Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Review & Giveaway of Temptation by Avery Flynn

Bookin' It Reviews is proud to present in cooperation with Coffee Beans & Love Scenes my review of Up A Dry Creek, a romantic suspense by the fabulously talented Avery Flynn! Ms. Flynn is holding a book blog tour and I am honored to have Bookin' It Reviews as one of her stops. Below you will find my review along with my YouTube video of my reading from Up A Dry Creek for my weekly vlog titled Book Flick Reading. Ms. Flynn is also holding a giveaway for a copy of Temptation Creek (previously titled Up A Dry Creek) so please make sure you leave  a valid email addy in the comment section! 
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THIS BOOK WAS REVIEWED FOR NIGHT OWL REVIEWS
RELEASE DATE: June, 2011
CATEGORY: Romantic Suspense   
ISBN: B0055UZ9UG
LENGTH: 168 pages in PDF format 
HEAT LEVEL: Sizzling
BUY THE BOOK: Amazon $5.99 

MY RATING: 4.5 STARS:

* I received this book via Coffee Beans & Love Scenes and the author for review

SUMMARY:
Claire Layton expects the usual busy Saturday night at Harvest Bistro to be killer on her stiletto shod feet. She never imagines there’d be an actual murderer on the loose at her restaurant in rural Dry Creek, Nebraska. But when she discovers a customer dead in a dumpster, the killer demands she find the victim’s phone and flash drive or face fatal consequences.
Jake Warrick, a cocky and mind-numbingly hot private investigator, becomes Claire’s unlikely ally in the search. Jake just wants to solve the case and get out of this hick town, but the diminutive and curvaceous Claire turns his plan upside down as they uncover a more complex crime than they ever imagined. The two bicker and banter like Tracy and Hepburn caught in a whirlwind of intense sexual attraction as they try to find the killer before it’s too late.  

TEASER:
Claire laid the gun down on the bar and sank onto a stool. Her stomach twisted and cramped. She laid her head down on the dark wood. The cool surface calmed her riotous nerves, gave her a chance to think for a moment. She’d made the right move. Really, she never had another choice.
Sirens cried in the distance. With a relieved sigh, she slid off the stool. Her knees shook a bit, but she maintained her somewhat wobbly stance. She’d always heard it seemed like forever for law enforcement to respond. Now she understood what they meant.

FIRST LINE:
Claire Layton readied herself to placate a dragon.

PLOT:
Temptation Creek starts off with an energy that just doesn't let up until the end. I usually do not read romantic suspense because of the slower pace I normally find, however that is not the case with this book or this author. She knows how to deliver a suspenseful  plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, mixed with a romance that is just as powerful. I thought both the romantic and suspenseful aspects were well balanced and woven together to create a well balanced story. The plot twists kept coming, and had me guessing throughout the entire book. I loved the quick succession of events and the hot romance between Claire and Jake, the two main characters. The author wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty with the secondary characters and made the villain as nasty as they come which only added grit and depth to the book. Ms. Flynn didn't let me down at the end either. Her twists and turns lead to a powerful ending and wrapped up with a happy ending. She also left an awesome clue as to what the next Dry Creek Book will entail. All together, this book has lead me to find an author that I just have to add to my MUST-READ list.

SETTING:
Temptation Creek takes place in  Dry Creek, Nebraska where treachery and love are pushed beyond all boundaries and possible new beginnings are born.

WRITING:
Ms. Flynn's knows how to write with wild fire!  She can bend it to do her will and create an amazing ride for all to enjoy! She writes amazing characters and I love her ability to never have a dull moment in her books. 

CHARACTERS:
Claire Layton is one spunky and sassy lady that knows how to keep herself in troubles way at all times. She also knows how to dish out the whoop-ass when needed. I loved her tender heart and enjoyed watching her learn to trust and love again. It is that very thing that has me hooked on the romance genre in the first place. This is one heroine I'd love to call my best friend because she would go to the ends of the world to help those around her. I thought Jake the perfect man to pull her out of her fear of loving again and into a world only lived by those in love. His iron clad determination proved he was willing to fight for her even when he tried to convince himself he only wanted a one night love affair; get the job done and go home kind of deal with Claire. Later in the book his inner struggle to come to terms with his weaknesses where Claire is concerned also warmed my heart up to him because I got to see behind the curtain so to speak. The secondary characters and villain were just as interesting but I will run into giving out spoilers if I continue. I'll leave you to discover who exactly is behind the mystery. 
Very well developed characters all around and I am looking forward to the next in the series!

LAST THOUGHTS:
If you love a great romantic suspense, Temptation Creek is for you! Ms. Flynn delivers in all aspects and ends with an enticing hook for the next in the series! Until then, I have already added all of her books to my must-have list to tie me over!

ENJOY MY SNIPPET READING OF TEMPTATION CREEK (PREVIOUSLY TITLED UP A DRY CREEK):
WHO IS AUTHOR AVERY FLYNN:

The name Avery Flynn is a pseudonym for the author who, at least for now, prefers to remain behind the scenes.  She believes having Avery as her alter ego is a very good thing because, as she says, “Pen name Avery is way cooler than me. Her favorite color is hot pink. She drinks single malt scotch on the rocks. She loves the Argentinean tango and stays at Iceland’s Ice Hotel.”
Author Avery has been writing since she was a child and her father gave her a baby blue Brother typewriter. She couldn’t read but nonetheless wrote numerous stories about her stuffed animals in gibberish. She hasn’t stopped since, though she maintains that her spelling has gotten much better and she now prefers to write in English.
Today she’s enjoying her own happily ever after with her dashing husband, three crazy kids and two arthritic dogs.  She dreams of one day having a floor-to-ceiling library à la Beauty and the Beast and is working to perfect the coffee IV drip. You can visit her at :
website: http://averyflynn.com/

Thank you for joining us on this stop of Avery Flynn's book tour. To keep up with all the stops just check out the provided links below.

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Sept 12 - Harlie’s Book Blog (Excerpt/Giveaway)
Sept 13 - Writer Kelly (Review/Excerpt)
Sept 14 - Hywela Lyn (Giveaway/Guest Post)
Sept 15 - Close Encounters of the Night Kind (Review/Interview)
Sept 16 - Obsession With Books (Guest Post/Review)
Sept 17 - Tracy’s Treasure of Books (Excerpt/Giveaway)
Sept 18 - Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Interview/Excerpt)
Sept 19 - Sapphyria’s Book Blog (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Sept 20 - Book Briefs (Guest Post/Review)
Sept 21 - Escape by Fiction (Giveaway/Review)
Sept 22 - Theresa Stillwagon (Interview/Guest Post)
Sept 23 - Lindsay’s Scribblings (Review/Interview)
Sept 24 - Everyone Loves a SiNner (Giveaway/Guest Post)
Sept 25 - Bookin’ It Reviews (Giveaway/Review)
Sept 26 - Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy (Interview/Excerpt)
Sept 27 - Practical Frugality (Review/Giveaway)
Sept 28 - Babs Book Bistro (Guest Post/Excerpt)
Sept 29 - The BoOki3 (Giveaway/Review)
Sept 30 - Books Like Breathing (Review/Interview)
Oct 1 - Sara York (Excerpt/Guest Post)
Oct 2 - Seeing Night Reviews (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Oct 3 - News & Reviews from the Heart of the Dragon’s Den (Excerpt/Interview)
Oct 4 - Reviews by Molly (Review/Giveaway)
Oct 5 - Danielle Gavan (Guest Post/Excerpt)
Oct 6 - Deep in the Heart Romance (Giveaway/Interview)
Oct 7 - Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears (Interview/Review)
Oct 8 - Harlie’s Book Blog (Review/Giveaway)
Oct 9 - Romance Lives Forever (Excerpt/Guest Post)
Oct 10 - Erotica for All (Giveaway/Review)
Oct 11 - Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Guest Post/Excerpt)

6 comments:

  1. the plot is interesting. love detective stories.

    witchvela at web dot de

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  2. Sounds like something I would love to read. n.dematos@gmail.com

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  3. I just love how you did the review and I've already bragged about your reading to about a billion people. So clever. Good luck to everyone on this giveaway. Also, as an added bonus, it's Evernight Publishing's birthday bash today. Visit my blog at www.averyflynn.com for a chance to win a Kindle, free books $50 cash and $100 in gift certificates. Say Talina from Bookin' It Reviews sent you and I'll put you name in twice for my blog's drawings. :)

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  4. This sounds like an awesome book! It's going on my TBR list. :-)
    chefamanda at gmail dot com

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  5. This looks really good. I would love to be entered for the giveaway!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Jake sounds yummy, and I like the sexual chemistry between him and Claire!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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