Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Goddess Fish Book Tours Book Review: Rachel Brimbel - 16 Marsden Place

16 Marsden Place
by Rachel Brimble



There isn't a situation that can't be fixed by a coat of chocolate body paint or a liberal smear of Champagne Lick, right? Wrong!

Ever since her father was murdered by a gang of youths, Sienna Lloyd has named herself Potterford’s protector—her sexy lingerie shop is a place where the town’s women can visit and feel safe. But when that shop is in danger of closing, Sienna needs a solution that will keep her in Potterford, where she can always look out for her mother, friends, and clients.

The answer? Move the shop to her home at 16 Marsden Place. The problem? Her new neighbor, the delicious but seriously uptight Jack Beaton. Oh, and his four-year-old twin girls.

Jack has just moved to the tiny town of Potterford in a bid to start over. To build a new life that keeps his children safe from their violent and sex-crazed mother. So when he discovers his neighbor intends to open a sex shop right next door, Jack will do anything to ensure it doesn’t happen…including fighting every ounce of his attraction to the shop’s owner and his innate need to trust again.

Excerpt :

Sienna pulled into her driveway feeling a million times more optimistic than she had before she’d met with Kelsey. She’d only just cut the engine when an ear-splitting scream came from outside the car. She sat bolt upright.

The sight that greeted her didn’t bode well for the quiet night she hankered for.

Yet a traitorous smile tugged at her lips. Why did those twins have to be so cute? Sienna watched Holly and Katy run back and forth across the front yard, and a burst of laughter bubbled in her throat. If her guess was right as to which twin was which, it was Katy who screamed hysterically in one continual stream of terror while Holly chased her with what looked suspiciously like dog poo on the end of a stick.

“You’re a little firecracker, my girl,” Sienna said, laughing. She then turned to see Blue Eyes was also in the yard, and she groaned. Now that was just cruel.

Clearly, Jack Beaton possessed the same unfathomable gift all parents of young kids seem to have—the innate ability to completely zone out to the chaos that erupts all around them and walk about as though they’re alone in a silent meadow. But it wasn’t the way Jack calmly steered a wheelbarrow around the lawn that made Sienna’s heart race, nor the way he stopped and held up a rather raggedy-looking tulip bulb and smelled it, as though checking what it was.

What injected lust into her loins like liquid aphrodisiac would be his half-naked state of undress. His back made a perfect triangle, tapering down to a hard, buff ass encased in what had to surely be tailor-made Levi’s. A film of perspiration glinted along the length of his naked, golden spine as muscles rippled beneath the skin in all their sinewy glory.

Sienna sighed. It was pointless denying he caused sensations in her that hadn’t been stirred for a mighty long time. She ran the tip of her tongue over dry lips and squeezed her thighs together to stem the throbbing. Why did a man who looked like that have to move in next door when she had so many problems? Damn, if she hadn’t already felt as though her entire existence teetered on a precipice, she might have tried to get used to the idea of kids for some up-close and personal time with a guy like that.

Review:  Well, this is it. Rachel Brimble is officially one of my favorite authors. It started with Finding Justice, her Harlequin Superromance and now with 16 Marsden Place, I'm sure she's an author I just can't miss.

This story was so fun to read because the characters are just fabulous. Sienna is a tough yet vulnerable heroine that you just can't help but love and Jack! Ah Jack! He's just wonderful.

Oh and how many books do you read where you heroine owns a sexy lingerie shop?

Not many!

Oh and Jack's twin daughters....too freaking cute.

His ex-wife, not so cute, in fact she's pretty much a be-oytch.

The novel is a fairly quick read only 222 pages, and it leaves you wanting more. Its funny, its quirky and its just a good time.

What I like about the book is that though, Sienna runs a sexy shop, the romance in this book is low key which is nice, because most of the conflict in the book is family oriented. (a result of  Jack's ex -wife who is a alcoholic and a sex maniac who doesn't really care about her family)

Really it doesn't get much better than this!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.  After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013.

16 Marsden Place with Omnific Publishing is her first romantic comedy since 2010.

She has just signed a further three-book contract with Harlequin Superromance.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


Giveaway: Rachel will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


Rachel Brimble said...

Do you know how much I'm loving you right now?? LOL!! SO glad you enjoyed Jack and Sienna so much, I loved writing this story and was worried if people would 'get' the humor. Clearly, you and I are on the same wavelength, LOL!

Thank you :)

Rachel x

Mary Preston said...

This book does sound superb, I must say. In that excerpt alone Jack sounds positively delicious.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Catherine Lee said...

I love a contemporary romance that has a strong heroine and a lot of humor in it. I haven't read too many with kids involved though. That's an unexpected addition.
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Ingeborg said...

Nice review, the book sounds like a good read.


Andra Lyn said...

Hi again Rachel!
Another fabulous excerpt! I wanna get my hands on it ASAP!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Chelsea B. said...

This novel just sounds every kind of awesome there is!


bn100 said...

That was nice

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VampedChik said...

This sounds great! I definitely will have to read it!

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for your review and the excerpt.
kareninnc at gmail dot com

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