE DOWN.
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Book Review by Robin Leigh Morgan (author,reviewer)
Nov 02, 2015
145 people found the following review helpful

As I read this book Ms. Gavin had totally pulled me into her character and at times I began to fantasize being in her shoes as a bitchy, rich, financially astute woman who's also a dominatrix on the size; a type of person I'm definitely not.

What woman would not love to have a guy, especially one who's a hulk and at her beg and call, even if it's without having to tantalize him into submission?

Carol drops a member of her "harem" the moment he begins asking for sex without giving anything in return; that is until Mark Aiken enters her life as a submissive employee. But there's a price she has to pay for all this as family issues begin to distract her; and as an extremely attractive secretary, Cindy O'Rourke, starts working for her, who's looking for any opportunity to please her new boss, even it means being a submissive competition for Mark.

I'm not going to go into any spoilers for this book, which I seldom if ever do; but rest assured, you're in for some steamy times which all that comes in this genre, with scenes of bondage and spanking, etc. And I'm definitely not going to tell you how this story ends as it will ruin the journey you'll be taking and experiencing with Carol.

For having me wipe my "steamed-up glasses" several times I'm giving Ms. Gavin 5 STARS.
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