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Love is intoxicating, but the hangover can be agony...
Conservative, straight-laced Ally Taylor has the perfect life – successful fiancé, beautiful home, great career – until she catches her fiancé and best friend in bed. Desperate to shake off the sting of rejection, Ally heads to Felony, a notorious heavy metal club on the bad side of town. Even more dangerous than the bar is Jack Jameson, the hunky alpha male bartender whose smoldering dark eyes and dimpled smile turns her common sense to mush and her knees to noodles. After eight long years in a failed romance, the last thing Ally wants is to hook up with someone like Jack, but she can’t help wondering if he’s really as good in bed as his reputation suggests.
Jack Jameson has had his eye on Ally for months, drawn to her smart mouth and tightly wound self-control. When Jack finds Ally sitting on a barstool in his club, heartbroken and miserable, he’s more than happy to offer a little heat between the sheets to distract her. Too bad Ally’s not interested in his “hit-it-and-quit-it” philosophy. If only Jack could convince Ally that he’s tired of the endless parade of girls through his bedroom, she might see him in a different light.
When Jack and Ally get together, everything goes wrong and it’s more than either of them bargained for. Ally’s got serious trust issues and a need for control that makes Jack crazy. Jack’s got more baggage than an airline carousel; the constant stream of women from his past stirs up all of Ally’s insecurities. Can Ally overlook Jack’s womanizing past and learn to trust him? Will Jack be able to commit to just one woman or will a secret from his past ruin everything?
She didn’t want to believe him, but one look into his dark eyes and she had no doubt that he spoke the truth. Eyes like that didn’t lie. The clarity of their brown depths spoke volumes about his sincerity. He stared back at her with one eyebrow cocked as if daring her to challenge his answer. She cleared her throat and tried to look away but couldn’t. No, if there was one thing she knew for certain, Jack didn’t lie. He didn’t need to.
She shook her head to break the spell. A few more minutes of his heated chocolate stare and she’d be flat on her back with her legs in the air. Then the office gossips really would have something to talk about. “Thanks for lunch.”
“We aren’t done yet.” He glanced at the brass and mahogany grandfather clock behind her. “I still have another ten minutes of your time.” She stood and he rose with her, a lithe and graceful motion. “You want to know what I think?”
“Does it matter? I’m sure you’re going to tell me anyway.” She took a step backward and he moved with her, herding her backwards in a seductive dance until the backs of her thighs came up against the desk, so close that her skin prickled with a sudden rush of heat.
“I think that if you were really into Brian, you would’ve made the time for him. I think that you’re secretly relieved to be free of him and feeling guilty about it. I think that deep down inside you’re dying to break out of this cage you’ve built for yourself with someone who knows how to give a girl what she needs.”
Intoxicated by Jeanna Mann is part of the Felony Series. It reads as if a good girl’s unmentionable fantasy. Ally is a sharp, capable accountant with a straight-laced life and a boring fiancé. That is until the man she wasted eight years of her life dumps her. Her refuge is a rough and tumble bar that she her fiancé frequented when they went ‘slumming.’ The main attraction of the bar besides the rough clientele is a tattooed bartender named Jack. Before she enjoyed visiting the bar because she liked to pretend she had a wild side, but now she’s not sure.
Women are easy for Jack. In fact, he has a steady stream of females willing to use the backroom for a fast, no strings hookup. Past history keeps Jack clear of relationships. His talent with women is notable, but business comes harder. The bar, which has always been his dream, proves to be the ultimate demanding mistress who shows signs of slipping away.
Ally throws herself at Jack wanting a taste of what the other women had. Jack tries to discourage her knowing the type of woman she is. He finds himself drawn to the prim and proper accountant, only to discover there’s another woman under the façade. A woman with a skill set that both he and the bar need. Unfortunately, his past returns with one more punch to ruin both his and Ally’s budding attraction.
This steamy tale features the repressed Ally along with embittered Jack as they cautiously circle one another in a hormone-induced tango. Ally wants her one night as a bad girl, which she has to beg Jack for her, using her newly discovered sexual charisma. There’s plenty of steam between the two, but the evolution of the characters made the story for me. Too often new authors think stringing a bunch of sex scenes together makes a story. It doesn’t. Ms. Mann doesn’t do that. Both Jack and Ally have complicated back-stories and reasons for being the way they are. Life is seldom easy. Ms. Mann doesn’t allow her characters to take the paved road either.
Intoxicated is a fun, sexy read. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who likes romance with a shot of sizzle. Make that two shots.
Tell us about yourself:
I live in a tiny town in the middle of cornfields and cow pastures. Church bells ring in the afternoons and there aren’t any stoplights in the whole town. Even though I love the quiet, I also love to travel to the big cities for a taste of the fast lane. I studied Speech Pathology and Audiology at Indiana University, but chose a different path after graduation. If you see me out and about, I will probably have my two terriers, Mildred and Mabel, in the car with me. My favorite thing in life is writing and I spend every waking minute at my laptop or dreaming up a new idea for a story.
What was your first book?
Intoxicated came out last year. It’s my first and the first book in the Felony Romance series. I wrote it several years ago, but didn’t have the nerve to publish it until recently.
Describe your first break.
I entered and won the Cleveland Rocks contest with Intoxicated. It gave me the courage to move forward and pursue publication. I also made some great friends through a local RWA chapter. Those lovely ladies gave me the encouragement to take a chance.
What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
I love to read anything and everything, but recently I am stuck in the new adult genre and that’s what I prefer to write. Wait a few minutes and that might change though. For most of my teen years, I devoured historical romance and I still enjoy a good story about a feisty southern belle.
What makes a protagonist interesting?
The most interesting protagonists are those with the most flaws. Imperfections make a character relatable and sympathetic. I find myself drawn into their lives and rooting for them to succeed in their journey.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
I love the complete freedom of creating a story from start to finish. Putting a fantasy world onto paper is the ultimate enjoyment. I can control everything from the setting to the clothes worn by the characters. Does that make me a control freak? I just know that writing has changed my life and I can’t imagine a day without it.
What is the worst thing?
Sometimes writing makes me crazy. Especially when the words don’t want to flow. I have agonized over one sentence for hours, searching for exactly the right words to paint the picture in my head. When it works, it’s the greatest feeling in the world, but when it doesn’t work, it’s like agony.
Pantser or plotter?
I am definitely a pantser. For me, part of the joy in writing comes from the unexpected twists and turns that show up along the way. I think being a pantser slows up my writing process, however. I end up cutting a lot of content because it wanders away from the theme of the book. My goal for the next year is to become more of a plotter while keeping the freshness of being a pantser.
What do you see the direction of your future writing taking? What can we expect next? Give us a little taste.
I have a novella and three more novels planned for the Felony Romance series. I also have a contemporary romance and a paranormal novel on the back burner. Once I get through the Felony Romance series in 2015, I plan to work on those for a while. After that? Who knows! That’s the exciting part.
Just for fun
Cat or dog person? Dogs
Favorite food? Fettucini alfredo
Favorite book? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Favorite movie? Gone With The Wind
Favorite vacation destination (you just have to want to go there) Highlands of Scotland
Jeana Mann is the author of sizzling hot contemporary romance. Her debut release Intoxicated was a First Place Winner of the 2013 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest and a finalist for the 2014 Carolyn Readers Choice Award.
Jeana was born and raised in Indiana where she lives today with her two crazy rat terriers Mildred and Mabel. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Speech and Hearing, something totally unrelated to writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up steamy romance novels, she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Over the years she climbed the ruins of Chichen Iza in Mexico, snorkeled along the shores of Hawaii, sailed around Jamaica, ate gelato on the steps of the Pantheon in Rome, and explored the ancient city of Pompeii. More important than the places she’s been are the people she has met along the way.
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