Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Review: Stone by Rie Warren

Title: Stone, At Your Service 
Series: Carolina Bad Boys #1 

Author: Rie Warren
Publisher: Rie Warren

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Page count: 290
Keywords: alpha male, mechanic, southern, humor

Date of release: September 25, 2014
List Price: $2.99

Preorder link: Amazon

ISBN: 978-1500744786


Hell on wheels meets hell in high heels.
Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.
Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.
The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose. 
Too bad romance is just for books.

What I Thought

Stone was something that I was pleasantly surprised at. I loved getting an inside look into a convention as I've never been able to go to one and have always been interested in what goes on. 

I loved Josh Stone and his incredible loyalty to his friends and family. He is what pretty much everyone would describe as an alpha male yet he is willing to pose as a gay man for his best friend's career. Even when he becomes attracted to another writer at the convention he still tries his best to keep up the facade. I think that Josh is incredibly honorable and it's evident through his love and care for his son, his devotion to his mother and best friend, and his protection of Leelee

The convention itself was fantastically depicted and I wish I was right there in with all of the authors. It seemed, to me, that the authors were so specific in their character, that they represented their genres so well that they had to be, at least, loosely based on real authors. I couldn't help but be curious as to who was what author. 

I also loved seeing their personalities come through so much. It was refreshing to see supporting characters that aren't flat or only in the novel for a short amount of time. The authors at the convention played a significant role and added much to the setting and plot. I don't think the book would have been nearly the same if they weren't there. 

The relationship between Josh and Leelee is sweet and realistic. I appreciate relationships in books that happen slowly and naturally because not that many people fall in love over night or at one glance. Their relationship had it's ups and downs due to him pretending to be gay and her trust issues.

I think it was the little things that made the book. The calls that Josh makes to his son, the book model competition, and the actions from Josh's employees at the garage added small details that made for a well-rounded novel. 

I even loved Leelee's relationship with Stone's son because it showed a love and a bond between a potential stepparent that is not usually seen. Step parents are usually portrayed as evil or dismissive but Leelee really loves Josh's son. 

I loved Stone and I cannot wait to read the sequel because I really want to read more of this story and see the characters again. I give Stone 4 stakes


Her arms curving above her head as she stretched and did that feline thing I liked, Leelee said, “You know, you are so cute, Josh.” 
Cute. My grin grew dangerous. The atmosphere charged as her eyes strayed to my mouth and stayed there. Her breath deepened, her cheeks heated. 
She’d eat those words later, with my cock in her mouth.
And she did. Not long after the kid had passed out cold for the night, she found me in the living room. “Still got that hat, Stone?”
“Why? You got plans for me, babe?” My hard-on formed in anticipation as I sat on the couch.
Leelee lifted off her t-shirt, slipped out of the sweats, and let her hair down. Completely utterly fuckably naked, she stood several steps away, moving her hips in a suggestive dance. “I think I wanna go for a ride.”
“Hat’s in the hall closet,” I croaked. 
“Don’t move.”
I watched her ass swish-sway away, in complete agony as my cock lengthened down the inseam of my jeans.
On her return, she wore my fedora at a sexy angle. She leaned over me so I could take long hard draws on her nipples while she drew my erection slowly out of my jeans. 
My aching length pumped in her enclosed fist. “Fuuuck, Leelee.”
She put the hat on my head, lowering to her knees between my spread thighs.  Her mouth engulfed me in one swift, wet move. All the muscles in my body screamed with pressure. 
Her mouth worked me to the breaking point, fingers ripping at the buttons of my shirt and pulling it open. I shrugged it off, one hand guiding the back of her head up and down. 
Rigid, slick, shiny swollen, my cock slapped my stomach when she released it. 
I pulled her onto my lap and thrust into her hot sheath without warning. I swallowed her yell with my mouth and grunted, “Josh Stone. At your service, babe.”

Author Bio

Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series–a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command. Her latest endeavor, the Carolina Bad Boys series, is fun, hot, and southern-sexy. 
A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer—causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around
You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency

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