Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Special Release Day Celebration for GIMME SOME SUGAR, a Pine Mountain novel by Kimberly Kincaid

I first discovered the talent of Kimberly Kincaid when she asked me to read and review her Line series. I fell in love with her amazing characters that seem to jump off the page to sit alongside me while I read. Her talent continues to grow and GIMME SOME SUGAR is definite proof. Stick around after a quick review of this brand new romance to meet the heroes of TURN UP THE HEAT and GIMME SOME SUGAR.

***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review


Out of the frying pan. . .and into the fire!

Desperate to escape the spotlight of her failed marriage to a fellow celebrity-chef, Carly di Matisse left New York City for a tiny town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant she's running these days may not be chic, but in Pine Mountain she can pretend to be the tough cookie everybody knows and loves. Until she finds herself spending too much time with a way-too-hot contractor whose rugged good looks melt her like butter...

Jackson Carter wasn't looking for love. But he's not the kind of man to walk away from a worksite—or from a fiery beauty whose passionate nature provides some irresistible on-the-job benefits...

It's the perfect temporary arrangement for two ravenous commitment-phobes, except that Jackson and Carly keep coming back for seconds...and thirds...and fourths...

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GIMME SOME SUGAR, book two in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid is Kimberly at her very best. I was ever so slightly disappointed with book one, TURN UP THE HEAT but Kimberly quickly redeemed herself in GIMME SOME SUGAR with humor, and an excellent what to make of this relationship between a woman on the cusp of a divorce and a commitment resistant man in Carly di Matisse and Jackson Carter. The advice-ready secondary characters kept this love hungry pair on the right track, despite everyone’s warnings to both with the exception of Sloane who insisted Jackson was Carly’s swan and Shane who wanted his best friend to be as settled and happy as he was with Bellamy.

Kimberly does an excellent job of, once again, mixing the hunger for food with the desire for love between this passionate duo who are quickly falling in love, even while insisting that everything is oh - so casual and uninvolved. I thoroughly enjoyed the clumsy way in which Jackson and Carly fall in love – a delightful and deliciously sexy clumsiness that starts with their meeting and follows them all the way through their on again, off again heated attraction. If it’s possible to have a slap stick romance created only out of words, GIMME SOME SUGAR fits the bill.

I highly recommend this delightful, funny, warm, and very sexy contemporary romance to anyone who just thrills at watching two unlikely people fall wonderfully head over heals in love. Happy Reading Everyone!

Now, I’ve got a very special treat for you all. Kimberly Kincaid is joining us today to celebrate the release of this wonderful new Pine Mountain romance and she’s brought two of the most charming men ever to help her celebrate – Shane Griffin (TURN UP THE HEAT) and Jackson Carter (GIMME SOME SUGAR). We met both of these, dare I say, hunky guys in TURN UP THE HEAT, book one of the Pine Mountain series.

Please help me welcome them all to Unwrapping Romance…

Amy: Welcome Kimberly, Shane, and Jackson it’s a delight to have you here and Kimberly, Happy Release Day!

Perhaps you'd each like to tell us a little bit about yourself for those who
haven't enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you yet.

Kimberly: *glancing over at Shane and Jackson* Do you guys want to start?

Jackson: *flashing a super-charming smile* No way. Ladies first!

Kimberly: *laughing* You're such a smoothie. Okay. I'm Kimberly Kincaid, and I write contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. The second book in my Pine Mountain series, GIMME SOME SUGAR, is out now. For those of you who like smooth-talking, possibly a little smart-alecky heroes...GIMME SOME SUGAR is Jackson's book.

Shane:  That's your cue, dude.

Jackson: I get it! I get it! I'm Jackson Carter, and I'm a contractor in Pine Mountain. It's a small resort town in the Blue Ridge. Kincaid sends me on a business-as-usual job at the beginning of my book, but I end up with a little more than I bargained for.

Shane: *snorting* I'll say!

Jackson: Uh-huh. Get a mirror, buddy. She did you like that in TURN UP THE HEAT, book one in the series too.

Shane: Yeah, she did. I'm the local mechanic. Thanks to Kincaid over there, I met my match, both literally and figuratively, in TURN UP THE HEAT. It hit shelves this past March.

Amy: *smiling because I’m enjoying every minute of this*
It was winter when we first met you darling gentlemen, and I understand it was a hard winter in Pine Mountain just as it was elsewhere, although it turned out to be a lucky one for you, Shane, how are things going with Bellamy Blake?

Shane: *grinning* Not gonna lie, Amy. I've got a good life. Bellamy moved to Pine Mountain to start her job at La Dolce Vita with a certain New York City chef as her boss *cough cough* my buddy's going to fall for the chef. Bellamy and I are living together in my cabin right now, but who knows what the future holds.

Kimberly: *whispers a quiet hint* You will if you read GIMME SOME SUGAR! Just don't tell Jackson!

Jackson: Right. Just as long as you two don't go getting stuck in any more snowstorms, we'll be just fine.

Shane: Please. You wish you had someone to get stuck in a snowstorm with.  

Jackson: Not me. I'm the eternal bachelor.

Shane: Uh-huh. Riiiiiight.

Amy: *stifling a grin* Jackson, Shane seems to be very contented in his new relationship with Bellamy...so do you have a special lady in your life? 

Jackson: I'm glad Shane's happy, *nudges his buddy, who nudges back rather ungently* But I don't think all that true love stuff is for me.

Shane: Kincaid, really? You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?

Kimberly: Heck no! But you can't tell him. A writer has her secrets, you know!

Jackson: No snowstorms! No!

Kimberly: No snowstorms for you, Jackson. But I can't say there's won't be a beautiful garden, or a cutthroat game of Monopoly. You've been warned! 

Amy: *laughing, having read the book, and knowing what’s in store for Jackson* It's definitely an adventure worth having, Jackson. 
Kimberly, so what's next for the inhabitants of Pine Mountain? Are we going to see Sloane or Adrian get some 'sugar time' too?

Kimberly: Of course! Chef Carly's BFF and partner in crime, Sloane Russo gets tangled up with serious (and seriously hot!) restaurant manager Gavin Carmichael in STIRRING UP TROUBLE, coming out in October. Then (yes, ladies...I know you're waiting) gruff and broody sous chef Adrian Holt and brassy, sassy paramedic Teagan O'Malley have their book, FIRE ME UP, in February 2015. The fifth Pine Mountain book, ALL WRAPPED UP, will be out in October 2015, and you'll get a peek at Ava Mancuso (yes! Pete's sister, from THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP, which will be re-released this coming October with bonus content) and a surprise character from FIRE ME UP. Pine Mountain keeps me busy! 

Amy: Oh my goodness, well, we’re glad you’re busy. It looks like we’ve got some delicious reading ahead of us over the next year. Pete’s sister, huh? Sweeet!

Well, Shane and Jackson, I wish you both the very best of luck with whatever the future holds for both of you. You each deserve a happy ending.

Kimberly, thank you so very much for joining us today and congratulations on the release of GIMME SOME SUGAR, book two in the Pine Mountain series. Thank you also for bringing these two darling men with you. It's been a pleasure, Shane and Jackson, you're welcome at my place anytime. 

Here's a little teaser featuring the love resistant Jackson:
     The three stairs leading from the yard to what remained of the deck were still anchored in place, and Jackson mounted them easily even though the far side of the deck had sustained enough damage to make it a bad idea. It was the only way he was going to get a good enough look at the point of impact; plus, if the boards ended up giving way, it wasn’t as if he’d fall more than a foot or two.
    He was crouched down low to examine the missing boards and busted railing when the most horrific attempt at song filtered loudly through the screen door.
    “Ouch.” Jackson winced at the spectacular racket over his shoulder, biting back a laugh. It was absolutely wrong to eavesdrop on a client belting out oldies in the privacy of her own home, even if she was doing it with nothing but the rolling screen that accompanied her sliding glass door between them. The woman’s voice was an audio train wreck, and his curiosity jumped like a trout at daybreak. One peek wouldn’t hurt, would it?
     As soon as he caught sight of the woman through the screen door, all bets for a quick look-see were off. The image of an old lady went up in smoke, replaced by a curvaceous, dark-haired woman in a skimpy bathrobe. Her eyes were shut tight, pretty face turned up to the living room ceiling as she wailed out the song with all her might. Common decency dictated he step back from the house and pretend he hadn’t seen her. He needed to walk away, and he needed to do it pronto.
    Nope. Not happening. This woman was fucking beautiful. Even if she did sound like a bag full of pissed off kittens.
    Jackson stood, mesmerized, as she moved in place to the slow beat of the music. She was a little slip of a thing, but an air of strength belied her size. Muscular calves tapered gracefully into slim ankles, nearly covered by a pair of floppy yellow socks. A handful of dark tendrils came loose from the knot on top of her head, perfectly framing her Mediterranean features.  She stood in the middle of the living room, eyes squeezed shut to serenade God knows who, and propriety be damned, he couldn’t rip his eyes from her.
    Every time she undulated to the sultry rhythm of the song, the belt on her bathrobe slipped lower over her hips, loosening it just enough to reveal the thin tank top beneath. The cotton stretched over her chest as she swayed, and she crooned again to the climbing music.
   “You make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like a natural womaaaaaaan!"
   With each breath, the generous curve of her breasts pressed against the fabric, clearly outlining the woman’s tight, shadowy nipples.
     For a split second, all Jackson could think was oh, hell yes!
    But then his decency kicked in, hard and fast. He averted his heated face, raising one hand to knock on the metal door frame of the screen. In that same instant, a blood curdling scream ripped through the air over the music, followed by a string of curse words that made Jackson wonder if he should cower in fear or be hugely impressed.
     “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on!” Jackson hollered, holding his hands up. He opened his mouth to tell her who he was and why he was there, but before he could form the words, she snatched something up from the side table and flung it at him with freakish accuracy.
     Too late.  --- GIMME SOME SUGAR

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And the meantime, pick up a copy of GIMME SOME SUGAR, book two in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid which is available now from Zebra/Kensington Press in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Bette Hansen said...

Yeah, I've decided I'm moving to Pine Mountain!! Great post.

Amy Valentini said...

I'm with you there, Bette. I was thinking the same thing while talking to these fabulous men. Newly back on the market, I'm wondering where I can find me one like Jackson or Shane. Thanks for stopping by!