24 May 2014

Various States of Undress: Carolina by Laura Simcox - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  5/27/2014
What happens when the president’s daughter and her sexy Secret Service agent find themselves snowbound? A little cabin fever, some serious forbidden attraction, and Various States of Undress…

When Carolina Fulton, daughter of the President of the United States, dumps her cheating fiancé, she knows she needs a break from life in Washington. Spending some quality alone time in her family’s Wyoming cabin seems like a perfect escape-except for the hot Secret Service agent who shadows her every move. Miles away from civilization, Carolina quickly realizes that ignoring the smoky eyes, carved chin, and mile-wide pair of shoulders is going to require more than a little self-control.

Elite agent Jake Baxter knows better than to develop feelings for his clients. After all, he’s not being paid to fantasize about running his fingers through Carolina’s dark hair, kissing her senseless, or waking up next to her petite, curvy body. But as a blizzard rages outside their all-too-cozy cabin, Jake knows he has to put the freeze on this attraction, lest his job-or his heart-is suddenly laid on the line.
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Carolina Fulton sure knows how to break an engagement. After catching her cheating fiancé touching another woman, she breaks it off in style and decided to have a break from her busy and media-infested life in Washington. She knows the perfect place to find that relaxation – their family’s cabin in Wyoming. And it’s the perfect time of the year since it was snowing there – she loves the cold weather. But of course, she’s not coming alone. As the president’s daughter, a Secret Service should be with her to protect her. If only this particular agent wasn’t that young and hot. Ignoring him would be useless – this guy has irresistible written all over him. Exercising her self-control would require a great effort.

Jake Baxter was attracted to her, and knowing better than to act on the attraction, he tries to stop it. Developing feelings for the clients was not on his job description. His duty was to protect her, not to fantasize about her. Hating the cold, Carolina might be the only thing that comes good in Wyoming, and being with her trapped due to the raging blizzard had intensified his attraction.

Both may have come from different walks of life, and had way different back grounds, but they share one commonality – their unhappiness with their present situation. Whereas Carolina wanted the change and would embrace it with open arms, ready to jump at any opportunity, Jake was still torn. The honor of being the youngest Secret Service, and following his father’s footsteps, made him feel content. Carolina wanted them both to be happy, and if she could only convince him… She did something unthinkable, and I might have applaud her if not for the fact that she did it behind his back. She would do anything not only to be with him, but to make him happy as well – if only he would realize it and stop being stubborn too!

The coldness of the setting didn’t stop the flames to ignite between these two, not to mention a meddling scary friend, whom I completely adore, and Carolina’s family who surprisingly had her back, and supported her decisions.

This story reminds me so much of Chasing Liberty and The First Daughter (both movies I so love, by the way) – the president’s daughter falling in love with a sexy Secret Service Agent. It’s not a new plot, but Laura made sure there is something new to it that would have you pinning over the characters, and wishing them their happy ending. I had fun reading, I was thoroughly entertained, found myself falling in love and swooning over the sexy and sinful Jake Baxter. 

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

“What do we do now?” she asked, knowing it was an invitation. And not caring. The door was locked. The alarm was on. No eyes were prying and no cameras were flashing. Nobody was judging her, and she felt safe. Safe from everything, except herself—but she could handle herself. Being competent was her signature character trait.

“We shouldn’t,” he said.

She leaned forward and slid her fingers down his arms until she clasped his warm hands. “I’m so aware of that fact, it’s painful.” She tipped her head back. “But right now, I don’t care.” Rising up, she loosened her fingers, wrapped her arms around his strong neck and pulled him toward her. “Okay?”

His hands moved to splay around her ribcage. “No. It’s not okay.” Then he lifted her up until her breasts were nestled against his chest. And his mouth descended on hers, sending tendrils of fire racing through her middle. As her eyes slid shut, she had the strangest feeling that she was sinking. And she didn’t want it to stop.

After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree with this review totally and I LOVE this website. Very cute and fun to navigate. Good job! And way to go Laura Simcox!!!