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5* Review: Sweetest Temptation – (Sweet Delights #2)- Tracey Rogers – Release Day Spotlight

SweetestTemptation_Large-683x1024Blurb - FlowerThe temperature’s rising in the Sweet Delights Bakery…
Entering the most popular baking competition on TV wasn’t shy bakery owner Vanessa Trent’s idea. Especially as she prefers to steer clear of the media attention her famous family constantly attracts. But she desperately needs the prize money.
With his future on the line, Jake Walker vows to avoid trouble, which is difficult to do when it lands in his lap…literally. Vanessa Trent is out of bounds. He knows that. But if he can’t resist her delicious cakes, how’s he supposed to resist her?
Vanessa and Jake both have secrets to hide. Combine that with a vengeful ex-husband, sabotage, and throw in a little blackmail, and soon the spotlight falls on both of them. Temperatures rise, and it’s chaos in the kitchen. Can they take the heat, or are they both about to get burned?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

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Sweetest Temptation is book 2 in the Sweet Delights Series and is now only £0.99 for a limited time. Have some fun in the Sweet Delights Bakery with Vanessa and Jake!
My Review -1Sweetest Temptation (Sweet Delights Series, #2)Sensual romance, believable characters and a well paced plot makes ‘Sweetest Temptation’, the perfect naughty extravagance for all lovers of romantic comedy.
The setting in the Sweet Delights bakery is atmospheric and provides the perfect backdrop for Vanessa’s journey of self realisation. Jake may not be what he seems but he is a much needed ingredient, in Vanessa’s lack lustre life. The sensual attraction and diversity between Jake and Vanessa is compelling. The characters are imaginable and easy to like, you want, what they want and it’s hard to put this book down because of this.
The imagery in this romantic tale is vivid, especially of Jake; what is it about a man and physical labour that’s so absorbing … Whatever it is the author captures it in ‘Sweetest Temptation’ and makes Jake, as iconic, as the man in the diet coke ad.
There is realistic detail about the bakery and Vanessa’s culinary creations, give this story its authenticity. The secondary characters add the feel good ambience and help demonstrate, Jake and Vanessa’s motivations perfectly.
So treat yourself for a couple of hours and sample, the sweet delights of this lovely story.

Excerpt -2Gripping the woman’s wrist, Jake managed to restrain her before the weapon made impact with his head again. He shoved his upper body forward and flipped them both over.
Now this was much better. Or it would be if she’d quit squirming. Not that it was a bad sensation or anything, but he was starting to enjoy this more than the situation should allow.
With one hand free, her fingers scrabbled at the side of her. When her fingers wrapped around the torch he snatched it out of reach. He grasped her wrist and yanked both of her arms over her head, holding her captive with one much larger hand than her daintier ones.
Picking up the torch, he pointed it at the large, temple-throb causing weapon. As he read the first line on the bag he snorted in disbelief. Clearly she was a novice in the weapon department.
“A confectionery product? What the hell was that meant to be—death by chocolate?”
“God no,” said the muffled, completely aghast voice from beneath her mound of hair. “I would never hit someone with chocolate.”
Okay, so maybe she wasn’t a threat to anyone at all. Jake released his grip a little.
“Chocolate is way too expensive to waste,” she continued. “I hit you with a catering pack of marzipan.”
He tightened his hold again. With her still wrestling beneath him, he decided out of fear for his man parts, it was time for some answers. Reaching out with his free hand, he brushed the silky strands from her face. She bucked beneath him like a stray cat fighting for freedom. At first he thought she was furious, but then he gazed into her green eyes and saw fear.
Although he took his work seriously—hell, sometimes caution had kept him alive—no way was he a monster. Waiting for her movements to abate he lifted his chest. In one smooth movement he traded position and surrounded her hips with his legs, trying to take away the intimate contact steering him from sound judgement, yet still stifling her leg movements with the grip of his thighs. Resting more on his knees than pressing his full weight into her, the increased gap between them gave him the perfect opportunity for another perusal of her small frame.
With her arms upstretched, her small breasts raised higher with each dragged in breath. Her shirt, trapped beneath his knees, pulled taut and had lifted to reveal her scarlet knickers and a hint of smooth, pale skin peeking above. He blinked. Maybe the glorious sight was a figment of his imagination due to his recent lack of female companionship? His gaze drew to her parted lips, open to allow the release of expended energy from her lungs. The fullness of her bottom lip was so damned tempting.
“Anytime you want to get the hell off me—please feel free.”
Her sarcasm cut through his momentary lapse. One more second and he’d have been tasting her mouth.
“Tell me who you are, and why the hell you think you have a right to be on private property, and maybe I will.” Just maybe.
With her fingers clenching beneath his palm, he felt the spike of her pulse at the pad of his thumb.
“Me tell you?” She blinked several times before glaring at him as though he’d just sprouted bunny ears. “I live here!”

Author Bio - Flower
7211367Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.
A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.

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Cover Reveal: Sweetest Temptation – Tracey Rogers- (Sweet Delights series book 2)

Sweetest Temptation is the second in the Sweet Delights series from the lovely Tracey Rogers. Here’s the cover to look out for when it’s released on 20 April 2015 at a special  release day price.

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Blurb -2

 The temperature’s rising in the Sweet Delights Bakery…

Entering the most popular baking competition on TV wasn’t shy bakery owner Vanessa Trent’s idea. Especially as she prefers to steer clear of the media attention her famous family constantly attracts. But she desperately needs the prize money.

With his future on the line, Jake Walker vows to avoid trouble, which is difficult to do when it lands in his lap…literally. Vanessa Trent is out of bounds. He knows that. But if he can’t resist her delicious cakes, how’s he supposed to resist her?

Vanessa and Jake both have secrets to hide. Combine that with a vengeful ex-husband, sabotage, and throw in a little blackmail, and soon the spotlight falls on both of them. Temperatures rise, and it’s chaos in the kitchen. Can they take the heat, or are they both about to get burned?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

If you haven’t read Dating in the Dark, the first book in the series you can find  it here:

Amazon UK

 

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 My review of Dating in the Dark.

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Author Interview: Tracey Rogers

Author Interview
Today I’m welcoming back Tracey Rogers author of ‘Daring to Wish’, ‘Best Fake Day’ and her latest release ‘Employee of the Month’. It was Tracey’s first ‘authorversary’ yesterday and to celebrate she is visiting my blog to answer questions on her books , writing process and why she writes.

7211367Welcome back Tracey. 🙂

Thank you for inviting me here today Jane!

So first question…

 EmployeeOfTheMonth_MediumWhat inspired you to write ‘Employee of the Month’?

Well usually I’m inspired by a scene that pops in my head, or a ‘what if’ moment. This time I wanted to test my writing wings and aim for something different instead of a cute meet, or reunion. So with Holly and Max I went with an approach I hadn’t tried before. I had to imagine a scenario where a couple might already be together in some kind of way.

Daring to Wish_Medium BestFakeDay_MediumI’ve read your first two romance novels: Daring to Wish and Best Fake Day; this one is undeniably more sensual. Did you consciously set out to write a hot, sensual romance and if so why?

No, I didn’t set out to write a hottie, I think Max and Holly completely took over! Though as it fit their no-strings relationship, it probably wouldn’t have been true to the story to make it sweet. It starts off with heat, so it seemed right to let them have their way throughout. 🙂

Do you have a definite writing process? Can you share it with us?

Haha! I wish I did. So far it consists of opening the laptop and hoping one of my writer friends is going to push me into getting some words down. Otherwise I have to hunt words down myself at night when I should be sleeping.
I’ve tried plotting and I now know it doesn’t work for me. I generally start off with an idea of my opening scene and then I write a character profile based on the image in my head. From that I work out the goal, motivation and conflict and figure out my ending. I always know my beginning and ending then let the characters write the middle themselves.

Employee of the Month is your third book. I know you have book 1 of a new series coming out in December can you give us a few insights into the new books?

Of course!

Dating in the Dark is book 1 of the Sweet Delights Series. Each of the three books are centred round the Sweet Delights Bakery in some way. In Dating in the Dark, the hero, Damian, is hiding out in the bakery, and of course where there’s a bakery there’s a woman who enjoys the sweet stuff. Or is that just me? Sophie likes more than just the products—but why do they have to date in the dark?

In book 2 you discover more about Vanessa, Damian’s sister. The bakery features more prominently in this story as Vanessa competes in a baking competition, which threatens to reveal some of her secrets. Of course Vanessa might need a sexy hero to help her along the way. Pity Jake has a few secrets of his own.

Sweet Delights also has a coffee shop and this time in book 3, a familiar character in the series takes on the role as barista. Chloe stirs up more than coffee for one of the new customers. Mainly trouble!

I know like me writing is important in your life. Why?

I always loved to write, but real life left me with little time. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands and more importantly a lot of time to think. So the stories started creating themselves again and getting them down in words gave me back a sense of purpose. It also gave an outlet for all of those characters chatting away in my head.

What are the three factors that contribute most to a book’s success?

A book has to be a page turner—Readers need a reason to keep turning the pages. A successful story has good pacing, conflict and enough of a hook to keep the reader entertained.
Characters—Your hero and heroine need to be believable. That means having weaknesses, flaws, or maybe personality traits that are endearing. The most important thing about your characters is that they need to create emotion. It’s emotion that will carry the reader through until the end.
You—A book can only be successful if potential readers know it exists. This means authors have to put themselves out there and engage with their reader. I love getting reader feedback! A successful book is part author, part blogger and any of the amazing people out there who take the time to review and share.

Do you find it difficult to balance your time on social media with your writing? If yes, why do you think this is?

*guilty face* Yes I do! Social media is invaluable to writers, but it is a time suck. Quick research, or a check of social media and suddenly you forget why you were there in the first place. All of a sudden that quiz to match you with your perfect book boyfriend is the most important thing in the world. I do try to separate the two as much as possible, but the writing community is a hugely supportive one and as such you have to make yourself available to be a cheerleader, or hand-holder to others sometimes.

I know you’re an avid reader? What genre are you reading most of at the moment?

I never stick to one genre. I read mainly contemporary and paranormal romance, but I alternate to read both. I find reading one genre desensitizes you after a while, so reading both counteracts this and maintains my appreciation.

Do you plan to concentrate on writing contemporary romance or would you like to write in another genre? If so what.

As much as I love contemporary romance, I do plan to spread my wings into the paranormal world. They say write what you love and I love both. I just need to try harder to avoid humour sneaking in where it was never intended. I do try!

Have you ever considered self publishing?

I take my hat off to anyone who is able to self publish! I need a team around me clearing up my mess and giving a hand squeeze. I fear technology and I know my limits.

Thank you Tracey and I wish you lots of success with the new book. 🙂

If you’re new to Tracey’s books check out my reviews:

Daring to Wish

Best Fake Day

Employee of the Month

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Employee of the Month – Tracey Rogers- Release Day Blitz

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 Blurb -2

 

Some rules are made to be broken…

Rule number 1: No touching
Rule number 2: No kissing
Rule number 3: Never, ever, fall in love

Holly Wilder finds some of those rules pretty difficult to follow during her boss’s visits to present the Employee of the Month award. A relationship between them is prohibited, and even if it wasn’t, Holly has no intention of ever falling in love again. But that doesn’t stop her from craving Max’s touch.

Hotel owner Max Lazzari never expected to break his own rules, especially when they are so important to him. But sexy employee Holly is too hard to resist. Their no-strings, secret arrangement fits in perfectly with his no-commitment plan. A plan to ensure that no woman will ever again have the opportunity to hurt him.

Sizzling nights together mean Holly and Max start looking forward to the monthly visits more and more. Until they are both brought down to earth with a bump—a pregnancy one!

Will rule breaking lead to broken hearts?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and some strong language

Buy Links -2

AmazonUK | Amazon.com | Barnes&Noble | Beachwalk Press

Excerpt - 1

Holly carried a tray holding freshly ground coffee. The plush carpeted corridor absorbed the tension in her legs as she headed to Max Lazzari’s office. Dragging air deep into her lungs, she inhaled the aroma of coffee, allowing it to invigorate her senses.
Must be professional, she reminded her lust-filled brain, though her body’s reactions were refusing to comply.
Balancing the tray on one of her not quite controlled arms, Holly sucked in a breath before knocking on the door.
“Come in.” His deep tone made her tray wobble. She watched with wide eyes as the coffee almost sloshed over the rim of the cup, then watched how the ripples of liquid aftershock mirrored the way her insides felt.
Complete turmoil.
She opened the door and looked at the man with his dark head dipped to the computer screen. “Your coffee, Mr. Lazzari.” The door fell closed behind her. Her brow furrowed when she spotted the full coffee pot plugged into the machine behind him.
His keen green eyes, hooded beneath long lashes, were lifted up at her.
She carried the tray over to set it on the desk. “I believe you wanted to speak to me about an upcoming function. Which function would that be?”
He rose, startling her. Her shaky fingers still gripped the tray, but now her hold whitened her knuckles. The cup rattled.
“This one,” his husky voice said. With a grin he took her chin in his hand and captured her mouth with his. He dropped his hand, bracing both of them on the desk to kiss her more thoroughly, more deeply.
Holly allowed arousal to cascade through her, absorbing the softness and skill of his lips as he teased and swept, offering her the taste she’d been craving. She lifted her hand to thread her fingers through the dark hair at his nape.
God, she’d been waiting for this.
Arching closer, her thighs dug hard into the desk edge. She tilted her head, inviting him deeper. If her darned pencil skirt wasn’t so tight she’d have crawled over the desk by now. She heard a soft groan. Hers.
“Missed me?” Max chuckled as he gave her his now familiar lopsided grin. The one she held in her memory to help her through the weeks.
“I did,” she confirmed, frowning as she mourned the loss of his lips. “There was an extra day in this month.”
She rested her palms over his jaw, covering the dimples in his tanned cheeks. She liked the feel of his smooth, clean shaven skin, the warmth against her needy hands.
“But you broke the rules, Mr. Lazzari. Absolutely no touching at work, remember?”

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Author Bio -1

Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.
A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.

You can find me here:
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5* Review: Employee of the Month – Tracey Rogers

EmployeeOfTheMonth_MediumBlurb -2

Some rules are made to be broken…

Rule number 1: No touching
Rule number 2: No kissing
Rule number 3: Never, ever, fall in love

Holly Wilder finds some of those rules pretty difficult to follow during her boss’s visits to present the Employee of the Month award. A relationship between them is prohibited, and even if it wasn’t, Holly has no intention of ever falling in love again. But that doesn’t stop her from craving Max’s touch.

Hotel owner Max Lazzari never expected to break his own rules, especially when they are so important to him. But sexy employee Holly is too hard to resist. Their no-strings, secret arrangement fits in perfectly with his no-commitment plan. A plan to ensure that no woman will ever again have the opportunity to hurt him.

Sizzling nights together mean Holly and Max start looking forward to the monthly visits more and more. Until they are both brought down to earth with a bump—a pregnancy one!

Will rule breaking lead to broken hearts?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and some strong language

Employee of the Month officially releases  Monday 15 September.

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AmazonUK | Amazon.com | Barnes&Noble | Beachwalk Press

 

Employee of the MonthMy Review

‘Employee of the Month’ is a sensuous, romantic story. Holly is a courageous, independent heroine. Max is a sexy, tortured hero and there is fantastic heat generated whenever they are within touching distance. The beautifully written sensual love scenes give important insight into the intensity of Holly and Max’s physical attraction and their deep emotional connection.

The believable, uncomplicated plot with enough twists and dark moments to hold the reader’s interest makes this a fabulous read. I liked the setting for this story and the echoes of the couple’s past that resurface through the small cast of secondary characters.

Holly and Max are ‘no strings’ lovers. Neither wants commitment, until a life changing event makes them focus on what they really desire from each other and their future. There are lots of humorous and poignant moments. Are they prepared to take the risks and make the sacrifices necessary to find their happy ever after?

‘Employee of the Month’ is a tale of light hearted romance and angst. The characters are easy to empathise with. This is an absorbing page turning read.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Here are my reviews of Tracey’s first two novels:

Daring to Wish

Best Fake Day

Employee of the Month by Tracey Rogers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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What a difference a year makes -Tracey Rogers

TraceyRogerspicToday I welcome my friend and fellow author Tracey Rogers  back to First Steps. 2013  was  special for me and similarly so for Tracey  whose books Daring to Wish and Best Fake Day were released by Beachwalk Press in 2013. Over to you Tracey.Daring to Wish_Medium

A very happy New Year to you all! I can’t believe yet another year has passed us by and how different 2013 was for me!
I’m not terribly superstitious, but I do avoid walking under ladders. There are also numbers I avoid. Last New Year’s Eve I was really wasn’t looking forward to 2013. Three is my least favourite number and the idea of 13 in a year wasn’t particularly appealing. Not that I think it’s an unlucky number, but because saying the number out loud makes it sound so…dull. thirteen. Sounds sad doesn’t it? It made me dread the coming year. How wrong was I?
It was in January 2013 that I clicked send on my manuscript to Beachwalk Press. I hit send and had no nerves or expectations at all. After all, 2013 was destined to be a rubbish year. One month later I got the contract for my first book Daring to Wish. Then I went on to write Best Fake Day and later had that book accepted too.BestFakeDay_Medium
2013 was an amazing year for me. To be published was a dream of mine and if anyone would have told me in January that I would become an author in 2013, I would have laughed. To have begun the year as a writer with dreams and aspirations, then to finish the year with my second release Best Fake Day was a fantastic end to a very wonderful year.
Not only was it a wonderful year as an author, but as a writer. The writing community is so supportive. It’s also amazing that my author friends have had a fab year too with contracts and book releases to celebrate. Also those writer’s who are yet to find their books a home have reason to celebrate their determination and the fact that they have written a book, or two, or three…What an achievement!
I don’t have anything to celebrate in 2014 yet, but I’m working on it! I wonder what 2014 has planned for us? What are you hoping for?

I’m so pleased 2013 was an enjoyable one for you Tracey.

If you haven’t read Tracey’s books yet here’s where you can find them:

Daring to Wish –

Beachwalk Press Buy Link

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

Best Fake Day

Beachwalk Press

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Here’s a taste of Tracey’s latest release Best Fake Day:

Blurb
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language.

Excerpt
“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.
He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. “And if a guy tried to kiss you?”
“I have been kissed before, remember?” she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.
“I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man.”
“Then do it,” she demanded.
Author bio
A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.
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Tracey Rogers – Best Fake Day -Interview

BestFakeDay_Medium As part of her ‘Best Fake Day’ Blog Tour I have Tracey Rogers  on Jane Hunt Writer First Steps today.Here’s what you can expect from Best Fake Day.
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

Hello Tracey It’s lovely to have you back on my blog. Italy is one of my favourite places and as it features in ‘Best Fake Day’ I thought we could start our interview there 🙂

Your second novel ‘Best Fake Day’ features a fake wedding day in Florence Italy. Why did you pick this location?

Thank you for inviting me here Jane. Choosing Italy was pure indulgence! I’ve always wanted to visit there so researching Florence was a treat for me.

From reading ‘Best Fake Day’ you obviously feel Italy is a romantic location why?

I have to admit the courtyard wedding idea came from watching the Twilight movies. The scene in New Moon when Bella races to reach Edward before he steps into the sun. I guess the architecture, hidden courtyards and cobbled streets kind of bring out the romantic in me. All of those things seem perfect for stolen kisses and fake weddings!

I love Izzy the female lead in ‘Best Fake Day’. How much of Tracey Rogers is in this character?

Thank you I love Izzy too. There is a possibility that I also staged weddings with my toys and spent a lot of time drawing my dream wedding dress. Also my brother’s Action Man made a great groom for my Sindy. You could say I’m also a dreamer like Izzy.

Jack is Izzy’s teenage heart-throb do you believe teenage love can survive a lifetime?

I don’t see why not. I can still remember my first date and my first kiss. Even down to the clothes I was wearing and the smell of my date’s Brut aftershave. I remember more of my teen years than I do of last year. I also met my husband when I had just turned seventeen and we are still together.

Izzy and Jack’s pseudo marriage is Izzy’s ‘Best Fake Day’ do think marriage still has a place in today’s society?

I really hope so! Though it took ten years for my husband and I to get married. I guess as long as you reach your happily ever after, then that’s all that matters. A marriage certificate won’t change that.

After two wonderful books what can we expect next from Tracey Rogers?

I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed my books Jane! This year is very much an open book. Pardon the pun 😉 I currently have a WIP near completion and several other ideas floating around. It’ll be interesting to find out where 2014 takes me!

Here’s an excerpt from Best Fake Day:

BestFakeDay_Medium“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.

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TraceyRogerspicA devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

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5* Review Best Fake Day Tracey Rogers

I’m reviewing ‘Best Fake Day’ today here’s the blurb:Best Fake Day
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

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Best Fake Day

Tracey Rogers’ latest release Best Fake Day is another 5* read with humorous dialogue and sizzling sex there is nothing fake about the readability of this tender love story.

Izzy Latham is the lynchpin of her once ‘perfect’ family. She has put aside her own happiness to help her talented but highly strung sister and grieving father. When Jack crashes back into her life she wonders if he has come back for her but he hasn’t.

Talked into a ‘fake’ wedding, despite her inherent honesty, to repay her sister’s debt Izzy finds her chance of a happy ever after drifting away. Izzy is likeable and easy to empathise with as she realises honesty is a grey area when your happiness is at a stake.

Jack Carter’s life appears idyllic a successful model turned entrepreneur he has his pick of beautiful woman but his glitzy life masks the pain and resentment of a difficult childhood. He knows he is bad news for Izzy but she is only one who can help him and he can’t resist the burn of the electricity that sparks between them even if it’s only once. Their fake day reveals deep emotions and unveils secrets that force him to reconsider his life plan.

Best Fake Day is an enjoyable read with a heart rendering twist you don’t expect.

Here’s an Excerpt:

‘ “Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.
He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. “And if a guy tried to kiss you?”
“I have been kissed before, remember?” she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.
“I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man.”
“Then do it,” she demanded.’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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