Saturday, February 8, 2014

Blog Tour for Take Two by @LaurelinPaige

Book Title: Take Two
Author: Laurelin Paige
Release Date: February 4, 2014
 Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Reviewer: Rachel
Rating: 4.5 Stars
 He’s ready for his close up, but she’s the one calling the shots.

On the night of her graduation from film school, straight-laced Maddie Bauers fell completely out of character for an oh-my-god make-out session with a perfect stranger. Complete with the big O.

Seven years later, that romantic interlude is still fresh in her mind. That stranger is now a rich and famous actor. And she’s one very distracted camera assistant working on his latest production. She might consider another tryst…if he even remembers her.

Micah Preston does indeed remember Maddie. Too bad he’s sworn off Hollywood relationships. He allows himself as much sex as he likes—and oh, he does like—but anything more is asking for trouble. For the woman, not for him. Yet knowing Maddie could want more than a movie-set fling doesn’t stop him from pursuing her like a moth drawn to hot stage lights.

But as the shoot nears its end, it’s decision time. Is it time to call, “Cut!” on their affair, or is there enough material for a sequel?

Warning: Contains a dreamy movie star hero, a focus-pulling heroine, off-the-charts instant chemistry, steamy sex in near-public locations, and a new use for lip gloss.

The next thing she knew, Micah had pulled her from her seat to the dark recesses of thehall behind them. He held her against the wall, pinning her arms with his own and growled more than spoke. “I make you hot and bothered?”

Maddie’s voice came out small and thin. “You know you do.”

“Well, here I am. Does it really seem like I’m only teasing?” He leaned in and she closed her eyes, waiting for his kiss. But he stopped just short of her mouth. He circled her face with his own, barely grazing her with his nose. His breath tickled and awakened her as it touched her neck, her ear, her skin. She was on fire, molten lava, and she needed more—needed him. Involuntarily she arched her back, wanting him against her.

Taking her cue, he pressed against her tightly, meeting her body in all the right places. She gasped as she felt his desire, hard and throbbing against her belly. More, more, she wanted more, needed him on her, inside her.

Behind them the movie roared into action, shocking her to her senses. What was she doing? She pushed him away and ran into the empty lobby of the theater, blinking as her eyes adjusted to the light.

She heard Micah follow her and she turned on him, angry. “What is it you want from me? '"

“You.” He took a step toward her. “I want you.”

This is the first book by Laurelin Paige I've read and all I can say is "What rock have I been living under!!" 
Take Two gives us a look behind the scenes of Hollywood, or at least the movie business.  Micah and Maddie met 7 years ago at a wrap party and hit it off immediately and it led to a heavy make-out session until Maddie's best friend, Bree interrupts.  Micah gets Maddie's number and has every intention of calling her until his meeting with his new agent and erases her number.
The story fast forwards 7 years.  Micah is now a huge Hollywood star.  Maddie's had some bad luck in the movie biz, but Bree asks her to come be a camera assistant on a film.  Of course, lo and behold Micah is in the film.  To be honest I thought Micah was a bit of a dousche at first.  He seemed to be the typical Hollywood player, but as the story progresses you can see why he is the way he is.  I couldn't imagine living under a microscope.  Laurelin paints a picture of what it's like to live in the public eye that certainly makes you feel sympathetic to the characters.
I loved Maddie, she was bold but sometimes I could feel her insecurities.  Her passion for her heart was easy to believe.  The sexual tension between those two was burning up my Kindle. I don't blush easily when I'm reading but there was a scene in the bar that made me blush a little bit, and I loved it!!  I like that there wasn't any angst, there was a little drama but just enough to have you on the edge of your seat as the story ended. 
There were great secondary characters.  Bree was a trip and truly a good friend to Maddie and how can you not love I guy whose nickname is Fudge.
Great story, and now I must add more of her books to my ever growing TBR pile.

Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.

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