Wednesday, October 22, 2014

**Blog Tour: Author Q&A & Review** ALL MESSED UP (Windy City Kink #2) by Kelly Jamieson











SYNOPSIS:


If he’s a mistake, she’s ready to make him her favorite mistake.

Mallory Hurst has tried to live a life that makes up for past mistakes. But now she faces a huge ethical dilemma. Her pharmaceutical company’s unapproved, off-label use of a medication puts lives at risk, and her protests have fallen on deaf ears.

Hoping a trip home will clear her head, she boards a plane for California. And strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger.

Joe Mason recently learned that the man he’s called father all his life… isn’t. At least that explains why he never measured up to his older brothers. Flying to meet his biological father for the first time, he meets a sleek, sexy woman who makes him want to mess up her perfect hair.

Shared conversation leads to a shared drink between flights, then when their flight is canceled, a shared bed overnight—where their rush of attraction explodes into a night of much-needed kinky fun.

Yet a night of hot, messy sex won’t fix anything—in fact, blowing off steam could have blown their lives all to hell…

Warning: Contains a hot cop, a neat and tidy executive, dirty talk, kink in an airport, mile-high shenanigans, a little foot fetish fun. And love, of course.





REVIEW:

        



Even though All Messed Up is book two in the Windy City Kink series, you can read it as a stand alone (I haven't read book one and I don't think it made a difference when reading this story).  I have read a few Kelly Jamieson books before so I knew I was going to get lots of yummy hot scenes mixed with an emotional story and All Messed Up delivered.   I was hooked from the beginning and was throughly engrossed in Joe and Mallory's story for most of the book.

While I am used to reading menage from Kelly Jamieson, it was nice to read a book with just these two characters learning each other, becoming lovers and eventually more.  Joe and Mallory meet at the airport (I love this idea) and are both traveling out of Chicago to spend time with family (but for vastly different reasons).  I really liked Joe.  His character was easy to get invested in and fall for.  Joe had me at the beginning and kept getting better and better throughout the book.  Mallory was a divided soul, she suppressed what she really wanted for what she thought she should want out of life. It was interesting to see Mallory struggle with her true nature versus the person she thought she needed to be.  All Messed Up turns a random hook up into something special.

Kelly Jamieson writes a great love story filled with heat, emotion and powerful stories.  All Messed Up gives us more than two people getting kinky on a plane, it gives us characters you want to root for, characters that have layers and baggage they are sorting through.  I really liked this story and even though things seemed to wrap up fast at the end, the journey getting them there was a treat!

All Messed Up will have you looking around the airport just a little bit differently from now on!  If you have never read a Kelly Jamieson book I would recommend All Messed Up!  It has heart, emotion, hot sex and great secondary characters (I need to go back and read Sweet Obsession for sure).  If you have been a fan of Kelly's  and her menage books you will be happy to see that the heat can still sizzle with just two main characters and this story is still packed with emotion and quality storytelling.  Go 1-click All Messed Up and see why getting delayed isn't such a bad thing.





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MEET THE AUTHOR:



Kelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that's sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here...) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories.





Q&A with Kelly Jamieson:


How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I had the idea for the beginning of the story a long time ago – two people meet in an airport, when they’re both at a difficult time in their lives. Their flight gets delayed and they end up sharing more about themselves with a stranger than they have with anyone else. It just took me a while to figure out the rest of their story.



Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  
The message that runs through all three books in the Windy City Kink is to accept yourself for who you are. Sasha learns that in Sweet Obsession, Mallory learns it in All Messed Up and Paige learns it in Playing Dirty (coming in January). And secondary characters Kevin and Emma, who appear in all three books, learn it too



Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
I suppose there are always little bits of people and real life experiences in my books. Like…I get annoyed when people line up to get on the plane before their row is called. My daughter’s ballet toes were the inspiration for Mallory’s feet. My aunt has Alzheimers. There are little bits like that in every book.



What books have influenced your life most?
This is going to sound weird (and possibly aging myself! Ack, I really am that old!) but I’m going to say the Bobbsey Twins. Yes! I started reading those books when I was about seven, and I absolutely devoured them. Luckily my mom was a reader too, and encouraged me. She used to buy the books at Woolworths three at a time and hide them in the closet until I whined “I have nothing to read!” and she’d pull one out and surprise me. That really, truly started my lifelong love of reading. I *have* to read, all the time.



Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?
I have a full time day job. I try to close my office door and write on my lunch break when I can. I spend most evenings and weekends writing when the house and the family and the dog don’t need me for something else, like cooking meals. ☺ I try to spend an hour or so on emails and social media each day before I get writing (but I often get distracted!).



Why did you choose to write erotic romance stories? 
I guess it’s because that’s what I love to read. Those sweet Harlequins where they didn’t even kiss until they realized they were in love with each other didn’t seem realistic to me. And I hate having the bedroom door shut in my face. I like the heat and I love how sex changes things and makes characters so much more vulnerable.



When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
I plan out what I call the “emotional turning points” of my story. I know what my characters are going to learn about themselves and the big scenes where there are moments of epiphany. But I don’t always know exactly what’s going to happen in those scenes or how that ending is going to make them realize they’ve been their own worst enemy all along. Once I’m in their heads, my characters take control of those things (and frequently surprise me!).



When and why did you begin writing?
Back when I was reading those Bobbsey Twins books…okay maybe a few years later…I used to spend hours in my bedroom typing away at “my novels”. It was always what I wanted to do. Then life got in the way of that…teenage partying years, university, adult partying years (!) marriage and children. It wasn’t until my kids were older and I had (amazingly) some time to myself that I decided to seriously see if I could write a book. And get it published.



Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do. 
Play the piano. (I don’t know…is that surprising? I also speak French and know how to sew, refinish antique furniture, and make a fabulous roast beef and Yorkshire pudding…)



Tell us about your first book in the series. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?
The first book in the Windy City Kink series is Sweet Obsession. The themes in all three books in the series are similar, the caring alpha dominant heroes are similar (though unique in their own ways), but the heroines are all different…though they too have many things in common and become friends through the series.



How would you describe this series to someone who has not read any of the books but is intrigued by the concept?
Hmmm…the underlying theme of the series is to accept yourself for who you are, which is played out with couples who have some mildly kinky sexual preferences, but who also have some emotional baggage that causes them to doubt themselves. Dominant alpha heroes go after the women they love, but those women don’t make it easy for them. 


How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I hang out in many places! Here are links! A really good place is my Sweet Heat Readers Group, where I share stuff about my “works in progress”, cover sneak peeks, new contract news and giveaways and we just have a lot of fun.





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