Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO by HelenKay Dimon - did I mention the giveaway?

The winner of the autographed copy of HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO is LOIS! Congratulations, Lois! Thank you again, HelenKay, for the fun giveaway, and thank you all for playing. I loved your comments - especially about favorite characters. It's always interesting to see how different everyone's favorites are! Lois, please contact me at ljodamron@gmail.com with your mailing info by Wednesday. If I don't hear from Lois by Wednesday evening, I'll draw another name. Remember, I don't track down winners!
Have a great week, all!

HelenKay Dimon has a new book about to release, HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO. Take a sec and check it out - there's a great excerpt on HelenKay's site!

Deana Armstrong needs a hero—not for herself, but for the nephew all her money and time can’t seem to get out of jail. Unfortunately, the best hero in all the Hawaiian Islands is set on turning in his badge and getting his excellent butt into another line of work. If that wasn’t enough, Josh Windsor also has a big-time grudge against Deana herself. But if there’s anything being rich, smart, and stubborn has taught Deana, it’s never to settle for second best…
Josh has had it with saving people. He’s had it with getting hauled into court. And boy, has he ever had it with Deana. Or well, he hasn’t had it. Yet. But the more she pops up sounding infuriating and looking good enough to eat, the more her hot bod and her cold case wriggle into his mind. And there’s only so much even a hero can resist…

My review:
When Deana Armstrong needs someone to help get her nephew out of prison, she immediately thinks of Josh Windsor. He’s knowledgeable and dedicated and she knows he’ll do a thorough job. Her biggest problem is convincing him to overlook how much he hates her family. One thing Deana refuses to listen to is the word “no.” Given her determined tenacity, and the abundance of time Josh has on his hands since he recently quit the DEA, he can’t refuse her. Deana has found that money can make almost anything happen and being certain of her nephew’s innocence, she’ll spend any amount necessary to see him free. What Deana is uncertain of are the emotions stirred by Josh’s near-constant presence. She finds herself opening up to Josh, easily telling him secrets from her past. These are deep, shameful secrets she has never told anyone, but in the telling a huge weight is lifted from her.
Josh has serious issues with Deana and the way she and her family have used wealth and privilege to get their way. He had a difficult, almost nonexistent childhood, and initially refuses Deana’s request for help. Determined to make quick work of confirming Deana’s nephew’s guilt, Josh is totally unprepared for feelings for her that go far beyond simple lust. By the time he realizes that there’s much more to Deana than just money, she’s gone and he’s guilty of pushing her away.
HelenKay Dimon fans eagerly anticipate her every release; HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO is no exception. HelenKay’s storylines are uniquely original, the dialogue snappy and characters bright and fresh. Individually, Josh and Deana are intelligent and extremely likable. Together, they are explosive. Readers will relish witnessing the sparks between them turn to embers that hold great promise. As with every other HelenKay Dimon book I’ve read, I highly recommend HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO.

Now for the giveaway! HelenKay has generously provided an autographed copy of HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO for one lucky reader here! Thanks, HelenKay! This one will be simple – leave a comment about your favorite HelenKay book, favorite character, what you like best about her website, you get the gist. Send a friend who mentions you in their comment, and you’ll be entered an extra time. I’ll draw a winner on Sunday the 27th.
Don’t wait to see if you’ve won, go ahead and pop over to Amazon and toss a copy in your cart - the last time I looked it was being offered for the bargain price of $10 - a steal!

Good luck, everyone! Thanks again to HelenKay for sharing this great book with my blog visitors!

Oooh, and don’t forget about the Christmas anthology, KISSING SANTA CLAUS, coming next month from HelenKay, Jill Shalvis and Donna Kauffman – romance simply doesn’t get better than these three!


Pat L. said...

It is so hard to choose. Kane Travers in Your Mouth Drives me Crazy.

I love that HelenKay writes some series books and the Hawaii setting are so awesome. What could be better than paradise.

Booklover said...

I think my fav HKD story was her novella from When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys "Hard Hats and Silk Stockings". It was the very first HKD book that I read and that anthology remains a particular favorite of mine as I love all of the novellas in this great book. I think it was when Brava was at it's best.

Can't wait for Holding Out for a Hero!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have read seveal of HelenKay's books and especially love the Christmas anthologies.

The covers of all her books are so hot!

Helen L.

sandi said...

I really liked the books Hard as Nails. I liked the way all three stories revolved around an old home. I had a hard time putting it down.

CrystalGB said...

I enjoyed reading It's Hotter in Hawaii. Great hero and heroine.

HelenKay Dimon said...

Laurie - Thank you!

You guys are so awesome. Thanks for saying such nice things about my books. I hope you like HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO. Good luck on the contest!

ddurance said...

I love that HelenKay can write romances after being a divorce lawyer. I work at a public library and folks come in all the time in search of cheap divorces. It's really disheartening, but if a divorce lawyer can write romance, there's gotta be hope. lol


Karin said...

HelenKay's books are so full of fantastic heroes that it's hard to choose just one. I will say, though, that Right Here, Right Now definitely holds a special place among my HelenKay books. I love the opening scene of that book, not to mention the rest.

Lois said...

Ooh boy, I sure can't wait for this one to come out!! :) Sooooo can't wait for Josh's. :) Rather liked Caleb myself. . . and Kane was mighty nice too, and of course Noah from Hot as Hell was the one that really started it all for me. :)


Anonymous said...

I love them all but I would have to say Hard as Nails is my favorite.

Pat L. sent me over here.

Karen T.

robynl said...

"Viva Las Bad Boys!" is a laugh-a-minute and who doesn't need a few laughs every now and then.

I awaiting the arrival of her book 'Hotter in Hawaii' also.

Judy F said...

i LOVE HelenKay's books. Very hot and sexy.

Hard to pick a favorite. Its Hotter In Hawaii is tops on the list.

I love visiting her blog.

Great Review Laurie

flchen1 said...

Hi, Laurie! I really enjoyed Hard as Nails--it was really fun to see how the three stories tied together (I'm such a sucker for those connections)! Thanks to you and HelenKay for the contest!

Armenia said...

Hi Laurie,

I have a special attachment to Hawaii since my mom lives there on The Big Island, so I just love Helen Kay's books with Hawaii settings.

I really enjoyed YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY. I just loved Kane Travers because he was such a sexy, Alpha Male and so right for Annie. The plot was suspenseful and thier romance was fun.

I like HelenKay's web for many of its features. Easy to read a blurb and excerpt for each book and easy links, and what's going to be released soon. I especially like her Bonus Feature with, of course, book video of Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy.

Lori T said...

Right Here, Right Now is one of my favorites. Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy is another and I love the title.

Jacki C. said...

I love all of HelenKay's books. But, if I have to choose, I would say that my favorite book is "Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy". I positively adored Kane Travers - but I love cops and military men.

I have always wandering through her website, but it is down for maintenance right now so I couldn't tell you my favorite part of it.
I CANNOT wait for "Holding Out For a Hero"!

Tracy said...

I love the books by Laurie. I enjoy the Christmas books the best. I also like the way she supports breast cancer too. Way to go!

Tracy said...

Oops, that was a MAJOR TYPO! Helen's books...dah..sorry! Talk about a senior moment! I was reading the post and typed Laurie by mistake. MY BAD! I still enjoy the Christmas books and I praise her for supporting Breast Cancer too!

HelenKay Dimon said...

Hi guys! Thanks for all the nice comments about my books. Good luck in the contest.

Jacki...I checked the link to my website from here. For some reason it goes somewhere funky. It kind of looks like an old form of my website. Not sure how that happensed but here's the right one: www.helenkaydimon.com

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