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Hot Shade by [Lush, Tamara]
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  • "Fans of romantic suspense and New Adult will be enthralled by Lush's novel involving a journalist and a mysterious and handsome Italian, who's bound to take your breath away. The intrigue is heavy and there's many secrets embedded within the plot, prompting one to feverishly flip the pages to discover if there's an HEA or the ever-so-popular cliffhanger. Sizzling-hot sex scenes are an added bonus and provide a break from the heart-stopping action." - RT Book Reviews
  • "An engrossing read." - Romance Novel News
  • "The hot, sexy and powerful attraction between these two characters is amazing, not to mention that Luca is HAWT and his sex appeal absolutely sizzles off the pages!!" - Tami Talbert, The Book Enthusiast
  • "That book had me from the get go. I pretty much read it in one sitting and I never wanted to put it down." - Angela Plumlee, Books and Booze Reviews
  • "Kudos to Tamara Lush for a fast-paced, very sexy debut novel." - Helen H., Goodreads reader

From the Author

The idea of this book has been in my brain for a few years. As a journalist, I've covered some of the most tragic news stories imaginable. The Haiti earthquake. The Gulf oil spill. Too many murders to count.
I wanted to tell a story with a happy ending.
I'm a longtime romance reader and love books with intrigue and sex. I also couldn't shake off my years of covering crime in Florida. I began to wonder: What would happen if a young, rookie reporter met a hot Italian man while covering a story, then fell in love? What if the Italian was hiding a big secret? What if the Italian was also a journalist, but couldn't tell anyone because he was running from danger?
Hot Shade was born.
My Boroughs Publishing Group editor, Chris Keeslar, helped me bring out the nuances in the hero and heroine. We also talked a lot about the book's setting and how Florida is almost another character in the novel. As a romantic suspense, Hot Shade has some of the qualities of the Florida noir genre: sun-soaked, sexy and ever-so-slightly cynical. And yet, it's a romantic story of two people who find true love in the tropics.
I hope readers enjoy the book!

Product Details

  • File Size: 3291 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (September 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0141SWOF0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most accurate title ever, this book was indeed a very hot and awesome read. Even though I rarely read books that are written in third person, I loved Hot Shade just the way it was.
For me, the most important things in books are the main charachters. I want to read about girls I would befriend with, and about guys I can swoon over and fall in love with. Tamara Lush's debut novel delivered both.
I really liked Skylar, I think her character developed a lot, and with Luca's help, she gave the finger to her jerkface of an ex and learned to leave her insecurities behind and be the strong, successful woman she meant to be.
I was helpless against Luca and his charming Italian ways, and he quickly made the top ten of my book boyfriend list.
And when they finally got together? Explosive and off the charts...
The suspense and the storyline of this book is well-written and well-thought-out, there was never a predictable twist or a chapter I wasn't enjoyed.
I recommend it to both the romance and suspense fans, too, it's an enjoyable, great read, and it has a really sweet HEA, too :)
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Hard working, ambitious reporter Skylar Shaw is hoping her gig on a small southwest Florida newspaper will be a stepping stone to a career writing for bigger and better publications. When she goes out to cover a plane crash on the beach, it's a big break in more ways than one. Her story gets lots of play and she meets a mysterious and very hot Italian guy who witnessed the crash. Sparks fly and secrets mystery man Luca Rossi has been hiding start to come out as the mob and his crazy ex-girlfriend are hot on his trail.

Kudos to Tamara Lush for a fast-paced, very sexy debut novel. As a former Florida newspaper reporter myself, I really appreciated the true-to-life details about the life of a reporter and the challenges of working in Florida's heat and humidity. What I want to know is how come I never met any guys like Luca when I was a young reporter?
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I enjoyed this debut novel by Tamara Lush.

This romantic suspense hooked me from the first page. Filled with scenes ripped from the headlines, the story follows fledgling journalist Skylar Shaw as she reports on news in modern day Florida. Skylar falls into the story of her life when she investigates a mysterious Good Samaritan, and finds Luca Rossi, a man with a dark past, deep secrets, and ties to the mafia he's unwilling to discuss.

Luca's complicated, and so is the romance that develops between the main characters. Throw in an Italian hit man, and one seriously disturbed ex-girlfriend, and the suspense takes off from there.

Skylar and Luca's romance is as hot as the blazing Florida sun. I loved reading how they fought for their chance at their Happy Ever After.

I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.

Treat yourself to Hot Shade.
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I loved this book! Super sexy with a kickass heroine and incredibly seductive hero. It was the perfect combination of mystery, suspense, and sensuality. Luca and Skylar are over-the-top attracted to each other making what started as a casual affair into something so much more. Incredibly well-written and making it a true page turner.

I absolutely loved the quote from Skylar, "You’re everything I once thought I didn’t want. Or didn’t need. But now you’re the everything I need and the only thing I want."
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I have a soft spot for heroines who care a lot about their work, so I liked Skylar, who was just starting out in her career as a reporter, right away. (And yes, she knows it’s a dying industry.) Whenever the hero, Luca, talks about reading her stories, she melts. Luca’s past is full of intrigue, and from the first kiss, the love scenes are realistic and smoking hot. Hot Shade is set in Florida, and the strong sense of place made it particularly enjoyable for me.
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Hot Shade is a sexy thrill ride that burns as hot as its sunny Florida setting. If you love romantic suspense, international crime, and compelling characters, look no further. You have found your book.
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I am new to romantic suspense, but this book made me love it. I loved that it was multi-dimensional; there was mystery and intrigue, amazing romance, and also solemn soul-searching. The characters were well crafted and believable. I really felt Skylar's insecurities and Luca's conflicts, and I think the author did a great job showing what happens when all these emotions intertwine. As for the romance, this was probably the most sizzly novel I've ever read, and it definitely worked with all exciting plot twists and colorful characters. I also feel the need to mention that there's another character, sort of waiting in the sidelines, throughout the book--she's definitely sinister, but you're just not sure why, which is what makes it so fabulously unsettling. This book a roller coaster full of suspense, love, and humor. It is a truly fun read with memorable characters and a great story line!
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Tamara Lush is a new to me author. It was a pleasure to be able to read her latest book, Hot Shade. This is a romantic suspense story that has hot sun, hot sand, hot Italian men, oh and a plane crash and the Italian Mafia just for fun!

I usually need to parcel out my reading of romantic suspense. It gets to be too much for me and I need to take breaks. This book was not quite to that intensity. The premise is laid out pretty early and other than not knowing exactly how it would play out, it was pretty obvious who the major player were in this game of hide and seek.

Luca Rossi was well written as a writer in hiding after his anonymity was compromised. He has been on the run for two years. Skylar Shaw may be the one reason he would stop running. I appreciated her tenacity in going after the story. She was determined to get inside the man and find out what made him tick.

Together, the s3xual tension escalated until Skylar felt safe enough to take things further. Rainstorms and Florida heat made things even more sizzling!

Overall, a good effort by this journalist turned author. The story was well laid out and well written. I would have enjoyed a bit more suspense or surprise to bring some freshness to the story. Worth looking at other works by this author in the future.

*ARC received for an honest review
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