Welcome to the Blog Tour of Jewels of Desire (Duo #1) by Erica Lucke Dean with Elise Delacroix hosted by the lovely Sage’s Blog Tours ❤
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Passion hotter than stolen diamonds Lucy Matthews can’t believe her crazy luck. While she’s on a date with Mr. Wrong, her evening tilts from merely unfortunate to downright surreal when his attempt to sneak them into a club lands them in the middle of a diamond heist.
When gorgeous Max Callaghan discovers a hot and disheveled Lucy clutching his bag of diamonds at the crime scene, he brands her with a fiery kiss. His gang wants her dead, so Max rescues her by claiming her as his girlfriend. Lucy soon realizes with sudden, pulse-pounding clarity that she needs Max for another reason entirely, but their passionate ruse might not survive the intense pressure of a high-stakes mob war.
Ya’ll know how absolutely in love I am with romances with bad boy heroes – and not the ones who play at being bad boys – but actual bad boys with illegal careers and stuff – so when the chance came to be a part of this tour, I definitely took it with both arms open!
Lucy Mathews is on a date, a date that she believes will go well, until both her date and her are caught in the middle of a diamond heist that Max Callaghan is pulling for his mob boss Uncle.
I loved the idea of this plot, and the execution to a point. Both Lucy and Max are quite an interesting pair, their interactions are hilarious and I absolutely loved how the authors were able to take the plot from point A to point B without loosing it’s steam. The plot is well developed for a short story and my interest never wavers from it.
But what I didn’t understand was the instant attraction between Lucy and Max that had both of doing the deed within minutes of meeting each other and not even in privacy – and while I have read a lot of books with instant attraction or instant physical deed between the hero and heroine, it is always tempered with moments of actually getting to know each other, which in this case did not happen and hence, my problem with it!
So while I loved the plot, the writing and the characters themselves, this instant attraction is a bit hard act to swallow.
Red Callaghan climbs into bed after a wild night of clubbing… and wakes up with a gun to her head. Fortunately, she knows more about weapons than her would-be kidnapper, and she manages to disarm him then turn the tables by seducing him.
When shy chemist Will gets roped into settling his father’s gambling debt, he thinks the ruby he’s tasked to steal is a precious stone. He soon finds out it’s actually the daughter of a rival crime lord.
After striking a compromise, Red and Will collide in one explosive sexual encounter after another while executing their plan to teach both sides a lesson.
This is the story of Ruby, Max’s cousin from Diamond Duplicity, and her story is connected to the heist that Max was behind.
Now, Ruby is an enigma, and while she has been pining for her bodyguard for a while now, when she is “kidnapped” by Will – a hero who is as far removed from a kidnapper as can be.
Now Ruby and Will’s story – I LOVED! It can’t be said enough that this had a good plot, beautiful writing, but most of all it had a believable relationship between Ruby and Will. Really.
While both Ruby and Will also had an instant attraction to each other, it was the way Ruby kept waving off an idea of relationship between that had me believing in them. You can’t say that you are in love the instant you meet someone, not in real life and not the romances that I like to read!
Will also was the anti-thesis of Ruby – a shy guy who doesn’t really do parties, or even girls for most part, so Ruby had him flummoxed and I absolutely adored that he was not ashamed or even embarrassed to understand that there are some times, that it’s okay to be protected by a woman. In fact, he was proud of it! And that made this book all the more better for me!
“We could call a cab.”
“You are kidnapping me. You can’t call a cab.”
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Elise Delacroix married her high school sweetheart and moved to a remote hideaway far enough from civilization that she was forced to create her own entertainment. When playing charades got old, she came up with a plan to write erotic romance in order to keep life exciting. She may spend most of her days lounging in a pair of red flannel pajamas, but her characters wouldn’t be caught dead in anything less than satin and lace.
While Elise also writes in other genres using a pen name, it’s her collaborations with Erica Lucke Dean where she lets her naughty side come out to play. And oh, what a naughty side she has.
Erica Lucke Dean
After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica Lucke Dean moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains, where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180 lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.
When she’s not writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens and diabolical ducks, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her first book, To Katie With Love, Erica is a magnet for disaster and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces.
How she’s managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.