Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blog Tour-Excerpt, Review and Giveaway: Lip Service by Adele Downs

 Lip Service
Adele Downs

Print Length: 116 pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group 
Release Date: April 27, 2015

Genre: Hot contemporary romance

Book Description

Getting Between Jack…

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too. 

…And His Legs

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’ virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. 

But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is… then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

Available at  Boroughs Publishing     ARe     

Teaser Excerpt

"Move in with me, dammit. You’re the most stubborn woman I ever knew.”

Legs topped his coffee cup with fresh brew, easy as you please. “No more stubborn than you, since you keep askin’ the same old question. I have my own place.”

Jack frowned and stabbed his egg yolks, making them run. “Then let me live with you.”

“In my aunt’s house?” Legs asked like he was crazy.

“It’s your house now.”

“I’m trying to fix it up. I have to patch and paint. There’s no room for your things.”

“I’ll help you and then you’ll have plenty of space for me. And my stuff.”

Her ponytail shook with her reply. “Ada won’t like it. She’ll think it’s immoral.”

Jack leaned forward. “You talk about her like she’s still with us. She’s been gone over a year, sweetheart.” His voice dropped an octave and his brow creased. “Don’t you think she’d give in after all this time?”

Legs wrinkled her nose. “No. She thinks you’re a wanderer.”

Jack tossed down his fork. “I own a sporting goods store! I go fishing!”

He touched her hand when she got close enough and drew little circles around her wrist bone with a fingertip. The preschool teachers from Let’s Explore stifled sighs at the next table. “It’s time to let go, darlin’.” His expression turned earnest. “She raised you, I know. But I want to be with you now. It’s time to let me in.”

“Not if it means letting her go. I’m sorry, Jack. I just can’t do that to her.”

Jack sighed and returned to his breakfast. “We’ll talk about this again tomorrow.”

My Review

Sexy romance, a guy who has wanted the girl for ages, a girl who's wanted him back...and one sometimes downright ornery ghost that just can't let go.  This makes for a fun, interesting contemporary romance that's also a pretty quick read.

Legs (Linda) I wasn't totally sold on.  I wasn't too big on how she seemed to be catering to her aunt's ghost instead of trying to assert herself and live her own life on her terms.  Jack though, he is pretty darn awesome.  I'd fall for him in an instant, and I like how determined he is to make everything with Legs work.

When the ghost part isn't interfering with Legs and Jack, they're pretty great together.  I actually found the parts with them arguing about her aunt's ghost to be slightly detracting--most of that stemming from Legs not wanting to offend her aunt, which drove me a bit nuts.

Overall it's a good, fun story and those who get a kick out of ghost stories where they interact with the living will definitely appreciate it.  And I'm just going to kick back and appreciate Jack for a little while longer ;-)

 About the Author:

Adele Downs writes Contemporary Romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines in the USA, UK and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), and she has presented workshops for writers.

When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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Tour Giveaway

2 e-copies of Naturally Yours 
2 e-copies of  Kissing Her Cowboy 
1 linen tea towel  with a saying meant especially for readers
$10 Amazon Gift Card

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