Wednesday, May 29, 2019

REVIEW: The Initiation by Nikki Sloane

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The Initiation by Nikki Sloane
Release Date: May 28, 2019


Shel: The Initiation is a page turner--I inhaled it in one day and am now DYING for book two. This novel is complete escapism/twisted fairy tale/totally messed up romance and let me tell you, I am here for it. Court: Amen, sister, I die! With a tagline of "Filthy Rich Americans" I knew somebody would be getting up to no good, and I was NOT disappointed! Lawd! 

Shel: The tension and history between Royce and Marist and their families started immediately and I was completely sucked in. Then as more and more was revealed, I decided that yard work could wait because I had to know how all of this was going to play out. If you've read the synopsis, there are things that aren't surprises at all and yet there are other things that intrigued me. And to be honest, there's not a lot of character backstory, yet,--so there's a lot I question about why someone do some of the things that are done and what motivates these characters besides power, money, and the fear of losing it...or maybe that's the gist of it? At any rate, I honestly wasn't too concerned about that as I was busy flipping pages and caught up in trying to figure these two out. I liked Marist, even if I hated that she was going to sacrifice herself for people who didn't seem to deserve it. I wanted to like Royce and there were times when I really did...and then he'd do something that infuriated me. So here I am--lots of questions because this thing between Royce and Marist is crazy--can we she trust him? Is there anyone she can trust? Is she going to survive this arrangement, and if so how? And what the hell is wrong with her family? And what is Royce up to? And why is his dad so icky? Will they make it with their sanity and goodness intact?! Court: I definitely can't say too much more than she already covered! But...can I say again, lawd, ya'll...These people are It was unexpected turn after turn for me...I could not stop reading and it was a wild ride to say the least. I definitely did not see a lot of what happened coming, and like Shelley I am definitely intrigued in their omtivations and getting to know more about why Royce is the way he is...and how Marist is going to navigate these murky waters that she finds herself in. 

Shel: SO.MANY.QUESTIONS. and while I honestly don't want August to get here any sooner than it has to because that means I'll be back to work, having the second book coming will definitely make back to school less painful! Court: YES! Another one that is on the list to devour as soon as it comes out! 


The Initiation, book 1 in the Filthy Rich Americans Trilogy, an all-new erotic romance by USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane is LIVE!
No one knows how new members are selected to the board of Hale Banking and Holding. But there are rumors of a sordid rite of initiation.
Whispers how one woman and nine men disappear into a boardroom.
This time, that woman will be me.
The Hale family owns everything—the eighth largest bank in the world, everyone in our town, even the mortgage on my parents’ mansion. And now Royce Hale wants to own me.
He is charming. Seductive. Ruthless. But above all, he’s the prince of lies. My body may tighten with white-hot desire under his penetrating gaze, but I refuse to enjoy it.
I’ll make a deal with the devil to save my family and sell myself to the Hales. But Royce will never own my heart.


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Every pair of eyes in the restaurant was on us as we were led to our table for dinner. Probably not every pair, but God, it felt that way. “Is it just me,” I asked over the top of my menu, “or is everyone staring at us?” Royce was indifferent. “They’re staring at you.” His statement rattled me. “Why?” “Because you’re here with me.” His gaze never lifted to mine, like he couldn’t be bothered. “Or more likely, because you’re fucking gorgeous. Who knows?” Breath halted in my lungs. “You can’t just say shit like that.” The leather-bound menu holder dropped onto the table with a thud, and I was met with the full power of Royce’s irritated stare. “That you’re beautiful? You are. Get over it.” Dismay twisted my lips into a frown. “Please, don’t. I don’t need bullshit lines from someone like you.” “It’s not a line, and . . . someone like me?” More annoyance darted through his eyes, but intrigue too. “What’s that supposed to mean?” How was I going to put it into words? “You’re a ‘haver.’ I mean, you could have any woman in this room if you wanted, and probably some of the guys too. You’re young, hot, and filthy rich.” His irritation vanished. It was replaced with an arrogant expression that said none of this was news to him. I pushed forward, gathering steam. “Me?” I said. “I’m a ‘have-not.’ I’m sure you didn’t intend for it to happen, but when you said I was a nobody, you made it true. No one will touch me.” “I touched you.” He was immune to my scorching glare. “You wanted to know why I was still a virgin last year. Well, there’s your answer. You’re the reason, Royce. Nobody would be caught dead with me.” He considered the accusation I’d lobbed at him. “You’re wrong,” he said finally. “I was aware what was going to happen. It’s exactly why I said it.” My head turned into a void. “What?” He leaned over the table to ensure he had my full attention. “I saw you at the bar with your sister that night. You were swaying to the music, all happy, and pretty, and it pissed me off. My father had already laid out plans for me. I was supposed to be with Emily, but that wasn’t what I wanted.” I clenched the menu in my hands. I sensed where he was going, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it. My heart chugged along, thumping loudly in my ears. “So, yeah. I knew you were behind me when I called you a nobody. I did it on purpose, because I couldn’t stand you with anyone else. I wanted you for myself.” “Oh, my God.” My body flushed hot, although I didn’t know if it was with anger or excitement, or a deadly combination of the two.

About Nikki:
USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.
Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA© Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be any happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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