Published by Entangled: Brazen on August 12, 2019
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When recently divorced Natalie Winters attends the private Breakup Bash party to celebrate her freedom, the driven advertising exec doesn’t expect a hookup. But a Do Me condom escaping her purse and the ensuing sexy banter with bartender Rome Collier change things. The elite security specialist is the only drink she wants. And right now. But can a spur of the moment quickie actually become more? And should it? Especially when she’s on the rebound and needs to focus on her career.
Ain’t even gonna lie.
I was a sucker for the excerpt reveal. The moment Natalie and Rome locked eyes on each other, my room temperature rose at least ten degrees. The cover didn’t hurt either. Rome Collier’s dark good looks melt that page.
And just like that, I headed to Amazon and one-clicked on Rules of a Rebound, landing myself the book and a bonus lesson.
First, the story itself. I liked the intense heat right off the bat. Nothing like a hot love scene to draw a reader right on in and have ya’ sit a spell, and author Nina Crespo delivered, creating a five-alarm fire between Natalie and Rome. Still, she deftly also managed to temper the blazing hot quickie hookup with sweet and believable feelings between the two.
The characters rang true also. One just out of a marriage and gun shy. And besides, how can a one-night stand turn into a relationship? The other more open to the idea, but also not really looking for a relationship. And nursing his own wounds, physically and mentally. Their wants, desires, and personalities were the perfect foil for each other.
Nina Crespo strikes just the right balance between fairy tale and believability.
So what was my bonus lesson?
Is it possible to pick just the right excerpt to make a potential buyer take the plunge? I got my answer with Nina Crespo’s choice. A big yes. Gotta learn that skill. 😋
Liza’s Bottom Line: A hot and steamy romance with sweetness expertly tucked in its pages.
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