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Eye Candy Friday: Ben Lewis from Heart of Fire by Linda Howard

Posted February 17, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments


This week’s Eye Candy Friday guy is the guy that I have spent the most time fighting my friend Holly over. Every single time that his book comes on to my radar, Ben Lewis comes to mind but more than that, the fights I used to get into with Holly over him (she has this need to claim all of our favorite heroes as hers and I don’t take well to that). Holly and I take our heroes very seriously and we would argue and bicker over so many but none more than Ben.

He’s completely worth all of the fighting words we threw at each other over the years. His book is a book that I had absolutely no interest in reading but I’m super thankful that I did read it because holy hot damn, Ben Lewis is my kind of guy. He’s funny. He’s flirty. He’s very crude and all of that goodness is packed in a strong and super sexy package that after all these years, I still love the hell out of.

Here is his book information:

Heart of Fire by Linda Howard

A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it — even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man — over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face. Jillian watched him come to a fast boil when she refused to reveal their exact destination upriver in the uncharted rain forests — and resolved to stand her ground. Neither of them could foresee what the days ahead promised: an odyssey into the fiery heart of passion and betrayal, and a danger that would force them to cast their fates together, immersed in the eternal, unsolved mysteries of love….

Before reading this book, I had no interest in reading books set in the Amazon. Books that took place in the jungle or swamps of any kind just wasn’t something I was interested in reading but this book turned that around for me.

Heart of Fire is probably my favorite book by Linda Howard. She has written some fantastic romantic suspense books that I used to love but Heart of Fire is special to me because on top of Ben Lewis working his love magic on me, the heroine, Jillian is no slouch herself.

You can see Ben’s pervy but flirty personality shine through in the following scenes & quotes:

“It’s not something I can control, damn it. Every man I know wakes up with a hard-on.”

“Maybe so, but they do not – repeat, do not – rub it on me.”

“‘Every man I know’ wasn’t rubbing it on you! It was just me!”

“And it was just your hair that I pulled, wasn’t it?” she asked sweetly.”

“You have underwear.”

“I’m glad you enjoyed it. Did you try it on?”

“Nah. Just rubbed it against my face.”

Haha, you guys…I seriously love this guy because he’s more than the silly, crude guy who has a comeback for every single comment. He’s a guide and he’s smart, he spends his days guiding and protecting people in the wilds of the Amazon so he’s also really strong. Ben was a delightful surprise in a book that packed a lovely romance that will win your heart.

Here is what Ben looks like in my head:

He’s a pretty perfect Ben Lewis and if you haven’t read his book, fix that pronto. Go forth and swoon over Ben with me. You won’t be sorry!

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Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
July 1, 1993
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Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Matty Iverson from JockBlocked by Jen Frederick

Posted February 10, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments


This week’s Eye Candy Friday guy is one that is near and dear to my heart because of this quote:

“I would have swallowed,” she says in a slightly piqued tone.

“I know, Goldie.” I sigh. I pull off my own T-shirt and regretfully wipe off the come. “But I don’t know what the carb content of my stuff is, and I didn’t want to fuck up your glucose measurements.”

I mean, I was already a fan of his before he said this but he’s a college guy that is all about getting laid and Lucy is diabetic and he didn’t want to mess up her numbers. Awww. Talk about romance. That right there is it. Ha!

Matty Iverson is up for the captain job on his football team but he’s got to do one thing to cement his captaincy. He’s got to get the starting Quarterback to agree to move to another position so that they can bring in a newer, younger Quarterback to the team. Matty didn’t even know if he wanted to be captain of the team but the coach sees something in him and is testing him. Can he do whatever it takes to lead the team? Will he put the needs of the team above his own and do what is right for them instead of what is easy?

You find out all about that stuff if you read Matty’s book, Jockblocked. Here is his book information:

JockBlocked by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #2
Also in this Series: Sacked, Downed
Release Date: February 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffee shop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.

Matty is such a fantastic hero because he’s so young and he’s so normal. He doesn’t behave the way that you’d expect a romance hero to behave. He’s young, he’s immature and he’s in your face about all of that. The thing about Matty is that you see him grow from the immature little shit that we first met in Sacked. Falling in love with Lucy Washington is a huge reason for that growth.

I adored watching Matty and Lucy grow in love for each other. Matty’s personality is so different from Lucy’s and her being the best friend to the guy that he needs to demote on his football team made for a tricky courtship but Matty’s a determined guy and I loved seeing him go for it with Lucy.

This is how I picture Matty in my head:

Matty is fun, he’s determined and he’s so stinkin’ lovable. Here are some quotes to help you understand my mad love for this boy:

“And seriously, when did I become the omelet chef in this scenario? I’m not sure I even want to be captain, dammit. Responsibility makes the back of my neck itch. I’d much rather be one of the happy, oblivious sheep than the stressed-out shepherd who has to guide them.”

See? Such a normal boy thing to think, don’t you think?

“Hammer continues as if I haven’t said a word. “According to these Tantric sex gurus, you can make a girl come just by breathing on her.”

“I raise a skeptical eyebrow. “Breathing? I don’t think any woman is having an orgasm even if I gusted tornado winds into her pussy.”

“Not with that attitude you won’t.”

Crazy college boys. Ha!

“Now it’s my turn to be offended. “You said it was a study group.”

“And you believed me?”

“Why wouldn’t I?” Hell, maybe I shouldn’t venture outside the Gas Station. It’s too complex out here. “This is college, and study groups do exist. A lot. College is to study groups as libraries are to books. They go together.”

Ha, when girls are trying to hit on you and you’re not interested. You get offended. Matty was too funny in this scene.

There are plenty of reasons for you to want to get to know Matty Iverson. He has a great support system in his friends, he’ll make you laugh when the shenanigans he finds himself in and he’s just a caring and loving person who is hot as hell too. He’s a great character, one you’ll definitely want to know for yourself so check out his book.

Buy the Book

JockBlocked by Jen Frederick
February 11, 2016
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Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Lincoln Mathis from Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

Posted February 3, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments


This week’s Eye Candy Friday man is a character that is near and dear to my heart. He’s a guy that hid his pain from the world for a long time. He was a good friend to those he held close to his heart and he was a devoted partner. I was intrigued with him before his book was released and going into his story, I had loads of questions and Lauren Layne did a phenomenal job of answering those questions at the same time meeting and surpassing all of the hype I had leading up to Someone Like You’s release.

Lincoln Mathis is one hell of a compelling character and to know him, is to love him. Behind that ready smile and the witty quips hid a loneliness that was threatening to overwhelm him and boy was I glad that Daisy Sinclair came along when she did. She brought Lincoln back into the life of the living and he completely blossomed with her.

Here is it his book information:

Lincoln Mathis from Someone Like You by Lauren Layne.

Series: Oxford #3
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept
Pages: 228

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Here are some quotes that showcase why I love Lincoln so much. He’s not your normal contemporary hero. To me, he was so much more.

Lincoln’s dark brown hair fell in boyish waves over his forehead, but the broad shoulders and strong jawline were all man. His blue eyes were as playful as they were secretive. He was quick to laugh, even quicker to smile, and as far as she could see, never without the perfect one-liner.

Such a looker, our Lincoln is.

Emma Sinclair, soon to be Emma Cassidy as of this time tomorrow, lifted one elegantly manicured fingernail and flicked his chest. “Promise, Lincoln. No hitting on Daisy.”

“I don’t hit on women.”

Emma gave him a look.

He held up his free hand in surrender. “I don’t. They come to me. I’m like the stamen.”

Emma stared at him with wide, slightly accusatory brown eyes. “The what?”

“The stamen. The pollen-producing part of a flower, Sinclair. Don’t you watch the Discovery Channel? Animal Planet? I just saw a fascinating documentary on bees. See, when the bees land on a flower, their little feet pick up pollen from the stamen—”

“Mathis. Are you talking to my fiancée about semen?” Alex Cassidy asked, coming up beside Emma and setting a possessive hand on her waist.

“Stamen,” Lincoln clarified. “Not semen.

Honestly, is sex all you people think about?”

Ha, only Lincoln can talk about stamen and have me hanging on his every word. Haha.

“I think not. Tell me, Daisy Sinclair, what are your thoughts on New York City?”

She wrinkled her nose. “It’s . . . busy.”

He made a buzzing noise. “The word you were looking for was energetic. Go on.”

“Noisy?” she supplied.

“Lively. Next.”


“Yeah okay,” he admitted. “You’ve got me there. But it’s only expensive because everyone wants to be here.”

“I don’t.”

“Mission accepted.”

This rapid fire exchange showcases how perfect these two are for each other and Lincoln’s personality really shines in these kinds of exchanges. These are just small parts of why I loved him so much but I promise, there are so many more reasons that you should check him out for yourself. I promise you won’t regret it.

Here’s what he looks like in my head:

See? Perfection…that’s our Lincoln. Check out his book for yourself, it’s part of a fabulous series that starts with Irresistibly Yours. It’s fun, contemporary, hip and pretty steamy. It’ll heat up your e-readers for sure.

Buy the Book

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne
December 6, 2016
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Oxford Series

Until next week…enjoy!

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