Blog Tour: The Lady Vanishes by Nicole Camden (Review + Guest Post)
Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Lady Vanishes by Nicole Cadmen. This book is great and I love it! You can read my review below and also, you can find out ten things you didn't know about the book.
The Lady Vanishes is the first in the brand-new series The Billionaire Tricksters of Boston by erotic romance sensation Nicole Camden. It features sexy magicians and ladies whose desires tempt them ever deeper into a world they don’t quite understand...
Billionaire tech genius and inventor Milton Shaw never had life easy. Growing up in the foster system, his only escape was into the world of magic, studying Houdini and perfecting the art of sleight of hand. Too smart to fit in, and isolated from his peers, he vowed that one day he would be so powerful that no one could touch him.
Stern doctor Regina Gallows hates nothing more than attention and trickery. In fact, she went into science to feel in control of her world. Yet when her work brings her into contact with the sexy tech superstar Milton Shaw, she finds her body warring with her idealism…and her desires shifting from unlocking the magician’s secrets to unlocking his heart.
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About THE LADY VANISHES You should know in advance that I attempt to plan out my books. I truly do. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to create characters that don’t agree with my carefully laid out plots. So not only are there things you might not know about THE LADY VANISHES, there are things I didn’t know until I finished the book. However, I did know that writing a book about three billionaires wasn’t at the top of my TO DO list until I started thinking…what if I wrote about unconventional, quirky, nerdy-hot billionaires who don’t really act like they’re rich? Guys who don’t tie women up and spank them out of some twisted mental hang-up, but just because it’s fun? Thus began THE BILLIONAIRE TRICKSTERS OF BOSTON. Yes, I began that sentence with “thus.” So, without further ado, here are ten things you won’t learn about THE LADY VANISHES from the cover copy: #1: The idea for Milton’s book started with an image that I found online and pinned on Pinterest. Now I know that Pinterest is the enemy. It sucks me in. Some days I look up and realize that I haven’t written anything in an hour, but I have gotten some great ideas for organizing my kitchen (Note: I rarely use my kitchen). However, I do collect story and cover ideas on Pinterest, so sometimes it comes in handy. You can see the pin here http://www.pinterest.com/pin/375839531375578345/ if you’re interested. #2: I researched all sorts of stuff about magicians, illusions, sleight of hand, and pick pocket slang. I even read a book about Houdini. I tried to incorporate the slang throughout the books. I probably have it all wrong, but I tell myself that if there are pickpockets reading my books and criticizing my ignorance, so be it. At least they’re reading. #3: The hero, Milton Shaw, flirts with tourists in Boston. Sometimes when Milton gets restless, he ventures out onto the streets and performs with the other street artists. Flirting with the ladies is part of the fun. #4: Dr. Regina Burke dislikes crowds and being the center of attention. Hello…opposites attract? She has good reasons for hating the limelight, but it’s doubtful that she’ll volunteer to be Milton’s full time assistant...at least not in public. #5: Roland, Milton’s friend and business partner, teaches Milton to remove a woman’s bra without her noticing. Yes, indeed. #6: Regina’s sister, Celeste, is one of my favorite characters. She’s snotty, lazy, spoiled, and generally a pain in the ass, but she’s funny so…she’s forgiven. #7: Milton doesn’t cook, but has all Boston’s 5-star restaurants on speed dial to deliver to his house. That’s what I would do if I was a billionaire (see previous note in #1 about said use of kitchen). #8: Regina is an idiot. I mean, she has a good reason for not wanting to date Milton initially. Really pretty good reasons, but I still think she was an idiot. He’s hot. He’s rich. He’s smart. He donates his time to help others. And he loves his mother. Damn girl, what more do you need? #9: Milton has excellent taste in comic books, lingerie, and sex toys. Enough said. #10: My favorite thought from Regina: “Celeste’s favorite targets were three unattached software weirdoes who probably preferred German dungeon sex to making love.” German Dungeon Sex…Ha. Ha. Ha. I hope you enjoy reading THE LADY VANISHES as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I really liked this book! There are a lot of books about billionaires, but they all are a lot like each other. Rich and brooding men who are very intense and serious, often with a dark past, and they almost always fall for the shy girl. The Lady Vanishes is different. Milton Shaw is different. Aside from him not being broody and not being a jerk, he was funny, a magician and gave off a mischievous aura. I loved the fact that magic was a big part of this book. I've never read about it in any book that wasn't paranormal. Authors usually don't think it's manly enough and kind of makes the hero more of a dork. A few days ago, I would've probably agreed, but now that I've read The Lady Vanishes and met Milton, I think it's very hawt.
Even though he is very rich and has a business to take care of, Milton preforms magic tricks for sich children at a hospital, where he meets doctor Ragina Burke, a woman he can't get out of his head and one who doesn't want anything to do with him.
This book didn't take long to take off. From the first chapter where Milton and Regina meet, their attraction to each other and the sexual tension between was very much present. I loved how things just kept progressing from there, never taking long for something new to happen and develop. There was never a boring moment, and with the constant battle of wills between the two MCs, I was often left hot and bothered and waiting for more from them both. Regina doesn't want anything dangerous, she wants something comfortable and safe, even if it's boring and Milton is none of these things. He brings out the wild side in her that she'd buried years ago and never let out, but no matter how hard she tries, he manages to get under her skin.
I absolutely enjoyed this book and I never thought magic and magicians could be so hot and sexy, but Milton is very naughty and he made me blush several times. He knew just how to turn things from steamy to scorching in a matter of seconds. And he didn't hesitate to use that fact. The man is stubborn and can't be deterred once he wants something, and he always goes after it with everything he has.
This is one book nobody wants to miss. It's new, it's unique and it's so steamy and hot you'll need a fan.