Release Day Reviews: Stone at Your Service: Rie Warren

Stone, At Your Service
Series: Carolina Bad Boys #1
Author: Rie Warren
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Date of release: September 25, 2014

Hell on wheels meets hell in high heels.

Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.
Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.
The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.
Too bad romance is just for books.

Ramada’s valet parking sucked balls and cost a mint. The hotel was lit up like a fairytale palace—or a whorehouse, depending how you looked at it--with people coming and going. It was busier than Stone's before a holiday weekend, when everyone in the tri-counties seemed to get a flat tire. Bellhops wearing pained grins pushed wheeled-carts toppling over with boxes from the convention attendees through the carousel doors.
I wielded our cart into the lobby, following Nicky as he strolled up to the check-in desk. His demeanor changed the second we walked through the doors. Gone was the scrappy South Cackalackee bruiser who knew how to take a hit and knock a fucker to the ground. He rolled up the sleeves on his oxford twice, neatened his hair back into a slick knot, and greeted people with effortless charm.
While we stood in line and he made small talk here and there, a commotion at the back of the queue drew my attention. A gal wrangled with her cart and then watched—eyes and mouth open wide—as four boxes crashed to the floor. Books, dresses, shoes, wigs . . . lingerie swam onto the polished marble floor.
I noticed her cock-up with the cart first.
Her legs second.
Her tits third.
Her face last.
Holy fuck.
“Who the hell is that?” I whispered, pointing at the babe surrounded by ten tons of shit spilling all over the floor.
Nicky glanced over my shoulder. “No idea. New kid on the block, I guess.”
“I’m gonna go help her.” I shouldered through the crowd and squatted down before her. “Need a hand?” Because one thing Ma had taught me was always help out a woman in need.
She blew a tendril of the lightest red hair from her brow. “I’d sure appreciate it.”
And I was a goner.
I packed her stuff back up under her guidance and stacked it smartly onto the cart, willing myself not to look at her as I stepped back. Definitely not remembering the lace, the frills, the full-on feminine lingerie I’d handled.
“My knight in shinin’ armor?”
Shaking my head, I backed away. I saw Nicky at the elevators, waiting for me. “Not really, miss.”
New kid on the block. There was nothing kid-like about her. She was voluptuous, a handful from hips to hourglass waist to perfect breasts. The southern drawling miss in a knee-length skirt and clinging top didn’t seem to know she’d made my cock railroad-spike hard. I walked away, mesmerized by her feminine-fuck-me appearance up to her goddamn adorable face. A killer combination. Full throttle attraction the likes of which I’d never felt made my head spin, my heart speed.
And there was no way I could act on it because I’d just signed up for five and a half days of Gaydom at the Rom Con. 

Love In the Fast Lane (book 2)
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Expected December 11, 2014

New York Times bestselling paranormal author, Nicky—Nick—Love is anything but successful in love. For years he’s lost himself in his writing career, but now he’s ready to get back to his rebel-boy roots. While restoring a motorcycle at Stone’s Auto Service, he meets the Wildcat of his dreams. She’s a shock to the system for the romance writer who doesn’t remember a damn thing about wooing a woman.

Cool-as-ice, Catarina “Wildcat” Steele is utterly untouchable until Nicky ignites a spark she can’t control. Their electric attraction explodes as Nicky pursues her, but he comes bearing the baggage of a family tragedy he’s hidden from everyone. He knows love has no guarantees.

Their passionate romance falls apart when Nicky discovers Cat’s secret rivals his own. The truth about her past reopens Nicky’s raw wounds and awakens a ghost he never laid to rest. He doesn’t know how to have Cat, and now he can’t trust her. Will they be torn apart . . . or tamed by love?

Josh Stone is a divorced, single father, garage owner, and ladies' man when he finds the time. When he agrees to pose as his best friend Nicky's gay boyfriend for a romance writer's convention, he has no idea how it is going to affect his life.

First of all they aren't gay.  Nicky needs Josh to help perpetuate his image that he has created to go along with his pen name and to protect him from legions of female fans and a group of groping author ladies.
"From skirt--chasin' rogue to queer and en vogue overnight, Josh? I'm impressed."

But when Josh meets one of these ladies in the group, he just wants to grope her himself. Her name is LeeLee Songchild and she writes hot NA reads. Soon they are thrust together at convention events and Josh is in between a rock and a hard place. He has finally met a woman that excites and truly interests him  that  he could even see bringing home to Ma and his son...but she is supposed to be off limits and he is supposed to be in a happy gay relationship. 

I walked away mesmerized by her feminine--f***--me appearance up to her goddamn adorable face. A killer combination. Full throttle attraction the likes of which I'd never felt made my head spin, my heart speed. And there was no way I could act on it because I'd just signed up for five and half days of Gaydom at the Rom Con. 

There is a crazy cast of quirky characters at the convention. There is lots of subterfuge, lies, hidden agendas, and adventures. Josh fell fast for LeeLee, but it was made difficult by his perceived gayness and her past history. 

Josh was a rough talking alpha who also was an awesome dad, son and friend. He loved those close to him fiercely. I loved his interactions with his young son...they just melted my heart. And he was such a Mama's boy and he was a really good friend to do all he did for Nicky. His relationships with his friends from the garage were hilarious but you could also tell how much of a family they were. His adventures in the writing world were funny showing off some of the stereotypes and general fandom craziness. It was interesting to see his reactions to LeeLee as she got to him like no other woman had before. 

LeeLee was a bit of an enigma. She could be shy and unsure, and feisty and tough. Se had fears and insecurities and hid behind facades as needed. But she had an underlying passion and intensity about her. She had been burned in the past and was scared of getting hurt again. 

"You are everything I want and nothing I can have."

Together they were in a big mess and under a microscope. They should have been off limits, but found resistance futile. Their chemistry was off the charts. But there were plenty of eyes on them. 

Is their connection strong enough to survive all of the lies?

This was told in Josh's point of view and his rough, country boy, macho voice. The writing style is a little different..funny, course, quirky, and a no nonsense style. At times I had a hard time with the pacing of the story. It seemed  a bit long and dragged in places and went fast in others. I liked the characters, but sometimes shook my head at their actions and was not sure that the actions made sense with the plot going on. If I had been LeeLee I think I probably would have run for the hills due to  all of the questionable situations surrounding him. It was humorous, entertaining, and had a whole lot of craziness, but there were also some sweet, sexy, and romantic moments too.  And even though it was not perfect, I realize thinking back what a fondness I have developed for these characters. The next book was teased in this one and will be called Love in the Fast Lane and will be Nicky and Cat's story. I think Nicky has his work cut out for him.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
This is what I was hoping for when I read that one of the characters was an author and the book took place at a writers’ conference. It had a great mix of humorous situations, chemistry, and emotion. 

Josh Stone is content with his routine. He runs his garage, takes care of his son, and once a week lets loose with a random woman while his mom watches his kid for the night. When he agrees to attend a writers’ conference pretending to be his best friend’s gay lover, he has no idea he will also meet a woman who makes him consider changing everything about his current set-up. 

Leelee Songchild is a newbie among the writers at the conference. She is celebrating the success of her first self-published new adult novel, even as she recovers from the heartbreak of having her fiance leave her for a man. She is shy and quiet at times, but at others she is confident and strong. 

They fall in a bit of insta-love, though they do mask and fight those feelings because of the rouse Josh is playing. Leelee thinks the hot man who keeps coming to her rescue is the gay boyfriend of her fellow writer and Josh does his best to hide his attraction to her. Because the story is told from Josh’s POV, we get a good look at the struggles he attempts in order to keep his friend’s secret while trying to get to know Leelee. 

The conference setting was perfect for the charades that ensue as Stone and Leelee meet and begin learning more about each other. Some of the situations were a little over the top, but they kept with the conference vibe and the characters introduced to run the conference fit that over the top bill as well. 

Nick, JJ, and Gigi were great side characters that will hopefully continue in future books. I loved the interaction between Josh and JJ, even when it was just over the phone, and Josh is a serious mama’s boy with a fantastic mama. Nick has a teaser chapter at the end, as his is the next book, and it is a great little glimpse at what he’s in store for. 

This was a funny, quirky book with characters that were easy to love. From start to finish, it was exactly what I was hoping for based on the synopsis alone. A little bit of funny and a good bit of emotional appeal.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

 Rie Warren Website/Amazon/Goodreads/Facebook 
Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series–a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command. Her latest endeavor, the Carolina Bad Boys series, is fun, hot, and southern-sexy.
A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer—causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around.
You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website https://www.riewarren.com. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency. http://www.corvisieroagency.com/Saritza_Hernandez.html


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