Friday, May 23, 2014

A Little Blackmail by Helen Conrad Review/Tour

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A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
by Helen Conrad

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A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances - Forever Yours
(Sweet Edition #2)
by Helen Conrad
Adult Romance
Paperback & Ebook, 172 pages
March 28th 2014 by Doorknock Publishing

Sometimes you have to break the rules to right a wrong.

Janet Cardona is usually a by-the-book good girlbut when Matt Carrington won't give her cat back, she sees red. Rules mean nothing when there's an animal to be saved. So when she's caught in a burglary and blackmailed for it, she finds she can't refuse. Matt only needs her to pretend to be his wife for a day or two so that he can run a scam he's involved in. But once the pretense gets going, he begins to yearn for the real thing. Now Janet has to decide if she can let herself fall for a con man.

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My Review: I'm really enjoying these sweet romances. I thought it was funny that the opening scene showed Janet as a cat burglar trying to steal a cat. She isn't that type of person at all. She values honestly above all else and hates to be caught in a lie, but that's exactly where she finds herself when she is discovered by the one who "stole" her cat--Matt. 

Matt comes across as very smooth. He seems to have no problem living a lie, yet he's not as good of a liar as he thinks he is, because Janet can tell that something is up. He has his reasons and the reader discovers them along with Janet as the story progresses. 

I liked Janet. She is a pleaser--she goes along with Matt, even though she doesn't agree with his scam. She's very sensitive and passionate about things she cares about. She's very by-the-book, yet she has moments when she throws caution to the wind and jumps into things without thinking them through. 

I also liked Matt. He's a con man, yet he really does have his reasons for being one. He's very independent, yet he has a need to be loved deep inside of him and Janet seems to bring that out.

This story is another example of how it's impossible to fairly judge someone by first impressions. Things aren't always what they seem to be and the whole story is often needed to paint the complete picture. I loved the way the story unfolded, especially the ending.

Content: a small handful of mild swearing; no violence that I can think of; kissing, sometimes a little passionate, but clean. The couple is assumed to be married and they share a room, but don't sleep together. Clean.

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Helen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlist—mainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.

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A Little About the Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
From Author Helen Conrad

"The Destiny Bay Romances take place in the sort of beach town I've always loved--and now I live in one! But writing about beach towns came first and this series is centered on the rich, influential Carrington family living along the California Coast, and in Hawaii. These are good-looking, fast-driving, hard-hitting men and women whose impulses lead them into trouble every time--and inevitably to fall in love.

The original series includes language and love scenes that aren't, for the most part, especially harsh and explicit--but some of my readers from my years writing sweets for Harlequin as Raye Morgan have asked if we couldn't have sweet and clean versions--and I thought--what a good idea! 

These are basically the same stories...but with the conflicts softened a bit, the language cleaned up, and no explicit love scenes. There are still a few adult situations, but they're muted. Consider these the PG versions. 

I hope you enjoy them!"

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- US Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and paperbacks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
- INT Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and ebooks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
- 2 sets of ebooks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast (INT)

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Run Run Runaway
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May 26 - Book Intro

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Jun 1

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