Emily here. I’m not going to lie to you: Robyn DeHart is my critique partner. She’s also my best friend. I’ve known her for going on fifteen years now (), since we were both unpublished noobs. We’ve been through rejections, sales, marriages, pregnancies, and adoptions together. She has her finger prints on every book I’ve sold. And at least once, we’ve both made the slip and referred to the other’s books as “ours”. So it may seem a bit self-serving for me to recommend one of her books. But I’m going to do it anyway.
So here’s my recommendation: “Seduce Me” by Robyn DeHart will sweep you off your feet … and then knock your socks off. The book is a thrilling romantic adventure, in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Mummy. It’s full of humor, steamy sex, and pulse-pounding action. Plus, the hero, Fielding, is so sexy I actually blush a little when I talk about him.
It seems a bit ungracious and braggy to talk about the book like this, since I had a hand in working on it. Like telling people how beautiful and smart your own children are. “Oh, yes, she is gorgeous, isn’t she? Did you notice she has my eyes?”
But that’s the thing about “Seduce Me”. I had helped brainstorm it and gave it a complete read through before she turned it in. I even reread parts when she was doing revisions. Despite all that, when I read it after it was in print, it still knocked my socks off.
I’ve always loved Robyn’s books. I wouldn’t still be working with her after all these years if I didn’t. But for me, this book brought it to a whole new level. I vividly remember sitting in my office with my Kindle zipping through the book. At one point, I tossed it aside in disgust. “This is too good,” I thought. “She’s not going to want to be my critique partner anymore.”
Thankfully, she still deigns to work with me. I still let her read my shitty first drafts, but now I show them to her with a little more humility. Because her books are great and I’ve had to up my game to keep up.
That’s why I can recommend “Seduce Me” with absolutely no reservations. I guarantee you’ll love it!
Melanie here. I thought to add my voice to this ‘hook’ and tell you all that ALL of this series by Ms. DeHart are STUNNING! You can check all three P’s of: Plot, prose and pace of these stories are just perfect!
And now, here’s a bit about Emily, just in case you, like I, are not familiar with her.
Emily McKay has been reading romance novels since she was eleven years old. Her first Harlequin Romance came free in a box of Hefty garbage bags. She immediately fell in love with the genre and has been devouring them ever since.
In her spare time, she loves to garden and cook … well, bake. Mostly cookies. Naturally, she still loves to read a good romance. She’s been blissfully married for eleven years. When they can ditch their five pets for a couple of weeks, she and her husband like to travel to exotic and exciting locations like Greece, Costa Rica, and Ignorant Flats, Texas.
She has a degree in English from Texas A&M University. After college, she taught middle school for four years. While teaching America’s disenfranchised youth to appreciate fine literature, she learned very little about writing romance but a lot about finding humor in any situation. Eager for a job where she wouldn’t have to dodge spitwads, she fled the teaching profession to write full-time. Though her characters sometimes misbehave, they almost never throw things at her.
In 1993, she followed the advice, “write what you love to read,” and began writing her first romance novel. Eight years, five books, and multiple contest finals later, she sold a book to Harlequin Temptation. Her first published book, “Baby, Be Mine” was released in 2002 and was a nominated for RWA’s prestigious Rita award for Best First Book and for Best Short Contemporary. Since then she’d sold ten additional books to Harlequin, Temptation, Mills & Boon and Silhouette Desire. Her books have been translated into eleven languages and there are over half a million copies of her books in print.
A former teacher, she also loves sharing her knowledge with others. She’s presented workshops for the Central Texas Library System, the Burnet Cultural Arts Festival, five RWA Chapters, and three RWA national conferences.
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