By Victoria Vane
$7.99/£5.99 Mass-Market Paperback
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
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In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.
Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds—until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand…
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Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty reviewer awards and nominations including the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.
Thank you so much for having me Lynn!
1: Which reviewer award are you most proud of and why?
I really can't answer that as they have all been special, but the one that came as the biggest shock was when Marlene Harris at Library Journal chose my Devil DeVere series as one of her five top e-book romances of 2012. I was almost completely unknown to readers at the time. It was a huge boost for which I am very grateful.
2: Which do you find is harder to write - historical or contemporary? Why?
I always thought contemporary romance would be really hard for me to write because I have a very strong historical writing voice, but once my contemporary characters came to life, the stories just took off. To my surprise, I found a whole new voice. My historical and contemporary stories are very much character-driven.
3: What do you love to do in your down time?
I love to read of course, but have very little time for that anymore. I also love to ride my horse, a beautiful ten year old grey Arabian named Princeton.
4: Have you ever been frustrated by a book and never finished it?
Do you mean writing or reading? I've DNF'd several books I was reading, but so far have finished nearly every writing project I have begun. Although I still have several that are on the back burner, it's only for lack of time, not out of frustration.
5: What are you looking forward to the most in 2015?
I'm hoping very much that 2015 will be a break out year for me. I have at least four books coming out, three contemporaries and probably a historical novella or two. I think at least two of these stories (ROUGH RIDER and SHARP SHOOTER) represent my best work to date. My fingers are crossed that readers will agree.
6: When did you first learn you wanted to be a writer? And who was your inspiration?
I fell into writing. It was never anything I planned to do. Six years ago I got a story in my head that wouldn't leave so I wrote it. I had never taken a creative writing class and didn't even know any writers so I fumbled along as best I could. I finished the book in fourteen months, a story of star-crossed lovers set in the world of 18th century horse racing. THE HIGHEST STAKES, written as Emery Lee was published by Sourcebooks in April 2010. I wrote a follow up to it called FORTUNE'S SON that I loved but didn't sell very well. After that I decided to write steamier romances as Victoria Vane.
My biggest writing influences are Georgette Heyer for her wonderful wit and colorful characterizations and Robin Schone for her erotic historical romances.
7: Who is the one person you really want to meet and what would you ask them?
I would love for the chance to meet and talk with Edith Maude Hull, the author of THE SHEIK, a classic romance that was the FIFY SHADES of its time (1919). She was a huge risk taker, as am I. I re-wrote her story and published it as THE SHEIK RETOLD. Although I made quite a few changes, it is still very much an homage to the original work.
Nicole “Nikki” Powell needs to say something to someone that she hasn't seen in a while. The reader's first introduction to her has them feeling sorry for her. And this shows how powerful the author's choice of words are when the reader starts to feel sorry for a character. Wade Knowlton may appear to be an old softie but don't expect that anyone can just walk all over him. His character can be seductive one minute and sweet the next - he just seems so real. Their first scene together will have you snickering. And this is when the author has hooked her readers. The difficult part will be trying to put the book down.
This story is also a great book to take when you go on vacation. Especially if you decide you want to visit the state of Montana, a farm, or even a working ranch. I love a book that can take me places and all I have to do is turn on my e-reader or open a paperback. If you don't have a lot of money to travel this is a cheap way to go exploring - it's also a great way to create a bucket list.
Our author certainly knows how to create tons of steam between her two characters. And this is why the choice of words an author uses becomes so important. Graphic language and graphic sex also become part of the book but the sex scenes are just icing on the cake. And the ending will have you smiling.
The reader relies on the author to include something that will hold their attention from beginning to end. One way that the author does this is by including those characters that you just love to hate. Those characters are just one more incentive to grab your own copy of this great book - just to see if they get their just desserts. You will find that this book is the perfect setup to the coming of book two, Rough Rider, coming out in February. And if you can't wait until then, why not stop over to Victoria's web site and check out her novella titled Slowly Unwrapped that continues Nikki and Wade's story.