Book Review – Shuttered Affections by Rene Folsom

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Book Review – Shuttered Affections by Rene Folsom Title: Shuttered Affections
Author: Rene Folsom
Series: , #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: November 11, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Page Count: 407
Format: eARC
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Emotionally riveting and electrifyingly sexy. Unputdownable. Rene burns up the pages and leaves you raw, desperately in need of more. —USA Today Bestselling Author, Christin Lovell

Juliana Petersen's troubled past haunts her at every turn. The crippling memories of an abusive relationship, and the lack of support from her family, lead her to flee her old life and begin anew.

After settling into a quaint college town, Juliana finally feels at peace, content to stay under the radar and keep things simple.

Until Aiden Stone, her new photography professor, crashes into her life, blurring the line between love and lust. As their torrid affair reaches untold heights, Juliana struggles to keep her shuttered emotions, and growing affections, from throwing her into a relationship she isn't prepared for.

With her newfound romance blinding her from the looming shadows of her past, her nightmares become reality, and she is forced to discover her true strength within.

Warning: This student/teacher romantic suspense novel is the first book in the Cornerstone series and contains sexual situations meant for adult readers ages 18 and up.


Ok so funny story….what to know why I picked this book for review? Hehe. I wanted read a book that had my name as the main character. Its EVEN SPELLED THE SAME…that never happens for me…haha. It was like the story was mine and this was ONE HOT STORY. So I needed it to be my life. Ok on to the review…

I have had a tough life….oops…LMAO….Juliana has had a tough life. She is running from an absolutely awful past. Her best friend literally kidnapped her from her monster of an ex. She is happy now and in college studying photography and sculpture. She is trying to make a good life for herself even though she has been through hell and back.

Aiden Stone is her new advance photography professor but she does not know that when she meets him for the first time. When she meets him he is just the ass that stole her parking spot. The connection is instant but reality sets in quick when she walks into class and he is standing in front. Their relationship  should be off limits but their hearts and bodies do not agree. This starts a series of some hot flirtation and things escalate quickly.

Now here is where I so wanted to open my eyes and say,”God, please let this be my real life”. There are TWO of them. Yeah heard me…two….TWINS!! Aiden and Coda…two sexy, sweet, total alpha males. OMG!!! They will melt you. Now you do not meet Coda until about the middle of the first book but once you do everything changes.

There is so much I want to tell you but you really need to read to it to get the full effect. Juliana, Aiden and Coda are hot, sexy and sweet experience you need be part of. Not to mention, Juliana’s story is just crazy. Her strength through it all is inspiring. I do not know if I could have been as strong as her. Book 1 ends in a cliffhanger but it is not your typical one. You are really going to like this one. Book 2 is just panty melting….I am little warm just thinking about it…jeez.

Rene Folsom knows how to tell a great story. She keeps the story moving and keeps you involved the whole time. I may have skimmed some of the sex scenes but that is not really a reflection of Ms. Folsom, that is just cause I read wayyyyy too many sex scenes in a week. I know…poor me…lol. I truly loved her characters and storyline. There was more to the story then just sex but that sex was hot.

On a personal note to Ms. Folsom, thank you for the awesome story. I have never read a story with my name as the main character and it was great story to boot. You made my reading experience unique which is hard to do when you read as much as I do so thank you. A MUST READ GUYS 🙂 and yes it is only two books that are both out right now. See, I got you covered.


Darkroom Encounters

The electricity in the air told me he was coming closer. Footsteps, barely audible, whispered along the floor behind me.

My hands fumbled for the canister. I needed to pop the top off and carefully remove the film.

I could feel him close behind me. He was really close. As I successfully removed the film from its canister, I could feel him move even nearer. I felt his breath by my ear and heard him gasp slightly as a curl fell forward and must have brushed against his face.

I was just about done putting the film around the reel when I felt his finger slowly push the tendril of hair back behind my ear.

I deftly finished coiling the film and placed it in the developing tank. Once the lid was in place, effectively protecting my film from light exposure, I spoke.

“Okay. I’m good.” My voice was barely a whisper. I didn’t seem to have the strength to muster any more volume.

“Mmhmm…” he moaned in my ear. “Your hair smells divine, Angel.”

I felt his hand brush against the back of my ear and push my hair to the side, exposing my neck to his touch. I felt his breath on me and, suddenly, it was as if all the oxygen in the room had been used up completely. I couldn’t breathe.

“You’re so beautiful, even in darkness,” he said adoringly and I felt the tickle of his breath on my neck.

Warmth sizzled through my abdomen, my clit pulsed, and my nipples hardened. His words whispered through my ears, seductive and alluring.

His body pressed against my back and he wrapped his hands around my waist, sticking his thumbs into the waistband of my jeans. His fingers gently touched my hipbones. His touch made me arch my back and tilt my head to rest on his shoulder.

His lips, hot as fire, brushed along the column of my neck. I wanted to turn my body and wrap myself around him, but he held me in place.

“Aiden, I thought we were going to try and behave ourselves,” I said breathlessly as he continued his assault on my neck.

“I don’t care,” he mumbled, clearly aware he was melting me to the bone.

Animalistic lust took us over. Grabbing my shoulders, he quickly turned me so my chest pressed against his and shoved my back up against the wall with just enough force to tell me he was turned on as much as I was.

As if attempting to control his urges, he let go of me and I felt his hands press against the wall on either side of my head, just above my shoulders.

“Oh, God. I want to touch you,” he said hoarsely. “I want to touch every inch of you.”

I could tell his lips were so close. The tip of his nose brushed against mine, causing me to involuntarily tilt my head upward, attempting to close the gap between our lips. As if he sensed me pouncing, he turned his chin up, causing me to meet the scruffy facial hair on his jaw.

Unable to see my prey, I reached out and dug my nails into his strong back, pulling him closer to me and lightly sinking my teeth into his jaw. If he wasn’t going to offer his lips to me, I was going to take whatever part of him I could get between my teeth.

As if on cue, a rumble echoed from his throat. His hands snaked down my body, grabbing my ass and pulling me against him.

The move was so bold; I thought for sure he was going to kiss me. Instead, he tilted his head up, exposing his neck to my nibbling assault.

His body, hot and hard, pressed me against the cold, concrete wall. His hands, still on my ass, lifted me slightly so I was forced to the tips of my toes.

I felt his mouth on my neck again and couldn’t help voicing my pleasure.

“Oh, Aiden. Kiss me now,” I begged. I didn’t know why I had to beg this man to press his lips against mine. I only knew I needed more. So much more.

“Tell me, Juliana. Do you want me?” he asked softly, caressing my ear with his lips.

“Christ, yes!” My answer left my mouth before I even had time to process what I was saying. I was quite simply speechless.

“Then you shall have me… eventually.” With that, he let go, opened the door, and walked out.

I was left standing there, completely overwhelmed, and aching with desire.



About Rene Folsom

Rene Folsom, author of paranormal romance and erotica, lives in Florida with her husband and three kids. She has officially diagnosed herself with creative ADD and, if it weren’t for her day job as a web programmer, she would have a million and one writing projects going at once. In addition to web design, she is also a graphic artist who loves to create custom book cover designs for indie authors. She is definitely an artist at heart and would love nothing more than to be elbow deep in clay during her waking hours.Rene believes that all fiction is based on some form of reality—otherwise we would never have the inspiration or knowledge to dream up the realistic situations we portray with our words. She is proud to say that her personal experiences have been inspirational, though perhaps not always identical to that of her fictional characters. Where reality and fantasy diverge, however, must remain her little secret…