Living in a world where men were treated like a rare commodity, Ethan Spears did what he could in order to survive. But when the proverbial rug was pulled out from under him, desperate measures called for desperate actions. To save his sister, he entered The Lottery, offering himself to one woman for a year.
Karlyn Bowman was a rebel in her family, choosing not to climb the corporate ladder in order to pursue her love of art. Lonely, ostracized by the family who should have loved her, she pushed forward trying to become a success. When her friend gives her a lottery ticket to cheer her up, she puts it aside and forgets it. Imagine her surprise when the knock came to her door and her life—and his—were changed forever.
Be Warned: anal sex, masturbation, orgies, bondage
They stood there staring at each other for what seemed like hours, but couldn’t have been more than a couple of minutes, Ethan, with one eyebrow cocked, and his hands on his hips. She was almost ashamed, but it was the first time she had seen a man this tasty up close and personal. Letting her eyes roam over his lean body, enjoying the way he filled out the pair of blue jeans, her eyes traveled from the top to the bottom and back up again. He was all lean muscle, from the short tawny strands on top of his head to the large booted feet that held promise for what he had inside those jeans. Hell, promise? The bulge at his groin was all the promise any man needed to offer.
Ethan let out a soul deep sigh and asked, “Are you going to let me in, or am I going to bunk out here in the hallway?”
“As in sleep.”
“You are going to be sleeping here?”
“Those are the guidelines of the game. I move in and fulfill your every fantasy for the next year. And you offer me food, lodging, and necessities.”
“You are going to move in and be here…a year?”
The eyebrow lifted again, and he began speaking to her like she was a child. “You bought a ticket…for the lottery…yet you didn’t bother learning what it entailed? Yes, I will be grabbing my bags and hopefully pulling them inside your apartment, which hopefully is not as dirty as you are, and I will be living in there for the year I signed up for. Believe me, at this moment, it is the last thing I want to do.”
“Okay, so the details are hazy, you don’t have to be so rude.” Turning, she started to walk in through the door, hurt a little that her present was apparently prettier on the outside. “I just didn’t realize that you would actually live here, nor did I realize it was for an entire year. But don’t let me stop you, by all means gather your junk and drag it inside my dirty apartment.” Halting, she stopped him, placing a finger into the middle of his yummy, broad chest. “And by the way, it isn’t dirt, its paint. If you are going to live here you had better get used to it.” She knew her crabbiness and her mouth was all driven by the hellacious hangover she had, because under normal circumstances, his words would have turned her into the mouse Sam always claimed her to be.
“Big difference. Dirt, paint, it’s all a mess.” He pulled his bags inside the door and dropped them. He was so tall and wide, he barely fit through the half opened door, and it made her insides melt. He stood with his hands on his hips, and looked around her space. Looking back at her, he glared. “Where do I go from here? Where is our room?”
“Our room? Umm, I don’t know.”
He looked at her like she had sprouted a second head. “You don’t have a bedroom?”
“Of course I have a bedroom. I just have no idea where you will be sleeping since I didn’t think I would win; I did not make arrangements for you.”
“Well, if you have a bedroom, then I have a bedroom. What is there to arrange?” He finally gazed past her and spotted the large artist’s loft beyond. “Oh, well, artist rustic…how…quaint.”
The way his nose curled up when he said the word quaint further pissed her off. “I’m so sorry my lodgings are not up to your standards, but it is what it is. I am a painter, and I live and work out of this studio. I live completely alone, and was not expecting a year-long house guest, so plans will have to be made as to where you will sleep and all that.”
“Great. What do you have against me sharing your bedroom? I will be sharing your bed at night. That’s usually the plan.”
“Sharing? Mine?” Karlyn blushed. “Can you..uh..excuse me for a moment?”
Before she could pull away to compose herself, she felt his hot fingers wrap around her wrist, and she was pulled against his muscular chest. The air was knocked out of her lungs as she looked up into his face, noting the perfect curve of his lips and the deep cut angles of his face. She could lose herself all day just staring at him.
She had seen pictures of men this gorgeous, but had always thought they were a myth. As his sweet smelling breath warmed her face, drawing her attention back to that perfect mouth, she felt the hot brand of his cock resting on her stomach. Tingling sensation raced to her nipples and her mound, as she watched transfixed while his mouth descended towards hers.
Pulling back, afraid of what was happening, she attempted to pull from his arms. His steely grasp was too strong and she could not free herself from his grip. A tremor flitted down her whole body at the strength he seemed to wield, and she felt dampness spread in her panties. His lips neared hers again, and she pulled back once more, but not enough and she felt the soft graze of his mouth against hers. A soft sigh escaped her lips, and he appeared to take the sound as he acquiescence. When he tightly pulled her to him, the hard ridge of his manhood showing her how ready he was to fulfill the promise his kisses made.
Heat erupted all over her body as his hands skidded down her back and onto her bottom, and the only thought that crossed her mind was taking off her clothes and allowing him to finish what he had started.
As one cool hand snaked up the back of her shirt and moved to the clasp of her bra, she was reawakened. Pushing against his hard chest, she took a deep, calming breath, attempting to cool the ardor he had flamed.
She backed away, not able to look him in the eye; embarrassment over nearly succumbing to his charms within five minutes of him walking through the door was nearly devastating.
Posted by The Winged Lover on 22nd Jun 2011
The Lottery was a sexy, emotional rollercoaster ride that left me in tears of joy.
Karlyn is a virgin, she is waiting for true love before she decides to have sex, but in a world where men are rare and only the richest are allowed to enjoy their presence, that dream is far from ever coming true.
Karlyn’s best friend Sam decides to buy her a birthday present in the form of a Lottery ticket. The ticket gives the holder a chance to win a young sexy man for a whole year to do with whatever she desires, the ticket holder also has to be financially stable, of which Karlyn - being a struggling artist – is not.
Lo and behold Karlyn wins the lottery, and on her doorstep she finds Ethan, a young, struggling, super sexy male prostitute.
Karlyn didn’t expect to win, and Karlyn also didn’t really want to win. When around Ethan she acts like a frightened kitten because she is painfully shy and has never even kissed a man let alone had sex with one. All Karlyn wants to do is paint and fantasise about her dream man who will sweep her off her feet and love her until the day she dies.
Ethan is a man with a chip on his shoulder, his parents are dead, his sister is dying and his grandmother has disowned him. To survive and to pay for his sisters medical bills Ethan has been a male prostitute since his early teens. After some of the traumatic mistresses he has been with he thinks that Karlyn’s shy nature must be some sort of trick to catch him off guard.
The Lottery was a sweet and very sexually charged novel, but it also had a good background story surrounding Karlyn’s painting career, Her friendship with Sam the proud and very loud lesbian and the friendship that forms between Karlyn and Ethan.
The Lottery was a lot more than what I was expecting; it is way more than a quick hot read. The intense connection between Karlyn and Ethan jumps off the page and is superbly put into words, it had my heart twisting when they fought and leaping when they made up. It even brought a tear to my eye when they parted.
The addition of her best friend Sam kept everything light and entertaining because of Sam’s loud demeanour and ability to point out the obvious.
The Lottery had a predictable storyline but O’Hurley took a basic concept and turned it into something beautiful. The writing flowed seamlessly and the characters were both strong and multi-dimensional.
The Lottery was a quick read but a very memorable one and it has left me complete, but still wanting more.
Posted by Rachel on 10th May 2011
Ethan captured my heart and held me enthralled. A repressed alpha living in a futuristic woman’s world, I couldn’t help but feel for the hot stud. A desperate man, he’d do anything to save his sister even if it meant teaching the artsy Karlyn Bowman the ways of love, an emotion long dead in his heart.
Karlyn only wanted to create pieces of beauty. She didn’t have time for a man, nor did she think she needed one. One kiss, one touch, and she was drawn into the virility of the man thrust into her life.
The sparks fly and the hot sex prevails. I loved the emotion and romance spattered through the lusty scenes. This is a must read!
Five Teacups and a Recommended Read!
Posted by Myrtle on 10th May 2011
“For every one male, there are thirty plus females on this planet. Men are chattel, plain and simple”, used to serve women. When Karlyn Bowman took a lottery ticket for her birthday, which was against the law, to please a friend she did not think she would “win one calendar year with a hot, sexy, man toy.”
I will admit I was not sure if this was a story for me with an orgy and the whole male sex slave thing in the first chapter. However, I had to give the book a chance by reading a few more chapters to see if it picked up and if there was some kind of unique plot in the works. Wow! Let me tell you I am so glad that I did. If I had not kept going, I would have missed reading a beautiful written, very emotional tale with a delicious and entertaining story line.
The hero, Ethan Spears, will pull you in to the story because of how he is treated and what he has lived with being born male. His life has been a whole degrading sex slave, "you are my property" from an evil witch.
You will love Karlyn who is a struggling artist trying to make a living and the last thing she needs is a boy toy. You can’t help but laugh as they banter back and forth or be enchanted with the secondary characters who add spice and a lot of layers to the plot. Ethan's sister and grandmother, as well as Karlyn best friend and her own mother will keep you on your toes and eager to see how the story will end.
Ms. O’Hurley has been added to my list of favorite authors after reading The Lottery and I will be looking for more of her books from here on out. The sex scenes are great but the story line is just amazing and well worth reading. Don’t let this one pass you by because believe me it is definitely a first-class read. I am so glad that I didn’t stop after the first chapter because it would have been my loss and I would have missed out on a literary tour de force.
Posted by thetbrpile.weebly.com on 24th Apr 2011
Review and Giveaway!
Ahh to be sent into the future and still have hot, steamy and completely erotic studs at your disposal! Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!! Ms. O’Hurley captivated my attention in the very first few pages of her erotic romance The Lottery. Starting out the book in just the right fashion, drooling over Ethan Spears (RAWR), was a helluva attention getter. A hundred or so years into the future you are sucked into the plot. The author does such a great job at striking the attention of the reader with every single emotion, every thought and you can’t help but fall in love with Karlyn and Ethan.
Karlyn’s a struggling artist trying to prove herself in a world dominated by very successful females, her best friend Sam sees how lonely Karlyn is and buys her a gift - a very delectable man named Ethan.
Ethan, as a “used and abused” male in the new world where women outnumber the men by 30-1, is a high commodity. With his sexy emerald eyes, very lick able body and the sense of there is more to him than meets the eye, he will definitely have you “begging” for more with every single turn of the page. Being somewhat ostracized from his family, or better yet from what family he has left, he has no other choice but to enter into these “contracts” to make sure his sister is taken care of.
I don’t want to give away the entire plot of the story. There were a few errors I found while reading such as grammatical errors and a few words missing that would have made the sentences flow better. Other than that, Ms. O’Hurley plunged right in and didn’t let up while navigating the reader through The Lottery. The story seemed to have moved at a quick pace but at a rate that was still able to follow and understand what was going on. The Lottery is a definite must read. You will not be disappointed as you can literally feel each character.
Side note…you will need a box of tissues at the ready with a few of the scenes.
TBR Reviewer: Harley
Posted by Lea on 19th Mar 2011
The year is 2106 and Ms. Hurley wastes no time in plunging readers into Ethan’s world. A world where men are considered for the most part to be chattel. They are bought and sold on a contract basis by rich women who can afford their company. Ethan has been ‘in service’ since he was a teenager. It’s evident he is an embittered soul who has had to endure a life of sexual slavery to survive. His most recent two year contract with Ophelia (a cruel narcissistic woman) has ended. Ethan hates Ophelia and he plans to move on to his next mistress. Ophelia has purchased another ‘boy toy’ and when she makes demands of Ethan that he finds abhorrent he walks out. Ophelia then sees to it that Ethan is ostracized by the wealthy, and he is unable to procure another contract.
Fast forward 4 years and readers meet gifted artist, Karlyn who is struggling for recognition of her paintings and to make ends meet. Karlyn is a sweet, insecure woman who has been ostracized by her family because of her choice of pursuing her art over a more lucrative career. It is her birthday and Karlyn’s successful, wealthy best friend Sam comes to take her out to dinner to celebrate. Sam recognizes her friend's talent and has been Karlyn’s number one cheerleader with respect to her artistic endeavors. Sam has even purchased some of Karlyn's paintings. As a birthday present Sam gifts Karlyn with a silver Federated Lottery ticket giving her the chance to win the company of a man for a year. At first Karlyn declines Sam’s extraordinarily expensive gift but after some convincing Karlyn accepts. After all there's a chance in a million she will win right?
When a knock comes to the door of Karlyn’s loft and the most gorgeous man she has ever seen in her life, along with reporters and vid crew are standing there, she is beyond surprised. Shocked and scared to the point of being paralyzed is more like it. The fact is, Karlyn has no idea what to do with a man because she has never been in a relationship before. Ethan doesn’t know what to make of his new mistress, she is dressed in overalls covered in paint splotches and doesn’t seem to want him there. At first, Ethan and Karlyn’s relationship is quite adversarial in nature, but sexual tension and attraction increases to the boiling point and, gradually, feelings develop. Karlyn is unlike any woman Ethan has every known and that is saying a lot because he has ‘serviced’ many women.
Ms. O’Hurley has crafted a multlayered sensuous and emotional story in The Lottery. I have to say, I was surprised at the depth of emotion it provoked. Ethan is a man who I felt was a suppressed alpha male in many ways. He has been forced into a subservient sexual role which has lead to horrific unhappiness. To watch him gradually learn to trust Karlyn and grow to love her is sweet and special. Karlyn, as mentioned above is extremely insecure concerning her appearance and ability to succeed regarding her art for a variety of reasons. She is inexperienced sexually because she has by choice and circumstance never had a relationship with a man. With Ethan’s attention and nurturing, she slowly overcomes her insecurities and gains confidence. In this setting her muse flourishes and her art comes to the attention of some wealthy, prominent patrons. Karlyn's work is in demand.
Ms. O’Hurley pens a couple of surprising plot twists into the The Lottery and she also develops strong secondary characters, in Karlyn’s friend Sam, Ethan’s sister Bailey and his grandmother Evangeline. When Ethan suffers an unbearable loss the tenuous trust and love he built with Karlyn is lost. The question is can they get past his anger and volatile rejection of her, and be reunited?
I had a couple of small niggles with this read, one is there is no indication as to why there are so few men in the population. There is a mention of pre-war clothing so I’m assuming there was a conflict of some description but maybe I missed something? lol Also, there were some grammatical and language issues that I felt should have been addressed in the editing process but this is no fault of the author.
Overall, I enjoyed The Lottery very much. I found it to be a multilayered story, set in a world with a reversal of the male/female role in many respects coupled with an established class system where wealthy women sat on the top rung of the ladder. I really liked Ethan and Karlyn, I felt for them and wanted to learn how their story would end. I will look forward to reading more of Ms. Hurley’s work.
The Lottery is a sexually explicit erotic romance that does have a scene with an orgy, light bondage, submission, and anal sex, so be forewarned if this genre isn’t your cuppa. ;)
Posted by Brandi on 20th Feb 2011
I was a bit reluctant to read a story that was "futuristic" because I always find them so outside of the realm of what I think should happen. Yes I know a bit closed minded of me, so I decided to open myself up and read "The Lottery" which is set in 2110. It's about a world where men are outnumbered 20 to 1, and are a very hot commodity and now the earth is a woman dominated society. I thought to myself, well this could be interesting. And boy was it! This book was filled with strong characters, including the leading man Ethan, and yet while we at first get the feeling our heroine is mousy, she quickly comes out of her shell and gives as good as she gets. It was a great story about family and love, the things we do to ourselves, the sacrifices made for such things, and the cost is sometimes more then monetary.
I actually really enjoyed this book, and was surprised by how much I liked it. I think because the author didn't change the future to much, keeping things adjacent to the way of life now with only upgrades to technology. But mostly she focused on the story and the characters which were complex and well written. I'd be interested in more books by this author for sure!
Posted by Virginia on 20th Feb 2011
Karlyn was working hard to get the starving out of her starving artist job title. Focused on her work, she is appalled when the non-transferrable lottery ticket her best friend transferred to her— as a birthday present— results in a living breathing hunk being delivered to ‘service’ her needs for a year. To top it off, when the ‘gift’ arrives, he is brittle and hostile at every opportunity, making this one lottery that she feels unlucky to have won.
In a world where women outnumber the men astronomically, Ethan may have been born to a life of privilege, but he has been a man in one that only values him for his body. Mistreated and emotionally abused, his former mistress blacklists him, causing him to enter the lottery to fund the surgery that is his sister’s last chance at life. What mind game is this new woman playing and why is it he craves her touch like he has never desired another woman previously?
Thrown together by fate and drawn together by chemistry, these two bull-headed characters are up against outside forces that would love to see them torn apart. Will they get past all their own issues as well as those created by the world they live in and find love? Or will they win nothing but heartbreak from the capricious turn their lives have taken?
A complicated plot that was built in a world similar enough to our own to be believable but with dynamics and complexities unique enough to have the reader enchanted with the fantasy. This erotic and multilayered story will have you laughing, tearing up and fascinated all in one plot. Great story, and I will be looking for more of this author.
Posted by J. M. Schuler on 20th Jan 2011
"I Would Love to Win this Lottery!"
The Lottery is one of those books that may take a moment to get into but I am so glad that I stuck with it! The first few scenes may be hard to get through for some but the rest of the book builds beautifully. The story is set in the future when the male population has greatly decreased and has been primarily made to serve as sex slaves to the highest bidder. Ethan has sold himself into this lifestyle so that he can take care of his sister, whom is extremely ill. Karlyn is an artist that is struggling to get her name noticed so that she can finally live comfortably and escape her family's scrutiny. Little does she know what she get as an outrageously expensive birthday gift changes her life forever!
This is a story that is well worth the time to get drawn into it. The characters are richly developed and are allowed to be human and therefore are not perfect; but that is what makes them interesting! The love scenes are smoking hot and almost makes me wish there was a lottery for a smoking hot guy today! This is a great addition for anyone that loves passion with just a little bit of a twist!
Posted by Lena on 20th Jan 2011
The year of men owning women and ruling the world is over. It is the year of women and men, which a rare treat in this world. Men are slaves to us, where us women can do anything we want with them. This is something that bugs the hell of Ethan Spears. For years he has been a slave to Ophelia Mack and he’s tired of it. To her he was only called a contract, not lover, not boyfriend but a contract. Now that he’s been blackballed by her, he is determined to not let any woman get under his skin no matter how beautiful she is. Yet with everything that he has experienced and seen he’s never met a woman like Karlyn Bowman. The Lottery is a big hit right now and one lucky woman can have him for a whole year doing any wild thing to her. Can he survive a year with another woman that might tease, taunt, and black ball him again? Or will he finally know real love, something that has not existed in his world for years now?
Karlyn Bowman hates the Lottery and in some ways her best friend. Her whole life is centered on her career and not men right now. For years she has worked hard in making her name in the artist world but lately she is getting tired. People around her see her as a failure instead of praising her for her courage. Having Ethan in her life right now is a big distraction. Something about him and his arrogance makes her realize how superficial men have become right now. Deep inside, she wishes for her Prince Charming to come around but as an artist she knows it is all an illusion. Or is it? As a painter she has learned to paint what is in her heart but something about Ethan is making her feel alive and desirable for the first time. Can she continue to just be a winner or will she succumb to Ethan’s charms like other women have done in the past?
Ethan Spears is not like the other men in this world right now. He has seen and done things for a very good reason – a reason not many people would understand. Karlyn Bowman is not like the other women he has been with and this scares Ethan. I loved that Karlyn is an imaginative painter and can understand how a man like Ethan really is deep down. These two were great and I loved the arguments they have in the beginning. The chemistry brewing between them was awesome.
Ms. O’Hurley did a great job in showing a world that might exist for us women someday yet showing that even among the change of the world love can still exist. Great job.