Saturday, January 17, 2015

Impulse Control by Amanda Usen

So, I was invited to be part of a book blog blitz.  Hmm, something I have never done before.  Something I have never envisioned before.  But here is the opportunity and I will go with it.

The book is Impulse Control by Amanda Usen.

Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there's no way she'll be able to hack it...

Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she's run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules...

My Review:

 I envisioned this to be a simple love story that would be predictable.  Well, I was overall correct.  Was there heat?  Well, of course there was as I rarely read one of late that isn't.  The pull between the two of them was strong and palpable.  I loved it!  It had a very reality show spin to it.  Very Bachelor/Real World/Big Brother/Survivor.  Now that can be perceived as bad by those that cannot stand those type of shows or what we have become by watching them.  But if you can see past that part of the story, you find that there is a very real and sweet (and hot!) love story.  Both of them went through many changes in their own selves before being able to commit fully to the other.  And that can be scary and disconcerting to the stronger of people.  Overall, I would give this a 3 star rating.  I liked it a lot but it was by no means an "earth-shattering, stop me in my daily life" book.  I would have loved to have this one while sitting on the sand - a good beachy-type read in my opinion. 

About Amanda:

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing sexy contemporary romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

Connect with Amanda: Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads  Pinterest


So with this Book Blitz, comes a surprise and something I have never done on my blog before.  They are having a Raffelcopter Giveaway January 19-23, 2015.  Yep, you can enter to win books! 

To celebrate IMPULSE CONTROL, there will be daily giveaways on each day of the blitz! Each day THREE winners will receive a signed print copy of one of Amanda’s backlist titles (international winners will receive a digital copy). Daily drawings will be held at 4:00pm EST and winners will be announced on Amanda’s Facebook page and on Twitter. 
So here is the link to enter to win:
 Good Luck to my Friends here on the blog!

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