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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Love, Lies & The D.A. by Rebecca Rohman9:58 AMAlma Lopez
Title: Love, Lies, & The D.A.
Author: Rebecca Rohman
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Jada McLean is about to get married in nine days, when she walks in on her fiancé in a little more than a compromising position. Days later, she’s on a trip that she intends to be relaxing and a prelude to her fresh start, when she runs into the rude, obnoxious, but gorgeous Jonathan Kole.
Jonathan Kole is San Francisco’s newest District Attorney. When he finds himself deeply attracted to a stunning beauty, he has no idea that she’s about to get into BIG trouble with the law—and he’ll be the one presiding over her trial. To make matters worse, his father is the lawyer representing her in the high-profile case.
When a series of events force them together over New Year’s weekend, Jonathan’s feelings and ethics will come into question, while Jada comes to terms with the fact that she is falling for the man that will be responsible for attempting to put her behind bars... Little do they know, they're both about to fall into a whirlwind so deep, it will send both their lives spiraling out of control.
Goodreads Link:Love, Lies & the D.A.
Holy suspenseful, tension filled, enthralling storyline Batman! This book was not what I was expecting, but it blew my socks off nonetheless. The storyline really kept me guessing...and that's hard to accomplish by the way. When I read stories with suspense, I tend to put my Sherlock Holmes hat on, and piece together what is going to happen without much effort. This book made me throw that hat out the window, and just sit and enjoy ever twist and turn. I don't even know where to begin with this one, because I would hate to give away any juicy pieces of the story, and believe me, there are many. This was such a refreshing book that was really well written. You are not only filled with tension from the dramatic events unfolding at every turn, but also from the sexual chemistry between Jada and Jonathan that was scorching hot. Their first interactions were hostile, but hot at the same time. Jada was in deep denial of the attraction, and thought he was arrogant and self assured, which led to some quite bitchy comments from her. Jonathan on the other hand was immediately drawn to her. He wanted to be around her, despite her apparent distaste towards him.
"As luscious as that kiss might sound right now, I'm not sure that's what I'd want. It would be fine if I thought of her in a fuck-buddy-sort-of-way, but I don't. I'd want more with her." -Jonathan
Jada was a successful resort hotel owner who was about to get married to the man she loved in just a few days. Everything seemed to be going smoothly, until she walked in on a scene that would forever be burned in her mind. This betrayal ends up leading to a string of dramatic events that would change her life forever. Right dead smack in the middle of the cluster-fuck that has become her life, she meets a devilishly handsome tall drink of water named Jonathan. Even though the beginning was a little rough, she ends up depending on him more than she thought possible, especially in the chaos she was stuck in the middle of. Jada was being accused of a crime she didn't commit, and it seems the people really involved in that crime are out to get her. Due to the ever growing threats, she struggles to truly let Jonathan in, because she doesn't know who to trust anymore. Jonathan wants to be there for her, but he is also in quite a sticky situation, being that he is the District Attorney. He could eventually be on the opposing side of her case, should she be charged with the crime. Talk about an effed up situation to be in.
"You don't feel you can trust me?"
"No, I don't. And even if I did, because of who you are...I could never feel free to be honest around you. I find myself watching every word I say when you're around."
"What if I told you, you could trust me?"
There are so many different emotions flying around, most of which they both try to fight because of the situation they were thrust into. Although they give the fight a good attempt, they both can't deny their connection in the end. Decisions are made that have life altering effects. Jonathan is so damn charming...his dedication to Jada is unwavering. All he wants to do is protect her from all the dangers that surround her, but sometimes you can't control the uncontrollable. Everytime they think they come close to finding out who is behind all the threats, there is another dramatic curve ball thrown their way. How are they supposed to figure out if what they feel is real or if their emotions are just being caught up in the chaotic whirlwind they are both stuck in at the moment? On top of that, Jada has developed some deep seeded insecurities with trusting herself and other people in general. The betrayal of her ex-fiance has effected her judgment and her trust. With all the things piled against them, can they finally find their footing and be together without regret. Will all the threats against Jada end and her name finally be cleared? Strap in for the ride everyone, because this a fantastic romantic suspense done right!
"You bear no allegiance to me. Who you choose to see or fuck is completely your business."
"Is that what you think? After all that we have been through together, don't you understand how I feel about you? I'm not interested in anyone else. I don't want anyone else in my life...Why can't you see that?"
Swoony swoon...Jonathan was so amazingly dreamy! The amount of restraint he held to not declare his feelings to Jada was both honorable and so very frustrating to experience. Doing the right thing really sucks sometimes, especially as the reader. I was deliciously and very willingly on the edge of my seat with this book. The journey of their love was like no other. If you enjoy a thrilling and gripping suspense added to your romance story, then this book is for you! I heard good things about Rebecca's other book, Uncorked as well. I will definitely being adding it to my TBR...I hope you will join me. Tip of my imaginary hat to you Rebbeca Rohman...you did a fantastic job at captivating me with all the suspense, and ensnaring me with amazing character connections.
4.5 out of 5 Enthralling, Suspenseful, Exciting Stars!
Their First Meeting Excerpt:
The pretty, young host escorts me to a table for two near a window with panoramic water vistas. Within minutes, a server takes my order. As my café latté arrives, I can’t help but overhear a rude exchange between a man and his leggy blonde with the host that escorted me to my seat.
“Look, I reserved that exact seat yesterday,” he says. “I apologize sir, but that seat is not available,” the host replies. “Well, if you were doing your job in the first place, it would be available to me, wouldn’t it?”
“Sir, I’m sorry for the error, but it wasn’t written here. If you like, you can wait at the bar where I’ll be happy to serve you a complimentary beverage of your choice while you wait, or I can accommodate you at an available table now.”
I can’t help but look to see who this asshole is.
Everything about him smells of money. From the designer jeans that hug his ass, all the way to the Jaeger Reverso watch that graces his wrist. He’s hot—probably in his mid to late thirties, tall, broad shoulders, piercing grey eyes, and a head of black hair like I’ve never seen.
Ordinarily, I might have found him attractive, if only he would just shut up.
Everything he says to that poor young girl, who has tried so hard to rectify someone else’s mistake, pisses me off. He’s been nothing but rude and condescending. As I look up, my eyes land straight on his. Then I realize they’re all looking my way. I turn around to look behind me, but there is no one. Then it dawns on me that he’s arguing with the host about my seat.
My meal arrives. I mind my business, and I proceed to enjoy it. Before I know it, I see him approaching my table. I pretend not to notice and focus all my attention on my lemon ricotta pancakes before me, but within seconds, he stands beside me.
“Excuse me, my name is Jonathan Kole. Would you mind terribly if you were seated elsewhere?”
My eyes travel across my pancakes to his broad thighs, to his crotch, and to what I suspect is an extremely trimmed stomach beyond his black ribbed sweater. Then I stare into his grey eyes in silence.
“You see, my girlfriend and I met right here at this table a year ago, and I wanted to propose to her.
“Actually, Jonathan, I do mind. Seeing that I’m enjoying my meal, surely you wouldn’t mind waiting until I’m done. Or perhaps you can let that polite host, who has done everything possible to accommodate you, have you seated elsewhere.”
“Do you have any idea who I am?” he asks.
Asshole! Your name might sound familiar but who cares...
“No. You could be the king of England and I wouldn’t give a damn.” “Who the hell do you think you are?” “You really want to know?” I ask quietly. He lowers his head slightly, as if he’s seriously interested.
“I am a woman who walked in on her fiancé screwing her best friend one week before her wedding, so forgive me if I’m not in a sentimental mood.”
His mouth drops open at my response. “Now, if you’ll excuse me, Mr. Kole, I’d really like to enjoy my brunch.”
His piercing grey eyes are glaring into mine. I know he’s angry. His temple pulsates as he stares at me. He walks away completely flushed.
I don’t care. Perhaps if he had been nicer to that host I would have considered his request. However, because he comes from money doesn’t give him the right to speak to people any which way he wishes.
I continue to enjoy my meal and notice him walking hand in hand to the bar with Malibu Barbie. Half an hour later, I ask for the check then purposely make him wait an additional five minutes before I leave.
On the way out, the host looks at me bright-eyed. “No one ever speaks to Mr. Kole that way, Miss McLean.”
“Well, it’s time someone taught him some manners,” I reply. I hand her a healthy tip, and I’m on my way.
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We finish lunch and watch a movie and some football, complete with popcorn and soda. When the sun starts its descent, we head to the hot tub. I am a little nervous. I hope I don’t gawk at him again. I slip into a little white bikini, wrap myself in a robe, and head out.
When I get onto the terrace, I try to ignore the fact that ass-hugging Ralph Lauren trunks cling to every inch of his well-endowed front... and back. He steps into the tub, and after I tear my robe away, he stretches out his hand and helps me in. I have no idea what I was thinking when I agreed to this. I can’t get hot and sexy images of us having passionate sex in the tub out of my head.
Since Richard and I broke up, my body has craved sexual pleasure in a way it hasn’t before, but this is flipping torture. Sure, I’ve pleasured myself a few times, but there is no substitute for a man who you’re physically attracted to who you know knows all the right things to do to you in bed. Sitting opposite to him, I close my eyes, sit back, and relax. I hope that I don’t give him a clue that while I lie here, I am practically salivating at the mouth and lusting for his sexual pleasure.
I am just starting to calm down and relax when he raises one of my feet and massages, working his thumbs from around my ankle to the arch of my foot and then my toes. My God, I swear this could be considered foreplay, because what he is doing to me right now causes all sorts of tension to develop between my thighs, along with the tingling sensation that runs down my lower back.
My goodness. Is he purposely trying to seduce me, or is he completely unaware of what his actions are doing to my body?
Oh, don’t be naïve, Jada. Of course he knows what he’s doing. He’s made his feelings for you abundantly clear.
He moves to my other foot, and as he works, a soft moan spurts out of my lips. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this sexually aroused. I try to remember the last time I was with Richard, and nothing comes to mind. Jonathan snaps me back to the present when his hands move from my feet and he works his way up my calf.
Oh God, that feels good.
I feel like I’m losing control. I want him to make love to me. I open my eyes, and I’m startled when I find him staring straight at me. He hooks his arms under my thighs and pulls me towards him. The look in his eyes are filled with pure desire. I’m straddling him, and I can feel his erection in the center of my crevasse; just a few thin strips of fabric are between us.
He folds me in his arms and draws me close to him. My heart explodes between our bodies, and my hardened nipples are against his chest. I lean my forehead against his, and finally our lips touch. He gently braces my head with his palm, and I wrap my arms around his neck. He kisses me again, but this time I part my lips, allowing his tongue to slip into my mouth. I open my mouth wider, letting him deepen our kiss, allowing our tongues to tease and explore each other. My hands roam over his neck, shoulders, and chest.
His hands glide over my shoulders and down to my back. He draws me closer towards him. Kissing my neck, his hands caress my back, and his fingers inch closer to the ties of my swimsuit.
Suddenly, I remember that he may very well be the man to ensure that I am sent off to prison.
I pull away. My breathing is heavy—so is his. My forehead is still against his. He kisses me on my cheek then my neck.
“Why’d you have to be the bloody District Attorney?” I whisper. “And why’d you have to be a suspect?” he responds.
Author Low Down:
Rebecca Rohman is a wife and designer currently living in the Northeastern United States. She was a Sales Manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, she was involved in marketing for a jewelry company, and later for a fine wine distributor.
About fifteen years ago, she started writing her first romance novel, Uncorked, just to purely entertain herself. It was not until early in 2012 when she decided to complete it and share it with the world. The story was published in February of 2013. Love, Lies & The D.A. is her second novel.
About the Book:Love, Lies & The D.A.
I worked on this book for the last year and the whole time, I could hear my mentor’s voice in my head. “Telling not showing,” she’d say, or “I’m not convinced... not feeling it here.”
With this book I pushed myself, and tried to blow everything I knew I was guilty of with my first book (at least during the writing phase), out the park. My aim was to make the reader and my mentor, laugh and cry. I want readers to feel happy and sad, and at times I want them to feel angry—I want them to experience what the characters feel.
I’ve always had the most difficult time being funny in my writing and it was something I really strived to do in certain parts of this book. I think I’ve succeeded—it’s up to bookworms out there to decide J. I’m silly, I laugh at my own jokes and depending on my husband to tell me if something was funny or not in a romance novel, was a complete waste of time.
He always gave the same blah response, “It’s cute.”
Not necessarily what you want to hear when attempting to write a funny scene.
The scenes where I wanted to evoke tears were the most difficult however. I had to get myself in “the zone”. That meant privacy, quiet, soft or no music, then I’d put myself in my characters shoes and I’d imagine how they’d feel.
In some instances, it was as simple as going back to a sad time in my life, but in others, I used my own fears— how I thought I would react in a given situation to write those scenes. I thought if I felt what the characters did; it would translate to the readers too. When I found myself bawling while my fingertips scrambled across the keyboard, I truly believed I would succeed in roping the reader in.
My aim was to keep readers engaged from page one all the way to the very end. Love, Lies & The D.A. will take people through a myriad of emotions—from lighthearted moments, to intense situations, from close encounters to steamy love scenes. Readers will laugh, and they will cry. I hope they thoroughly enjoy the heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching journey that Jada and Jonathan go through as they turn through the pages of my book.
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Other books by Rebecca Rohman: Uncorcked
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