September 10, 2014

Sarez Loved It: Stone, At Your Service by Rie Warren

Series: Carolina Bad Boys #1 
Format: ARC
Release Date: 25th September 2014
Publisher: Rie Warren
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
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.

Josh Stone is doing his best mate one helluva favour. Nicky Stone writes paranormal romance and is living a lie. His fellow authors believe he is gay, it was the only way he thought of to avoid the come ons that he frequently experienced at all the author conventions he attends. Hence the big favour Josh is doing for him. For one week he will be acting as Nicky's lover.

Two straight as they come guys and one sexy erotic female author - what could go wrong?

This book started out as a cluster...jam of epic proportions. From sexual innuendo and more than one oopsie daisy moment, Josh (or Stone as he is known by the other authors) is fighting a losing battle against another part of his anatomy that either missed the memo or is ignoring the fact that this week is all about Nicky. Josh Stone in his everyday life is a wham-bam-thank you ma'am (let's not forget his sexy southern manners) every friday night player. As a single dad to a three year old he's really not looking for anything more.

Josh Stone is the perfect guy, a self described man's man (just not 'that' type of man's man). A sexy, rough mechanic who is also a romantic and known to have an eye leak on occasion. He is also completely clueless when it comes to all things literary. 

When the conversation turned to shop talk—not the greasy, dirty garage shop talk I was used to—but New Adult, Romantica, Regency, and something called mm mmm, I gave up being subtle to stare unblinkingly at the elevators across the lobby.

Oh Josh, mm mmm, you should be very familiar with what that means!

He tries his absolute hardest to act the convincing gay lover, and does quite well for a while. He can't hide the undeniable chemistry or the longing he feels toward Leelee Songchild. 

I took a little bit of warming up to this book but once I did I loved it. Told completely in Josh's POV it was a refreshing change from many of the books currently flooding the market. It was subtle, saucy and spine tingling hot, sprinkled with humour - everything was executed so well it just felt complete.  

If your looking for a different read in this genre then this book is one for you. 

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.


Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tellseries–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 Website. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency

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  1. It must be nice, mainly with Josh Stone! He sounds like a wonderful character to discover. I'm curious now!

  2. This does look great! Wonderful review and thanks for sharing the excerpt with us! :)

  3. I've got one from Rie on my review pile. Poor thing has been sitting there for ages! Definitely sounds like an author I need to make time for sooner rather than later.

    1. Definitely try it out! I will be reading her other books I'm sure. I think Book 2 will be good too!

  4. *looks at the wrench on the cover*

  5. Sweeeet! I was just thinking today about reading this one. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did, Sarez!

  6. I love Rie Warren books and I didn't know about this one. Thanks for amping my eagerness, Sarez!

    1. Any recommendations of her other books Sophia? I look forward to reading more Rie Warren

  7. Hey Sarez :D I haven't heard of this one. Glad you liked it even if you took some warming up. I think based on your review I shall have a read of this one. :D


    1. I think you will really enjoy it Mich!

  8. now there's an actual interesting concept. I haven't heard of this author before, but it looks like I need to at least try this book :D

    great review :0

  9. Hadn't heard of this book or author before. Sounds interesting, great review Sarez!

  10. This sounds like a fun book, but sadly, I'm still on my "no erotica" stage. :(

  11. I've got this book sitting on my kindle waiting for me to read. Soon very soon I'm going to get to it. Nice review.

  12. This sounds like a lot of fun and I'm always excited over something fresh in this genre! Thanks for the great review, Sarez!!

    1. Hopefully I can introduce you to some more - I am exactly the same. Always want something new and fresh.


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