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.
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.
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.
In 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 Misbehave, which 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.