Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kiss Me Slowly by Amber Lea Easton
Kiss Me Slowly by Amber Lea Easton
Published By / Release Date: Siren Publishing - November 16, 2011 - Kindle Edition
Published By / Release Date: BookStrand Publishing - January 9, 2012 - Paperback Edition
Format: Paperback - 315 pages / Kindle - 596 KB / Nook - 1000 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Thriller
About The Author:
Amber Lea Easton grew up in Hartford, South Dakota, where she spent her time daydreaming of big adventures over the horizon under a giant blue South Dakota sky. Now living in Colorado, she is an avid traveler who incorporates her real life travels into her novels as much as possible (minus the illegal activities her characters become immersed in - she swears). To her, setting is another character in the novel and often serves as an inspiration. Although she is a romantic suspense author, she's an avid reader of all genres or "whatever turns her on in the moment". Love is her motivation for all things - whether it be writing, traveling, playing with her dogs or hanging with her two teenagers - if it's not done with love, then what's the point?
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Disclaimer: Upon the request of the author, publisher and CBLS Promotions, a PDF edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Event: on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in association with CBLS Promotions, author Amber Lea Easton participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.
Trapped in a set-up that could have him in jail or dead by Monday, Jonathan Alexander trusts no one in his inner circle. It's Saturday. His only hope is Grace Dupont, the best forensic accountant in Miami. But there's a glitch with that idea. She's also his ex-girlfriend who'd rather watch him drown than throw him a life vest. Going to her feels desperate ... because he is.
Grace enjoys seeing Jonathan squirm. On your knees boy, she thinks as he pitches for her help. Always a sucker for the dark-haired-blue-eyed boys, she risks her precariously balanced life of secrets to help him. Helping him slaps a target on her back - she's the key to proving his innocence and that's a bad, bad thing.
Tangled up in a whirlwind of conspiracy, murder, million dollar money trails and diamond smuggling, Jonathan and Grace flee to the sea to stall for time to prove his innocence. Romance sizzles beneath Florida Keys' sunshine. Both scoff at happy endings. Both doubt justice. Both know each kiss could be their last.
"You have blood on your dress." He fingered the strap in question that had slipped off her shoulder. "You should probably take it off."
"Careful. We can't go there." Sand clung to her neck and stuck to the tangles in her hair. The light from the bedside lamp shadowed her face.
"I meant change out of it, not ... well, maybe I meant take it off. But then we'd be crossing lines that you don't want to cross." He let his fingers trail down her arm. "That would be wrong. Terribly wrong."
"You are nothing but trouble."
"You always liked trouble." He rested his right palm against the bed, supporting his weight on his healthy arm.
"Listen carefully to me." She pressed her finger against his lips. "I'm high on adrenaline, we're alone, no witnesses, no regrets. One kiss won't hurt anyone."
"No witnesses, no regrets ..." Heat flooded his veins. "Adrenaline ..."
"If I don't do this now, I'll hate myself in the morning."
"You mean you'll regret it when they lock me up in the morning and throw away the key because you didn't kiss me one last time?"
"Exactly." She straddled his lap.
"You weren't supposed to agree." He smiled despite the circumstances.
"Shut up, sailor boy. Kiss me."
She kissed him as if savoring the taste. Her hair fell forward, locking them in a caramel-colored veil of intimacy. Eyes open, they stared at each other as their lips moved against each other's.
His hands slid up her long thighs, over her panties and pressed against the smoothness of her back. Every stroke of her lips against his awakened pure need in his veins. He no longer cared about what was right or wrong. All he wanted was her mouth on his, his hands on her body and her skin against his.
With a quick yank, she pulled her dress over her head. Breast bared, she pressed him down on the bed and laughed against his mouth. "This is crossing all kinds of boundaries and breaking every rule I can think of."
"Just like the old days." He smiled against her lips. His hands moved over her bared breasts. the pain in his shoulder failed to slow him down. He didn't know who groaned or if they both did, but the sensation of her flesh filling his palms trumped common sense.
Her bare foot slid over his leg, hands curled into his hair, and body flattened against his. All the anger, the terror and confusion poured from him as he deepened the kiss with urgency that bordered on desperation. The silky warmth of her mouth eased his pain. Kissing her felt like coming home from an exhausting, lonely journey.
"A kiss ... that's all I wanted," she muttered against his chin. A shiver quaked through her body when she sighed.
"I want more."
"Impossible. We can't."
"We can do whatever the hell we want, Grace." Despite the burning pain in his left shoulder, he maneuvered so that his body covered hers. He wanted more than a kiss. He wanted more heat.
My Book Review:
If you thought you were being set up for embezzlement and diamond smuggling, and you didn't trust anyone in your circle, who would you turn to for help in proving your innocence? Would you be willing to trust the one person who you hurt years ago, knowing that they might refuse? What if all these years you never were able to forget that person, and the passion still burns bright ... can there still be a glimmer of hope left? These are the questions that Jonathan Alexander faced when being accused of embezzling from his family's company and engaging in diamond smuggling activity. He knew he could only turn to one person, Grace Dupont, the best forensic accountant in Miami, and the woman whose heart he broke thirteen years ago. If you are Grace Dupont, and you have your own secrets that you're hiding, would you be willing to trust the one person who you gave your heart to so long ago, the one who made you not trust another man since then? This is the dilemma that Grace faced when Jonathan desperately asked her to help him prove his innocence, but is he really innocent, or is it a trap being laid for her? Where will their journey take them in Kiss Me Slowly?
Kiss Me Slowly is an action packed romance suspense thriller that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with every chilling twist and turn. The storyline is well written and full of intrigue that pulls the reader into the action that follows Jon and Grace. The interweaving plot of embezzlement, diamond smuggling, betrayal, murder, mayhem, and sizzling romantic chemistry keeps the reader guessing what will happen next as Jon and Grace race against the clock to prove his innocence while encountering unknown dangers that wait around every corner. The characters are realistic, their complex lives and engaging interactions with each other give the story more depth and make it that much more powerful and compelling. I absolutely loved the sizzling chemistry between Jon and Grace, even though they tried to deny it, their passion for each other still simmered below the surface. The description of the setting in the story is fabulous, who wouldn't love to visit the beautiful South Beach area of Miami, the Florida Keys or floating on the ocean in a beautiful yacht? This story has so much suspense and action going on that I couldn't help but hold my breath with anticipation as I turned the pages.
Kiss Me Slowly is a riveting, slow burning, sizzling romantic suspense thriller that will captivate you from beginning to end. This is one story that romance suspense thriller fans should put on their reading list, you won't be disappointed!
RATING: 5 STARS *****