Interview with HelenKay

whengoodthingshappentobadboys.jpg In acknowledgement and appreciation of everyone who wrote us to say they’d like to see a review of HelenKay Dimon’s debut, When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys, we offer you instead an interview with HelenKay. Here at PBR we are committed to reviewing with journalistic integrity and part of that coda is: don’t review your friends. Does it happen elsewhere? Sure. But, we really believe in integrity and this just seemed like a no-no. People weren’t exactly lining up to agree to review HelenKay’s book on PBR. Probably had something to do with being afraid of her.
Oh, and HelenKay hears enough of Wendy’s opinions during the book writing process without having to bear them for the world to see.

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Hide In Plain Sight by Michele Albert

hideinplainsight.jpg HelenKay: Jumping into the middle of an ongoing romantic suspense series is a risky proposition. The plot is running. Backstories have been told. Many times the villian has appeared and disappeared, and it’s time to find him again. The fear is in being unable to keep up or, worse, in being unable to catch up and immerse. Hide in Plain Sight avoids many of those pitfalls by keeping a tight focus on this installment of the series.

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Are You Afraid? by Carla Cassidy

areyouafraid.jpgHelenKay: Romance and serial killers – two topics one might not view as being compatible. Books about one generally don’t sit on the shelves with books about the other. Sure, some authors write romantic suspense. Some write it very well. In most, the suspense centers around a crime or a murder. Some even touch on multiple murders. In Are You Afraid? you get a creepy serial killer. Scary and suspenseful – it’s all in here. So is a smart and realistic romance between two wounded and lonely people.

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Sleeping with the Agent by Gennita Low

sleepingwiththeagent.jpg Wendy:  Single title romances that bloom into multi-book connected series carry a terrible burden.  They must simultaneously stand alone, so that new-to-the-series readers can start at any point without feeling uninvited to the party, and they must effectively bridge the older books with the new, all the while setting up the books to come.  Failing at the first leaves readers in the dark at best, or wondering if the plot and conflict were setup and resolved in another book—or books—at worst.  Failing at the second makes writing a series pointless.  With Sleeping With The Agent, Gennita Low steps into this quagmire with somewhat successful results.  While the forward motion of the plot effectively and compellingly stands alone, characters and back stories established in prior books pique interest of the “Must all the books be read to understand the story?” variety.

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In Deep Voodoo by Stephanie Bond

indeepvoodoo.jpgWendy:  A dash of humor, a hint of quirkiness, equal parts murder and mayhem, plus a pinch of romance aren’t the right mix to make Stephanie Bond’s In Deep Voodoo a spellbinding read.  A few key ingredients are missing from this romantic suspense.  Bond seasons the story with a smidgeon of the paranormal when a heaping tablespoon of the otherworldly is called for.  The end product labors over casting suspicion on the large cast of characters, but not enough effort goes into making the Happily Ever After believable.

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She’s Got The Look by Leslie Kelly

shesgotthelook.jpg Wendy:  Leslie Kelly’s She’s Got The Look is yet another offering from HQN that reads more like a bloated category than like the single title romance the line claims to publish.  The book’s jacket copy would lead a reader to expect a romantic suspense, wherein the plot focuses on the men Melody Tanner chose for her “free pass” list—a list of men it’s ok for her to sleep with no questions asked—who begin to mysteriously and coincidentally turn up dead, leading Melody to fear for the number one man on the list: Nick Walker.  This, however, is not the case. 

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The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner

thegivenchycode.jpg HelenKay:  Melanie Prescott – Mel to anyone who knows her – is a diehard Manhattanite with a passion for designer labels and solving puzzles.  She’s also unemployed and on the run from an assassin who claims they’re playing a game and she’s the prey.  No one bothered to tell Mel but she doesn’t have a choice but to join in when the bullets start flying and people she knows start dying. 

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Naked Truth by Amy Fetzer

nakedtruth.jpgHelenKay:  Naked Truth is a non-stop, fast-paced romantic adventure.  From the first page, Fetzer grabs the reader and drags her into the life of Alexa Galvin, an undercover CIA agent on the run and on her own.  If you like your romance quirky or light or funny, this probably isn’t the book for you.  If, instead, you look for romance mixed with suspense and delivered at a speed that leaves you breathless, this is your answer.

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