Monday, June 1, 2015

REVIEW: Vixen in Venice (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Vixen in Venice
Series: N/A
Pages: N/A
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Totally Bound
Format: Kindle
Genre: Erotic Historical Fiction
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Look closer, into Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique LeBres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened, swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection. Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector, has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.

Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn, taking her to places she’s never been—both in and out of the bedroom.

Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her heart, only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was.
 
~Location Lovin'~
 Get ready for some steamy locations because Kate is back! I was able to host Ms. Deveaux earlier this month with a book blast about Vixen in Venice, but it was too steamy to keep to just one day! I've always been a sucker for exotic and romantic locations, so I asked Kate to show off the sexiest cities in Europe...let the seduction begin! 

Thank you so much for having me as your guest. I am delighted to stop by and chat about A Vixen In Venice, my newest release.

At the heart of this story of luxury and scandal, is one of Europe’s most romantic and sexy cities. Venice. And one of my absolute favorite cities to visit. Not surprising, given I’m a die hard romantic, but there is just something about Venice that is so tactile and sensual. A city steeped in history and intrigue. The mazelike canals and narrow passageways offer the ultimate clandestine mecca for those looking to be a little naughty. Or a lot naughty. You decide…


Venice:  This alluring city starts off our countdown of the 5 most romantic and sexy European Cities but where else do I consider toe curlingly sexy?

Amsterdam: I love Amsterdam, but am always surprised when I chat with friends who have found it lacking. Lacking? I want to jump up out of my armchair and jump to the canal city’s defense.  I find the architecture so enchanting and similar to Venice, the waterways offer secretive and seductive passages not to mention a plethora of ways for new heroes and heroines to arrive on the scene.
London:  Having lived in London for many years, I still find it appearing prominently in my books as romantic city that has it all: History, tradition, scandal and a million fabulous places for getting naughty. One of my new releases coming out later this year,  “Cockpit,” is a perfect example of just how sexy London can be.  Find out just what the hero and heroine get up to in the London Eye. You’ll never look at that landmark quite the same way again. J


Bruges: I’ve really enjoyed touring Belgium over the years with Mr. Deveaux. Bruges is truly the “Venice of the North.” Stepped in history, canals and architecture similar to Amsterdam, it truly is a city to enjoy. And escape from the usual Paris, Rome and Monaco, as top romantic city picks, Bruges is somewhere new to explore with your special someone. In fact I think it would make an awesome setting for my next book, don’t you?

Positano: I used to live in this absolute gem of a town, and to this day I think the Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly one the most romantic of settings. The villas clinging to the hillside, with the scent of lemons and flowers cascading to the Mediterranean, make the shyest of heroines want to kick up her heels and take a chance on love once again.

So grab your honey and go explore these sexy cities or curl up with a good book, set in one of these treasure troves for romance, and live vicariously through the pages, one sizzling romance at a time.

Such a pleasure to stop by,
Kate

xx
~Try an Excerpt!~
Smiling, the hotel clerk handed her the large gold room key.

“Signorina Le Bres, benvenuti a Venezia.” She welcomed Monique warmly. “Signor Amatus will be here un momento to escort you to your suite.” The mix of English and Italian words was enchanting to Monique, so far from the small dirt filled town back in Kansas that she’d dragged herself out so many years ago where the only foreign language spoken was pig Latin if you were lucky and grow up on the right side of the tracks. Monique hadn’t even been that lucky, the rusted out trailer she’d shared with her mother couldn’t have been further from the right side of anything.

“Grazie.” Monique took the gold key, noting how large and heavy it was in the palm of her hand. Almost ominous of what lay ahead. No slick electronic keys at this hotel. No, this was one hundred percent Italian luxury. The key began to heat in her grasp as she glanced around for the man who was supposed to greet her.

The elevator door dinged, catching her attention.

Monique’s mouth dropped open. A good looking twenty-something man dressed in employee issued suit exited. His robust laughter had caught her attention with his momentarily flirtation with a sexy young woman dressed in the hotel uniform that made Monique smirk as the man patted her ass when he passed. A first rate flirter for sure, she made a mental note to steer clear.

Monique’s smirk turned into a frown as the man kept walking straight towards Monique.

“There he is, Signor Amatus,” the clerk behind the counter called to Monique while she stood somewhat transfixed as the flirter approached. He really was young. Could he really be her supervisor? Not at all what she’d been expecting. Maybe mid twenties if she was generous. Barely legal age back in the states and good ten to fifteen years younger than her she was quite sure.

“Ah, Signorina Le Bres...”

“Yes, I am Monique Le Bres.” She extended her hand. He wasted no time sliding it into his and reaching it to his mouth. Pausing before kissing the back of her palm, his gaze stayed fixed on hers.

“Incantanto,” his words almost a whisper.

These Italian men were skilled at the art of flirtation; there was no denying that. But the sooner she made it clear to him that she was all work and no play the better it would be for both of them.

“I am Donovan Amatus, please allow me welcome to you to Hotel Totally Five Star Venezia. I am sure you will be molto comfortable here.”

The wicked glint in his eyes made her blush and fume at the same time. “I’m the new art curator,” Monique scrambled to say something, trying not blurt out what she was really thinking. That it was actually both flattering and maddening all at the same time to be flirted with by this young stud with the wandering eyes only moments after her arrival at the hotel.

“I know, si. Art Curator,” he said, releasing her hand but not before running it lightly over his lips. “I will be your liaison while you are here, answer any questions you have. Work with you side by side. Fianco a fianco,” he repeated the words in Italian, his tone so intimate that she was lost for a moment as she studied his nametag.

Donovan Amatus, Del controllo qualità.

Quality Control Manager. A vague memory of her letter of employment and that name stuck in her head but she was damned if she could reconcile the young man in front of her with her supervisor. Surely there had been some mix up. This young man couldn’t possibly be supervising her and the forty million euro budget the CEO had entrusted her with.

“The key Signorina?” he prompted. 

Speechless she just stood there.

“La chiave, the key, per favore?” He repeated and then reached to take the key from her grip. “Follow me Signorina Le Bres.”

“Oh, please call me Monique.”

“You Americans are so friendly,” he said with a smile as he led her toward the elevator, placing his hand firmly around her waist.

Summoning her most professional demeanor she slipped from his hold and stepped into the elevator.

“I am sure you will be very happy working here at the hotel Totally Five Star Venezia.” He said as he punched the fifth floor button.

Monique tried to focus on what she was there for, her dream job and not the leering eyes of her so-called supervisor. “Yes, I’m sure I will. Mr. Conroy’s letter of employment said I could start to work tomorrow.”

“Assolutamente,” he confirmed. “Tomorrow. But first I show you your room, bene?”
~Meet Kate!~ 
Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.
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33 comments:

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    1. Thanks Mary for stopping by. Venice is the perfect spot for his steamy art caper. :) I hope you enjoy!

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  2. Are you a plotter or a pantster?

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    1. Hi Mai, great question! I'm more of a plotter than a panster probably 70 % plotter, 30% panster! I start out with an outline but then once I'm in the thick of the book I let the book go where it wants so that makes me a bit of a panster too!

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  3. You, the author, really have to organized and managerial to be a wedding planner. Bet that job was fun though.

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    1. Being a wedding planner was a total blast Katie. And you're right, had to be organized and come up with somewhat ingenious solutions to wedding day fiascos! Excellent training for being a writer. Thanks for stopping by to chat. Have you had any wedding day fiasco stories you'd like to share?

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  4. Looks like an interesting book ;)

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  5. I think Budapest is really romantic

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    1. Hi Shannon, Thanks for that idea, I've never been there. Have you? Would it be romantic for a book setting, if so I can check it out!

      Best,
      Kate

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  6. The excerp was very interesting. I would love to read your book.

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    1. Thanks John, I do hope you enjoy it. It was wonderfully fun to write.

      Best,
      Kate

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  7. Loved all the location information. I really enjoyed this excerpt.

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  8. Neat info on the locations. I enjoyed the excerpt :)
    Lori

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    1. So glad you enjoyed 5 of my favorites. Some cities just have that romantic energy don't they?

      Best,
      Kate

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  9. interesting places

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt and cover. :)

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    1. Thanks Cali, I love the cover too, such great artwork. Really captured the Vixen I think.

      Best,
      Kate

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  11. Sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the excerpt!

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  12. LOVE that title! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Betty, I had fun with the title..just seemed to fit Monique don't you think?

      Best,
      Kate

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  13. Thanks for excerpt and the tour through some wonderful places!

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  14. Where did you get inspiration to write this book?

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    1. Hi Natalie, great question. I have visited Venice many times and love the city so when I was thinking of writing an art themed sexy romance Venice seemed the perfect place. Intrigue, espionage and a very hot hero...

      Hope you enjoy!
      Best,
      Kate

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  15. Great excerpt! Wow, Venice is so beautiful, I would love to visit there! And thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Oh most definitely Venice, it's so beautiful. The gondolas,flower gardens, the Italian pastries. Ahhhhh, just imagining it now !

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  17. It is fabulous isn't it? Venice...so romantic and so intoxicating. Inspiration for anyone especially writers and artists.

    All the best,
    Kate

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  18. Loved the excerpt, sounds like my kind of read, thank you.

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  19. I bet being a wedding planner gives you lots of material to work with!

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  20. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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