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5* Review: Heart of Steel – Eve Devon – ( Steel Hawk #2)- Release Day Spotlight and Excerpt

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Colleague, friend, lover…beautiful liar?

Adam Steel is in crisis mode. A recent exposé claims a founder of Steel Hawk was actually The Raven, an infamous jewel thief. Amid the ensuing damage control, all eyes are on his ability to develop a prototype to secure and protect the royal Pasha Star diamond.

He’s further blindsided when he learns his assistant, Honeysuckle Hawk, has a sordid past he never knew about. Proving he never really knew her, never should have trusted her, and definitely shouldn’t start falling for her.

With her dirty laundry flapping in the media storm, Honeysuckle’s first instinct is to run. Two things make her stay: Adam’s insistence it’s better to show the world a united front, and her heart’s insistence by his side is where she belongs.

High stakes and long hours ignite passion…until the diamond is stolen and Adam’s own prototype shows Honeysuckle is a thief. Dare he trust her to help him expose the real criminal—before the mastermind wreaks havoc on the royal family?

Warning:

Contains an über-hot, alpha-geek who’s good with his hands, a sassy reformed-rebel determined to prove she’s not a flake, romantic castles, gorgeous jewels, sleek and sexy technology, heart-pounding suspense…oh, and nipple tassels!

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The sensor at the archway leading to his study went off, and Adam leaped out of bed, strode across his bedroom, and yanked open his door.

Funny how in a house with three levels and seventeen different rooms, she’d zeroed in on the one room he never gave anyone access to.

Instantly, all he could think was that tonight might have been a ruse to get him to lower his defenses and invite her to stay. What, did she think she could snoop to her little heart’s content and he wouldn’t notice? Wouldn’t care?

Sounded logical.

Mostly because it felt achingly familiar.

Descending the stairs at a jog, he shot across the entry hall and into the west wing of his house. As he ate up the space, his one clear thought was that no one got to abuse his hospitality and invade his privacy.

No one got to betray his trust. Especially not a beautiful woman. One who, he now reminded himself, hadn’t exactly been stellar in the truth-telling department.

With his mind on the designs laid out on his study desk, his hand slammed over the bank of switches inside the archway leading to his private study.

The corridor flooded with light, and Honeysuckle let out a shriek of surprise.

Leaning against the brick-edged arch, he ground out, “Looking for something?”

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My Review

Mystery, technology and steamy romance all interact in this fast paced contemporary romantic suspense. The second in ‘Steel Hawk’ series, it reads perfectly as a standalone, whilst providing enticing clues to the series as a whole.
The prologue sets the scene, for those like me who haven’t read the first book in the series and then, the enigma that is Adam Steel makes his acquaintance. He is the perfect geek hero, sexy, off the scale intelligent and yet surprisingly innocent in the rules of love, perhaps because of a secret in his past?
Honeysuckle Hawk, sounds like a character from a 1920’s novel and she is so easy to like. She fulfils her role as Steel’s assistant with consummate ease but she is a complex character hiding many secrets. She has something to prove, both to her family and most importantly to herself.
The plot is suspenseful, as the mysteries surrounding Steel Hawk and their connection with the Zarrenburg royal family are uncovered. This is an action packed tale with realistic, interesting characters. The chemistry between Adam and Honeysuckle is intrinsic to the story and results in sensual love scenes underscored by emotional commitment.
The storytelling is flawless and compelling and utterly page turning. The perfect holiday read.

 

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Eve Devon_author photoEve Devon writes sexy heroes, sassy heroines, and happily ever afters…

Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave Eve a taste for adventure and her love for romances began when her mother shoved one into her hands in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!

When she wasn’t consuming books by the bucket-load, she could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down her adventures. As a teenager, Eve rewrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so that the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, still hooked on romance and mysteries, she worked in a library to conveniently continue reading books by the bucket-load, until realising she herself was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

She lives in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with her very own sexy-hero husband.

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It’s in His Kiss – Eve Devon – Guest Post – 5* Review

Blog Tour

Today is release day for ‘It’s in His Kiss’, written by the lovely Eve Devon. As the first stop on her blog tour Eve is sharing with us her ‘Fun Facts About Kissing’ and an excerpt of ‘It’s in His Kiss’.  I have read this last book in the King trilogy and its  full of fun, romance and sensuality, a fabulous end to the series. My review is also included in this blog.

Fun Facts About  Kissing – Eve Devon

 With a title like It’s In His Kiss, you just knew I was going to trawl the internet (I was on a tea-break, honest) for some fun-facts and quotes about…Kissing.
TOP THREE FUN FACTS:
In at number 3:
Did you know that the Romans used different words to describe different types of kissing? ocsulum, meant a friendly kiss on the cheek, basium, a kiss on the lips, and suavium, a deep kiss.
Holding steady at number 2:
We’ve grown up with classic movie kisses like: Titanic, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, and Spiderman? But did you know they might never have happened if the Hays Code in the 1930’s (which prohibited acting couples from kissing lying down, meant married couples had to be shown sleeping in twin beds, and also stated that if the scene involved kissing, it couldn’t last longer than three seconds and one actor had to have their foot on the ground), hadn’t been lifted in the 1960’s. Of course, film directors found creative ways around this! In 1946, while filming Notorious, Alfred Hitchcock had Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant repeatedly disrupt their kiss with dialogue and movement. It’s now considered one of the sexiest movie scenes of the time!
And at number 1: my personal #swoon favourite fun fact:
Nachküssen is a German word that means “a kiss to make up for those that have not occurred”.
AND HERE’S MY TOP THREE QUOTES ABOUT KISSING:
Being kissed by someone who knows what they’re doing…well, surely that’s a basic human right, right? And so in at number 3, I have:

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how”Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind

At number 2 I have a quote that I can’t establish who said first, but that I think is charming and beautiful, and totally sums up the anticipation between my characters Sephy and Luke in It’s In His Kiss:

“The best kiss is the one that has been exchanged a thousand times between the eyes before it reaches the lips”Anonymous

I have two vying for the number 1 spot because, naturally, with a title like It’s In His Kiss, there’s:

“If you want to know how he really feels, it’s in his kiss”The Shoop Shoop Song

So sorry if I’ve just given you an ear-worm! But I also absolutely love this quote because when Luke kisses Sephy for the first time, it’s way more than a quick autograph…it turns out to feel more like he’s penning an open letter to her heart!

“A man’s signature is his kiss”Mae West

 

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Who do you turn to when things go wrong?
Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…

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 It’s In His Kiss is a standalone novel, but if you fall in love with the Kings, you can read Sephy’s brother, Jared King’s story in Her Best Laid Plans and Sephy’s sister, Nora King’s story in The Love List

Read my reviews:   Her Best Laid Plans   The Love List

EXCERPT

‘…and closing the distance he captured her lips with his.
Nothing compared. Not that first taste of hot white chocolate sauce poured over blueberries that she awarded herself after hours and hours of sewing. Not the crisp tang of perfectly chilled pinot grigio after a really long day chasing Daisy around. Not the mouth of any other man she had ever tasted.
As Luke’s lips moved over hers, creating delicious friction, his hands tightened against her, dragging her up against the length of him and, holy mackerel. Kissing quiet, considerate, confident, supposedly shy, but undeniably uber hot, Luke Jackson-of-the-sexy-dimples was not supposed to be like this.
She wasn’t supposed to get so lost in him she couldn’t feel the ground beneath her feet.’

 

Winter My Review

The final instalment of the King trilogy features the youngest of the King siblings, Sephy. It’s a lovely story about best friends who start to feel something more for each other. Are they are brave enough to take the next step? Or do they hold back, in case it irreparably damages the precious friendship they already have?
Sephy has something to prove and carries so much emotional baggage it threatens anything she may feel for Luke. Luke has his own ghosts but he is selfless in his support of Sephy. Oh and did I mention he knows how to make a woman feel special and is good with children? Luke is definitely a keeper. Daisy’s scenes are cute and realistic, guaranteed to make you smile.
Sephy and Luke’s relationship changes and falters, as the passion between them builds. There are comic moments and so much heat; desire, disaster or a little of both? This story keeps you turning the pages, to see what happens.
Romance and sensual tension defines this story; add in a glamorous setting and you have the perfect escape for a few hours. It’s lovely summer reading.
I received a copy of this book from the Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My name’s Eve Devon and I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters…

I kind of secretly believe it’s not too late for me to train as a professional dancer, MMA expert, or win an Oscar. I know! This is why writing fiction is for me!

Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me a taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals.

When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucket-load, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucket-load, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!

Read my interview with Eve here

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5* Review The Dress – Eve Devon – Magical Weddings

MagicalWeddings-SetCover4721790_origPoppy - BlurbTwo couples, 400 years apart. From a masquerade ball in Venice 1615 to a wedding in England 2015, can a dress laced with magic weave its spell through the fabric of time?

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Like the beautiful lace dress featured; this story is an intricate weave of contemporary, historical and paranormal. Four hundred years, separates the characters but they share more than similar names. Both stories are interesting with vivid imagery drawn together by a shared magical theme. The romance is sweet and the plot captivating, making this a fairytale read.

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Eve Devon – Author Interview

Eve Devon_author photoThe next post in my author interview series features the lovely Eve Devon whose latest contemporary romanceThe Love List’ I reviewed recently.

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The Love List Cover High ResFalling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…

Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life! With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.
Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.
As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?

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The Love List is the second  in the series, the first being ‘Her Best Laid Plans.,20762031Author InterviewWelcome Eve.

Thank you Jane I ‘m happy to be here.

What inspired you to write your contemporary romance series?

When the hero from her Best Laid Plans, Jared King, finally admitted to me that he’d walked away from his birthright at twenty-one, I realised his actions had to have also impacted on his two younger sisters Nora and Sephy. I just didn’t know I’d get the chance to write about that fallout until I was offered a three book contract on the strength of Her Best Laid Plans. Immediately I knew I wanted Nora and Sephy to tell their story and get their own HEA. Family dynamics are fascinating and something we can all relate to. Sometimes no matter how we think we’ve avoided some of the stereotypical roles (eldest/responsible child), (middle/peace-maker) and (youngest/rebel) we find ourselves sitting right in the middle of those roles…but what happens when something occurs in a family that changes those roles completely. Who do you become and how does that shape your life?

I loved your heroines in ‘Her Best Laid Plans’ and ‘The Love List’ because they were witty and funny. Where do you find inspiration for your female leads?

Oh, that’s lovely to hear—thank you. TBH as soon as I gave up trying to make my characters funny or witty and just let them breathe and react honestly to their environments, I found the humour creeping in. I guess I have a wry and slightly zany sense of humour, so perhaps some of it comes with that. I like visual comedy as well. And I absolutely adore the kind of wit present in Gilmore Girls—so wish I could write that kind of clever/funny!

What’s next after ‘The Love List’?

I have the last King sibling—Sephy’s book coming out next year. It’s tentatively titled “Heart Couture” and I so loved writing about feisty single-mother lingerie-designer Sephy, who manages to get herself into quite the fix in the lead up to launching her new lingerie line.

17857601I enjoyed reading your debut romantic suspense ‘The Waiting Game’ with its chilling suspense and menacing antagonist. Do you plan to write another?

I’m so grateful I get to write suspense as well as contemporary romance. I have a suspense continuity that features an alpha-geek head of R&D for a global security corporation and his reformed-rebel assistant. I’ve been told I write really creepy villains, and the one in this book is particularly intent on ruining the company’s reputation. I have another suspense I’m working on about an agent who’s lost his edge and a data forensic analyst determined to find hers as they tackle some corporate crime (corporate villains are particularly great to write because they can hide any psychopathy under a veil of ‘successful businessman’!), and, lastly, I keep getting asked for Megan and Alex’s story (from The Waiting Game). Watch this space!

How important is writing in your life?

Incredibly. I never take being able to craft a story for granted and I really appreciate how it brings balance to my life and helps me be who I am supposed to be.

Have you a favourite author, book or genre that you read to relax? What do you like about them?

I can read across most genres and always find something entertaining but I really do love a little Nora Roberts or Dickens to transport me completely out of my world and into the lives of these fantastic characters they created.

Can you describe your writing process?

Usually a scene pops into my head and refuses to let go so that I end up mulling over “what if” scenarios as the characters start telling me secrets. Next I write a loose outline, leaving myself a little wiggle-room for the plot to breathe and take unexpected turns. After the outline comes the choosing of the notebook! Finding the right one is a ritual that requires considerable thought and… a lovely shopping trip. The notebook must be both beautiful and practical and contain four sections for: Characterisation, Research, Plotting Journal and Edits. I use my plotting journal section to write the number of words I’ve written that day, a plan for what I want to write the next day and any light-bulb moments that come to me. Oh, and the plotting chart, aka huge bulletin board (!), makes an appearance about a third of the way through the first draft when I need to have a bit of a think to make sure all the different threads that are starting to come together get tied up and I don’t leave any loose ends. Somehow through much pondering, procrastinating, angsting, charting, writing and re-writing, my book is born, completed, edited and released!

I’m sure like most writers you enjoy connecting with your readers. Do you prefer Blog, Facebook, Twitter or a combination of all of these? Why?

I love connecting with readers. Writing can be quite solitary so to be able to talk all things romance, or books; or just to be able to put the world to rights, I’m always up for a natter! I particularly love these places: WEBSITE  TWITTER  FACEBOOK

You currently write for two respected publishers does this mean you would never consider self publishing? If not why?

I’d never say never, but I do appreciate the support and editorial services publishing houses offer.

Is writing your only creative outlet or do you have other artistic talents to share with us?

I cannot lie…I truly believe that “craft”, not tea, is Life’s panacea! You may have seen some of my “blingy bookmarks” around that I make to order. The dining table is usually covered in one of my craft “efforts”. As is the sofa. And the spare room. And I might have shoved some knitting in my bag! Rest assured though, no one—absolutely no one will, ever have to suffer seeing the results of my attempt at oil painting. The word “abstract” really didn’t cover it!

Thank you so much for talking to me today Eve and I look forward to Sephy’s story and  your next romantic suspense.

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5* Review: The Love List – Eve Devon

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Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…

Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life!

With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.

Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.

As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?

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My Review

The Love List‘The Love List’ is a story of contrasts; humour and sadness, business and pleasure, passion and hatred all interwoven to produce a lovely romantic story with a contemporary edge.

Nora King’s life is the family company she now runs. It takes all her time and occupies all her thoughts, conveniently allowing her to park her grief for the loss of her father at the bottom of her to do list. The only non business luxury she allows herself is shoes and one particular pair walk her into romance with the larger than life Ethan who takes his role as trouble shooter both in his business and personal life very seriously.

Nora is a witty, geeky woman who hides behind her business attire to avoid emotional upheaval. Her feminine obsession with shoes is the only snippet of the true Nora she allows to surface. Ethan is a man of action who constantly uses his adventurous streak to help other in disaster situations. This ‘hands on’ help is a kick back to his childhood and parents who were money rich but emotionally poor when it came to their offspring.

The romance is tender and charming and as it progresses you realise the lovers have more in common than fiery passion. The ending is poignant as befits such an engaging romantic story.

I received a copy from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: The Waiting Game – Eve Devon

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 Five years ago a madman stalked her. Kidnapped her. Tattooed her.

When security expert Cameron Dexter—the man Brooke Bennett once loved—appears unexpectedly at her door with terrifying news, the former musician discovers she can no longer hide from her past. After five years, her vicious kidnapper is out of prison and on the hunt—for Brooke.

Now he’s returned to complete his art.

Cam failed to protect Brooke once before. Now he’d rather die than let her be captured. With her life at stake, Cam vows to keep her hidden and safe. Brooke, however, is done with running. Unlike Cam, she wants to stand and fight. Emotions both old and new roil between them, but addressing their heated past must wait. Together they set a trap in London to catch a killer. But they soon discover the enemy wears many faces.

And waiting is no longer an option…

 

The Waiting GameMy Review

 
‘The Waiting Game’ is a twisty, well paced story with a damaged but so courageous heroine – Brooke and a sexy, guilt ridden hero – Cam. Hooked from the first chapter I read this book in a couple of hours.
The stalker element in this story is menacing. The author conveys Brooke’s horrific experiences cleverly without resorting to descriptions of gratuitous violence. Sharing Brooke’s point of view brings the fear and lack of control she experiences vividly to life. The plot has lots of twists and a few nasty surprises for Brooke and Cam.
Cam’s need for control is a symptom of his guilt complex which proves an almost insurmountable barrier for Brooke to climb. The chemistry between the couple as Cam refuses to let his passion override his duty is sizzling. The emotional bond between the couple is tangible they so deserve their happy ending but will they get it?
Well written secondary characters enhance the story’s realistic edge. I would love to read Ellie and Alex’s stories.
The balance of romance and suspense in ‘The Waiting Game’ makes it an enthralling read.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5* Review Her Best Laid Plans Eve Devon

Her Best Laid PlansLove is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans…                  

The Totally Perfect Life Plan of Amanda Gray

Step 1 – Take total control of own destiny and avoid getting too wrapped up in the details.

Step 2 – Definitely do NOT kiss gorgeous bad-boy businessman who doesn’t know how to live life without scheduling it six months in advance, even if he is absolutely irresistible.

Step 3 – Don’t even THINK of accompanying him to London as his PA to enjoy steamy encounters in a metropolitan paradise.

Step 4 – Absolutely, positively, whatever you do- do NOT fall in love with him…

My Review

Loved this.

I warmed to ‘Her Best Laid Plans’ from the first page. The dynamic between Amanda and Jared is flirty, funny and realistic.

Amanda is quirky and likeable. She survived some terrible events in her life which strengthened her character but made her understandably reticent about planning too far in to the future or taking chances which might lay her open to at best disappointment at worse emotional pain. Jared has been a major positive focus in her life since her brother’s accident. She values their friendship but secretly longs for some of the benefits so often talked about in popular culture.

Jared is successful and rich, the model employer and a great friend to siblings Mikey and Amanda. He is also guilt ridden about his friend’s life changing accident and something in his past which led to estrangement from his family and him emigrating from London to New York. He likes Amanda in his life and initiates countless circumstances to have her close to him. Despite this he doesn’t cross the friendship line out of respect for Amanda and her brother or at least that what he tells himself.

When a ghost from his past invades his new life he calls Amanda again. Something changes the dynamic between them at that fateful meeting and when Jared offers Amanda a job with him in London she takes a risk.

The build up of sexual tension between Amanda and Jared is delicious. The boardroom scene made me cry with laughter. Humour balances the angst which gives the story its edge. Both Amanda and Jared are emotionally damaged by their past. Can they overcome their inner barriers and find love?

Her Best Laid Plans’ is witty, humorous, sensual, romantic much too good to put down. Find yourself a couple of hours and enjoy Amanda and Jared falling in love.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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