Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Today's Special - - Adrienne Giordano's The Rebel Book Tour

I'm happy to welcome Adrienne Giordano's The Rebel book tour to The Romance Dish!  I read The Rebel today and thoroughly enjoyed both the love story between David and Amanda and the mystery in which they find themselves enmeshed.  The Rebel is the fifth book in Giordano's Harlequin Intrigue series but stands well on its own. Several characters from the previous books have minor roles in this book but I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not having read those books. However, now that I've sampled Giordano's writing, I want to download the others...and I will! 

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. 

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Harlequin Intrigue
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Blog Tour Dates: October 1, 2015 – October 9, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Summary:

Bad to the bone…in all the right ways 

A brilliant civil lawyer, David Hennings has always been the outsider—at odds with his wealthy family, shunning relationships, defying convention as a sexy leather-jacketed biker. Which is why sculptor Amanda LeBlanc agrees to his request to reconstruct a skull from a cold case murder. The instant heat between them is scorching. 

But once Amanda takes the job and gets too close to the rebellious attorney, her carefully balanced life is upended by a series of methodical attacks. Someone doesn't want her to finish the job. Now David will risk everything not to lose the woman he unknowingly put in jeopardy.

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Inside the stairwell of the hundred-year-old building on the city’s West Side, David climbed the last few steps leading to the landing of Amanda’s second-floor studio. He loved these old structures with the Portland stone and brick. The iconic columns on the facade urged the history major in him to research the place. Check the city records, see what information he could find on who’d built it, who’d lived here or which companies had run their wares through its doors.
Structures like this had a charm all their own that couldn’t be duplicated with modern wizardry. Old buildings, this building, had a life, a past to be researched and appreciated.
Or maybe he just wanted to believe that.
He rapped on the door. No hollow wood there. By the scarred look and feel of its heavy weight under his knuckles, it might be the original door. How amazing would that be?
The door swung open and a woman with lush curves a guy his size could wrap himself around greeted him. She wore jeans and a graphic T-shirt announcing he should make love, not war—gladly, sweetheart—and her honey-blond hair fell around her shoulders, curling at the ends. The whole look brought thoughts of lazy Sunday mornings, hot coffee and a few extracurricular activities, in a bed and out, David could think of.
To say the least, she affected him.
And she hadn’t even opened her mouth. Please don’t be an airhead.
Yep. That was the voice from earlier. Soft and sweet and stirring up all kinds of images right along with Sunday mornings and coffee. With any luck, more than the coffee would be hot.
Hokay. Mission Pam Hennings getting derailed by wicked thoughts. Time to get serious.
“Hi. Amanda?”
“Yes.” She held her hand out. “Amanda LeBlanc.”
David grasped her hand and glanced down at her long, elegant fingers folding over his. Her silky skin absorbed his much larger hand, and he might like to stay this way awhile. Nice hands. Soft hands. He’d imagined a sculptor’s hands to be work-hardened and rough. Not that she swung an ax all day, but he’d expected…different.
“Um.” She pointed at their still joined hands. “I kinda need that hand back.”
Epic fail, Dave. He grinned and regrettably slid his hand away. “Don’t take this the wrong way, but where have you been all my life?”
As recoveries went, it wouldn’t be listed among the top hundred in brilliance, but a man had to work with what he had. Still, her lips, those extraordinary, shapely lips, twisted until she finally gave up and awarded him with a smile.
“Good one,” she said. “Come inside and we’ll talk about your project.”

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Check out the other books in Giordano's Harlequin Intrigue series!

Readers, do you enjoy romantic suspense?

Do you read Harlequin Intrigue?

Do you enjoy a bad boy hero who's a really good guy as much as I do?

There is a tour-wide giveaway of a $25.00 eGift Card to an online book retailer of winner’s choice and three swag packs.

Blog Tour Stops

October 1, 2015

October 2, 2015

October 3, 2015

October 4, 2015

October 5, 2015

October 6, 2015

October 7, 2015

October 8, 2015

October 9, 2015


  1. I enjoy romantic suspense, but I haven't tried the Intrigue line yet. As far as a favorite rebel on TV, a good example was Patrick Jane of The Mentalist. He never played by the rules.

  2. I do like romantic suspense, and I have read quite a few in the Intrigue line. Oh yes, I love a bad boy who is really a good man.

    1. A new favorite rebel/bad boy/good man is Lyon Redmond from The Legend of Lyon Redmond. What a wonderful story!

  3. the hero in Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

  4. Got an advanced copy and had never read her before but really liked it...

  5. I have always loved Harlequin Intrigues but find I don't read as many as I would like nowadays. There is always another book that tends to push it's way to the top of MT. TBR. I literally have hundreds of them (all in numeric order because I'm anal like that) in my Harlequin book case. The suspense of the stories is what gravitated me towards this category rather than the basic contemporary romances. I've also spent many a year reading mysteries and thrillers and when I came back to romance it was an easy transition. Outside the Intrigue line I've been reading the LCR books by Christy Reece. Amazing! Her heroes are tortured asshats who somehow redeem themselves and I've fallen in love with several of them so far (and I have a handful of the series yet to read!)

  6. I've always appreciated the rebel who really is good at heart. I'm gonna go retro and mention one of my first favorite rebels (not counting Bugs Bunny ;-) ) Han Solo