Welcome to day one of the Hot Shade blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. When you are done here you should check out today’s other stops at Books, Dreams, Life and Writing Rambling. Today I have a review for you and there is also a giveaway at the end of the post and I wish you luck with this!
In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter…
After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.
Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?
Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?
Luca is on the run, hiding in his Uncle’s Florida holiday home he has many secrets none of which he has any intention of sharing with anybody. When a plane crashes on the beach outside the house and he finds himself saving somebody’s life he doesn’t realise just how complicated things are going to get when local reporter Skylar starts digging trying to find out who the ‘good samaritan’ was.
This is a straight up girl meets boy, and attraction flares and builds novel, saying that it is deeply enjoyable. Luca’s backstory is riveting and adds a lot of tension that means you know something bad is going to happen but you don’t know which of the characters it is going to happen to or when.
Luca and Skylar are both extremely likeable characters, they are both deeply strong and passionate characters but are also very vulnerable and have things in their past which make them both wary of relationships of any kind let alone romantically.
There are times I find the lack of trust between them frustrating, I feel like people always reach a point where they start being honest and that got lost in here with these two dancing around that, whenever a truth comes out it gets lost in hypocrisy and I found it hard to stomach knowing if I was one of these characters I couldn’t stand the double standards.
Overall though this is a wonderfully enjoyable book and I went off and downloaded some of Tamara Lush’s earlier novels as soon as I finished this as I loved her writing style, the balance between the romance, erotica, and story was brilliant.
Sending a huge thanks to Tamara Lush and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Tamara Lush
Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.
She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance.
Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.
Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.
Book & Buy Links
Title: Hot Shade
Series: Burning Secrets #1
Author: Tamara Lush
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Suspense
Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository