Sunday, March 22, 2015

Series Book Review, Giveaway: Layers by TL Alexander



Title: Layers (Layers #1) 
  Author: TL Alexander 
  Series: Layers Release 
Date: December 28th 2013 


~Synopsis ~

Alexia Keith, self-proclaimed nerd and potty-mouth, is a beautiful, scotch drinking, complicated mess. In other words, she has issues, and the last thing she needs is her boss, Jaxson Ryan, CEO of Ryan Acquisitions, messing with her issues. She finds him hard and even harder to resist, but she must, he’s off limits.
One of New York’s most eligible bachelors, Jaxson Ryan, is the poster boy for the tall, hot, conceited self-proclaimed manwhores. The only thing he wants is Ryan’s, Risk Manager, Alexia Keith.
What happens, when a man with a bedpost-notching waiting list, a man who thought he had it all, wants the only woman he can’t have?
The Layer Series is written for adults, by an adult (this is questionable). In contains adult language, and adults doing adult stuff like, hot sex and drinking scotch. It’s written for those who like to laugh and maybe shed a tear or two.

Dive into Layers

Hi. My name is Alexia, and this is my story. I’m not your typical girl--so this isn’t your typical…virginal girl goes to college, (or whatever) meets and falls for the hot, alpha, kinky, bazillionaire. Then after a lot of hot sex (one hundred thousand orgasms) they get married and live happily-ever-after, in a mansion with his and her playrooms.
Now don’t get your grannie panties in a twist. All’s not lost. There is a hot guy “lots of hot guys. And my guy—yeah, he’s hot. He takes my breath away. And the sex…Oh my! But the happily-ever-after part, well…
So, girlfriends (and guys) if you want to laugh out-loud—say ‘what the’ a lot, and maybe shed a tear or two. Then come along for the ride. Because, OMG what a ride it is!
The Girl 
Alexia Keith has issues and the last thing see needs is the CEO of Ryan Acquisitions messing with her issues.
Her boss is hot. Okay he's real hot but he's off limits. She can look but she must never touch—never.
But like all things in her life it becomes complicated. She finds Mr. Ryan 'hard'…and even harder to resist.
The Guy 
Jaxson Ryan thinks he has everything—looks, wealth, job,—the junk.
But that everything turns into a not so everything the minute he meets her—Alexia Keith.
His new risk manager takes his breath away, ties up his tongue and make his…
He wants her and is going to have her—no one has ever turned down this CEO—ever.
It will be a piece of cake—a walk in the park. Right?

More Layers Banner

  More Layers (Layers #2) 
  Author: TL Alexander 
  Series: Layers Release 
Date: June 20, 2014 

Alexia and Jaxson's story continues in More Layers.
What will happen? Will they get their Happily-Ever-After?
Life is funny. I’m not referring to the "ha, ha, ha" kind of funny. I’m referring to the “who would have guessed?” or the “no freakin' way” kind of funny. No way would I have ever believed that I would get a second chance at love. And no friggin' way would I have ever guessed it would begin in Vegas. I mean, come on girlfriend!
Vegas is the place where you lose your mind, your inhibitions, and your next month’s rent. Vegas isn’t where you go to learn truths, rethink your choices, and reconnect.
But then again, this is me we are talking about. So welcome to Vegas or…as they say—Viva Las Vegas, baby.


Beneath Layers

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Beneath Layers (Layers #3) 
  Author: TL Alexander 
  Series: Layers 
Release Date: February 24, 2015 
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~ Synopsis ~

The third book in the Layers Series. The end to Jaxson's and Alexia's story.
Alexia Grant was so close to her happily-ever-after, all she had to do is reach out a grab it…
Jaxson Ryan was so close to having the woman, the life, he’s always wanted. But that was before…
Alexia—The broken part of me—is me. It’s my blood, my flesh, and my bones. It’s cancer in remission, not to be disturbed. If it is, it will metastasize, it will kill me.
Jaxson Ryan—We’d gone beyond, over the hurdle that had pushed us apart so many times before. I was close to touching that place she hides from everyone, even herself, but now…

Alexia Grant
I was that kind of girl. You know the one. I used my imagination to escape, not to create. I dreamt in black, lived in white. I wore days-of-the-week undies, changing them precisely at one minute past midnight. I read Exploring Microbiology and Fundamentals of Finance, for fun. Everyday things captivated me. Like adding, multiplying, and dividing, the polka dots on my tights.
But no one saw that girl, the real me. Never going pass the façade, under the layers. I wasn’t the princess; they’d made me out to be. Peas under my mattress—bring them on. Sure, I had the things, all the fluff, and stuff. None of it mattered, none of it real.
I craved the real—the truth. I searched, I waited, but it never came. Sad and angry came; leaving this life I called, bitch. She was a hard one; we didn’t get along, at first. But I played her games; we made progress, then peace. She laid out her rules; I accept her limitations and boundaries. We were good, I made a plan, had a direction. I was surviving, making my way, minding my own business. But she wasn’t satisfied—blowing it all to hell. She wanted more, the whole chimichanga. That interfering bitch!

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:


“He thinks a legal pad is a place where attorneys hang out, and legal briefs are the tighty-whities that crawl up his crack.”

“You are my crack – my heroin. It physically hurts to think about you not being a part of my life.” 

“Eighty-five percent of my swimmers are doing the backstroke. The other fifteen percent can’t make it upstream.”

Book 2:

“Our bodies move toward each other without conscious thought, on their own accord.”

“Our lips, our bodies, our souls, have always fit perfectly together; two pieces of a puzzle. Two pieces with too many sides and weird angles, two pieces that are lost and lonely, until they join and become one.”

“When it comes to giving Jax his beloved BJ’s, I’m a Navy Seal. I want to get in, get the job done, and get the hell out.” 

“Master of what? Bation?” 

Book 3:

“More sausage on that beach than in all of Vienna.”

“My only marital advice would be, if you’re going to fight, fight about something important, something real. And make sure when you fight, there’s plenty of time for makeup sex.”

“Mirror, mirror in my hand, who’s the luckiest bitch in the land?”

“I figured if you were set on being gay, then you might as well be with the hottest gaywad in Manhattan.”

“I love you with all I have, with all I am, and with all I will become.”

My Review:

This was my first exposure to T.L. Alexander, and shortly after beginning Layers, I hurriedly logged into Goodreads and added all her books to my TBR. Layers was a zippy read and good fun most of the through, with clever word-play, witty banter, steamy sensual scenes, and funny word salads. Although there was always this maddening secret that I knew was out there, but wasn't privy to. Then a nasty turn of events and a wicked cliffhanger totally wiped the smile from my face, squeezed my heart, and stole all the air from my lungs. I was devastated! I called the author every nasty name I could think of as I was totally invested in the story. That crafty she-devil had lured me in like a siren - only to let me crash on the rocks... And I would still be fuming, swearing, and stomping my feet if I didn’t already have books 2 and 3 on my kindle. Phew – crisis averted. 

More naughty goodness continues with More Layers, the second of series, which I actually enjoyed more than I expected. More Layers provided more intrigue as well as a hefty dose of steam and family drama. The witty banter continues and humorous babbling is an added bonus and I was breezing happily along when another heinous cliffhanger erupts. I learned my lesson, I will always make sure I have all volumes of any series before I ever attempt to read this wickedly good author again. She has proved herself to be an evil genius. 

With Beneath the Layers - Finally! Praise be to the book goddesses, finally, and hopefully, Ms. Alexander will let Jax and Alexia be happy and stay happy, rather than torturing them with more break-ups and mayhem. Poor Alexia had broken bones, been repeated knocked up, shot, shocked, set-up for criminal investigation, cheated on, heartbroken, and miscarried. What more could happen to the poor thing? Despite the misadventures listed, these books were enthralling, maddening, steamy, addicting, and just… delicious. Sigh, so glad they got their HEA, yet I am already feeling withdrawals. 

Empress DJ

About the Author

Layers is my first self-published series. I have a hard time categorizing my writing into one romance genre, so I made up my own—funuckery. I live in the USA, in the Pacific Northwest to be specific. Where everything is soggy, and covered with moss and slugs.  

Connect with Ms. Alexander

Tour-Wide Giveaway
$25.00 Amazon Gift Card and Layer Series Box Set

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Rockin' & Reviewing for participating in my tour! And thank you Empress DJ for not only reading all three books of Alexia & Jaxson's crazy-ride story, but for also reviewing(-: 4.5 Stars! Yahoo!
    You go girlfriends!
    TL Alexander
    Layers Series
    Girlfriend Goddesses & Barflies Series