Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Bad Boy's Gift by Sara Daniel

Title: The Bad Boy's Gift
Author: Sara Daniel
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow #1
Main Characters: Zane and Julianne
Release Date: March 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
His gift is the only thing left from the love they shared…and she plans to sell it.

Former bad boy, now famous artist, Zane DeMonde laughs off an engraved invitation to return to Regret Hollow, the same town that booted him out fifteen years ago. When he discovers the woman who once broke his heart is putting his professional reputation at risk by selling his old paintings, he’s no longer laughing. He’ll do anything to stop her, even return to town … even put his heart in jeopardy again.

High school art teacher Julianne Truman's last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old artwork Zane gifted her. Her heart breaks to remove the final traces of him from her life, but she needs to finally move on from the love she never got over.

Julianne’s life belongs to her students, and Zane’s only goal is to protect his art. But the moment they wrap their arms around each other, their old attraction flares to life hot enough to incinerate them and their best intentions.
 

My Review:
This story is a novella and as such, things happen in it very quickly...which works to a certain extent because the characters already have a rich, complex history. This is a second chance at love story. Zane and Julianne were high school sweethearts completely committed to one another, but they each had other passions. He had his art and she had her family. Those two things were incompatible for that moment in their lives at the end of high school and it caused them to separate. 

But now it's 13 years later, and Zane is a famous artist while Julianne is an art teacher trying to fund a way to keep her job. Julianne is selling off Zane's drawings he gave her during that time. For her, it's the only way to save her job as the art teacher at the local high school, even though it's killing her to let them go. They mean so much to her, but it's time to let Zane go. For Zane, he doesn't want anyone to see that hidden passionate side of him that belonged to only her. Those pieces were deeply personal. They belong to her and no one else. So he comes home for the first time since he left to stop the auction. 

I wish that Zane's time home before the auction could have been just a bit longer. I understand this is a novella with limited time for word count, but there were moments when everything simply happened too fast. This was a story that I loved overall, but those little niggling moments of 'whoa, she just did a 180 there in a single paragraph' happened a couple of times and dropped my rating from a 5 star to a 4 star. I totally believed that these two have never fallen out of love, so I could handle fast, but this was a supersonic romance for me.

But even with that being said, I adored the story and the romance and the chemistry that still sizzles between the two. I loved the art theme of the story. There were also glimpses of a couple of other characters coming in the series that I'm definitely excited about...like Julianne's twin brother. This is setting up to be a good series and I'm excited to see where the author goes with the bad boys in this small town. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.





His gift is the only thing left from the love they shared…and she plans to sell it.
Out March 29th – The Bad Boy’s Gift (The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow #1) by Sara Daniel
Author: Sara Daniel
Series: The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Blurb: Former bad boy, now famous artist, Zane DeMonde laughs off an engraved invitation to return to Regret Hollow, the same town that booted him out fifteen years ago. When he discovers the woman who once broke his heart is putting his professional reputation at risk by selling his old paintings, he’s no longer laughing. He’ll do anything to stop her, even return to town … even put his heart in jeopardy again.
High school art teacher Julianne Truman's last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old artwork Zane gifted her. Her heart breaks to remove the final traces of him from her life, but she needs to finally move on from the love she never got over.

Julianne’s life belongs to her students, and Zane’s only goal is to protect his art. But the moment they wrap their arms around each other, their old attraction flares to life hot enough to incinerate them and their best intentions.


About Sara Daniel:
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to steamy and everything in between. She grew up in a small town and was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She has no regrets about turning her back on her accounting degree to write romance, but she deeply regrets her inability to keep track of her car keys. 



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More from The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow:
The Bad Boy’s Guilt – Releasing April 12, 2016
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The Bad Boy’s Guarantee – Releasing April 26, 2016
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The Bad Boy’s Goodness – Releasing May 10, 2016
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For more information on The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow – visit Sara Daniel’s webpage.

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Excerpt:
                  “Do all those things I confided in you years ago mean nothing to you?”
“Family’s important,” she whispered. She hadn’t imagined he’d see her actions as a betrayal of trust.
“I remember exactly how important family is to you.” Sarcasm crept into his voice. “A hell of a lot more important than me, definitely more important than this.” He hooked his arm around her shoulders and hauled her across the console, slamming his lips against hers.
Hard, angry demands from a man who no longer cared about pleasing her contrasted sharply with the memories of teenage sweetness and gentle tentativeness he’d once shown. He thrust his tongue between her lips, plundering her mouth. Instead of pushing him away and ordering him to stop, she leaned into him and tangled her tongue with his, meeting him stroke for stroke.
The hands gripping her shoulders relaxed, and the demanding thrusts of his tongue turned to languid strokes. She sifted her fingers through his soft black hair. Oh, how she’d missed being held in his arms, touching him, exploring him, and being one with him.
But they were hardly on their way to becoming one when he kissed her as a punishment.
She jerked away.
A car horn blared.
She straightened. Damn. She’d forgotten about Len, forgotten everything but Zane’s hands and mouth and sweet exploration.
Blinking out the windshield, she braced for the sight of Len laying on the horn of his pickup. Instead, he stood across the yard, wearing padded headphones and maneuvering a weed whip.
“If you’re looking for the honker, I believe you’re the culprit.” Zane nodded to her elbow resting on the steering wheel.
“Oh.” She yanked her arm back, settling into the passenger seat and pulling the seat belt strap. After three tries, she managed to lock the buckle into place. If Zane noticed her shaking hands, he didn’t mention it as he pulled away from the curb and left her house and his father behind.

If he’d kissed her to teach her a lesson, she’d learned one thing. She still wanted him, now more than ever.



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