Friday, April 11, 2008

Review plus book giveaway!

If you’re an erotic romance reader you'll have heard of Lauren Dane. Lauren is not only a prolific e-book author, but she’s recently had work signed by Harlequin Spice, Berkley Heat, AND Black Lace. That sort of acquisition list gives a girl a reputation, one that demands you take notice. When I had the chance to get my hands on an advance reader copy of Lauren's forthcoming novella, STRIPPED, I was delighted.

STRIPPED is part of a four-author anthology called WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, published by Spice in May. Along with Lauren, there are stories by Jodi Lynn Copeland, Kit Tunstall, and Anya Bast.

Right from the start I was hooked. Anyone who knows me will know how important the setting of a story is for me, and I loved that this anthology is themed around a place. Mark has visited Las Vegas (and LA) but, alas, I haven’t. (I’ve visited San Francisco before, though, so we kind of have a set between us.) I also really liked the cover of this anthology, because it’s playful and fun, and it says so much about the place as well as the spicy contents of this book. I would also add that the book is different to what I’ve previously read on the Spice line. There's a lot of diversity on this erotic line, and the covers work really well to indicate the contents – this one is no exception.

STRIPPED is a kind of across-the-tracks love story about Dahlia Baker and Nash Emery. Dahlia is studying for her MBA and to make ends meet she’s working as a burlesque stripper. I really enjoyed Dahlia's character. She’s intelligent, sexy and strong, and yet soft and feminine at the same time. Her role made me reminiscent about an old movie favourite of mine, Gypsy, starring Natalie Wood as burlesque icon Gypsy Rose Lee. Dahlia's story is a different, modern-day take on that and if you enjoyed that movie, you’ll love this book. Dahlia is doing just fine when playboy Nash comes into her life. She tries to resist, but she can only do so for so long, and then a compelling combination of conflict and desire is unleashed between them.

Nash is just to die for. Yummy, sexy, strong, and increasingly smitten with Dahlia, he’s a hero who has a few lessons in store during his pursuit of this lady! :) In fact, they both do. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but I do want to say that when I finished reading this novella I had the satisfied feeling I usually only get after reading a full-length novel. The story also features great supporting characters who are cleverly portrayed, even if they are only onstage in the story for a brief time. That takes talent.

Lauren Dane is a really good writer. If she were a wine I’d describe her work as full-bodied, :) because of the richness of the story and the depth of the characters. STRIPPED is both hot and touching, it’s a true erotic romance, and I know that readers are going to love it.

To help Lauren and the other Las Vegas ladies celebrate the release of this anthology, I’m giving a copy away to one lucky reader. Just leave me a message here in the comments section. If you are a Lauren Dane reader, you can tell me which book of hers I should read next. Or you can tell you something about Las Vegas, if you have visited. Or you can just say hello, and I’ll add you to the draw. I’ll keep this contest open until the first of May, release day for the book. Please come back then to see if you’re lucky winner.

18 comments:

Lauren Dane said...

Aww, thanks so much! I'm so relieved you enjoyed Stripped.

Pamk said...

any of lauren's books are fantastic. take your pick you can't go wrong

Tina said...

I am reading Wolf Unbound, it is amazing!! I really love the emotional depth, and the characters. but then again I love furries. If you have read any of her cascadia wolves series this is the latest in stallment and a must read!!

yaddayaddayaddablahblahblah said...

This book is definitely in my list of books to buy as soon as I can :) I love Lauren's stories!

acdaisy95 said...

Sounds great!

Debby said...

Hi !! I have read some of the Cascadia Wolves series. They are quite good. I think you will enjoy them. This book sounds wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Any book by Lauren Dane is excellent. Her Chase brothers are extremely drool worthy. I am so looking forward to Stripped and May 1st.

Lisa T

Saskia Walker said...

Lisa - I was just thinking that about the Chase brothers, their stories caught my eye. :) Thanks for the recommendations, folks! Keep 'em coming. And don't forget to call back on 1st May to see if you've won the book.

tetewa said...

Enjoyed the review and I'm looking forward to this one!

April S. said...

Hello , I would love to say the next Lauren Dane book you should read is " TO Do List" or "TriMates"....i love them both and they each bring something to the table. I love Lauren's books because they transport me to an alternative reality and i never want to come back. I reread her books over and over. I mark my calendar when I know she has ebooks and print books coming out-THAT's how much I love Lauren as an author!!!!

Cathy said...

I enjoy all of Lauren's series, and just started the latest Cascadia Wolves story, StandOff. Already have Stripped on my wish list.

bamabelle said...

The Chase Brothers Series is my favorite, Saskia. I love Lauren's writing style. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

windycindy said...

Happy Saturday! Please enter me in your book drawing. Bring on the romance! Many thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Caitlin Hoy said...

Hi Everyone! Please enter me in this contest. The book up for grabs looks like an awesome read.
Caitlin

Seroma said...

I went to Vegas twice..the first time it was so hot, either the weather or the hotel room..that my shoes melted.

Saskia Walker said...

Melted shoes, oh my! Amazing image. The only time I've experienced anything like that kind of heat was when I lived in the Arab Emirates -- I burnt the soles of my feet walking into the sea, because the sand was so hot.

Sue A. said...

My shoes didn't melt, but I got the worst case of blisters I've ever experienced from the heat of Las Vegas from wearing sandals.

I want to go back again someday. It's an amazing place!

Saskia Walker said...

Thanks to everyone who entered! bamabelle is the winner.