If You Need Me by Cassi Carver-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

If You Need Me by Cassi Carver-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

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If You Need Me
The Ashford Legacy #1
by Cassi Carver
Release Date: March 18,2014

If You Need Me

IF YOU NEED ME (The Ashford Legacy #1) by Cassi Carver

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 18, 2014

How far will she go for love?

Erotica author Rayna Sommers wears a daring smile in her publicity photos, but the truth would shock her legions of fans. The woman whose stories take readers on wild sexual adventures to exotic locales is terrified of the world outside her front door.

Isolation may be safe, but it’s also quite lonely until Rayna meets a charming fan online. Kyle is sexy, funny, everything Rayna desires, and soon their daily emails flare into sizzling-hot video chats. Too bad Kyle lives on the East Coast and Rayna on the West. For a woman who can’t even cross the street, much less the country, her dream of a life with Kyle is just too far out of reach.

Kyle has an even bigger problem than getting Rayna Sommers to step outside her comfort zone. He’s head over heels in love with her, but he hasn’t told her the truth. He’s really Kyle Ashford, billionaire heir to the Ashford empire. The owner of the company that’s about to shut her publisher—and her livelihood—down for good.

Product Warning

This book contains a sexy billionaire who knows what he wants, a housebound author who’d love to give it to him, and a special-needs pet hen that just might steal your heart.


REVIEW: IF YOU NEED ME is the first storyline in Cassi Carver’s new contemporary, adult, romance, erotic novella series. This is billionaire Kyle Ashford and erotica author Rayna Sommers’s storyline. Rayna suffers horribly from agoraphobia and Kyle is the man with whom she has fallen in love. One problem-their relationship is long distance and they have never met each other in person.

The premise follows Rayna as her attempts to enter the outside world are fueled by Kyle’s promises of nightly forays into the world of online sexual seduction. As Rayna’s fears continue to hold her hostage it will be Kyle who is willing to cross the country in order to make their relationship more permanent. But Kyle is withholding some important information about his personal and private life and when Rayna discovers the truth, their relationship will be destroyed by betrayal and heartbreak.

Cassi Carver has ventured into the fast paced world of the young heir to a billion dollar enterprise who needs something more in his life and an intriguing storyline about one woman’s inability to overcome the past. The characters are colorful, relatable and you feel the emotional pain and embarrassment for a woman who is lost in a world of phobias and fears. The majority of the storyline focuses on the building relationship between Rayna and Kyle, albeit, a relationship that begins under the guise of online anonymity.

What started as acquaintances to friends will quickly develop into lovers who believe that each other is the one. The reader is pulled into the heart pounding fear of a phobia that is little understood while a man sets into motion everything that he hopes will bring the woman he loves into the world outside.

Copy supplied by the author.

Reviewed by Sandy

Guest Post

Good Books and Fuzzy Buddies
By Cassi Carver

Hello, my friends! Thank you for visiting me today on The Reading Café! I’m so excited to tell you about my new release, “If You Need Me,” the first book in The Ashford Legacy, and give you the opportunity to win one of three digital copies—so stay tuned for how to enter to win below!

BrattyFirst, let me just say, I am a huge animal lover! I was born into a home with pets, and I’ve never been without one (or ten) since. So when I was writing my spicy contemporary romance novella “If You Need Me,” it should have been no surprise when a special-needs Silkie hen named Bratty suddenly popped onto the page—especially when I had my own Bratty right here at home.

I’ll admit it: I love books with animal sidekicks whether I’m reading historical, paranormal, or contemporary romance! I had read books with animals before, of course, but I remember the first time I clued into the fact that this was a “thing.” I saw “Animal Magnetism” by Jill Shalvis on the bookstore shelf, and it struck me that here was a cover not with a hero and a heroine embracing, but with a hero embracing a puppy! If there’s anything that can make my heart melt, it’s a hot guy holding a sweet dog. What woman can resist?

Even so, Bratty wasn’t planned as a character—she just happened. And once she strutted into the story, she was there to stay. My own Bratty was a cross-beak Silkie hen, and cross-beak birds don’t generally live longer than two years. I made her special wet food every day, and because she had to rely on humans to eat, she was the sweetest of all my birdy babies and definitely the one with the most plucky personality!

Maybe I should be embarrassed, but I actually dedicated “If You Need Me” to Bratty. The dedication reads, “For Bratty. Now you’ll live forever baby.” And when I wrote that, I knew she didn’t have forever, but I had no clue that we would lose her the day after Christmas 2013. But when I reread “If You Need Me,” I smile at getting to spend a little more time with a very sweet and sassy girl.

Books two and three of The Ashford Legacy, coming out in June and September 2014, also have some fun animals making special appearances—a naughty skunk and a border collie up to no good—but unlike Bratty, those animals came straight from my imagination.

So now it’s time to comment and be entered to win one of three digital copies of “If You Need Me”! I would love to know, if you could pick one animal from your past or present to put in a novel, which would it be? And if you want extra bonus points in my heart, I’d love to know what was special about that pet!

Thank you for visiting and commenting, my friends! I hope you get to cuddle up with a good book and a furry or feathery buddy today! I know for me, I couldn’t do without them!




About the Author

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Cassi CarverCassi Carver lives in sunny Southern California with two dogs, four kids, five chickens, and one very patient husband. She explores beautiful San Diego County for research (okay, for fun and relaxation) as often as possible. She’s never saved the world, but she keeps sexy boots on hand just in case the opportunity arises.

When Cassi isn’t busy plotting, writing, or exploring, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, caring for pets, visiting the local animal shelters, drinking copious amounts of Diet Dr. Pepper, and watching sappy movies that deliver reliably happy endings.



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