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I’ll Try to Behave Myself by June Kramin – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway

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I’ll Try To Behave Myself

by June Kramin

Contemporary Romance

Published by Writers AMuse Me Publishing

Released on November 22, 2012

Heat Level: Sensual

Length: 300 pages

 

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Blurb

When Char receives the news that she has been promoted to partner, she should be ecstatic. Instead, she is inPuerto Rico, having fled there after finding her husband in bed with another woman, her dreams of starting a family shattered.

 

Andy, her boss, unaware of what has happened, tracks her down to bring her back home. Encouraged by the tropical heat, the peaceful surroundings and the unending allure of water, they are soon drawn to each other in a way they had never experienced before. Char knows that her marriage is over. She also knows that an office romance is not what she wants. Her heart and his actions, tell her otherwise.

 

Char consistently pushes Andy away, trying to keep some semblance of order in her now-crazy life. Getting through one last major account becomes her focus; then she can concentrate on her future and her independence. Her plans are on track, until she discovers an unexpected souvenir fromPuerto Rico: she is carrying Andy’s baby.

 

Excerpt

After the door slammed, Andy dialed Payton’s number.

 

“It’s about time you answer your phone! Where the hell is my wife?”

 

“I’m doing great; thanks for asking. How are you, Payton?”

 

“Cut the crap, Banker. Where’s Charlie?”

 

“I don’t know.”

 

“What do you mean ‘you don’t know’? Why the hell haven’t you been answering your phone? You with her?”

 

“She took off, jackass. I don’t know where she’s at, but I do know she’s okay. At least, she was last time I talked to her.”

 

“You talked to her?” He sounded desperate to know anything he could.

 

“A few days ago, yes. My guess is she’s cooling off. Just let her.”

 

“Don’t tell me how to handle my wife!”

 

“Fair enough. You want pointers on your tart?”

 

“I figured she’d bawl to you about that. Look—”

 

“Suck it, Payton. I’m not getting in a pissing match with you.

 

I’m not avoiding your calls; I just got my phone replaced and I saw that you called. Letting you know she was okay last I talked to her is as far as I’m going with you and trust me, that’s more than you deserve in my book.” Andy hit end.

 

“And what do I deserve?” Andy found Char standing at the doorway; she had been listening.

 

“Not his line of bull.”

 

“Really? Am I any better than he is? Look at us.” Her lip began to tremble as she walked towards the bed then sat down.

 

Andy sat next to her, wrapping his arm around her. “It’s not the same, Char.”

 

“The hell it isn’t.” Harshly, she wiped away a tear.

 

“Under any other circumstances, this would not have happened between us. We’ve been away on short trips before. Nothing has ever happened. I didn’t think you could even stand to be around me half the time.” He stood, picked up a box of tissues from the dresser then sat back down. She accepted a few and blew her nose.

 

She let herself laugh a little. “I couldn’t.”

 

“See?” he said with another one of his grins.

 

“So what now?”

 

“Water skiing,” he replied, matter-of-factly.

 

Review:

 

I have a confession to make and its one that I’m not proud of.  Until I got an email reminder yesterday, I had totally forgotten that I had this book to read and review.  My life right now is a bit chaotic and it completely slipped my mind.  This is so NOT me but there it is.  I forgot.  The silver lining, the kid was at his after school program so I had time to read it when I got home from my chaotic life.  O.M.G.  I finished this book in a couple of hours.  I did manage to get up and stretch a bit but I really didn’t want to.

In all of my readings of straight contemporary romances in the past couple of years, I was completely enchanted with Andy and Char.  They stole my heart and I don’t ever want it back.  Seriously, I don’t want it back.  They were both flawed characters that needed each other in the end.  After working together for almost 4 years, they were never attracted to each other.  Andy was a man-whore and Char was married.

You would think that what ever happens in Puerto Rico would stay in Puerto Rico but it doesn’t for these two.  Barely able to keep their hands of each other, their relationship spills over to their work life.  Throw in a soon to be ex-husband, a new assistant that is just too funny, the Jersey shore, a wonderful uncle of Andy’s and you have the makings of a wonderful, heartfelt contemporary that I defy anyone NOT to read and fall in love.

Ms. Kramin has written a book that could have come off as a typical troupe of “wife catches husband in bed with a tart, accidentally sleeps with her boss and oops, she’s pregnant” but there is so much more to Andy and Char story than that.  There are deep-seated emotions that both of them have to come to grips within themselves before they can build a future together.  Ms. Kramin did that in a light way that I never felt like I was being beat over the head with a neon sign saying…Here’s the conflict.

I could go and on about Andy and Char but I won’t.  I’m sorry that I came to the end of their story.  I sighed when I closed the Kindle.  Not only were they great characters that I came to love and cherish, I will miss their banter, humor and just how their dialogue flowed.  I really felt like I was part of the conversation with them.  I laughed, cried, screamed, sighed and any character that mentions their love of all the Star Wars movies and Han Solo…well, she is my BFF!!!

I will say that the title says it all.  They try to behave but they just can’t.  When Char tries to get Andy to stopped touching her, it only backfires but with humorous results.  Trust me, they are like rabbits but its not graphic and anyone would be able to read it and not cringe.

My only gripe is that now I want to know the rest of their story.  Run and read Andy & Char’s story and let me know how much you are in love with them, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that order.

 

June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born inPhiladelphiabut moved toMaui,Hawaiiwhen she was four. She met her “Prince Charming” on Kauai and is currently living “Happily Ever After” on a hobby farm in a small town inSouthern Minnesota.

 

She enjoys riding her Paint horse, Ringo, around the small ghost town they are playfully reestablishing with the neighbors and playing in Photoshop. Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets.

 

Being hopelessly addicted to 80′s music is her super power.

 

Connect with June Kramin

http://www.junekramin.com/

http://www.facebook.com/JuneKramin

http://about.me/june.kramin

http://www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/

https://twitter.com/junekramin

 

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6 thoughts on “I’ll Try to Behave Myself by June Kramin – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway”

  1. Wow, this book sounds great, and I can’t wait to read it. I must say, Harlie’s reviews are great, and are probably part of the draw.

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