Good morning, readers! Today on the blog we’ve got a release week tour stop for a new Entangled Brazen book, Caught by Clare James. We’re lucky enough to have a guest post by Clare on the blog as well today and I couldn’t be more excited to share that with you, or more thankful to Clare for taking the time to write something up for us. Please be sure to check that post out beneath the cut, and also to read our review of Caught.
And don’t forget to enter the awesome Rafflecopter giveaway from Clare, too!
In CAUGHT, a new Entangled Brazen release by Clare James, racecar driver Jarod Cage must put his future in the hands of celebrity publicist Vivian Blake to save his career. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do…
She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty.
Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake’s job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity’s image. Except that her newest client isn’t quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen “performance” is already compromising Viv’s cool professionalism.
While Jarod hasn’t exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do…
Keep reading for a Guest Post by Clare James on Getting into the Mind of Racing’s #1 Bad Boy, a review and rating of Caught, as well as giveaway and buy links, and information on how to connect with Clare James online.
Role Play – Getting into the Mind of Racing’s #1 Bad Boy!
by Clare James
Thanks for having me today, Deanna Lynn! I’m so excited to be out talking about my new book with Entangled’s Brazen line, CAUGHT!!
As a woman who knew very little about NASCAR racing, I had to do a ton of research for this book. And let me tell you, I’m now a huge fan. What was really fun in writing this story is that the heroine, Vivian Blake, begins her journey knowing nothing about the sport, so we were able to learn together. Like Viv, I was also in public relations—though, sadly, I never had a client like Jarod Cage. But I did visit and plan a corporate event at The Brickyard, so it was great to use a setting (with so much history) that I had a personal connection to.
With Jarod, it was more difficult to get into his head. I watched a lot of NASCAR, listened to the racers’ language, inventoried what they wore, and how they looked and talked before and after a race. I really got into the whole culture of it—how so many racers live in the motor coaches on the road, and fly in on helicopters. I researched their training—what they eat and drink, how much weight they can lose in a race, and how, um, some of them take care of their bathroom business while racing for hours. That part wasn’t very sexy, so it didn’t make it into the story. The rest, however, all worked its way in. My son got into it too, and told me I absolutely had to include a fight scene between the drivers. My favorite part, though, was writing about the WAGs—the wives and girlfriends of the racers.
There is so much more to racing as than I (or Viv) ever expected, it was just a blast to discover. How those guys (and gals!) can operate under such high speeds and the G-forces they experience…it’s amazing. For this book, I was sure to go on rides and simulators where I could experience the power of G-forces. (Check out the Aerosmith rollercoaster or Test Track at the Disney Parks to get an idea.)
One of the best parts of writing is doing the research, and this book was one of my most enjoyable! If I return to this world and write about another sexy race car driver, I will definitely find a way to get into a car!!
* ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
Caught is the first book in the Elite PR series by Clare James for Entangled Publishing’s Brazen imprint. In the book, the hero, NASCAR bad boy Jarod Cage, is in danger of losing both his sponsors and his racing career and the heroine, PR professional Vivian Blake has been hired to help him clean up his image, though she can’t seem to get the sex tape she watched of Jarod out of her head.
This book was obviously well-researched, with a storyline that could’ve easily been ripped from the headlines. I loved that touch of realism in this book, because it added so much depth to characters, and to the overall story. It’s very much a right now kind of book, and the hero is so charismatic and intense that it’s easy to see him caught up in a scandal of this magnitude. He’s a good guy, who made a poor choice, and now he’s paying the price for that choice, though he does get an unexpected boon by hiring PR rep Vivian.
I think these characters were an excellent match for each other, with a plot that truly fit who they are as story people, and I loved reading them together because they didn’t feel like characters I’ve read about a hundred times before. That’s refreshing, especially in a sexy, fantasy read like this one.
If you love racecars, a bad boy who gets caught in a scandal, and an unpredictable heroine who is willing to go the distance for her job, Clare James’ Caught is a sexy-hot book with enough true-to-life realism and fantasy-based sexual situations to make it stand out from the crowd. I loved it!
Clare is offering up a fabulous prize during the Caught Release Day Blitz event. One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a $25 Gift Card for Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) and two Runner-ups will win an eBook copy of one of Clare’s backlist titles (winner’s choice)! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
Clare James is the author of steamy contemporary romance and new adult novels: BEFORE YOU GO,MORE, DIRTY LITTLE LIES, TALK TO ME, and JUST LISTEN. A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on—mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine.
A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare spends most of her time lost in books. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son—and loves to hear from her fans.
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Special thank you to Entangled Publishing for the Advance Reader’s Copy of Caught, as well as to Barclay Publicity and Clare James for allowing us to be a stop on this fantastic release week tour!