Monday, May 30, 2016


Series:  Instant Gratification
Author:  C.L. Bond
Publish Date:   04.18.2016
Publisher:  C.L. Bond
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

Received from:  C.L. Bond (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 05.28.2016
Goodreads link:  Insta-Hate

Description from the publisher:
When Alexandria Ray's romance series becomes an overnight sensation, the world and its demands close in on her. After years of struggling to maintain the pace her publisher, agent and the world expects, she needs a break. Enrolling as a student at Columbia University is step one to finding herself again. Finding Arsen Daniel was not on her list.

Arsen Daniel, along with his best friend, built an empire in the form of an exclusive, psychology-based dating service. When an old friend invites him to teach a course at Columbia, he accepts. The course? The Psychology of Love. Sounds simple enough and the publicity alone will make it worth his time. Arsen didn't expect to meet his match in the form of a sarcastic blonde, hell bent on holding to her belief that true love doesn't actually exist. After all, what woman, especially a world-renowned romance writer, doesn't believe in happily ever after? Something in Alexandria's eyes tortures him. She reminds him of someone from his past and that is a very bad thing.

This is the first book in the Instant Gratification series.  It does stand alone (no cliff-hanger), but, of course, I want to continue reading the series.

I was emotionally bi-polar reading this story.  I want from laughing hysterically (good God, may I never receive a selfie like that one!!), to bawling like a two-year old denied their lollipop, to happy giggling tears, with a lot more laughing sprinkled between those tears.

I absolutely loved this unique story and all of the (often-times dysfunctional-ly) real characters.  For example, Lexie is an amnesiac, but the accident was years ago.  She has learned who she is and has built a life since then.  In fact, she has a dream life as a popular, successful, romance author.  She is so successful that she is being crushed by the needs of publishers and her agent, plus dealing with her sister’s post-partum depression and a mother she would rather avoid.  She also has a when-he’s-in-town narcissistic lover.  Yep, her plate is full, just like any real life.

C.L. Bond writes in a style that captured my heart and my funny bone.  This is the first book I have read from her, and I definitely want to read more.

Instant Gratification Series:
           1.      Insta-Hate
Other Books from  C.L. Bond:
           ·         Sin
           ·         Temptation
           ·         Dark Bishop
           ·         Shady Bay
           ·         Crazy Love
           ·         Devil Creek
Young Adult Titles from Casey L. Bond
           ·         Catalyst
           ·         Prep for Doom
           ·         Liquid
           ·         Winter Shadows
           ·         Fractured Glass:  A Novel Anthology
           ·         Chasing Wishes
           ·         Prisoner of Prophecy
The Frenzy Series:
           1.      Frenzy
           2.      Frantic
           3.      Frequency
Harvest Saga:
          1.      Reap
          2.      Resist
          3.      Reclaim



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