Friday, July 17, 2015

Kilted For Pleasure by Melissa Blue (VBB, excerpt, review and GIVEAWAY) GFT ADULT title





 
by Melissa Blue
is an ADULT title
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BLURB:

Callan Baird used to laugh more than he frowned, but that was before his wife died. Now his life is duty, debts and a general apathy for anything else. And then Victoria Burke burst into his life. She's everything he wants to corrupt.

Victoria has two choices: agree to a grouchy, sexy Scotsman's extortion or call her boss to explain why she can't do her job. Since she's spent the last three years rebuilding her career as antique appraiser, and this one commission could make or break it, the decision is a no-brainer. Except everything about Callan is complicated.

He sees no problem turning their work relationship into a sexual one. She refuses to break her boss' no-fraternization rule. He's the one thing she wants and the one thing she can't have. He's had his one great love, and doesn't want a replacement. His heart doesn't agree, because she's everything he desires.

Callan will have to let go of his past if he wants Victoria to be in his future.


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EXCERPT

The door swung open. A shirtless man glowered at her, but that description couldn't quite encapsulate him. Her smile faltered while she lost a few IQ points at the full brunt of him. Shadows deepened the grooves around his mouth and eyes. Wind creeping in through the open door whipped his dark auburn hair into disarray. He was broad in the shoulders, solid in the torso and thighs. Every sinew in his tall frame inspired an itch in her palms to touch, caress, explore all of him. He fit into the scenery—stark mountains and moors.

The furrows that hinted above his brows practically promised brooding—complete with a money back guarantee. His blue eyes narrowed. “Which Baird sent you?” His thick burr rolled the “r” in a way that prickled her skin.

He definitely seemed to know Ian and Tristan. Ian was her boss. Tristan was her boss' brother who ran the sales division. To say they were like night and day was an understatement. “I'm—”

He scoffed, cutting off her speech with the abrupt sound. “Ian,” he guessed with pinpoint accuracy. “Tristan wouldn't have sent a lamb to slaughter.”

Her spine stiffened. A lamb would have curled up when she had mistakenly authenticated a forgery three years ago. A sheep would have willingly let the world put a hand over her eyes while it slit her throat to bleed out from shame, guilt and mortification. One simply didn't recover from the kind of screw up she'd made, but Victoria had found employment, convinced her boss to send her to Scotland, alone, for an all expense paid commission of a castle. This was her first job oversees for the Bairds and it damn sure wouldn't be her last.

Victoria Burke was no one's goddamn lamb.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Melissa Blue’s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. Eventually she upgraded to a computer. She’s still typing away on the same computer, making imaginary people fall in love.

Where to find me online:


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My review: 

4.5 out of 5 stars



Kilted For Pleasure by Melissa Blue is a contemporary romance set in Scotland which centers on Victoria Burke and Callan Baird who share a complicated work relationship.  Victoria has been sent to Scotland to appraise and ship rare antiques but her job is complicated by the cantankerous but sexy man who bargains his restoration services for her attentions.  The risk in flouting her employer’s non-fraternization rules is outweighed by the sizzling connection they make despite the fact that Callan’s past dictates his inability to plan a future with her.



This delicious tale of lost love and the treasures to be won if one searches diligently enough is played out on several levels as Victoria’s job reflects her life.  The beautiful contrast between the plucky but crafty heroine and the curmudgeonly but lusty Scotsman is deftly portrayed, and the scheming uncle adds a nice layer to the mix.  I have not read the other stories in this series yet had no trouble getting drawn into this tale and establishing a liking for these characters.  I love the gradual buildup of the relationship and the exotic location and slightly foreign customs that enrich the story and the emotional hurdles that have to be overcome give a depth to the story that kept me invested in the characters.  I am impressed by the author’s ability to draw me into the story and will definitely be looking for more of her works!



A copy of this title was provided to me for review.


I have had the pleasure of reading the sequel to this title, Kilt Tease, and am delighted that it is just a delicious a story!




 


My review:

4.5 out of 5 stars


Kilt Tease by Melissa Blue is book 4 in the ‘Under the Kilt’ series and centers on Quinton Baird who is trying to deal with the changes in his life after retiring from his beloved rugby team.  He has a healthy distrust for anyone who isn’t family and doesn’t expect to discover that the sexy traveling nurse who’s there to take care of his uncle has hidden depths.  Letting Katherine Campbell into his life is complicated by her determination to honor a promise made to her grandmother, but he convinces her to help him out while she’s in Scotland.  The trouble is finding a way for them to truly trust each other, especially since there is already a predetermined end to their relationship.



This story is a great continuation to a wonderful series that combines deliciously sensual interludes with intense emotional conflicts.  I have only read two of the stories about the sexy Baird males, but wow, one can’t help but adore these sexy and complex Scots and want to learn about all of the extended family.  This author does a fantastic job of creating characters who have charisma, an unabashedly intense lust for each other, and a sniffle-inducing history that has shaped them into the complex folks who keep one spellbound throughout the story.  I love the fact that, thus far, each of these stories can be read as a stand alone, yet the interconnection enriches the appreciation one develops as each of the family finds his happy-ever-after, albeit after going through some intense experiences, and I look forward to reading about more of these sexy Scots and the women who capture their hearts.
 
 I received this title for my honest review as well.

P.S.  There are such great lines in this story, but a couple of my favorites are:
...the black T-shirt he wore that had the words "The answer to your question is nothing," which didn't make sense until you saw he wore a kilt
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If a man in a tuxedo was an aphrodisiac, then a kilt had to simply undo the very threads holding a woman's panties together. 

22 comments:

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    1. You're welcome, I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this story!

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  2. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

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    1. Joss Whedon. I love his work.

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    2. Great question as usual, Mai. Thanks for coming by!

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  3. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit, Lisa and good luck!

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  4. Thank you for having me and I'm so glad you enjoyed both KILTED FOR PLEASURE and KILT TEASE.

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    1. Hi Melissa! Forgive me if I gush, I really enjoyed both of these stories and I have to carve out time to read the first title, "Under His Kilt" because I am so impressed with your sexy Scots! Thank you for taking the time to come by and interact with my visitors, it is very much appreciated!

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  5. Great excerpt.. can't wait to read this and see what happens :). Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Such yummy Scots, Victoria! In case you can't tell, lol, I enjoyed this author's style. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. I'm happy that you enjoyed it, patrick. Thank you for dropping by!

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  7. Great excerpt... I cant wait to read. Great review.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment, I love your name--it reflects my philosophy as well! I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment and hope you enjoy the stories as much as I did!

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  8. Both reviews are very helpful thank you.

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    1. You are welcome, Mary, glad they were helpful! Thanks for visiting.

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  9. Awesome expert was very good thank you.

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    1. You are welcome, joe hawk, thank you for popping in!

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  10. LOVE the reviews! Great post! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're so great for the ego, Betty, I appreciate the compliment. Thanks for taking the time to visit!

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