Seduced in SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER

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Hi there! Today I’m sharing my review for SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER a contemporary new adult romance from Jeanette Grey. You’ll recall how much I liked WHEN THE STARS ALIGN, so I was excited to get a sneak peek at this new release. I can tell you RIGHT NOW, this book has burning sheets.

Ma Gawd. The sexytimes are off the charts.

Check out the excerpt below and make sure to enter BOTH book giveaways–one is a simple as commenting on this post.

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About the book:
Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden-except the truth.

An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate’s soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he’ll need to confess the truth before it’s too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.

By day, he’ll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he’ll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams. In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star.

How about a little taste?

Kate stayed firmly planted in her seat as he offered to help her up. Trying her best to appear unaffected, she arched one eyebrow. “Does this usually work for you?”
The guy didn’t pull his hand back or in any other way appear to alter his strategy, and Kate had to give him points for that. “Yes, actually.”
“Interesting.”
The sad truth was, his offer was beyond tempting. The attention was nice, especially after her self-esteem had been beaten down the way it had in the past year. Hell, in the past twenty-two. It wouldn’t hurt to have someone who spoke fluent French showing her around, either. That he was as attractive as he was just made the deal sweeter.
“Not working so well on you, then?” he asked as she considered him.
“Not so far.”
His smile only widened. “Good. I like a girl who’s hard to crack.” Standing up straighter, he held his palms out at his sides. “Come on, what have you got to lose?”
“I’d say my wallet, but that’s already gone.”
“See? Low stakes. Listen, you don’t trust me.” That was an understatement. Was there a man left on Earth that she did? “I don’t blame you. Devilishly handsome man wanders into a café and buys you a drink without asking? Offers to show you around town? Very suspicious.”
“Very.”
“So let’s make this safe. You said you wanted to see the Louvre? Let’s go to the Louvre. I’ll show you all my favorites, and then if I haven’t murdered you by supper time, you let me take you someplace special. Someplace no guide book in the world would ever recommend.”
She was really running out of reasons to say no. It was a good plan, this one. They’d be in a public place. She’d have time to feel him out a little more. And if he wasn’t too much of a psycho, well, everyone had to eat, didn’t they?
Still, she kept up her air of skepticism. She rather liked all his efforts to convince her. “I don’t even know your name.”
The way his dimples shone when he lifted up one corner of his mouth was completely unfair. Extending his hand again, he offered, “Rylan. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”
Rylan. That was unusual. She liked it.
“Kate,” she volunteered in return, and with no more real excuse not to, she accepted the handshake, slipping her palm into his. Warm fingers curled around hers, his thumb stroking the side of her hand, and oh. The rake. He bent forward as he tugged on her hand, twisting ever so slightly so he could press his lips to the back of her palm.
“Charmed.”
“I’ll bet you are.” But her pulse was racing faster, and the kiss felt like it seared all the way to her spine.
This man was dangerous.
He straightened up but he didn’t let go. Sweeping his other arm toward the door, he asked, “So?”
She hummed to herself as she gazed up at him, as if there was any question of what she was going to do. His blue eyes sparkled, like he already knew her answer, too.
“Well.” She rose from her seat, feeling taller than usual. More powerful. Maybe it was all the flattery of a guy like this hitting on her. Maybe it was the headiness of making this kind of a decision. Either way, it made her straighten her shoulders and insert a little sway into the movement of her hips.
“Well?”
“Lead on,” she said.
He didn’t let go of her hand. “That’s what I was hoping you’d say.” With a squeeze of her fingers, he took a step toward the door. “Let’s go look at some art.”
External pressures aside, she had come to Paris to be inspired by beauty. She could find it on the walls of a famous museum. And she could find it in the lines of this man’s shoulders and throat. The latter might not have been what she’d had in mind when she’d set out, but what was a little bit of a diversion?
You couldn’t find yourself without taking a couple of side trips, after all.

My Review:
4.5 Stars for this contemporary New Adult (erotic) romance.

Kate is a woman filled with self-doubt, mostly because men (her father and ex-boyfriend) have put her down, a lot. She’s never had an orgasm with a man, and she’s not sure she can ever fall for a man–not after witnessing her mother’s destructive marriage, and her own disastrous single foray into dating.

Kate’s an artist spending a week in Paris hoping to learn what to do with her life–she has been accepted for her MFA in art, and she has a job offer at an ad agency. School, or work? If she can’t get a better sense how to do her art, she’s got to take the job, right.

Naturally, for Kate, her vacation/vision quest begins badly. Her purse is snatched at a cafe. Her coffee is picked up by a sexy stranger, Rylan, who entreats Kate to spend some time together, as her guidebook is now stolen, and he knows the city intimately. Kate gets the idea that Rylan knows a lot of women intimately, and this idea is verified by Rylan–who, let’s face it–is a lazy trust-fund brat having an extended temper tantrum. I do like Rylan, but he’s exactly that. He let his father dictate his life, and he was seriously disappointed and unhappy with the result.

Rylan convinces Kate to hang out, and also to let him seduce her–he’s sure he can satisfy her sexually and he spends several nights doing just that. There is a lot of sex, most of which is non-penetrative. Kate is initially nervous about having intercourse, so Rylan satisfies her in other ways, and he’s not specific about reciprocity. In fact, he counts his lack of action to be a penance for all the half-truths he reveals to Kate. He’s led her to believe that he’s a struggling ex-pat, though this is far from true. His father’s tarnished legacy has fallen into his lap, and he wants nothing to do with it. He has a lot of self-hate, which makes him more sympathetic. Plus, he lives to get Kate off, which is kinky fun.

Rylan wants nothing more than to spend these perfect days with Kate, but that gets snipped when she learns she’s just another lying liar, like her cheating ex and her cheating dad. Expect a frosty break-up, and a chance at redemption. Expect a whole lotta sexytimes, and a fragile ego to become a burnished self-esteem. Kate and Rylan have serious daddy issues, and they deal with them in similar ways. By the end, neither of them is running, which was good. The planned sequel looks to be just as sexy, and will provide the end of this story, though there was enough closure here for the story to rest.

Interested? You can find SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER on Goodreads,
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

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Comment on this post to be entered to win a paperback copy of SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER of your very own. I’d love to hear the most exotic place you have been and found a connection with someone–doesn’t have to be a sexy tale! If you went to Palm Springs and made a friend with a gardener, I’d love you to share…  This giveaway closes Tuesday Nov 10th at 5pm giving you…7 NIGHTS to get your comments in!!

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Jeanette GreyAbout the author:
Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

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Finding Love WHEN THE STARS ALIGN–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for WHEN THE STARS ALIGN, a contemporary New Adult romance from Jeanette Grey. I picked this one up, needing a good romance between, wait for it, scientists! Yep. I’m a total nerd, and I want nerds to fall in love. I was aching for these two to make it work. And, they did.

When the Stars AlignAbout the book:
Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .
For Josephine “Jo” Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world’s preeminent scientific facilities, she’ll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it’s women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?

My Review:
4.5 Stars for this contemporary New Adult romance.

https://i1.wp.com/www.naic.edu/public/about/photos/hires/ao001.jpgJo is a mess of a woman, a junior in college studying astronomy. She’s just begun a ten-week internship at the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico, and she’s not happy to be assigned a female mentor–because she’s always been pawned off on the “lesser” scientists, and Jo’s serious about making it in astronomy.

Thing is, Jo’s had it rough. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father was aloof, distracted or grieving. He’s a bit of a nightmare, actually, even saying that he’d wished for a son. His inability to be anything resembling a caring father has hurt Jo deeply. She’s sheltered herself in men’s clothes, and refashioned herself as asexually as possible–hiding in her own studies, and having a giant chip on her shoulder about men in science. (I can relate. Me = female scientist)

Adam is a man in the middle–of a breakup. His long-time girlfriend, Shannon, has asked for a “break” hoping that will ease the transition. This is hard for Adam who has a secure life, and loving relationships. He wants to be able to share the wonders of his internship, and Puerto Rico, and he his calls and messages to Shannon are intermittently returned and received in a luke-warm fashion.

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Imaging this gal, with facial piercings and a full back tat…

Adam has plans to return to the States for a scientific meeting, and meet up with Shannon in person, but she’s dragging her feet on her plans. And, completely separate to this thing with Jo. She intrigues Adam in a way that he never anticipated. She’s pierced and tattooed and filled to the brim with “Back Off!” and it draws more attention than he wants to give.

Their mentors are research partners, so Jo and Adam spend time together, lonely nights repositioning the scope’s sight. It leads to conversation, and the simmering attraction that neither can explain or deny.

Jo has always set herself apart, never opening herself for someone to hurt, and Adam’s so generous with his feelings, and his friendship. It could be more, except for Shannon. Which, honestly, is only the idea of Shannon–and of a man who does the right thing, at the right time, always.

Adam is truly a lovely guy, and even Jo recognizes that he’s someone worth her fragile heart taking a chance on. I loved the slow burn here, and how these two are the complete package, together. Jo is prickly. She’s not used to making herself vulnerable, but Adam’s a very patient guy. He’s sure Jo is a woman worth working to know. And love. Because love does bloom in the jungles of Puerto Rico, in the numbers and calculations that Jo tries to bury herself within.

I particularly liked how Jo took her time to come to terms with the big changes in herself, and her desires. I liked how driven she was, and how she examined herself at every turn. How thoughtful that she was regarding her life choices, and how she was willing to take steps to find happiness. She had to get over her fears, and her long-ingrained feelings of abandonment and worthlessness. This is not an immediate transition–and it didn’t happen immediately. It felt very organic, and realistic. As did the fledgling relationship Adam and Jo built.

Of course, there are only a handful of weeks left in their internship, and they both attend colleges in different cities. A long-distance relationship isn’t really what either of them wants, but is it possible?

This book has a positive resolution, with an HEA. There are some steamy sexytimes, as well. I loved that this was a story about two excellent people. They are not self-serving or jealous, or addicted to anything. They just want a good connection–even if Jo doesn’t want to admit it.

Plus, SCIENTISTS finding love!!!

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Interested? You can find WHEN THE STARS ALIGN on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play, and Kobo.

JeanetteGrey-color-close1About the Author:

RITA® finalist author Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing.

Never content to do just one thing, she is published in new adult, as well as contemporary, futuristic, and male/male romance. Her short fiction has appeared in two consecutive annual editions of Best Erotic Romance, and her novella, Take What You Want, was named one of Library Journal’s best books of the year.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

She is a member of the Professional Authors Network of Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of Capital Region Romance Writers. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

You can contact her via Twitter or FaceBook or by emailing jeanettelgreyATgmailDOTcom