Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Puppy Love by Sylvie Fox - Review tour and Giveaway

(Full Length contemporary fiction)

This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Sylvie will be awarding winner's choice of a basic Amazon Kindle or a $69 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so comment today AND follow the tour (if you click on the tour banner above, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops) -- the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win an awesome prize!

There are only two things Sophie Reid doesn’t do: lawyers and sex. When sexy, lawyer Ryan Becker stumbles into her life, her first two thoughts are “no,” and “definitely no.” After Sophie and Ryan rescue a dog from certain death on the Hollywood Freeway, they share one smoldering kiss. Sophie knows a potential train wreck when she sees it and leaves the dog and Ryan at the pound knowing she’ll never see either of them again.

Poor kid turned corporate attorney, Ryan vowed he’d get an education, succeed, and be welcomed in the front door of the most stately homes in Beverly Hills. Now that his career is on an upward trajectory, he is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, the women he has been meeting haven’t set his heart racing. Enter: Sophie.

A master of persuasion by profession, Ryan convinces Sophie to pursue their undeniable mutual attraction. But Ryan’s quest to be a success at the very occupation she reviles rankles her.

When a Hollywood union strikes, Ryan and Sophie find themselves on opposite sides of the bargaining table. Can their sparks in the bedroom overcome their standoff in the boardroom?

Puppy Love is a fun, sexy romantic romp that would be enjoyed by most romance fans.

First I have to say how amazing the hero, Ryan, is. Not every guy would stop in the middle of a busy highway to help someone save a dog. He does, and then goes the extra mile, helping her take it to the vet, and eventually deciding to adopt it. He’s very nearly flawless. He’s handsome, patient, kind, sexy … yum!!

Sophie, on the other hand, has her share of flaws and more. She hates how her lawyer father behaved through her childhood, and didn’t approve of how she was raised or the expectations her parents had for her, and has gone as far in the opposite direction as possible. She changes her hair color daily, has multiple piercings and works as a make-up artist. She’s also got hang-ups about sex. She’s never enjoyed it, and has built up her anxiety about that so far that she freezes when things get physical. So, she lives her life by two rules: No dating lawyers and no sex.

I loved how incredibly sweet and patient Ryan was as he courted Sophie. He saw something beneath her cranky, stubborn, colorful exterior and was determined to unearth that “real” person. Honestly, I’m not sure Sophie deserves him. She was wishy-washy, led him on then turned him down cold, couldn’t decide if she wanted him or not (and seriously, what’s not to want?). I had trouble warming up to her, mainly because I adored Ryan so much. How dare she treat him that way?

Still, the story is fun and very, very hot. Ryan takes the job of showing Sophie that sex can be enjoyable very seriously, and she’s one incredibly lucky girl.

Yes, there are other, external conflicts, but really what keeps them apart most are Sophie’s long-standing rules. While I didn’t really believe her reasons for them were strong enough to keep pushing Ryan away, I still liked the book. And Sylvie Fox is a very good writer, with a strong, interesting voice. So, though perhaps this wasn’t my favorite ever romance, I’ll absolutely read this author again. She writes in a fun, descriptive way and certainly has the talent to create very well-rounded and realistic characters.

3.5 Flowers - This was a good book. I liked it.

Their hands touched only briefly when the man handed over the dog, but she felt a jolt that zinged her to the tips of her wild berry toenails. The energy, decidedly sexual, was nothing like she’d ever experienced. It traveled up her arm and zapped her somewhere down low. She grasped the dog cum security blanket more securely and looked into the stranger’s midnight blue eyes for the first time.

He was looking at her intently, curiously, sizing her up. It was probably the hair, she figured, not her. Men like him did not look twice at women like her. Her multiple piercings and tattoos shocked a lot of conservative types. For just a moment she forgot the furry bundle wiggling in her arms. She felt an unexpected attraction to the man dressed in a starched button down shirt and pressed slacks. His whole demeanor screamed uptight lawyer or bean counting CPA – just the kind of guy she worked to studiously avoid.

The traffic started moving. To be safe, they both retreated to their cars, but Sophie could not shake the strong and instant connection she felt to the stranger.

He seemed just as bewildered. “Hey, Sunflower, I didn’t get your name.”

She smiled, trying to hide the shivers he caused. Her usual sarcastic rejoinder froze on her lips. “I’ll be fine. Thanks, really, thanks for your help,” Sophie said, her gravelly voice more husky than usual, deliberately leaving the question unanswered. She cut the exchange short, knowing that any further conversation with this guy, no matter how handsome his strong features were, no matter how well he filled out the conservatively cut clothes, was a bad, bad idea.

I write the kinds of books I love to read. The quirky characters in my romance novels experience angst, conflict, mostly great sex, and always get their "happily ever after." In my mainstream fiction, ordinary woman experience angst, conflict, and occassional great sex, but they also get embroiled in struggles against extraordinary odds, and I don't promise a happy ending. I also love thrillers, but I don't write those. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, son, and a whole lot of pets. When I'm not hanging out in Hollywood, I'm eating my way through Budapest.

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  1. Ryan sounds almost as adorable as the puppy.


  2. I love Ryan and and Sophie together, the sparks fly when they meet.

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  3. Ryan sounds like a nice guy.


  4. Always interesting to learn something new in an interesting book!
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  5. What was your favorite part in writing this book?


  6. What a fun hero and what an outstanding review. This book is a real winner.

  7. Thanks so much for hosting. Glad you liked Ryan and Sophie.

    @Ami, my favorite part of the book was the weekend trip Ryan and Sophie took. I've always wanted to do a trip like that with my dogs, but have never found the time. So for a few months, I lived vicariously through them!

  8. What a lovely book! Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review.
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  11. Definitely going to read this one! :)

  12. Ryan sounds like my kind of hero! :-) I'm enjoying reading all the different takes on this novel. I'm really looking forward to reading it myself.


  13. Thanks for the review.

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  14. Sounds really good!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  15. Any man who stops to rescue a puppy wins my heart like that!

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  16. Wonderful thoughts! I like the sounds of this one! Thanks for the chance to win!


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  17. CONGRATULATIONS to Natasha D (made a comment on Teena in Toronto's Puppy Love post). She's the randomly drawn winner of a basic Amazon Kindle or $69 gift card.


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