Monday 6 May 2013

Ruby by Jeffe Kennedy

Title:  Ruby

Series:  Book 3 Facets of Passion

Author:  Jeffe Kennedy

Genre:  Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, BDSM

Release date:  May 13

Book Description:  Danielle Sosna has no problem denying herself in order to achieve her goals—after all, that attitude landed her a dream job at Vogue Paris. But in New Orleans for one last assignment before heading overseas, she's faced with the most decadent of temptations. Seductive Cajun chef Bobby Prejean takes Dani's strength of will as a challenge, and offers her a night of wild indulgence—if she will agree to obey his every command…

Dani can't resist Prejean's invitation to join him in a world of carnal desire, complete with fetish costumes and masks. Determined to keep her emotional distance, she gives Prejean everything but her name. A night becomes a week, as she spends Mardi Gras suspended…in the delicious space where pleasure meets pain.

Too late, she realizes the cloak of anonymity has not protected her—and that chasing her dream might come at the expense of her heart.

For more Facets of Passion, check out Sapphire and Platinum, available now!

5 of 5 stars
Wow! This book was intense. Dani prides herself on her strict personal rules and self denial in order to gain what she wants out of life – from her looks to her career. She is a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after it. Her attitude and rigid personality have worked well for her in the past, landing her a dream job, and she is not about to back down now for anything.

Enter Bobby Prejean. Seductive, sexy, and oh so enticing. If a guy like him offers you a single night of no holds barred, anything goes, pleasure beyond your wildest imagination…take it. Beyond the intense stare and seductive demeanor, Prejean is a complex man. He challenges Dani to let go of herself and trust him completely.

This story was incredibly steamy. Kennedy definitely knows how to build up sexual tension and is able to elicit strong emotion from and for her characters. The BDSM scenes were extremely erotic and tastefully written. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other two books in the Facets of Passion series.
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Q & A with Jeffe Kennedy

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters, Dani and Prejean.
A:  Dani and Prejean have a lot in common in that they’re both very driven, ambitious people. He’s a chef who owns his own five-star restaurant in New Orleans and she’s and up and coming editor who just landed the job of a lifetime at Vogue Paris.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
A:  When he cooks dinner for her and combines the food with seduction. There’s something about delicious flavors combined with other kinds of sensuality that really pushes things over the edge for me. Plus, I can virtually enjoy all the things I really shouldn’t eat in real life. ;-)

Q:  How would you describe your writing style?
A:  Descriptive? One reviewer recently said she loved “the use of imagery, which is pretty much a trademark…because it’s lush and vivid…rich in tone.” I think that pretty much nails it. No matter what kind of story I write, that seems to come through.

Q:  What do you see as influences on your writing?
A:  I’ve been reading since I pulled Charlotte’s Web out of my mom’s hands so I could find out what happens at the end. (She always cried so hard, she couldn’t get through it.) As a total bookworm, I’ve read so many books, authors and genres that it’s hard for me to split out my influences. I will say that Anne McCaffrey rocked my world when I first picked up Dragonsong in 5th grade. Then Anne Rice, in particular The Witching Hour. In romance, I read A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss and thought it was one of the most emotionally satisfying books I’d ever read. For erotic, both Anne Rice, under her A.N. Roquelaure identity, and Anaïs Nin strongly affected how I understand the sensual journey. Margaret Atwood, particularly in Cat’s Eye, showed me how subtle interactions between people can be shown in a book. And A.S. Byatt’s Possession taught me that characters can truly live independently of the author’s identity.

Q:  Ruby is the third book in the Facets of Passion series. Should the books be read in order or can they stand alone?
A:  They truly stand alone. Each book explores a different couple, in a different place. They’re all basically riffs along a particular set of themes—of opening up, letting go of restrictions and finding your true joy. Maybe a *really* dedicated reader would detect a progression from first to third. I think there is, but it’s not like anyone’s asking for a book report on these!

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
A:  I work a full-time job as an environmental consultant, too, so the key for me is balance. I write (or edit) for 2-3 hours every day. I try to keep this very consistent, so I don’t get behind or overwhelmed.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
A:  Read! My very favorite thing is to lie in the sun and read. My hubs and I also watch a movie most every evening and that’s our daily unwind time. I also take walks and garden. Something about getting my hands in the dirt helps my mind let go.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
A:  I’m reading a book for the PRISM awards, sponsored by the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, so I can’t say what it is. After that’s done (my last of five!), I plan to read A Garden of Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, which was recommended to me and looks very yummy.

About the Author: 

Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website


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