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Monday, January 21, 2013

New Review: SILENT PARTNER Receives 5 Blue Ribbons From Romance Junkies!

I am proud to announce that my first contemporary romance, SILENT PARTNER, just received a 5 Blue Ribbon review from Romance Junkies this week!

Now, I know this book is by no means a recent release as it came out last year in April, but nonetheless I am so happy by what the reviewer had to say.

As an author, we love when a reviewer raves about our work and highly recommends it to others. But to find out the reviewer is a huge fan makes it doubly special -- which means I can't hold it in any longer. I just have to share it!

"Hot, Hot, Hot! THE SILENT PARTNER, a novel by talented author Renee Vincent, is a sensationally steamy, toe-tapping contemporary romance that will absolutely captivate you. Best known for her historical tenth century Northmen novels, Ms. Vincent has moved into the present with this beautifully written tale. Filled with well-drawn characters, self-discovery, growth, forgiveness, broken dreams and love, this story is one you will not soon forget. Not many authors can successfully combine romance, intrigue, passion and inspiration in one novel, but Ms. Vincent manages to do this magnificently with this contemporary work, bringing the story to life with touching emotion. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of SILENT PARTNER. I highly recommend it! In the meantime, as a huge fan of Ms. Vincent’s work, I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next."
5 Blue Ribbons ~ Romance Junkies

Here's an excerpt for your reading pleasure:

There he was.

Shaking his cute little ass on the dance floor of Gyrations, the hippest night club in downtown Boston, amid a flock of beautiful women.

Chloe had first noticed him, chatting with the bartender, when she entered the strobe-lit room and wandered up to the bar. Their discussion looked important since they were both hovered over a business calendar. But, once a change of song had happened, he skirted away from the conversation with a look of intent on his face—probably to score one of the many loose women who had caught his eye earlier in the night.

She couldn’t tell which one he was looking to get lucky with as there were so many dancing around him, their barely-there clothes shimmering underneath the illuminating black light, each one competing for his attention. She didn’t blame them. He was quite possibly the sexiest man she’d ever seen.

He wore sleek, black, painted-on leather pants, a tight white tank, and a have-your-fill-of-me grin on his handsome face. He was enjoying himself—that was for certain—as he moved his body to the beat of the booming bass, his hips looking as if they were dislocated from the rest of him.

Oh, he knew how to dance—quite well—and he was not afraid to show it among the many who crammed into the joint. In fact, he held many people’s attention—not just hers—as if he had a reputation to live up to. As if the status of ‘the best male dancer’ was up for grabs.

She didn’t think there was such an event going on at the crowded nightspot, but she would definitely cast her vote in his favor if there was. No one in the place could even come close to matching his abilities. His steps were graceful, his rhythm was spot on, and his lithe muscular body moved in ways she didn’t think possible. His hips entranced every female in the club, and probably infuriated every male who was left holding up the bar.

Chloe gazed around the trendy, atmospheric room and took in the many grievous faces of the men standing in random corners, drinks in hand, their attention focused. She assumed they were all either watching Casanova in hopes of learning something, or, more likely, waiting for him to make a move on their girlfriends just so they could have a reason to open a can of whup-ass and vent their jealousies.

As she glanced back at Mr. Gyration, he was now grinding against some blonde’s tight-jeaned derriere, his hands on her hips as though he was having sex with her. She noticed the bimbo’s expressive face, her lips parted and her eyes half-closed from the pleasures he was dishing out, and it was obvious the girl wished he’d get into her pants before the night was over.

Chloe sighed and looked away, tossing back a shot of Tequila, knowing the only way she was going to get ‘lucky’ tonight was if she awoke tomorrow morning without a horrendous hangover. At this point in the game, she didn’t look beyond her next shot, and let the burn of the alcohol soothe her troubled mind.

She was two drinks in and raised her hand for another.

The bartender, cool and confident, opened the broad-bottomed bottle of Patrón and leaned toward her, his weight casually resting on one elbow. “You sure ‘bout this, honey?”

Of course she was sure. She wouldn’t have ordered it to begin with had she been apprehensive about the drink’s potential. She knew well what the hard liquor could do, and since she was there for one thing and one thing only, she had high hopes it would soon help her to forget her worries and drown her stress.

She was an artist—a starving artist. If she didn’t find a way to sell more of her paintings, she was going to lose everything. Her shop. Her home. Her life.

Every little bit of her savings had gone toward the funding of her big dream. And for a while, things looked promising. Her paintings were moving out the door on a relatively regular basis. Her biggest clients had been young, wealthy doctors and lawyers who aimed to spruce up their bachelor penthouse pads with risqué nudity in an artistic form. On occasion, she had even locked in a few hairdressers who wanted the more tasteful pieces for their salons.

But those avenues had soon run dry.

Word of mouth had only gone so far, and with the changing economy, no one was willing to spend their hard-earned money on needless fine art. If she didn’t figure out a way to stimulate the public’s senses enough to open their wallets, she would have to give up her small independent business and kiss her entrepreneur life goodbye.

With a flip of her hand, she gestured for the concerned bartender to pour another shot, fixed on the goal of drinking away her problems.

“This may look like water, darlin’, and go down just as smooth, but it ain’t so easy on the body once it hits your head.” He looked her over, as if measuring her determination, and after a few seconds, he popped the cork-lined glass top. “What do I care, huh? As long as you’re paying…”

“You shouldn’t care at all, Jack, especially if I’m footing the bill. And make that two.”

Chloe looked to her left upon feeling something brush against her arm. To her surprise, it was Mr. Gyration, flipping a twenty on the bar.

Her stomach fluttered and she lost all sense of herself. Being on the receiving end of that cocky smile really did a number on her heart. As her breath staggered out of her, all she could do was smile in return.

She glanced at the crisp Jackson resting next to her shot glass, appreciative of his generosity. At least he was trying to be a gentleman, which was completely opposite of the impression he had made on her from the dance floor. She could only hope he’d continue to be that way, for she had no intention of tolerating anything less.

“You’re a pretty little thing,” he said, leaning against the bar. “A girl like you shouldn’t be anywhere alone. Especially here.”

“Easy, Don Juan,” Jack interrupted as he slammed another shot of Tequila on the slick lacquered wood of the bar. “She’s new.”

“I can see that.”

Chloe had to look away. His devilish smile was too much to handle. And even though a warning had slipped from the bartender’s lips, Mr. Gyration didn’t seem to care. He was staring at her with such hunger, she half expected him to growl like an animal if some other man-whore got too close.

In trying to rid the weight of his close presence, she reached for the alcohol, dying to douse the flaming heat of his dark, amber eyes from her memory. But his hand stopped her.

The abruptness of his actions caused the drink to slosh and splash her fingers. She barely noticed. All she could feel were his masculine fingers, curling gently around her tiny wrist and the warmth of his palm, flattened across her forearm, spreading like wildfire throughout her body. The shock of his touch nearly stopped her heart. What stunned her more, was watching him lift her hand and taking her wet finger into his mouth, sucking the small droplets of Tequila from it.

Her stomach dropped to her pelvis and a sweltering inferno raged from within her core. The only thing that kept her from incinerating right there on that barstool was the tingling sensation dispersing between her thighs. Though his tongue only swirled around her one knuckle, she could feel its torment on her whole body, a warmth spreading like fire between her legs.

She crossed them tightly, trying to get a grip on her emotions, trying to keep him from weaseling into her good sense. But the manner in which he withdrew her finger ever so slowly from his soft, full lips clouded her brain, his inviting brown eyes blurring everything around her.

No one existed, save him.

“Let’s dance first,” he suggested.

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Liz said...

I read this and really enjoyed it as well. This reminds me I need to get over to Amazon and post my review!

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks so much LIZ!!!! You are so sweet! I would be so flattered to have your review up on Amazon. Thank you for doing so.

Sandy said...

Good grief, can anyone get any hotter than that? Needless to say, I like that excerpt a lot. Congrats on the review, Renee.

Anonymous said...

Félicitation ma chère Renee! Congrats.
I see, that I will have to add this beautiful story to your trilogy I wish to read. Bravo!

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Sandy: Thanks so much for reading it! I jumped out of my writing chair the first time I read that review. I was so excited to see this backlist review come through.

Nicole: Merci!! I do hope you enjoy it. BTW, there is a twist in this one too. A little play on words with the title. Thanks for visiting with me! I love seeing your smiling face.

Anonymous said...

How exciting for you Renee! I read the excerpt and can totally understand how Silent Partner rated 5 blue ribbons. I look forward to reading about Mr. Gyration - love watching a man dance like he means it!

Mary Corrales said...

Congrats on the great review. By the excerpt I can tell why 5 ribbons was so well deserved.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks Polly! How nice of you to say. I sure hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Mary you are too kind! Thank you for taking the time to read the excerpt and leaving such a wonderfully thoughtful compliment. (((hugs)))) to you!

Cheri Lynn said...

Congratulations on the wonderful review!

I've read this more than once. Silent Partners is a "keeper" on my Nook so I can always read it again and again and....

One of my favs and so are you, Renee.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Wow Cheri! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed Silent Partner that much. Plus your compliments thereafter about me are so humbling. Thank you a million!

B J Scott said...

Congrats on yet another winner! Best of luck with this and your other books

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks so much BJ! What a nice surprise to see you here!

Cara Marsi said...

Congratulations on the review, Renee! Great excerpt and cover.

jean hart stewart said...

Famtstic....lovoe the drawn out suspense. That is so hard to do...congratulations on the superb review.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks Cara! I appreciate you reading it.

Thanks Jean. Your compliment on my ability to draw out the suspense is so sweet of you. Thanks a million!

S. Durham said...

Uuttt, sweltering excerpt Renee! Reading RÆLIKSEN right now and I love how you draw the attraction out between your heroine and hero! Well done and congratulations.

Cheers, Sara

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks so much S. Durham! I am sooooooo very grateful that you are reading Raeliksen! You compliment is the best!

Sarah Hoss said...

I am so happy for you and very excited. This is a beautifully written book and one I love!

You deserve the praise!

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks Sarah! I'm so thrilled you read it and liked it that much. Thanks for visiting with me and checking out my latest review.

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