Welcome to Reviews By Molly‘s Innovative Online Book Tours review stop as part of Elle Chardou’s Lara & The City Of Angels virtual book tour. You’ll find more information about the book, my review, and a giveaway below. Happy Reading!
Lara & The City Of Angels
Superstar Marriages, #1
Midnight Engel Press
July 31, 2012
The Gorgeous Wife
Lara MacIntyre-Buchanan has it all: a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and more money than she can spend in a lifetime. Looks can be deceiving and although Lara should be one of the happiest women in the world, she is miserable. So much is missing from her life but the most important, she needs love…
The Superstar Husband
Sean Buchanan is movie star supreme: he has Lara, his blue-blood wife, and a lovely daughter. He also has a billion-dollar movie career that has spanned more than a decade. His wife gives into his every need and she has been the perfect submissive until now but it is no longer fulfilling. Now he wants more…
Lara takes a part in a cable television show to get away from her so-called perfect life and meets the perfect guy instead. Kristian Stenfeldt has his share of flaws but he is everything her husband is incapable of becoming and now she has to make a decision. Should she hold on to the life she has cultivated or throw it away for a mysterious future that could hold limitless possibilities?
WARNING: This is an erotic contemporary romance story part of the Superstar Marriages Anthology. This story contains a badly behaving movie star, a submissive wife who has to come to terms with finding a backbone, a hot guy who is too delicious to resist and a storyline that guarantees an HEA…though it might not be with the man you think!
About The Author:
Elle Chardou is a pseudonym for Danielle Blanchard Benson, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance as well as dystopian fantasy and horror. Ms. Chardou is her alter-ego, and the writer of erotic romance only. As Ms. Chardou, she has written Darkness Rising, the first novella in The Supernaturals, an erotic romance series She is currently working on The Dawn of Darkness, book two in The Supernaturals novella series and Love Voodoo: Book I from the DeGeneration two-part series.
Ten Things About Danielle
1. Your genre(s)?
My genre will always be romance or some form thereof though I have been known to do contemporary, erotic (not erotica as there is a difference), paranormal, dystopian and even — grasp! — horror. I am an artist so I don’t limit myself and as a reader you don’t have to buy everything I write. I assume most of y’all will cherry-pick anyway.
2. How many books have you completed?
I love serials and series so I have completed one long damn serial, The Beautiful People (which consisted of eight novellas), Death Wish and Better Off Dead in The Vamp Saga (and a novella, Death Lair), Beginnings inThe Plague series, Love Voodoo in the DeGeneration series, The Catalyst in my other serial, The Pop Stars, and Forever 27, a novelette in The 27 Club series.
3. How many books are you working on now?
*Breathe* Okay, I am almost finished writing Queen of the Undead in The Vamp Saga (72k and counting),Hart Attack, the first novel in The Hart Family Saga (another paranormal series), Apocalypse 2012 in The Plague series, The Making of a Star in The Pop Stars serial and Love Game in the DeGeneration series. Plus, I am co-writing a novel with a writer friend of mine, a horror-thriller, Ties That Unbind. I’m tired just thinking about my year…
4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?
I try to work on one project at a time so it makes it easier for me to maintain consistency. That list above, that is the order of the books with the exception of the one I am co-writing. I write that one when I get it back from my co-author, write my part and then send it to him via email and Drop Box.
5. The POV (= Point of View) you’re most partial to?
I’m not. I love first person though it can definitely have its limitations. I usually stick with third person though. The HUGE exception to this rule is The Vamp Saga. The first novel is written in first person but the rest are a mix of first and third person. There are some people out there this irks but what can I say? I love Manon and I *can’t* write her in third but I also love some of the other characters and thought they should get a word in too. Hence the bastard project it has become involving both POVs.
6. The themes that keep cropping up in your books?
Female empowerment, strength, change and staying true to one’s self. None of these are ever easy but nothing in life worth fighting for ever is so there you have it.
7. How many days a week do you write?
Everyday. There is no such thing as writer’s block for me. I began Apocalypse 2012 but my Vamp Saga muse didn’t want to let go so I began the third novel. Due to my schedule, I write at least 2k each day and can finish a first draft in anywhere between four and six weeks.
8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?
The evening. I have two children under the age of ten so when they are sleeping or are about to go down, I find myself most creative. Plus, I can have a glass of wine while I write… yes, I sometimes write toasted but I do all my revisions dead sober and I have an editor just to make sure she catches all the mistakes I don’t. Plus, I have some great writers who act as beta readers and guinea pigs for those other pesky mistakes neither of us catch. I will upload and re-do a book that isn’t perfect countless times. I do it all the time as it is a bit easier with the e-books than print but there is no such thing as “done” for me if mistakes are found.
9. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
I’m a child of Generation X and I listen to everything but when I write paranormal/horror, I need some hard rocking music. My favorites: Deftones (Diamond Eyes and Best Of albums are classics), Marilyn Manson (Mechanical Animals, and Eat Me, Drink Me are two of my faves but I have every album ever made), Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein…I also listen to a lot of French hip-hop (Sinik, Diam’s, MC Solaar) and French music in general (too many artists to count!). And I love some good pop music so Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Madonna are never far away…neither is Mylene Farmer for the matter, my favorite French pop star.
10. What the hell is up with your love affair with France?
Yeah, la Belle France gets mentioned a lot in a myriad of my novels. Better Off Dead and Queen of the Undead take place there as does most of Beginnings and Apocalypse 2012 will be a revisit (yet again). TheDeGeneration series takes place almost entirely in France. My other love affair is French influenced even if it is in the States. Hart Attack takes place in New Orleans.
I just love France, French culture, the language and desperately can’t wait until I can live there for a couple of years and write. I have lots of French friends and am partial to the Ile-de-France area of the country (though it is often cold, rainy and overcast). Plus, who wouldn’t want their children to be bi-lingual? And did I mention the wine and the cheese and the food? Everything is better with a French accent!
Elle Chardou is a wonderful author! I started this book on Sunday morning and had it finished by Sunday night. Wow! I was completely pulled to the center of the story, fell in love with all the characters. These characters aren’t perfect by any means. They have their issues. I felt like Ms. Chardou captured the life of a movie star perfectly, letting her readers know that just because you’re famous, doesn’t mean you aren’t without flaws.
I really felt bad for Lara. All she wanted was happiness but she didn’t have it with her husband. Forced to go to parties of an unusual type, she feels it’s the only way to keep him happy. She wants nothing more than to have her husband be attracted to her. But, it doesn’t look like that will happen. So, she flies across the country to film on location for a show he begs her not to do. She feels that time away will help her marriage…..or will it?
Kristian is a super sexy man and I fell in love with him instantly! Heroic to a T, he’s right there beside Lara when she’s struggling, helping to bring her hope and trust. Instantly attracted to her, he can’t help what he feels for her. But, he stays back for he knows she’s married. But, what if she’s not married for long? Can he convince her what he feels for her is true?
I don’t want to go into the story to much more, because I’m really close to telling the whole thing. I don’t want to do that as I want you to go out and get a copy of this book right now and read it for yourself. It’s filled with layered emotions and inner struggles. I didn’t like Sean, Lara’s husband, but there’s a reason behind. You’ll have to get a copy of it and see what I’m talking about. While I didn’t like Sean’s character, or his sister Sorcha’s character, they lent the perfect amount of “villian” atmosphere to the story.
I definitely recommend this emotionally moving, passion-filled romance story with 5 Books and two thumbs. This is the start of a wonderful new series, and I am highly anticipation the release of book 2, Jenna & The City Of Lights. I hope to see more of Lara and Kristian! Well done, Ms. Chardou on a wonderfully created story and I’m a fan for life!
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