“~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Christine Sheridan has decided under the influence of tequila and one too many boyfriends going bad, that she is done with men. Or at least with the relationship side anyway, what she needs is sex. Out of this world, hair pulling, body melting sex and the only way to do it is to hire a professional. Cole Bowen doesn’t do relationships, he doesn’t want anyone least of all a woman having expectations of him, so when he hears Christy, the woman he can’t seem to stop lusting over declaring her need for hot sex, he knows he is the only man for the job.
I love books that have BBW as heroines, as someone who has more rolls than a bakery, I can relate, which is why I got Heavy Issues. And I wasn’t disappointed, not only did I like and empathize with Christy, I pretty much spent the whole of the book mopping up the drool as Cole proceeded to rock my world.
Cole has definitely made it into the realm of my book boyfriends, he had all it takes, a very dirty mouth; a take charge attitude in the boudoir and an appreciation of a woman with hips.
“Cole, this would work much smoother if you remove your hand from between my legs.”
“Why? Are you gonna be talking with your pussy?”
With Christy, I think anyone who has any self esteem issues, whether related to food or not, would be able to relate to how she feels, everyone has their wobbly days where EVERY pair of trousers they own make their arse look fat. I enjoyed reading about a heroine who didn’t have the perfect body and I liked it even more when Cole was being super sweet and showed her how much he loved her body with his super Alpha Male skillz.
The sexual chemistry between Cole and Christy was fantastic, it reached through the pages and had my eyes glued to the screen as they burnt up the sheets (wall, kitchen table, sofa…). There was also a great emotional connection between them from the very start as they shared their issues, Christy with food and Cole with his mother.
Although what is going to happen in this book is pretty obvious from the start, there are no real surprises, I really enjoyed it. It was smoking hot with a good hero and heroine and I will definitely be reading the next (and I should probably read the first!) in this series.
“Adorable”marla d wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Such a great book!!! I LOVED Cole and Christy so much!!! The sex scenes about melted my Kindle!!! ;) Cole *sigh* I am definitely going back to read James and Tate and then continue on with this series. Elle has gained herself a new fan in me with this book and I look forward to more!! :) 5 out of 5 rating!!”Mariann at Belle's Book Bag wrote this review Sunday, April 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Christy Sheridan had too much to drink one night while sitting on her deck with friends. As they were discussing their pitiful sexual experiences, Christy stands and loudly proclaims into the night that she just wants a gigolo for sex, no relationship required, as she tosses her engagement ring (from her ex-fiance) into her yard. Cole Bowen happened to be walking by when the ring hit him and caught a bit of Christy’s declaration when he came to return it to her. Little did she know that he had been watching her for weeks, trying to figure out a way to approach her without others getting the wrong idea…he wanted to go out with her but he’s not one for commitment.
This story was pretty extraordinary. Both Cole and Christy are commitment shy and the proposition that they have only a sexual relationship worked for both of them. Christy was his fake date as the women of the town were descending on him like flies after his brother got engaged. It was open season on the rest of the Bowen men and Cole needed a decoy. They both were two damaged people, crippled by mothers from hell. While Christy was healing, Cole was still in denial about his issues. By being in a relationship with no strings attached, Cole finds himself bonding with the very grounded Christy and she with him. Neither of them intended for the arrangement to ever be more than what they signed on for but when feelings started to shift, their emotional baggage came front and center.
As with the first book in this series, the sex is pretty explicit and supports the story and the characters in ways that become clearer as it progresses. Cole isn’t the most likeable of characters initially but Christy, who is now one of my most favorite heroines, brings the best out of him.
There are a lot of funny moments in the story but it’s what happens between Cole and Christy that keeps you riveted. I loved their story and am looking forward to whatever is next in this series. This turned out to be one of the best erotic romances I’ve ever read.
“Heavy Issues continues her series of powerful love stories in this second installment. Elle Aycart is a talented author of lust and love. Her talented writing teeters on that very fine line between two intense and consuming emotions that can prove difficult when trying to present a captivating and inspiring love story. Just as I completely and hopelessly fell in love with Tate and James I found myself overwhelmed yet again with these amazing characters. I had wondered with such an incredible debuting novel if book two would accomplish the same momentum and intrigue. Rest assured that not only will this second book take you on another thrilling ride, but it is completely independent, and just as truly incredible from start to finish. Aycart proves it is not only possible to create powerful and captivating story, but she almost makes it look easy. I must admit there are some drastic difference between More than Meets the Ink and Heavy Issues. Although, this seems very fitting when introduced to these very different characters. Don't worry Cole and Christy are just as addictive and lovable, but they are nothing like we had come to love with James and Tate. Where James's story was intense and fun; this was not just a story to enjoy the ride. There are some hard pressed emotions in these pages that fits perfectly with this seriously intense characters. I look forward to seeing what will come in the future of the Bowen Brother's series. I think I can safely predict the future of the next novel, but I am still lacking the confirmation of my hunch. So here is to my patiently waiting, if that were even possible!!!~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~”Book Whisperer wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like its predecessor More than Meets the Ink, HEAVY ISSUES by Elle Aycart will set your panties on fire! No wonder the women of Alden are going gaga over the Bowen brothers! Not only are these men tall, dark, Catholic ex-Marines, they are very skilled in bed to boot! The story is, Christy Sheridan is on the rebound, calling off her engagement after she caught her ex-fiance in a very compromising position with her neighbor. She then swears off relationships and in a drunken haze, vows to hire a stud to satisfy her sexual needs. Enter Cole Bowen, this brother has commitment issues and is the perfect candidate to Christy's endeavor. What started as a mutually satisfying arrangement turned into a very sexy love story that is sure to give you butterflies!
HEAVY ISSUES is your usual boy-meets-girl story with an awkward start spiked with tightly coiled sexual tension. Cole Bowen, like his brother James, is swoon worthy. Cole is every girl's dream, very attentive and appreciative of Christy's assests plus he's wrapped in a very pretty package begging to be laid bare. The things he says will make any woman's heart melt and their knickers very wet. He has a way of saying things in a very straightforward manner while managing to make it sound sexy and inviting. And as an added bonus Cole's a kinky bastard too!
Rocking Cole's crotch and the naughty librarian look is Christy Sheridan. She sounded fun at first but later on she started getting on my nerves. The woman has serious image issues and her relationship with food was annoying. Now I understand why some men find ladies who are overly conscious about their looks, weight and diet a turn-off. Christy sure bored me with her incessant whining about how fat she used to be, how fat she still feels, her stretch marks, treating sugar and carbs like its the devil and other food pre-requisites. The man is so turned-on by you, girl, go with the flow and stop obsessing over your weight issues! I'd kill for a guy who likes to grab on to my curves and calls them soft instead of lumpy. Psh!
For readers who love fun, contemporary, sexy tales, HEAVY ISSUES is a recommended read for you. Cole and Sheridan will have you fanning yourselves with their scorching hot encounters and Cole Bowen will surely steal your hearts.
“I’m no expert, since I only dip into the genre now and again, but it seems to me the old saying, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” definitely applies to today’s erotica. The erotica of the past was really light on storyline, developed characters, and pretty much everything but sex, sex, sex. This makes a book like this one remarkably refreshing and interesting. It deals with body image and an unglamorous, little publicized eating disorder.
When computer specialist Christy, out for drinks with her friends, laughingly says she’s going to look for a sex-for-hire stud who wants no attachments but gives maximum pleasure, little does she know that Cole Bowen overhears her and is more than a little interested.
Former Marine and demolitions expert Cole has been surreptitiously watching her since she arrived in the community five months before, but never asked her out because he thought she was engaged—which she was before she moved from Los Angeles to Boston.
When she throws her engagement ring away, Cole accidentally catches it and thinks this is a good excuse to hook up with her. It takes some talking on his part, but they finally arrange a deal: he gives her stellar sex while she gives him a commitment-free date to all the community and family events he needs to attend.
What starts out cut and dried quickly becomes more complicated as Christy confesses her weight problem and addiction to sugar and carbs. On his part, Cole bares his soul about when his mother left the family when he was ten. Both have self-esteem issues to overcome, and Aycart doesn’t make light of the issues nor present a quick fix for them.
Read the rest of my review at AAR: http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=9087”
“Christy is has decided she is going to buy a stud. No more looking for a husband. She just wants sex. She moved to Alden to get away from her mother and a broken engagement. Cole Bowen has noticed Christy and offers to be her stud if she will go to social engagements with him and keep away the other single girls of Alden. Like the previous book there is a lot of sex in this book but I don't think it took anything away from the plot. Christy has some issues, heavy issues. She used to weigh a lot and she is militant about the food she eats and about her control issues. Cole is dominent and likes to tie her up and Christy has to be in such control over her eating that I think she relishes losing control in the bedroom. I really thought Christy's issues were handled well. There was a lot of emotion and I could feel it very much. I liked this book a lot. It was very satisfying to see these two get a happy ending. I am looking forward to the third Bowen brother, Max's book.”Lisa A. Boike wrote this review Saturday, June 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No