Well, what can I say? …I am thinking of going to church, but I might be hit by lightning. If the priest touched my forehead with holy water it might burn me. If I had to tell him my sins, he might run for the hills. Maybe I should pre warn him, the last time I stepped into a church was my niece and nephews baptism. Before that…a wedding, maybe 20 years ago? Yikes!! Maybe I should send an email, a warning of sorts, with one name – Deborah Bladon.
Haze – damn right…I am in a haze, I have been since I turned the first page of author Deborah Bladon’s sexy new book. I actually had to put the book down a few times and check that the kids were asleep. I didn’t want to wake them with my expletives and giggling. I was actually sitting in my car at Woolworth’s supermarket yesterday and I swear, other shoppers could tell I was reading something incredibly erotic. I don’t know if it was my chuckles, or my constant quick intakes of breath…maybe my flushed face….but they knew. They just knew, damn it 🙂
When a friend told me it was similar to Fifty Shades of Grey I actually thought twice about reading it. The character of Christian just annoyed me, he was just to explosive, too…arrogant. Yeh, some of the scenes were hot….but Christian just gave me the heeby-jeebies, and not in a good way. The leading man in Haze – Gabriel, now there’s a man who could leave his cuff links on my bedside table any day – sorry Mitch – oops 😉 and Isla…oh Isla. If I was working in a sexy lingerie store and Gabriel walked in looking damn fine, I would probably proposition him as well. (Love you Mitch) Tall dark and handsome, flirting, Isla didn’t stand a chance. And when Isla walked into his office the next day …karma baby, karma.
I love the way the story is told from alternating points of view. Deborah does a great job of drawing you into their world. The pages are not full of bondage and spanking, there’s a deep connection between these two lost souls that draws at your heart. Gabriel is the CEO of his families billion dollar business and as such he doesn’t have a lot of time for tenderness. Women have been no more than a source of release… no intimacy and no “I love you.” That was until he met one of his employees. Isla is a young strongly independent woman trying to make her way in the world. She doesn’t want Gabriel’s money, but she can’t help but be drawn by his strength, his trust and his care.
Haze is a great story. It is not a contemporary romance, in fact it is as far away from ‘contemporary’ as you can get. If I had to describe it one word, it would be erotic. It has been a while since I reviewed this genre of romance, but it has been worth it. If you are looking for a bit of spice in your romance books, then look no further than Haze by Deborah Bladon.
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Amazon Premise –
Isla Lane is an ambitious violinist, who yearns for the career her grandmother had and had always planned for her. Though determined to make her mark on Manhattan and follow her dreams, she just can’t seem to get back on course. Consumed with pain from the loss of her grandmother, Isla thinks that she has found the perfect distraction, but this perfect distraction will challenge her in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
Work is the sole focus of Gabriel Foster’s life. His family depends on him to chart the course for all of them. He works tirelessly to keep everyone and everything in his life in order. When Isla Lane falls into his path, his entire world is set off its axis. The attraction is immediate and intense. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met.
As they explore what they can offer one another, they both realize that what they have left to give may not be enough.
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