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*Review & Giveaway*: Forbidden Heat by J.L. White

Forbidden Heat
by JL White


GENRE:  New Adult Romance



They call us the Firework Girls.

I’m Isabella. My comfort zone consists of a bank of test tubes and a Bunsen burner. But having to take a philosophy class to graduate from college—well, that’s causing a different kind of burn altogether. I mean, the hottest professor at Hartman is looking right at me.

Can you blame me for looking back?



While listening to Jack’s story, I take another sip. Over the rim of my raised glass, just down the hall, I see Shane Brooks watching me.

And he’s alone.

He doesn’t seem to know I’ve spotted him, for his eyes are traveling down the length of my body, wrapped in form-fitting velvet, and back up again. He looks hungry, and slightly stunned.

I slowly lower my glass, granting him full view of my cleavage, which he lingers on for a moment before finally, slowly, meeting my eyes.

This time neither one of us look away.

One heartbeat. Two.

I lose count as the moment lingers on.

“Ah!” Jack says suddenly, snapping me out of my trance. “Here comes our brigade.”

I glance toward the Ladies room exit to see Chloe and Ashley emerge.

Jack offers me his arm and I take it automatically, my eyes darting back to Professor Brooks, who’s still watching me.

A soft ding sounds through the hall, indicating we have only two minutes remaining of the intermission.

“Fair ladies,” Jack says, putting on a grand persona, “may I escort you back to your seats?”

“Only if I can have the rest of your champagne,” Sam says, taking Jack’s glass and downing it. He smiles easily, leading us away.

Still gripping Jack’s arm, I glance back over my shoulder.

Shane Brooks is watching my every move.

My Review:

Shane Brooks earned the right to the title *swoon-worthy*! I admittedly fell in love with Mr. Brooks as well, almost forgetting completely he's actually a character. Forbidden Heat was an amazing story of forbidden love, the chemistry between Isabella and Shane was off the charts and the side characters had me cracking a laugh (Jack was my favorite *lets hope for a continuation of his own story*). I got the warm heart fuzzies while reading this (I mean who wouldn't want their very own Shane), for a story of forbidden love if there was a love like this one I'd gladly welcome it!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J.L. White writes steamy romances featuring smart, sexy women and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. Her sexy love stories are full of passion but don’t skimp on the tenderness. She’s addicted to trendy coffee houses, poolside lounging, and HEAs. When not tapping blissfully away on her laptop, she takes time to enjoy life with her husband and their children.

Facebook:  JLWhiteAuthor
Forbidden Heat will be $0.99 during the tour.
Forbidden Heat (Firework Girls, Book 1)
Midnight Heat (Firework Girls, Book 2)

J.L. White will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    1. People mean different things when they say "writer's block." If you mean you just don't feel inspired to write, the solution to that is discipline. Inspiration tends to come after you start writing, not before. If by writer's block you mean your creative self has been giving and giving and you're just worn out, you may need to take a few days/weeks/months off to refill the well. That's okay. If by writer's block you mean you're "stuck" on your story, there's several things you can do. Switch to a different part of the story and try developing that. So, if you're stuck on the main plot, work on a subplot. Or if you're struggling to develop good character motivation, switch to another character. Often, people get stuck because their world and/or characters aren't fully developed yet, or because they don't have a solid grasp on what other characters are doing when they're "off stage." Thinking about all those things can sometimes lead to inspiration about the area that's giving you trouble. If you have scene A and scene B but don't know what happens in the middle, instead of working forwards from scene A, try working backwards from scene B. Try writing a scene from a different character's POV. Depending on where you're at in the story (and where you're at as a writer), you may want to get a second opinion from a trusted source (an accomplished author or professional editor with experience with your kind of story). In general, I've noticed younger or less experienced authors struggle with writer's block more because they're still developing their skill set. It can take years to really master the novel (that's totally okay!), so if that's where you're at, be patient with that learning process. Get familiar with quality writing books (On Writing by Stephen King, Stein on Writing by Sol Stein, Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass, and the Writer's Digest books on topics like characterization and plotting). Read well-written books (both in your genre and out), and pay attention to how the author is handling things. Practice, practice, practice. I hope that helps! Feel free to shoot out a follow up question if you need it. Best of luck to you! :)

  3. Great excerpt - thank you for sharing your review! How much time do you spend writing each day?

    1. Because I'm also a book editor the time I get to spend writing each day varies. If I'm working on a client project too, I might only get 2 hours in. But I try to schedule writing in chunks, so I might work on a book for 3 weeks and write for 6-9 hours each day. (FYI, there's only one word for that: heaven.)

  4. Sorry for delayed responses everyone. I thought I'd posted comments earlier but they didn't take. Thanks so much for hosting and for the review! I'm glad you liked the book. I'm rather fond of Shane Brooks too, but I may be a bit biased. ;) Since you're hoping for more Jack (who doesn't want more Jack?) you'll be happy to know the fourth book, Nuclear Heat, is Sam and Jack's book. It comes out June 28 and I can't WAIT to share it with everyone. Ashley's book, Eternal Heat, just came out last Monday. :) I'm always happy to give bloggers review copies, if you're interested in continuing on with the series. :) Thanks again for hosting!

  5. I appreciate the review!


  6. Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

  7. Happy Monday and thanks so much for the giveaway

  8. Great review and really good excerpt.

  9. Really great review, I can't wait to read this one myself! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Totally can't wait to check out this book!

  11. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the book everyone. Good luck with the giveaway! :)