Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For Love or Money by Kathy DiSanto - Book Tour Campaign

“Whoever said a kiss is just a kiss never locked lips with Brent Maddox.”

Small-town practical to the soles of her size fives, high school English teacher Jen Casey has one weakness—she’s never been able to resist a dare. Ergo, when her BFF Candy Johnson throws down the triple-dog dare gauntlet, Jen has no choice but to accept the challenge. She e-mails former-classmate-turned-millionaire Brent Maddox, offering advice for the lovelorn.

But, really. Is it her fault Celebrity Magazine published the e-mail instead of forwarding it?

See, that’s the problem with dares in Jen’s experience—they almost always have dire consequences. Like Brent Maddox showing up on her doorstep—tall and golden and sexy as sin—determined to get payback. Like finding herself a reluctant guest at his sprawling Malibu hacienda, sentenced to a week of the same high life she blames for his romantic snafus.

Of course sparks start to fly. She’s only human, and Brent is an unexpectedly endearing hunk and a half. Unfortunately, Jen isn’t built for quick and steamy affairs. She’s been dreaming of that love of a lifetime man, and now she’s falling fast. She can run before it’s too late, or stay and take the biggest gamble of her life. Brent promises nights filled with passion, but will he ever offer his heart?

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"A sensual, but not explicit romance." 2sassy2Bsweet

"You’ll giggle your way from page to page and then wipe a tear from your eye as the charming Ms. DiSanto captivates you completely with her deliciously witty, refreshingly clever first romance." Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times

For Love or Money was a cute and sweet adult contemporary romance. It was a cheerful and romantic read that is filled with lots of emotions. I found the dialogue entertaining, the writing excellent, the romance sweet and the story engaging.

From the moment I read the prologue I was hooked. It was a great start to the story. It sets the tone for the remainder of the story. This is where we are introduced to Jen Casey a high school English literature teacher. Here we see her with her best friend discussing how the male protagonist, Brent Maddox, was clueless when it came to dating and choosing the right woman. (Now this was coming from someone who has never had a serious relationship).  Her friend dared her to email Celebrity Magazine with the hope that they would forward the email to Brent. The purpose of the email was to provide him with some sage dating advice.  Now being a woman who was addicted to taking dares, she took the challenge and did just that and oh what an email it was.

"Dear Brent,
No doubt it’s the teacher in me, but when I saw the article about you in the June issue of Celebrity Magazine, I had to write. Because, you know, education is my life. That makes it almost impossible for me to turn my back on anyone as desperately in need of remedial instruction as you seem to be. Funny, you’re the last person I’d have expected to need tutoring in this particular subject. When we were classmates at Donnerton High, you earned a perfect 4.0 in romance for four years running. I’m not sure how you dropped so many grade points since then, but I am sure the ABCs and 123s will come back to you with a little help from your friends. So, let’s get started".

Alas, things did not go has planned. Instead of the email being forwarded, it was published. The outcome as a result made for a fun and entertaining read. Many times I found myself laughing out while reading.
It was a joy to read about the characters. They were likeable and relatable. Initially Jen came off as a snob. She was very judgemental when it came to wealthy persons.  However, as the story progressed we see her finally accepting that she had been wrong in her perceptions.  The chemistry between Jen and Brent was off the charts. Brent was bowled over by Jen. She was unlike any woman he had ever dated.

What I liked about this story was that they took time to know each other before taking their relationship to the next level. If you are one of those readers who love romance stories that contains explicit love scenes then you will be disappointed.  However, it should be noted that in spite of this the story is one that can be enjoyed no matter what. This just goes to show sex is not required to make a romance story enjoyable.

This is my first time reading the author’s work and I must say I was impressed with her writing style.  The story flowed and was easy to follow. The pace was well balanced and all the scenes blended well together. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

N.B.  This is the first book in the Golden States Hearts trilogy and it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Read an excerpt from the book HERE

About the Author
Award-winning author Kathy DiSanto wrote her first novel in 1997. That year, she published two romances with Bantam’s Loveswept line. One of them, For Love or Money, won a 1997 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. 

In 2012, Kathy self-published two futuristic thrillers. Amanda’s Eyes is a near-future paranormal thriller and the first novel in a series featuring crime reporter A.J. Gregson. Why Live? is stand-alone dystopian science-fiction. 

Current projects include the sequel to Amanda's Eyes, remixes of her two romance novels, and posts to her blogs Write Minded (on the writing life) and Momma D's Diary (a humorous look at aging and retirement).

As a communications specialist with a major university, Kathy wrote more than one hundred features for print and the web. Now retired and writing full-time, she enjoys meditation; reading; live performances by her sons (both professional musicians); brisk walks with her rescue dogs, Molly and Lucy; and playing handy gal around her 92-year-old, 4-square home in Martinsburg, WV.

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