Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview & Review: Private Practice by Samanthe Beck

Today I welcome Samanthe Beck, author of Private Practice, which is an amazingly hot and sweet book that I really enjoyed reading.  So it's time to grab your favorite cuppa and sit and learn a little more about Samanthe and check out my review .  

What three things do you need in order to write?

I will work for food…or, make that, beverages. In the morning, I need a big mug of coffee (I’ve
got one called “The D Cup”) loaded with enough hazelnut creamer to make Juan Valdez cringe.
By noon I’ve traded in the coffee for Diet Dr. Pepper and, by five o’clock, (okay, four-thirty,
sticklers), I’ve upgraded to a big glass of red wine.

Crystal: Now that sounds like my kind of day!

What's your favorite season?

Summer, definitely. The other seasons have their charms, but I likes me some sun!

Crystal: I have to agree, I use to be a spring girl, but spring is so crazy around here lately that I just want warm summer sun and to go out on the boat!  Saturday I was out in a tank top getting some sun, today I'm bundled up in a coat and scarf and I live in NC so bring on summer!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Endless summer, baby! Six months of the year here in the ‘Bu, and six months in Bora Bora.

What's the first sentence of Private Practice?

“Call me Ishmeal.” (Just kidding. That would be Moby Dick, which stuck with me since 9th grade
for some reason). The first line of Private Practice is: “To be honest, I’m relieved Roger and I
called off our engagement.”

Tell us what is Private Practice about.

Dr. Ellie Swann returns to her tiny hometown of Bluelick, KY to open her general practice, but,
before the ink dries on her “The Doctor Is In” sign, she learns the object of her secret—and
completely unrequited—adoration, Roger Reynolds is newly single. According to his ex-fiance,
Melody, he’s in the market for a wild, sexually adventurous woman. Ellie’s wondering how she
can turn herself into his perfect sexy soul-mate when local bad-boy Tyler Longfoot shows up
on her doorstep at 2:00 a.m. with a jealous drunk’s bullet in his ass and a question on his lips.
What can he do to convince her not to report the incident to the authorities? Tyler’s a walking,
talking wealth of sexual know-how, packed into six-feet, two-inches of mouthwatering man. All
of the sudden, Ellie’s ready to negotiate the price of her silence!

Dish, who’s your favorite character?

I had a ton of fun with Tyler. How could I not appreciate having a big, strapping stud who pretty
much had to do whatever I told him to do? But I have a real soft spot for Melody. She’s been
through a tough break-up, but she handles herself with class and never plays the victim. Plus,
she was full of surprises. Who knew under her polished prom queen veneer lurked a sexy vixen
waiting for a certain fire chief to set her free (or tie her up, as the case may be).

Crystal: I was surprised to like Melody too, I figured from the start of the book she would be the one I wouldn't like but now I want a book about her!

What was your inspiration for Private Practice?

My husband hails from a small town in Northern Kentucky, near Blue Licks Battlefield State
Park. His entire family still lives there. Visiting them gave me, (a nomadic city girl), my first
experience being in a place where everybody knows everybody and secrets are harder to keep
than a stash of Makers Mark. I started to wonder what it would be like to undertake radical self-
change in that kind of environment.

Somewhere along the line I also got into a “Hart of Dixie” habit, and thought, why shouldn’t my
small town be populated with incredibly HOT people?

How did you come up with the title for the book? Is it yours or did someone help you with it?

I called this story “Private Practice” from the beginning, and it stuck! I liked that it touched on
the medical angle—Ellie being a doctor and all—but also hinted about the whole private lesson
arrangement she reaches with Tyler.

What can we expect next from you?

My second novel, “Lover Undercover,” comes out in late April from Entangled’s super-smexy
Brazen line! A hot homicide detective, a woman with a secret, some dirty-dancing…and
murder. :0

Crystal: Oooh, I like it and I can't wait to read it!

Thanks Samanthe!

Thank you for having me!

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About the book:
Title: Private Practice

Author: Samanthe Beck

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 263

Release Date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-788-8

Imprint: Brazen

He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how
to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to
Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for
Tyler first.

Read an excerpt here:

Praise for Private Practice: “Passionate and laugh out loud funny with a super sexy hero
who gets all As between the sheets.”
- USA TODAY Bestselling Author Cari Quinn

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About the Author:
Sam was transfixed from an early age with any tale featuring a handsome prince, a great dress, and, of course, the all-important kiss, and eventually aspired to write her own happily-ever-afters. Naturally, she became a lawyer. The legal world heaved a sigh of relief a few years ago when Samanthe retired from law to take the plunge as a writer. 

When not living the glamorous life of a romance author (i.e., chained to her computer), Samanthe keeps busy with the care and feeding of her extremely patient prince-charming of a husband, a not-so-patient ball of energy known as their son, a furry ninja named Kitty, and Bebe, the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. Their love, support, and willingness to eat Pizza Hut three or more times a week enables Samanthe to pursue her literary dreams.

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My Review:
I can't even begin to explain  how fun this book was to read.  The characters, the plot, the town, all worked so well together that I just sat down, started reading and couldn't stop and I think I kept a smile on my face the entire time.  There is conflict but it's not as stressful as some books, and there are serious parts, but for some reason I felt this book was more fun and enjoyable than anything else and it really helped my mood.

Ellie has returned and she's all grown up and doesn't quite look like the nerd she was when she left, but she's still self-conscious, she still has family issues and she still has a crush on golden boy Roger.  So when she hears he's on the market and wants an adventurous partner, she decides that she will make herself more adventurous in the bedroom.  Enter Tyler who has a problem, more specifically a bullet in his butt.  I mean who can't laugh at that.  A hot guy with a bullet in his butt.  Ellie then makes a deal with him.  Teach her in the bedroom and she'll keep his bullet wound a secret.  Except there are no secrets in a small town.  Can I just say how much I loved both characters.  You expect Tyler to be all wild bad boy, he got shot, he was in a bar and he drives a motorcycle, but you learn about him and he's so different than what is painted about him.  Then there is Ellie who is quite buttoned up and wants to change that and Tyler can bring out the best in her.  Of course they start to fall for each other, one knows it, the other doesn't really realize it.  It's typical. 

As far as the plot goes, it is predictable, but that's not a problem, I loved watching it unfold.  Where it's going its predictable, but how it gets there and how the characters develop is not.  And I loved the secondary characters and plots that are introduced.  They added depth to the story without bogging it down.  I think they made it more interesting and really added to Tyler and Ellie.  Not that you need to add to Tyler and Ellie because they can  heat up the pages all on their own.

One other thing I really liked, you read the description and you think the book is all sex, but it's not.  There is real chemistry and despite what you think, they don't jump right into bed, there is wooing and I love Tyler for it.  You have to read it to understand and I don't want to give more away.  Another thing I love, the construction worker angle.  She did a great job with that without making him the typical dumb guy just there for looks.  Tyler is smart which a lot of construction workers are (I'm married to one).  I saw a lot of my husband in him and his comments about job sight and how he acted so I think she nailed the character spot on.  Great job Ms. Beck!  

If you are looking for a great romance with depth but yet it stays light then Private Practice is just the book for  you.  I read it in just a few hours one evening.  My eyes were about to close, but I had to finish, had to see how things worked out.  It was a completely enjoyable read and I know I say it often but I really do mean it here, I cannot wait to read more by Ms. Beck, she knows romance and writes it perfectly. 

My Rating: 5.0/5.0


FTC Notice: I received a copy of Private Practice from Entangled Publishing for review.  I was not compensated in any other way besides receiving a copy for review.  All opinions are my own.