Why Resist a Rebel? by Leah Ashton is $1.99. This book recently won a RITA© for Best Short Contemporary Romance and is set in Australia with an actor hero. Catnip, anyone? Readers thought the story was cute and fun, though the HEA was left on an ambiguous note. For the RITA© Reader Challenge, we received two B reviews. Guest reviewer, Cate M., gave it a B+:
Within the length constraints of a category, and in spite of the insta-lust, this manages to have something of an emotional slow burn while they sort out their histories and try to connect.
This was a solid B+ for me. Almost an A, but the hero was a bit too much of a manipulative jerk at first (it made sense given his emotional state, but coercion doesn't sit well with me even if the heroine is the only thing making you feel emotions right now). Also, the heroine tried to turn their first serious I-have-feelings-for-you discussion into a fight about whether he wanted her to give up her career and lifestyle to move to Hollywood and just….I'm sorry, but before either of you has even said “I love you” is TOO SOON for that. Especially since he hadn't said a freaking word about their future or anyone moving anywhere or anything.
But aside from a slight case of Intermittently Stupid or Possible Psycho Heroine, I really liked this book.
And guest reviewer, Turophile, gave it a B-:
I almost want to give this book two grades, one for the story and one for the style/grammar.
Why Resist a Rebel? is a sweet, fun romance. The heroine, Ruby, is a production coordinator in the movie business. She travels the world from set to set, ensuring that things run smoothly. The woman has serious people and project management skills, with a great can do attitude. (Seriously, you read the book, you’ll want to hire her)
I am glad that I didn’t DNF it because in the end I enjoyed the story, but KISS editors please start running a simple adverb check on your books!!
Giving in to temptation never felt so good!
Ruby Bell has put scandal and relationships behind her to forge a successful career in film. Then the talk of Hollywood himself, actor Devlin Cooper, strolls onto her Outback set—fired from his two previous movies, and looking decidedly tempting! The last thing Ruby needs is Dev making outrageous demands and causing her to question her “no romance at work” rule….
But what's a girl to do when Dev's taking her on a lavish date one moment, then calling “cut” on their growing closeness the next? What exactly does he want with her—and what's causing the shadows behind those famous blue eyes? Now she's too intrigued to walk away….
If I Stay by Tamara Morgan is 99c! This contemporary romance is the first book in Morgan's Montgomery Manor series. Heroine, Amy, returns to her hometown while her childhood crush does the same after a career-ending accident. While the book is full of humor, readers praised the characters' depth and growth, though some admitted it initially took some work to get into. It has a 3.9-star rating.
Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he's had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.
Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother's former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it's not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.
Amy's determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn't all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he'll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.
Feel the Heat by Kate Meader is $1.99! A contemporary romance with a celebrity chef hero, this definitely rates pretty high on my catnip scale. Throw in a scandalous viral video of our hero and heroine locking lips and it just gets even better. This is also the first book in Meader's Hot in the Kitchen series. Readers loved the romance coupled with the foodie atmosphere, but some found the heroine a little too feisty. Anyone joining me in snagging this deal?
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time working at her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious (if voluptuous) butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she's cooked up a recipe for disaster . . .
Jack Kilroy's celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili's oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he's even more aroused by how this beautiful, funny woman is unimpressed by his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his rabid, bitch-fork-wielding fan base. Now as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions-and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
Mystic Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson is 99c! Despite the fact that I keep wanting to say Mystic Pizza, this is another contemporary romance and is the first book in the Men of the White Sandy series. With a doctor heroine now working on an American Indian Reservation and a Native American cowboy hero, readers loved the blend of Native American culture into the romance. It currently has an impressive 4.2-star rating on GR.
Just who does Rebel Runs Fast think he is? Dr. Madeline Mitchell, the new doctor on the White Sandy Lakota Indian Reservation, knows there’s a good answer to that question. Somewhere.
Sure, the Lakota medicine man is every cowboy-and-Indian fantasy she ever had, but he sends patients to sweat lodges instead of clinical trials, talks them out of flu vaccines. Even more irritating, he makes her heart race.
Rebel swore off the white man's world—and its women—years ago. Madeline doesn't speak the language, understand the customs, or believe he's anything more than a charlatan. Yet she stays, determined to help his people. And he keeps finding excuses to spend more time at the clinic.
When he discovers her in the throes of dangerous heat stroke, Rebel’s efforts to cool her down sets fire to a passion neither thought they wanted. But when the people start falling violently ill, the cultural gap stretches the connection between their hearts to the breaking point…