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I'm participating in a Blog Tour for my friend Ninette Swann and her book, Just the Messenger!

Ninette was super sweet and didn't yell at me even though this post was supposed to be up on THURSDAY. And while we're playing Full Disclosure, I should admit that I don't normally read romance novels and know absolutely nada about them. I think I read one back when Fabio still did book covers. So to be fair, I can't evaluate this book on any scale that would be useful to avid romance novel readers.

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What I can tell you is a little about the sexy bits and what I loved about them, along with a few other thoughts.

[non-graphic, but contains spoilers]I love to read guy-on-guy smut (and occasionally, I even like to write it). It pushes all my "like" buttons. I love threesomes where the men don't just tolerate each other but actually want to be in each other's presence. And this book provided all that in spades. It felt daring to me, although I have no idea how common that sort of thing is in the romance world.

The emotional relationship between the two male protagonists was handled sensitively and felt realistic. It was refreshing to see them struggling with jealousy because each wanted to be with the same woman while also dealing with their feelings for each other. This added an extra dimension to the story that I wasn't expecting.

There were some places where I felt Ninette might not have been entirely familiar with writing male/male sex scenes. But to be fair, I feel that way about my own m/m sex scenes when I write them. There is just no sexy way to describe balls. And buttholes. You know?

I hesitate to make comments on the plot and characterizations because I have no idea how those traditionally work in the romance novel world. But since I have huge balls (sac? orbs?), I will attempt it anyway. Let's start with the plot. It was fast-paced and kept me reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Gene and Marco, the male protagonists, were more typical "manly men" than the (admittedly often way too in touch with their feminine sides) men I tend to write. With that said, they clearly loved and wanted to protect Graciela in a situation that was way over her head. Graciela was a strong-yet-naive female who never ran away from a challenge and handled a really bizarre situation with, well, grace (pun definitely intended).

The ending was a happily-ever-after with an interesting twist. Overall, if you're a fan of the romance genre, I'd recommend this book. It's a quick read and kept me guessing all the way through.

Here's the official blurb for the book, graciously provided by the author:
[promotional stuff within]
When Graciela Merced fumbles a package she’s delivering for her mysterious and sexy boss, Gene Hardy, she finds out he’s more than just a wealthy photographer. Prepared to lose her job, she confronts him…and ends up embroiled in the tricky takedown of a powerful drug cartel pushing cocaine into the heart of New York City.

Marco Valencia is an undercover agent, working against time—and against Gene Hardy—to crack Angel’s Drug Cartel before the story makes it to the press. When Hardy’s luscious Venezuelan messenger literally falls at his feet, he has no idea just how well he’ll get to know the beauty or how difficult it will be to drop her.

Hardened by experience, Gene Hardy takes his undercover work seriously, and charges a hefty price. When Grace makes a careless mistake and hurls him back into the visage of Marco Valencia, he must either fire her, or involve her in a twisted plot that could kill them all.

As the two men battle over their feelings for Graciela—and their attraction to each other—one thing becomes perfectly clear.
Grace is much more than just the messenger.

Some information about the author:
[and she's the sweetest person ever, with orbs of steel]

Ninette Swann is a journalist turned novelist who writes her books from sunny Florida in between parenting, freelancing and editing. She writes all genre of romance, including contemporary, thriller, suspense, and dystopian. Her books include Hit and Stay, Body Combat, Finding Home, Just the Messenger and Direct Combat.

Blog: http://ninetteswann.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NinetteSwann
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NinetteSwann, @ninetteswann
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6426460.Ninette_Swann

Buy links in case you're interested in checking out this book for yourself:
All Romance Ebooks
Barnes and Noble
No Boundaries Press

And a giveaway -- you can win the book and an Amazon gift card:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 15th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sarah!! I really appreciate it!
Apr. 15th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Sorry I was late as heck and I hope the review came out okay with you.

I've never done book reviews before, unless you count the really awkward ones in grade school where you stand up in front of the class. But one time, one of the other kids in my class counted the number of times I said "and" -- and then told me afterward.
Apr. 15th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Bought it for my Kindle. I read a lot of terrible things so I'm more than happy to give something with an actual recommendation a whirl!
Apr. 15th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaaay! I hope you like it, and I'm super happy if I help my friend get even one new reader. :D
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