Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: A Little Blackmail by Helen Conrad

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A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
by Helen Conrad

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A Little Blackmail is only $0.99 for Kindle from now until Sunday, May 25th!

A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances - Forever Yours
(Sweet Edition #2)
by Helen Conrad
Adult Romance
Paperback & Ebook, 172 pages
March 28th 2014 by Doorknock Publishing

Sometimes you have to break the rules to right a wrong.

Janet Cardona is usually a by-the-book good girlbut when Matt Carrington won't give her cat back, she sees red. Rules mean nothing when there's an animal to be saved. So when she's caught in a burglary and blackmailed for it, she finds she can't refuse. Matt only needs her to pretend to be his wife for a day or two so that he can run a scam he's involved in. But once the pretense gets going, he begins to yearn for the real thing. Now Janet has to decide if she can let herself fall for a con man.

Recipes for Crab Open-faced Sandwiches and Basic Asian Soup included.

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My Review

A Little Blackmail starts off with Janet getting herself into quite a predicament when Matt finds her in his room late one night trying to steal back her cat. The cat Matt picked up from a shelter not realizing that it already had an owner. Matt strikes a deal with Janet to have her play as his wife while he cons Mavis into thinking he's her nephew. Thus follows two days where both characters attempt to play their roles for some purpose that only Matt knows.

The whole scenario didn't quite work for me on this one because rationally it just felt unrealistic that something like this would happen and that the characters, Janet and Matt, would act as they did. I wanted Matt to be a little more knowledgeable for the role he was playing and Janet not to be constantly almost ruining things. There is also immediate and undeniable attraction between the two characters and pretty much insta-love. However, if you can just accept the story as is, then it is rather humorous in parts, serious in some, and sweet in others.

I liked how the couple from the first book in the series, Reid and Jenny, are mingled in this story a little and we get to read about a big event of theirs. Matt was also a fun male protagonist with all the usual charming personality (when he wanted to be charming) and good looks. There was definitely plenty of romantic tension between him and Janet.

If you enjoy Adult Romance and are looking for something quick and light, then you may want to give A Little Blackmail a try.
Content: There is some mild swearing and plenty of innuendo.

Source: From the author, which did not affect my review in any way.

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About the Author
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Helen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlist—mainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.

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A Little About the Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
From Author Helen Conrad

"The Destiny Bay Romances take place in the sort of beach town I've always loved--and now I live in one! But writing about beach towns came first and this series is centered on the rich, influential Carrington family living along the California Coast, and in Hawaii. These are good-looking, fast-driving, hard-hitting men and women whose impulses lead them into trouble every time--and inevitably to fall in love.

The original series includes language and love scenes that aren't, for the most part, especially harsh and explicit--but some of my readers from my years writing sweets for Harlequin as Raye Morgan have asked if we couldn't have sweet and clean versions--and I thought--what a good idea! 

These are basically the same stories...but with the conflicts softened a bit, the language cleaned up, and no explicit love scenes. There are still a few adult situations, but they're muted. Consider these the PG versions. 

I hope you enjoy them!"

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- US Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and paperbacks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
- INT Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and ebooks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
- 2 sets of ebooks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast (INT)

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  1. Love her work!

  2. That sounds really great, I'm definitely going to check it out! Good price too on Amazon.

  3. This looks like something I would enjoy, great cover also!

  4. I don't have a favorite setting for romance. The important element is the event and the characters' behaviors.

  5. This cover??? Wow. So gorgeous!

  6. This is a good one, I read it a couple of weeks ago, I think you will really like it. :)

  7. Oo this one sounds really good, I have seen this cover floating around but had never read the synopsis, so glad I did, it sounds perfect.

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  8. I enjoy a variety of locales but I do have a preference for Ireland.

  9. I don't know about the whole "pretend to be his wife" thing, but they still look cute :)!

  10. Natalie Carlson Brown5/22/14, 2:40 PM

    Hi! For me, anytime spent in nature with someone I like is romantic. I do live in Florida though, so there is a really pretty beach close-by that's a nice place to walk & pick shells with a special someone. Thank-you!

  11. This one does sound really cute. I love opposites attract romances, they're usually so much fun! Great review, glad you enjoyed it. ~Pam

  12. It was really cute and I was also in the mood to read this type of book, so it was perfect timing.

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