Book Review ✭ Blush by Cherry Adair +Giveaway

Title: Blush
Author: Cherry Adair
Genre: Erotic suspense 
Series: Standalone 
Publication date: April 7, 2015 
Published by: Gallery Books

In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her.
Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth’s bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she’s never quite found the time to do them.
Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there’s no tomorrow—which there might not be.
Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who’s promised himself this will be his last job. Then he’ll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn’t have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia’s ramshackle house, he starts to realize there’s far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought—and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder…
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She was the witch with the pretty, shiny red apple. Delilah with the scissors hidden innocently behind her back. The beautiful vampire sleeping at night, mouth closed, fangs covered. It was damn impossible not to want to touch her.

Amelia Wentworth, CEO of Blush Cosmetics, is in hiding after surviving several deadly attempts at her life by an unknown assailant. Now residing in Louisiana under the name Mia Hayward, she spends every waking moment checking things off her bucket list all the while looking over her shoulder. 

Cruz Barcelona is a hired hit man sent to murder Amelia, the vile woman who believes she’s above everyone and has committed atrocities. There face to face encounter quickly becomes skin to skin, and suddenly he’s not 100% sure the Amelia described in his dossier and the woman before him are one in the same. Taking pride in his clean and direct execution of hits, Cruz is determined to find out the facts about Amelia/Mia for himself. 

Never having read a book from this author, I dove into the book excited and ready for a thrilling new experience. I’m a fan of suspense and romance, and seeing as this book had both intertwined I expected greatness. 
Sadly, I found this story quite difficult to connect with from the start. It was slowly building up at a pace that shouldn’t be in the same realm of a suspense book. The characters themselves weren’t sparking up any interest in me and seemed to be lacking a bit of substance. Mia seemed extremely young for her age and her repetition of inner dialogue made that all the more obvious. The intrigue I had prior to actually starting the book was nowhere in sight. The secondary characters and sub-plot with Mia’s workers didn’t seem pertinent. I suppose it was meant to connect Cruz’s past and bring his inner demons to the forefront, but it just came off as a filler or an unnecessary transition. Even at 30% I still wasn’t pulled into the story, but I try to always finish a book, so on I continued. 

As far as the romance goes, the sex scenes were quite steamy, which I’ve been told isn’t so much in this author’s norm of writing. They were done well; tasteful and didn’t overshadow the real storyline.

About halfway through was where things really started to pick up for me. I began to feel that suspenseful thrill I was waiting for. The true heart of the story was playing out and I was curious to see who was behind the paid assassins sent to do away with Mia. The ending moments were shocking and twisty, which ended this book on a good note.

Always an adventurer in life as well as writing, New York Times best-selling author Cherry Adair moved halfway across the globe from Cape Town, South Africa to the United States in her early years to become a interior designer. Now a resident of the Pacific Northwest she shares the award- winning adventures of her fictional T-FLAC counter terrorism operatives with her readers.
Cherry settled in beautiful San Francisco, where she started what eventually became a thriving interior design business. “I loved being a designer because it was varied and creative, and I enjoyed working with the public.” A voracious reader when she was able to carve out the time, Cherry found her brain crowded with characters and stories of her own. “Eventually,” she says, “the stories demanded to be told.”
When asked why she chooses to write romantic action adventure, she says, “Who says you can’t have adventure and a great love life? Of course if you’re talking about an adventurous love life, that’s another thing altogether. I write romantic suspense coupled heart-pounding adventure because I like to entertain, and nothing keeps readers happier than a rollercoaster read, followed by a happy ending.”
Popular on the workshop circuit, Cherry gives lively classes on writing and the writing life. Pulling no punches when asked how to become a published writer, Cherry insists, “Sit your butt in the chair and write. There’s no magic to it. Writing is hard work. It isn’t for sissies or whiners.”
Cherry loves to spend time at home. A corner desk keeps her focused on writing, but the windows behind her, with a panoramic view of the front gardens, are always calling her to come outside and play. Her office has nine-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a television and built-in bookcases that will house approximately 3,500 paperback books.
“What can I say? My keeper shelf has been breeding in the middle of the night, rather like drycleaners’ wire clothes hangers.”