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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

#Review: Saffron Nights by @Lizeverly1

About Liz:



Liz Everly is a passionate cook, writer, and traveler. Exploring food and romance in Saffron Nights, Liz combines her lifelong love of action-packed romance with her culinary expertise. She loves to interact with readers. Please follow her on Twitter and check out her website. You can also find her on Facebook.



Liz will be awarding organic saffron and cedar bath gel and handmade soap to a randomlydrawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).

Blurb:

Wherever they travel, there’s an aphrodisiac waiting to whet their appetites…

Brazil…Hawaii…India….As a food writer, Maeve has just been handed the hottest opportunity of her career. She’s being sent on an international research tour for an aphrodisiac cookbook. The downside is that she has to travel with rock star photographer and womanizer Jackson Dodds. And the upside is that she has to travel with Jackson Dodds. Because once they meet, Maeve understands why he’s been named “America’s Most Eligible Bachelor”—and despite her best intentions, all she can think about is putting their arousing recipes to the test…

Sexy and talented, Jackson can have any woman he desires. But lately, the thrill is gone—until he lays eyes on Maeve, who exudes sensuality like no one else. She’s determined to keep things professional, but he knows the attraction is mutual. And as they travel the world, sampling warming saffron, juicy papaya, silky avocado, rare herbs and teas—and a mushroom whose very aroma sends women to heights of ecstasy—both discover a hunger they’ve never known, and don’t want to resist, even amid unexpected danger…

Review:
The Good:
Locale descriptions. Ms. Everly either knows how to use a travel site or has gone to some of these places herself. I don't think all her research was dead on, but I can let that go. Sorta. And the story itself was fun, if not exactly sexually charged. I think she missed key moments there to describe Maeve and Jackson in their exotic locales. The mystery was interesting but not entirely gripping.

The Bad:
I know, I mentioned some of that in The Good but honestly this book left me quite conflicted. Some parts were great, others...not so much. Frankly others were either way too convenient or confusing...or both.

The Bottom Line:
Would I recommend this? I don't know. I mean I kept reading, I finished it and not only because I wanted to write this review. But there were so many contradictions that it's hard to say. Yes. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a little travel with their mystery. 3 stars

Excerpt:
 
She acted like she didn’t even know he was there. He watched her full lips curve around the spoon as she stared intently into the bowl. What would they feel like on him? She was not paying one ounce of attention to him, so he let his eyes linger on her toes. They were simply perfect toes, topped off with a splash of bright feminine pink, and her feet looked porcelain smooth and inviting. But he held back. Christ—what if a woman like this did respond to him and then it went horribly bad, as most of his affairs had? They might be stuck together on some godforsaken mountain in India or Italy and be miserable.

So, he held his breath, while his heart raced, but kept his eyes on her feet and slurped the stew. After all, this was his career. He couldn’t risk it—even for Maeve. Especially for Maeve.

“What are you doing, Jackson?” She said and took another bite.

“Eating soup and, ah, looking at your toes. They, ah, look really good,” he said.

“Maybe you need some coffee, Jackson,” Maeve said, laughing.

“Sorry, I just never knew that you had such pretty feet,” he said and smiled.

“Well, you’re using that word a lot. Pretty. You’re barking up the wrong tree if—”

“We work together,” Jackson stammered. “You know, I should never have mentioned how pretty you feet are. Or how pretty you are, period. I’m sorry.”

What was happening to him? Usually so confident, here he was stammering around Maeve like a schoolboy.

He held the bowl up to his mouth to drink the last drop, his tongue licking his lips in utter abandonment.

He held up his fingers and wiggled. “You don’t know this about me, but I give an incredible foot massage.”

She slammed her bowl down. “Are you coming on to me?”

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today. Have a great day!

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  2. Nice review and excerpt.

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