Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog Tour Review, Author Interview & Giveaway: THREE OF DIAMONDS by W. Ferraro






THREE OF DIAMONDS (Hamden #3)

by: W. Ferraro



Synopsis:



Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus. Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold 


Review:


Star Rating: 3.5 stars

Heat Rating: HOT!



Three of Diamonds is book 3 in the Hamden series, but W. Ferraro does a great job of writing each of her books so that they can be read as a stand alone story.  Of course, I think you should read all three in the series so you get the build up to Wes's story, but you don't have to.

W. Ferraro is always giving us something unique and different about each of the Hamden men and Wes's story is definitely an interesting read!  Wes Thompson has a secret life.  He is a member of a sex club called Olympus where they treat him like a God and call him Adonis.  Wes likes to be in control and is used to people doing what he wants, then he meets Lola and things start to change.  It is always interesting to see a man used to controlling his environment and his partners fall for someone who isn't so ready to give up her control.  Wes was quiet the character, he was distant and dark, sweet and sensitive, caring and patient.  I wish we could have seen what Wes/Adonis was really like behind the doors of the club and get to know more about his past, but what we did get to know, I liked and wanted more.

Watching Wes fall for Lola was entertaining, it always amusing to see strong men get put in their place by independent women, and Lola doesn't mess around with nonsense.  Lola was a complex character, she is raising her brother and working as much as she can to give him the best life possible.  She is a hard working, snarky, smart-mouthed bartender, who is really a marshmallow on the inside.  Lola isn't like most female leads in books and I love that!  She is confident with her body image, but not aware of her allure and appeal to men.  She has had a tough road, but is always upbeat and positive, she would be the first person who would help you out in a jam.  Then Lola meets Wes and does her very best not to fall into his life, since she knows he is Adonis, but she can't help be drawn in.

Three of Diamonds was a good story, it was fast paced and witty.  I enjoy the characters W. Ferraro creates and how she captures their "realness" making it easy to relate to their struggles and choices in life.  Boyd was a great character, I love seeing unique and special people in stories.  I would have liked more time with the club scenes to really get to understand that side of Wes (and Lola), some of the time the story was set there felt rushed and not complete (it definitely left me curious to know more).  The chemistry between Wes and Lola was hot but I wanted a bit more (hate to admit this) kink.  We are lead to believe that Wes is a God of a sex club and his time with Lola was lacking that dark side of him that I would have really liked to see.

W. Ferraro's writing is always a joy to read, she has a way of telling a story that makes it easy to read and fall into.  If you are looking for a new book to read that is about unique and realistic characters looking for their own piece of happiness then, Three of Diamonds (heck the whole Hamden series) would be a great match!






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Meet the Author:



I live in New England with my young family. I'm a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I'm not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids.

I wish you all happy reading and hope you fall in love with the men of Hamden. 



An Interview with W. Ferraro:


1.  What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing? I must have either my English Breakfast tea black or my glass of Pinot.
2.  What made you start writing?  Being such an avid reader, I always wanted to write.  Just crossed it off my bucket list sooner than I thought I would.
3.  What is your biggest inspiration source (where do you get your ideas)?
Life.  I love to people watch, sometimes you see really romantic things and sometimes you see some non-romantic things.  Just like to let my imagination run wild.
4.  Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write? I’d love to have a large wingback chair alongside an antique desk, overlooking a peaceful beautiful mountain lake view you could ever imagine.  Now reality isn’t as nice… my office/writing cave aka the basement.
5.  Is writing your full time job? If not, what else do you do?  It is not, my fulltime job is being a mom to my two children.  
6.  What are you writing now? As of right now, officially I’m taking a break from writing, but can you keep a secret?  I’ve been dabbling in writing the fourth installment of the Hamden Series, CeCe’s story, yet to be named.
7.  What is the first Romance book you remember reading?  What is the last book you read?  My Mom’s collection of Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts, was definitely the firsts that got me hooked on the lives in books.  The last book I read was some wonderful ARCs of some pretty incredible to be released books. 
8.  Who is your current book boyfriend/crush? That’s a tough one…but since I know you will not take that as an answer, I’ll say…it’s a draw.  Between Adrian in Everything I’ve Never Had by Lynetta Halat and Alex in Desperation of Love by Alice Montalvo-Tribue, I’m in complete Book Boyfriend Bliss  
9. What was the last book you read that gave you a "book hangover?" Definitely, Everything I’ve Never Had.


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