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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Drea's Review: Stone, At Your Service

 
Title: Stone, At Your Service
Author: Rie Warren
Series: Carolina Bad Boys, #1
Format: e-book
Release Date: September 25, 2014
Length: Novel (290 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Source: Author
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars 


Drea's Review:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rie Warren’s latest is a fun romp that answers the question of how fun would it be to be a hot manly man at a romance convention. The answer? Really fun, unless the woman who got your eye thought you were gay.

Here’s my blurb:

Mechanic and successful garage owner Josh Stone would do anything for his family and friends. Including posing as his best friend Nick’s lover at a romance convention, even if it means leaving his son J.J. for the first time. But when Josh meets the newest member of Nick’s author entourage, missing J.J. might be worth it…at least for a few days. Leelee is his ideal woman—beautiful, intelligent, talented, and she knows about cars. All that sexiness wrapped up in a best selling author to boot. There’s just one problem: she thinks he’s gay and in a committed relationship. And her ex ditched her for a guy.


Whoa boy, poor Josh. He’s in a bad situation here.

Josh is a blue-collar prince with all the right moves on the dance floor and in the bedroom. Somehow heroine Leelee manages to hold out, at least for a little while, even beneath his suave moves and incredible six pack. But his heart-melting interactions with his adorable son are probably what made her a goner.

Told from his point of view, Ms. Warren’s writing makes the reader feel as if we’re really inside the mind of a gritty, guy’s guy. As with her other books, this one isn’t for the faint of heart. Josh thinks, and talks, much as you’d expect guys to. If you’re into the softer romances with flowery declarations, while there is some sweet-talking in this, this story might not to be your cup of tea. But if you want a romance that’s closer to life, snatch this one up.

There’s also a bonus story-within-a-story—Leelee’s hot New Adult romance. At some points I found I liked it better, actually, because it was told from dual points of view and I dig that.

Along that line, I didn’t get any of the goose bumps and chills I get with many love scenes I read. Whether this was because of the male point of view or something else, I can’t say. I did flip faster through the first few chapters, hoping we’d finally get to jump into Leelee’s mind. And we never do. I’d have loved a hint at why she did a few of the things that she did (like why she freaked out the morning after when there’d been seemingly nothing to set her off). Aside from that, this is a cute story.

Grab this if you like blue-collar dads with hearts of gold and moves of liquid silver.


Stone's sequel: Love, In The Fast Lane is coming this December!
Love, In The Fast Lane - pre-order link
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NIB9MU2


13 comments:

  1. It sounds good even if not awesome. I didn't know about this one but maybe one day.

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    1. She's definitely worth a try, either on this or the Don't Tell scifi romance series.

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  2. I agree with Melliane, but I'm sorry you didn’t get the desired goosebumps and chills... Still, I'm intrigued by the blurb and one day I might try this one. :)

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    1. Thanks! I might have been having an off day, who knows!

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  3. I'd imagine that the male POV had something to do with the so-so love scenes; I wonder why the author shafted Leelee? However, at least the bonus story kind of made up for that. I do like that the protagonist acted like a guy though because I'm not fond of exaggerated sweet talk, it's just not realistic, even if a HEA is a foregone conclusion.

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    1. IDK, but that's why I asked her to do a character interview with Leelee :D (that posted last week)

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  4. I usually love a male POV story so Im wondering what went wrong here foe you. Was it too boring or speculative?

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    1. It was neither, I don't think.
      I'm okay with male POVs in a story but there has to be a female counterpart. I'm so, super picky.
      Though I did like the male POV in book 1 of her Don't Tell series. And that one LRJ serial I read from that Dom's POV. *acts like you know exactly what she's talking about* :D

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  5. Ah yes I do love those things. I do! I have one of her others still I need to read. Poor thing has been sitting around for ages.

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    1. So many books, so little time. It would be nice if we could read while we sleep ;)

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  6. Well that certainly sounds like a unique premise. Too bad the love scenes disappointed!

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    1. Definitely on the premise. The romance convention local was a blast, too.

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  7. I like gritty and a male pov is fine with this gal..hell you might get some pointers :)

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