Author: Nadia Lee
Publisher: Four Isles Press
Release Date: 1st March 2014
Synopsis: A Hot New Sexy Contemporary Romance Novella from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Nadia Lee! A Seduced by the Billionaire Novella Her best friend's brother never looked so hot... Brooke de Lorenzo knows Pete Monroe is off-limits. They crossed that line once, in a make-out session that rocked her world, but anything more would be complicated. Messy. Unbelievably hot. And deep down, she's afraid the younger man might just break her heart. Pete's worked years to make sure he will be worthy of Brooke, and he's not going to wait any longer. He's going to show her what they have is very real, and that forbidden fruit is the sweetest and most satisfying.
I don't actually know what to say about this book. It really lacked suspense or conflict or intrigue, basically all those things that make the best books but I enjoyed it all the same. It was short - something that was reflected in the price, and very sweet. The characters were adorable. Pete was very cute. Pete and Brooke's relationship was something they'd put off for years - eight to be exact for reasons that weren't actually valid at all it turns out. It was nice to see their dreams come true.
It's fair to say that I love and hate being an indie author in equal measure. I love writing as a rule. It's great fun and even if no one ever reads my books its 100% worth it.
I love the way I am in complete control. It's up to me how long it takes to get my books written and ready for sale. I can't blame anyone but myself when I don't meet a deadline.
I hate not having someone to push me towards my deadlines. Support is something that we all need and sometimes it's nice to have a little help.
I love editing my own work. It's really quite enjoyable.
I hate the fact that a proper editor might actually be better at editing my work than I am. I want every book to be the best it possibly can be.
I love being in charge of the price of my books. I can give books away if I want to.
I hate that I don't have someone in my corner when people take my free book gift and put it up on other websites without my consent. I like to give my readers books for free but I won't do it at the expense of my copyright. Not having a publisher means I'm on my own when I have to fight this one.
So I've been asked to read RED: A Love Story by author Nicole Collet. I'm really looking forward to reading this book and I've heard some pretty great things about it. I thought we could spend a bit of time getting to know Nicole but first how about we get to know her brand new book a little bit more.
Two lovers. One fate. One twist. It will all hang on the roll of a die. Marco is a seductive literature teacher embracing a life of unconventional pleasures to escape his past. His student Marisa hides behind a cheerful façade while struggling with the loss of her father and the estrangement of her mother. Their mutual fondness of literature brings Marco and Marisa closer, and the two find in each other a soulmate. When their secret relationship comes to light, they are torn apart. An unexpected encounter amidst mayhem brings them together again - two changed beings sharing unchanged feelings for each other. To be reunited, however, Marco and Marisa must take a risk that can jeopardize their love forever. RED is a tale of forbidden love that has received over two million hits on Wattpad. It was endorsed by journalist Debra Picket, a former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as "an intriguing first novel - a thinking woman's 50 Shades of Grey." Set in Brazil and the US, RED is an unusual contemporary romance featuring references to philosophy, psychology, music and literature. If you enjoy the works of Sylvain Reynard, you'll love RED.
All About Author Nicole Collet:
Nicole Collet was born in Brazil and has multiple degreed in Journalism and Cultural Management. She's not only a writer but a translator too, having edited and translated works from authors like Ken Follett, Nora Roberts and Machiavelli. Nicole's novels are written in such a way as to inspire readers to think outside of what they know, challenging misconceptions. She writes about love and challenges her readers to think about love differently, combining psychology, philosophy, music, and literature.
Recently Collet was interviewed by Jennifer Mendez for Literative. Here are a couple of the questions asked and Nicole's answers. For the full interview check out the link below.
YOU TEND TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE, AND THE HARDSHIPS THAT COME WITH IT. STAYING IN LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ENJOY WRITING ABOUT THIS TOPIC?
Ah, that’s a good question. I used to be a romance buff, then I moved on to “serious” literature. Now I read romance mostly for reference. I think I write the stories I would like to read. I am very interested in human behavior, sexuality and spirituality.
Love is a theme that fascinates me because it’s so complex… What exactly stirs butterflies in your stomach and makes your heart leap? What makes that initial excitement fade? How can an undying love suddenly turn into hate? (The last question is actually easy: love and hate share the same neural circuits in the brain, just like pleasure and pain.)
Biologically, love follows a cycle. It starts with passion and a chain of chemical reactions aimed at ensuring the reproduction of the species. After the offsprings have been raised and a partner is no longer needed to help look after them, the biological tendency of love is to end.
Mentally, during the infatuation period, you obsess with the object of your desire, losing your appetite, concentration and sleep. The passion phase, however, doesn’t last too long for a simple reason: you couldn’t physically survive it.
What ensues is a period of tranquil marital bliss, and with it comes routine. Your mind seeks novelty, though, as it needs constant stimulation. Once you settle into routine, you may gradually get bored with your partner, and that’s the death sentence to love. Avoiding it requires effort and constant care.
In a spiritual level, love is an enigma. It can be the encounter of two souls teaching each other lessons that need to be learned by each individual. Souls seek one another for mutual growth. French philosopher André Comte-Sponville, in his wonderful A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, says love is the greatest virtue of all because it is the deepest. That’s what I like to explore in my stories.
IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Romantic, dreamy, subtle, steamy, atmospheric, unconventional, with a touch of magical realism… It’s hard to describe!
EVERYONE HAS THAT DEFINING MOMENT WHEN THEY THINK TO THEMSELVES “I WANT TO WRITE. I WANT TO BE A WRITER, THAT’S MY CALLING.” WHAT WAS YOUR DEFINING MOMENT?
The moment I learned how to write when I was a child. I had dreamed my whole life of becoming a writer, but I’d always thought I was incapable of creating stories. Today creating stories is what I love the most. It’s like a drug: I get obsessed when I’m writing them, I’m over the moon when I write something I like, and seriously, I get depressed if I write a passage that I find weak.
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If I give you a five star review that means I absolutely loved your book. It's somewhere up there with all my favourites.
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If I give you a four star review you know that I loved it. If it's meant to be comedic, I laughed, if it's supposed to be heart breaking, I cried, if it was supposed to make my heart race in fear, well I didn't scream but you get the picture.
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If I give you a two star review you know that I probably enjoyed your book enough to finish it but I won't be pre-ordering a sequel. Even if I give you a two star review that doesn't mean your book is terrible, it just means there's room for improvement - then again there is always room for improvement.
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I've never given a one star review but it basically means that I wasn't really interested. It might be you have plot holes or your characters need more development. If I give you a one star review you can choose what to do with it, but I hope you will use it to improve your work.
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It's fair to say that every writer was a reader first. It's equally fair to say that every writer will always be a reader at heart. We've all got a list of books that mean something to us and we all have authors that we would describe as our favourites but as an author I think it's fair to say that the authors I read have taught me so much. I wouldn't be an author today without some of the people on this list. Some inspired content, some inspired the imagination whilst other's inspired my style of writing. So here is a little thank you to some of the authors that have changed my world with their books and in turn have made me into the author that I am and the author I hope to become. This list will probably confuse the hell out of you. It's going to seem a bit random with everything from Dr Zeus to Jane Austen.
I start with Dr Seuss because this is where I first fell in love with words and stories. Dr Seuss stole my imagination away to a world completely beyond anything I'd ever known before. I struggled when I first learnt how to read. I've never been very patient and found it very frustrating. That is until my father gave me a Dr Seuss book for the first time. I'll always smile when I think "one fish, two fish..."
After Dr Seuss another author caught my heart with a story that stretched out throughout my childhood and adolescences. J.K. Rowling took the imagination the Dr Seuss had opened up and exposed it to a magical world of delight. She inspired me to learn more about the mythology she used within the pages of the Harry Potter series. Not only that she taught me about good and evil and right and wrong. She taught me that we should always offer people a second chance even when they've done the worst things imaginable. She taught me that the most valuable and powerful thing we have is love. She showed me the importance of family and friends Rowling taught me a lot with her books and at times broke my heart doing it.
At the age of twelve I first read Pride and Prejudice. I struggled through it with the aid of a dictionary but loved it no less as a result. I quickly followed it up with Austen's other books. Jane Austen is to this day is my favourite author. I love the way she introduced me to a time in history that was seemingly very romantic (or at least that's how she made it seem). I love her style of writing and can only hope to write as well as Austen one day. Austen taught me what I deserve from my own relationships too. She taught me not to settle for anything short of love.
Another author who shaped my childhood was Meg Cabot, the amazing author of The Princess Diaries. As a teen I read every Cabot book I could get my hands on. I'd spend my lunch break in the library so that I could read the Princess Diaries or I'd sit in the playground reading her books. My dad loved how much I loved reading and so would regularly buy me more Cabot books. In fact nearly every other week I'd get a new book from my dad. We'd go for a walk into the town centre and we'd always find ourselves in WHSmiths where I'd find several books I would want all with a three for the price of two label on them. My dad loves a bargain and so would always give in quickly and I'd walk away with a bag full of books. Cabot made reading more than just a hobby, she made it my way of life.
There are so many authors that belong on this list. Another author that belongs on this list is M. C. Beaton. I love historical romance and Beaton does it better than most. She has a habit of making me squirm with my hands over my eyes as I read the absolutely insane situations her heroines get themselves into. She taught me the value of tension and conflict within a love story. Love isn't really love until it has conquered something be it a situation or perhaps even a part of the person in love's character. Yes, love really should change us.
Perhaps my favourite author at this time, Sylvia Day has written a series of books that I completely adore with characters that will possibly never leave me. The Crossfire series is without a doubt the best series of books I have read in my adult life. I love these books. Gideon Cross is a man like no other and the way Day charactorised him was not only clever but deep and meaningful. His character was hot and attractive but also deeply scared and broken - and I loved him. Day has taught me that my characters make or break my story. If I don't take the time to share their weaknesses, their strengths, their loves and hates, my story will have no true depth at all. A story without characters is not a story worth reading.
Another author that has taught me a lot is Deborah Bladon. Her books are some of my favourites and I have a lot of respect for her. She's self published just like me and she's been publishing her own work for the last two years. She's a very talented author and I absolutely adore her. If I can be as successful as Bladon in the indie book world then that will not just make my day but maybe my life.
There are a lot of authors who could be added on to this list. Nadia Lee for one recently challenged me with her most recent book and of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the author of the Divergent series Veronica Roth. Not to mention that I adored Roald Dahl as a young girl. Every book I read touches my soul and every book I love has probably destroyed my soul just a little. Every author has changed what sort of reader I am and have inspired me as to what sort of author I want to become.
Synopsis: Ryder Pryce-Reed. Billionaire. Hollywood superstar. The man every man wants to be. The man every woman wants to have. I am about to become his bride...but only so he can claim his grandfather's legacy. The world is furious that he will belong to a working girl as ordinary as me. Our deal was supposed to be simple. I marry him for a year; he ensures that my unborn child and I are taken care of. But now everything's complicated. We can't keep our hands off each other. Enemies, both past and present, want to tear us apart. And...I'm in love with Ryder. How do you keep a man everyone says isn't yours to keep?
Another great book from an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites. Having greatly enjoyed reading the prequel to this book, I bought this book immediately upon finishing A Hollywood Deal. I barely stopped to breathe until it was finished. This story took the issues it raised in the last book and brought them to a whole new challenging level. The way Paige was treated was beyond appalling. This book brought into play the issues of cyber bullying and the misuse of social media. These books have given me tremendous respect for their author. Even if you only read it to because of the questions it inspires and the issues it raises then you're time won't be wasted.
The love story itself was beautiful. Watching Ryder realise his feeling for Paige and witnessing Paige's constant refusal to accept her own feelings was amazing. Really looking forward to the next book in this series. Like the other series by this author this one surrounds a family that might well all have stories to share, especially given their father's demand. I'm looking forward to Elliot's story as he seems to be the most rebellious of the Reeds and so I just know he's going to make it very interesting.
Again it was clear that Ryder and Paige had some serious communication issues. If only they would talk their lives would be so much easier. I didn't like the lack of a response to the weight issue. I wanted Ryder to make a statement or something demanding his fans stay away from her. I felt that it needed to be resolved. I wanted to know how they were going to handle it going forward. The ending felt a little rushed and not quite as succinct as the rest of the story. However, I loved reading this book and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Synopsis: Paige Johnson is used to cleaning up after her boss, Hollywood superstar bad boy Ryder Pryce-Reed. Nothing can shock her--not the countless "humped and dumped" women or the wreckage in the wake of his wild ways--until he asks her to marry him for a year.
Billionaire actor Ryder needs to marry for a year to claim his beloved grandfather's painting. Who better to help out than his big and beautiful assistant Paige? The rules are simple: give everyone a good show while keeping it strictly professional. But what happens when he can't keep his hands off his sassy, luscious "wife"?
Having read quite a few romance novels not many books take me by surprise. This one did and it didn't. It had the same awesome feel to the rest of Lee's romances. It was as interconnected as the rest, the leading man being related to the Pryce family. A lot of other familiar characters are mentioned too. I read this book quicker than even I thought possible and downloaded the sequel immediately. I've got bags under my eyes because I sat up reading several nights in a row. Not that I'm complaining - it was 100% worth it!
Ryder and Paige were pretty awesome characters. I enjoyed reading about them quite a lot. Ryder was obviously very attractive but he had some very frustrating flaws. His inability to trust for one and both his and Paige's inability to communicate was so completely realistic that I loved it! It was exactly like life. It was fantastic to see such great characterisation. Ryder although pretty humble at heart was incredibly egotistical at times and often underestimated Paige.
I think I'd be remiss if I didn't address on of the biggest issues in this two part story. This book did a fantastic job of dealing with the issue of a woman's physical appearance within society. Although the romance genre has often been portrayed as the trashy sister of real literature, it's fantastic to see an author prove that so completely wrong. Literature has always been about sharing a message, be it a concept or idea, a dream or wish. Some of the best poems in history have been about war or politics, whilst some of the best fictional stories have spoken of women's rights and equality. A good story hooks it's reader in, but the best of stories after hooking you in, pushes you to think about something new. Perhaps society's expections as to our appearance is not a new realisation for most women but it's certainly worth the thought.
I found this book particularly challenging. I don't want anyone to take offence and so I'm choosing my words incredibly carefully. From the very beginning it was clear that Paige was not "model beautiful". She was not skinny. She had boobs and a bum; she had curves. That I could cope with. But I struggled to understand her size. In England where I live most people where double figured dress sizes so that didn't answer my question. I'm a size 10 in the U.K. which is quite an average size but I would say that although I'm not overweight I could be a healthier weight. So I couldn't determine if she was simply curvy or genuinely overweight. More importantly I struggled in my own mind to put Paige (if she was overweight) with Ryder (sexy superstar) and there was my first challenge because I devalued her in my own mind because of her weight. I was shocked with myself and quite disappointed. Then to see the way she was treated by other people who devalued her was truly humbling. Of course I'd never treat her that way but even I judged her and harshly for her weight. This book wasn't just a book about love and happily ever afters. It wasn't just a book about finding love but a book about what society demands of us and how damaging that expectation can be. Hats off to Lee because it's not often that a romance novel challenges me in this way.
There are so many reasons why I think you should read this book. The characters, the plot, the questions it inspires.
Synopsis: "I can easily divide my life into two parts—before her and after." Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he's wanted for almost nothing. He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it. Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning? Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers. His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.
This book is a must read for anyone who has read the rest of the fixed series and I'd say it's a must read for pretty much every romance lover out there. I've loved reading this story from Hudson's point of view. It was beautiful to see how he saw the world and how he sees himself.
I struggle to read books like this one. I'm not good with reading the same plot from a different point of view. I get lazy and impatient but I really did enjoy this one. I really enjoyed the back story too. It was great to finally understand what happened between him and Celia. This was a really emotional read and the clarity this book provided was outstanding. Paige is an amazing author and she's done a beautiful job with this book. I can't wait to see what story she tells us next.
So as always there are so many books I'm looking forward to reading. Here is a list of all the books I will be reading and reviewing in the coming weeks.
Armed with a flaming sword and backed by Alf, her Demon partner, she’s the thin blue line between the Souls escaped from Hell and the living residents of the city. Missing persons cases aren’t her usual line of work, but a young woman has disappeared in strange circumstances and Cadence is pulled off her regular duties to investigate. The girl’s parents think she’s possessed. Which is impossible. Only, from what evidence there is - it looks an awful lot like she’s possessed. To solve the case, she’ll need the help of Matthew, a Soul expert. Matthew gained his expertise first hand – he’s been dead since before Cadence was born. But when their investigation unearths links to the devil-worshipping cult, New Dusk, they begin to realise that the case might be more than even they can handle.
Their mutual fondness of literature brings Marco and Marisa closer, and the two find in each other a soulmate. When their secret relationship comes to light, they are torn apart. An unexpected encounter amidst mayhem brings them together again - two changed beings sharing unchanged feelings for each other. To be reunited, however, Marco and Marisa must take a risk that can jeopardize their love forever. RED is a tale of forbidden love that has received over two million hits on Wattpad. It was endorsed by journalist Debra Picket, a former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as "an intriguing first novel - a thinking woman's 50 Shades of Grey." Set in Brazil and the US, RED is an unusual contemporary romance featuring references to philosophy, psychology, music and literature. If you enjoy the works of Sylvain Reynard, you'll love RED.
He says it's strictly so he can claim his beloved grandfather's painting, but I know there's more. There's always more with Ryder. My instincts say no, but he's offering to take care of the baby in my womb. Since my self-centered ex isn't going to play the father, I say yes, while steeling my heart. I can't afford to fall for a man who only wants me for a year. But how can I resist the sexiest man alive when he turns on his formidable charm to give everyone a good show? And how does a simple girl like me deal with the spotlight as his fiancée...or the scandal that explodes in our faces?
Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other's secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it's the truth that threatens us most of all.
Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.
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He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it. Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning? Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers. His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.
Synopsis: SOLO, a new standalone from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Deborah Bladon. Libby Duncan is on the cusp of having her dream come true. She has landed a role in a Broadway musical and all of the hard work, dedication and devotion to her craft are finally paying off. It's not the starring role she's hoped for, but she knows that it's a step in the right direction and if she can keep her focus where it needs to be, she'll finally get the solo she deserves. If that happens, the entire path of her career will change and her remarkable talent will finally be noticed. Everything is on track until Libby's path crosses with Alec Hughes. He's the investor backing the musical. He holds all the cards to Libby's career in his hand and he wants only one thing to help her get her moment in the spotlight. He wants her. As they grow closer, Libby is forced to choose between standing out from the crowd and following her heart. She wants Alec, but his past is dictating their future. On opening night, everything changes. Libby's world is shattered and Alec must make a choice. Does he lay himself bare and show Libby who he truly is or does he walk away so she can pursue the life she's always wanted?
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Hanleigh: an avid reader but a beginner when it comes to writing.