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Friday, March 6, 2015

#Review & #Giveaway: Sweetest Temptations by J.C. Valentine @AuthorJCV @IndieSagePR

Tour: February 23 – March 6
Sweetest Temptations
Blue Collar, #1
by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From USA Today Bestselling Author J.C. Valentine comes a sizzling story about a young entrepreneur, a hot firefighter, and a first date that will change their paths forever. 

Tenacious bakery shop owner Abby is following her dreams. She has everything she could ever want in life—except the fairytale ending. Then she meets Kennedy, a hunky firefighter whose killer smile and easy charm makes her heart pound. But with the kind of danger he faces on the job each day, Abby knows there’s no happily-ever-after in the cards. The harder she tries to hold onto her heart, the faster it seems to slip away, but when a series of mysterious events threaten the future of her business and her life, their happiness may be shorter-lived than she realized.

Someone is out to get her, and it’s up to Abby and Kennedy to uncover who’s behind the destruction. Can they do it before tragedy strikes?


With his first bite, he moaned, and the deep, husky sound made my knees knock together. I could just imagine him in my bed, drawing the same noises from him as we got all sweaty and out of breath. Oh my. “I was right, these are fantastic.” Kennedy held out the half-eaten cookie. “Here, you have to try this. The chocolate chips are still melty.” 
“I baked them, remember? I already know what they taste like.” Closing the container on the remaining cookies, I slid them into the pantry for tomorrow. When I turned back, Kennedy was watching me with a look on his face that I couldn’t describe. He took two slow steps, planting himself in front of me. 
“I thought chefs are supposed to sample their food?” 
“They are. Why do you think my thighs are so thick?” I patted them for proof. I wasn’t fat. I wasn’t even technically overweight, but it hadn’t always been the case, and I still had a little extra meat in places I would rather have none. I blamed sampling. 
Touching the cookie to my lips, Kennedy said gruffly, “I like a little extra cushion on a woman.”
 Holy Jesus on a pogo stick, my mind shot straight into the gutter. Kennedy’s crooked smile told me that he knew that I knew that he knew what he was doing, and he liked it. He liked setting me offkilter. Unfortunately for him, I could give as well as get. 
Wrapping my fingers around his wrist, I held his eyes and watched them heat up as I parted my lips and took the cookie into my mouth, inch by inch, letting the melted chocolate coat my taste buds. My teeth sank into the tender dough and I moaned softly, letting my eyes slip closed as I tilted my head back and chewed. Eating, no matter what it was, could be made sexual, and since I enjoyed food in all its forms, I was a queen when it came to seduction. 
Apparently, Kennedy thought so, too. “You, um…” He looked pain stricken as he watched my mouth move. “You have…” His finger inched up, and then stopped short, hesitating. 
“Yes, Kennedy?” I asked huskily.  “You have chocolate on your lip.” His voice was rough, but quiet, like he was having a tough time getting the words out. I could tell he wanted to do something about it, but I beat him to the punch. 
Sucking my bottom lip into my mouth, I ran my tongue over it, removing all traces of chocolate. “All gone?” 
The corners of his eyes crinkled and he nodded. 
“You were right, Ken, that cookie was fantastic.” I winked and stepped away. Mission accomplished. “Ready to go?” 
Seeming to snap back to reality, Kennedy blinked hard and stepped back to allow me to pass. “Ladies first.” 
As we stepped outside, Kennedy waited for me while I took a moment to lock up. Flipping the locks, I caught his reflection in the glass and realized that he was staring at me, watching my every move. It made me feel sexy, desired. I decided that it was my favorite feeling in the world. Clipping my keys to my belt loop, I turned and smiled as I stepped up beside him. “So, where are we headed? Dinner? Movie?” 
Twining his fingers together with mine, Kennedy led me toward a sparkly clean white SUV with a monster crash bar mounted on the front. It was a beast, and the perfect complement to this brawny firefighter. The lights flashed and Kennedy opened the passenger door. “I had something a little more exciting in mind.” 
I climbed in before looking at him. “Exciting? I hope you don’t mean the backseat of your car,” I said, hitching my thumb over my shoulder, “because I’m more of a back row of a theater type of girl.” 
A wide grin erupted on his face and Kennedy shook his head. “I have a feeling you’re gonna be trouble,” he muttered, then shut the door. As he walked around the front, I caught the subtle movement as he reached down and adjusted himself. Well, it seemed I was getting to him. Score one for me! 

****Nona's Review of Sweetest Temptations**** 

Abby has recently purchased a bakery and is thrilled at the prospect of using her kitchen skills to open a business. A curvy girl, she hasn’t had much success when it comes to romance, but finds herself dumbstruck when a sexy guy comes in to make a purchase. Imagine her surprise when her older sister (who’s always trying to match-make) introduces her to this very same guy--a hunky firefighter named Kennedy.

Abby and Kennedy fall for each other and quickly get involved in a steamy affair, but Abby’s happiness is troubled by a series of mishaps at her bakery. Is someone trying to sabotage her business venture? The mishaps become more serious until an event threatens not only Abby’s bakery but her relationship with Kennedy and her life.

Sweetest Temptations by J.C. Valentine is a sexy little story with two winning protagonists. Abby’s a lot of fun and Kennedy is a hero to die for. He’s not ashamed to show Abby how much he wants her, and the reader will fall in love with him as quickly as Abby does. There’s a lot of humor in the story as well, as Abby reflects on her relationships with her friends, family and her cat Wilbur. This looks to be the first in an installment of series of working class heroes--hopefully the next book will feature Abby’s curvy pal Hope and Kennedy’s work buddy Jack.

The story is a lot of fun, with good sexy times and a dash of danger. There was no heavy angst between the hero and heroine and no deep dark secrets emerging to tear the two main characters apart. If you’re looking for a romance on the lighter side with an upbeat heroine, a super-hot hero and plenty of sexy fun, you’ll find Sweetest Temptations most delicious.

USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

Follow J.C. Valentine.
Website:    www.jcvalentine.com
Twitter:      https://twitter.com/AuthorJCV

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