Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MAD ABOUT YOU by Joan Kilby: Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

A fake engagement turns into a passionate affair in Joan Kilby’s latest release, Mad About You. 


Accountant Cassy Morris knows she’s putting her heart on the line when she agrees to move in with her best friend, multi-millionaire geek Scott Thornton while she manages his nanotechnology lab and finds an angel investor for his revolutionary new product. She’s loved him forever even though he’s only ever regarded her as a friend. But Cassy never could refuse Scott anything... 

When Scott is named Seattle’s sexiest man, the attention from women threatens to get in the way of him finishing his pet project and putting it on the market. Cassy steps up once again and pretends to be his fiancĂ©. A lifetime of repressed sexual tension explodes in a passionate affair. Soon Scott is wondering how he can convince Cassy to turn their fake engagement into reality...



Mad About You was a quick, cute read that takes one of my favorite plots (the best friends to lovers) and gives it a different twist.  Take geeky-hot Scott who needs help financing his new invention and add his best friend Cassy who is bored in her life and looking for more.  Sparks start to fly as soon as they are reunited after a year.

Mad About You was my first book by Joan Kilby and I will be on the look out for more from her in the future.  I liked that the book didn't take the expected or predictable and even surprised me at times.  Cassy was fiery and willing to do whatever it takes to help out her friend and Scott was just a mess trying to juggle so many things in the air while fighting his attraction to Cassy.  

Even though I enjoyed the story there were some things that threw me out of getting completely swept away and I really wish we could have had more.  More background on the characters and more interactions with Cassy and Scott (and less about his invention/financing struggles) would have helped me connect with the characters.  I think there was too much trying to go on in 140+ pages and it seemed to run out of steam at the end (except the Epilogue was wonderful and I loved it) and I found myself with a lot of questions at the end that I didn't get answered.

Mad About You would be a good book to grab when you want a quick and easy to read book that will get your mind off real life for a few hours.


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When I'm not working on a book I can often be found sipping a  latte at my local cafe and indulging my favorite past-time of people watching. 
Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, I always wanted to be a writer. In university I took a detour to study marine biology. I worked as an environmental biologist for many years until the birth of my first child. 
I loved staying at home with my kids because not only could I  raise them myself but I could indulge my first love -- writing. I soon realized story-telling was what I was always meant to do.  
Twenty years later I'm still hooked on writing. I've published over twenty-five books with Harlequin. I'm now writing for Entangled Publishing and have a couple of self-publishing projects on the go. 

I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my husband and three grown children. As well as writing and hanging out in cafes (Melbourne has the best coffee!) I go to the gym, walk my dog, cook, hike, garden, swim and read. I belong to Toastmasters Club and numerous writing organizations. 


What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
I drink coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon. I use it as an incentive. If I write 500 words then I get to take a break and have a hot drink. There are no real must-haves as a snack but chocolate keeps me going when I don’t have time to stop and eat real food. Kettle chips are my guilty pleasure.

What made you start writing?
I wanted to be a writer from the age of about seven or eight, when I started reading chapter books. I wrote lots of stories over the years but didn’t seriously attempt to write a book for publication until I was at home caring for my first child and pregnant with my second. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a life-long dream.

What is your biggest inspiration source (where do you get your ideas).
That’s such a hard question to answer! My ideas come from everywhere and nowhere in particular. Sometimes from a human interest article in a newspaper or from my own or my friends’ experiences or a snippet of overheard conversation on the train or in a cafe. The plot for Mad About You arose out of the requirement that an Indulgence hero be a millionaire. I have a science background and I love geek heroes/heroines so I made Scott a nanotechnology engineer with an amazing invention on a par with Microsoft and Apple.

Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?
My home office is my perfect writing space. I have a desk, a filing cabinet, a whiteboard, bookshelves full of craft books and my keeper romance novels, and my Jack Russell terrier, Sparky to keep me company. The window looks onto the front yard and a quiet residential street. I can see when the mailman comes and watch the rainbow lorikeets feeding in the flowering gum tree. Best of all, there’s a door I shut when I really need to focus on getting the words down on the page.

Is writing your full time job? If not, what else do you do?
Writing is my full time job and has been since I started about twenty years ago. Before that I was a marine biologist and worked in environmental consulting and for the state government in water quality.

What is one surprising fact about you, that not too many people know?
I love to climb trees. When I was a kid I spent half my summer in our cherry and apple trees. Even as an adult if I get a chance to go up a tree, I’m there. A few years ago at Christmas (after a few champagnes!) I climbed about thirty feet up a huge gum tree. My children were horrified and begged me to come down before I broke my neck. But I knew I wasn’t in any danger.

What are you writing now?
I’m working on revisions for my first Brazen for Entangled Publishing. It will be out in June, I believe, titled Making Over The Billionaire. I’m also writing the second book in that series and a self-pubbed novella for an anthology with two writer friends.

What is the first Romance book you remember reading? What is the last book you read?
The first book with a romance in it--although not a standard romance novel--was I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith. It’s a coming of age novel in which the young heroine lives in a moldering English castle and falls in love with a visiting American man. That book also sparked my desire to write my own book.

Who is your current book boyfriend/crush?
My all time favorite hero is Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. He’s brave and strong, passionate and protective, intelligent and tender. And he wears a kilt ☺

What was the last book you read that gave you a "book hangover?"
The Rent Tent by Anita Diamant. I was totally immersed in the story of the heroine Dinah and the other women in her life in ancient Egypt and Canaan. I never wanted the book to end.



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