Book Title: Love For Beginners
Author: Sally Clements
She needs a lesson in love, and he’s the perfect teacher.
Mechanic Melody Swan is looking for a man who can share her hopes and dreams, but she swore she would never lose herself to passion. When sexy Heath Starr agrees to temporarily sub in the Under the Hood garage for his sister, Mel sees the perfect opportunity to enjoy being with a man without becoming attached.
Heath came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster. He vowed he’d never break another woman’s heart, and in turn, protect his own. Still, when Mel offers to serve as his outdoor guide, he can’t refuse.
Mel may say she’s only looking for right now, but her body is speaking a whole different language. And Heath’s viewfinder is drawn to her time and again. When the two find themselves isolated in a rustic cabin, they could both break their promises if they aren’t careful…
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If you haven’t figured it out yet, my two favorite lines from Entangled are Bliss and Indulgence. And yes, those two lines couldn’t be further from each other if they tried. Bliss is their sweet romance line but don’t let that fool you. Bliss brings the heat but its subtle and the build up is awesome. Plus, sometimes closed door sex is the best. 😉
Take Mel and Heath for example. Mel thinks that she doesn’t like sex, isn’t good at it and has never felt the spark when dating a man. She considers herself a non-sexual person and therefore just wants the companionship of being with a man. Heath had a terrible nickname, Ladyslayer growing up and Mel doesn’t let him forget it. Too bad that Heath isn’t that way anymore and Mel doesn’t believe him. These two had such a slow burn that it was easy to see that they were perfect for each other. Was it predictable? No because each of them had legitimate reasons for not being with the opposite sex.
Also, Ms. Clements wrote two characters that I really came to care about from the beginning. It was interesting reading about female mechanics. (Yes, I must pick up Alice’s book now) I’m an old gear head so I could relate to Mel in her job. Heath as a photographer was even better. It was interesting seeing Mel through his lens and how she looked when she didn’t even know it. I admired Heath for coming to grips with what he really wanted to do with his life and going for it.
Another thing about this story is that the secondary characters, Alice, Ben, Marcia, and Betty were people that you still got to know and didn’t take over the story. They supported Heath and Mel even when they didn’t agree with everything that they were doing. I would love for Betty and the vet to hook up. Hint, hint! Plus, the twist with Mel and her dad at the end. Never saw that coming but it was necessary.
If you have never picked up a Bliss book, you are missing out. They are well written, sweet romances that are sexy without the sex and characters that you truly will fall in love with. The Under the Hood series is a great series and no, I didn’t feel lost since Alice’s book was first. Each book can be read as a stand alone.
Author Bio: Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it!
She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’.
Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!
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Book Title: Hometown Love Boxed Set
Author: Rachel Harris, Ophelia London and Kelley Vitollo
**For a limited time only!**
Three novels that prove love can always be found right at home
There’s nothing quite like the comfort and serenity of returning home again, especially when combined with the sizzle and excitement of finding true love. This limited-edition contemporary romance boxed set from Entangled’s Bliss line features three fun and flirty small-town stories sure to make you laugh, sigh, and smile long after you’ve turned the last page.
Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris: Colby Robicheaux knows her brother’s best friend—delectable fire captain Jason Landry—is off-limits, and anyway, she’s only back home for a short time. Jason’s looking for someone to help him raise his preteen daughter, not a fling, but Colby’s all grown up and tempting as ever.
Playing at Love by Ophelia London: When Tess Johansson’s music program gets pitted against Jack Marshall’s football program in a battle for funding, she knows only one of them can win. Jack might be the summer love she never forgot, but her job means everything to her. Competing against the enemy was never quite this much fun.
Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo: Sydney Williams might have come home to her small town of Shamrock Falls, but it’ll take more than that to rekindle a broken friendship with her childhood best friend, Kade Mitchell. When friendship turns to sparks turns to more, will Kade be able to convince his best friend to gamble on forever?
Author Bio: Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
Ophelia London Bio: Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching art-house movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, and the new adult DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE. Website Twitter FacebookGoodreads
Kelley Vitollo: Kelley has been writing for as long as she can remember. She won her first writing contest in third grade for an essay she wrote on, “Tomorrow’s Leaders on the Move”. Like dreams sometimes do, they fell to the background for a while. She married her best friend, worked full time, and started her family. In 2004 Kelley, her husband and their new baby girl made a move from Oregon to Southern California and that’s when everything changed. As a stay-at-home mom for the first time, her passion for writing flared to life again.
Things haven’t been the same since.
With two incredible daughters, an awesome husband and her days spent writing what she loves, Kelley considers herself the luckiest girl in the world. She still resides in sunny Southern California, where she loves spending time with her family and sneaking away to the bookstore with her laptop.
Giveaway Info: $25 Amazon gift card and a custom made Swarovski Crystal necklace made with emerald crystal beads (to match Mel’s eyes) incorporating a sterling silver wrench charm from Sally Clements
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7 thoughts on “Review of Love for Beginners by Sally Clements w/a $25 GC/jewelry giveaway!”
Thanks for the review and the giveaway. This is definitely going onto my TBR list
Thanks for the review. I haven’t read any of the Bliss books. I have added this one to my TBR stack and am looking forward to reading it soon 🙂
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Love your review, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway 🙂
This sounds really good. \thanks for the chance 🙂
thanks for the giveaway!