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Romance Madness Hop, January 25-29

We have winners! JeanMP wins the copy of Julie James’s Just the Sexiest Man Alive, and copies of How To Misbehave will go to bn100, BJ, and Emmaline. I’m particularly pleased that BJ and Emmaline were chosen by the random number generator, because their confessions rocked. BJ, I want to know if the security guard was hot. Emmaline, I just sort of want to squeeze you. And I’m going to give a special bonus gift card of $10 to Lisa K, because her story about impetuous sex in the endzone made me so happy, and also I will probably steal it for a book someday.

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Romance Madness Hop

I’m on a hop kick, it seems. But this one is fun: all participating sites have a different giveaway, and everybody has to talk about why they love at least one romance book. Here’s mine—

WHY I LOVE JULIE JAMES’S JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE

I think my favorite thing about the novel is how awful the hero is, and for how long. The heroine describes him as a “penis,” and he really is. He’s just terrible. Jason Andrews is a big-deal movie star, and he’s a conceited, condescending, arrogant, privileged, manipulative, woman-using asshole. He’s such a colossal wanker, actually, that it takes some doing for James to sell the romance at all, but she’s very deft about it, and in the end I completely bought what she was selling — not because I was convinced that these characters had fixed each other and ironed out their flaws forevermore, but because I believed that they’d keep arguing and making each other laugh and growing their way toward happy-ever-after in the years to come.

Plus, it was really funny. It’s kind of a silly book, set in Los Angeles against a Hollywood backdrop, with a few clubbing scenes and some girl-shopping-time, a red-carpet premiere, a charity ball. Lots of paparazzi. All stuff that would normally not necessarily appeal to me, but the heroine is grounded and smart and snarky about it all, which makes her a great everywoman for this plot, and she totally won me over.

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her — not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match.

PRIZES!

The Romance Reviews will be giving away three grand prizes, so be sure to visit their Romance Madness Hop page to learn how to enter.

How To Misbehave by Ruthie KnoxIn addition, every participating site will have its own prize(s). I’m giving away a copy of Just the Sexiest Man Alive (any format), as well as three ebook copies of my January 28 release, How To Misbehavewhich involves a good girl who’s more innocent than she’d like to be, a bad boy who’s trying to be good, a tornado siren, and a very dark basement. (Also, there’s lots of romance and jokes, plus some angsty depth. Lest that description make it sound like a porn movie. Which it is not.)

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW

The hop begins today and goes on through January 29, so you have five days to visit as many of the participating sites as you wish.

(1) To enter for my prizes, leave a comment below telling me either (a) the single craziest thing you’ve ever done for love or (b) the single craziest thing you’ve ever done in order to be able to keep reading a really good romance novel.

(2) If you haven’t already done so, visit the Romance Madness Hop page at The Romance Reviews to enter for the grand prizes (link opens in new window/tab).

(3) Click on the button below to go to the next participating blog in the hop! Some mysterious, magical system employed by The Romance Reviews will remember which blogs you’ve been to already.

The Romance Reviews Romance Madness Hop

48 thoughts on “Romance Madness Hop, January 25-29

  1. Sounds like a great book and of course I’m looking forward to yours! The craziest thing? Not sure if it’s crazy, but while I was doing summer study abroad in Vienna in college, I bought yarn and knitted a whole sweater for this guy I was crushing on BAD in my class back home. I never got the nerve to give it to him though. I still have it. And it would’ve gone perfect with his coloring.

  2. I have faked having a horrible migraine to get out of going to a family reunion (my husbands) not mine so I could stay in bed all day and read. Oh and the one time I actually I went back to my home stat of Ohio with my mom, brother and niece (not by my choice but that is another story) who all drive me absolutely crazy I said I had to work all day while they went out and about when in actuality the work I really had to do took about 30 minutes and so I could stay in and read the rest of the day! Damn I sound terrible but it was the best day of the trip!

  3. In college, I dated a 200 lb outside linebacker who majored in literature and wrote me poems in perfect iambic pentameter and sent me short stories to critique. One night, we started out strolling around campus admiring the stars. Before I knew it, we were having hot sex in the end zone of the football field. Touchdown!

    1. Yeah, this comment pretty much made my day, as well. I’m going to pretend that I’m not imagining a particular football player I knew in college, and living vicariously through you. But actually I am.

  4. Once, when I had just begun dating my 6’6″ husband and we were sickeningly crazily stupidly unable to show any discipline at all, he went down on me in the passenger seat of my tiny Subaru. We were parked in the West Palm airport parking lot in the middle of the day. I pulled my jacket over my face in case the people whose car was parked next to mine appeared. I still don’t know how we managed the logistics.

  5. Whilst at university I lived with a member of the Uni Rugby team. His best mate was just beautiful & on numerous occasions ‘popped’ in for coffee. At my Christmas Ball I was merrily getting drunk on vodka when all 6ft 2 of him appeared from behind the curtain on the stage upon which a massive Christmas tree sat. I’m ashamed to say in it can only be due the vodka I marched/staggered on up to the stage & snook behind the tree. The man was stood there. The next 15 minutes of my life where a drunken fumbling blur however it must of raised the attentions of a tutor who caught us, in the escape we proceeded to crash into tree, it rocked, various decorations fell off it, I grabbed one (was a massive cherub) ran, fell across the stage with rugby following and ran out the building. I still have the cherub.

  6. If I want to be left alone to read I will go in the bathroom. I can usually hide for at least 20 minutes. I think my husband is starting to catch on, but hasn’t said anything yet.

  7. In our previous house the only room in it that has a lock on it was the one and only bathroom. I once locked myself in there for a couple of hours so that I could finish a book. Sat there on the toilet lid with my feet propped up on the tub >.<

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

  8. i don’t think i did soemthing crazy for one of these reason ( for nothig in fact… i ‘m quite dull) the worse i did was staying up really late to finish a book just before my exam time

  9. I was trying to get an attention with this guy I have a crush on. I went as Jane (Tarzan). I didn’t get his attention and frankly, I think I embarrassed myself.

    I have been hiding the erotic romance with another book cover so no one will know I reading some every intense romance sex.

  10. I havent really done anything crazy for love. I have sat in my car when we were camping so I could have a charge on my kindle so I could finish reading my book. Both of the books listed above sound great.

  11. The craziest thing I ever did for love was in 3rd grade and I showed everyone my underwear! LOL!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  12. Craziest thing ive ever done for love is when n college i would go back to the city on the weekends but never tell my family i was there because i was staying w my boyfriend..we drove right past my cousin one day but i made her swear she would not tell my dad…good times.

  13. To keep reading my romance novel, I took it to work and any second I had, I read it. I would even take it into the bathroom with me and take an extended break to keep reading. Of course, that was my most favorite book of all-time, “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon.

    mestith@gmail.com

  14. I love to read and romances are a fav. So… I am not sure if this is crazy but I bring my book everywhere; the bathroom, the bus, in traffic (stopped for 1/2 hr at train tracks or bridge up), everywhere…
    – lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. I think I have done a few unorthodox things -one being that I took belly dancing lessons. Being a shy person, that really took nerve of me to do that. I had a good time tho and kept that particular love interest for a while.
    Nothing stands in my way if I am reading a really good book. My family knows not to confront me with trivial things when I am reading! That is my time that I earned for myself.

  16. The craziest thing I did for love is that I followed him to university :) But I was lucky that at the end I fell in love with my profession!

  17. I feel so much better now after reading everyone else’s responses….
    I’m not too crazy :)
    I’ll mention one of my tamer moments…I did this for my best friend ALONG time ago.
    I made out with a really hot security guy in order to sneak her into the dressing room of this group that she loved…She had the dolls, sheets…etc…she was NUTS for them.
    It worked out really great in the end….she still has the shirt and we’ve been friend for 23yrs now.

  18. Not super crazy but I’ve spent sooo many nights staying up reading romance novels because I couldn’t put them down. Then the next day when I was inevitably super tired,. I would always tell people I just had really bad cramps and couldn’t sleep. They would go easy on me and I would spend the day thinking about the book I’d read lol

  19. I can’t remember doing anything crazy for love except marrying two times and then realizing I’m happier without a husband,. :) Love Julie Jame’s books.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  20. I once told an instructor he couldn’t start class again, after a break, until I had finished a chapter!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  21. Not too crazy, but I’ve called in sick to stay home and read a “just-released” book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  22. When I was first dating the guy who is now my hubby…I colored (yes, I still love to color) an enormous banner to wish him Happy Birthday. The look on his coworkers’ faces (who didn’t know who I was) when I asked them to hang it somewhere he would see it was very entertaining to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  23. In college my minor was French and I always thought I’d meet and marry a French baker who’d make me “pan du chocolat” for the rest of my life. However, the fates had other plans. I dated my college-sweetheart for three years. Little did I know he would have other plans for me. He’s from Central America and when we graduated together, I moved to C.A., got married and now I’ve lived here for more than 15 years! Yep, I already forgot all my french and I gave up my chocolate croissants for black beans and rice, BUT I’d do it all over again. :)

    Be crazy,
    melinda

  24. I am not really a “crazy” kind of person. I have frequently stayed up nearly all night long though, because I did not want to stop reading a book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  25. when I first started reading romance novels, I was reading the Flame and the Flower and hide in the bathroom at work to read chapters off and on all day long.
    I taped love notes all over the inside of my husbands car on Valentines day
    vera28546 at yahoo dot com

  26. Craziest thing I did for love is move half way across the country to marry a man I met on the internet. We have been married for 11 years now, don’t regret leaving everyone and everything I knew.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  27. I’ve never done anything really crazy for love or to keep reading. However, if a book that I really want to read isn’t stocked at my local book store on release day, I have been known to drive for up to 40 minutes to find a store that does carry it.

  28. I haven’t done anything crazy for love, but I would love to win a copy of your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  29. The craziest thing I have ever done to read a romance novel during the winter was to sit on the floor on a heat vent to keep warm while reading.

    kscathyATyahooDOTcom

  30. …the single craziest thing I did for love – in my junior year of highschool the boy I liked couldn’t decide between another girl or myself so he broke up with both of us…I had a poem I had written for him but wanted to send it anonymously so I had one of my friends take it with her on her trip to Jamaica & mail it from there…he did receive it as he asked me if I’d sent it, sad to say I didn’t own up to it as I was too afraid that he’d still wouldn’t “choose me”…crazy how much I doubted myself back then…

  31. I’m not a crazy kind of person (I don’t think), but some people may think I’m crazy for how much time I spend reading romance stories.

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