Saturday, 18 January 2014

No Time Like Mardi Gras, or Why Getting Caught Up In the Moment Can Only Be a Good Thing

A scandalous night – and no one will ever know! 
Mardi Gras might be the best party in the world, but Jamie Vincent is spending it third-wheeling with her new flatmate. So when gorgeous stranger Colin Raine offers to show her around how can she say no?
Soon Jamie’s seduced by the hedonistic carnival – and by her delicious tour guide! Technically she’s sworn off men, but for one night only they can go crazy and no one will ever know… 
Until everyone in New Orleans finds out! Now Jamie’s secret is out, it looks as if what happened at Mardi Gras might not stay at Mardi Gras after all…
Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  A festival of colour, music and debauchery.  I can think of nowhere more perfect to set a romance novel imbued with heat and passion.

Jamie’s out for the night with her new flatemate, who’s hanging off every word that falls from some fairly sleazy musician’s lips.  Luckily for her, her very own private guide for the festival is just around the corner. 

Colin Raine is the epitome of the perfect geek.  Intelligent, funny and so very very hot, he’s the perfect subversion of geek-based stereotypes.  And he’s Jamie’s perfect man for the evening.

Kimberly Lang specialises in creating believable, three-dimensional female characters who end up doing something out of character for one night only (see also Last Groom Standing).  But the difference here is that they don’t just do it for the sake of it.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment – especially at someone different and exotic, whether that’s abroad, or in a situation that’s different from the ones you usually find yourself in.

What I love best about this novel is that what happens at Mardi Gras is only the beginning.  The bulk of the narrative is focused on what happens if that one moment you’d crystallised in your mind as perfect and past suddenly became real for you once more.

Funny, delightful and utterly enchanting, Lang’s book is the first in a duet with Aimee Carson, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t dying to see what happens with Callie in the next book!

Plus, Mills & Boon boy Neil loved it too!!

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