Note from the author: Not a standalone. Wrong Jana Aston. I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Check, check and check. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Wrong is a full-length, standalone novel by Jana Aston. Bound by Honor Cora Reilly. Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given.
Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca — The Vice — Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families. Now at eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca. In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you. Deal with the Devil Meghan March.
He was a predator, and he had set his sights on me. I knew better than to bet more than I could afford to lose that night. I knew better than to bet myself. But desperation leads to bad decisions, and I thought there was no way I could lose. I was wrong. Now I have no choice but to make a deal with the devil. Deal with the Devil is the first book in the Forge Trilogy. All three books in the Forge Trilogy are available now! I mean, if that's not one of the best opening lines in a book, I don't know what is. Talk about a lethal combination for my heart.
Bound by Duty Cora Reilly. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago mafia, Dante needs a new wife and Valentina was chosen for the role. Valentina lost her husband, too, but her first marriage had always been for show. When she was eighteen, she agreed to marry Antonio in order to hide the truth: that he was gay and in love with an outsider. Even after his death, she kept his secret, not only to preserve the honor of a dead man, but also to protect herself. Valentina is terrified of the wedding night that might reveal her secret, but her worries prove unfounded when Dante shows her the cold shoulder.
Soon her fear is replaced by confusion and indignation. Valentina is tired of being ignored. This book can be read as a standalone. Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Filthy Beautiful Love Kendall Ryan. This is book 2 in the Filthy Beautiful Lies series.
I never expected to watch Sophie walk away. She was mine. I would own her. She just didn't know it yet. New goal: Seal the deal and rock her world so thoroughly she never wanted to leave again. Captive Brenda Rothert. Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love.
But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. Trust Jana Aston. That was me, on my last date. Of course not. The most awkward single girl in the city. Right after I get out of this interrogation room. Edge of the Enforcer Cherise Sinclair. One sadist.
One submissive. One extraordinary love. Moth, meet flame. A security specialist and occasional mercenary, deVries needs an adorable submissive like a knife to the gut. Hell, she's not even a masochist. But here she is, all big brown eyes and sweet body and sassy mouth. Or maybe not, considering her ID is forged. If she thinks to lie to him, she'll learn better. He's the Enforcer of Dark Haven-his discipline is absolute, his punishments harsh, and his heart untouched Complex and full of twists, turns and other surprises, Ms. Sinclair mixes romance, BDSM and thriller all in one and makes it work.
Gift-Wrapped in a Kilt Anna Durand. Cold days. Steamy nights. It must be the holidays in the Highlands. When an American ex-Marine falls for a Scottish lass, the sparks are explosive. So she makes a different offer: sizzling sex with no strings and no intimacy. He'll do anything to get her back, even accept her crazy proposition, because he hasn't traveled halfway around the world to give up without a fight.
Five years ago, Jamie gave up her family and her beloved homeland to satisfy a man, only to wind up humiliated and alone. She vowed never to repeat that mistake. When Gavin offers her a credit card instead of a ring, after eighteen months of intercontinental romance, she fears he's just like the man who hurt her before. Regaining Jamie's trust is hard, but winning over her stern brother Rory may prove the hardest task of all.
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The Russian Reborn Red Phoenix. Rytsar Durov is known for his passionate nature, charisma, and sadistic humor. When the tension proves too much, he gives in to his desire. What happens when these two powerful dominants collide in the bedroom—will it be ecstasy or agony? When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Now, together, they have more—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated.
Badd Business Jasinda Wilder. But under that rough and wild exterior lies a secret. An artist living a false life, harboring secrets and fostering forbidden passions. Can these two find their way to living their truths while navigating the tumultuous waters of a whirlwind romance? In a battle between familial obligation and secret dreams, will there be room for love—not to mention the wild intensity of uncontrollable lust—in these closed-off hearts? Found Jodi Kae. Jax knew the minute he saw a picture of Victoria James that she was going to turn his world upside down.
The possibility of her being the woman he is going to train as a submissive while undercover in a human sex trafficking organization, has his hormones in an uproar. The physical pleasure they find with each other, has to take a back seat to saving her life. Will Tori forgive the lies he has to tell in order to get her to safety? Found is an erotic novel, reader discretion is advised. Romance version is also available. Crashed K. Life is full of moments. Big moments. Little moments.
And none of them are inconsequential. Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything. Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed.
Love is full of ups and downs. Heart stopping highs. Soul shattering lows. And none of them are insignificant. Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart? Sir's Rise Red Phoenix.
Thane Davis sacrificed everything to become the man he is today by staying true to three hard rules: 1. Make no friends. Leave no trace. Avoid the past. He is a confident alpha who demands respect, yet keeps to himself. We flirt innocently. This is what we do. Chasing Fate Charisse Spiers. My boots aren't made for walkin' they're made to run. Most like to call me emotionally absent. I'd like to think I'm just smart. Heartache is something I won't have twice. Burn me once, shame on you, but burn me twice, shame on me. Love destroys a person.
I decided early on emotional attachments were something I needed to steer clear of. Hookin' up—that's something I can do. I was raised by the toughest, the emotionally shut off. I was raised by cowboys. Ranch hands and Daddy taught me everything I know. Since I was old enough to walk I've been one of the boys. I can rope and ride with the best of 'em. I know how to work by the sweat of my brow.
I've been drinking grown men under the table since I was sixteen. I can flirt my way into a man's bed with ease. And I push away like a pro. But let him look at me the way he does and nothing makes sense. Fisher Austin—the college quarterback I met at a Halloween frat party. He tried to kiss me. Football players are off limits. My own personal rule. But every turn he's there. Mutual friends make staying away difficult. He makes me question things. And that's something I hate. Finals week—home free.
Three weeks. Daddy's ranch. A summer that would change everything.
Fueled K. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. Still fighting for me. He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far. A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Double Dare Jeanne St. What could be better than waking up next to a hot guy?
Waking up sandwiched between two of them. Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated? Logan Reed, a successful business owner, can't believe that he's attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she's more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot too impaired to drive.
He rescues her and takes her home. His home. Daniel hopes it will be a reminder of headier days, but from the start something seems to be conspiring against his plans: time, people, the city itself. A haunting and exquisitely written tale about love, sacrifice, and how the road not taken sometimes takes you instead. In this unforgettable and astutely observed travel classic, Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee journeys into the wild frontiers and frigid climate of Alaska — exploring the diverse terrain of this Northern US state.
Travelling by foot and canoe, helicopter and dog team, McPhee traverses total wilderness, urban landscape, and the depths of the bush, drawing a rich and comprehensive history of this vast land and its varied inhabitants. With his keen eye and poetic sensibility at the helm, we paddle with McPhee through the salmon-filled waters of the Brooks Range Rivers, meet a young chief of the Athapaskan tribe, and become well-acquainted with the habits of the barren-ground grizzly bear.
We encounter settlers along the way and discover the extraordinary dreams that impel them to survive in one of the most remote regions on Earth. McPhee is an endlessly curious adventurer and Coming into the Country is the work of a master storyteller.
He has brought back a wholly satisfying voyage of spirit and mind. At the age of forty-five, she regularly meets her mother for strolls along the streets of Manhattan. Fierce Attachments is a searingly honest and intimate memoir about coming of age in a big city, and the perpetual bonds that keep us forever linked to our family. Fierce Attachments demands honour as the work of a breathtaking technician. The story of an abiding, difficult love, full of grace and fire. Fierce Attachments is a work of emotional cartography, charting influences and mapping out a proximate territory of the Self.
There are 1. Traversing thirteen Indian states, One Point Two Billion illuminates the exhilarating diversity of the second most populous nation in the world. Moving from towering megacity to remote detention camp, from the canals of rural Punjab to an exclusive club in Delhi, these remarkable stories offer glimpses into the loves, triumphs, and tragedies of everyday life in a world torn between tradition and the shock of modernity. Laced with biting humour and injected with subtlety and emotion, the stories in this mesmerising collection portray the vast array of lives co-existing within the uneasy imbalance of Indian society.
Witty, moving, and powerful. Rao zooms in on forgotten lives — ordinary, extraordinary, absurd, tragic. His writing is subtle, delightfully wry. I loved it. Mr Fatigay is a hapless Edwardian schoolmaster posted to the Congo. Emily is a prodigiously gifted chimpanzee of great intelligence and sensitivity, and also a secret autodidact. But her secret trips into town provide only a brief solace, as there is only one person who can make her truly happy.
His Monkey Wife is a comic masterpiece about a most unexpected love-triangle, and a biting satire about the nature of civilisation. Of the crew of seventy, sixty-seven have disappeared. There are three sailors left on board. They are all called Sergei. A boat is moored in Naples. Three sailors remain on board. To pass the time they play chess, drink vodka, and daydream about home.
An astronaut struggles to adapt to life back on earth; a young man discovers he is going blind in a foreign city; a retired plastic surgeon uncovers old wounds; and two lovers become unexpectedly intimate. With exquisitely cadenced storytelling, Orr introduces us to worlds and places that are both familiar and askew. Her landscapes are instantly recognisable, yet tinged with a lingering sense of uncertainty.
The result is a wonderfully diverse and captivating debut from a rising literary talent. These stories are so elegant and considered, yet charged at the same time with a fierce energy. Each story contains enigmatic, piercingly clear images and startling gestures that illuminate its characters in all their passions and furtiveness. KJ Orr writes with radical precision and beauty, and this collection shines a masterful light on the quiet, often unseen moments that have the power to remake a life.
The language is scintillating, the insights piercing. In order for he and his brother to survive without parents, Aziz must join the Special Lashkar, a US-funded militia always hungry for Afghan recruits. Leaving his childhood behind, he departs for the untamed border where brutal training regimes morph into a conflict both savage and entirely contrived. Aziz struggles to understand his place; will he embrace the brutality of war or leave it behind, and risk placing his brother — and a young woman he comes to love — in jeopardy? Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has written a gripping, morally complex debut novel, an astonishing feat of empathy and imagination about boys caught in a deadly conflict.
Ackerman has spun a morally complex tale of revenge, loyalty, and brotherly love. I could not recommend this novel more highly. In this gripping and heartfelt memoir, Jack and Rochelle Sutin recount how they fell in love during the height of World War II in the dense forests of Poland. Though they grew up in the same village, Jack and Rochelle only knew each other at a distance having once shared a clumsy school dance. After the Nazi occupation, they were torn from their families and forced to live in labour camps.
Each managed a daring escape into the surrounding forest, where they happened upon each other and, along with thousands of others, banded together to join the Polish underground resistance. More than an account of stark survival, this is an inspirational story of courage, resilience, and, above all, true love. He lives in Minneapolis, and currently teaches at Hamline University. Faithful inclusiveness, combined with a depth of feeling never minimised and never paraded, makes this strong, honest, affecting book a valuable addition to Holocaust literature.
But as British rule in India draws to a close, whispers of Partition reach the affluent fringes of Lahore. Her innocence, exuberant humour, and heart-wrenching insight lead us through these momentous events, revealing the fragile unity of a nation as it teeters on the cusp of historic change. Read an extract here. Set among the bustling train stations and narrow rues of s Paris, where the threat of war already hangs in the air, Marie is a hypnotically powerful novel about the interior life of a 20th century woman, suffused with exquisite moments of sensual acuity and profound insight.
Marie is happy. But while on holiday, she spots a young man lying on the beach and is instantly drawn to him. As she explores the vibrant immediacy of her yearnings, Marie begins to see her entire world anew. Bourdouxhe conveys the sharp, almost physical intensity of thought as experience by a central character suspended between apathy and restless curiosity. It is easy to see why: female autonomy, a delight in Paris and its freedoms, the rapture of living in the present and seizing life with both hands.
In a crumbling park in the crumbling back end of Copacabana, a woman stopped under an almond tree with a suitcase and a cigar. That was the last time anyone saw the famous Brazilian novelist Beatriz Yagoda. Upon hearing the news of her disappearance, her American translator Emma flies immediately to Brazil. But as the trio begins to uncover the bizarre and troubling affairs Beatriz has left in her wake, they realise their search for her is far more cryptic than they could have imagined.
Or are her words obscuring more than they reveal? Brilliant, suspenseful, and compulsively readable, Ways to Disappear is a fabulously inventive novel about the ways we do appear to each other. Both playful and profound, it is as much a mystery as it is a manifesto on the joys of translation. Idra Novey is a bold, unprecedented new voice in American fiction. Read the opening extract of the book here. The result is a story as propulsive as it is compelling. This book is seared to perfection. A tale of playful suspense that ingeniously transmutes into a profound meditation on language and love.
Victor quickly embraces their world of local pageants, soirees and late-night debauchery, and begins to settle into an endless summer with Yvonne. As he looks back years later, Victor remains beguiled and mystified by those lost, unknowable friends and the enchanted place he chose to leave behind. It included only men. The late s. Seven men — friends, acquaintances, and strangers — gather in a suburban home in Berkeley, California. But as the evening wears on and the drinks flow faster, they discover a powerful and passionate desire to talk — to unburden and to share, to try to comprehend their feelings, their insecurities, their lives.
In Penn Station was a machine that split and squeezed oranges. They rolled down a chute and were pressed against a blade. Then the two halves went in separate directions to be cupped and crunched. The juice fell into a pitcher. You paid dearly for it. In his inimitable and endlessly compelling prose, McPhee reveals the story behind this extraordinary fruit.
Your morning glass of juice will never be the same. A sterling example of what a fresh point of view, a clear style, a sense of humour and diligent investigation can do to reveal the inherent interest in something as taken-for-granted as your morning orange juice. In unfailingly elegant prose, V. A loving tribute to London past and present. When Penguin released a new, unexpurgated edition of D. There to take it all in, armed with her pencil and paper, was Sybille Bedford — who wastes no time complaining about the claustrophobia of Courtroom 1 at the Old Bailey.
Bedford gives us a timeless and dramatic account that captures one of the most fascinating and absurd moments in both legal and publishing history, when attitudes and morals shifted forever. When Salvador Valldaura first meets Teresa Goday he is seduced by her velvety eyes and contagious laughter. Through a kaleidoscope of perspectives and turning upon events both intimate and historic, A Broken Mirror tells the story of a splintering matriarchal dynasty founded on love, lies, secrets, and betrayals. Rodoreda reveals the inner life of her characters precisely and unsentimentally, often merely with a well-turned sentence.
A beautifully muted and intricate rendering of the aristocracy of Barcelona. Tremendous, tremendous writer. In , John McPhee moved his family from New Jersey across the Atlantic to live in the land of his forefathers, the island of Colonsay — seventeen square miles of dew and damp twenty-five miles off the coast of Scotland.
They rented a crofthouse, his children enrolled at the local school, and they soon were accepted into this tightly circumscribed community of people. Intertwining history and legend, McPhee gives us a comprehensive portrait of this remote and misty land. A blend of anthropology and travelogue, The Crofter and the Laird presents us with a perfect mirror of daily-life in the Highlands. And even the Gaelic names are spelt correctly. The book is in many ways unusually frank and the portraits incisive … neither sentimental nor judgmental, but clear-cut and sensible.
The border crossing in Kilis smelled of sharp, acrid smoke. Just past it, in the Syrian town of Azaz, explosions came. Smoke towered upward, running along the horizon like black stitches, fastening earth to sky. Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Iraqi who received US citizenship in exchange for translating during the war, he and his sister relocate to Michigan. His sister graduates university and becomes engaged, while Haris works menial jobs and grows increasingly restless.
Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? What is he really searching for? Dark at the Crossing is a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and compassion that explores loss, second chances, and why we choose to believe. A brilliant, admirably merciless novel. A classic of gastronomic writing that redefined the genre, The Gastronomical Me is a memoir of travel, love and loss, but above all hunger.
Fisher traces the development of her appetite from her childhood in America to her arrival in Dijon as a young woman, where she tasted French cooking for the first time. In Europe she embarked on a whole new way of eating, drinking and living, and she recounts unforgettable meals shared with an assortment of eccentric characters, set against a backdrop of mounting pre-war tensions.
Here are meals as seductions, educations, diplomacies and communions, in settings as diverse as a bedsit above a patisserie, a Swiss farm, and cruise liners across oceans. In prose both convivial and confiding, Fisher teaches us the art of ordering well, the pleasures of dining alone, and how to eat so that you always find nourishment, in both head and heart. She is a great writer, full stop. Lillian is no ordinary year-old. After all, it might be her last chance. Armed with only her mink coat and quick-witted charm, Lillian walks, and begins to reveal the story of her remarkable life.
Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time. On a cloudless afternoon in the peaceful Shikoku city of Tokushima, twelve-year-old Chizuru Akitani walked into the staff room at Motomachi Elementary, covered with blood and clutching a letter opener. Overweight and hafu her mother is white , she is relentlessly tormented at school. When her mother dies suddenly and the cruelty at school only intensifies, Chizuru snaps in a moment of blind rage and fatally stabs a classmate in the neck.
After seven years of institutionalisation, Chizuru flees Japan for a new life in the United States. She renames herself Rio, graduates from nursing school, marries and has a daughter, determined to keep her past a secret. But when a mysterious package arrives on her doorstep announcing the death of her father, she feels compelled to return to Japan for the first time in twenty years. Full of sensual descriptions of Japan, its culture, and its language, Pull Me Under is a riveting exploration of home, identity, and the limits of forgiveness. A natural born writer.
Reminds you just how many lives women can, or must, lead simultaneously in order to survive. Kelly Luce has amazing control over this fragmented experience with a narrator that draws you into the eye of the storm. Luce knows how to end her story, and does so satisfyingly. He played the violin and he solved problems in mathematics. His need for ecstasy was abundantly satisfied. Raphael Nachman is a solitary, self-deprecating, aging mathematician whose sensual needs are fulfilled by working out maths problems, playing the violin, and betting on racehorses.
Unbound from romantic entanglements and parental duties, Nachman is free to focus on work and contemplating the moral condition. From communist Cracow where Nachman tries to determine if his female guide is a government spy, to a barbershop in Santa Monica where he uses his unwitting hairdresser as a therapist, Leonard Michaels gives us glimpses of this esoteric and endearing man during the seemingly inconsequential moments which make up a life.
The last thing Michaels wrote before his death, The Nachman Stories showcases a masterful style, infused with a grace and wisdom. Each story is delightful and profound — presenting us with a befuddling, comical, and all-too-recognizable portrait of humanity. The Nachman Stories are seven irregular beauties, to be read again and again.
Shinako has been ousted from her marriage by her husband Shozo and his younger lover Fukuko. Yet the only thing she longs for is Lily, the elegant tortoiseshell cat she shared with her husband. A small masterpiece, A Cat, a Man, and Two Women is a novel about loneliness, love, and companionship of the most unexpected kind. In this story of Japanese society and manners, Tanizaki gives us a perfectly-formed oddball comedy, and a love triangle in which the only real rival is feline.
Tanizaki has got this warm, ticklishness to his strangeness. These four Christmas stories present Saki at his inimitable, satirical best as he addresses the most perilous aspects of the holiday period: visiting dull relatives, tolerating Christmas Eve merriment, receiving unwanted gifts, and writing ecstatic thank you cards for those aforementioned gifts. These are four tales guaranteed to delight and disturb any Christmas gathering. Flip your head upside down to reach the bottom section. Release after five seconds. Its okay if its messy or the end sticks out. Alternating the direction of the curls prevents them from clumping together.
Keep going until you finish curling and pinning up all your hair, then apply another coat of the spray 3b. Once theyre styled exactly the way you want them, spritz on a final layer of hair spray. Then have him mirror your movements, one foot at a time: Smooth a few drops of olive oil between your hands, and moving the pads of your thumbs in a circular motion, rub from his heel up to his toes, lingering every time you move an inch. Finally, push on the bottom of his foot, just above the heel see X at left , to hit the pressure point that reflexologists say helps release gut emotions.
Turn Touch-Ups Into Turn-Ons If you mindlessly do your makeup in his line of sight, youre missing an ideal opportunity to push his lust button. The next time you reach for your beauty gear, use tantalizing application techniques to tease him. LIPSTICK Part your lips slightly so that your mouth is open and relaxed guys are into that , then sensually trace the shape of your lips with the tube. One coat is all you'll need. Channel Marilyn Monroe, and flutter them a bit before you look up at him. Sweep on powder, and then accidentally catch his eye in the mirror as you flash a sexy smile.
You have a zit, a scar, or mega celluliteand hes staring right smack at it. Should you crack a joke? Do your best to hide it? Neither,says Paul Dobransky, MD, director of womenshappiness. Even if he notices, he wont focus on it. And neither should you. Draw your own attention away from the flawand boost your egoby playing up your best feature. Have great eyes? Rim them with a dazzling jewel-tone liner.
Matte Skin and a Glossy Mouth We love how wetlooking lips pop against a shine-free face. The powder makes oily spots matte, and the flecks in this gloss catch the light for a sexy finish. Smoky Eyes and Neutral Lips Rub the white end shadow all over your lids, then follow with the black liner side, and smudge.
Finish with nude lips that wont rob attention from your gaze. Hot Pink Blush and Bronzer Fake a flush and add contour with this trick: Put bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks, and add a pop of pink blush on your apples only instant sex appeal. TIP Suck in cheeks to see exactly where to brush on bronzer. Swipe shimmery silver on eyes, and dust peach on cheeks to warm up your complexion. Gilded Lids and Violet Lashes Gold is the ultimate iris enhancerit makes any eye color popwhile purple lashes instantly update your look. Cat Eyes and a Red Smirk This classic pairing screams glamour! Drag black liquid liner just past the edges of your lids for a kittenish effect.
Follow with a shot of vibrant red lipstick. Technicolor Eyeliner and Black Mascara Rim your lash lines with a punch of color the brighter, the better , and finish with two coats of beyond-black mascara. Defined arches balance out a powerful pout. Sharpen your brow shape with this dual-color kit, and paint your kisser a shocking pink.
Beauty Breakthroughs Mascara that vibrates, nail polish that does five jobs in one, a moisturizer that penetrates deeper than ever before possible By Kate Sandoval imaxtree. Which sounds awesome, but without an advanced science degree, how do you know what these ingredients are doing and if theyre right for you? Experts explain the latest breakthroughswe tell you what really works. Lipsticks That Stay On and Hydrate Weve tried long-lasting lipsticks in the past, and yes, they dont rub off, but your lips feel like theyve spent a day in the Sahara. The latest crop, however, are packed with new polymers: chains of molecules linked together that, in this case, make pigment stick without feeling like glue.
After a day of testing, the color lasted past lunchand it wasnt until their commute home that some staffers wanted to add a layer of balm. Most moisturizers sit on top of the skin to seal in moisturefunctioning like the cover on a swimming pool, which blocks water from evaporating, says dermatologist Ranella Hirsch.
But some of the newest hydrators work in the opposite way. They soak into skin, delivering moisturizing ingredients to its deeper layers. The latest mascaras, exfoliators, and powder foundations have been generating quite a buzzliterally. Theyre actually powered by tiny batteries that make them tremble gently. For example, a loose powder smooths out into a uniform layer on the skin, and a vibrating mascara covers all your lashes without clumping.
Theres no need to use much muscle; with both of these, make very slow, light strokes to get uniform results. The good news is that they all worked! And lets just say, theyre a lazy chicks dream come true. The newest polishes arent just paint anymore. Besides creating a lacquer that is more concentrated than any other Sally Hansen polish, the developers added treatments to the formula. Calcium and sea minerals help your nails grow and get stronger, pearl protein fills in ridges, and marine kelp offers a shiny finish.
Since each of these ingredients is put into tiny time-release capsules, they dont affect the color and will keep working for up to 10 days. Heres what we discovered: If you want bold, youll need to paint on two coats. But you wont mind; the rectangleshaped brush fans out, so just one pass two on thumbs spreads the paint over your entire nail. What youll really freak out over? The finish staying incredibly shiny all week.
Advanced LightDiffusing Pigments Think back to geology class. Remember the rocks that glimmered even under your science labs awful fluorescent lighting? They most likely contained mica, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxidethe same stuff thats ground up into tiny particles and put in formulas for a light-reflecting effect. Now, these particles are cut and blended in such a way that they not only give you radiance but a very natural-looking one.
The idea is that your skin and hair arent one uniform shade, so by mixing these rock pigments and cuts, you mimic that color combination and get a realistic glow. Staffers posed for photos wearing their regular makeup, no makeup, and then this new powder. In the Revlon shots, noses and foreheads looked less greasy, while the rest of the face had a nice shimmer.
Collagen is a protein in our skin thats responsible for keeping it strong, plump, and flexible. Companies are now putting it into everything from antiwrinkle creams to lip-plumping glosses to hair-thickening sprays. When collagen is put on top of the skin or hair, it works as a humectant, which means it draws in moisture, says cosmetic chemist NiKita Wilson. That moisture makes the cells swell and have more elasticity. After spritzing it on and flipping her head upside down, her hairs gone-flat problem was solved. These products overpromise a bit, so just be realistic. Unfortunately, the effect lasts only a few hours.
But no cream is going to make your breasts any bigger or more lifted, says NYC derm Macrene Alexiades. Theyre full of moisturizing ingredients that create an environment where hair can grow The only FDA-approved product is Latisse, for which you need a prescription. Stylist: Thom Driver for Halley Resources. Model gorunway. Stud Meter Check out which guys are getting sexier by the minute The New Moon hunk would win Best in Show in our wet-teeshirt contest.
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According to him give you a hot power trip, but youll also be able certified sex educator Amy Levine, founder of SexEd to experiment with the tempo and angle that bring you Solutions. Switch up the rhythm from hard and the angle is ideal for stimulating the two biggies: and fast to a slow groove, Cadell recommends. Or shift your G-spot and clitoris. We break down the reasons your body, like leaning slightly back or to one side, and why this mattress move is so freakin amazing, along with then bend all the way forward so your chest is pressed tips for how to bliss it out even more.
Youll stimulate all different areas of your V zone this way. Being able to make your toes curl in the sack is a point of pride for guys, and they often question if theyre doing a good job. Are you having fun? Does it feel good? And most of all, are you going to come? When you climb on. It massages parts of his penis that dont normally get much action and strokes your G-spot at the same time, Cadell says. Whether hes checking out your bouncing boobs in forward-facing cowgirl or your butt and back in reverse, girl-on-top gives your guy an eyeful.
Men are more visually oriented than women are, Levine says. Seeing a sexy image is key to their arousal. Plus, its the only position where he really gets to witness you in action. So move in a way that enhances your curves and will get him beyond frisky. Arch your back so your breasts thrust forward; in reverse, lean over a little and grab his toes, pushing your butt out. And when your guy is staring slack-jawed at your body, its hard not to think youre hot as hell.
As a result, every kiss, caress, and squeeze becomes extra mind-blowing. But dont just sit there and look prettymax out the erotic benefits by putting on a minishow midaction. A few ideas: Keep on a front-closure bra, and when things start to get intense, unhook it so he can watch your breasts spill out; seductively suck on one of your fingers and then let it trail from your lips along your torso down to your V zone; toss your hair over your shoulder and then squeeze your breasts together to show them off or circle your nipples with your fingertips. Watching you touch yourself will drive him insane with desire.
Prop a large mirror against the wall near your bed so you can both watch yourselves going at it, Levine suggests. Not only will you see your bodies from a hot new angle, but it also feels kinkylike youre viewing yourselves in a porn flick. My winter padding is on display. You may think youre sporting some extra chunk, but your guy sure wont notice. Still, if youre selfconscious, flatter your body by lighting a candle or keep on one of his button-downs to conceal a belly.
Stay in the moment by locking eyes with him and zoning in on what youre feeling. What if I break his penis? Bouncing too enthusiastically and missing the target or leaning far back can hurt your guy. If youre both craving it hard and fast, make sure he doesnt pull out all the way. And only lean forward during fast sex, not backward. I cant feel the beat. Out of sync? Slow down, and give him a deep kiss. Having him place his hands on your hips can also keep you in tune.
In missionary and doggie-style, some of your hot buttons are tricky to get to, but girl-on-top grants him easy access to all your stroke me spots. And because neither of you has to use your hands to support yourselves, theyre free to roam everywhere. Touching each other during sexkissing, licking, strokingbuilds on the main sensation thats coming from your genitals and adds another layer of pleasure, says Cadell. You can lick and gently nibble his nipples, kiss or run your tongue down his neck, lightly scratch your nails along his chest and abs, or squeeze his inner thighs.
Sometimes guys need the thrusting motion of missionary or doggie-style to orgasm. Warm him up with oral before sex so that hes closer to the brink. Or take turns being in control: Start off in cowgirl, then when youre both getting close to climax, switch to a position where hes on top. For example, caress your breasts, and then place his hands on your set so he can take a turn. Or grab one of his hands and gently guide him below, pressing his fingers into you with the pressure and rhythm youre craving, before removing your hand and letting him take over. Another idea is to mirror each others movements, like running your fingers through his hair while he runs his through yours.
His penis is at the perfect angle to hit your G-spot when hes positioned like this, Herbenick notes. Carefully lower your body over him until youre squatting over his package, with your knees pointed outward. Guide him inside you, and glide up and down along his shaft. You can open your legs much wider than if you were kneeling, which allows him to go even deeper. Hint: Place your hands on the back of the sofa or his shoulders so you wont kill your quads. At the same time, have him gently rub your clitoris with his thumb. Youre scoring simultaneous south-of-the-border pleasure, inside and out!
When hes lying on his back or sitting down, the pressure of your body on top helps him effortlessly slide in a little farther. Not only does it feel incredible for both of you, but it gives him an ego boost as well. Guys like to go deep because it makes them feel bigger, powerful, and more macho, Cadell explains. Amp up the pleasure by building anticipation for that insanely hot moment when he first enters you.
Ease just the head of his member into your vagina, and wrap your hand around his shaft to keep him from going any deeper than an inch. Gently move up and down until you cant stand it anymore. Then at last, remove your hand, and go for the full monty. First, your lower half taps up against his testicles with each thrust, stimulating his nervepacked scrotum while providing extra feel-good pressure for you. Swivel your hips in a circle during sex to feel each other from all angles.
Second, your pubic bones are pressed together when hes so close, which means your clitoris is receiving major frictionand youre getting closer to the O zone. Play this up more by rocking your hips back and forth instead of moving up and down. When left to their own devices, most men will resort to hard and fast sex, because its the easiest way for them to get off, Levine says.
But good things come to those who waitdrawing out sex usually yields a more intense orgasm and also gives you a chance to get up to the same speed. When youre on top, you are in control of his thrusting and can mix in slower movements that help extend the pleasure. Most women favor a grinding rhythm, while men are stimulated while stroking in and out, says psychologist Michael Bader, DMH, author of Male Sexuality. When you stick to your favorite motion, hes able to hold on longer, making him feel like a serious stud so everybody wins.
Pull out midact, and slide the length of his penis in between and around the lips of your labia. This gets your juices flowing because it gives his penis access to sensitive areas it wouldnt otherwise reach. If you sense hes approaching the finish line but youre not ready yet, pause after every 5 to 10 thrusts to give him a deep kiss or ask him to go down on you briefly to get you closer to the big O.
In addition to arousing you more, breaking up a steady rhythm will stave off his orgasm, Levine says. Itll hold back his orgasm a little bit longer and make the sensations stronger for both of you when you do finally tip over the edge. You wouldnt think that goofing off with your guy would make you fall harder for each other, but kidding around has surprisingly romantic side effects. Inside jokes and playful behavior draw a couple together because they provide a quick emotional high, says relationship therapist Paul Coleman, PsyD, author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Intimacy.
That high makes you feel excited about each other, strengthening your connection and keeping things fresh. Of course, things wont stay fresh for long if you keep having the same kind of fun over and over. Enter our list of creative, inane, and often highly seductive activities. You might make some messes and shock a few strangers, but youll both be too love-struck to care. Makeup: Katrina Bailey. On her dress: Truese. On him shirt: Brunello Cucinelli; pants: 7 for All Mankind. Make snowballs, and store them in your freezer for the height of summer.
Draw an outline of your naked body on his shower wall with a soap crayon. Try to out-cheese each other with funny love notes, like Some bunny loves you. Set up private Twitter pages, and post naughty messages to each other all day. Declare an all-out poking war on Facebook. Spell out I want you with kitchen magnets. Send sexy texts to each other when youre at the same party. Celebrate beer on a Sunday. Write down funny things each of you say, then vote on which quote is the most hilarious.
Flick your favorite photos of each other back and forth on your iPhones using the Mover app. Make up aliases, and stick with them all night. Bake his fave childhood treat ask his mom for the recipe. Have hour-long dance-offs at home. Pick ridiculous ringtones for each other. Form senseless but fun road-trip traditions, like never not stopping at IHOP.
Look at pricey real-estate ads, and debate which property youd buy. Try to throw as many clichd song lyrics into your conversation as possible, like You are the wind beneath my wings. Text one word at a time to each other until you come up with a sentence. Write reminders in his BlackBerry calendar on the sly, like Ravage Sarah tonight. Ask him to lotion you up in the morning before workjust leave extra time for the inevitably lusty results. Draw a map of your place, and pinpoint where youve gotten it on. Then write in the spots you still want to break in.
Take a shower together, doing everything for him, like washing his hair and scrubbing him all overthen trade off. Tune in to a Travel Channel special one night, and make a theme dinner to match. Secretly pop into a billiards bar after work a few times and learn how to play. Then challenge him to a game. Guess what your dogs up to during the workday, then find out with a pets-eye-view camera. Gift him with a coloring book featuring you naked. You can make one using Photoshop or an Epson printer. Hit a thrift store, and buy outfits for each other. Then wear them out that night.
Do a Skype striptease in the next room, and see how long you can stay apart. Read our Girl on Top story on page 78 aloud to him, then try the positions. Flip through a Victorias Secret catalog together, and see who can make the swarthiest pirate by drawing eye patches, goatees, hats, etc. Well, That Didnt Work These readers had the right idea until their sexy plans totally bombed.
I bought a belly-dancing outfit, turned on some exotic music, and attempted to give my guy a sexy striptease. But all he did was laugh hysterically at the showfor the next 10 minutes. I burst into tears and locked myself in the bathroom until he apologized. Julie, 29 I went to a happy hour and, on my way home, texted my BF to meet me at my apartment He lived a minute drive away and just sat in my parking garage for an hour, thinking Id finally pick up my phone.
I never did. Elizabeth, 27 I sent my guy some racy pics one night, but an hour later, he still hadnt gotten them. Turns out, Id sent them to the wrong number, and the next day, I got a call from the police about indecent exposure! I had accidentally sent them to a middleage woman, who freaked out. Luckily, she thought it was funny and decided not to press charges when she heard what really happened. Ebony, 21 I once mailed my man some homemade chocolate-chip cookies with a note that read, Share with your roommates!
Too bad I had accidentally switched the proportions of sugar and salt so they were really salty and gross. His friends nicknamed me the Demon Baker. Tara, Bake naughty okshaped coyour ies, using bodies as n. Teach your dog a cool new trick together after watching Animal Planets Superfetch. Order takeout on Sundayfor breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Build a sled out of stuff at your place. Hint: Aluminum foilcovered cookie sheets work wonders. Hold shirts-versus-skins bed wrestling, and flip a coin to decide whos wearing what.
Initiate a Top Chef quick-fire challenge cook-off using only ingredients found in your kitchen. To make your first hookup worth remembering, follow four simple rules. By Bethany Heitman. Youre dating a guy, and the makeout sessions have been so hot, youve practically dry humped holes into each others jeans.
With all that chemistry, the sex has to be off the hook from the start, right? You arent completely comfortable with each other yet. Plus, theres so much at stake the first timeif the sex is bad, you could second-guess the budding relationship.
These four rules will make it completely enjoyable. But thats a rookie mistake. Really, the first night with someone is when you should be taking your time, says sex educator Jamye Waxman, author of Getting Off. Your goal should be to pay close attention to what works and what doesnt for the other person. That way, you can please them right from the start. So keep things slow and steamy from the get-go. During foreplay, any time his hands start to wander too daringly or it seems like hes going to try to go for the main event, grab his wrists and hold them tight.
Then give him a long, drawn-out kiss. The back-and-forth between heavy petting and kissing will make sure things stay well-paced. But things will go much more smoothly if you do the opposite. Being with someone new is stressful enough because youre worried about what hell think of your body and if hell like what youre doing, says Altman. And if you dont accept the natural mishaps that are bound to happen, theyll silently taint the experience. To rescue the mood, you need to acknowledge these slips subtly in a way that suits the kind of sex youre having. If youre both being playful, maintain that attitudemeaning, if he cant seem to get your bra unhooked, dont sit there as he gets frustrated.
Give him a smile and say Let me try. I know the trick with this. Or if the mood is more intense, find a way to keep that vibe intact. If you accidentally knock heads, turn your attention to that area by passionately kissing his forehead and face. In fact, most dudes have a harder time enjoying themselves when theyre unsure if their partner is having a good time.
Part of what keeps him turned on is knowing youre feeling turned on, says Altman. And since youre new to him, he doesnt know all your little inaudible signs that you like what hes doing. So its crucial that you tell him. Just be sure you praise something that really does feel good because hell file away whatever you say and often incorporate it into future sex sessions and for Gods sake, dont fake any pleasure where there is none.
Backtracking from that is not easy. If hes awesome at oral, a simple That feels so good in a seductive voice will encourage him. Or if your style is more cute, go with Wow, your tongue should enter the Olympics. By being vocal about what feels amazing, you keep the steamy momentum at present plus help him learn what you like. You dont want to be experimenting with a complicated position or trying tricky tantric maneuvers the first night.
Theres a good chance youll get frustrated if they dont work due to your unfamiliarity with each others movements or become so caught up in showing off your skills that you wont be able to pause and enjoy whats actually happening, says Waxman. Those should be saved for later, when you understand what each other needs to orgasm. Stick with positions that are familiar, feel awesome, and dont require any crazy-ass acrobatics. Then if you want to spice things up, try one little tweak, like touching yourself while he watches. This way, you wont feel boring, says Waxman, but it is riskfree and lets him know theres a whole lot more where that came from in the future.
Avoid comparing his skills to your exs. Your ex knew your body. Plus, it can make it harder to enjoy yourself. Of the 58 percent Guys love to one-up of Cosmo readers everybody, and theyre who have sent a guy a nude photo, susceptible to doing what1 in 5 later found ever the group around out he had shown it to his friends. If his friends pass around their GFs latest sexy texts for everyone to see, he may be dying to show them yours so he can be part of the club. But his reasons for doing it may be less depraved than you think. Think about how eager you are to tell your friends about a great guy.
He has the same desire, but since men have a hard time conveying emotions to one another unless they involve a sporting event, he has almost no way to explain to his friends how excited he is about you. What he can do, however, is express how awesome you are in visual terms. Men devote significant amounts of time to ogling women, so a hot picture is something they feel comfortable discussing.
He may think that hes exalting you instead of exposing you because of an innocent desire to tell his friends how great and wonderful you are, Magdoff explains. The Internet has made privacy much less important to some people, Magdoff says. A man may assume that his girlfriends attitude is Once a picture is out there, its out there for everyone.
Hes especially likely to have that impression if you post sexy pics of yourself on Facebook. Sure, you see a huge difference between the shot of you in a bikini top and the one of you in a bra, but all he sees is barely covered boobs. Regardless of why he thought it was okay to share your photo, you have a right to be furious, and he needs to realize how upset you are.
Your best bet is to let him know how much his actions have hurt you. That will trigger his protective impulses and, in spite of any urges to show off your hotness, make him want to avoid hurting you like that again. Just dont use the What if I did that to you? Chances are, he N would think it was awesome. No matter why you sent your guy a revealing photoyou looked hot in your lacy bra or, um, youd had a couple of vodka tonics it was no doubt his dream come true.
Too bad it became your nightmare when you found out he showed it to his buddies. Understanding why he did it is the first step to moving past it. To that end, here are three reasons your guy would make this boneheaded mistake. Its up to you to decide if theyre worthy of forgiveness. He Was Showing Off You know how guys are inspired to taunt rabid alligators with raw chickens when their friends are watching? Thats because their. Which begs the question: What is it about some girls that screams not wife material? Hes been dating the same girl since we broke up two years ago, and the crushing words that came out of his mouth were ones I had secretly prayed Id never hear: Julia, he said, Im going to marry her.
I promptly burst into tears. See, this isnt the first time Ive been the girlfriend before the girlfriend who becomes the wife. It has happenedyoure not going to believe thisseven times and Im only 28! Its like Im prepping guys for marriage to someone else. I guess you could consider a girl like me a husband flufferyou know how in porn movies, theres a crew member called the fluffer whose job is to get the actor, um, ready for his scene? In my case, I put in lots of hard work, and then someone else steps in right before the money shot I mean, the wedding scene.
The details vary, but the basic scenario is the same: Boy meets me. Boy and I fall in love. Boy and I break up. Boy marries next girl. Take Andy names have been changed , my first boyfriend after college. I was convinced he was The One, but two years in, I realized Id never lived on my own as a single chick. Shouldnt you do that before you get married? So we took a little break. He started dating another girl Then there was John.
Oh, John. Like Andy, he was an older guy, charming, successful, and handsome. I was madly in love with him. The number one reason men give for getting married is that it was the right time to settle down. I thought, With a guy like this, you gotta play a little hard to get. But I missed the signs that he was playing a more grown-up game: the new three-bedroom!
He left me for a model ouch!