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Peek Inside Vanilla on Top

Determined to leave her wallflower tendencies at the door, Heather Pierce attends a speed dating event pretending to be someone new. Someone dominant. Little does she know, the larger than life man whose world she rocks is incognito himself, and he isn’t about to let the mysterious vixen slip through his grasp.

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Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event…and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered—until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.



"Better than Fifty Shades of Grey. No whiny heroine or mentally abusive hero in this book....Their relationship grows and both find that by letting go of control, they actually gain everything they've both been yearning for." ~Boone Brux, author of the Bringer and the Bane series 
"C.J. Ellisson writes a story of one woman's desire to step outside of her comfort zone and explore the wilder side of life.... the reader will be pulled into the storyline and experience [her] re-awakening at the hands of the man with whom she is falling in love and the experience of exploring one's inner vixen-all in the name of power and control." ~ Sandy Schairer, The Reading Cafe
"Melt you on the spot chemistry between characters that feel real and honest, scorching hot sex scenes that are a little daring at times, and an incredible romance to back it all up." ~ Anna Cade, Burning Soup and Herding Cats
"Don't even think to compare it to that other book. (ahem) Because there is no way they could even be on the same shelf. Ellisson just upped the ante in the world of erotic fiction." ~ Rebecca Boucher, My life with Books and Boys

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667987
Series: Walk on the Wild Side, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 11, 2013
Page Count: 279
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bait and switch

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By Laura March 01, 2013

As an avid reader and aspiring novelist, I am pretty difficult to please when it comes to issues like voice and style. I've tossed many books to the side after only a few pages. Largely due to this, I had never read an erotica novel prior to receiving Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellison. My only other... ...more

By Erzabet February 17, 2013

Vanilla on Top
A Walk on the Wild Side novel
C. J. Ellison
Contemporary. Sub/Myst.

M/F. Anal Play. Spanking

277 pages

Heather is talked into going to a speed-dating event. Marcus has talked his friend, Tony, into going to the same speed-dating event. After a few changes in partners Heather and Tony get... ...more

By Loves To Dive March 08, 2013

4.5 stars

Tired of being alone, Heather reluctantly allows her best friend Carla to drag her to a speed dating event. She’s not really expecting anything to come out of it but, hey a girl can dream can’t she? As the head of acquisitions for a big time shipping conglomerate and sexy as all get out,... ...more

By Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* January 27, 2013

***BUDDY READ*** Ladies, the best about reading this book was reading it with you: Soraya, Debra, Marina, Georgia, Sarah, Em & Betty :)

I loved Tony from the beginning and he is the main reason for my 4 stars!

I didn't know speed dating worked like that, dammit I should have tried before! lol

H... ...more

By Andrea January 23, 2013

You know how there are some books out there that you can connect to because the characters embody “the girl/boy next door”? The characters are believable and likeable and you care what happens to them. Well, there are even better instances when you have a more personal connection and think, wow t... ...more

3.5 stars

Well, if you like lotsa sex, this book delivers. The first half I was a bit worried it was typical erotica with no real plot. That improved with time.

The story of Tony and Heather who meet at a speed dating session. He's a rich successful businessman who gets pressured into going with h... ...more

By Katrina April 13, 2013

‘Oh! what a tangled web we weave…’ Alright, I know you probably read that in your most sinister voice. Try it in your most seductive voice, confident and in charge, then you’ll feel the power that Heather feels when she taps into her inner bad girl.
The story isn’t really about the deception or p... ...more

By Patricia March 27, 2013

OH MY GOD is all i can say about this book. it has you hooked from the very first chapter . If you like 50 shades you will love this book. the characters are more believable and loveable. and you get hooked . c.cccj. Ellisson is the author to look out for ...more

By ~ Cariad ~ April 06, 2013

~Slightly tweaked review~

A solid 4 stars from me

Well, who knew speed dating could be so much fun! I won't give the game away, but the first chapter is and the eroticsm throughout is breathtaking. You definitely get a feel for Heather and Tony's emotions.

The whole book flowed well for me, fa... ...more

By Kristin January 14, 2013

This was a short but fun and sexy read. I liked the idea of adding speed dating to the story. I don't know if I've ever read a book where speed dating was involved. I wish she had more guys during the speed dating session before meeting Tony but I'm not complaining too much because we are popped... ...more

By Annette M Guerriero January 13, 2013

Today's review is on Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson

Ellisson is no stranger to the erotic genre by any means, and Vanilla on Top is proof of that. This book is well planed, well paced, and very well written. The characters are likeable, believable, and oh so hot, without anything being taken away... ...more

By Boone January 23, 2013

Super hot and impossible to put Dow. Heather and Tony's story is one of letting go of control and realizing by doing so, they gain everything. The romance developers naturally, with realistic conflicts and obstacles. A definite read. ...more

By Samantha January 13, 2013

HOT HOT HOT and i will say it again this story was HOT..

This is my first time reading a book by C.J Ellisson and it's one i wont forget for a while and

i don't think my hubbie will either ;) and i will be certain to check out her other work.

This is a well written book that not only has sexy sex s... ...more

By Beverly January 13, 2013

I am a fan of C.J. Ellisson's Vampire vacation Series and so tried this book because I like her writing. A Writer of one genre often has trouble writing in another genre, so imagine my surprise when I found out this book was just as well written and captivating as her Vampire Vacation Series!
Anyo... ...more

By Kay January 16, 2013

This is not my usual genre. I so loved Ms Ellison's other series (VV Inn) that I tried this one anyway. And, am I ever glad I did! The talent this author has for
character development, for making you believe her characters are real people, is fantastic. You are drawn in, and quickly begin to care... ...more

By Laura January 13, 2013

Tired of her life and being alone, Heather takes a leap outside of her personal norm. And WOW this is a big leap! She is nervous about it initially, but could this be a part of her that has been hidden in her personality? Tony is tired of always being in charge. When Heather demands that he turns... ...more

By Gemma May 09, 2013

Loved this book! C.J. Ellisson draws you in from the first Chapter and doesn’t let go until the last word on the last page. You will fall in love with Tony and Heather and find yourself flipping pages to find out what happens next! Kudos to Miss Ellisson for flipping the script and making the wom... ...more

By Tina January 12, 2013

5+++++ STARS for Smexy goodness

4.5 STARS for Love it or Leave it

Read the entire review over at

We heard good buzz on Facebook that Entangled’s latest Brazen erotic romance VANILLA ON TOP was the first in a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ series [a series of light BDSM discovery st... ...more

By Franjessca August 26, 2016

Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

I have been waiting patiently to read C.J.'s latest release, Vanilla on Top. This is definitely a FAVE for 2013 and I cannot wait to read the next installment.
Discover your inner bad girl, and set her that not catchy? I know after reading... ...more

By Laura January 12, 2013

I LOVE this book!! I'm a bit of a wallflower like Heather and she just opens up and gains confidence and is able to start going after what she WANTS. She is commanding, and Tony needs a woman like Heather, to help him relax and slow down and see what he really wants in life! I would love to be ab... ...more

By J *deep in the heart of Texas* January 15, 2013

4.5 Stars
What an awesome book! I LOVED it. It grabbed me from the first chapter and never let go. Heather considers herself very "vanilla"--she's been trampled on her whole life. While at a speed-dating event she decides she wants to be someone else--someone in control, someone stonger. Enter Ton... ...more

By Tara January 22, 2013

Hot, hot, hot, C.J. Elisson does it again!!! This book is one of those books you just can't put down, it has you hooked from page one. I think most women will be able to relate with Heather the main female character in the book, and who doesn't want their own Tony lol? It has just the right amoun... ...more

By Bark's Book Nonsense February 06, 2013

Heather has always been a bit of doormat when it comes to relationships. She’s tired of cheating men and cruddy relationships but is talked into attending a speed dating event by a friend. This same friend suggests she shed her old skin and try on a new one. When one of her speed dates, whose pho... ...more

By Julie January 31, 2013

Ebook: Vanilla on Top (Walk on the Wild Side #1)
Author: C.J. Ellisson
Erotic Fiction,
This review may contain spoilers
I was given this by the author for an honest review
Summary: Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free...
Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professio... ...more

By B-M May 01, 2013

My grandmother once told me that all men like the chase and all women like to be pursued. This is the way of the sexes. Upon reading this story I think my old Gran was right.
As I read this story it became for me an exercise in 'The Chase' more than an awakening of a woman's sexuality and for eve... ...more

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CJ Ellison

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

CJ Ellison

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, three 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 goodies (bookmarks, rack cards, or 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 [email protected] with your mailing address--international readers welcome!

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