Fire and Ice arrives at Day #6, only a couple of more days to celebrate fiery hot reads for icy cold nights..... have you checked out and entered all the giveaways? The Fire and Ice Hop is still going on so be sure to visit all the participating blogs for your chance to win some fantastic prizes. Here on Rainy Day Ramblings, I have had some great giveaways as well. Did you enter to win an ipod? If not be sure to check out Ophelia London's post. As well as the other terrific giveaways before they end.
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Ginny@Gin's Book Notes:Marie Astor: Smitten at First Sight
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Now today's guest is no stranger to Rainy Day Ramblings. Cambria is a regular here and I know that most of you know her well, but since there are always newcomers, I will quickly introduce the lovely Cambria Hebert:
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, The Death Escort Series and the New Adult Take It Off Series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went ot college for a bachelor's degree, couldn't pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured, her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and fury), where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting: her blog, Facebook, twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Youtube.
Please welcome back Cambria:
Book boyfriends are a huge draw in the book world and it’s really no wonder why. Just about every female reader I know loves to swoon over a really hot guy with an attitude and a charming smile. Losing yourself in the pages of a book where a guy is the perfect balance of bad boy and sweet is satisfying just like a big piece of cake! (Actually its better than cake because its fat-free!)
So what is it about a male character that turns him into a swoon-worthy book boyfriend? What are the qualities that readers want in a BB?
I spend a lot of time on Facebook so I decided to pose this question to some of the readers on my fan page. I received many answers and these are the top five qualities that were mentioned (and I happen to agree with them all!) Read on and see if you agree too!
Top Five Qualities readers want in a Book Boyfriend
1. Bad Boys but with a soft side – everyone likes a little danger, a little attitude, an “alpha” male. But I think every girl still wants a guy that softens when he looks at her.
2. Flawed – because flaws make them easier to connect with. No one really wants perfection because it’s too hard to live up to. And because its boring.
3. Strong and Charming - This is a double whammy but I had to put them together. Book boyfriends always seem to be a man’s man. Someone who isn’t afraid to fight a fight or go after what they want. But he also needs a smooth tongue, an ornery smile because it balances off the roughness around their edges and because it makes us smile. (One reader says and I quote: “They can be a douche canoe as long as they are a charming douche canoe.”) LOL!
4. Protective - Most of us ladies want to stand on our own two feet and be independent. But knowing that someone is there to stand up for you when maybe you can’t, or in ways that you aren’t able (for example, with bulging bicep muscles!)
5. Tattoos – This was a common theme throughout the people who answered my facebook post. Seems ladies think tattoo’s are hot… and they are. ☺
So those are the top 5 qualities that readers have said they look for in a really swoony book boyfriend. What do you think? Do you agree? What else would you add to the list?
These are some great qualities, Cambria, but I have to add in a great sense of humor and smart. I like a guy who is intelligent and came make me laugh! What about you all?
Now the lovely Cambria never visits Rainy Day Ramblings empty handed. She always comes bearing gifts for you all. Today, she is offering a chance to win a signed copy of her latest novel, Tipsy along with a Take it Off Swag pack! To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter after you read the Contest Policies. This is open to U.S. residents only. Good Luck!
Be sure to check out all the fun, hot reads in Cambria's Take It Off Series. The latest book, Tricks, releases on February 16th! Best of luck with your newest book, Cambria, I am sure it will be sexy hot!
Tipsy(Take It Off #6) by Cambria Hebert
Julie Preston is an artist. But her canvas isn’t paper or clay. It’s hair. She spends her days coloring, blow drying and styling her clients hair at the Razor’s Edge salon. Julie is also annoyed. She went out on a date and had a great time, gave the guy her number and the jerk never called.
So when he waltzes into the salon and sits down in her chair she briefly considers strangling him with the pink cape she fastens around his neck.
Too bad she can’t.
Blue Markson, the guy who never called, is a police officer so causing him bodily harm would be a first class ticket into the slammer. Just looking at him again makes Julie forget why she was mad in the first place, but she’s already learned that Blue is nothing but heartache. So when he starts coming around, acting like he hadn’t made her stare at the phone for days, she tries to brush him off.
Her life is about to blow up in her face, she’s about to get caught up in a sticky web of crime and the one guy who can help her is the one guy she vowed never to trust again.
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published December 6th 2013
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Four stars: An entertaining, fun suspenseful romance.
Julie smashes down the gas pedal trying to make up time. She is running late to work, again. Flashing lights in the rear view mirror indicate that today is about to get worse. Julie takes a deep breath and puts on her game face, ready to challenge the officer. Her words stick in her throat once she catches sight of the handsome face peering into her window. Then the officer agrees to let her off with a warning on one condition.... Julie must go out with him tonight. Months later, Blue walks into the hair salon where Julie works. He sits in her chair for a haircut. Julie is angry, yet still attracted. After their wonderful first date, Blue disappeared and never called again. Now he is back. Will Julie take a chance and go on a second date?
What I Liked:
- I always like picking up a book by Cambria Hebert. I know I will get terrific characters, descriptive writing and a fun tale. Tipsy delivers with its likable characters, suspense and sizzling romance. If you are a New Adult reader looking for something lighter and different, try one of Cambria's romantic suspense books in her Take It Off Series.
- I loved both Julie and Blue. Julie is a gal with plenty of personality, sass and spunk. I liked that she was resourceful, courageous and fierce. An intruder barges into her apartment in the middle of the night, she doesn't panic she grabs hairspray and a razor and attacks. Julie made me laugh and I appreciated that when the romance was difficult she didn't wallow in self pity. Blue is sexy, charming and heroic. I loved how he took a chance and followed his heart even if it meant getting into trouble. I also thought he was incredibly sexy.
- With a New Adult book, you can expect some steamy sex scenes. I was pleased that this book had some serious make out sessions that packed plenty of heat, and then one magnificent sex scene that wasn't over the top or overly explicit. I thought it toed the line just right between steamy and too much. Still this is a New Adult book, so the sex scene is definitely not for younger readers.
- This book has a bit of suspense and mystery that involves covert drug deals and drug dealers. I like that Ms. Hebert gives us something different in the New Adult genre. Her books present a mystery that is fun to unravel. I liked the surprising twist that involved the hair salon.
- The romance is packed with lots of heat and it is a slow burner. There are some obstacles, but nothing that was overly dramatic and gut wrenching. I liked that the romance remained light and sweet. I also thought the way Blue handled the sex was so romantic, it will make any girl swoon. No love triangles or ridiculousness with this romance, it is straightforward and terrific.
- I liked that the book moves at a quick pace with plenty of romance and danger, and that everything draws to a neat conclusion and wraps up nicely. I appreciate that this series is a companion series. You don't have to read them in order as each is a stand alone story. No cliffhangers are unanswered questions. Get one or get them all, it doesn't matter.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that this book moved fast, I thought that the quick pace didn't allow for time to expand on characters or details. The whole drug dealer story line needed just a bit more depth.
- Julie and Blue are terrific characters and they drive the story, but I wanted to know a bit more about them. There is nothing as far as their backgrounds and such. I wasn't even sure how old they were, they felt like they were mid to late twenties. This isn't a big issue, just a personal preference.
- Even though I liked that everything wrapped up quickly and neatly, I thought that things moved a bit too quickly and that it wasn't exactly realistic. Still it is an escape novel and meant to be more about the romance than a realistic suspense thriller. So if you are looking for a solid suspense thriller with jaw dropping twists and turns, this won't work for you.
Tipsy is an entertaining and fun escape read that is packed with plenty of romance. If you are on the hunt for a New Adult book that is on the light side without heavy drama, definitely check out this series. I love that this is a series that you can jump in and read at any time, so if you haven't read a book in the Take It Off Series, pick one up and have fun!
"The good thing about people and hair was that you had the immense opportunity to define your own style, to be creative. Why look like someone else when you could look like you?"
"I was just a guy sitting in front of a girl whose heart made mine beat a little unevenly."
"Holy hell, I would die to kiss her like this every day for the rest of my life."
"But like a well-worn pair of jeans, I had a hole in my pocket and stuff was falling out. Like my emotions. Like my heart."
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.