Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ah, island romance...


Congratulations to "Jo-Anne B.", the winner in Maggie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


Ah, island romance … is anything more seductive than escaping to a tropical paradise with a sexy man? Not a chance. Unless, of course, it’s being stranded in paradise during a storm with a sexy man who might be The One. And since we’re talking romance novels, there’s nothing I like better than a classic forced-proximity scenario. Undeniable sparks between two people that ultimately lead to love? Fall for it every time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love all the romantic tropes. A fun, matchmaking story? You bet. Friends to lovers? Story of my life. Marriage of convenience? Where the hell is my Amex card? But for me, there’s nothing like a sizzling, stranded-in-a-storm story.  So when I had a chance to take the heroine of my new Lovestruck, One Little Kiss, to an island paradise and maroon her there for thirty-six hours with a sexy relationship expert, well, I dove right in.
Kate Bell is a woman who believes in love but always seems to choose the wrong guy. Her super-sized heart and poor dating choices land her in relationships she thinks are love but end up in disaster. And although Jake Wright is an expert on other peoples’ relationships, his own marriage ended in flames, which is why he’s spent the past three years living on an isolated island in the tropics. So when Kate shows up in paradise looking to haul him back to New York City as a bachelor for SmartCupid.com, Jake wants nothing to do with her. But then…the classic, inescapable storm strands them together in his bungalow and works its magic (did I mention I love this trope?).
Yep, it’s the intimacy of the storm that allows these two love-damaged people to let go of their carefully-managed defenses and give into in a kiss that leads to a night of sexy times. Will their one night of passion mean anything when the two reconnect back on the island of Manhattan? I hope you’ll find a rainy, spring afternoon to indulge in One Little Kiss and find out for yourself.
Giveaway:
Have a favorite island romance? Love a particular trope? Know of a marriage of convenience story that needs to meet my Amex card? Let me know in the comments section. I’ll be gifting a $5 Amazon card to one lucky commenter and I’d love to hear your thoughts! Big thanks to Just Contemporary Romance for hosting today. xoxo.

One Little Kiss 

Love blogger Kate Bell is finished with men—especially the hot ones. Of course her only chance to save her career requires snagging an interview with the man who literally wrote the book on love, reclusive and super-sexy relationship expert Jake Wright. Who happens to be her boss’s brother.

The last thing Jake Wright wants is to be dragged back into the spotlight as a bachelor for his sister’s dating website. But when a sweet and sexy blogger crashes onto his island in the middle of a storm worse than his love life, keeping his hands off proves to be a challenge—especially when they’re stuck sharing the same bungalow.

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About the author:
After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after with her longtime sweetie, AKA Husband Number 1, and their two occasionally punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun!

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18 comments:

  1. I LOVE "second chance/reunion romance". That is my #1 favorite trope. I love the tension that it creates -- because the couple have unfinished business and I always enjoy to see how they work on that.

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    1. Ami...me, too! I'm starting a new series (shh!!) and planning to use this one for the third book. Small town high school sweethearts, maybe? Still workin' it out but I'm with you, I love that trope. Just finished the latest by Samanthe Beck and she uses this one. Loved it.

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  2. I really liked Key West Christmas by Sophie Mays. It takes place in Florida so it isn't really an island romance but the climate was hot so I think it counts in this category. It's not only a fun, quick romance but I liked hearing about Christmas in Florida because I live in Ontario, Canada where we have LOTS of snow at Christmas.

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    1. Hey, Joanne. I've always wanted to go to Key West...I think all the keys qualify as islands...well, at least, they'd inspire me! I'll have to out Key West Christmas on my TBR list---thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. Funny thing: when I read how we could write about an island romance, the first thing I thought of was Tom Hanks' ball, Wilson, in the movie Cast Away. Silly me.
    Maureen has my email address.

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    1. LOL. I love Tom Hanks but I'm not sure his love affair with Wilson counts. :) Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Your book sounds fun.

    alysap at yahoo dot com

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  5. I enjoy so many tropes... secret baby, amnesia, fairytale types, marriage of convenience, boss and employee, etc. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I keep thinking about fairytale types...I love them, too. Maybe I'll do a Beauty & the Beast soon. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  6. Congrats on the new release!
    I recommend Pearl Island Series by Julie Ortolon: "Three heartwarming, sexy romances set in the colorful world of Galveston Island, Texas. The St. Claire siblings find themselves on a collision course with love when they set their sights on restoring a dilapidated mansion built by their notorious ancestor and turning it into a bed and breakfast."

    natalija(dot)shkomare(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I love restoring a old house and falling in love stories. Interested in Galveston Island, too. I'm trying to get to as many of the US islands as I can...it's like a bucket list thing for me so this is a great rec! Thanks, Natalija.

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  7. I have a few favorite tropes but my all time favorite is friends/enemies to lovers. I always love seeing how dynamics change in relationships, whether one or both of the H/h knew their feelings ahead of time. They usually make for a most satisfying read!! Can't wait to read One Little Kiss!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Enemies to lovers can be super-fun...unexpected enemies or when one doesn't realize it...like a mistaken identity..LOVE! Thanks for commenting, Ada. Hope you love One Little Kiss.

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  8. no fav

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  9. I really like fairytale tropes - like the Ugly Duckling, Beauty & the Beast (or Nerds) and Cinderella type of reads. Those stories in whatever form never get old!

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  10. Thank you everyone for commenting and supporting this story. I loved hearing your thoughts and have a few new books to add to my to-be read stack!

    Our One Little Kiss giveaway winner...Joanne! I'll be emailing your Amazon card. Enjoy! xoxo. Maggie

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