Review: SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley + Giveaway!!

Filed in Blogoversary , Giveaways , Inez Kelley , The Danger Lover Posted on January 26, 2011 @ 12:00 pm 43 comments

Please give a warm Book Lovers welcome Inez Kelley who convinced the heroine and hero of her upcoming publication “SWEET AS SIN” to share their thoughts with respect to their love story. 😉 We hope you enjoy John and Livvy’s review as much as we did!! Stay tuned till the end and answer the question for your chance to win!

Hi all! And thanks to the Book Lovers Inc. crew for letting me stop by. When I was invited to blog, they gave me several options like interviewing them or reviewing my own book, etc. Hands down, I knew what I wanted to do. I had to bring the hero and heroine from SWEET AS SIN with me for an interview.

JOHN: What’s with this hero shit? I’m nobody’s hero.

LIVVY: *Elbows his gut* Shut up and let her finish, Murphy. And you’re my hero. You’re not so big and bad.

JOHN: I’m not a hero.

LIVVY: *teeth clenched* We’ll discuss romance labels later, okay? Just shut up.

INEZ: As I was saying, the uhm… main characters in my book Sweet as Sin are John Murphy and Livvy Andrews. I asked them to join me today so I could introduce them and tell you a little bit about their story.

JOHN: *glaring* Don’t you think you’ve told enough? The damn story is nearly 500 pages long.

INEZ: Hey! You came to me! You wanted your story told!

JOHN: You write erotic romance. I wanted you to write a hot little number about me nailing the next-door neighbor but no, you dug into stuff that was none of your business.

INEZ: If you open a door, I’m walking through it. I write more than erotic romances. I write straight contemporary, and comedy and fantasy. Everything I write has a story —a good one— behind it.

LIVVY: She’s right, honey. There’s a lot more to you than just what’s in your pants.

JOHN: *grumpily* I wanted her to write about me in your pants, not shit in my past.

INEZ: Can we get back to the interview, please? *John rolls his eyes* Thank you. Let’s start with Livvy since John is breathing through his nose like a bull. You knew from the first minute that John just wanted to get you into bed and called him on it. So tell us what made you stick around.

LIVVY: Have you looked at him? He’s gorgeous. *John grins* But that’s just physical. Murphy acts all tough and gruff and has a mouth like a drunk trucker but he’s a marshmallow. There’s a good heart underneath all that muscle and it’s just as vulnerable as any poet’s.

*John’s grin turns to a frown*
JOHN: Did you just call me a sissy-assed poet?

LIVVY: *arches one brow* Your balls are intact. The words ‘sissy-assed’ did not pass my lips.

INEZ: Okay, back on track again… John, tell me about Livvy. Other than physical, what attracted you to her?

JOHN: She’s smart. She’s independent. She doesn’t let me get away with shit. When I’m being a dick, she calls me on it and goes nose to nose with me, never backing down. She’s stubborn and… she takes care of me. I’ve… I’ve never really had that. It’s nice.

INEZ: Do I detect a crack in that tough-guy armor you always wear?

JOHN: *Jaw tightening* Okay, that’s it. You think I was a demanding asshole? Just wait. I’ve seen the inside of your head. I know the characters lurking in there. I’m shoving a few hard-asses forward. Let’s see if you’re so damn cocky after dealing with them.

INEZ: *gasp* You wouldn’t!

JOHN: *Eyes narrowed* Watch me. You laid all my secrets out there like a blanket. You can’t do shit to me now.

INEZ: Wanna bet?

JOHN: What the hell does that mean?

INEZ: Don’t mess with me, hero-boy. You know what I did to Bryton in Salome at Sunrise.

JOHN: That was fantasy. This is a contemporary. A FINISHED single-title contemporary. You can’t change things now.

INEZ: Ever heard of a freebie website vignette? *smirking, scribbles on a sheet of paper and hands it to Livvy*

LIVVY: *gulping* Oh boy.

JOHN: What? We have a book, with an ending. There’s even a damn epilogue. What more could she do?

*Livvy passes paper to John*

*John reads, goes pale, and swallows*

JOHN: Oh shit. You are an evil, evil bitch, know that?

INEZ: I’d like to write more but John stormed out muttering curse words and Livvy raced out to calm him down. I hope you don’t let his surliness put you off reading Sweet as Sin. His story truly was enlightening for me and it explains why he is such an asshole at times. He irritates me but I do love the big lughead. So does Livvy. I hope you do as well.

John will be fine. Livvy will talk him down and they will cope. He just doesn’t deal with change well. He’d better learn to adapt though… and to change a few diapers. *wink*

What traits can you forgive in a hero?

Do you like free teaser stories on author websites?

SWEET AS SIN from Carina Press

Available: January 31, 2011

She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he’s driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won’t lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she’s as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

About Inez:

Inez Kelley lives in the Midwest in a house affectionately called The Brady Bunch place. She spends most of her time in a cramped little office (Alice’s room) surrounded by a multitude of books, a plastic gecko and her computer. The growing horde of dust bunnies, her children’s request for meals and a never-ending laundry pile vie for her attentions.

She is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website. Follow Inez on Twitter or on Facebook.

As noted above Inez is offering a ARC copy of her book Sweet As Sin to 1 lucky commenter
You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.

All you have to do is answer one of the questions at the end of Inez’s post.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good Luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Birgit January 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I am absolutely for free teaser stories on author websites – they give me an idea of how the author writes and wet my appetite for reading a full novel!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Reading mind January 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    love this interview! I actually think it's great authors give teaser stories, quotes and things like this before the book comes out, it makes me want to read it even more!

  • BLHmistress January 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This is a tough question, what traits would I forgive , anger, rudeness and border line cruelness(if there is reasons behind it) IF I see there is a heart a gold – in there and he is afraid to be hurt. I hope that makes since.

    I love teasers, but they can drive me nuts when the book isn't scheduled to be released for awhile.


  • Mikki-Manó January 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I agree with Birgit – I like reading tesers so I get to know how the author writes, which is a good thing if I didn't know that author yet. But it's good even if I know her/him, because they make me want to read more and more from her/him and sometimes it makes hard to wait for the release of the next book =) But I love it =)
    Thanks for the giveaway =)

  • Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Me too, me too!!! Love reading teasers even though it's frustrating sometimes when I can't get the book right away!!!!

    So, what qualities would I forgive in a hero? Well, heavyhandedness, if he realises and grovels for forgiveness…hehe!! Looking down at his lady love, not appreciating her, as long as he realises he needs her as much as the air he breathes.

    in Germany

  • Stephanie January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I would be able to forgive stubbornness and overprotectiveness. There are some things that you have to compromise on to have a good relationship.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Danielle Gorman January 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I love reading the free stories on author websites, especially if it relates to a story I have already read.

  • Victoria January 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I love teasers but I won't read entire chapters. It makes me long too much for the book.


  • Robin K January 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I can forgive most things as long as they learn and adapt *giggles*. An unforgivably thing would be bigotry.

  • Jeannene Walker January 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Awesome interview! I can forgive gruff and surly if he really knows how to love her.
    you can find me @jeannenewalker

  • Melissa (Books and Things) January 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I don't like teaser stories. I want the whole book. No teasing… nah nah na nah na! 😉

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Kulsuma January 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I can forgive most things but only on the condition that he learns from it!
    I like teasers, but not too many.

  • LSUReader January 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I like teaser stories, and stories “between the books” that let us see some favorite characters again.

    As for character traits that can be forgiven? Really, most things, as long the character seeks forgiveness and tries his best to reform bad behavior. It would need to be truly awful–voilence against children, for example–to perhaps be unforgiveable.

  • elaing8 January 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    great character interview. John and Livvy sound awesome.
    I do like free teaser stories at authors websites.

  • Ashley January 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I LOVE teaser stories! They always give you a good part then cut you off so you're just hanging there and you absolutely have to have more.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Estella January 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I like teasers on an authors website, but I hate waiting for the book after I've read the teaser.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • lisagk January 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I love teasers. Doesn't matter if it is before the book and I have to wait. I still love 'em.

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  • winnie January 27, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I personally love teasers on authors' websites, but just don't release them too early in advance so that the wait for the book won't seem too long after reading them.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Elizabeth January 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I love teasers they wet your appetite for the rest of the book.

  • GeishasMom73 January 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I am not entering the copy of Sweet as Sin because I already won one from Inez on twitter.

    I wanted to comment here because I finished Sweet as Sin last night. Wow. John Murphy is a tortured soul. Murphy has a sweet side too. Livvy has her own skeletons as well. They go thru so much to be together. The dark moment is VERY dark. If you like that kind of story, you will LOVE this book.

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Tore January 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I am a follower and email subscriber. What traits can you forgive in a hero? Overprotectiveness, jealiousy possessiveness.

    Do you like free teaser stories on author websites? Yes I am all for free teasers. It give me information on what the book is like and the author. Please enter me in contest.

  • ClaudiGC January 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I love teasers! They give me a feeling how a new-to-me author writes and if I would like it.

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Sarah January 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    LOL! What a great "interview"! 🙂 Can't wait to read this one – I've got it on my wishlist. I like teaser stories so long as they don't mess with the main book/reveal key plot points.

    smaccall @

  • Meredith January 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Loved this interview!

    I could forgive a hero a little bit of arrogance and being a little stubborn. I love teaser stories on author websites!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • -petit January 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I don't read too much teasers, because i feel lost. I like to buy the book because of the plot, cover and things like that. 😀

  • Juana January 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I would forgive him being overprotective.

    I love teasers.

  • SweetShenanigans January 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I would say overprotectiveness but that's already been said. I can definately forgive impulsiveness, many times that trait makes a great story.
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

  • Sheree January 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Teaser stories and other goodies are great on author sites. They give a taste of the author's writing style and the characters.


  • Jasmine1485 January 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I love teaser stories, but only if they don't include major spoilers 🙂 They give me a chance to get familiar with the writer's style and see if I fit with it.

    Kate1485 at

  • Darlyn January 28, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I love teasers. But as long as the author don't gives too much spoiler in it. but sometimes it could be very tempting when most of the it makes me wants more!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  • marybelle January 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Free teaser stories make me want more, so yes always appreciated.

    I found it hard to find a trait I could forgive in a hero.

  • JenM January 29, 2011 at 12:27 am

    That was a great interview. I just marked this book down on my wishlist. I love teasers – they give you a sense of the author's writing style and hopefully get you interested in the characters and plot of the book. As for heros, I can forgive just about anything as long as they show treat the heroine with respect.

    jen at delux dot com

  • Belle Découverte January 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I will forgive almost any trait (except anything immoral) in the hero if it is written well by the author.

    I enjoy free teaser stories because I can get a sense of the author's voice and that will affect whether I will buy the author's book or not.

  • BooksforCompany January 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Can forgive stubbornness and maybe arrogant trait .. not sure about the last one though!
    booksforcompany @

  • Nora January 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Free teaser stories are the greatest!!! This book sounds amazing, I would love to read it!

    nyelekli (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • JoAnna January 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I can forgive a hero for being an absolute jerk if he has had a hard life and can turn himself around for the right heroine.
    I love teasers, they leave me aching for the release!

  • natalie23 January 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I love reading teaser stories. It's even better if the story is put on the site a litle bit at a time.
    That way it makes the story last longer, it lets you get to know the authors writing and the characters if you are unfamiliar with them, and it gets you more impatient for the book to come out.


  • Holz February 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I love reading teasers! Its more then that though, i think they give a good insight into the writers style plus they allow us to determine whether or not the books to our liking. So yeah i think they're really helpful:)

  • Cait @ Love Letters February 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Love reading teasers! It just gets me uber excited for more.

  • mbreakfield February 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I love teasers, but sometimes they frustrate me.

  • Aleetha February 4, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I dont mind reading teaser especially for the book that I have not read or purchase yet. They are a guide for me before buying books
    😀 at gmail dot com

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Being brusk and short-tempered up to a point. Being an alpha male as long as it is tempered with sweetness and a sense of humor otherwise it is just over-bearing.

    linze_e at

  • Laura H. February 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I trait I can forgive in my hero is cockiness. Usually that's just a cover for a feeling of inadequacy that can easily "be addressed". 🙂


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