Thursday, September 25, 2014

RELEASE BLITZ: Stone, At Your Service (Carolina Bad Boys #1) by Rie Warren

Hell on wheels meets hell in high heels.
Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.
Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.
The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.

Too bad romance is just for books.

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Book Review: Stone, At Your Service by Rie Warren

3.5 stars

Josh Stone is a man’s man. He’s runs his family’s garage surrounded all day by boisterous men; drinks beer; and beds a different woman every Friday night. He’s completely heterosexual…oh except for the week he’s pretending to be his best friend’s gay lover.

Stone’s wife walked out on him and their son. Nicky, Stone’s paranormal romance writing best friend, stepped up and helped him out so now Stone’s returning the favor by keeping the over-enthusiastic fellow romance writers and fan girls at bay at a romance convention.  It’s all planned out and should go according to plan till Stone lands his eyes on romance writer Leelee Songchild.

There’s plenty of sexy scenes and conversations. And sexy excerpts from Leelee’s book. There’s also humor surrounding the stereotypes and lexicons of the romance writing world. It’s a light-hearted read.

Unfortunately, I never quite connected with Stone and Leelee. Or perhaps I just never felt the chemistry between them. That's not to say it wasn't a well written  story, and one that I'm sure many will enjoy. The drama revolves around the facade of Stone and Nicky’s sexuality and an agent hounding Leelee at the convention.  In the end, Stone can take away at least one acronym from his romance convention experience. He learns what an HEA stand for.

A chapter of Nicky’s story entitled Love, In The Fast Lane (Carolina Bad Boys #2), coming December 2014, is included. 

Rie Warren is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series–a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command. Her latest endeavor, the Carolina Bad Boys series, is fun, hot, and southern-sexy.
A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer—causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around.
You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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