Wednesday, February 25, 2015

**Review & Author Interview** SLEEPING WITH HER ENEMY (the 49th floor #2) by Jenny Holiday











SYNOPSIS:


Amy Morrison is supposed to be at her wedding. But when her husband-to-be jilts her at the altar, a distraught Amy runs to the only place she feels safe—her office. Besides, everyone who works on her floor is at her wedding...except him. Dax Harris. Playboy, executive, and Amy's official office enemy.

While he and Amy don't see eye-to-eye on the best of days, Dax can't help but feel badly when he sees Amy mid-meltdown. Next thing he knows, he's gotten her good and drunk, and they're making out like two  teenagers. And since neither of them want anything serious, why shouldn't they be frenemies-with-benefits? Because there is no possible way they could ever fall for each other...





REVIEW:

         


When you are having the worst day of your life and you realize you have no one to call or anywhere else to go, sometimes life hands you the unexpected.  Jenny Holiday has created a story that really sucks you in from the beginning (or the blurb, if you are like me) and keeps you riveted until the end. Sleeping with Her Enemy was an unexpected gem!  While friends to lovers may be my favorite book trope, the idea of two people that can't get along without arguing turning into friends, then lovers was pretty spectacular!


Sleeping with Her Enemy is book #2 in the 49th floor series (Saving the Ceo is book #1), you can read it as a stand alone book, like I did and have no issues feeling out of the loop.  Since I didn't read book one, I will be going back to see if we get more of the "enemy" factor shown between Amy and Dax and because that is all that is left on Jenny Holiday's back list (and I need more of her writing!).  

Jenny Holiday does a great job setting up the scene, getting the reader invested in Amy's character and creating witty banter between her and Dax.  The characters in this book were not what you expect and had way more depth and personality than your typical "CEO/co-worker" trope.  I loved Dax!  He was like a breath of fresh air! I just wish we would have gotten more insight into his point of view during all this but I am very pleased with what we did get.  Dax isn't your typical alpha CEO that has a superiority complex.  From the start of the book I was expected to dislike him like Amy and have to be "won" over by him.  I was wrong.  Jenny Holiday made him layered, with a strong sense of playfulness and loyalties to loved ones.  Dax was a great male lead with his patience and inner struggle to keep it just friends with Amy.  Then we have Amy.  Poor Amy was a mess when we meet her and the reader gets to watch her rebuild herself while learning what she thought she needed in life might not be something she can plan.  I liked Amy's character, she was strong, independent but at the same time struggling to find what her heart actually wanted.

Sleeping with Her Enemy was a great book, this was my first book by Jenny Holiday and I will definitely be going back to read Saving the CEO and watching for what else she writes. I loved her style of storytelling, letting the characters slide into love by putting down their habits of snarky zingers to become friends and then letting them "fall".  The pacing was great, the story keeps you turning pages and ignoring the outside world until you are done and the sparks/heat will reddened a few cheeks for sure!

If you are looking for a great story about two people realizing what they have always wanted was right in front of them, then Sleeping with Her Enemy needs to get in your e-reader!  If you are a fan of Jenny Holiday, I think you will love Amy and Dax's story and getting up to date on all the happenings on the 49th floor.  I can't wait to read more from this author, even if she did leave me craving Beef Stroganoff!





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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH JENNY HOLIDAY:



Do you write to a soundtrack or specific type of music?
Nope. Like a lot of authors, I have a day job, so that means I squeeze writing in whenever I can. I write in a noisy coffee shop before work, while I’m “watching” Dora the Explorer with my kid, and everywhere in between. When I have a choice, though, I’ll write in silence. That said, I do have a theme song of sorts for every book I do, and I listen to it obsessively in the months that I’m writing a book—not literally while I’m writing, but when I’m on the subway, or when I’m walking to my son’s school to pick him up. For my last book, Sleeping With Her Enemy, it was Taylor Swift’s “Long Live.” It reminded me of my characters, of one scene in particular. In fact, I was so attached to this song with this book that I threw it into a karaoke scene.


What’s the most memorable character that you have ever written?
Can I choose a character from a book that’s not out yet? I’m going to say Catharine, the heroine of a historical I have coming out this summer. A widowed viscountess, she’s also a spy who’s trying to bring down a musket manufacturer who is sabotaging the weapons he’s selling to the English Army. She doesn’t hold much stock in social conventions, and before she meets her hero, she’s been known to enjoy the attentions of a gentleman caller or two. In fact, when I was writing her, I was thinking a little about Miranda from Sex and the City—you know, if you transplanted her into 1812 England!


What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
I’m not picky! When I get long stretches of writing time at home, which is rare, I have trouble not mindlessly eating everything in the house. I have been known to enjoy a glass of wine or two when writing sex scenes—makes it easier!


Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?
I write everywhere! My two main spots are the library over my lunch hour at the day job and my laptop on my kitchen table. But I will write pretty much anywhere I find myself with a 15-minute chunk of time: doctor’s waiting rooms, park benches, you name it. My perfect writing spot would be a dedicated office with a comfy desk chair and a treadmill-desk for reading/walking breaks. Maybe someday!


What do you do with the stuff that gets “edited” out of your books? Do you keep it or do you consider it gone for good?
It’s gone! It’s dead to me! I’m pretty ruthless about cutting stuff that isn’t working, either on my own passes editing a book before I turn it in or in response to feedback from my editor. I don’t get overly-attached. Well, that’s not true—I get very attached to the overall book, so maybe that’s what’s makes me ruthless about dumping parts of it that aren’t working.


What was the first Romance book you remember reading?
I read a series of teen romance books in the 1980s called Sunfire. They were historicals set in various eras in the U.S., and the titles of the books were the first names of the heroines. I think the first one I read was called Amanda, and it was set on the Oregon Trail. Oddly, I didn’t really read romance again until my early 30s, but once I (re)discovered it, I never looked back!


What was the last book you read?
The last several books I’ve read I have done some because I’m judging the RITA awards, and I’m not allowed to talk about them! (It’s almost like I’m a spy!) Before that, I think the last book I read was Off Campus by A.J. Cousins. It’s a male-male romance about an unlikely pair of college roommates thrown together, and it made me swoon.


When you are not writing, what are you doing (any hobbies or guilty pleasures)?
Yoga is my not-guilty pleasure. M&Ms are my guilty pleasure.


What is your favorite way to interact with your fans? (social media, conventions, emails, letters..)
I’m not picky! I love fans in any format! But I suppose the way I tend to interact with them the most is Twitter. I’m on Twitter a lot (but I kind of suck at Facebook).


What are you working on now? Can we get a sneak peak?
I’m finishing up edits on the second historical in my Regency Reformers series, which is due out in May. It’s about a renegade governess who is trying to rehabilitate the reputation of Mary Wollstonecraft. Wollstonecraft was a political philosopher who wrote about the rights of women. After her death, her husband published a memoir about her. He meant well, but the book shone light on many aspects of her life that were, shall we say, unconventional. As a result, her reputation was destroyed. (She was rehabilitated later, and today she’s considered an important philosopher and no one remembers the period in which she was considered an immoral hoyden). Lucy, my heroine, adores Wollstonecraft, hero-worships her almost. (In fact, she often asks herself WWMD—What Would Mary Do?) But as you might imagine, aligning herself with such a controversial figure lands her in some trouble.




MEET THE AUTHOR:


Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, and has spent many years promoting research at a major university, which allows her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her twitter accounts @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.