Author: Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

Divider

Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams – Review

December 20, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★★

Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams – Review

Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams – ReviewRelease Date: December 1, 2013
Title: Married for Christmas
Series: Willow Park #1
Author: Noelle Adams
Pages: 205
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them.

They can get married. They can build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all...

This book includes fully-developed sex scenes between a husband and wife.
5 Stars

At the beginning of Married for Christmas is an author’s note. It explains that while the book is about a pastor, it isn’t meant to be Christian fiction. It is a simply a book that explores life from the perspective of someone who has faith. It is not intended to present any sort of religious message. Noelle rightly acknowledges that the challenge of this sort of book will mean that for some there will be too much religion and for others, not enough (I admit, I was convinced I would be in the first group).

Mission accomplished, Ms. Adams.

This book was perfect.

I’m really becoming fond of these “marriage of convenience” books. They’re so… romantic. (But Mandi, they’re romance novels. They’re supposed to be.

Jessica proposes to Daniel because the church he wants to pastor won’t hire him unless he’s married (they think he’s too young and unstable to be a single/widowed pastor over their congregation). And Jessica has given up hope on ever finding someone to love her. She’s ready to settle down, put down some roots, and start a family. Daniel is convinced he will never love again (his wife died three years ago) but once he is certain that Jessica is okay with a marriage that has everything except love, they move forward. And he treats her the way a wife should be treated – mostly.

There are bumps in the road. Grief. Guilt. It broke my heart to watch Daniel dealing with the consequences of sex with Jessica. He didn’t do anything wrong – she was his wife after all – but in his heart, he was betraying his dead wife. It was painful and gut-wrenching. But he handled it. And he handled it well. There was one particular scene where he and Jessica were joking about the Christmas tree and how Jessica didn’t want to put up his ratty old garland from when he was a child. He finally said, “Lila let me do it!” And Jessica retorted, “Well I’m not Lila.” And you would think that a huge fight would brew as a result of that, but it didn’t. Daniel was thoughtful and considerate and he did not lash out.

But Daniel and Jessica truly were made for each other. Watching their feelings grow for each other and how they handled their feelings given the circumstances of their marriage was the highlight of the book.

And if you do read it, I recommend finding one of those old paper fans that you find in Southern churches to fan yourself with – because there are some hot and steamy scenes!

What Others Are Saying:

  • My Written RomanceWhat I think I enjoyed about this story was the romance that developed between Jessica and Daniel. Watching their feelings for each other change and grow towards the type of marriage they both deserve was just gorgeous.
  • GovernessInRed Book ReviewsI definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance. It will absolutely make your heart smile.

Divider

The Heirs of Damon Series by Noelle Adams – Guest Post

November 1, 2013 Guest Post 1

The Heirs of Damon Series by Noelle Adams – Guest Post

Author: Noelle Adams

Ed. Note: You may remember that I reviewed Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams a few weeks ago and raved about it. The awesome folks at Entangled followed up with me put me in touch with Noelle and we decided that I would host her on my blog with a guest post since I feature romance every Friday. She stepped up to the challenge and decided to let us into the world of the series she’s writing. I can’t wait to read more!

The Guest Post

Seducing the Enemy is the first book in the Heirs of Damon series. The hero of each of the four books will be one of the nephews and heirs of Cyrus Damon, eccentric billionaire CEO of Damon Enterprises, beginning with Harrison Damon, the oldest nephew.  While each book is a standalone romance, the books are interconnected as a series by the family relationships and recurring characters.

This is actually the first time I’ve written a series like this. I usually write complete standalones or add follow-up sequels to otherwise standalone books. I’ve written three of the four Heirs of Damon books now, and I’m finding it great fun. The challenge is to integrate the connecting characters in meaningful ways.

For instance, one of the recurring characters is Gordon, the butler on the Damons’ English estate. I had a very clear picture in mind for his character—traditional, reserved, clever—but I didn’t want him to act simply as window dressing. In Seducing the Enemy, he has an important function in Harrison’s turning point, and he’ll have a similar role in the final decisions that all four Damon heirs will make. While Gordon is only given a small number of pages in each book, he’s a vital part of the household and so will serve a small but important function in each book.

Another challenge in writing this kind of series was introducing the other Damon nephews in Seducing the Enemy without making their appearance nothing but sequel-baiting. I couldn’t even get Jonathan, the third nephew, in the book in a meaningful way, so I decided not to force him in artificially. Andrew and Benjamin show up in the book, and both of them—like Gordon—play significant roles in Harrison’s character growth. At the same time, I tried to hint at the issues both of them will have to work through in their own books. I particularly like the relationship between Harrison and Andrew (his brother).  Here’s a little snippet from the book to illustrate:

“I feel like an ass,” Andrew admitted. “I never would have gotten Jessica a beer had I known Marietta would have a breakdown. I thought you were just being…” He didn’t finish his sentence.

“You thought I was just being?”

“Do we have to have the conversation like this? I feel like I’m a villain in a bad cop movie.”

Harrison dropped his hand and stepped away, allowing Andrew to straighten up and smooth out his clothes. Andrew hadn’t resisted the grip. In a fight, the two of them would be pretty evenly matched.

With a quirk of his lips, Andrew muttered, “We’ve shifted to rather melodramatic tactics lately, haven’t we?”

Harrison recognized the irony but was too annoyed to find it amusing. “You thought I was just being what?” he prompted, his voice still cold.

Andrew arched one eyebrow. “I thought you were being overprotective. You have to admit you’ve been tense. And you treat every whim of Marietta’s like it’s a summons of the god.”

Harrison made a gruff sound of protest.

“Well,” Andrew continued, as if Harrison had actually spoken his objection. “You seem to be unnaturally attuned to anything she might want—new clothes, massages, trips to Dover, and whatnot. I know now this wasn’t a whim, but that’s what I thought.” Andrew gave him a crooked grin. “I know no one gives me credit for having a brain around here, but I’d have to be a blind idiot not to know you’ve fallen hard for this girl.”

Harrison stared at him stonily.

“Not that I blame you. She’s gorgeous—and full of fun and passion. I wouldn’t mind—”

Harrison took a threatening step forward.

Andrew threw up his hands. “Just a joke. Don’t haul me up against the wall again. My poor nerves can’t take it.”

I like this scene because it really moves Harrison along in his feelings for Marietta, but it also reveals Andrew’s own character, pointing toward issues that will be significant when he’s the hero of the second book in the series, Playing the Playboy, which will be released on November 18.

And I will be sure to catch Playing the Playboy – don’t you worry. Thanks Noelle, for stopping by and telling us more about this amazing series.

About Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

Divider

Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams – (The Damon Heirs #1) Review

October 11, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams – (The Damon Heirs #1) Review

inanutshell2My favorite kinds of romance novels are the ones where I fall effortlessly into the story because it feels real. Noelle Adams has written a story that I fell into within a few pages and that I didn’t want to leave. Etta and Harrison are two strong forces to be reckoned with and they left me breathless with their kisses.

Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams – (The Damon Heirs #1) ReviewRelease Date: October 14, 2013
Title: Seducing the Enemy
Series: The Damon Heirs #1
Author: Noelle Adams
Pages: 186
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore
From the Publisher: After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.

The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can’t quench his attraction for her, but he won’t let her use it against him. He won’t let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won’t let her seduce him again.
5 Stars

I love it when I find a good romance. LOVE IT.

This one had me laughing from the very beginning – but in such a good way.

I was having a terrible, terrible day but then I picked up Seducing the Enemy.

Best. Decision. Ever.

It was funny. It was sweet. It was steamy. This is the best kind of romance read (when you’re not looking for a bodice-ripping cowboy, that is).

Etta was a strong, confident woman who, despite her past and limitations, knew what she wanted and went after it. She was polite, but not meek. She was kind, but not submissive. She was the kind of female protagonist that you rarely see in a romance novel (And to top it off – she was a virgin too. The kind of virgin who isn’t shy about her body or worried about “doing it wrong” – she just wanted to enjoy herself. Say whaaa?)

Harry was of the more predictable sort. Wealthy, attractive, and temperamental – he reacted first and asked questions later. In fact, it was his temper that gave the book a plot at all! But watching the two interact was fun. Etta put him in his place often and you could tell he just wasn’t used to that. The chemistry between them absolutely leapt off the pages; it sizzled.

I am looking forward to reading more from Noelle Adams if this is the kind of romance to be expected. There wasn’t anything about the story that I didn’t like or enjoy, and in fact – I’ll even read it again. I can see Etta and Harry becoming one of my new favorite couples.

What Others Are Saying:

  • Harlequin JunkieWow, what an amazing book. Noelle Adams has crafted a well-balanced, original and refreshing narrative that is unlike anything I have ever read. 

Divider