Thursday, 27 August 2015

Review: Do You Want Me by Nancy Fraser #FairyTaleRomance #Giveaway








BLURB:

Decorated war hero Reece Michaels agrees to go undercover in order to bring down the Irish Mob. In return, the civilian life he’s coveted for the past six years will be returned to him.

Hired by mob boss Sean O’Malley to protect his youngest son, Reece soon discovers the young man needs more protection from his own family than its enemies.

What Reece doesn’t count on is his instant attraction to the police chief’s beautiful and willing daughter. Abby Mackenzie is the younger sister of a woman with whom Reece once had a torrid affair. He’s determined to not give in to Abby’s come-hither ways. After all, one Mackenzie woman was more than enough.

My Review
Romance novels based on a fairy tale is not a new concept. What’s interesting is that the fairy tale this story is based on is not romantic. I’d never heard of The Devil’s Sooty Brother and when I read it I witnessed some components of it in Do You Want Me in very unique ways.

An interesting story with steamy scenes and a bit of intrigue kept me turning the pages. But I’ll warn you (without giving any spoilers) that there is one aspect of the story that doesn’t conform to a “traditional” romance but fits in the story nicely.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

I give this book four out of five chocolate bars.


Excerpt:

Reece and Billy arrived at the posh east-side O’Malley mansion in record time. Eager for a free weekend, Reece had skirted the conservative speed limit all the way. Sean O’Malley was more than happy to have his son visit for the weekend. And, thankfully, with enough of his own men around to watch over everyone, equally happy to give Reece the weekend off.

“I’ll pick Billy back up Monday morning and get him to Fairweather, if the timing works for everyone.”

Sean O’Malley gave him a job-well-done slap on the back as they walked toward the door of his huge home. “Sounds good, Michaels. If the plans change, either Billy or I will give you a call.”

Reece slid behind the wheel of the black sedan and turned toward his east-side apartment, remembering he’d left his duffle and a book he’d started reading at Billy’s. He turned right at the next light, intent on retrieving his things and then heading home.

The phone was ringing in Billy’s apartment as he unlocked the door. The answering machine picked up as soon as he reached the table.

“Hey, Billy, it’s me…Adam. About last week…uh…call me, okay?” The caller’s voice trembled softly, and the call disconnected.

Reece let the message and its tone sink in. Damn! He turned full circle in the apartment, taking in the elegant decorations, the expensive stereo, the CD rack filled with Billy’s favored glam rock.

The framed Broadway posters mixed in with abstract art taunted him. How blind are you, Reece? Isn’t it obvious?

Double damn! Billy O’Malley was gay.

Which meant...Abby was a friend, not a lover. What in heaven’s name would possess a young woman as well educated and obviously beautiful as Abby Mackenzie to act as a beard to a mobster’s son?

“I work at the Herald, in Features.”

A knot formed in Reece’s gut, an instinct similar to his ability to root out insurgents in the Gulf. Was Abby after an exposé on Sean O’Malley? Was she out of her freakin’ mind?

His conscience prodded him. How is it different than the game you’re playing? You’re no more a mobster’s goon than she’s a beard.

He shook off the inner taunt. His intentions were good, honorable, if not a bit self-serving. He wanted his family home back and was willing to do whatever was necessary to accomplish his goal.

What could Abby hope to accomplish? Other than put her life, and possibly his, in jeopardy? He didn’t need the added complication of her snooping around for a story. The last thing he wanted was for her plans to screw up his mission.

At least in the Gulf he could identify the good guys, and the bad ones, by sight. Right now, his
biggest problem might be a diminutive redhead with soulful amber eyes.

He grabbed his duffle and jogged back to the car. He needed to get away from Billy’s apartment, think things through, and decide how much of this newfound information was shareable, if any.

And, Tina willing, he needed another dose of her excellent brand of stress relief.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy is currently working on a Valentine’s story for 2016, her next Rock and Roll novella, the 3rd McCade Legacy book and a second fairy tale for Decadent Publishing.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor  @nfraserauthor


GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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15 comments:

  1. Great review! I'm intrigued by the fairytale aspect. It's always fun to see the unique ways authors adapt those!

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    1. Heather, thank you. One of most unique features of Do You Want Me is the point-of-view. Since the original fairy tale was told strictly from the hero/soldier's pov, I wanted to do the same with the book. I was a bit "concerned" about writing love scenes from only the man's viewpoint, but it turned out to be much easier than I'd first thought. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Thanks, Heather. She did a good job with it.

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  2. Thank you for hosting my stop today and for the lovely review. I'll take chocolate bars any way I can get them!

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    1. Talented writer and chocolate eater, great combination.

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  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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  4. Great review! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks, Victoria. It's a great book.

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  5. Thank you for the post and contest!

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    1. I'm happy you could stop by, Betty.

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