Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Spotlight for Make Me Up by Avery Flynn (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Readers who enjoy sensual stories with witty banter between a delicious hero and a strong-willed heroine will be drawn to Make Me Up by Avery Flynn.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book, along with my impressions of it.  To celebrate it's recent release too there's a great giveaway of make-up items that you might win after filling out the form below!

Murder, mayhem and makeup.
Panty dropper, knee knocker and all-around-good time Cam Hardy leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. His lady killer reputation never bothered the private investigator until he met Drea Sanford. Getting the tough as nails make up artist in his bed proved to be the easy part. It’s keeping her there that’s harder than any of the special ops missions he’s run in South America.
Falling into Harbor City’s modern day Casanova’s bed was never on Drea’s list of smart things to do—but hotness happens, especially in the form of the six-foot-five-inch motorcycle riding Cam. Then he takes their secret affair public and she swears to never let him crinkle her sheets again. But when one of Drea’s clients is murdered and the police zero in on her, the only person she can count on is the one man she never thought she could trust.


Drea got out of the seat and turned around to face him, but she was lost for words when she realized standing up had just given him a better view. Cam’s green-eyed gaze took in her entire body. Then he grinned, pissing her off and drenching her panties at the same damn time. 
If anyone could carry off absolutely wicked and totally charismatic at the same time, it was Cam. She itched to run her fingers through his thick mass of tousled honey blond hair. His murky green eyes were full of dark promise, the kind she knew he could deliver. 
And then there was his body. She could eat Jell-O off of his tanned washboard abs and the gelatin wouldn’t have the courage to jiggle. Being near him was like standing at the edge of the subway platform as the train whooshed by—exhilarating, dangerous, and addicting on a completely visceral level. 
But he’d broken her rule. The one thing she’d asked him not to do—and he’d gone and done it anyway. She wasn’t sure whether knowing he’d done it without thinking made the situation worse or just sad. But she couldn’t keep seeing him if she couldn’t trust him to keep this a secret. Hell, after that kiss, there was no secret. Cover blown. Everyone knew.
Time to cut her losses. Breaking it off now was the smart plan.
“I know what it is.” He stood up and closed the distance between them. “You’re embarrassed because you think someone saw your tongue push its way into my mouth—accidentally, I’m sure. And heard that sweet, soft moan of pleasure—”
She pushed her hand against his chest and forced him back. “Get over yourself, pretty boy.”
He didn’t even blink at the insult. “You want me. I want you. The sex is amazing. Why are you fighting so damn hard against letting people know we’re together?”
“Because we’re not.” She had no plans to trod down the well-worn path to Cam Hardy’s bed again. “You knew the rules when this thing started.”
“No going public.” His gaze pinned her to the spot, and he looked at her like she was the only woman in the world. “Look, babe, give me another chance.”
It made her mouth go dry and other places get wet. They’d had one hell of a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am twisting of the sheets, but they’d known from the start this was temporary. She’d known it. He’d known it. They’d agreed to keep it secret.
“It’s over.” Drea took a single step away from him.
He moved lightning fast to get in front of her, his bulk blocking her view of the rest of the group. “Don’t go away mad, babe. Let me make it up to you. Tonight. My place. No one has to know.”
She tossed her cup and plate into the trashcan. “Charming.”
He threw up his hands in frustration. “Around most people, I am.”
“And I’m not most people.” Pushing her point home, she traced a finger across his broad, sinewy shoulders and used the softest hint of pressure to nudge him out of her way so she could march across the grass to say goodbye to her best friends. “You should remember that.”
“As if I could ever forget.”





What do you get when you combine two strong-willed characters with lots of emotional baggage with on-the-edge suspense courtesy of somewhat stereotypical get an energetic read with lots of steaminess in a story that's a comfort read for all its predictability.  As the third book in the Killer Style series main character's Cam and Drea have a past connection that's easy to pick up on even if you haven't read the other installments and it's their interactions that keep the story sailing along in crackling style.

Cam and Drea have been having a secret affair that he's tired of keeping secret.  His decision has Drea running away from him and headlong into trouble when she's accused of murder.  Not only are the cops now looking for her but so too are the real bad guys which leads her right back into Cam's strong arms.  With his security and military knowledge he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe and find the bad guys before they find them.  All this leads to a fast-paced tale of cat and mouse intrigue amidst crackling sensual interludes between Cam and Drea.  The more time they spend together though the more they have to deal with their pasts and the resulting emotions.  Drea's scared of opening her heart for fear of losing the one she's come to love as her past has taught her that happiness can be snatched away in the blink of an eye.  Her past is further tied up in the murder she's found herself caught up in and could eventually destroy her family.  Cam too is letting past insecurities weigh on him making him feel unworthy of Drea.  He had a difficult upbringing and seen lots of vileness in his life and it's left it's mark.  All in all, their feelings are those seen in numerous romances but are still easy to understand.  Drea's a strong-willed woman more than capable of keeping up with Cam.  Though she's a bit superior at first, she becomes more sympathetic as readers discover more about her past.  Cam's always seemed so self-assured so his feelings of unworthiness don't exactly ring true but I like that these feelings draw them closer together ultimately, as does the danger.

This was a sexually tense read full of witty and sensually-tinged banter flaring often between Cam and Drea.  They're a fun and flirty couple who barrel their way to the truth in this fast-paced story that's full of twists and turns.  The secondary characters provide good support to keep the story progressing at a good pace that resulted in a conclusion that left me sighing in relief and in satisfaction.  I hope there's more tales to tell in the Killer Style series as the combination of action and romance is an engaging one and well-handled by Ms. Flynn.

My rating for this is a B.

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


Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.



When you're a makeup artist, you have to look good--even when you're on the run from the cops and a crime boss. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the person standing between you and the bad guys is a sexy, motorcycle-riding former special ops hottie who just happens to be your ex-lover. Yeah, those kind of days require Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick, Most Wanted eyeliner, Making Headlines nail polish, Gun Ammo eye shadow and Sweet Verbena scents. Lucky you, you don't have to be on the run like Drea and Cam in Make Me Up to get all of these goodies. Just enter the giveaway for your chance to win the Make Me Up Makeover Basket from author Avery Flynn & Entangled Publishing!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No comments:

Post a Comment