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Vanilla Twist: Heather & Tony (Walk on the Wild Side Book 2) by [Ellisson, C.J.]
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The continuation of the USA Today and New York Times bestselling book, Vanilla on Top!

Heather thinks she has it all—an interesting lover, a dream job, and a new wardrobe to match her take-charge attitude. But everyone has a past, and when Heather confronts hers at work she’ll be hard-pressed to hold onto her newfound confidence and resolve. Does she trust Tony enough to let him help her or will she tackle the issue on her own?

Still intrigued by the young woman and the multiple layers she presents to the world, Tony begins to change his life, too—for what he hopes is the better. He quit his high-powered career to find peace in a less stressful day-to-day existence. Desire for Heather still invades his every waking moment, and when trouble threatens their sexual explorations he makes the hardest choice of his life. One he may soon regret.


Reading Order of the Walk on the Wild Side series:

Heather and Tony's story:

  • Vanilla On Top
  • Vanilla Twist
  • Vanilla Spice (late 2014/early 2015)

Best Friend Books:

  • Avoiding Mr. Right (Carla's story, Out Now!)
  • Loving Ms. Wrong (Marcus's story, Out Now!)

About the Author

C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze. Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity. Join C.J. Ellisson's Monthly Newsletter to Receive Notice of: ~ Contests ~ Free Reads & Sneak Peeks ~ Book Signing & Appearances ~ Online Reader Events ~ Upcoming Sales ~ New Releases To sign up, copy and paste this site address into your browser's address bar: MORE places to connect with C.J.: Website: Facebook: Online Book Club: Street Team: Do you miss signed books? C.J. offers free, full-color signed 4x6 postcards of all her novels to readers who've left honest reviews on any retailer or book reviewing website. To obtain yours, please email your review URLs to with your mailing address--international readers welcome!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4458 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Hot Publishing; 1 edition (March 10 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ICAUB22
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sandy S. TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 4 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
VANILLA TWIST is the third instalment in CJ Ellisson’s A Walk on the Wild Side contemporary, adult, erotic romance series. This is Heather Pierce and Tony Carmine’s second storyline. We were first introduced to our couple in the first book-Vanilla on Top-a story where Heather stepped out of her comfort zone to find the man who was her perfect match-both inside and outside of the bedroom.

Vanilla Twist furthers Heather and Tony’s relationship but a relationship that is threatened by Tony’s past and Heather’s ex. Tony’s history of womanizing and short-lived relationships plays a role in his friendships with family and pals but it is one recent relationship in particular that may push away the woman that he loves. As Heather’s photography business begins to flourish her corporate life will force her to make a decision about both her future and her past.

CJ Ellisson writes a storyline where two people must face the possibility of a different future then the one they had originally intended. The sex is sensual, arousing and inventive; but it is the maturity with which both Tony and Heather handle a potentially difficult situation that brings our couple together for a HEA.

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In this sequel to Vanilla on Top, New York Times best selling author C.J. Ellisson has done it again. The awesome story of Heather and Tony continues, but this time some of their "baggage" gets mixed in.

First, Tony had to deal with a not so good blast from the past, his ex, Portia. While at first it seems secrets may ruin things for him and Heather, he finally comes clean and finds that Heather really is an amazingly understanding and loving person.

Of course what Tony doesn't realize is that Heather is dealing with past baggage of her own. Jimmy, Heather' s most recent ex, shows up where she least expects it.

As their story unfolds, it's nice to see that their relationship isn't all sunshine, roses and amazing sex. They have their ups and downs, but it only makes them stronger.

I found myself laughing, crying, getting mad and every other emotion you can imagine. When C.J. sets out to write a story, she makes sure she gets you so engrossed that you're sad to see it end.

Another well done book by C.J. Ellisson.
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"Vanilla Twist", the much anticipated sequel to C.J. Ellisson's "Vanilla on Top", more than lives up to the original! It takes place not long after the ending to "Vanilla on Top" and we see Heather's and Tony's relationship grow and deepen. But while the two are falling in love with each other (and not realizing they both feel the same way), they each encounter people from their past that are bringing drama that could ruin the relationship they both fought for and deserve to have! While they each try to figure out how to talk about their tense situations, they have steamy dates and Tony creates a surprise for Heather that leads to a very sexy photo shoot and a first-ever gallery showing for one of them! But the exes are closing in, one more tightly than the other. Is their relationship strong enough to handle a possible big change? You absolutely want to find out! I moved from one chapter to the next very quickly, with some suspenseful cliffhangers that were better than cliffhangers I've read before! The writing is amazing, the story flows easily, and you aren't going to want to put the book down for anything! I loved watching Heather and Tony grow as their relationship and feelings for each other got stronger!
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CJ, did it again! The epic story of Heather and Tony keeps us wondering what's going to happen at every turn. Tony's life changing decision about work and life in general,has mellowed him and made him more human and less predictable.
Can the love of a good woman change him? I think CJ has a few more surprises in the works for Tony and Heather. Will love conquer all in the end for these two?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fb84f8) out of 5 stars Continuing Hotness !! March 11 2014
By Ella M. Goodsell - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
VANILLA TWIST is the third installment in C.J. Ellisson’s A Walk on the Wild Side. This is a contemporary, adult, erotic romance series. In this book we get to hear more about Heather Pierce and Tony Carmine's relationship. We find out how they're doing as they deal with some insecurities, outside drama that arises from both of their pasts & its rearing it's ugly head and how they're moving forward together, and of course a healthy amount of experimental hot, steamy sex.
All of the characters were instrumental in this book. Even if they weren't Heather & Tony they still mattered to C.J. and she didn't just give them a sentence or two then write them off as a way to add a little more to the story. While reading the story I think I experienced every emotion a time or two, I was laughing in parts and in the next part Id have tears in my eyes or goosebumps and them I'd be angry. So I have to say Great Job C.J. with writing another story that we can actually relate to and feel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fb854c) out of 5 stars Holy Hot Book! March 11 2014
By Heather A - Published on
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Holy hot book C.J..

First, I definitely recommend reading Vanilla on Top before you start Vanilla Twist. You want the lead up to this book and it is totally worth the read.

Now on to Vanilla Twist.

Vanilla Twist picks up not long after the Vanilla Twist ends. We slide right back into our familiarity with this couple.

Heather and Tony have the most amazing chemistry. It sizzles off the pages. I’m not just talking during the sex scenes (which are extremely hot), during the whole book, any interaction these two have together, you can feel it between them.

There are new conflicts that come up, both in Heather and Tony’s lives. Tony is the type of conflict that can break a relationship if it isn’t handled the right way. Question is, does Tony handle it the right way? and how does Heather react?

I really liked that we got to know some of Tony’s family in this book. There was some interaction with his brothers that show how close his family is and those parts, I believe were integral to the book and how it progressed.

One thing I love about C.J.’s steamier reads is that there is a plot. I like my romances to be hot and sexy but there has to be a story there – so that, say… if you skip the sex scenes (I would never) there would be something left there to read. There is in her books. There is an amazing storyline that goes along WITH the sex, the sex is PART of both of them growing as people, for Heather, finally embracing who she is, not being a doormat any longer, for Tony, giving up a little of the control that he has always needed to hold. It’s not just thrown in the book frivolously to make us get all hot and bothered. (Not holding anything against those books, they just aren’t my favorite style to read.) There is something happening, something meaningful occurring during those moments. It’s just an amazing read.

I loved Vanilla Twist. C.J. did an amazing job with this book (and with Vanilla on Top). It is one of my favorite series. She has a way of writing that makes this story completely believable. Her characters have their own insecurities and flaws, just like we all do, but there is amazing communication between the two, and it’s a wonderful book.

Thank you so very much for my ARC!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fb8984) out of 5 stars Creative Deeds Review Feb. 13 2014
By creativedeeds - Published on
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I received Vanilla Twist in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is the third installment in C.J. Ellisson’s Walk on the Wild Side series. I inadvertently skipped the second book, Avoiding Mr. Right, but that’s okay. I can go back and play catch up because Vanilla Twist goes back to Heather and Tony, so I felt like I wasn’t missing a thing – at least where they were concerned.

Vanilla Twist once again proves that C.J. Ellisson can keep me turning pages whether she’s writing PNR or contemporary. Her characters are interesting and fun, the situations and story line keep me intrigued and the heat is just right.

Heather and Tony’s relationship was just getting off the ground by the end of Vanilla on Top and it was nice to see that it was still going strong. They were still in the ‘getting to know’ you phase, but they definitely had a connection that neither one of them had experienced before. It was fresh, exciting and fun…. and then the real world came crashing in.

I’ll leave it at that, because I don’t want to spoil anything. A lot happens in Vanilla Twist that helps readers get to know the characters a lot better, and not just Tony and Heather. The story wasn’t just about the situation that Tony and Heather found themselves in, it was more about the way that they eventually handled it. The supporting characters were more than just filler. The conversations and interactions between them all gave readers a better understanding of where they were all coming from. (I especially liked getting to know Tony’s brothers.)

Vanilla Twist was a great addition to the Walk on the Wild Side series and I can’t wait to see what C.J. Ellisson has in store for these characters next. I’m pretty sure that there is more to Heather and Tony’s story, but I wouldn’t mind getting to know some of the other characters better too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fb8d44) out of 5 stars HOT STUFF!!! March 10 2014
By Cynthia - Published on
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This is one of only a few books in this genre that I have read. I didn't read book 1 in this series, but I felt that I could follow along in this book just fine as there was enough background information given.

Being a much older person, I was asked by a younger friend to read her e-copy of this book last week and I had to say that she got her Kindle back quite rapidly!!! My friend is very fond of this genre and she wanted to see what my thoughts were. Well..... I found the characters very relatable and noticed how interesting the secondary characters were as well. Ms. Ellisson makes her characters come alive with their depth and their intense desire to change things in their life The story is much more than the romantic encounters of this couple and I was pleasantly surprised to find this story so interesting that I now want to read book 1 and looking forward to book 3 as well.

Not wanting to reveal anything that would ruin this book for anyone else, suffice to say this was one heck of a hot book with a lot of depth and character development at least in my estimation. I could feel Heather and Tony progressing in their relationship and in life itself in just this one book.

Would recommend this book to anyone who is looking forward to reading a story about two fairly complex people and how they deal with life and love. And there IS both in this book.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fb8e28) out of 5 stars My kind of writer March 11 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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C.J. Ellisson is one of my favorite authors. She hits it right every time with the women in her books - they're thoughts, feeling, desires - and this book, like her others, are full of humor, sex and the cliff hanger of 'hope they make it'. I find myself rooting for her heroines! Her books always leave me feeling like there is hope in this world. Don't ever stop writing C.J.!