Today on Beyond My Writing Space I welcome Charmaine Ross, author of a contemporary romance that has a darker twist, Take Me As I Am.
Charmaine Ross will be awarding a copy of the e-book Take Me As I Am (international) to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.
Forget the whole billionaire tycoon thing: Kate Moore is a billionaire’s daughter, and she knows first-hand that they’re not all romance novel worthy. Her father is brilliant, inflexible, and brutal – and nothing she’s ever done has been good enough for him. Her one chance to take over the massive Moore’s Hotel Corporation is restoring the run-down Burnham Beeches in beautiful Sassafras to its former glory. To that end, she hires David Wright, a talented landscaper with an unparalleled eye for beauty and an unparalleled talent for distracting her from her goal.
David really needs this job. He needs the contract, the Moore’s name on his portfolio, and the money to pay for his ailing father’s health. Everything he’s worked for is now within his grasp, and he’s going to reach for it with both hands. What he doesn’t need is the diversion, or the temptation, presented by his new boss.
Neither David nor Kate are free to follow their own desires, but they’re powerless to fight their growing attraction. But they come from very different places; perceptions will have to crash, misconceptions will have to collapse, and they will have to face their own personal challenges before they find their space to meet in the middle.
A Sneak Peek Inside…
His hand lifted to her hair, his fingertips brushed where some of the ends curled. It slipped around a finger and he watched the burnished strands in the light. There was gold and honey and shining browns, gleaming like silk.
She moved her head, just a little, but it was enough for his fingertips to graze her jaw. Silken skin slid beneath his touch. He traced the line of her jaw then his hand cupped her nape, her hair falling gloriously over his forearm.
He waited her for to move away, but her eyes found his and caressed him with a look he couldn’t deny. He bent his head, lips brushing hers. Her mouth yielded and he pressed more firmly against them, taking her lips between his, moulding his mouth to hers.
Slowly, so slowly, her hand settled on his shoulder, a touch so light he barely knew it was there. But he did and the hot coals inside his gut flickered into a flame. He opened his mouth, brushed her lips with the tip of his tongue, tracing the line of her lower lip.
She sank into him, her hand crawling behind his neck as her other hand found his upper arm. He wound his free hand behind her waist, anchoring her against him. Her soft breasts pushed against his chest, her heat infusing through their clothing.
Her mouth opened, tongue caressed tongue, before he plunged into the hot, honeyed centre of her mouth. She met him move for move, tilting her head to deepen the kiss, their mouths, lips, tongues igniting their own private dance.
His brain was clouding with need, insanely intense, as though he were climbing to a peak only she would quench. His senses were attuned to hers, his skin sensitive to her touch, the tangible weight of her body against his.
Then that little niggling voice broke through the misty realms of his mind. The fog cleared, an inner voice nagging him for … something. Some reason he couldn’t quite connect with. There was nothing he wanted more than this woman in his hands to feel, explore, taste. Then the voice became louder, irritating the sensuous web that caressed him.
The voice harassed him, badgering away the misty recesses in his brain. Reason. Boss. She was … is … his boss. What, in hell, was he doing!
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What did I think?
Take Me As I Am is a deceptive novel in the sense that it lures you into what is seemingly a typical contemporary love story. In Kate, you have a highly strung heroine trying her best to prove herself in business to an overbearing and highly critical father, who is insistent that his daughter make her own way in the world. In David, you have a talented musician who gave up potential fame to return to the family home and support his family after his father suffered a near fatal heart attack. David needs the landscaping contract that Kate has put out to tender for her first hotel, and foray into the family business. Kate needs everything to be perfect if she is to impress her father. Neither of them want or need the building attraction between them.
As the story progresses, you learn that Kate was adopted and taken from an abusive home, and her high society and rich lifestyle comes at a price. Her father is not a very nice guy and he’s underpinned Kate’s gratitude with years and years of mental conditioning, that’s left her clawing for Daddy’s love and attention, whilst fearing his wrath if she doesn’t impress him. David’s family, are the complete opposite and therefore, reveals a stark contrast between the family who has everything and the family who has nothing. But which one? Through the growing bonds between Kate and David, Kate begins to question the demands of her fathers expectations and if she’s able to live a life dedicated to fulfilling them. Is she prepared to sacrifice her happiness?
This was very much Kate’s story. We saw her grow and change and break away from the relationships that are bad for her. But I would have liked to have seen David develop more as a character. His story developed as a result of the actions of others rather than the actions of himself. And as a writer of dark psychological romances I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I thought I would, but as the darker twists developed I was compelled to continue reading and satisfied by the way Kate stood up when it was necessary in the end.
If you enjoy charming love stories that flirt with the darker side of life then you’ll enjoy Take Me As I Am.
Who is Charmaine Ross…?
My first foray into romance was as a fourteen year old where I fell hopelessly and eternally in love with my hero as only a teenager can. Instead of watching movies and staying up late, I would go to bed at eight thirty and continue my very romantic, very safe, love affair. Since then, I have fallen in love with many heroes, some less safe than what my teenage brain could possibly imagine. After earning a Fine Art’s Degree, a Diploma of Secondary Education and a Diploma of Marketing, I worked as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies as well as in-house marketing roles and am currently involved with digital marketing and everything web in my current position. But I always return to writing. Although I have travelled, I always return to my home town of Melbourne and live with my husband, two children and two cats in the ferny-greens of the Dandenongs. If I’m not working on my latest romance and falling in love with yet another hero, you’ll find me reading, watching and basically indulging in my addiction to any story on any media type I can get my fingers on.
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