Tuesday, July 9, 2013

[Musing Maddie's Review]: "Trusting Again" + GIVEAWAY!

Trusting Again by Peggy Bird 
Publisher: Crimson Romance (June 3, 2013)
Series: Second Chances, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Imagine Cynthia Blaine’s surprise when she walks into the bar at the Heathman Hotel in Portland Oregon and sees the man she’s been trying to forget for weeks after he commissioned an expensive piece of her jewelry for “a friend’s birthday.” There was no point fantasizing about him. He was taken.

But over a cup of coffee, he convinces her to give this relationship a try. Marius woos her on a sailing trip through the San Juan Islands and their romance seems on solid grounds. But during his six-week business trip to Central America, Cynthia gets a shock. And when she goes to Portland to pour out her heart to her best friend, she has another shock—Marius, in Portland, not where he said he would be and with another woman.

It’ll take more than a good cup of coffee this time to get Cynthia and Marius to their happily-ever-after.

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Musing Maddie's Review:

Trusting Again was a sweet contemporary romance. Not only will the story enchant, but the detailed description of picturesque Seattle, will enthral as well. That is the gift, you the reader, will receive as a consequence of Peggy Bird’s provocative prose.

As a distinctively talented artist, Cynthia Blaine was confident and poised. Her confidence as a woman, however, was shattered. Her libido, non-existent. That was until she met absurdly striking and sexy Marius Hernandez. ‘Tall, dark and handsome’ may be cliché, but this man was all that, and more! Despite the fact that she melted each time she looked into his beautiful eyes, and found his scent irresistible, she was determined to resist him, keeping her heart’s impenetrable wall raised.

After their first kiss, she believed he should come with a warning label:

“Exposure to this man can result in confusion, dizziness, and erratic behavior. Women who kiss him should not operate machinery immediately afterwards.”

As a lover:

“He knew exactly where to touch, what to caress, to elicit a sigh, a moan, a response from her. He knew when to be tender and when to be assertive, when to let her lead and when he should.”

Coffee connoisseur and lover of all things refined, Marius was completely captivated by the sexy, beautiful, and vibrant Cynthia. She was becoming more than just a welcome distraction from his normal tedium. He knew she was disillusioned from past hurt. From the minute he met her though, he wanted her; her passion, her fire, her unassuming yet sensual nature.

Peggy Bird writes her scenes with an impressive combination elegance and heat.

“Every move aroused him, every kiss was returned with a passion that ate at his soul. When he moved down her body to take her breast in his mouth, she moaned with pleasure at the first touch, gasped at his teeth gently raking over the nipple, shivered when he sucked on first one breast then the other.”


Was Marius all that he seemed, or would he be yet another man to dismiss Cynthia as easily as her previous man had?

Trusting Again is the sort of book you reach for when you need a hearty meal of delicious romance. With lascivious sex scenes, witty and clever dialogue, with just a splash of tension, this book was a treat. Written in third person, the story was well paced, had wonderful supporting characters, and a believable, predictable plot. (As a light contemporary romance, that was intended and welcome.) Grab it, sit and relax; be prepared for a sensual voyage through Seattle and its scenic environs, and Cynthia and Marius, and their sweet, romantic tale.

4.5 STARS!


Musing Maddie received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used above belong to Peggy Bird; Musing Maddie and TBQ's Book Palace do not claim them.

Meet Musing Maddie:

Musing Maddie is an avid reader, who mainly devours all things romance. She loves series, but only when the story warrants a few books rather than one. A strong, intelligent female with a bit of sass and wit is the preferred heroine in the books she reads, and some sizzle between the sheets is welcome too. Well, ok...more than welcome! Well, not just between the sheets is just fine too! She’s from Down Under, so her humor is on the crazy side. Captivating storylines, with well developed plot and yes, hot, hunky Heroes, is definitely a preference, but she loves it when the characters are damaged, and their story brings hope and restoration. Yes please to HEAs!

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Musing Maddie: What is it about this review that would cause you to want to buy the book? In other words, what is it that appeals to you about Trusting Again?
Submit your answers on this post. Two winners will be selected from answers given!
  • The first winner will receive the prize Peggy is offering: the first three books in the series! (Beginning Again, Loving Again, and Together Again--all in e-book form).
  • The second winner will receive an ecopy of Trusting Again from me!
  • Giveaway open to all readers, including INT.
  • Winners will be picked via Random.org (first name on the randomized list = first winner).
  • To make it easier, please leave a way to contact you--email or Twitter/GoodReads/Facebook name.
  • Giveaway ends July 16th, 2013. Winners will be pick and announced on the blog July 17th OR 18th, so please check back!
  • Good Luck!

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Thanks for sharing this wonderful series with us, MM! I've put the books on my list, cannot wait to read them!
And thank you for the great giveaway--good luck to everyone who enters!

Remember, Musing Maddie has a question for you!

What is it about this review that would cause you to want to buy the book? In other words, what is it that appeals to you about Trusting Again?


Until Next Time,

*TBQ's Book Palace is a member of both the Amazon and Barnes and Nobles affiliates program. By using the links provided to buy products from either website, I receive a very small percentage of the order. To read my full disclosure on the matter, please see this post!


Anna@herding cats said...

Wow. Sounds like a pretty spicy contemporary romance. Goodness! And that cover is gorgeous! She's a new to me author and definitely one I'll be checking out :)

KAMEBookReview said...

Oh Maddie - your word choice is always so great when you write a review - so vivid. Okay this goes on the list! Do I need to read the other books in the series first?

Erin F said...

Thanks for the great review! I want to read this book to see what happens! By all accounts, it sounds like Marius is a cad... I want to see how he's redeemed :) Thanks again for sharing!

marypreston said...

The fact that the hero should come with a warning label works for me. Sizzling - got to love that.


bn100 said...

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Barrie said...

Sounds like a great read of a series. How many more are planned?

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Musing Maddie said...

Thank you so much Kame! Coming from you - that is so encouraging!! You could read it as a stand a lone, but i love her writing, so i would certainly recommend them all! MM xx

Musing Maddie said...

Great choice Anna! I couldn't agree more. I love her work and cannot wait for more. She is refreshing to read! MM xx

Musing Maddie said...

Thank you so much Erin! You will still love him! MM xx

Musing Maddie said...

LOL!! Good pick up Mary!! Yes, he should come with a warning! Enjoy! MM xx

Musing Maddie said...

Barrie, i shall have to check with the author re that question and shall get back to you. I would read any of her work to be honest. Her style is refreshing, her prose so intelligent and enjoyable, and her characters wonderful. MM xx

Musing Maddie said...

Thank you to those who commented on the review. So appreciated. I hope you get to enjoy Trusting Again for yourselves soon! I have just gifted the winners their free copies from me, of Trusting Again, via Amazon. Let me know if you like it! Maddie xx

Peggy Bird said...

Oh, no Erin. He's not a cad...oops. Shouldn't give that away, should I? Trust Maddie--you'll still love him.

Peggy Bird said...

Wouldn't it be fun if all sexy men came with a warning label so you knew what to expect? Or who to pick?

Peggy Bird said...

Maddie is kind and generous about my work! She gave good advice, too. The books in the Second Chances series are stand alones but, although the plots don't move from book to book some of the characters do. In this one, the two couples from the first two books make an appearance near the end. Sometimes it's hard to let a good character go and I need to hang out with them a bit more.

Peggy Bird said...

Love my Crimson Romance covers and happy you do, too. They convey the sense of the story, not to mention the spiciness!