Blurb for A Vixen in Venice:
The newest addition to the Totally Five Star series
He’s an art thief on the run—with her heart.
Look closer, into Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique LeBres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened, swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection. Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector, has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.
Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn, taking her to places she’s never been—both in and out of the bedroom.
Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her heart, only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex, public sex, voyeurism and soft BDSM
Excerpt from A Vixen in Venice:
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Now in her second most favorite pair of shoes, with a smidge less of a heel, a gust of spring air pushed Monique Le Bres through the revolving glass door, abruptly depositing her in the lobby of the Totally Five Star hotel.
Stumbling, she took her first steps to her brand new job. Not exactly the initial impression she’d wanted to make as the newly hired art curator for the hotel, a sixteenth century gothic building rumored to have once been the home of Casanova. Centuries later, under the shrewd stewardship of CEO James Conroy III, the once dilapidated grand dame of the canal had been restored and renovated into a succulent feast of elegance. The latest addition to the top-notch Totally Five Star Hotels.
Surveying the lobby, Monique hoped no one noticed her less than graceful arrival. She wasn’t in Kansas anymore—that was for damn sure. She could barely believe the hotel’s refined opulence as she took in the bird’s-eye maple paneling and the swaths of white sheers that ringed the lobby, hinting at the more intimate bar and dining areas concealed beyond. The whole effect gave the hotel a sexy, clandestine feel.
Leaving her cumbersome baggage off to one side of the lobby, she clutched her brand new attaché under her arm, the leather still stiff. Monique hoped she’d remembered to remove the price sticker as she walked smartly to the reception desk. Striding across the cream mosaic marble floor, she couldn’t help but notice that despite the striking décor, there was a sparse assortment of paintings and sculptures. They definitely were in need of her help. With a budget of forty million euros and just three months to complete the task, Monique was quite sure she could establish a collection that would please the impossibly impeccable CEO James Conroy III.
The competition for the art curator position had been steep, but Monique had an ‘in’. Her boss back in the States was not only an old flame, but he also knew one of Mr. Conroy’s advisors and had not hesitated to put in a very good word for Monique.
Introducing herself at the reception desk, Monique was pleased when the woman behind the marble counter greeted her in Italian then efficiently switched to English for the important details. Monique’s Italian was adequate for her graduate degrees in art history and later for reading art catalogues, but was sorely lacking for conversing. Something she hoped wouldn’t be a determent to her employment at the Totally Five Star Venice. If she could just keep her Kansas twang under control when she spoke both English and Italian, she’d be well on her way of making a mark for herself in her field.
Smiling, the hotel clerk handed her the large gold room key.
“Signorina Le Bres, benvenuti a Venezia,” she welcomed Monique warmly, “Signor Amatus will be here un momento to escort you to your suite.”
Her mix of English and Italian enchanted Monique, who was so far from the small, dirt-filled town back home. The town she’d dragged herself out of so many years ago, where the only foreign language spoken was pig Latin if you grew up on the right side of the tracks. Monique hadn’t even been that lucky. The rusted-out trailer she’d shared with her mother couldn’t have been farther from the right side of anything.
“Grazie.” Monique took the key, noting how large and heavy it was in the palm of her hand. No slick, electronic keys at this hotel. No, this was one hundred percent Italian luxury. The key began to heat in her grasp as she glanced around for the man who was supposed to greet her.
The elevator dinged, catching her attention.
Monique opened her mouth, but no sound came out. She quickly shut it as the good-looking, twenty-something-year-old man dressed in a suit just like the ones she’d seen on the Totally Five Star website exited the elevator. His robust laughter had caught her attention. As did his momentary flirtation with a sexy young woman dressed in the same hotel uniform. Monique smirked as the man patted the attractive young employee’s ass when he passed by. He was a first-rate flirt for sure, and she made a mental note to steer clear.
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4 out of 5 (very good)
I received this book from Totally Bound Publishing in return for a fair and honest review.
This book is part of the Totally 5 Star series which has the focus on a different city in each book. Although, to be fair, the focus of this book definitely wasn't on Venice but rather the goings on in Venice.
I enjoyed reading this book - it is a hot, steamy but also fun read. A couple of things didn't sit right with me which I'll go into shortly. If, however, you're looking for a book to read for pure pleasure and not to worry about the nitty gritty then I can definitely recommend this one. On the whole though, this was thoroughly enjoyable and a raunchy, fast-paced story.
The things that didn't seem to work (for me) was what Alessandro actually did. There is an explanation in the book but by the time I reached that point, I think my mind had gotten too confused with it. It's also not clear why he was brought in to supervise Monique although she does need it. She comes across as very flighty which is not something that you would expect from someone who needs this job and income.
On the whole, the characters are good, the story is well-written and the sex scenes are smoking. An escape from reality? Yes! Definitely recommended.
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What I’ve learned so far… advice for new authors.
Dear new authors,
I am delighted to take a moment to tell you what I’ve learned about writing books for publication since I became a published author. It’s been about five years since I sold my first book, and I can remember exactly the thrill of finally gaining a publishing contract after submitting manuscripts into the big, mysterious publishing world. So now, I am going to share a few things that I think every new author should remember as they head into the thick of publishing.
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3) Fellow authors are fabulous. I can’t think of a career where your colleagues are so damn supportive. I have been lucky in my career to have met the nicest most encouraging authors who have gone above and beyond to help a newbie. Writing books is an art form of sorts and not as competitive as you might feel when you are submitting to various publishers. Ask for help and you shall receive should be the motto for writers. We are often loners in our writing work and the helping hand from a fellow author can make all the difference in the world. Remember as you go forward to be kind. Be helpful and be encouraging. It makes us all better authors in the end.
I do hope this helps you as you embark on the most exciting and rewarding part of your writing career. Most of all, enjoy your work…it’s a treasured gift to be able to write.
About Kate Deveaux:
A die hard romantic and former wedding planner, Kate has been writing stories about romance, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, since she was in college. When she's not writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there's even "love" in that game too! And she found a sport she can play and still wear a dress. Born in England, Kate now lives in Arizona with her wonderful and very patient husband. Kate enjoys traveling and dreaming up new exciting stories. She'd love to hear from you.