Review: His Risk To Take by Tessa Bailey

 

Title:  His Risk to Take

Author: Tessa Bailey

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation with the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?


Review:

I am really happy to have discovered Tessa Bailey.  So far, she has delivered two blazing, lightning paced books that have held my interested from beginning to end.  I thought His Risk to Take was better than Protecting What’s His, because the suspense elements were better crafted and fit the story smoothly.  Maybe because, like the rest of this novella, the showdown with the bad guys was lickity-split, and I didn’t have time, or the inclination, to question the setup or the smack down. 

I liked both protagonists, but Ruby really struck a chord with me.  She is trying to put her shady past behind her, and make a better life for herself.  She has learned that she can’t count on anyone but herself, and for the time being, she’s content to focus on her future.  Then she meets Troy, and all bets are off.  Even though he’s a cop, she can’t help but be drawn to him.  As a pool hustler, she certainly doesn’t need the complications his presence in her life will bring, but after one smoldering taste of passion with him, she can’t get him out of her head.  Good thing, because he’s just as obsessed with her.

Troy has some baggage, too, and it’s making him cautious about jumping into a relationship.  He feels responsible for the death of his partner in an arrest gone bad, and he doesn’t trust that he can keep the people he cares about safe.  He transfers from Chicago to New York, needing both a change of scenery and a break from reminders of his failures.  When he meets Ruby, all he’s interested in is one night of unrestrained sex.  That’s it.  With his forceful bedroom demeanor, he usually chases the ladies away as fast as they can run, but Ruby finds that Troy’s dominance and dirty talk are just what she needs have the best sex of her life.  Too bad Troy’s a cop, though.  A lifetime of living on the edge of the law has taught her that cops just can’t be trusted.

This is fun read because both Troy and Ruby have to learn to trust again, both themselves and each other.  They are made for each other, and as they get to know each other better, they begin to realize that they might be able to offer more than a good time in bed.  Misunderstandings pop up as they try to protect the other, and the flow of disagreement and resolution is natural and engaging.  I gobbled this story up in one sitting, and I found myself both unable to put down my eReader until I reached the last page, and longing for more pages to read! 

A word of warning – I would normally endorse this as a beach read.  Because it is so smoking hot, I am fearful of mixing His Risk to Take with blazing, direct sunlight.  You would be better served to read this in a walk in freeze, or with a gallon of your favorite ice cream close at hand.  You have been warned.

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Guest Post: Tessa Bailey’s Top Ten Cop Movies and Giveaway!

Please welcome Tessa Bailey to the virtual offices!  Tessa is here to share her Top Ten Cop Movies! After, enter to win a copy of her smokin’ hot His Risk to Take!  Please check back later this morning to read my review, too!

Top 10 Cop Movies by Tessa Bailey

Author of PROTECTING WHAT’S HIS and HIS RISK TO TAKE

Hi Julie, thanks for having me! So happy I could stop by to talk about my favorite cop movies in honor of my latest book, His Risk to Take, part of my Line of Duty series for Brazen.

1. The Other Guys – Any movie starring Will Ferrell is an automatic favorite. Throw in Mark Wahlberg and you’ve got yourself a winner.

2. The Inside Man – I actually watched this movie recently as research for my series. It involved a hostage negotiation and the NYPD Emergency Services Unit, which my heroes belong to in the Line of Duty series. There’s a great twist at the end – and you gotta love Denzel J

3. End of Watch – Saw this one recently. I was more a fan of the format and originality of the film. It takes place over the course of almost a decade, focusing on two partners in the LAPD. Sweet, sad, funny.

4. Turner and Hooch – A classic. I watched this movie a zillion times growing up. A big loveable dog and Tom Hanks. It’s like an instant pick-me-up.

5. Mystic River – So dark and twisty, but it’s an incredible story. My favorite thing about this movie is the ending. Nothing is actually resolved and the bad guy doesn’t learn his lesson or face consequences. It’s scary and refreshing at the same time.

6. The Usual Suspects – Hysterical and incredibly smart – plus I love Kevin Spacey.

7. The Departed – I LOVE this movie. Such incredible acting…and God, I love me some Matt Damon. There’s just something about that Boston accent.

8. Point Break – I have memories of watching this movie on Sunday mornings with my dad. It’s almost like the movie should be classified as terrible, but you have too much fun watching it to care. And come on, you have to love Swayze.

9. Training Day – Another Denzel movie. Rookie cop gets paired with veteran who isn’t what he seems. There’s a lot of twists and turns – such a great movie.

10. The Boondock Saints – I’m kind of a fan of stories about vigilante justice and this is one of the best. Two brothers take the law into their own hands. It’s totally a classic.

Thank you, Tessa, for sharing your Top 10 cop movies with us!

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About the book:

The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

Interview with Heidi Rice, Author of Too Close for Comfort


Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Heidi Rice to the virtual offices today!  Heidi dropped by to give us the dets on her latest release, Too Close for Comfort.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Heidi Rice] Film buff, romance junkie, wife of good guy, mum of 2 not-always-good sons who lives in London & has weakness for bad boys & eye candy!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Too Close for Comfort?

[Heidi Rice] Too Close for Comfort is my first Harlequin KISS novel and actually a linked book to my last book to go out in Harlequin Presents Extra, One Night, So Pregnant. The hero Zane Montoya is a Mexican-American Private Investigator who owns his own firm in Carmel – and is one of those guys who’s so gorgeous he stops traffic. He’s effortlessly charming, exceptionally hot and totally confident with women – a bit too confident really, because in reality he has used his charm, his looks and his sex appeal as a means of keeping the women he dates at a distance. In other words, his hotness is a barrier to emotional intimacy. That is until he catches Iona MacCabe, a Scottish wildlife artist, trying to break in to the motel room of a con-man he’s been trailing for months. Iona’s presence threatens to blow his case – so he’s determined to ‘contain’ her. What he hasn’t bargained for though is his reaction to her – and how her honesty and bravery and vulnerability not only gets past his guard, but eventually manages to blast all the carefully constructed and maintained barricades he’s built around his heart to smithereens.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Heidi Rice] As I mentioned, Zane had appeared in One Night So Pregnant – as the best friend of my hero in that book, Nate Graystone. At that point all I knew about him was that he was so hot he made women drool – and he was Nate’s illegitimate half-brother – something the two of them had known since childhood but never acknowledged, because Zane had a lot of hidden rage towards their father. Once I’d met Zane I knew I would have to write his story. I wanted to find out where the rage came from, and if he could overcome it – and for that I needed a heroine for him who would be able to push past all his charm and confidence and control and expose the wounded man beneath. Iona was a natural for that, partly because she had a few self-esteem issues of her own – her mother had abandoned her and her dad when she was still a child, and she’d been sexually exploited by a con-man. As a result of her past experiences, she’s immediately wary of Zane’s charm and intimidated by his looks, so he has to work a lot harder than usual to gain her trust. Also she’s got an innocence and honesty about her that Zane, who has always felt the need to protect women after what his father did to his mother, can’t help but be captivated by.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Iona?

[Heidi Rice] Tough, tender, cautious

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Zane had a theme song, what would it be?

[Heidi Rice] Beneath Your Beautiful – a hauntingly beautiful soul ballad by Labrinth featuring Emilie Sandé. When Labrinth sings ‘Take it off now girl, I want to see inside. Would you let me see beneath you’re beautiful, tonight?’ the line perfectly describes what’s happening when Zane first seduces Iona. He knows she’s had her confidence knocked by her previous sexual partner and he wants to show her she’s beautiful to him. But once they’ve slept together, he realises how vulnerable she actually is – and how determined she is to hide that vulnerability – and it scares him, because it makes him feel responsible in a way he never has before, and that makes him vulnerable. There’s also a brilliant answering lyric sung by Emilie Sandé which tears my heart out every time I hear it and perfectly describes Zane – and what Iona eventually discovers about him – and that line is: ‘Behind your Broadway Show, I hear a boy say “please don’t hurt me”’  Sheesh, tearing up here again!!

Here’s the YouTube link: http://youtu.be/bqIxCtEveG8

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Iona is never without.

[Heidi Rice] Her battered and much-loved box of art supplies which she uses to create the beautiful watercolours she paints of flora and fauna.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Zane’s bathroom?

[Heidi Rice] 1) Wet towels on the floor – his mother Maria became a single parent at the age of 16 and worked as a housekeeper, so she trained him very well as a kid to clean up his own mess!

2) An empty shelf where the condoms should be – he doesn’t take chances with birth control and always practices safe sex.

3) Women’s junk – because he’s never had a woman stay over more than one night at a time…. Well, that is until he starts to fall for Iona!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Iona’s greatest regret?

[Heidi Rice] That she couldn’t get her mother to love her enough when she was a little girl…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Heidi Rice] Movies which feature bad boy heroes and the women who love them – On the Waterfront with Marlon Brando & Eva Marie Saint, East of Eden with James Dean, The Long Hot Summer with a young and in-love Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and more recently Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx are just a few I could name, but they are legion!

Great romance writers – Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, Queen Nora, Jennie Cruisie, Diana Gabaldon, Victoria Dahl, Robin Gibson are just some of my favourites.

And most of all my Dad, Peter Rice. Born in Ireland, he was a world renowned structural engineer, a brilliantly lateral thinker, and a wonderfully lyrical man who believed whole heartedly in the power of listening to your ideas. He wrote a book about his work just before his death 20 years ago in which he said: “The courage you need is the courage to start.” When it comes to creative influences, I couldn’t have one any greater than him. Cheers, Dad!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Heidi Rice] Quiet, my Mac and the voices of my hero and heroine talking in my head.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Heidi Rice] Well, I’ve read a lot of books recently that I’ve really enjoyed – I’m currently devouring Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series – but my last bona fide sock-knocker-offer would have to be the first Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve loved all the other Outlander books too that I’ve read so far, but that first one… Pwoah! It was quite simply mind-blowing. If you want to know exactly what I thought of it you can check out my Goodreads review here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/344084612

But be warned, there is a disgusting amount of gushing involved.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Heidi Rice] SE Hinton’s The Outsiders age twelve… Hmmm, am suddenly beginning to see where the whole bad boy vibe might have come from.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Heidi Rice] I love watching movies, in fact my ‘other’ job is as a film journalist. I also love socialising, going out dancing, eating delicious food usually cooked by my husband (unfortunately for my waistline!), watching good TV shows (am currently watching Breaking Bad series 4) and travelling – especially in the US where I go on a road trip every couple of years with my best mate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Heidi Rice] My email is Heidi@heidi-rice.com

I’m on Twitter (far too much) @HeidiRomRice

My web addy is www.heidi-rice.com

And I’m also on Facebook (again, far too often) at http://www.facebook.com/heidi.rice.524

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Too Close for Comfort or any of Heidi’s releases from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below:

About the book:

Up close, and way too personal!Breaking and entering is hardly her style, but Iona MacCabe needs her passport back from her ex’s motel room.

Jaded L.A. private investigator Zane Montoya is staking out a con man’s motel room when this pretty Scottish girl gets seriously in the way. For her own safety, he’ll keep her under his very close protection….

Except independent, willful Iona is not best pleased to be "rescued"—even by someone as sexy as blue-eyed, gorgeous Zane! And when he discovers just how innocent she really is, suddenly their scorching attraction feels even more dangerous….

Extra bonus: included is The Wedding Dress Diaries by Aimee Carson, the prequel to our fab new quartet!

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Heidi Rice lives in London, England. She is married with two teenage sons (which gives her rather too much of an insight into the male psyche) and also works as a film journalist. She adores writing romance because it involves getting swept up in a world of high emotions, sensual excitement, funny feisty women, sexy tortured men and glamourous locations where laundry doesn’t exist. Then she has to turn off her computer and do chores (usually involving laundry!)

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–May 26th Edition

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

It’s been another sad weekend here.  We had the memorial for Dean’s sister yesterday; I still can’t believe she’s not here.  Cancer sucks.

Last week, Harley, the steady old lesson horse that taught me to ride and show, crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  He was always such a good boy and always took the safety of his riders seriously.  I know that he and Isaac are tearing up the pastures in Heaven.

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library.  Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

Secrets & Lies by Kody Keplinger

Grounded by G. P. Ching

Three by Jay Posey

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Cover Reveal: Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo

Oh-lala!  I have a cover reveal for Toni Aleo’s Falling for the Backup!  This is an Assassins series novella, and it will be available June 24.  What do you think of it?

Falling for the Backup: An Assassins Series Novella by Toni Aleo

Loveswept – Random House |  June 24, 2013  |  $0.99

Toni Aleo’s sexy new eBook original novella featuring the Nashville Assassins will have you believing in the power of love at first sight . . . and second sight . . . and third.

After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is until the hottest guy she’s ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and charms her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers?
Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice—finally. After a crippling knee injury that had him wondering if he’d ever play pro hockey again, he’s got his full attention on rebuilding his career. So a pretty—okay, beautiful—girl on a plane shouldn’t be a distraction. But Jordan is very, very distracted. And when Aynslee crosses his path again, he’s not sure any job in the world is worth missing his second chance with a woman like her.

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Cover Shot! The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I have loved every cover for Anne Lyle’s Night’s Masque series, and the cover for The Prince of Lies is no exception.  What a bad-ass cover!  I have these on my TBR pile, and I’m hoping that I’ll get to them soon!  In the meantime, I’ll just drool over the covers.

In stores November 2013

 

   

Elizabethan spy Mal Catlyn has everything he ever wanted—his twin brother Sandy restored to health, his family estate reclaimed and a son to inherit it—but his work isn’t over yet. The guisers’ leader, Jathekkil, has reincarnated as the young Prince Henry Tudor, giving Mal a chance to eliminate his enemies whilst they are at their weakest.

With Sandy’s help Mal learns to harness his own magic in the fight against the renegade skraylings, but it may be too late to save England. Schemes set in motion decades ago are at last coming to fruition, and the barrier between the dreamlands and the waking world is wearing thin…

Spotlight! See by Jamie Magee!

Jamie Magee dropped by the virtual offices to share an excerpt from her novel, SEE.  Since it’s a long weekend for most of us in the States, it’s the perfect time to discover new authors and books. Please enjoy Jamie’s excerpt!  Purchase links are below.

 

About the book:

Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your love is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….its life altering.

Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the damned to humble in silence…

One night…just a few friends how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.

Part of her had been stolen….she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.

Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister….within that small town Charlie found her memories….and so much more.

Her story begins now.

 

SEE Excerpt:

I glanced up and noticed that a new band had begun to play. I turned down the song that was playing in my headphones and listened through my open window. I could hear a nervous anxiety in the lead vocalist, but his audience was forgiving as they screamed and danced to the music. By the time he reached the chorus, his anxieties were gone and he took over the stage he was on. It always made me smile when I witnessed someone take ownership of their talent. They played their set, then three more bands played. I liked what I heard and made a mental note to find their music.

Madison came back to my car all alone. She was literally dancing as she walked – I guess all the caffeine in her system was starting to take effect. I got out and slid on my hood, careful not to let my boots make a mark. Madison crawled up beside me.

“Having fun?” I asked half-heartedly.
“Not yet,” she said, lying against my windshield.
“What were you doing?”
“Looking for backup – it’s kinda exhausting being around you.”
“What are you talking about – you need energy drinks to be around me?” I said in an amused tone.

She didn’t answer me. She sat up and looked at the stage. We both clapped as the band that was playing finished their set and left the stage.

“I think we should go closer for the next band,” she said, sliding down off the hood. “I like this spot,” I said, refusing to move. “Who’s playing anyway?”
“They don’t really have a name – the lead singer’s name is…Draven.”
My eyes grew wide as I looked at her in utter shock – could there be two? Was the Draven I saw today about to sing? My heart started to race, and my ears began to burn. I pulled my hood up and tried to find a calm expression, but it was useless.

“Know the name?” she asked, raising her eyebrows.

“No – yeah – I saw him earlier, if that’s the same guy. I think my mom knows his dad.”

“Same one. Draven Michaels.”

“Do you remember him from when we were little?” I asked as I tried to find the air to breathe. He wasn’t even on stage, and I couldn’t control myself. Why did he do that to me?

“I don’t think my memory is the one that should be in question,” she answered, looking anxiously at the stage.

I followed her stare. The lights were out, but the screen behind the stage was white and was blinking on and off rapidly. Throughout almost all of the other bands, the crowd had lingered by their cars or were having conversations over the music. They still moved to the music and cheered, making them a good crowd to perform in front of – but to say the least, their attention was divided. As if on cue, everyone in the field and the cars around us moved to the stage. The crowd, including Madison, screamed as the shadowed images of Draven and his band came to the stage. My heart pounded against my chest as I studied his perfect silhouette holding a guitar and adjusting his mic. He was just too perfect. The stage enhanced every part of his tall, lean body.

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Interview with Lucy King, Author of One More Sleepless Night

Please welcome Lucy King to the virtual offices! Lucy is here to chat about her latest, One More Sleepless Night!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Lucy King] Voracious reader, erratic writer, ace procrastinator. Mother of two, sun-loving Hispanophile. Avid list-maker yet perplexingly inefficient.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about One More Sleepless Night?

[Lucy King] One More Sleepless Night is the story of Nicky Sinclair, a photojournalist who, following a nasty incident in the Middle East, is suffering from PTSD and burnout. On the recommendation of a friend she heads to Spain for some lovely peaceful R&R, only to discover that she has to share her retreat with Rafael Montero, a man who, being after solitude, peace and quiet and a break from women, does not feel inclined to babysit a house guest. Throw in a nightmare or two, scorching summer heat and a ferocious one-sided attraction, and things become far from restful!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Lucy King] By the time the story’s finished, it’s generally undergone so many twists and turns that its origins fade into the mists of time and thousands of deleted words. That’s certainly the case for this story, although what I can remember is that I’d always wanted to set a story in south west Spain, where I live, and write about a dark brooding Spaniard (which had nothing to do with the desire to endlessly Google Antonio Banderas, absolutely nothing at all). A heroine with PTSD was just someone I think I thought sounded interesting.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Nicky?

[Lucy King] Ex-thrill-seeker. Burnt-out basket-case.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Rafael had a theme song, what would it be?

[Lucy King] That’s a tricky one as I’m hopeless with songs and who sang them. I did rack my brains, but couldn’t come up with anything. However if there’s a song out there about being a loner, believing you’re emotionally unreliable, and having a tendency to stick your head in the sand, then that would be it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Nicky is never without.

[Lucy King] Her hi-spec digital camera.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Rafael’s bathroom?

[Lucy King] Moisturiser. Hair gel. Waxing strips.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Nicky’s greatest regret?

[Lucy King] As she’s always lived life to the max Nicky doesn’t believe in regrets – or at least she didn’t before she became such a mess. Now, though, she regrets pretty much everything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Lucy King] The voices in my head…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Lucy King] A computer and a clear head. Coffee’s a bonus, as is my iPod which I find helps to block out the distracting sounds of every day life. In order to write like the wind though, all I need is a looming deadline.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Lucy King] Recently I’ve read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers by Paul Torday and loved both, but the one that springs to mind and kept me up til dawn is Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Original and spine-tingling.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Lucy King] I spent most of my childhood with my head in a book, devouring anything I could get my hands on. Enid Blyton was a favourite (The Enchanted Wood, Malory Towers, the Famous Five…) so it was probably one by her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Lucy King] In my dreams I lie on the sofa reading and catching up on TV shows, or go out with friends and dance til dawn. In reality, however, toddlers don’t think much of people lying on the sofa relaxing and they don’t have much sympathy for the tiredness that staying up all night results in, so I generally find myself entertaining the children, cooking for the children and clearing up after the children, while studiously ignoring the piles of paperwork building up.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Lucy King] I’m such a remiss blogger that I’ve kind of given up on that. However, I do Tweet from time to time (@lucy_king) and can be found wittering away on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lucykingbooks). Then there’s my website www.lucykingbooks.com and lastly, email info@lucykingbooks.com. I love hearing from readers, so please do get in touch.

Thank you for having me here!

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

Purchase links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-more-sleepless-night-lucy-king/1113824118?ean=9781460312377

About the book:

She’s going to take her life back…one sizzling night at a time!It used to be Nicky Sinclair’s nightmares that kept her up all night; those 3:00 a.m. silences were her worst enemy. So now she’s following doctor’s orders—rest, relaxation and plenty of therapeutic Spanish sunshine.

Only she hasn’t counted on sharing her tranquil retreat with her best friend’s brother, Rafael, whose presence is anything but peaceful! With his beguiling eyes and smoldering smile, he quickly becomes a very welcome distraction. After all, if she’s struggling to sleep, why not find something else to do with her time…?

About the author:

Lucy King spent her formative years lost in the world of romance novels when she really ought to have been paying attention to her teachers. Up against sparkling heroines, gorgeous heroes and the magic of falling in love, trigonometry and ablative absolutes didn’t stand a chance.

But as she couldn’t live in a dream world forever, she eventually acquired a degree in languages and an eclectic collection of jobs. A stroll to the River Thames one Saturday morning led her to her very own hero. The minute she laid eyes on the hunky rower getting out of a boat, clad only in Lycra and carrying a three metre oar as if it was a toothpick, she knew she’d met the man she was going to marry. Luckily the rower thought the same.

She’ll always be grateful to whatever it was that made her stop dithering and actually sit down to type Chapter One, because dreaming up her own sparkling heroines and gorgeous heroes is pretty much her idea of the perfect job.

Originally a Londoner, Lucy now lives in Spain, where she spends much of the time reading, failing to finish cryptic crosswords and trying to convince herself that lying on the beach really is the best way to work.