This is the second book in the I Know What You’re Doing series. It’s still in novella form so it’s still a fast read but it’s still very much got the heat and passion that it’s predecessor set up.
BUT, this had more drama and apprehension than that of the first. It was more of a soap opera than an erotic novel and I mean that in the best way.
Things are starting to fall apart for Zane and his wife Jenna. His involvement with Chad is putting a strain on his marriage and now there are feelings thrown into the mix, it’s getting out of hand. There are still secrets but also revelations.
This one more than the first held more sway with me. I enjoyed the story and the way things are playing out. My only wish is that they weren’t in novella form and I could devour the entire series in one go.
If I left my review at that, I’m pretty sure you guys who have read it will readily agree that nothing more needs to be said in retrospect. I mean it’s Will Mershano. Actually, let me try to up it a little. Will Mershano and a vineyard. Actually I bet I can do one better. Will Mershano, a vineyard and two wine glasses. But you know what would make that scenario absolute perfection? A naked Will Mershano, a vineyard and two wine glasses. With me as his love interest.
Sadly, that’s not the case, well the me part anyway. No his love interest in this is the kind of uptight Rachel. Although, to be fair, I can’t even hate her. She’s the kind of woman who you want to hate but can’t. Both of them together just fits. To quote Phoebe Buffay, she’s his lobster and vice versa.
The Charmer’s Gambit has a slight dark theme in it. Rachel has a past that she can’t seem to escape. Wherever she turns and becomes even vaguely happy, it’s always there waiting to pull her back down. Enter Will. He helps Rachel see that there is a way to escape, she just has to take a leap of faith.
I’m going to admit and say I think I prefer this story to that of The Prince’s Game and I really loved that story. In TCG however I just felt it was more rugged and growly. Not to impugn that Evan wasn’t a hard worker, he was. I just felt that Will was more of a manual labourer than Evan and it’s a quality that I’m attracted to.
The storyline itself just popped. I had this mental image of me being there. I felt that I was dealing with these situations and feelings myself. It’s a great thing when an author can make you believe that you’re part of the story.
I really enjoyed reading this story and Will and Rachel’s journey. I cannot wait to see where the author takes the next story.
I was a little disappointed that the next in the ‘Opposites attract’ series was going to be put on hold because the Author wanted to write Constant, BUT, I’m so freaking glad she did because I bloody loved it. Honestly one of the best books I’ve read this year.
It had everything. Danger, mystery, depravity, heat, chemistry, sweetness, love, intrigue and just that right amount of uncomfortable-ness. There are certain situations and dark subject matters that made me wince and feel uncomfortable, but the way in which it’s written, it works. I love it when a book makes sense. A book that makes you think, long after you’ve put it down.
I really enjoyed the characters diversities, even the villains. You could really connect to them and Rachel has a way of doing this in all her books that I’ve read previously. You get involved. You’re vulnerable right along with these characters. It’s excellent writing.
The only thing that I’m really upset about is that it ends on a cliffhanger. I somehow got it in my head that it was going to be a stand-alone. However this just means there’s more to come and I cannot wait for the conclusion.
18+ ADVISORY:Consequences is intended for an adult (18+) audience. It deals with mature subject matter, and contains explicit language and sexual content. Listener and reader discretion is advised.
The tour is bringing romance readers and listeners the opportunity to listen to all 48 full, unabridged chapters of Consequences well in advance of the audiobook’s Christmas release.
Plus, there are fabulous prizes at every stop–including a raffle for $50 Amazon Gift Card–and 48 chances throughout the tour to enter to win a COMPLETE set of M. Jane Colette’s paperbacks–so read through to the end so you don’t miss out!
WHAT’S THIS BOOK ABOUT?
An affair. HEARTBREAK. Consequences. ABSOLUTION, redemption, and LOVE… in the most unexpected places–a steamy second chance romance unlike any you’ve ever experienced… featuring an ALPHA lover-confessor you haven’t DARED dream about.
Elizabeth did not plan to break up his marriage when she had an affair with her law school professor. But she did. Fifteen years later, she’s still coming to terms with the consequences of her youthful infatuation: a stepdaughter who hates her, an ex-wife who will never forgive the betrayal, a sister-in-law who’s determined to make Elizabeth her confidante. Compelled to reveal the “tragedy of her life” to a nameless lover, Elizabeth finds herself forced to reconsider her definition of love, commitment, and responsibility—a process that finally releases her from the shackles of her past mistakes and shows her the way to her own happily-ever-after.
A NOTE ABOUT STRUCTURE: The story unfolds over the course of one night, as the narrator Elizabeth relates the “tragedy of her life” to her current lover as they, to quote a reviewer “do lover things.” The story Elizabeth tells spans 15 years. The scenes between Elizabeth and her lover are pure dialogue, and interrupt the “story proper.” There is no “he said/I said” in the dialogue between Elizabeth and her lover… a challenge the narrator solved masterfully, but which may give the first-time listener pause. To increase your enjoyment of the story, an opportunity to read, as well as listen to, the chapter, is provided.
Today, listen to Chapter 44: AGAIN WITH THE CONFESSION:
NEXT STOP: Enjoyed what you heard/read? The tour continues on Sat Nov 18 WITH Chapter 45 // FETTERED, FREE hosted byCARRIE AUSTIN REVIEWS.
FIRST STOP: If this blog is your first stop on the tour, you might want to head back to stop number one, hosted by Tome Tender Blog: The Photograph, or to the Tour Home Page, and start from the beginning. There are chances to win prizes at every stop!
SPEAKING OF PRIZES: For a chance to win a copy of Consequences (of defensive adultery), M. Jane Colette’s other books, and an Amazon Gift card, enter here:
PLUS: GRAND PRIZE TREASURE HUNT ENTRY, PART 44: For a chance to win a COMPLETE HARD COPY SET of M. Jane Colette’s novels, send an email to TellMe@mjanecolette.com, and:
put #ConAudioTour Day 44 in the subject heading,
ask to be added to her Rough Draft Confessions newsletter (or tell Jane you’re already on her mailing list, and it’s awesome, when’s the next love letter coming?) and,
answer the question: “Who confesses and to what… and does it fix anything?”
(The small print: Each tour stop offers you one opportunity to enter the GRAND PRIZE TREASURE HUNT DRAW, for a total of 48 entries if you complete the tour. The books that comprise the GRAND PRIZE are the novels Tell Me, Cherry Pie Cure, and Consequences, and the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions, including its controversially titled, available-only-in-Canada, beta reader / limited edition predecessor.)
REMEMBER: The story continues on Sat Nov 18 WITH Chapter 45 // FETTERED, FREE hosted byCARRIE AUSTIN REVIEWS.
M. Jane Colette writes tragedy for people who like to laugh, comedy for the melancholy, and erotica for women and men who like their fantasies real. She believes rules and hearts were made to be broken; ditto the constraints of genres.
Laura is a fairly-new author to me, I haven’t yet read any of her Counterpoints series but they are on my tbr pile waiting. This book however, when I read the blurb, knew it was going to be my kind of book. It’s contemporary romance but has dark elements in it. The only thing not my typical read is the mafia undercurrent flowing throughout the book.
The book is quite fast paced and an easy read. Sometimes I hate slow burners and I think I’d have hated it here. The grittiness needed to be there from the first page and it was.
Sebastian is a hot fighter, he lives, breathes and sleeps fighting and women. His attitude is standoffish and he has this ‘keep your head down’ attitude. This helps living in ‘The Market,’ an area that’s pretty much a ghetto, where it’s all about survival. What Seb doesn’t envisage is this woman walking into his life who completely changes everything. Andrea seems sad and lost when she first claps eyes on Seb, there’s instant attraction but she isn’t free to pursue it. That is until she takes one risky move and ends up spending the best night of her life with him. However, real life gets in the way and it isn’t until three years later when they are thrust back together that they realise love is worth all the risks. Even the deadly ones.
I really enjoyed the plot, the mafia wasn’t as dark as I thought it was going to be, it was only snippets, however sometimes the hinting of things sometimes packs more of a punch than a full-on description.
The overall feel of the book though is very staccato and if this book were a person, I envisage it to be very much like Jeff Goldblum. He’s very eccentric and has a quirky way in which he communicates. The way the author communicates with her readers is very wispy, like I imagine she stood at the window watching the world go by whilst writing it.
I will most definitely read more by this author. Her writing keeps you guessing and as such I never knew what was coming, even until the very end.
Today we have the blog tour for Acting on Impulse by Thea Dawson! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!
Title: Acting on Impulse
Author: Thea Dawson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Acting on Impulse:
She’s camera shy. He’s a big star. Is love worth the limelight?
Thirteen years ago, Chris McPherson drunkenly declared his love for Joy Albright… right in front of her husband. Though her angry rejection still stings, Chris, now a successful Hollywood actor, has never forgotten his feelings for her. When he returns to Silverweed Falls to direct a summer Shakespeare play, he is thrilled–and a little nervous–to learn that Joy will be managing the play.
Joy Albright’s marriage imploded in a public scandal a year ago when her husband was caught by the press with another woman. All she wants now is to avoid the limelight, but she can’t refuse the request of a dying friend to help save the local theater group.
Reunited, sparks fly. Joy is desperate to avoid more gossip. Chris comes trailed by the tabloids. But neither of them can deny the temptation to act on their impulses.
Chris took his position. Victor had blocked the scene so that they began on opposite ends of the stage and slowly circled each other, coming closer and closer with each pass until they were near enough to kiss. He cleared his throat and began.
“Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this while?”
“Yea, and I will weep a little longer,” replied Joy, back in character despite the sloppy t-shirt and denim cutoffs.
They circled around each other, speaking the lines that drew the two characters into each other’s arms.
“I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?” said Chris. There was a slight tremble in his voice that had never been there before.
More lines, a tighter circle. They were within a step of each other now.
“Why then, God forgive me!” Joy/Beatrice cried.
“What offence, sweet Beatrice?” asked Chris, his heart pounding suddenly, like it never did in front of an audience.
Joy met his gaze, her expression full of longing. “You have stayed me in a happy hour: I was about to protest I love you.”
They were so near each other now that he could see the streaks of gold in her green eyes. She dropped her gaze as he spoke his line: “And do it with all thy heart.”
She lifted her eyes to his again and they took the last, fatal step toward each other. “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest,” she said, managing to drop her voice and project it at the same time so that it would be audible for the last row yet still sound intimate.
Thea Dawson has lived in Rome, Tokyo and London, and spent much of her twenties traveling around the world. Eventually she met the love of her life and settled down in the Pacific Northwest, where she now lives with her husband and three children.
After a checkered career which included stints as an English teacher, librarian and editor, she now writes full time, telling tales of romance and adventure.
I think this has to be one of the most shortest, if not THE shortest story I’ve ever read. However, not to be all ‘punny’ (is that a word?) but, for what it lacks in err, length, it surely makes up for in quality. If you catch my drift.
The story itself is sort of taboo, in the fact that a slave, (Alistair) who just happens to be a monk, is bought and put to work, only to find that he’s enticed, sexually by his employers, Yngvaar and Runa. They awaken feelings in him that he long gave up and thought were unattainable, but up until now never really bothered him. His new mistress is a very sensual lady and it’s hard not to for an inexperienced Monk such as himself not to stir with desire.
I really enjoyed the premise and the story as I said was short but certainly didn’t lack depth. Reading it felt like being coiled by a snake, hypnotised until you don’t know you’re caught. The only downside was that I really wanted it to last longer. I felt like it was just getting to a point where the exploration was getting going only for the credits to roll by. I’ll certainly look out for more by this author though.