Thursday, April 17, 2014
Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace with Review & Giveaway
*****THIS BOOK CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE*****
Being the daughter of a big-city mayor, twenty-one year old Skye Summers has giant shoes to fill in her first real job out of college. With the public spotlight on her family, and her dad’s expectations running high, she jumps at the chance to work side-by-side on an important project with her sexy new boss.
Playboy entrepreneur Landon Steele has built a successful entertainment PR firm and broken more than a few hearts along the way. He’s counting on his enthusiastic new assistant to help him expand his business into LA… until he discovers she’s a pampered rich girl who’s in the public spotlight as much as his famous clients. Still, he agrees to give her a chance, and soon the two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom.
But when Skye’s ex-boyfriend threatens to reveal a dangerous secret from her past, her job, relationship with Landon, and her father’s career are suddenly all on the line. Will she be forced to leave Landon? Or will she pursue her heart, regardless of the cost?
By Elisabeth Grace
Limelight Series #2
Review by Christina
She’s gone and done it again.
Yet another delightfully funny, steamy, heartwarming read with fun, likeable characters set to a real life storyline.
Skye has landed her first real job and has her own apartment, finally striking it out on her own after having lived the life of the devoted politician’s daughter. Some might think that being born with a silver spoon in her mouth would make the transition to the adult world all the easier, being able to use her dad’s contacts or simply marrying for money, but Skye is determined to make her life for herself. When she is hired as the assistant to Landon Steele, CEO of Steele & Associates, an up and coming PR firm, she is ready to put her skills to work and make an impression on her new boss. Unfortunately she has already made quite an impression on him, when unbeknownst to either of them, they became acquainted in a near hookup at a club. Despite their attraction to one another, Skye becomes even more certain that she has to prove her worth to her new boss.
Landon Steele is moving up in the PR world and looking to branch out, possibly even adding an office in Los Angeles to start taking on celebrity clients. When he meets his new assistant and immediately recognizes her as the girl that got away after a sizzling make out session, he becomes conflicted over his feelings for her. He soon learns that she is not just a spoiled little rich girl looking to play in the grown up world, however he also can’t help fighting the attraction that keeps bringing the two of them together. Between trying to keep up appearances in the office and Skye’s father running for a senate seat, the two must decide how deep they want this relationship to get, however as with most relationships, it might be outside influences that decide it all for them. Ghosts from each of their pasts have other ideas.
While Picture Perfect is the second book in the Limelight series, it can be read as a standalone. The first book, Rumor Has It, follows the relationship between Skye’s best friend Ellie and her boyfriend Mason. Much like Rumor Has It, Ms. Grace crafts characters that you just can’t help but love. Landon is not only sexy, but he’s sensitive as well. Skye is a strong heroine that craves independence, while still wanting nothing but the world for those she loves. She understands sacrifice, even if it is her own happiness.
Picture Perfect is another five star read for me. Yes, it is a little typical of a NA romance, however I really love the characters and the storyline has snippets of real-life, with real-life consequences. I liked the appearances of Katie, Ellie, and Mason from Rumor Has It, even wishing there was more interaction between the two couples. I’m sure Mason and Landon could come to a mutually beneficial business arrangement (hint, hint). Once I picked this up, I didn’t want to put it down, as I was engrossed from the very beginning. If you’re looking for a fun, fast, sizzling romp, look no further!
It was an unseasonably warm day for December in L.A. so the pool deck was busy. I was relaxing on the chaise inside the cabana after giving my drink order to the waiter when I saw Skye making her way across the pool deck. She had on a pair of sunglasses and a floral cover-up with long, billowing sleeves. When she reached the cabana, she smiled wide and dropped her beach bag onto the coffee table in the center.
“The waiter just left. I didn't order for you because I wasn't sure what you'd want,” I said.
“I think I'm going to take a dip in the pool. Do you mind ordering me an iced tea when the waiter comes back?”
She slid off her sandals and then proceeded to pull her cover-up off over her head.
I was in trouble.
I was in so much fucking trouble if I thought there was any way I might get through this trip sleeping only a few rooms away from her when she looked like that.
Her swimsuit was a gold one-piece that had a slit all the way down to her belly button and a belt around the waist. I'd been imagining what she'd look like completely naked since I’d first seen her. This swimsuit was giving me a pretty good idea, but apparently my imagination hadn’t been doing her justice.
She smiled at me before heading over to the pool and diving in. It was clear she had no idea the effect seeing her in that tiny bit of fabric had on me. That or she hid it well. Now I'd be trying to hide the wood I'd no doubt be sporting all afternoon.
The waiter returned and I ordered Skye's drink. A few minutes later, he dropped it off just as Skye was returning to the cabana. He did a double-take as she came up behind him. I couldn't blame him but it still fueled my competitive nature, seeing another man appreciate her rocking body. Even if she wasn’t mine.
I tipped him a couple of dollars and said, “We're good for a while. Thanks.” Skye smiled her megawatt, draw-every-man-to-her-within-twenty-feet smile as he passed by her to leave. Fuck me, but I loved that smile. “How was the water?” I asked.
She grabbed a towel off one of the tables and began to dry herself off. “Warmer than I thought it'd be. We got lucky it's such a nice day out today.”
“The warmers help, too,” I said, motioning to the heater in the roof of the cabana.
“There is that.” She laughed, her entire face lighting up.
She really was breathtaking...and pure...full of light. When I was with her, I forgot about the pressures of growing my business and my strained relationship with my father—everything else just faded into the background and I was just here with her…in the present. And none of the other shit mattered.
When she was done rubbing that damn towel over every inch of her porcelain skin, she came to sit beside me on the couch and grabbed her drink off the table. I watched as she took the straw between her lips. This had to be some form of foreplay torture. First the swimsuit, then rubbing herself down, and now this? As she sucked the liquid down, I began to get hard just thinking about what those lips would look like wrapped around the end of my cock.
I couldn’t watch her a second longer. I pulled the drink away from her mouth and she gave me a quizzical look. “We need to talk.”
I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a HOT spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby, two small children and cat spawned by the devil. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others. Things I can tell you that sum me up...I'm a sugar and carb addict, self-professed Gandy Girl, a disaster in the kitchen, a LOVER of all music, I enjoy reality TV and I'm an early riser! When I have a moment to breath you can usually find me typing furiously on the keyboard to get my next story on paper, or curled up reading about someone else's HEA.
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Picture Perfect Playlist:
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1. Telephone - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
2. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
3. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
4. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
5. Call And Answer - Barenaked Ladies
6. The Reason - Hoobastank
7. Anti-Venom - USS
8. From Now On - The Features
9. Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
10. Patience - Guns N' Roses
11. All Of Me - John Legend
12. When The Right One Comes Along - Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio
13. Nessun Dorma - Pavarotti
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