Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Friends with Benefits was never part of his plan

Rising Assets

Maverick Montana series
by: Rebecca Zanetti
a Contemporary Western Erotica
from Brazen, an Entangled imprint

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Friends with benefits was never the plan…

Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.

Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.

Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?

 review by pearls:  4 stars
Colton is the man with the plan.  Whether it's finances or life, he has it all planned out.  So when his best friend is in trouble, he steps in to solve everything for her.  But he didn't plan on kissing her.  And now he can't imagine anyone else stepping into her life.  Melanie is fiercely independent and doesn't want to risk losing her best friend, despite her desires for another kiss. Once they let go of their previous plans and turn to each other, there is no going back.   While this is the third in a series, it definitely stands on its own.  Melanie, Colton, and the cast of family and friends are good down home people that you would know in your daily life.  Their passion is hot.  The town's efforts to get the two together is comical, while the war injuries of their third wheel Hawk brings a somber note.  I can't wait for his story, and am definitely going back to pick up the Lodge brothers' tales. 

Rebecca Zanetti's Top 10 Great Heroes

First, a huge thank you to Inner Goddess Forum for having me over today to celebrate the release of RISING ASSETS at less than a dollar!  I’m so excited to be here.  The hero in Rising Assets is a sexy cowboy, and I got to thinking about heroes in general.  Here’s a top ten list of great heroes:

1)      Dean Winchester:  Talk about a wounded anti-hero here.  Dean will sacrifice anything and everything for family, and he often does.  In addition, he’ll fight evil and give up his life to help anybody.  But he drinks a lot…and he breaks hearts left and right.  It’d be amazing to be the one girl who tamed this guy.  J

2)      Roarke.  He’s the hero in J.D. Robb’s Death series.  Roarke is a guy with a bad past trying to find a good future…which is smart since he married a cop.  He tries to stay inside the lines for her, but there’s no question he’ll cross over if necessary.  Plus, he’s tall, dark with blue eyes, and Irish.  Very hot!

3)      Ranger.  He’s one of the heroes in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.  Ranger is a bad boy trying to do some good—sexy, dark, and deadly.  (Are you seeing a pattern here?)  J

4)      Malcolm Reynolds.  In Joss Wheden’s Firefly, Mal is the leader of a group of misfits trying to travel space and keep their freedom.  They also try to balance the scales between good and evil, right and wrong, even though lots of time they’re not sure which side they’re really on.

5)      Indiana Jones.  I love Indy.  He can solve any problem, is afraid of snakes, and always gets the girl.  He’s got a great brain and uses it often—as well as a strong sense of good vs. evil.  This is a guy you’d want on your side if the world blew up.

6)      Rick Blain.  Yeah, you knew we’d get to Humphrey Bogart at some time, right?  Rick is the classic anti-hero (as are most of the fellas up above).  In Casablanca, his past is sketchy, his present unnerving, and his future up in the air.  Yet he’s strong and determined to live life on his own terms – ultimately sacrificing love for the better good.  In the scene where Ilsa says something about the first time they met, the same day the Germans marched into Paris, Rick says it wasn’t an easy day to forget.  Ilsa agrees, and Rick says, “I remember very detail.  The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”  Sigh.

7)      Sheriff John Biebe.  Russell Crow played the sheriff in Mystery, Alaska, a movie about a small town waaaay up north.  He is a big fish in a small pond, ice skating is king, and the story comes down to a David v. Goliath finish.  The sheriff rocks.

8)      Angel.    It’s probably not a big surprise that I like vampires and tall, dark, and deadly men.  Angel is a fun hero because he constantly fights his inner demon to be good, even though he believes there’s no way he’ll ever find redemption.  Yet he keeps on fighting.

9)      Seeley Booth.  Yes, he’s the hero in Bones (and Angel), and he’s an FBI agent who truly draws the line between good and evil.  He’s an ex-sniper with a lot of blood on his hands, but he’s okay with most of it since he was serving his country.  His character is fascinating…but the guy also has abs of steel.  Just sayin.

10)   Will Hunting.  There’s something about the lost, genius, tough guy that is so appealing.  He wants to stay with his friends in Southey, but knows there’s something else waiting for him, if he’d just use that incredible intellect.  The struggle is a fascinating one to watch. 

So there’s my list of current top ten heroes.  I hope you enjoy the hero in Rising Assets…Colton Freeze.

Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day--or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.


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  1. Thanks for the post and your thoughts on Rising Assets. I am excited for this latest release!

  2. Great list of heroes! I love that she included Seeley Booth (love that show) and now I also want to watch Mystery Alaska again! I purchased Rising Assets yesterday and I'm very much looking forward to reading it. I love friends to lovers stories :-)

  3. The book looks great and I am a huge Firefly fan! Love your list of heroes. Thanks for being on the blog.

  4. Hi everybody! Thanks for popping by today! Now I want to go back and watch Firefly again, too. :)

  5. We own the box set and watch Firefly on a regular marathon basis. When I posted your list, I was amazed how easily I was able to see Malcolm in the role of Colton. :)