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Sunday, June 16, 2013

JUST WHAT HE WANTED (GUEST BLOG: Not Every Heroine Is A Size 4)

"A whole lot of delish romance! The plot of slightly chubby Andie coming to a small town to forget about her cheating city ex, catching the eye of ten years her junior country Travis is so yummy it can hardly get better, but it does..."

Author: HelenKay Simon
Pages: 149 pages
Publisher: Carina Press/Harlequin on June 10th 2013
Form: E-book (from the author/publisher for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Halloways #4
Amazon: Buy / $2.99 (Kindle)EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $2.99 (Nook)
All Romance E-books: Buy / $2.99 (E-book)
Excerpt: Chapter 1

"Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy blonde who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers himself as tour guide and "bodyguard.'

After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She's working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.

Even as Travis's troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…"  ~ From Goodreads

Great contemporary romance! You get bit of excitement, bit of suspense, great characters and a whole lot of delish romance! The plot of slightly chubby Andie coming to a small town to forget about her cheating city ex, catching the eye of ten years her junior country Travis is so yummy it can hardly get better, but it does because playboy rep Travis wants her and isn't afraid to remind her despite her excuses of age, work and chubbiness, because it turns out Travis likes his women voluptuous!

Andie I loved, you know me, I love a plus size heroine! Especially one with courage, guts, attitude and a shotgun she knows how to use! Plus her age dilemma with 25 year old hunky guy was quite adorable. Travis was the epitome of small town playboy with family issues a mile wide, great set of shoulders and an ass made for fitted jeans. He was also very protective about Andie which is always such a turn on! Easy on the eyes isn't a bad thing either. ;)

These two fit, the chemistry is believable, tangible and incredibly hot, Shelly Munro knows how to write both expectations and really hot sex! That's not all she can write, the characters are in depth, the story flow perfect and realistic, and sugar at the bottom she knows how to write a plot that keeps you glued to your book!

Love contemporary romance, pick up Just What He Wanted!

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Not Every Heroine Is A Size 4
by HelenKay Dimon

We can agree beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. We say that all the time when talking about other people but I'm thinking we tend to not be as kind when judging ourselves. And glossy magazines sure can highlight some of our insecurities. When it came time to write Just What He Wanted, the 4th book in my Holloway series for Carina Press, I wanted to explore this idea with my heroine.

I knew my "he understands women and has no trouble finding dates, thank you" hero, Travis, needed a bit of a shock. Because he's a hard-working, down-to-Earth, good-looking country boy, women are attracted to him. Let's just say he doesn't have to work very hard to find dates. Naturally, his perfect heroine couldn't be an easy catch. I didn't want her to be model-perfect and somehow unattainable. I wanted one of the major roadblocks to their relationship to be what was happening in her head.

A few things inspired Andie. The main one was this commercial from years ago. I don’t think it's been on for years, so I'm about to date myself…ready? I can't remember what it was for, something weight loss related I'm guessing, but a woman is swimming laps in a pool and the voiceover says some version of "the voice in our heads that is so hard on our bodies." Basically, the point was that we can be our worst critics. Combine that with a photo I saw on Pinterest of this beautiful woman (here: and my inspiration for Andie was born. 

Now, Travis sees Andie and his brain misfires. That's the point. He sees her without her insecurities getting in his way. Here she is thinking she isn't young enough ( she's almost 10 years older ) or pretty enough ( she just lost a lot of weight and is about a size 12 or 14 but still sees herself at the old weight ) and he's thinking:

"No, thinking about the blonde with the all-woman, all-smoking curvy figure did him in. The big brown eyes, the long, wavy hair…how she knew her way around a gun — one of those, maybe all of them, had his mind sputtering and his words stumbling. Another hour with the steering wheel pressing against his erection while a vivid movie of him stripping that snug T-shirt off her body rolled through his head and he would have needed surgery."

His friends and new business partners, both married, have this discussion about her when trying to figure out why the usually cool Travis seems so messed up for Andie:

“Wait a second.” Mitch held up a hand and stared at Spence. “I haven’t met her yet. What does she look like?”

Spence whistled. “Whoa and damn.”

“Nice,” Mitch said.

“Well, if you like the voluptuous type.”

Mitch shrugged. “Who doesn't?”

Men, sometimes they get it right. When they talk like this, we should listen.

And, in case you’re wondering? In my head Travis pretty much looks like Jensen Ackles (this:

       “There’s something between us...” She gulped in a huge breath. “Did I already use the word weird?”
       He bit down on her earlobe and felt the shiver run through her. “I suggest a test.”
       “You keep jumping around on topics.” Her hand brushed along his chin.

       “Just trying to avoid a conversation where you ‘friend’ me.” God, he felt it coming. He could almost hear it in her tone and see it in her eyes. Even with her hands roaming, she tried to block him. A clear sign that her head and body wanted two very different things from him.
       “Back to the test.” He’d been dying to do this since that first morning.
       She brushed the back of her hand down his cheek. “You going to see how much wood you can chop in a minute?”
       He bit back the dirty thought that came into his head and went with the G-rated version. “I've never really heard it called that before.”
       “I don’t know—” Her voice hiccupped when his mouth found the pulse thumping in her neck. “This is exactly what I was talking about. This doesn't make sense. I didn't move here for this.”
       “Understood.” He mumbled the word against her soft skin. Inhaling, he drew her sweet scent into his head.
       Fingers slipped into his hair. “I didn't plan on meeting someone like you.”
       “Feeling is mutual.” He didn't even know what he was saying. All he wanted was to fuse his lips with hers, to lure her in and have her as crazy for him as he was for her.

Award-winning author HelenKay Dimon spent twelve years in the most unromantic career ever - divorce lawyer. After dedicating all of that effort to helping people terminate relationships, she is thrilled to deal in happy endings and write romance novels for a living. Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and E! Online. HelenKay loves hearing from readers, and you can find her at her website at, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

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