Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book Tour for Love In One Night by Rebecca Royce (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Rebecca Royce makes a return visit to my site today with her latest release, Love In One Night.  Keep reading for a glimpse into this book along with my impressions of it too.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win an Amazon GC......

Melanie is a woman who handles her anxiety by preparing for the worst. She’s ready for any scenario—except love. Griffith is a man who has seen it all. Nothing surprises him until he meets Melanie. Can two people prepared for everything handle the uncertainty of love at first sight?

EXCERPT:

“I married him because I got pregnant.” She put her hands on her hips. “And I won’t take his money because I won’t take money from the pharmaceutical companies. No offense.”
“Gee, why would I take offense when you meant to insult me?” Melanie’s face turned a lovely shade of cherry as he spoke.
“Truth is, I meant to say something nasty about Victor. I forgot, momentarily, what you do and who you do it for.”
He shrugged like he words hadn’t stung a bit. The pharmaceutical companies did both good and bad things. Griffith didn’t have to feel one-hundred-percent comfortable all the time to still know he worked on the right side of the law.
“Theft is theft. I give them back things they’ve lost.” He moved along the edge of the room. Melanie must be organized. Everything had a label, down to the box holding sponges. “And I’d bet when you get a headache, you take a Tylenol.”
“I’d try magnesium and zinc, but your point is taken. I shouldn’t be generalizing. I don’t like when it’s done to me.”
Griffith had to get out of there before he did anything really asinine, like give the blushing woman a hug. He pulled out his card. “If you hear from Victor or you think of anything, give me a call. I’ll be staying in Austin overnight.”
“Right.” She took his card. “I’m sorry you had to come all the way down here for nothing.”
“I’m not.” Her eyes widened, and he had a moment of sheer male satisfaction. He’d been able to shock her.
“You haven’t asked me why I do this. Why I’m so prepared for a disaster? You haven’t asked. Everyone does.”
“I’ve been a lot of places. I think preparing for things, even if they might never occur, makes pretty good sense. I guess we all have our own reasons for why we do what we do.”
She bit down on her lower lip, chewing on it as she regarded him with narrowed eyes. “So you want to know why I married Victor but not why I formed a whole community dedicated to organic farming in the desert, self-sustaining living, and disaster preparedness?”
“Melanie, if you want to tell me, I’d be really amenable to hearing.” Anything she wanted to say would be fine by him. She could read the phone book aloud, and he’d sit like a good little boy and listen to her.
“Maybe I could. Over dinner tonight.”
His heart skipped a beat. Had she actually asked him out? His mouth opened and closed. When he’d gotten off the plane in Austin, he’d had no idea he’d be stepping onto a sustainable farm, a converted bomb shelter, and asked to dinner by a hot redhead.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Rebecca Royce's latest story gets right to the action as Griffith shows up unexpectedly in the community Melanie has created in his efforts to capture her unethical ex-husband Victor.  While waiting for Victor to show up Griffith learns more about Melanie and her new way of living and instantly falls in love with her.  After a harrowing turn of events Griffith waits with bated breath to see if Melanie feels the same in this fast-paced read with a quickly resolved conclusion that never digs too deeply into either the character's backgrounds or their long-term motivations.  In essence this is a pleasant diversion, it's not profound or earth-shattering, just a nice way to spend an hour or two.

This short story is from Decadent Publishing's Prepper series dealing with those who become self-sufficient to keep themselves safe in moments of crisis and Ms. Royce briefly touches on this way of life amongst these pages.  For Melanie it appears to be some sort of escapism (from the danger of Victor) and a way to calm her anxieties. She believes in the lifestyle but it seems to be for more personal reasons than geopolitical ones.  Melanie's always felt bullied by Victor, kept oppressed by him and therefore this is a community of her own making that allows her to finally feel free.  Through their mutual loneliness sparks immediately fly but her and Griffith's romance never gets too steamy.  It stays on a superficial level with their lone sexual interlude more or less ending in a fade to black.  Griffith is her hero in every sense of the word saving her time and again on just their first day of meeting.  It's no wonder she's drawn to him and their connection seems perfect in that he's always been a savior and she's often in need of saving.  Their HEA seems inevitable in this well-written, straight to the point short story that again proves Ms. Royce's ability to entertain.

My rating for this is a C+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They’ve just moved to Texas where Rebecca is discovering a new love for barbecue!
She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Website:   http://www.rebeccaroyce.com/books.html

**********GIVEAWAY**********

Rebecca will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

-To be entered, leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-Winner will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more you comment the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 6/14.

12 comments:

  1. In a short story you really need to get right to the action.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  2. I appriciate your honest review. It is a lot of expect too much in a short story. I think this will be a fun easy read

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  3. Thank you for the review. Sounds like a short entertaining story.

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  4. I thought the self-sustained lifestyle was a very interesting part of the blurb.

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  5. I love reading an honest review. I love Rebecca's writing, and it helps to know what to expect.

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  6. Nice review and excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. This sounds like another great story. On my TBR list!

    cris(dot) riquelme at gmail (dot)com

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  8. Congrats on the new release. I find the idae of self-sustaining living quite intriguing. Thanks for the great excerpt and review.

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  9. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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