Series: Come Undone #1
Author: Katee Robert
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publishing Date: July 10, 2012
Seducing Mr. Wrong has never felt so right...
Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she’s been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he’s completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother’s matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan—buy some lingerie and climb into her boss’s bed. The plan goes brilliantly…until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead.
Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started. Though her holier-than-thou attitude puts a serious damper on his mood, Gabe’s never been one to give up on something he wants. And he wants Elle. But does a man who lives on the dark side really have a chance with a proper lady?
I LOVED this book. I laughed so hard reading the first chapter my stomach hurt the next day. Before I go into why, I should probably tell you a thing or two about the book or you might be lost.
Elle, like most heroines in romances, has been burned by her ex-boyfriend. He cheated and lied and coerced Elle into bed, then he broke up with her in front of all her friends. Talk about a winner! Now Elle is weary but has decided to make her move. Art is her life and her brother helped her land the perfect job working with one of his service buddies in an upscale art gallery. Nathan seems like her type of guy, or the type of guy her mom would approve of. Gorgeous. Clean cut. Smart. Everything a proper girl needs.
Elle finally gives into her desires and decides to seduce Nathan. Now, this is why I would NEVER try something like this. Elle sneaks in Nathan's studio late one night, intending on creeping into bed with him and, well, you get the point. But the man in Nathan's bed was not Nathan, but his very sexy brother, Gabe, and Gabe is anything but the type Elle, and her mom, have in mind. In fact, he reminds Elle of her ex, and she had no plans on dating anyone like him.
Gabe is my type of man. He knows the really great places to eat are the dives. He likes to dance and hangs out at clubs for a living. He's a darn good tattoo artist and has an eye for art. The ink on his body is unique, depicting mechanical armor and Elle literally has fantasies of licking every inch of him.
I have two minor problems with this book. The first is one you just have to overlook if you like romances. They all follow the same formula. Girl meets boy. Girl finds tons of reasons not to like boy, but falls for him anyway. Guy screws up, or girl misinterprets something she sees. Boy apologizes. Girl accepts. Everyone lives happily-ever-after. The second though, had my internal grown woman screaming. Elle had a crazy obsession with pleasing her mother. Elle's grown, with a college education, and a good job. If she finds a man who treats her right and that she loves, she needs to stand up to her mom.
That said, I seriously recommend this book when you are looking for a feel-good romance. Something light, without too much angst. It's hot and sexy and funny. Ms. Robert's writing had me captivated, and seriously, the first chapter...so funny you'll have to keep reading.
And now, an interview with Katee Robert!
Kristin: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live?
I’m just your average neurotic author, complete with zombie plan. I live in Eastern Washington, and it’s a beautiful thing because I get the best of both worlds—a little, big town and plenty of outdoors to play in. Plus, I have a serious soft spot for rednecks in big trucks and they’re everywhere out here.
***Outside of some major weather differences, sounds a lot like Texas.***
Kristin: What is the name of the book you are currently promoting and would you like to tell us a little about it?
Wrong Bed, Right Guy is a book about a good girl who literally crawls into the wrong bed. Instead of finding her straight-laced boss, she gets her world rocked by his bad boy older brother. It’s a fun story full of “Oh my God, that just happened” moments.
***Seriously, this is a story that would happen to me!***
Kristin: Where did you come up for the idea for your book?
It came from a conversation with my editor about plot lines she doesn’t like. I told her I’d write her a Wrong Bed book that she’d love. From there, I got the idea of this hardcore bad boy who wanted to woo a good girl and had no idea how to go about it. From there, things kind of fell into place (with a whole lot of work).
***I'm just going to say, I love the word woo. I think it's one of the funniest words ever.***
Kristin: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
It’s like picking a favorite kid (so wrong!). Though I enjoy Elle, Gabe is…Gabe. He’s got that hard exterior that covers up a vulnerability that sent me head-over-heels in love with him. I want a Gabe of my own. ;)
***Me too. Enough said.***
Kristin: Do you feel like you put parts of yourself in your characters?
Oh, good question. I don’t think so. I mean, yes, bits and pieces of my experiences work their way into my books, but the characters (in my head at least) are their own creatures.
Kristin: Will there be a sequel or do you have another project in the works?
Yes. There’s actually two more books in the Come Undone series. The next one is Ian’s (Elle’s older brother) and the final one will be Nathan’s (Gabe’s younger brother).
***Both of these stories will be on my TBR list.***
Kristin: How long did the entire process from writing your current work to getting it published take?
Oh Lordy. With Wrong Bed, Right Guy, I think it was two months from start to finish. Which is a freak incident. Normally, it takes longer. But I used Candace Havens’ Fast Draft course to whip this book out (didn’t hurt that it was fully formed in my head), and so I wrote and edited it in a pretty short time.
Kristin: Do you have any “rituals” when you write?
I have a Katee-shaped dent in one of the cushions on my couch. The rituals (music, movies, whatnot) change from book to book, but I’m always in that spot while writing. I suppose someday I should get a desk.
***I have a Kristin-shaped dent in my sofa so I completely see your point.***
Kristin: If you couldn’t be an author, but anything else…what would you be?
Working in a bookstore? I know, I know. No one is surprised.
***I'm a nurse at heart, but I really want to work in a bookstore.***
Kristin: Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Rejection will happen (a whole lot), but if you keep writing, you’re already doing better than most people out there. A healthy dose of insanity helps too.
Kristin: When did reading and writing become important you?
My grandparents were instrumental in the process. My grandpa told us countless stories that he made up on the spot and my grandma would sit for hours and read to me. I still have the copy of Heidi we read over and over again. From there, things took their natural course and I devoured everything I could get my hands on.
Kristin: The apocalypse is coming…what do you do?
I have three contingency plans (and we’re going with zombies here, because… zombie apocalypses happen!). Best case, my friend’s parents have 650 acres and a house that’s easily defensible, as well as access to a huge food supply. There’s also a gun safe up north of town waiting for me to get to if I need it.
Basically, all my plans revolve around making people love me enough to take care of me when the zombie attack. Aside from my (totally obvious) entertainment factor, I don’t have a whole lot of applicable skills. LOL
***Hmmm...pretty thought out plan! We may have to join Ms. Robert!***
Kristin: What 5 things are within your reach right now? No cheating?
Blanket, phone, coffee, sunscreen (WTF?!) and lotion. Oh…. That sounds like I’m having dirty fun.
Kristin: Favorite Food?
Kristin: Favorite Movie?
I can’t pick just one! A Perfect Getaway, Princess Bride and Shaun of the Dead
Kristin: Favorite TV show?
Game of Thrones and Supernatural (I KNOW! I suck at this game)
***Supernatural Rocks, I think most readers would agree. Who doesn't love a little Dean and Sam?***
Kristin: Favorite Song?
Flogging Molly, Devil’s Dance Floor
Kristin: Favorite singer or band?
Florence + The Machine
Kristin: One food you would never try?
Oh…huh. I promised myself I’d try anything that was made locally whenever I travel so I’m afraid to answer this…because I’ll totally end up being forced to eat it.
Kristin: Health nut or junk food junkie?
Junk food. Always junk food.
Kristin: The most exotic food you have ever eaten?
Moose burgers. LOL
Kristin: Day on the beach or snow skiing down a mountain?
Kristin: Two books you think everyone should read. (Yes, you can and should include yours.)
Well, if we’re going mine: Wrong Bed, Right Guy. Second book is Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. That book ruined me for…awhile after I read it. Definite book hangover. <3
My last question on these interview's is always places my readers can stalk you at! I've already included Katee's links up top! Stop by and visit her. Her book is funny and the answers to her questions are great!