Revealed (Vice, Virtue & Video #1) by Bianca Giovanni
Lola knows about and accepts James and his debauchery; it's never been a secret between the two friends. However, a hometown visit prompts James to face his evolving feelings for her, especially after his conservative family discovers his true profession and she comes to his rescue. Not wanting to seduce the innocent Lola, he returns to California, where he sets his sights on becoming a superstar in the industry.
While Lola is visiting James from college, they dance around their attraction to each other. After Lola admits she's never had an orgasm, James offers to be her hands-on teacher. A lifetime of friendship with a manwhore tells Lola that she should not get attached to James as a lover, as tempting as his offer may be. Can she please her body while still protecting her heart?
From the author of some of the highest rated erotic romance on Smashwords comes this first look into a world of love, friendship...and porn.
Captured (Vice, Virtue & Video #2) by Bianca Giovanni
James has always been a master at pleasuring women, so it was an easy transition to play a Master on-screen in a series of BDSM videos which have brought him fame and the promise of a lucrative career. The films have also brought him the attention of hardcore producer Eva Satana, who wants James to be a ruthless Dominant -for real- in her brutal and extreme BDSM scenes.
James soon finds himself caught in a contract he cannot break and compelled by threats to the woman who's stood by him through everything.
Holy hell, what a ride! I can honestly say this series is unlike anything I’ve read, and that comes with a lot of positives but also some negatives. Taking a sex-driven alpha porn star, giving him a huge soft side for his best friend, and then making their love story work is no easy task, and I have to give Bianca Giovanni props for what she’s done here.
The history that James and Lola shared was probably my favorite part of this story, because I loved that they’d shared so much over the years. It was very much like a brother-sister relationship seeing as how he was always screwing anything female and then turning around to protect Lola’s purity. Hypocritical, yes, but sweet nonetheless. Then they went and grew up, and the awkward between phase left Lola spreading her wings and James getting paid for exactly what he was good at. James had all the traits of a gifted porn star; trust me, we’re in his head a lot and he thinks exactly how you’d expect a man whose life revolves around being great at sex to think. But then he’s got this other side of him, and it’s not the profound depth you’d get from some male characters, but it’s big for HIM, this man who runs on autopilot, and it makes him real.
When I read Revealed, which I give 3.5 stars and will refer to as “Stage 1” of James and Lola becoming ‘Jola’, I was not sold on this guy. He was very much about making himself feel good and making a name for himself at that point. Lola, while always his precious angel, was not yet really a factor in his decisions and actions, and James was in denial about his feelings for her. While they were sweet together, there was no romance, and I couldn’t see how James was every going to win me over. Then Captured happened, and yeah, I’m definitely feeling the draw to this guy. He still frustrated the hell out of me when he acted out on his base urges early on, because HELLO I want a romance not just sex. But ooooooooooh wow was the sex hot, I mean I almost felt guilty loving how incredible James was at making women other than Lola writhe and moan….almost! I think that’s the brilliance in it though, because if Lola and James had been deeply invested emotionally all along, I would have hated him for going back to what he was doing. So, as much as I wanted more of an emotional punch from them together, I think it would have ruined the whole relationship by making James into a cheating manwhore, instead of just a guy doing his job, enjoying the aftermath, and living in denial about his feelings for his soulmate.
While there may not be a whole lot of depth yet into the emotional well that is Jola (and while there IS a lot of growing up to do), we do see James in several situations that have his heart in tattered shreds, and they were painful. I love him for this side, the part of him that can be so brutally crushed, and it makes him a much better man for his Lola. Though I wasn’t always in his corner and there was a lot more sex than love at times, I’m sold on this series and I look forward to seeing what’s next for James and Lola. They’ve made it through the first huge hurdles, and I’m pulling for them to get whatever version of walking off into the sunset Bianca Giovanni feels fits them best!
“Yeah, I think I’m about ten thousand years away from that. I mean, if this was the scale of sexual evolution, I’m the fish that just grew legs, meanwhile James has opposable thumbs and he’s constructing the microchip.” ~ Revealed, Loc 3855
This is definitely a moment. Something’s happening right now. The way she’s looking at me and the way it makes me feel, all fluttery and warm…shit’s taking place that goes way over my head, and I can’t pinpoint what it is, but it’s here. I feel it. ~ Revealed, Loc 4473
I see the hint of a smirk on his face—Shit! He knows!—as he brushes my hair back off my shoulder and moves into my space, delicately touching his lips to my neck. He kisses up and down my neck, and my skin feels hypersensitive, like there are little electrical shocks emanating from every place his lips make contact with me. ~ Captured, p. 56
I run my hands up and down her back, her sides, her shoulders, her neck, caressing her like the fuckin’ delicate treasure that she is. She caresses me too, running her little fingers up and down my biceps, over my back and sides and putting her palm on my chest over my heart. Seriously, who else has ever done something like this with her? Who else has loved her as much as I do? Nobody. ~ Captured, p. 99
In 2013, Bianca signed with Omnific Publishing to bring the 'Vice, Virtue & Video' series to readers. The series contains First Dance (free introductory short story), Revealed (book #1), Letting Go (book #1.5), Captured (book #2), Desired (book #3), Devoted (book #4), and one more novel to be released in 2014.
She currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she can often be found jotting down story ideas in a notebook.
For more information, visit biancagiovanni.com or follow Bianca on Facebook (BiancaGiovanniAuthor) and Twitter (@BiancaGiovanni).