Monday, January 21, 2008

STRONG AND SEXY (and a contest!) - the latest from Jill Shalvis

The winner of Jill's contest is CHERIE J.! Congratulations, Cherie! Please email me at with your full name and mailing address, and three or so choices from Jill's backlist. Your book will come directly from Jill. If I don't hear from Cherie by Tuesday, I'll draw another name.

Thank you all for playing!

Jill Shalvis has a new release, STRONG AND SEXY, the second in her "Sexy" series! If you haven't visited Jill's blog, you should - every day brings new fun and adventure. For contest lovers, Jill also has frequent contests for her books.
Here's a little blurb about STRONG AND SEXY:
Strong and Sexy
Starring the wildly seductive heroes Noah, Shayne, and Brody, Jill Shalvis's exhilarating new series features a delectable concoction of sex appeal and adventure. Whether they're up in the air or between the sheets, these hot, hardy pilots know exactly where the action is!
In a family of serious over-achievers, Shayne Mahoney has always been the laid-back, easy-going rebel. But running Sky High Air's charter airline catering to the rich and famous is a dream come true, in-flight specials included. Like kissing his client's beautiful, brainy daughter in a coat closet. But before Shayne can say "Fasten Your Seatbelts," Dani claims to witness a murder, gets stalked in her own apartment, and as added bonus, gets them both shot at by a mystery sniper. Normally Shayne would be running from the obviously crazy woman, and yet he finds himself trying to help her, leaving him to doubt his own sanity!
There's a reason Dani never attends her mother's high society parties. The fake people, the shallow conversations and the fact that she doesn't fit in. She's a zoologist, not a starlet, and happy about it, even if she wishes men like ruggedly handsome Shayne Mahoney would spare her a second glance. Of course, dodging bullets isn't exactly what she'd call the perfect follow-up to their heated kiss, but Shayne makes it clear she can depend on him. All she has to do is hold on tight to his delicious hard body until the ride is over!

My review:
When Dani Peterson comes rushing into the private engagement party at Sky High Air, an adorable mess of a woman, Shayne Mahoney is instantly intrigued. Not only does she seem totally out of place among the guests gathered to celebrate the impending marriage of one of Sky Air’s most important clients, but she obviously doesn’t want to be there. Shayne soon learns that Dani is the daughter of the future bride being celebrated at this extravaganza; the very daughter who is rumored to be more than just a little crazy. What Shayne doesn’t know is that Dani’s arrival is just the beginning of a very wild night. After an uncomfortable confrontation with her mother, a heated kiss with Shayne in a closet of all places, Dani rushes out almost as quickly as she arrived, only to return, insisting that she just witnessed a shooting. Without a body or a victim, Shayne can’t help but doubt her. Soon after, when Dani is certain that someone has been in her apartment, and then the two are shot at, Shayne no longer questions Dani’s sanity and is determined to keep her safe.
Dani works as a zookeeper and is content to live without the trappings of high society and wealth. She is doubtful of Shayne’s interest in her, seeing how she’s the polar opposite of the women he usually dates. Shayne is more than a little surprised at the attraction himself. He finds Dani irresistible; without a doubt the sweetest, most genuine woman he has ever known.
Shayne is excellently written as the typical ladies’ man, but he’s also conscientious and caring. His patience with Dani, even when questioning her clarity on what is going on, is heartwarming. Dani is a breath of fresh air, incredibly bright and self-sufficient, but without an inflated opinion of herself. The pain she feels because of her family’s misunderstanding of who she is has been especially well written.
I feel certain that everyone who enjoys contemporary romance with touches of comedy, sensuality and mystery will love STRONG AND SEXY. Jill Shalvis never fails to entertain, always providing her readers with intelligent characters and fresh, creative storylines. I have no hesitation in giving this book the highest of recommendations.
Here's a quick link to Amazon - you're just one click away from owning a great book! I can't think of a better book to snuggle up with under the covers on these cold winter nights!
Now for even more fun! Jill is generously offering a book from her backlist to one lucky person! I'll draw a name from everyone who posts here between now and Saturday evening (U.S. addresses only, please). You know the drill with my contests - you post a comment and you're entered. Send a friend who mentions your name and not only will they be entered, but you'll be entered an extra time for each friend! So get out there and spread the word!
Thanks for checking it out, and thank you, Jill, for sending me the book as well as for the contest - you're the best!


Maria V said...

O, I'm the first one to comment! How cool! This series sounds good. Please enter me in.

CrystalGB said...

This book sounds great. Love the cover.

Jane said...

Great contest. The last book that I read from Jill was "Shadowhawk," which I loved.

Stacia said...

Great cover. I've been wanting to read something by Jill for awhile but just haven't got to it yet. Her books look good.

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the review, Laurie, and thanks, Jill for the chance to win from your backlist! I've enjoyed Jill's books before--woohoo!

Cathy said...

What a great review, makes me glad I just ordered this book from Amazon.

Susan said...

Strong And Sexy is a book no one should miss! I'm just about finished reading it and am looking forward to the day Superb And Sexy comes out.

Judy F said...

Its a wonderful book. I can't wait till Brody's story.

Jill's blog is a riot

catslady said...

Oh I've read this one and it was great but please enter me because there are still a few of her books I don't have yet :)

Lisa F. said...

I went and read Jill's blog - and added it to my favs. Thanks again, Laurie! One more stop on my morning trek, anything to keep from doing housework, or going into the office too early. And I believe it was you who reviewed Smart and Sexy which made me read it. So double thanks. I'll look forward to the next release.

tetewa said...

I read Jill's blog daily, it is usually hilarious! Looking forward to her newest release.

Cherie J said...

This book sounds awesome! Great cover as well!

blackroze37 said...

hot cover and sounds like wonderful read! please enter me to give it to me :)

bluecat said...

I'd love to be entered in your contest. Thanks.

Barbara said...

Great review Laurie. I love Jill's books. She is one of my favorites and her blog is a hoot.

Thanks for another great review.

Pam P said...

You've got me interested, and I love that cover!

Laurie said...

Jill's book always have lot's of humor and great sexual chemistry!! I recently started a new job (which severely cuts into my reading time!!) SO, I haven't read any of this latest batch of books!! I'd love to win one. She's definitely a favorite author!!