Monday, September 9, 2013

Tour Stop: TEMPORARY BLISS by B.J. Harvey ~ Dual Reviews/Giveaway

Title: TEMPORARY BLISS (Bliss # 1, New Erotic Romance Series)
Author: BJ Harvey
Published: August 29th
Hosted by: The Book Avenue

Makenna Lewis cringes at any mention of the word commitment. She doesn’t want or need a relationship, but she does like sex (who doesn't). 
That explains Noah, Sean, and Zander, her three 'friends with benefits'.
They know the score, they know they're not the only one, and each of them provide her with a different physical need that she craves and enjoys.  
Until a late night encounter with the delicious Daniel Winters turns her preconceived notion of no-commitment completely on its head.   
Soon she finds herself feeling things she vowed never to feel again, and when Daniel pushes for more than she’s willing to give, she falters.
What do you do when something that you’ve known to be so wrong in the past feels so damn right?
If you’re Mac, you run and hide.
But is Daniel the type of man who takes no for an answer?

The dress I had been wearing had not allowed panties, so my lower body was exposed, leaving me standing before him in only my corset and black stilettos. The way he looked at me scorched my skin and left me breathless. Hearing his breath hitch as the last inch of my body was shown to him just spurred me on. I pulled my hands up off the door, forgetting his command to leave them there, and wrapped my arms around his shoulders, urging him closer to me. Moving in, his mouth found my neck while his hand trailed down the side of my body, caressing my hip before moving inward, his fingers between my parted legs.
“Oh, baby doll, you’re so wet for me. Such a shame that you disobeyed,” he said dangerously. “My hand is going to warm your ass until you’re begging me to be inside you.”
Not leaving me anytime to absorb what he’d just promised to do to me, he grabbed my hand, leading me over to a black leather one-seater chair and sitting down, leaving me standing naked in front of him, between his open legs. I admired the large bulge straining against his dark grey pants, unconsciously licking my lips at the sight. The ache between my legs intensified, and I remember thinking that I would die if he wasn’t inside me soon. Clearing his throat, my eyes snapped back to his face. He flashed a knowing grin back at me.
“Now would be the time to change your mind, Mac. Otherwise, in less than thirty seconds I’m going to have your bare ass lying across my lap, and my hand stinging from the hard spanking I intend to give you,” he stated with a quirked brow, like he was laying down the gauntlet for me.

Character Bio's
Makenna Lewis (Mac) – 24 years old, working as nurse a North Western hospital in Chicago. Lives with her best friend Kate in an inner city apartment. Born and bred in Chicago, no brothers and sisters. Lived in Dalton, Ohio for six months when she was 20. She loves shopping, clothes, the Chicago Bears, and dancing. Also has an addiction to reality television shows and the Vampire Diaries. Oh, and she believes that Superman is real.
Daniel Winters (Superman, DD, Delicious Daniel) – 28 years old, stockbroker. Went to college in New York before returning to Chicago when he got an internship a few years ago. Hails from Louisiana but moved to Chicago when he was eight years old. Has a brother and two sisters. Is a devout Chicago Bears’ fan who loves Thai food, working out at the gym, sex on the beach, and a nice cold bottle of Millers on a hot summer’s day.
Kate McGuiness – 24 years old, works as a hairdresser. Lives with Mac. A serial dater that is on the search for her happily ever after. A hopeless romantic who dreams of being swept off her feet and being wooed. Has two older brothers who are married with children who she tries to visit regularly. Primary instigator and a firm believer of the three date ‘no sex’ rule.  
Sean Miller (Mr Dom) -   Corporate attorney. Mid thirties. Part owner of High Jinx, a high class nightclub and after-hours VIP sex club in Chicago. Met Mac at the club a year ago. Has piercing blue eyes and likes to wear tailored suits. Frequently out of town and likes to dominate in the bedroom. Commanding, intimidating, and very protective.
Dr Noah Taylor (aka Walking Dildo) – Aged 28, General Surgeon at North Western Hospital. Met Mac when she started a surgical rotation two years ago. The first of Mac’s “friends with benefits”. Tall, cocky, and in your face. Has one brother called Matt who is four years younger than him. Is known around the hospital as the Walking Dildo for nine envious inches of reasons.
Zander Roberts – 23 year old police academy recruit and part time male stripper. Protective and caring by nature, he has a penchant for spontaneous sex in public places and is known for being very energetic and playful. He met Mac six months ago at a friend’s bachelorette party. Has three younger sisters and a solo mother who now live in Indiana. He’s also known as the Energizer Bunny because once he gets started, he’s hard to stop, over and over again.

Review #1
Let me start off by saying that I loved this book. It was different from the serious books from this author. BJ Harvey is one funny lady. I also love music, so the playlist for each chapter was perfect. 

Makenna follows her boyfriend Beau aka Ass to Ohio for his job. Life there takes a turn for the worst and I'll admit this is the only time during this book that you may cry. I shed a tear for Mac and what she dealt with that lead to her decision to return home. Don't get me wrong, I like a strong alpha male who protects his woman but Beau is not a protector. 

Chapter Two takes us to four years later and we get to see Mac living a semi-normal life. She has tried to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and spirit. She thinks that keeping up her walls and not getting attached is surviving. Wrong! It's called denial, and I think I know just who the man is to make her see that. Enter Daniel aka Superman aka Delicious Daniel aka my new book boyfriend. They meet on the "L" and the first interaction they have is flirty and funny. I want to go find myself a Hot Stockbroker now. 

I am not going to tell you the whole book, that would ruin it for you. There is no cheating in this book. Sean, Zander and Noah are her "Friends with Benefits" and Oh My! I really can't wait for these guys to get their own stories. After reading this book I wanted them all. When asked who was my favorite is I say, "DanielZanderSeanNoah". 

I love the banter between Kate and Mac. I like it when an author writes a female strong enough to stand on her own two feet and funny. One of my favorite Kate quotes is "Nice! Does he have any hot single friends, maybe a smoldering older brother spawned from the same womb of heat?" This is her asking Mac about Daniel. 

My favorite quote from Daniel is a spoiler so I'll give you my second favorite, "I'm in so deep, I'll take you however I can have you". That my friends is how I got hooked. Daniel is a lover, sweet and swoon worthy. 

I love to see an Indie author grow and BJ Harvey is doing just that. I love this book and am looking forward to the rest of the gangs stories. I am giving this book 5 Stars for Sweetness, Hotness and Laugh Factor. 


Review #2
This was a great read. The storyline was refreshing in that it hasn't been done a thousand times over. I was so ecstatic to read about a lead character who I felt was relatable and true to life.

Makenna was one of those "I may be down but not out" kind of girls. Yes, she may be guarded with her new relationships but at least she picked herself back up and got back out there. I hate when a character comes out of a nasty relationship and whines about it through out the book. Nope, not this chic, she was tough, smart and done taking crap from men. I really liked her!!

The male characters were amazing as well and all would have been an interesting match for her. They each brought something different to the table (bedroom) that she needed. Now if only she could find all those talents in one man...Daniel enters the picture and he might just be what she is looking for or not. (read and find out)

I liked this one and will be watching for new releases from this author. Overall a must read!! I give Temporary Bliss 4 Stars!


About the author...
I’m 31 years old and live in New Zealand, the most beautiful country in the world.
I love reading, and started writing my first novel, Lost in Distraction in December 2012. Before that I’d written business and website articles professionally but never fiction. I love the indie community, authors, bloggers and readers alike and have met so many awesome people that I now call dear friends. 

I’m a huge music lover as well. I REALLY love music. If there isn't music playing, something is wrong. And it’s a wide range of music too, I might surprise you with my eclectic tastes.

I'm also a wife, mother of two gorgeous girls and currently working for myself as well as studying full time to become an accountant of all things. I also have a Bachelor of Communications.
My author inspirations are: Michelle Leighton, Barbara Elsborg and Kristen Ashley.

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