Monday, 30 June 2008

Seventh time is a charm…

Unbreakable is a smoking hot story from the very beginning all the way to the end. It starts with a bang, literally, and it doesn’t let up from there. India is a pretty likeable character. She is open to new things, and she is not usually afraid to go for what she wants. Her only real flaw is that she can’t get past the age difference, which causes problems between her and Dash. Now with Dash, he is the hero I want to read about in every book. He is tattooed, pierced, and he is willing to go the extra mile to please his woman. Everything about this story was refreshing to read, from the characters to the love scenes. Amarinda Jones has yet to disappoint me, and she has done another fabulous job. I devoured Unbreakable and I was left craving more.
I heard on the radio this morning that there is a theory that you can have seven loves in your life until you find the right one. There's always a theory to explain something isn’t there? Anyway, supposedly you can fall in and out of love with 6 people before finding Mr/Ms Right. Do I believe that? Yeah I do, because how do you explain people falling in and out of love all the time? So if you have never been in love you have 7 chances to get it right– bonus. I think some people fall in love very easily – others fall hard while some never fall at all. Some people of course find the right person straight away on the first go. So technically they miss out on 6 possible loves. I don’t know how those people would feel about this. On one hand it would be nice to think that you don't have all the angst of whether this one or that one is the right one for you. On the other you may miss out on some adventure.

So here's what I think, looking for love? Pissed off about the latest drop kick of a man you thought you were in love with? Don’t worry - you have other loves out there just waiting for you to turn up. What's that you say? You've had seven or more people you thought you loved? No, this wouldn’t be the case - at least a couple of them would have been practice loves and can be discounted. So, take heart if you are looking for love - he/she is out there - you just have to work your way through your quota.
Anika Hamilton - new author and good mate of the Amarinda blog - has her first book released today through Total-E-Bound. Let the pigeons loose! So, if you are looking for a fresh, new style of writer and hot romance, click on the cover and buy Anika's book. I'm sure you will not be disappointed. Want to know more about Anika? Check her website here and here for Anika's blog.

Good For Something…the blurb

Casey never had a really serious relationship; while Nicolette just got out of a bad one.
Nicolette Marchand relocated to South Florida to get away from an abusive lover. In her new home, she loves the sun, the beaches and the bookshop owner with the hazel eyes and beautiful smile. Spending her evenings in her home away from home, life was really good. At least, until the phone started ringing.
Casey Addison, bookshop owner, was a native of South Florida. She never really cared about anything or anyone other than her store before now. A chance encounter with a fellow book lover changed all that. She thoroughly enjoys the company of her bookshop's new fixture. Unfortunately, someone is threatening her new found happiness and Casey gets caught in the middle.
Helping each other, will these two women discover a love they never knew they needed? And can Nicolette open herself up and trust that together, they are both...
The excerpt…

Casey’s hand continued their journey, stroking along Nicolette’s stomach. At the edge of Nicolette’s blouse, Casey ran her hand under Nicolette’s shirt and up. She traced along the scar there, asking, “Nicolette, what happened?”
Nicolette stiffened, flushing with embarrassment, but in her heart she knew she didn’t have anything to be ashamed of. The shame of that scar rested solely with the giver, rather than the receiver.
Nicolette placed her hand on top of Casey’s, not sure if her intent was to push it away or not. Casey must have sensed her discomfort because she crawled down the bed and began smoothing her tongue along the scar, softly sweeping the raised skin. She punctuated each swipe of her tongue, Nicolette deeply affected by each word spoken.
“You.” Starting at one end, she wrapped her fingers around Nicolette’s waist, licking the scarred flesh. Nicolette stared at the top of Casey’s head, half afraid of her next words. “Are,” Casey continued, stroking her tongue across Nicolette’s skin.
Reaching down, Nicolette combed her fingers through Casey’s hair, loving the silky soft texture.
Then Casey stopped moving and puffed lightly on Nicolette’s moistened tummy. “Very,” she breathed.
Nicolette squirmed from the sensation. Releasing Casey’s hair, Nicolette grabbed hold of the sheets, twisting her hands in the soft material. Each successive word Casey uttered made her feel empowered and vulnerable all at once.
“Beautiful,” Casey ended, licking along the line of the raised skin finishing at the other end of the scar, dipping her tongue within Nicolette’s navel along the way. Nicolette’s heart constricted as the soft touch and gentle words brought tears to her eyes. She could barely contain the depth of emotion Casey’s actions inspired.
“What’s wrong, baby?”Casey questioned, noticing her tears. Casey crawled back up her body, lightly brushing the tears off Nicolette’s cheeks. “Why are you crying, my Nicolette?”
“I…” Cupping Casey’s cheeks, Nicolette gave her a watery smile. “Your words mean the world to me. I’ve been so self-conscious of my scar.” Nicolette wondered how she’d gotten so lucky.
“You are though…” Casey continued, nuzzling into Nicolette’s hands.
“What?” Nicolette asked, drawing Casey’s head towards hers. She stared into her Casey girl’s eyes, loving the well of emotion reflected there, knowing her own eyes were brimming with more than just tears.
“You’re beautiful,” Casey answered, her tongue ghosting over Nicolette’s lips. Nicolette’s heart gave an involuntary leap. Hearing those words being uttered from the lips of this woman would always make them more precious.
Smiling Nicolette tilted Casey’s head, lining up their lips. “With you I feel beautiful,” Nicolette mumbled as their lips lightly touched.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


barbara huffert said...

So I'm right on schedule then. Good to know.

LynTaylor said...

Damn, two more to go through till I find 'the One'. Shame I married #4.

Molly Daniels said...

Oh-oh...I guess I'm still practicing...thought I'd found him at #6, but married someone else. Do I get a do-over???

Anika Hamilton said...

Amarinda, thank you for featuring my book.

Now I'm off to calculate what number I'm at in the love department. :-)

Mona Risk said...

Great review Amarinda. Did I mention I love the book cover? I stopped counting long ago and I'm pretty pleased with the one I have.

Anny Cook said...

Hmmmm. So if the house hunk kicks the bucket, I must get very busy, huh? Geez, who knew?

Katie Reus said...

Congrats on the great review!! 7 chances for love? Where do people come up w/ these random theories?

Unknown said...

Great excerpt from Anika.

There's a movie with Patrick Dempsey called "Lucky 7" I think, with a similar thing. Only it wasn't about 7 chances at love. The heroine's mother told her that the 7th real relationship she'd have in her life would be THE ONE.

Anika Hamilton said...

Thank you Ashley

Regina Carlysle said...

This is a great review!!! Kudos!