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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Make Me Beg by Rebecca Brooks + Interview

Have I mentioned how much I like a dirty talker? Well not only did I get the chance to review Make Me Beg but author Rebecca Brooks is answering a few of my questions today!


But first, a little about Rebecca herself:

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them.

She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

She likes outdoorsy guys with both muscle and heart and independent women ready to try something new.


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Adria: Hi Rebecca! Welcome to my little space on the internet! Tell me a little about yourself, what do you like to do when you’re not writing super sexy romance novels?
Hi Adria! Thank you so much for having me! I definitely spend most of my time dreaming up sexy situations, haha. But when I’m not working on a new book, you can probably find me out and about walking around NYC, where I live, or else traveling somewhere in the US or around the globe. I love hiking, skiing, and travel—although I’m also pretty happy curling up at home with a good book or something on Netflix. I’m currently catching up on both The Americans and Jane the Virgin.




Adria: In case people aren’t familiar with your work (Me. This is actually the first of your books I’ve read), can you tell them a little about Make Me Beg?
Yay, I’m so glad you found me! Make Me Beg is a smoking hot enemies-to-lovers about a ripped and rugged chef, Connor, and a stubborn, opinionated bartender named Mackenzie who can’t agree on anything—or keep their hands off each other. They’ve worked together at the same bar/restaurant for years, but things take a turn when they’re given the opportunity to completely redesign their dream space. Late nights working together make for lots of heated arguments. It doesn’t take long before things heat up in other ways, too! 

These two are all about the verbal foreplay, but there’s also something deeper to their relationship than just sparring and tearing off each other’s clothes. This is really a story about fear and trust in relationships. Connor and Mack both have to learn to open up to each other and become more vulnerable. It’s not easy, but I love how much both of them struggle and grow.
Make Me Beg is the second book in the Men of Gold Mountain series, set in gorgeous Gold Mountain, Washington. But as you know, you can definitely pick it up without reading Make Me Stay, which is book one. 


Adria: What is one funny/embarrassing thing people would be surprised to know about Connor and/or Mack?
Mack’s most embarrassing secret is probably that she was checking out Connor on a dating app—and that he catches her doing it!
 

Mack says she’d never actually go for him because he’s a total player. But his dirty secret is that he’s been pining for her the whole three years they’ve worked together. It’s not embarrassing in a funny way. It’s not even actually embarrassing! But Connor’s got a lot of pride, and a lot to lose. Having his true feelings come out is certainly a surprise to him and to Mack—even if their friends suspected it all along.

Adria: What got you interested in writing romance instead of say, Sci-Fi or some other genre?
It’s sort of a funny story and something I never expected would happen, although I’m certainly glad it did! I came to the genre from the academic side. I did a PhD in English and wrote my dissertation on the romance plot in contemporary feminist utopian and dystopian novels. I figured that since I was writing so much about romance, I should probably read a romance novel and see what it was all about. I’d never read one, but of course I thought I knew allllllll about the genre, having swallowed every stereotype we’re all way too familiar with for me to rehash. It didn’t take long for me to realize how wrong I was! The rest, as they say, is history.
I love how this genre is all about telling women’s stories and making women the protagonists in their own lives. I was always interested in feminist literature and in exploring possibilities for female characters beyond motherhood and death, which seem to be the typical options. So it feels inevitable that this is where I’ve found my home. I’ve published poetry and literary criticism, and I’ve actually got a few unpublished YA sci-fi manuscripts rattling around in a drawer. But I can’t seem to stop writing romance!


Adria: When you’re working on a book, what kind of environment do you have to have? Total quiet or total chaos?
I like things to be quiet, but I live in NYC so it’s hard to be too picky. I have a home office and I spend most days hunkered up in there, with no music playing and no background noise. Every so often I like going to a cafĂ© or the library, though, just to get out and make sure I’m seeing the sun and experiencing a little human interaction. So I can definitely work if there’s some noise, although total chaos would probably be distracting.  

I write sometimes on my phone when I’m riding the subway, because there are days when an idea won’t stop, or I’m feeling the time crunch and need to keep working. It’s not ideal, but I’ve tried to train myself to be able to focus in a lot of different environments so that I can make use of the time I have.


Adria: There are so many options these days for the romance reader and for authors, Make Me Beg is a contemporary romance but is there a sub-genre of romance you’d like to try in the future?
That’s a great question. I’m most drawn to contemporary romance, but I’m always bouncing around ideas for books in my head. I could definitely see myself venturing into New Adult territory and writing about slightly younger characters—in their early- to mid-twenties rather than the more established professionals in Make Me Beg. I think it’d be fun to see what new challenges come up, and also what stays the same no matter what age the characters are. 

I also have an idea for a paranormal that’s been rattling around in my brain for years, although I haven’t gotten anything down. Who knows! I love how open and varied the romance genre is and how much there is to explore.


Adria: Rebecca, thank you so much for your time I have one last question, what are you working on now?
Thank you so much for having me! Make Me Beg is the second book in the Men of Gold Mountain series, so right now I’m having a blast working on the rest of the books. There are four total—one for each season—but they stand alone and can be read in any order. 

Make Me Stay is available now so you can go back and find out how Connor’s best friend, Austin, gets together with the investor who’s leading the renovation of Mack and Connor’s bar. That’s the winter book, with skiing, snowmobiling, and enough heat to melt the snow in the Cascades!

Make Me Want is Abbi’s story and will be coming out later in the year. Abbi is Mack’s best friend and she’s all about not getting attached—until she meets a smoking hot wild land firefighter who changes everything! The last book in the series, Make Me Yours, is a second chance romance in which Claire gets back together with her ex. I just submitted it to my editor, and I can’t even tell you how much that one makes my heart melt.

It’s been really fun to get to spend so much time in Gold Mountain with this amazing group of friends. The best part is getting to think of new outdoor sex scenes for every story, in every season! 


Adria:Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it.





Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: March 20, 2017

Bartender Mackenzie Ellinsworth has always gone it alone. So when she has a chance to open her own bar and restaurant, she's got a plan for how it should go. Not in that plan: a ripped and rugged playboy stepping in to take over. Mack doesn't do players, and she doesn't do one-night stands.

If Connor wants to work with Mack, he's going to have to keep his strong, sexy hands to himself. Connor Branding is determined to prove he's not the directionless playboy Mack thinks. But opening a place together causes more problems than it solves. The two of them can't agree on anything—except how scorching hot their chemistry is.

Connor may be ready to indulge every desire Mack's been denying herself...but turning business into pleasure is likely to get him burned.


What’s it About? Mackenzie Ellinsworth is used to doing things on her own and when she has a chance to open her own bar and restaurant she’s determined to not only do it alone but do it her way. Except that in order to open the bar, she needs to work with playboy chef Connor Branding. Connor on the other hand is determined to prove to Mack that he’s not the guy she thinks he is but with them working together the only thing they seem to do is argue, until one night their arguing turns into a hot kiss which turns into something even hotter. But when it comes to Mack, nothing is easy.

Overall Reaction to the Story? So Make Me Beg was the first book by Rebecca Brooks I’d ever read and I have to say that I enjoyed it! Mack was the very definition of stubborn but Connor wasn’t far behind. I admired Mack’s determination to be a success on her own terms but at the same time her stubbornness sometimes got to me. She made her life harder than it had to be because she just refused to budge on her ideas and she had a hard time letting go of the past.

She really did complicate things but at the same time Connor’s pride had me ready to kick his butt too. I liked the guy, he was fun, funny, and had a sweet and tender side to balance out that deliciously dirty mouth of his. But man oh man he had so much pride that he was responsible for a lot of the obstacles between him and Mack. The physical chemistry was on point but once the sexy time was over these two had constant miscommunications and made a lot of assumptions about one another that lead to so much angst and frustration. Some of the frustration was on my part because there was A LOT of pride and assumptions going on and just a general avoidance of speaking clearly to one another. It did get a little tiring after awhile since about two thirds of the book is basically them bickering and misunderstanding each other.

Overall though, I enjoyed the small town feel without the over the top nosey supporting cast.

Mack was a strong character with flaws and Connor was a closet nice guy with a lot of pride but together they were forced to really take a look at themselves and make positive changes in their lives. I liked Rebecca Brooks’ style of romance so this definitely won’t be my last time reading this author.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Connor has s dirty mouth. Enough said.




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