Friday, May 23, 2014

A Little Blackmail by Helen Conrad (Review + Giveaway)

On tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to my tour stop for the
A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
by Helen Conrad

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A Little Blackmail is only $0.99 for Kindle from now until Sunday, May 25th!


A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances - Forever Yours
(Sweet Edition #2)
by Helen Conrad
Adult Romance
Paperback & Ebook, 260 pages
March 28th 2014 by Doorknock Publishing

Sometimes you have to break the rules to right a wrong.

Janet Cardona is usually a by-the-book good girlñbut when Matt Carrington won't give her cat back, she sees red. Rules mean nothing when there's an animal to be saved. So when she's caught in a burglary and blackmailed for it, she finds she can't refuse. Matt only needs her to pretend to be his wife for a day or two so that he can run a scam he's involved in. But once the pretense gets going, he begins to yearn for the real thing. Now Janet has to decide if she can let herself fall for a con man.

Recipes for Crab Open-faced Sandwiches and Basic Asian Soup included.

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My Thoughts
I enjoy books that follow a family and let you get to know the characters better through multiple books, so this series is right up my alley. A Little Blackmail picks up with Matt Carrington (brother of Reid Carrington from Run Run Runaway). Matt is obviously hiding something, so Janet's unexpected arrival (behind the curtains of his second story bedroom!) definitely has the potential to complicate things. I was delighted by the "marriage" of convenience aspect—another favorite storyline of mine.

Matt and Janet both seemed a little stiff at first, but once we began to see the heart behind the characters, I really began enjoying the story. The author did a great job of giving readers clues that there was more to the story, which kept me curious and anxious to see what I was missing!

Again, there was a bit of "head hopping" throughout, but I was able to look past this and still enjoy the story. I will also say that while this is a "sweet" version of this book, there is still quite a lot of passion between the characters. Nothings happens, but it's clear the two are very attracted to each other. 

This was another fun read from Helen Conrad and would make a great read this summer while lounging by the pool! [3.5 stars]

(Note: Unlike many books that I review, this book is written for the general market, but it is overall a clean read.)

I received a free copy of this book from the author via Prism Book Tours in exchange for my fair and honest review.


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Image of Helen ConradHelen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlistómainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.

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A Little About the Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
From Author Helen Conrad

"The Destiny Bay Romances take place in the sort of beach town I've always loved--and now I live in one! But writing about beach towns came first and this series is centered on the rich, influential Carrington family living along the California Coast, and in Hawaii. These are good-looking, fast-driving, hard-hitting men and women whose impulses lead them into trouble every time--and inevitably to fall in love.

The original series includes language and love scenes that aren't, for the most part, especially harsh and explicit--but some of my readers from my years writing sweets for Harlequin as Raye Morgan have asked if we couldn't have sweet and clean versions--and I thought--what a good idea! 

These are basically the same stories...but with the conflicts softened a bit, the language cleaned up, and no explicit love scenes. There are still a few adult situations, but they're muted. Consider these the PG versions. 

I hope you enjoy them!"


Tour-Wide Giveaway

- US Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and paperbacks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
- INT Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and ebooks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
- 2 sets of ebooks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast (INT)

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Run Run Runaway
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May 26 - Book Intro

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Jun 1

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