That First Kiss by JC Valentine Review *Giveaway*

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

By J.C. Valentine
Rating: 4.5 Glasses of Wine

Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.
Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson...even if it kills her.
Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but

 ***Note to readers: This is a stand alone book, even though it is book 2 in a series. No Cliffhanger ending***

Our Review:
Once upon a time in a land far, far, away………wait a minute this book is about as far away from a fairytale as you can get! That is probably why I LOVED IT!

Piper Donovan is a good ole country girl with a quick whit and a whole lot of sass. 
Tate Larson is a playboy who is self absorbed, cocky, and a son of a bitch.  

Sparks fly when they first meet and mental fists fly the second time around. From the beginning of the book you can smell the arousal and cut the sexual tension with a knife.

“He kissed her until her legs quaked and her bones melted, and he stopped all too soon.”

"Ass. Hole. 'I brought you coffee and cake.' She was fuming. It was all she could think to throw it at him"
Piper is trying to make it on her own in Chicago after leaving her hometown of Alabama. Hurt once by a man, she vows to not let it happen again. Unfortunately she was not expecting the sexy Tate Larson to enter her life.  Surrounded by her girlfriends, her hot as sin boss Felix and his sexy little secretary Poppy, Piper must learn to “manage” Tate's high matienence demands.

Piper, one of the things I love about her character is how she dishes the attitude and snark right back.  She is strong willed and determined.  But lets face it, there is only SO much a girl can have thrown in her face before her armor starts to crack.  

Tate……what can I say about Tate besides HOT DAMN! This man is fine and he knows it. He is used to getting his way and having women fall at his feet. So it takes him completely by surprise when he starts having feelings for Piper.  He’s a M-A-N ladies, and he makes LOTS of mistakes throughout the book. Luckily he has some great people in his life who “kindly” show him the way.  

"You need to understand, I tried to resist you, just like I have been trying to resist you, but you drive me crazy. When I'm with you, it takes everything in me to stay away. All I think about, all I dream about is burying myself inside you."
“ I love you so damn much, and it scares the fucking shit out of me,” he confessed through gritted teeth as if admitting that had cost him dearly. “I know I’m an asshole, and I’m sure as hell not worthy of you, but if you give me a chance, ill spend the rest of my life trying to be.”
Throw in an ex named Casey, and a tall, dark and handsome chef from Puerto Rico named Tom, and you will laugh, cry, swoon and curse. 

Hold on tight and don’t let go! I can promise you it will be one hell of a ride but all the twists and turns and the feeling like your heart is going to burst right out of your chest is worth it in the end.  This reader gives J.C. Valentines That First Kiss 4.5 glasses of White Zin.

Interview with J.C. Valentine

Let's get down to the important stuff first. Are you a wine drinker? If so, what is your favorite type? If not, what is your poison? Coffee, Soda, Chocolate? All of the above?
JC: Goodness, no. My first taste of wine was memorable, to say the least. I usually prefer sweet tea, but lately I have been on a vanilla iced coffee kick. It’s so addicting! 

Ok now that we have that out of the way....Tell me a bit about yourself:
JC: I am a wife and a mother of three wonderful children, and the owner of far too many animals. I suffer a terrible addiction to sweet tea and will probably end up in a rehab one day for the growing book hoarding problem, as well. I also enjoy photography, and would love to one day travel the world capturing all kinds of beautiful memories, but my true passion is editing. I am currently attending university to obtain the degrees needed to become a professional book editor (This does not mean I am, in any way, very good at editing my own stories!).
Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?
JC: Early in my own writing, I picked up the first book in the Vampire Huntress series, and was completely swept away by it. The characters were so complicated and deliciously formed, the plots ingenious, and I said, “I want to write like that!” I don’t think I have, or ever will, come close to its perfection, but I strive for it every day.

Ebook vs Physical book?
JC: Had you asked me this a few months ago, I would have said physical, but I am loving ebooks right now because I can highlight them and take notes and I never have to ruin the pages. I still buy my paperbacks, though—they look so pretty on my bookshelves! 

What has been your best moment as a writer?
JC: Hands down, the best moments are when someone comes to me privately and says how much they enjoyed my work. I am my own worst critic, so when someone outside of my circle (and my head) can say that what I did was great or inspiring, it feels especially amazing and wonderful and all that sappy stuff.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Oh yes. I think I have imparted something of myself in all of my characters. Whether they are brainy, kooky, witty, self-absorbed, a little crazed or shy, it all came from the mind that knows it first-hand.

What are you reading right now?
JC: Right this minute? I am ashamed to say nothing. I have been absorbed in my own writing lately so my reading is a bit sporadic at the moment. But I did just finish Abbi Glines’ Forever Too Far.  It was great and I’ll miss Rush dearly.

How do you write your super steamy sex scenes? Do you have them in mind and write the story around them, or does the story naturally lead you into them?
JC: They happen naturally. I just write and let the characters tell me what they want to do and where.

Who would you cast as Tate and Piper in a That First Kiss movie? (Oh hell, I need a Tom too!!)
JC: LOL. Right now Alex Pettyfer is my go-to man for Tate and Mila Kunis for Piper. As for Tom, I am torn between Galen Gering (Rafe from Days of Our Lives) and Kevin Alejandro (Jesus from True Blood).

Is there a possibility that we will see more of hottie Tom in the future?
JC: Definitely, but I don’t think he will be getting his own book. More like cameos.

Who is your Book Boyfriend?
JC: I have so many! Let’s see…This week’s book boyfriend is Micha, from Jessica Sorensen’s Ella and Micha series. But my overall, backburner, forever boyfriend is Vishous from J.R. Ward’s BDB. ***EEEK! You have great taste. We love Vishous too***

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