Eight Ways to Ecstasy (Jeanette Grey)


In this stunningly sensual sequel to Seven Nights to Surrender, acclaimed author Jeanette Grey reunites readers with a young artist and the man who’ll stop at nothing to have her . . .  

Kate Reid’s whirlwind romance with billionaire playboy Rylan Bellamy complicated her life in ways she’d worked to avoid. She’d fallen hard for his flirtatious charm and given him the one thing no other man had: her trust. Just as Kate began to imagine a future with Rylan, everything fell apart.  

Now she’s starting over in New York…but even the glittering streets of Manhattan can’t erase the memory of Rylan knocking her off her feet and sweeping her into the most erotic, unforgettable week of her life.

It’s been months, and Rylan still can’t forget Kate. Months since he bared his soul at her feet. Months since he drove away the only woman to ever make him feel. Kate changed his world and now Rylan is determined to win her back-no matter what it takes. After crossing an ocean to reach her, he makes a deal with Kate: One more week, for one more chance. Now it’s up to Rylan to show Kate all the ways they fit together . . . and prove that this player has met his perfect match.

A while back I read my first erotica novel, Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey, and although it wasn’t my favorite thing ever, it was also not the worst, and I gained a new appreciation for the genre. Still not one I reach for very often, but I do enjoy it. So when I saw Eight Ways to Ecstasy, the sequel to Seven Nights to Surrender, on Netgalley, I needed to request it.

(Funny thing… the publisher actually denied my request because of country restrictions. But I didn’t fold and wrote to them asking for the book, and they graciously allowed to read and review it… THANK YOU!)

I enjoyed this sequel so so much. I can’t even! I was fangirling the entire time…

While one of the main problems of the first book was the little action and plot, this book breaks both of those problems. Kate and Rylan actually have lives in this book, outside of the time they spend together, and even when together, they actually go out and interact with other people. Also, they have so much going in their lives besides each other… and the characters’ growth! WOW!

I had some problems with Kate’s reactions on the first book, but I finally understood them here. It was such a different thing to see both of them in their element, and the inclusion of friends and family in the story.

I loved their dynamic in this book. Kate was more assertive to some extent, and Rylan was doing whatever he could to make her see how much he wanted “them” to work. But when things fell apart I was actually surprised… the things they said to each other were real, and they were both so right that it hurt a little.

Ultimately, this being an erotica novel and all, there were some HOT scenes. Hotter than the first book actually 😉 . And it was so beautifully written…

Honestly people, I think I’m in love with this book and these characters a bit. I adored it, it was a perfect conclusion to Kate and Rylan’s story, and now I’m excited to read Lexie’s story in the next book. 🙂 So, if you’re into this genre, give this series a go, it’s well worth it.

Seven Nights to Surrender (Jeanette Grey)


By day, he’ll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he’ll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams. In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star. 


Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden-except the truth. 

An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate’s soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he’ll need to confess the truth before it’s too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.

This book doesn’t exactly fall under the categories that I usually read, but it’s a romance, and it had a high rating on GoodReads, so I decided to request it and see what I thought of it. A warning though, as the genre says, this book is filed under Erotica, which means it has a lot of explicit sexual content. However, compared to Right Where You Are, the sex in this books seemed a lot less explicit to me. But this book isn’t for everyone…

So, starting with the review. I liked the writing style and the format of the book. We get 2 POVs, but not in the traditional New Adult scheme, which is saying that the POVs are not divided by chapters, instead each chapter had parts in each of the different POVs. I’m quite used to this by now, because SJM does it often, and I thought that the division and change in POVs made a lot of sense. I wished their voices were more distinct though. They were very different people, but with a 3rd person style it sometimes wasn’t clear right away which POV we were entering.

This is most of all a character driven book, and both Kate and Rylan go through a big transformation during their time together. Kate’s trust issues were understandable, though I found them a bit irritating, she had a couple of bad experiences and was basically afraid of men as a whole, I get it, but not in the degree she showed… I liked Rylan best of the both of them, yes, he was super lost, but he was always his best for her, and so patient that I was honestly thinking that the guy wouldn’t get lucky at all… (not the point, though).

The main problem with this book is the lack of plot. Kate is in a journey to find herself and she ends up finding help in doing that, but that’s the whole of the plot. Rylan and Kate walk around Paris, and they spend the nights in their room, and they do the same the next day, until she leaves.

I had a huge problem with her reaction to Rylan’s revelation, I felt it was out of proportion. He never really lied to her, he never deceived her, he was always honest. If you know someone for less than a week, even in the first stages of a relationship, you don’t have to divulge your net-worth… but ok, the girl had trust issues and Rylan omitting the fact that he was super rich didn’t help, but still… I’m curious about the next book, I want to see exactly how he’ll win her back, because she seems to have gone back a few steps.

About the erotic part of the book, which was a BIG part of the book – as I said, they were either walking around or in the bedroom. I thought the scenes were very well written and tasteful even, and the chemistry was evidently there.

If you like a spicy book, without much plot, but complex characters, give this one a go. I’ll be picking up the next book for sure (I’m super curious!).