Reluctant Substitute – Review

Reluctant Substitute by Carol Delmornay
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Reluctant Substitute
By: Carol Delmornay
Released: May 3rd, 2017



After five years, Alison Walker’s working life had become stagnant. On an impulsive whim, Alison applies for a PA position with elite modelling agency, Sublime Elegance; certain she didn’t stand a chance. According to her live-in boyfriend, Blake, she was an ugly duckling. No-one was more surprised than she was when she landed the job—without meeting former model, turned owner and CEO, Jaxon Connors—the man who was to be her new boss.

When hotness personified, Jaxon Connors, fires a model used by his most important client, Lachlan Steele, Alison finds herself the reluctant substitute taking her place. Decadent Desires Photographic Studio fills Alison with panic when she assumes she’s mistakenly stepped straight into a set for a porno. Chains, whips and torturous equipment litters the studio. What the hell has she got herself into?

Provocative poses in racy lingerie is out of her comfort zone. But when Jaxon’s client unexpectedly requests extra shots, Alison ends up in steamy poses with Jaxon—seductively held in his arms, surrounded with his intoxicating scent, smothered with his warmth, his mouth moulding perfectly with hers with a kiss so erotic, her half-naked body explodes with an intense orgasm.
When Blake drunkenly attacks her, with organized participation from his two equally drunk mates, Alison turns to her best friend, Lexi Forsythe for help. When Jaxon inadvertently discovers her injuries, he takes her to his house to recuperate—and allows her into his Dungeon. When her curiosity gets the better of her, Jaxon offers to allow her to try one thing in his Dungeon—to see what it feels like. She isn’t prepared for her reaction—Or for Jaxon’s offer.


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Amount of sex 2 / 5
How explicit 2.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5


Reluctant Substitute is a deliciously erotic office romance by author Carol Delmornay.  There are many office romances out there today to choose from, but I have to say… this story is unique.  Alison lives with her boyfriend Blake, who is always putting her down.  She does not have the confidence in herself and is shocked when her new boss Jaxon asks her to stand in for a model that canceled at the last minute.

Jaxon is a sexy alpha male.  He is confident, but not overly arrogant.  Jaxon is always there to help encourage Ali when her boyfriend Blake pulls her down.  After a horrible incident, Jaxon takes charge in helping her through the difficult time.  Ali has had feelings for Jaxon since she started working for him, but it’s become more difficult to fight her desires.

What will happen when Jaxon hands over a contract for Alison to read?  Will she sign it and have Jaxon become more than her boss?

Loved this book and couldn’t read it fast enough!  Warning, it does end with a cliffhanger!  The sequel, Alison’s Awakening, should be released by the end of 2017.



Carol Delmornay is a married mother of three young adults, born and raised in the beautiful city of Perth, Western Australia. She and her husband Mark moved to a small town in the Goldfields region of Western Australia less than 12 months ago to renovate their home and design their gardens. Always a veracious reader, the urge to write didn’t hit until later in life. In between attending her children’s sporting activities and running a business with her husband, she poured many hours, blood, sweat and tears into her first series—“His Word-Trusted Saga”. She also enjoys writing erotic short stories for her Facebook page—Seductive Angel’s Devilish Desires. She spends all her spare time writing and listening to music, swimming, walking and enjoying the peaceful life of the country.


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Rating Report
Amount of sex
2 / 5
How explicit
2.5 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

2 thoughts on “Reluctant Substitute – Review”

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book—I really appreciate how valuable your time it and thanks so much for your wonderful review x

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