Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Willow by Christina Phillips: Review

January 30, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. So, if this kind of stuff makes you a little squeamish, this may not be the book for you.
Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Willow by Christina Phillips: ReviewSecret Confessions: Sydney Housewives - Willow by Christina Phillips
four-half-stars
Series: Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives #9
Published by Escape Publishing Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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From the hottest writers in Australia comes a scintillating new series. Enter the world of Sydney’s elite, and find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country…

Meet the Housewives of Sydney. They are wealthy, elegant, poised, and constantly in the public eye. But what goes on behind closed doors, in the private homes and parties where the cameras and paparazzi aren’t welcome? Delve into the most personal details of their relationships, their friendships and their lives. The only question is: can you handle the heat?

Willow has loved Seb for as long as she can remember, but he has a past that she can’t handle, so she’s never done anything about it. But to not have him in her life is unthinkable, so  she holds on to him the only way she can – through friendship. Now his writing career is taking off, and Willow finds herself increasingly jealous of his groupies and increasingly unable to keep her feelings to herself.

An unexpected visit leads to an unanticipated kiss – and Seb and Willow end up in her bed. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to Willow, but can she trust that Seb wants more than a bit of afternoon delight – and can she trust herself to let go of the past in order to gain a future?

I am definitely enjoying the inaugural Filthy Friday on MWR, and I hope you are too.

My third review for today, and the second of the Housewives, is Willow, the creation of Christina Phillips.

Christina creates some incredibly sexy, sizzling hot romance across the contemporary, paranormal and historical subgenres. Definitely time to get on board with that, I think.

Here are my thoughts about Willow:

Friends-to-lovers storylines are serious book catnip for me – I will devour them like Skittles (if you’ve seen me eat Skittles, you will understand how much I love them). What I loved about Willow and Sebastian’s story is that neither of them has ANY clue that the other has a major case of hornypants for them. Watching the two of them navigate this was fabulous.

Holy crapmonkeys, the heat that Willow and Sebastian generate is off-the-freaking charts. The chemistry is not just confined to the bedroom, although that particular venue needed to be fire-proofed after a few scenes! I could see it in their words, their thoughts, the way in which each moves around the other.

Their history is fraught with complications, and in many situations, you could easily see that a relationship – emotionally or physically – may not have worked. Now I am not going to let the kitty out of the bag, telling what the events from their past are that complicate their present and potentially their future, but let’s just say it’s a curly one…. How Christina brings resolution to this is perfect, and not at all unbelievable.

I think what I loved so much about Willow’s story, and that of the other Housewives, is that you can believe that they could be real. Not once during Willow, did I have to look up and think “That shit just ain’t real!” – and I loved that.

You’re spoiling me, Escape, with Willow. Nine of the best so far!

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