Thursday, April 20, 2017

NetGalley REVIEW - Virtual Tour w/INTERVIEW - Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay, #1) by Annie Rains

Forbidden Kisses
Blushing Bay #1
by Annie Rains
Releasing April 11th 2017
Loveswept
The Book Junkie Reads . . .FORBIDDEN KISSES (Blushing Bay, #1) . . . Deception can be used in multiple ways and for many different reasons. Each one had their own reasons. Now let us step in to find out what was on the agenda for Jack and Grace. Secrets. Lies. Time.

Good characters. Small quaint town. Homey feel. Second chance to make it something. Jack and Grace have a chance to make the future theirs. But the wrong choices made may make this second chance hard to hold on to. There was a lot going on in this one. It was a bit more than the usual from Annie Rains. I was not thrown off by the bits of change going on in the norm. I liked that it was something a bit different than what she usually gives. I did find that some things went on a bit too long, but that had to do with the character and her flow. This made for an interesting read.

This is a slight bit different. But the quality of writing, depth of character, and homey feel are all still there. This was a read that will give you something to talk about.

Blushing Bay series:
Forbidden Kisses – Blushing Bay, #1

BlurbFor years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.
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Jack reached for a folded blanket beside the cooler and laid it down on the open floor of the boat. “I know it’s not the most comfortable surface for lying back, but I thought we could look at the stars. It’s a favorite pastime of fishermen, you know.”
“Oh yeah?”
He reached for her hand to help her lower to the floor. She held on to his tightly, surprised at how off balanced she felt. Then they lay back together, close enough that they touched. The soft hair on Jack’s arm resting against hers aroused her senses.
Were they really just going to look at the stars?
Yes, it was all very romantic, but so was doing other things under the stars. Things she’d been thinking about since stepping aboard.
Jack pointed up at the sky and started to speak. Grace was tired of talking, though. Tired of resisting what she wanted, and right now all she wanted was Jack.
Unable to help herself, uninhibited by the wine and the romantic environment, she rolled on top of him and crushed her mouth over his.
Judging by the stiff protrusion that met her inner thigh, he wanted her just as much.
“Well, hello there,” he said, smiling against her mouth.
“I’m sorry,” she said, even though she didn’t mean it.
His hand slid down her back and settled on her bottom, pulling her snug against him. “I’m not. I’d decided tonight was for romance only, but I can’t think of anything more romantic than making love to you on this boat.”
White-hot heat tore through her. She was so hot that maybe it was time to start stripping.
As if reading her mind, Jack tugged the hem of her shirt up on her back and then over her head. The rest of her clothes fell away in the wake of his needy hands until she was tipsy and naked on the floor of his pontoon boat—on a boat ride to nowhere in particular, except his body was promising to shoot her to the low-hanging full moon.
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Author Info
Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling author who writes small-town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and three children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.
MY INTERVIEW WITH ANNIE RAINS
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I would say my books are emotional and heartfelt. I love happy and sad tears. 

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I have 2 books coming out with Loveswept/Random House this year. I’m also writing another book for a different series right now that I’m hoping to get off the ground. 

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
Both! Writing has always come naturally to me, but I needed to learn some of the “rules” of storytelling. Characters need all kinds of arcs, motivations, goals, conflicts. It’s a blend of doing what comes naturally and also using the knowledge that I’ve accrued through experience. I’m still learning and suspect I always will be. Whoever says writing a book is easy should become a stand-up comedian. I’d sit in the front row of that audience and laugh my head off. 

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
One of the first novels I wrote had two very tragic characters brought together by a secondary character who I just love. I love that secondary character still to this day. I wrote that book without all the knowledge of what is required to make a good story. I’d love to see that story rewritten for readers one day.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, of course. Iron Man. Forest Gump. Captain Jack Sparrow. That would be an interesting group to keep company with over a week, isn’t it?

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go anywhere? What would you do with this time?
I think I’d go to Hawaii and I’d spend the year with my family on the beach. And I’d write A LOT, of course J

Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
I’m writing a book set in the North Carolina mountains right now. It’s my first venture away from the coast. It’s a romance, of course, and it’s full of all the emotion that I love (to read and write). That’s all I can tell right now, but stay tuned!
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