Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Tour for Temptation by Lee Brazil (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Lee Brazil is back today giving us another glimpse into the new release, Temptation.  Keep reading to get my impressions of this book and make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a book and bookstore GC!

After a hot interlude at a holiday party, Lake Wynters and Solomon Arsdale exchange phone numbers but not promises. Lake is fine with that until something happens he's never experienced. As days pass without Solomon calling, Lake discovers he just can't forget the sexy older man. Giving in to temptation, he takes matters into his own hands and visits Solomon at his office, breaking his own dating rules.
Waiting in Solomon's office, Lake is shaken to the core by how much Solomon's acknowledgement of their encounter means to him, and how much more he wants it to lead to.
But when the door he's eagerly watching opens, it brings new temptation in the form of Adonis Kosmias. Adonis isn't anything like Solomon. Not many would call him beautiful. His features are too harsh, his body too angular. But he moves with fluid grace and his hair falls in perfect waves and his eyes sparkle with warmth. From the first touch of his hand Lake is thrown into even greater confusion. So distracted by Adonis's touch is he, that when Solomon finally makes an appearance, their hands are still clasped.
Meeting Solomon again while holding hands with another man wasn't in Lake's plan. Neither was anything that happened afterward.

EXCERPT:

I was on edge and I didn't like it. I didn't like being here. I didn't like that he hadn't called me. Why hadn't he called me?
Everyone always calls me.
Not Solomon Ardale. I closed my eyes and his face hovered there in front of me, dark, solemn eyes, strong smooth jaw. The bold, aquiline nose I'd kissed playfully two weeks ago, the thick dark brows I'd traced with my fingers.
The moist hot mouth that had captivated me with one swift brutal kiss before he'd pushed me aside. Had he tasted himself in that kiss? Certainly his taste lingered in my mouth. That flavor was so imprinted in my memory that I could savor its echoes today, the blend of salt and sweet and bitter, smooth and slick against my teeth, my tongue.
But he left me there, mouth hanging open, clutching the little white business card he'd given me after I wrote my number in eye liner in the palm of his hand.
He hadn't called.
Not to ask me to dinner, or the theater, or a movie.
He wasn't even interested in a repeat performance.
Why did it fucking matter? I didn't think he was in love with me. I didn't expect him to even like me overly much. After all, a half an hour at a party isn't much to base affection on.
And yet, here I was, wasting prime holiday shopping time sitting in a stuffy office hoping to see someone I'd only met once.
The door behind me clicked and I spun around, expecting to see Solomon, but instead it was a younger man, handsome in his own way, but leaner with a darker appearance. That explained why Solomon hadn't admitted me right away. He was with someone. The relief I felt made me a little wobbly in my heels, but I smiled at the newcomer, letting my suddenly lighter spirit show. Maybe I smile too much for the camera and it came off as flirty instead of friendly, because one arched brow rose high and I nearly giggled. It made him look very much like an inquiring Vulcan and less wicked than I'd first thought.
He looked me over slowly, extending a hand in greeting. "You're Lake Wynters?"
I accepted his hand, squeezing gently, just as my behavior coach had taught me. "I am. You'll get used to it. It's my real name. My parents were wannabe hippies. I had to get over it, just one of many things." Jesus, why was I babbling? More to the point, why did this man's dry, firm touch send goose bumps up my arm?
"Will I? Get used to it, I mean?" He smiled a little, just the tiniest quirk of his lips, but I felt at ease suddenly.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Lake Wynters KNOWS he's good looking and sacrifices many of the fun things in life to keep his looks and his money making career of modeling.  He never feels complete without his make-up or being dressed to perfection as that's how people value him..  Too bad his insides aren't as perfect as he's vain, a bit shallow, and has the tendency to run at the first sign a relationship requires work.  He likes to be the center of attention and has made pouting an art form.  Normally this would make me dislike a character, but Lake knows that he's far from perfect and you can't help but find his carefree ways endearing even while being annoyed.  Things come very easily to him until he meets Solomon and what seems like yet another carefree one-night stand evolves into an unexpected relationship that forces Lake to grow up and realize what's truly important in life....real long term happiness that you have to work at or a superficial and fleeting moment of happiness.

Whereas Lake is young, carefree, and surrounded by superficiality, Solomon is an older and wiser man who's known heartache.  He and his partner Adonis are committed to one another but on occasion agree to bring a third into their relationship when they find someone special.  They're both immediately drawn to Lake's exuberance and playfulness and definitely see them together as a triad forever if they can just get him to stay and fight for the steamy and meaningful relationship they're offering.  Solomon and Adonis are both sexy and wise in the ways of the world.  Together with Lake they form a super HOT triad that shows Lake something meaningful, something REAL, something worth sacrificing for.  It's an eye-opening experience in many ways that forces him to look towards the future and not just the here and now.

At first glance this book appears to be mostly about sex, but as you read further you realize it's more about growing up.  It's about the profound discovery of what's important and acting on it.  Being with Solomon and Adonis makes Lake a better man, one with a brighter future ahead that ultimately leads to a satisfying HEA for the reader.  Lee Brazil has once again provided us with a super steamy beautifully written piece of poetical work that has me greatly anticipating what comes next.

My rating for this is a B-/C+

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

AUTHOR INFO:

A multi-published author with Breathless Press, Silver Publishing, Evernight Publishing and Total-e-Bound, Lee Brazil is a retired teacher of grammar and composition. Moving around the country a lot as a child meant a constant stream of new schools, new locations and new people. As a child Lee was swept away into incredible worlds with the turn of every page, from Camelot to Sherwood Forest, the deck of a whaling ship, or the frigid Alaskan tundra. Every book spurred new adventures. Even before Lee started putting what if's on paper, the stories were there. As Lee grew into adulthood, the stories changed, and the focus changed from wild adventures and feats of daring to simpler, more enduring themes. Today Lee writes about one of the most basic of human needs...the need to love and be loved.

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

Lee will be awarding an E-copy of The Park at Sunrise to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a $5 ARE Gift Certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

-To be entered, leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-Winners 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 8/16.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review!

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  2. Sounds interesting

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  3. Nice excerpt! :)

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  4. Love the excerpt!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! Winners will be chosen this morning by random draw and announced today :)

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