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justwhathewanted_200Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy, blonde, who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers as tour guide and “bodyguard.”

After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She’s working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.

Even as Travis’s troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…

I was lucky enough to get an early look at Just What He Wanted a few months ago and I loved it! I’m not usually a fan of younger heroes but Travis was perfect. He caught my attention in the earlier Holloway books and by the end of this one, I was in love. Unfortunately, my kindle ate my notes and I haven’t been able to write a review without them. Instead, I’ll give you all the opportunity to see for yourselves why I loved this book so much.

I’m giving away three kindle or nook copies of Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon. To be entered, leave a comment saying which format you’d like. Winners will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

And if you’d like to read an excerpt, visit www.helenkaydimon.com.

 

*Giveaway sponsored by Novel Thoughts

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Never Too Late e book

Romance book covers are generally very easy to spot. They might show a couple in a clinch or a damsel with her long hair streaming behind her or a burly man with his shirt unbuttoned or completely missing (you know the ones…the ”mantitty” that some people who don’t read romance most often associate with romance novels).

 

Some readers—and writers—have very strong views about the ideal romance covers. In case you didn’t know, though, most romance writers don’t get to choose their covers.  They may be welcome to suggest cover ideas and preferences, but the actual covers are not in their control. (Okay, maybe the really BIG names get cover control…but not we mere mortals. J )

So, with my debut historical romance Never Too Late, I’ll admit I was nervous. Kensington asked me for cover ideas (Yay!), but there was no guarantee they would use any of them. I trusted they knew what they were doing, but…personally, just personally, I’m not a fan of mantitty. (No judgment! I know some wonderful romances with mantitty covers that absolutely make sense, that convey the perfect tone for the character and the story!) Beyond personal preference, though, such an aggressively physical cover wouldn’t fit with the story on the page. Oh, the hero, Lord Alex Devin, is tall, dark, handsome, and fit, but he’s not the flashy kind of alpha such covers imply. He’s more quiet, more serious, more reserved. Why exert your brawn when you can dominate with your brain? Or at least that’s what he says. So I was nervous.

 

When Never Too Late’s cover finally appeared, I breathed a sigh of great relief. It fits. As one friend said, “Nice. It’s subtle, but hot.” Exactly.

 

Some of the subtleties are what I love most. At the edge of upper right corner, the hero gazes at the reader. So easy to miss. That’s the kind of alpha Alex is. The heroine is in profile, looking down and away. That’s the tension Honoria feels about Alex’s interest and their budding relationship.  And they’re in an early state of undress but not uncovered—his shirt is open, but we don’t see the mantitty. Yes!

 

And then there are the books. I had given Kensington a variety of general cover “wants”—a couple rather than a lone man or woman, their physical appearances, how they might be dressed, etc, etc.—but there was one thing I really, really, really wanted: bookshelves. They might not be the first thing someone associates with romance, but Honoria is a bookseller, a relatively rare Victorian woman who supports herself with her own business. The library at Devin house is the heart of the Devin family. These spaces feature prominently in their lives and in their increasingly intense encounters.  So the bookshelves at the bottom of the cover made me really, really, really happy.

 

In fact, I may have done a little happy dance. Just a little one.

 

About the book

 

Expect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books…

 

Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her…

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous—for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her—and much more to win her love…

 

About the author

 

Amara Royce writes historical romances that combine her passion for 19th-century literature and history with her addiction to happily ever afters. She earned a PhD in English, specializing in 19th-century British literature, from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in English from Villanova University, and she now teaches English literature and composition at a community college in Pennsylvania. When she isn’t writing, she’s either grading papers or reveling in her own happily ever after with her remarkably patient family.

 

Amara loves to hear from readers! Find her on Facebook and Twitter and GoodReads and on www.amararoyce.com!

 

About the giveaway

 

Thanks to Kensington’s generosity, I’m giving away one free e-book copy of Never Too Late! (U.S. only)  For a chance to win, leave a comment about your thoughts on romance covers!

 

Here are just a few starter questions as suggestions—you don’t actually have to answer any of them. What do you like? What don’t you like? Do you have any favorites? Does a book’s cover help you decide whether you want to read it? Or do you not even notice them? I look forward to finding out what you think!

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