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February 28, 2014


My Secret Fantasies
My Secret Fantasies
By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: December 17, 2013


Joanne Rock’s MY SECRET FANTASIES is her second “Forbidden Fantasies” release for Harlequin’s Blaze miniseries. MY DOUBLE LIFE (Harlequin Blaze 5/13), her first, is a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award nominee. Both books are told from a first-person heroine perspective, while the hero’s point of view remains in the more traditional third person. We fall in love with the hero right along with the heroine! The heroes of the two books are brothers, but the stories read well as stand-alones.

Fantasy come to life...
All I wanted was to escape the media frenzy I left behind in L.A. and open a cute little shop on the Sonoma Coast. Simple, right? But Damien Fraser—the hunky property owner—isn’t exactly thrilled about my reality-TV-star status. Still, I’m pretty sure that all he needs is a little creative convincing...and I’ve learned I can be very creative.
I started writing a naughty novel, and with every sexy scene I write, things between me and Damien get really hot. Now the hero in my book is starting to look more and more like Damien, and I’m well on my way to becoming my brazen sexpot heroine. But when my real life and my fictional life collide, my fantasies just might cost me all of my dreams....

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….So when the door of the oversized pickup opened with a squeak, I looked.
And saw the hottest guy ever emerge.
Now, maybe it was the heat that seemed to spotlight this hunky slab of muscle and manhood as he stood beside the open door of the truck. He glistened with sweat despite a temperature that probably only reached the mid sixties. He took the tail of a well-worn t-shirt and used it to mop his forehead.
In that moment, his abs were exposed to my dazed, spellbound eye. He was pin-up sexy. Lean and taut, he looked like he’d pulled about two million inverted push-ups to achieve so much delicious definition in that six-pack. Better yet, he was tanned bronze and I felt like I’d been given a VIP pass to the hottest show on earth.
What a gift in an otherwise hellacious day. My heroine Shaelynn couldn’t have done any better.
“Are you Miranda Cortland?”
I shook my head to clear it of fantasies that grew more explicit by the minute. The demi-god across the road did not just talk to me.
I realized I’d stopped to stare and felt just the slightest twinge of embarrassment to be caught in the act.
Giving him a lopsided smile, I told myself to get moving. Then realized he’d somehow known my name.
“Excuse me?” I had to shout since two cars barreled by in either direction.
“Are you Miranda?” he asked, his deep voice carrying easily over the distance. He slammed his door shut and jogged closer.
To me.
I blinked. Confused. Dry-mouthed.
Because now that I saw the guy’s face, he was a whole lot more than just hot abs. Streaked with sweat and a light coating of dust, he looked like a local laborer in his t-shirt and jeans. Although- knowing good clothes when I saw them from years of shopping vintage- I realized he wore very good clothes. Those boots and jeans were both out of my price range.
“Lady, are you okay?” He was now just a few feet away.
Hazel eyes narrowed in concern, he stood a good six inches taller than me. His dark hair was close cropped and matched the dark stubble sprinkled along his jaw. Wicked cheekbones made him look a bit Native American. A prominent blade of a nose and full lips only added to his appeal.
I remembered the words I’d written to describe the hero of my book. An arresting face. Strong. Handsome.
“I’m fine,” I said with a bit too much enthusiasm. What I meant to say, actually, is “you’re fine.” But he stared at me like I might have mental health issues, so I struggled to pull myself out of the sexy-man-induced delirium. He looked like the hero I’d dreamed up before I even laid eyes on this guy. “That is, I broke down a few miles back, but I don’t think I’m far from my destination.”
Belatedly, I realized I should have asked to borrow his cell phone. Or truck. Or his body. Then again, maybe I’d been spending too much time daydreaming up plot points for my sexy secret novel…

About the Author:
Joanne Rock fell in love with reading at a young age and stayed out of trouble- mostly- as a teen thanks to long stints at her local library where she routinely checked out as many books as a bicycle basket would carry. She still pronounces all the names of the Greek gods incorrectly because she Joanne Rocklearned them through reading- a small price to pay for the vast amount of knowledge she gained from books! She started writing when the voices in her head kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. A successful romance author and former Golden Heart winner, she’s penned dozens of books for a variety of Harlequin series and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA award three times. Her work is reprinted around the globe and has been translated into twenty different languages. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s cheering on her three sons in sporting endeavors of every variety.

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Miranda Cortland is moving forward with her life. She had hopes of leaving her old life that was lacking in love. She packed what belonging she had in her beat up car and headed off for her new adventurous life.  At least she hoped. She was hoping to makes a tea room out of a little farm stand.
Damien Frasier was also making a new start.  Miranda wanted to be part of his life and future, but she wasn't sure that could happen.  It would be a life full of drama and she had left her old life to get away from that. Both of them are struggling with their pasts and trying to start new lives.  Will they be able to bury the past or will something or someone keep them from doing that?
The characters are human with all the same problems as anyone else. The heroine is written in 1st person narrative and the hero, 3rd person narrative.
A classic romance with some twists, mistakes, pasts and love found too fast. Love at first sight?  Most romances have  characters falling in love when they first meet.
This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. 
The author takes the reader out of their comfort zone of romance that we consider to be "normal". Ms. Rock does this in such a way that the reader sees how normal it is.
Wouldn't we all like to imagine our fantasies and put them on paper? 
 What might be even better would be to live  them.

The author wrote a fictional read that draws the reader into a world that they wished wasn't fictional.
Sometimes we think of these kind of fantasies as "taboo". 
 You don't write those kind of things. I see nothing wrong with dreaming and fantasizing,
 so long as it doesn't go to the extreme. This book was enjoyable and an escape into the fantasy world.  But don't we all love those fantasies? 
 Ms. Rock  has let us live in our minds the fantasies that are on paper.

Red Curly Hearts Clip ArtI would give this book 4  HEARTS.Red Curly Hearts Clip Art

I was given a complimentary copy of MY SECRET FANTASIES from the author, Ms. Joanne Rock for my honest opinion.  No other compensation took place.

1 comment:

Joanne Rock said...

Thank you so much, Gayle, for posting a review of My Secret Fantasies! I'm so grateful for the chance to be on your blog :-).