You all know, dear followers, that I want to be a Blaze girl – an author for the Harlequin Blaze line. I’ve said it before, to me it is better than being a Bond girl . . . . Sorry Halle!
I love Blaze novels because they are a fun, sexy, hot, delicious romps with likeable heroines and hunky heroes. But, that isn’t what gets them on my keeper shelf And – don’t tell anyone – but they don’t all make it to my keeper shelf (I’ll be doing a series of posts on the ones that made the cut – stay tuned!) No, what gets them to my keeper shelf is pure emotion – the kind that supersedes sex, witty dialogue, and exotic locales. I want an emotional connection between the hero and heroine that curls my toes and invests me emotionally in the story.
One of the best examples I have seen in a while is “Just Surrender” by Kathleen O’Reilly.
This book was full of emotion – two people who had to risk letting someone in to find the love they needed even after multiple bumpy starts. Neither of them were looking for it and it wasn’t easy and that is what made is so sigh-worthy. The ending was happy (of course!) but is wasn’t trite or condescending – they both had to give up something precious to be together and the road wasn’t going to be paved in yellow brick for them in the future. They were going to have to work at it – the same way they had to work to be together – good stuff!
Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:
Straitlaced surgeon Tyler Hart hops into a cab at JFK…and goes on the ride of his life. Punky, funky, fly-by-night cabbie Edie Higgins takes him on an all-night New York City adventure involving a flat tire, a strip club and diner food. Oh, and a mind-blowing early-morning romp in a notoriously naughty hotel.
So when Edie offers to become newly single Tyler’s love sensei, he thinks, why not? Especially since she’s a very hands-on teacher.
They couldn’t be more different, but they’re about to learn the same lesson: to just surrender. Everything.
So, I recommend this book. Pick it up, download it. You can get it here. Let me know what you think.