Monday, October 29, 2012

The Monster of Fame - Aimee Duffy Spotlight

The Monster of Fame

Aimee Duffy


Can the voice of an angel heal a tortured soul?

Annabelle MacIntosh enters a reality singing contest to save her family from their mounting debt. Miles Oliver, celebrity judge and the owner of the biggest record company in the UK, doesn't think she has what it takes. She sings like an angel, but when she performs all he can focus on is the terror in her eyes. It's a look he knows only too well. After the pressure of fame destroyed his wife, Miles swore he'd never let the same thing happen to anyone else. Driven by the guilt he's carried for years, Miles tries everything in his power to make sure Annabelle doesn't succeed, because he doesn't believe she'll survive it.

Annabelle needs that prize money, and she's determined to win it. As she fights to make it through each round of the contest, an attraction begins to develop between the two adversaries. The longer Annabelle remains in the competition, the deeper her attraction grows to the man who's trying to prevent her from reaching her goal. Can she convince Miles she's strong enough to fight the fame monster and win?

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About the Author:

A lifelong bookworm with an addiction to happily ever afters, Aimée Duffy has read romance for as long as she can remember. After spending years dreaming up her own handsome heroes and feisty heroines, she finally decided to put pen to paper and write.

She lives in Central Scotland, surrounded by family and friends. By day she works in a private firm of lawyers, and by night she considers herself extremely lucky to be writing the books she loves to read and to have the opportunity to share her characters' happy ever afters with readers. In her free time she enjoys hillwalking and handbag shopping.

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Dirty by Megan Hart book Review

This is what happened... I met him at the candy store.

He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you--this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss's wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

I've been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears.

Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.

The problem with wanting is that it's like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. I don't apologize for who I am or what I've done in--or out--of bed.

I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven't wanted anything else.

Until Dan. Until now.

Book Review

** spoiler alert **

                    Elle is the no strings kind of girl. No attachments just one night stands and nights of pleasure she can walk away from. It’s been three years since Elle has taken anyone home, or slept with any one, until she meets Dan Stewart at an up market Candy Store. Dan not only gives Elle a sweet treat to remind her of him but has her thinking about him after their chance encounter.

Upon meeting Dan – Elle is taken aback, instead of him wanting to just to whisk her away – with a wham bam thank you mam quickie, he leaves her at her doorstep with thoughts running ramped through her head for over a week.

Elle has laid down the rules with Dan – telling him she doesn’t date. So Dan makes his appointments instead, tell him from word go that things will not and won’t get serious. However along the way everything changes.

Elle is a tortured soul – blaming herself for the past, being ridiculed by her mother, and living a life of grief and guilt. She figures to be alone she won’t hurt anyone or be hurt. The only person she trusts unconditionally is her brother who understands her more than anyone in life.

On the outside Elle seems to have it all - a successful job, with a great company, a wonderful relationship with her brother, and a house she loves and is rebuilding and decorating, and even a few wonderful friends as well. But … on the inside she is torn, tortured and damaged. With her dark past haunting her life is lonely.

Dan Stewart is daring, handsome, and most definably a charmer. He takes Elle to places she has never been, sex in public, threesomes, and shows her sexual chemistry that knocks her panties off. ** The sex may be smouldering , hot and volcanic * but there is more to this story than just SEX.

Dan is caring towards Elle, is there for her when she needs him, and when she doesn’t he also respects her choices. Yet Elle – likes that Dan takes control, she doesn’t have to think just do. No counting – no thinking just DOING! Dan is in tune to Elle – however Elle doesn’t want the commitment or relationship. Her past is holding back her future.

Dirty was certainly an interesting read, filled with a sad and dark story yet also filled with a little hope for recovery and forgiveness.

The story was well paced, all dialogue well put forth and also the story giving the reader a dark insight into Elle’s past. Hart also give us sexy, smoking love scenes that to be at times a little hard to fathom. I felt sorry for Dan at times with Elle’s quiet destructive moments. But In time, Dan brings out moments in Elle, and shows her what love can be like. Even if it may be not what she wants? Hart gives us Elle’s feeling down pact, we know what she thinks, what she wants even despite her thinking the absolute opposite. Dan is Elle’s cure. But can she past everything else to give in?

All the secondary characters are well scripted, all being an important role within the story. They were all well developed, with flaws of their own, many true to life. All aspects within the story all can be related to in life, how a past can affect your future. But also how friendships can be so much more.

Megan hart has written an emotionally charged story filled with realistic characters. All emotions well scripted giving the reader insight into not just the characters but also the storyline within. A story that will have you thinking way past the last page.

I was engaged within the story from the first pages, and read this in almost one sitting. It is filled with moments, where you will be teary eyed, moments where you will be anxious and taken aback. Dark moments where you will have goosebumps, and other moments where you will want to give her Mother a few words or two.

*Dirty* is an erotic story but its filled with self discovery, forgiveness and meaning in life. How sex can be more than just that. Megan has done a wonderful job reflecting upon life, how realistic it can be and the struggles that people cope with. This story may come across to dark for some. But as a reader, we all know that this happens in real life. It’s filled with depth and definition and an ending I’m sure every reader will be somewhat happy with. I d like to have seen more of how there lives turned out but Im hoping in other books to come we may see a glimpse of this ?

Thank you to Harlequin Australia for supplying this book for review for my honest opinion.