Sunday, June 12, 2016

REVIEW Awakened (Intimate Relations #3) by Kate Douglas

(Intimate Relations #3)
by Kate Douglas

Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Categories ~ contemporary romance suspense, intrigue 

Small-town barista Mandy Monroe will never forget the first time she saw the man of her dreams. Every morning, this impossibly gorgeous hunk would ride his bike past her coffee shop, fueling her wildest romantic fantasies. But when she learns that her crush is none other than vineyard owner Marc Reed, one of America’s hottest young entrepreneurs, Mandy knows her fantasy will never become a reality. That is, until Marc’s home burns down and he moves in with her…

As a roommate, Marc is as warm, friendly, and down-to-earth as he is rich, famous, and heartstoppingly handsome. But beneath his laidback exterior beats the heart of a red-blooded man with an uncontrollable urge to take Mandy in his arms and make mad, passionate love to her. Mandy is everything he’s ever wanted; she’s sweet, smart, funny, and irresistibly sexy. But how he can tell her the truth about his past? How can he explain the nightmares that haunt him every night? And how can he tell Mandy he loves her…without putting her heart, and her life, in danger?

This amazing hot and sexy Intimate Relations series is for all readers it includes danger, love, mystery, love of family and HEA's. Appropriately named this series has some very hot love scenes that will curl your toes and heat you up. 

Awakened finally gives the reader Marc's story. Marc is a present figure in every book of the Intimate Relations series and as a reader he intrigued me with his sexy laidback personality.

I was enthralled with the authors use of hypnosis to solve Marc's nightmares/dreams and she does an magnificent job of incorporating this ideology into the storyline. The believable sequence of his progression through solving these nightmare opens up the plot to a suspenseful read where he frantically works to keep Mandy safe from his enemy.

Mandy is cute and faithful. She is one of those characters that believes in a person in spite of what she hears. Personally she is rare as most people are suspicious first and trust much later after proven innocent. I liked the fact that she is smart without being too pushy and that she knows exactly what she wants and is able to weather all the storms in confidence.

Other key characters are Theo Hadley, Marc's business manager and Ted Robinson, the FBI agent from Redemption (Intimate Relations #2). Both of these strong men add another element to this already intriguing storyline.

I recommend this read for people who love a sexy suspenseful read and give it 5 STARS.
A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion.

Books in the Intimate Relation Series
Intimate (Intimate Relations #1) ~ my review
Redemption (Intimate Relations #2) ~ my review
Awakened (Intimate Relations #3) ~ my review
Tangled my review 
(though not technically part of the series the characters are in each of the other books)

Some people just seem to know they are meant to write, but it can still take a while to figure out exactly what their career will entail. Kate Douglas started out writing radio copy for a country western radio station in 1972, wrote and illustrated an educational cartoon strip for the American Mosquito Control Association for a number of years, was a newspaper reporter for a small town weekly where she covered everything from high school sports to drug busts, and then, in the mid-1980s, decided to write her first romance.

Many submissions and rejections followed.

In 1998, she published with a small ebook publisher before anyone knew what an ebook was, but it wasn't until 2005, a full twenty years after finishing that first romance, that she signed with a New York publisher.

In January 2006, Kensington Publishing launched their Aphrodisia imprint of erotic romance with Kate's Wolf Tales, a sexy paranormal series about a lost race of shapeshifters. Kate has continued on as the imprint's lead author, with twenty-one novels and novellas in the full Wolf Tales series. She also has a series with Kensington's Zebra imprint, DemonSlayers, and has just completed her latest Aphrodisia series, Dream Catchers, which opened with the NightShift anthology and her novella, Dream Catcher, followed by the novels Dream Bound and Dream Unchained.

Her next series, Spirit Wild, debuts April 30, 2013 with Dark Wolf. This is a spin-off series that takes place in the Chanku world readers first met in Wolf Tales. Characters are the grown children of the first Chanku.

Kate and her husband of over forty years have two adult children and six grandchildren. They live in the small town of Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. 

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