“With as many sex scenes as I’ve read, it is hard to find novels that stay true to the emotions involved in having sex. Crooks accomplishes this in spades, and I definitely appreciate the extra effort.”
Hey ladies! Thank you so much for dropping by to check out Christina Crooks’ upcoming release, Hands On. She was so sweet to let me read her ARC, and I can’t wait to pass on all the good info to ya’ll. Remember to leave a comment to enter the Hands On Giveaway. The winner will receive an autographed hardcover of Christina’s previous release, Thrill of the Chase. Winner will be announced on Friday! Comment: Answer a fun question!
Hands On Blurb:
Want to make Fate laugh? Try telling her who’s in charge.
Talented, down-on-her-luck puppeteer Ginnie Anderson’s life seems destined to fall down around her ears. Much like the rented bungalow that’s just collapsed in a heavy rainstorm, endangering her precious collection of marionettes.
Her livelihood in need of protection and repair, she can’t refuse her landlord’s offer of temporary shelter in his magnificent home. Under his roof, though, she finds her hard-won grasp on her independence slipping—and herself falling into his arms.
The hallmark of Harry Barrett’s business success: he never makes the same mistake twice, particularly when it comes to manipulative women. So why is Ginnie, who pulls strings for a living, like a siren’s song in his blood? It’s best to put temptation as far out of reach as possible.
Yet when Ginnie’s past threatens to destroy the life she’s built for herself, Harry must decide which is more important. Holding tight to his sense of self preservation, or letting go to capture Ginnie’s fragile heart—before it breaks into a thousand pieces.
Hands On Review:
Hands On has to be the most down to earth, realistic romance novel I have read to date. I found her novel to be refreshing, and ultimately a much needed breath of fresh air in the romance genre. Here are the three reasons why you should read a copy of Hands On.
Harry and Ginnie are two of the most relatable characters I have seen because Crooks doesn’t take the easy route in character development. I really like how she weaves deep rooted issues into Harry and Ginnie. Harry’s ex-fiancee publicly humiliated him with an unthinkable accusation, sending him into seclusion. His mistrust of women runs so deep that he fights off Ginnie’s charms at every turn. Crooks really kept us on our toes with Harry, as you will literally have to wait until the end to find out if he will ever get over his issues with women.
Ginnie has escaped her controlling ex-fiancee and is now making a fresh start in a new city as a puppeteer. Her self-esteem has taken a huge beating, and her puppeteer business is really struggling. All she wants is to do what she loves for a living, and a man isn’t in her plans. After her traumatic experience with her ex, Ginnie ironically develops control issues of her own as she is determined not to let anyone control her again. Like a well developed movie, Crooks succeeds in shaping each character into a true to life being.
I loved how Crooks created very honest sex scenes between Harry and Ginnie. For example, when Harry removes his pants for the first time, Ginnie immediately recognizes that Harry “bore no resemblance” to her ex. While it is funny to read, it is even more tickling to know that thoughts like that really go through a woman’s mind. Crooks also shows us the real hesitation that comes along with a first sexual experience between our characters. Ginnie says, “Can I…touch you?” With as many sex scenes as I’ve read, it is hard to find novels that stay true to the emotions involved in having sex. Crooks accomplishes this in spades, and I definitely appreciate the extra effort.
With this novel coming out to approximately 115 pages, I quickly noticed that Crooks has a unique way of giving us all the delicious details without any extraneous fat. I was surprised at how I devoured this novel in a single sitting. The pacing is solid, and the transition between scenes is very smooth. Hands On is an easy read, and I found myself emotionally invested into the character’s happiness. I would absolutely recommend purchasing Hands On!
1. Would you rather eat chocolate cake or strawberry cheesecake?
Chocolate cake. With extra frosting.
2. Which Monoloply game piece would you be: thimble, car, shoe, hat, or dog?
I haven’t played Monopoly in forever, but I like dogs… so, that one I guess! 🙂
3. What would you rather drink: Water or Tea?
Peppermint tea, please.
4. What would you rather have: a new pair of shoes or a new purse?
I’d love some new black boots.
5. Who would you hire: a nail manicurist or a masseuse?
A masseuse, definitely. Mmmmm.
Thank you so much Christina for letting us take a sneak peak into your upcoming novel. I wish you much success and don’t be a stranger – you are always welcome to visit us!