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January 31, 2014

Love It: One Week by Elisabeth Staab

Series: HaleStorm 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Roamance
HE HAS A LEGACY TO SAVE…

Michael Hale's company is in jeopardy. In the wake of his father's death and transitioning to CEO, projects are circling the drain and that may cost him everything. Come to find out, the consultant hired to fix things is the "one who got away" many years ago. This time he's playing for keeps, and he intends to win.

SHE SHOULD NEVER SAY NEVER…

Elise Jackson swore she wouldn't come near Michael Hale again. He sucker punched her professionally, and he broke her heart. Still, a job’s a job, and they can both be adults. But high emotion and late nights working lead to passion neither of them can deny.

They have one week. Can the two of them pull Michael's company out of the fire and heal their old wounds?

Sweet & hopeful, two words I would use to describe Elisabeth Staab's first contemporary romance, ONE WEEK. It's a story about second chances, about two people who almost had it one time but because of circumstances, the first time wasn't as fruitful. A few years down the road, things has changed a lot for both Michael Hale and Elise Jackson but the attraction between them is far from diminished. If anything, the passing of time seems to have stoked it even more and now neither of them are willing to pass up another chance at being together.

If you've read Elisabeth Staab then you'll adore ONE WEEK, better yet, if you're a feel-good romance junkie, you'll love ONE WEEK. It's not as snarky as EStaab's Chronicles of Yavn but the dialogue is just as engaging as her vampires. And as EStaab mentioned in the afterword, this novel is a salute to how she and her DH met and fell in love and from what little I know of Ms. Staab, Elise does remind me of her. Elise is not a weak, impressionable heroine nor is she the "virginal"/innocent type we're used to reading in contemporary romances. Elise is smart, spunky, wise and has some interesting qualities about her that endeared her to me (pierced in places & dipped herself in the lady pond at one time). Michael is enigmatic and undoubtedly Alpha but what I loved about him is he didn't barrel his way to Elise's life. Inasmuch as he is burning for Elise, he didn't go caveman possessive on her, he treated Elise like his equal, more of a partner than just his woman. You gotta love a man who respects his lady's mind and moxie with the same fervor as how he worships her body.

The plot of ONE WEEK is intense. On top of a shared history, Michael's path crossed Elise in the middle of a big transition in his life. Michael's father just died and passed the company to him, problem is it's in crisis and Michael is up to his neck putting out fires. As if this isn't enough, he's also in divorce proceedings and his soon-to-be ex-wife isn't being very cooperative. So Elise's re-entry in his life may not be the best of time but they were able to gracefully meander their way through things. Elise especially is admirable, she managed to hold back a little as opposed to just falling naively for Michael considering his rather complicated marital situation. Some girls would've thrown a fit or even go over the top dramatic, Elise took it all in stride and sort of allowed Michael to prove his worth and fixed his situation. 

ONE WEEK is a feel-good and sexy HEA contemporary romance. It's a quick read and has all the wonderful elements one wants and would find from a satisfying contemporary romance. The hero is strong but not overbearing and the heroine is feminine but not wimpy. It's intense and emotional but there are no mascara-running drama, no awkward confrontations and more importantly, no scathing angry back and forth between Michael and Elise. More importantly, all the romance is complemented by hot smex which makes ONE WEEK another winning read by Elisabeth Staab.
Every woman at HaleStorm with a pulse and proper vision had your name written on their vibrators. - Elise

I loved you five years ago and I was too stupid to realize. If I had to wait for you as long as I have, I can wait a little longer until this feels right for you. - Michael



One Week By Elisabeth Staab
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Excerpt

“I should have looked for you.” He wrapped his arms around her and groaned aloud at the warmth and softness of her skin against his. The rough texture of her nipples against his chest, the dampness of her hair on his shoulder. “Just touching you makes me crazy. My God, Elise. I should have known. Fuck, I did know, and I ignored it. I’m so goddamned stupid.”

“You’re not stupid.”

“I am stupid.” Michael gripped her hips—fucking luscious, curvy hips—and ran his hands up that amazing hourglass arc in her waist and over her shoulders, reveling in the magic of Elise’s hands giving him the same treatment. “I’m stupid because I thought I could push you away all those years ago and I’d forget and find someone else who turned me on as much as your hand bumping my knee under a cubicle desk. Christ, I tried to tell myself it was all innocent, but I lived for every second.”

“Oh my God.” Elise’s eyes flew wide, her cheeks flushed in the low light of her bedroom. “I had no idea.”

“You must have, if you gathered up the nerve to kiss me.” He bent her back, one hand braced between her shoulders, the other gripping her ass, trailing kisses along her jaw. Their only-for-tonight agreement be damned, already he didn’t want to let her go.

“I hoped.” She gripped his shoulders, smiling. “If I’m being honest, all that accidentally bumping your knee wasn’t so much an accident.”


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Congrats on the release of ONE WEEK! Can you tell us what HaleStorm is about?

Well One Week the book is a corporate romance that’s a reunion story, part friends to lovers and part enemies to lovers, since it’s about two people with a lot of unresolved baggage. Elise Jackson used to work for Michael Hale, they kissed, and everything fell apart. Five years later she’s back to help him save a project that could tank his company, and long work hours plus stress push tension to the maximum.

HaleStorm is the name of Michael’s company as well as the series. I love the television show Suits and the way everything in that fictional world revolves around the law firm in which everyone works, almost like it’s an additional character on the show. That was, in part, where I came up with the idea for the series name.


What inspired you to write a contemporary romance series?

It was sort of a perfect storm: partly it was the simple fact that I’d been reading a lot of contemporary. I had very intense edits for my upcoming vampire novel, Hunter by night, and I’d been ping-ponging between YA and shorter, category length adult romance novels when I needed to take a sanity break from work. Authors like Katee Robert, and Kimberly Kincaid were steamy, fun, and quick to read in a single sitting and then get back to what I needed to do. So when I started ruminating one day about old loves, about a crush I’d had trouble letting go of, and then later about my husband, who I’d met at work and who actually had been my boss for a brief period of time before we started dating, I sat down and came up with One Week.



How is your writing voice the same or different compared to Chronicles of Yavn? 

Well I’m still me, and I didn’t consciously do anything to change my voice, because I think author voice is what I’m looking for as a reader when I pick up someone’s work. My sense of humor is still in there, and my writing style is more or less the same. So if you liked the way I wrote King of Darkness and Prince of Power, you’ll probably enjoy One Week. That’s been the feedback from my readers so far.

The differences mostly has to do with the characters and the story themes themselves. The characters in Chronicles of Yavn are very old vampires trying to fit into a modern world so they speak with a heavy dose of modern slang mixed with the occasional old school slip. Everyone swears a lot, and they have very… colorful personalities. You’ve got characters like Alexia who uses a lot of made up words. You can’t really do things like that as much in an office environment and be understood, and you can’t drop the F-bomb in every other paragraph (although Michael Hale certainly tries). Their discussions center around corporate bad guys, not cutting someone’s heart out, lol. So One Week is a different story, but it’s still, in my extremely biased opinion, a lot of fun. 


Is HaleStorm a free flowing series or have you set the number of books you'll be writing for it?

I have some ideas, but at this point it’s very free-flowing. I know who the next book will be about, and I envision a companion short story down the road also, that focuses a little more on Elise and Michael.


In one word, how do you describe Michael and Elise's love story?

Intense.


What are these characters like?

Well I already used intense… They’re both passionate, driven, and very smart. The thing that we at the beginning of One Week is that their motivation starts out having a lot to do with their parents. Michael wants to save the company his father worked hard to create, Elise is working to be better than her mother was and than her mother thinks she can be. As they get toward the end of the story their focus is more on each other, and I want to see that continue to grow as the series moves forward.


One Week sounds like it's rich in history and more of a second chance at love kind of thing. What is the romance "hook" of One Week?


Thank you! This story takes the CEO/boardroom romance trope and twists it in a few different ways. It’s not your standard mysterious rich guy meets innocent young ingenue, I brought Elise in as someone strong, educated, and he needed her to save him. Or really, in the end, they needed each other. He shored up a lot of her insecurities, and she taught him there were people in his life he could trust.


Is the entire series dedicated to Michael and Elise or will each novel feature a different couple?

There’s a different couple focused on in each book, but since everyone exists in the HaleStorm world and Michael is the “leader” of that world, Michael and Elise will most likely be in each book, in some form or fashion. Their lives will grow and evolve as the company does, and I’ve already got a plan for at least one companion novella/short story to check back in with Elise and Michael later in the series.


In Twitter fashion, "sell" One Week to the readers


He has one week to save his legacy and win back the woman who got away. 




Where can fans catch you?

The New Jersey Liberty States Con on March 15 - Keynote Speaker, Sherrilyn Kenyon!
The RT Convention in New Orleans, May 13th - 18th
The Frederick Book Festival, June 27-28 in Frederick, Maryland
The Philly Author Fest, November 8th in King of Prussia, PA (group signing)




Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She lives in the Washington DC area with her family and one big scaredy cat, where she loves to spend time with good friends, go dancing, collect wacky coffee mugs from which to drink her favorite beverage, and sing off-key in her kitchen (when she isn't making characters fall in love, that is).

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48 comments:

  1. I have read another one of her books and enjoyed that one :)

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    1. If that's the case then I'm sure you'll enjoy this one too!

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  2. I think I would like this one because sweet and hopeful story about second chances sounds right up my alley

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    1. Yes, the older one gets, the more one appreciates second chances

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  3. I could use a feel good HEA romance right now.

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  4. I've just read about it and I'm definitely interested reading it! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  5. I read ONE WEEK and I agree with Braine's review. It's a wonderful love story and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys this genre.

    I'm curious for next book, I bet it'll be David's book ;)

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    1. IKR?! I'm now curious to meet the other brothers and I'm sure it'll be better if not the same caliber as One Week!

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  6. Aw yay! Glad to hear that. She's awesome :) I can't wait to give it a read!

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  7. I haven't read One Week yet but I would very much like to!

    Awesome review Braine! The part of your review that stood out most to me is when you said the male character doesn't go all "caveman possessive" on the female character. That's so refreshing to hear, because that seems to be a common formula amongst romance books, and it gets old and infuriating! =P

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    1. Yeah, the feminist in me is rebelling on the thought that I'm considered property or something like that by my partner.

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  8. It is nice to see a sweet and hopeful HEA romance instead of drama and angst that is so popular today. I also love that this is fun with humor, sounds like a great pick me up read.

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    1. I'm tired of Drama myself. Whatever happened to ol fashioned feel good HEA?

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  9. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Braine! And for taking the time to write such a very nice review of One Week!

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    1. YW, and thank you for a wonderful story & for stopping by :)

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  10. A salute to how her and her DH met? Okay now I am curious cause this sounds like a very sweet read :)

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    1. It is so good, very light yet still emotional and sexy

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  11. I loved One Week! The characters and the story are great!

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  12. Nice review. I really like how you describe the book. The characters sound really well thought out. I might try this now because of your review.

    Grace

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  13. Yay for feel good romances :) Sounds great!

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    1. It is! You should try her books it's really good

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  14. Oh, I could definitely use "sweet and hopeful". I've heard good things about Staab. Thanks for the great review!

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    1. I know you don't read Paranormal books so this is probably the perfect fit for you

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  15. Definately one i shall be adding to my TBR list!! x

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  16. Never read a Staab book but I am liking the sound of this one.

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    1. I know you read both Paranormal and contemporary books so any of her work would be a good fit for you

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  17. This books sounds nice, I didn't know it but the cover is cute and as you say the story sounds sweet too. I'm definitely curious now.

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    1. You must check out her vampire series as well I'm sure you'll like that also

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  18. I haven't read this one, but between the review, excerpt and interview, I'm sold on it. I like the sound of a romance with barriers, but no undue angst.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  19. I haven't read this book before but it sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Ah, Elise and Michael sound exactly like the type of characters I love, as is their relationship. I'll definitely have to get this one.

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  21. Ms Staab is an author I've heard wonderful things about but have never read. One Week sounds fantastic though. I love a story with MCs like Michael and Elise. And I'm a sucker for second-chance romance. I'm gonna have to pick up this one.

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    1. This is our kind of romance, Brandee, it's adult and matured not the fast and furious kind of thing... Well except the sexy parts LOL

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  22. This review peaked my interest and I look forward to reading. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    1. I hope ou get to read it soon & good luck with the giveaway!

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  23. The synopsis peeked my interest but your review made me add it to my TBR!

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