Welcome my lovely readers! Today, we have a guest! We have Ms. Cheryl Douglas the author of Nashville Nights Series. She's on a blog tour promoting the third book in the series entitled Ruthless. This blog tour was organized by Bewitching Book Tours. Anyways, lets see, what Ms. Cheryl Douglas have to share for us.
Author Guest Post:
Series: Nashville Nights
Book: Ruthless, Book Three
Like most lovers of the romance genre, I was intrigued when I heard about the book, The 50 Shades of Grey. I was curious about why people were clamoring to read this book and production companies were vying for the movie rights. What made it so special? I have started reading it, but I’m only sixty pages in, so I can’t answer that question yet, but last week, E.L. James was interviewed on a TV show, and offered some insight that made sense to me.
As romance readers, we’re looking for fantasy. We want to escape the demands of doing piles of laundry, cleaning the house, chauffeuring the kids, and working long hours, so we often look to books as an escape.
In Fifty Shades, the hero, Christian Gray, is a billionaire with a penchant for BDSM. Though I haven’t read enough of the book to say for sure, my understanding is that he wants to take care of the heroine, Ana, to see to her every need, and as E.L. James puts it, who doesn’t want to be taken care of once in a while? She’s absolutely right! We may be single career women, or stay-at-home moms tending to the needs of a young family. It doesn’t matter who we are, we still want to be taken care of and pampered once in a while. If not, spas are wouldn’t be so popular.
We want strong, independent heroines in our romance novels, right? We scoff at silly, naïve characters that are a throwback to another generation, but then a character like Anastasia in 50 Shades is written, and suddenly we’re singing a different tune. She’s cute and quirky, insecure, and clumsy, and let’s face it, we see a bit of ourselves in her, right? We imagine being ‘taken care of’ by a handsome billionaire with a penchant for erotic bedroom play… someone who wants to take control and see to our every need. It’s a fantasy, and that’s what romance novels are all about.
I think 50 Shades has been so popular because E.L. James had the courage to bring one of our deepest, darkest fantasies to light. In this enlightened era of superwomen, it’s taboo to admit that you want to be taken of. You’re supposed to have the strength, energy, and determination to do it all, right? You may cook and clean, work outside the home, try to be a supermom to your kids, a generous lover to your spouse, and at the end of the day, there’s nothing left for you. So for those of you who connected with a book like 50 Shades, take heart, you’re not alone. I don’t think there’s a woman in the world who doesn’t fantasize about being rescued every time she hears the word, ‘Mooooooooommmm.’ And yes, you can count me among them!
File Size: 369 KB
Print Length: 188 pages
Marisa Turner has wanted her brother's best friend, Luc, forever, but she also wants a baby and it seems Luc isn't up to the challenge. She has to choose between the man she loves and the family she hopes to have. Fortunately, there's another man waiting in the wings to make her baby fantasy a reality.
Luc Spencer is tired of hearing about marriage and babies. He loves Marisa, but he can't promise her forever. After two years together, she tells him it's over. He's not worried, he believes she'll be back. But what will happen when he finds out there's another man waiting to take his place?
Ruthless is the third book of Nashville Nights Series which was written by Ms. Cheryl Douglas. This is the second book that I've read from Ms. Cheryl Douglas and I must say that as always, she knows how to make the readers feel the right amount of angst required in a good romance read.
Marissa Turner and Luc Spencer are not new to us who had read the first book of the series. They are actually the secondary characters who stood out in the first book. And I must admit that I've been waiting for their book to come out ever since I've gotten my hands on the first book.
The characters are very interesting. Marissa and Luc have this incredible chemistry that would be impossible to ignore. I absolutely enjoyed reading and feeling their chemistry. I did say that this book is full of angst. I think Ms. Cheryl Douglas' great strength in writing is her ability to write the angst in a story without going overboard.
The plot is not very original because I think most of us romance readers have encountered the ex-lovers-who-are-totally-not-over-each-other plot, but I think Ms. Cheryl Douglas made the plot hers which is nice and really fun to read.
Overall, I totally enjoyed reading this book. To all those romance book lovers who enjoys a good romance with a full dose of sexiness and angst, then I suggest that you get this book immediately because this is totally for you!
About the Author:
The fear of ending up in someone's never-ending slush pile, coupled with the nagging inner voice that told her it was crazy to give up a successful business prompted Cheryl to continue writing as a hobby for many years. Finally, she decided it was time to take the plunge into writing full-time. Ten books later, she believes it was the best decision she's ever made.
An avid reader of the genre she loves and self-proclaimed workaholic, Cheryl does manage to tear herself away from her computer to spend time with the other two loves of her life, her husband and son.