Tuesday, June 2, 2015

One Long Embrace by Tina Folsom
(Eternal Bachelors Club series)

Publisher & Release Date: Self-published, January 28, 2015

Time and setting: Present Day, the Hamptons  

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Length: 157 pages

Heat Level: 3 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tina Folsom presents: One Long Embrace (Eternal Bachelors Club #5) 

Tara Pierpont has had it with her interfering parents who want her to find a rich guy to marry just like her older sister did. She’s ready to rebel against them, and a chance for her rebellion appears in the form of a handsome waiter at an exclusive Hampton’s party. 

When Jay Bohannon attends the anniversary party of his friend’s parents and is mistaken for a waiter, he wants to immediately clear up the misunderstanding. But then Tara opens up to him and confesses that she’s sick of entitled rich guys and just wants to have fun with somebody who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. 

The thing is: Jay is anything but poor or ordinary. He’s exactly the kind of guy Tara is trying to avoid. 

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Vikki’s Musings

I have been a fan of Tina Folsom since I read Samson’s Lovely Mortal years ago, the first novel in her fabulous Scanguard series. I recently decided to read/listen to her Eternal Bachelors Club series, and I am so glad I did. I have enjoyed the first four books immensely. I could not wait to read/listen to Jay and Tara’s story, and I loved One Long Embrace.

Tara and Jay meet at an anniversary party for a close friend’s parents. Tara inadvertently think Jay is a waiter when she snags a drink from the tray he is holding. Attraction slams into both of them instantly. While normally shy and reserved, Tara has had it with her controlling parents and decides to take a walk on the wild side. She propositions Jay and he accepts, knowing she believes he is a waiter.

Jay Bohannon has recently ended a relationship with a woman he found out was only after his name and money. He finds Tara’s proposal tempting and decides to play along. He takes her to his boat, but tells her his friend lets him live on it while he helps remodel the guy’s house. Of course the house is his as well.

Can a romance that starts out on deceit survive when the truth comes out, or will Tara shun him for being a liar, and worst of all the kind of man she does not want to have in her life?

Jay is a fantastic character. I loved the lengths he goes to, to perpetuate his charade, especially getting the “rust bucket.” He is truly a lovable character and drop-dead good looking as well. His care and support of Tara pulled at my heart.

Tara is determined to make it on her own without her interfering parents ordering her life. While she is well old enough to stand up for herself, her manipulative parents thwart her at every turn, keeping her trapped in a lifestyle she does not want. I did question why a twenty-five year old woman let her parents do this, but as the story unfolds, it begins to make perfect sense.

As always, Eric G. Dove brings Ms. Folsom’s characters to life. He does an awesome job distinguishing the male and female characters, giving each of them their own unique voice. His narration is passionately performed and enhances my listening pleasure tremendously.  

Although the story line is predictable and some plot lines seem implausible, I loved this story. Tina has a way of getting me to accept the unbelievable. I just love her writing style, and of course her hotter than fire sexual scenes. If you are looking for a book that will entertain and delight your fancy, then One Long Embrace will do that very well indeed. Happy reading!     

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