Friday, April 30, 2010

Leave Me Breathless by HelenKay Dimon

LEAVE ME BREATHLESS
by HelenKay Dimon
Kensington Brava
March 2010
ISBN 9780758229076

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According to Judge Bennett Walker, trying to kill him is a dumb idea. They might make him wear a big black nightgown to work, but it covers a lot of muscles, and he’s definitely packing beneath it. He’s also an ex-prosecutor and an ex-GI Joe. So when his brother brings in Callie Robbins to protect him, Ben has a few issues. First, he doesn’t need a bodyguard. Second, she’s a 130-pound girl—more smoking hot than smoking gun. And third, what if his body wants her guarding the night shift?

Callie has no problem brushing aside Ben’s disbelief. She left the FBI to escape the boys’ club, but she can be deeper undercover and twice as lethal as any beefy John Doe. As for whether someone’s after Bennett or not, the death threats and car bombs look pretty convincing to Callie. Of course, she might get distracted, sitting inches from the sexiest judge in DC for ten hours a day. Keeping him safe is no picnic. Keeping it professional—that might be impossible.

This title is sure to be a surprise favorite with fans of Janet Evanovich and readers of light suspense." -Romantic Times

"...great dialog, sexy heros and an interesting plot keeps readers engaged. This isn't one to miss." -Roni, Romance Book Scene

"If this continues, HelenKay Dimon is going to become one of my favorite authors...With Leave Me Breathless there’s not only a fantastic main story, but a terrific secondary romance as well." -The Good, The Bad and the Unread


Do you buy books based on back cover copy, the cover, reviews, or on the recommendation of friends? Inquiring minds *really* want to know. :)


HelenKay Dimon is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. Her first single title, Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy, was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine in August '07 and spotlighted at E! Online. She made Cosmopolitan a second time in December 2009 with her novella "It's Hotter At Christmas" from the Kissing Santa Claus anthology. Her books also have been published by Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club and translated into several languages. After twelve years as a divorce lawyer specializing in unhappy endings, HelenKay now writes romance for a living. She thinks of herself as a "recovering lawyer" and is grateful every day for the ability to write full time.

69 comments:

Valerie said...

When I buy a book by new author, or a author that's new to me, it's usually based on the back cover copy and the first chapter. If an author captures my attention with those two items I'm likely to buy the book. A few times I've bought a book because it was recommended by an author that I like. And a few times I've bought one because a friend recommended it. But, for the most part my decision is based on the blurb and chapter 1.

Katy M said...

For me, it's a combination. But it does usually start with recommendations by friends. Sometimes I hear a lot of good buzz about an author or book from reviews, blog, and forum/bb chatter, but what will make me buy it is being intrigued by the description and having a friend whose taste I know and who knows my taste says I gotta read it :)
Or if there is a great sale or free ebook offer from Sony (where I buy a lot of books for my ereader)! lol

nmulder81 said...

The title catches my eye first...if it does that I pick it up and turn it over to read the back. If its still got me there I read the 1st page...if it passes all 3 tests...its mine :)

LM's Drama Queen said...

The cover of a book is usually what catches my eye, then I read the back cover and if I like it, I buy it:) Great story line, HK! The books sounds fantastic, and so clever!

XOX
~*DQ*~

CrystalGB said...

For me, it is a combination of back cover blurb, inside front cover excerpt, if I like the author's work and if I have heard good buzz about the book.

Melanie said...

My buying decisions are based on the back cover and friend requests and of course favorite authors, although I have been following blogs more and have a nice list of authors for me to try.

red said...

I buy books mostly from authors I already know and most of the time when I try a new author is because I read great reviews from different web sites or more often my online friends recommended her -I write on a message board about books for a few years now and I really trust my friends there for book recommendations.

I think when you read a review from a person you don't know much about can be a problem- we all have different taste in books and many times I see great reviews for a book I hated or vice verse so a review from a friend is worth much more than one from a nameless person on Amazon or any other web site.

Moran

WK said...

For me it could be any or all of the above. I've bought books because the cover grabbed me and never even read the back, I've bought books because friends I've trusted have said "this is great", I bought books because the back just drew me in............


I will say that a new to me author/book will grab me with the cover first, especially if I haven't heard anyone talking about it before.

hugs,
WendyK

Dannyfiredragon said...

I buy most books due to back cover and recommendations. I read reviews, but those are always a matter of personal taste and I like to make my own opinion about books

runner10 said...

I buy books mainly by reviews and what I learn on blogs. They really do make a difference in what I read.

rhianona said...

I don't have a lot of time to read, and books are getting really expensive so on a limited budget like I have I tend to buy a book based on: (1) friends recommendations; (2) reviews; (3) backcover synopsis; (4) first chapter or so. If the first chapter doesn't grab me, I won't buy it, no matter how much it's been recced to me.

Jane said...

I buy books based on the blurb and sometimes on reviews. I've never bought a book for its cover only.

Laurie Ryan said...

For me, it's the cover and blurb. I listen to recommendations from friends and read reviews, but they are secondary to the "feel" I get from looking at the cover. And I fell in LOVE with the cover for LEAVE ME BREATHLESS. The blurb also totally pulled me in. And the story completely lived up to my expectations. I highly recommend it. Thanks for posting, Helen, and reminding me about this great story.

Lillie said...

I usually buy new-to-me authors based on friends' recommendations. I also love blurbs!

trudy said...

I buy a book for several different reasons, either the back cover makes the book sound really good, the title catches my eye, the cover draws me to it, or a friend has recommended it to me.
I subscribe to a lot of different websites that will spotlight new books, both from new authors and just new books in general so I have a like a four mile long list of books to read and buy. Your book has made the list it sounds really good I love a kick ass heroine to me it just make for a really good read.

etirv said...

Great reader and blog reviews and recommendations primarily convince me to read a book!

Margay said...

I think for me, it's a combination of all of those things. Buzz will get me interested, as will a friend's recommendation, but, ultimately, the cover and book blurb are what really reels me in. Oh, and excerpts.
Margay

Sherry said...

Lots of time I buy books because the author is a auto buy. I have a list of authors that I always buy their new books. If I haven't heard of the author the cover might be what catches my eye first but if the back of the book doesn't sound interesting then I won't buy it. Sometimes I buy a book based on what my friends say but we tend to like different kinds of books. I don't buy a book based on reviews but I will buy them if I've seen them on blogs and if they sound good when I read their blurbs and excerpts whether that reviewer gives them a good review or a bad one. This book is one that I've seen on a couple different places and thought it sounded really good and is on my list to buy.

sstrode@scrtc.com

joder said...

There are many reasons for why I buy a certain book...the blurb on the back, an author that I always buy, or a glowing review from a trusted reviewer or a friend. If I use those guidelines then I always end up happy.

Armenia said...

I really like a nice cover and blurb. What the real clencher for me is an excerpt, so I get a feel on how the story is told, what style. If it doesn't grip me I can leave it for awhile until all the reviews come around.

Cindy said...

If it's an author I've never read before, I buy books based on friend recommendations and if the back blurb sounds interesting. :o)

chelleyreads said...

book covers grab my attention. then i check out the book's blurb and if i like the blurb, i look up the book and read reviews. if i like what people are saying about it, it's a guarantee buy.

if there are no reviews, i usually wait until there are unless it's a series i am following then i don't wait for reviews.

Stephanie said...

I'll admit covers attract my attention first most times. But its the blurbs or excerpts I find that are the deciding factor for me. I do tend to listen to friends recommendations but again mostly it's the blurbs or excerpts I find that decide it for me.

Refhater said...

Book looks Amazing!

I buy books based on whimsy. I guess a little of each when it comes to choosing a book. Then if I like the book I'll buy more from that author.

goshnsqurrl63 said...

I buy a book by its cover....gotta have a hot cover!! and then i read the back blurb! I also pick up the books by the authors that i already know about and love! Ya can never go wrong with a proven winner!

Leni said...

If it's an author I like then it's a given that I'm going to buy it. Also, blogs, book cover, reviews and recommendation of a friend will help me decide. Browsing through the bookstore helps me,too.

peggy said...

By an author i no or excert i read.and some times the cover

LDee said...

I mostly read favorite authors. Also recommendations from friends. By the way I'm got "Leave Me Breathless" in que from a recommendation.

I'm addicted to books and have a TBR pile that would knock the socks off most people. To make matters worse I always stop by the book counter at Costco and other favorite shopping spots. I try to stay out of bookstores but online shopping that's another story.

Oh well there could be worse vices.

Nice getting to know you a little.

Lavada Dee

Nichole said...

I mostly stick to my fav authors, but I'll buy based on a recommendation or a good review. I subscribe to RT and I love the magazine. I just bought Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean because it received the RT Seal of Excellence and I loved it. And I've bought quite a few that have been on Lucy's blog.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

NEVER by reviews. I always have a habit of loving movies/books, etc that reviews sad were crap. I rather form my own opinion.

However, I do read the back blurb to see if perhaps it would be one that I would like to read. Sometimes the cover will but the cover will prompt me to read the back. I never buy a book solely based that the cover looked good.

And I will pick up a book if correct friends recommend it.

Juliet said...

It depends. Sometimes a cover catchs my atention, so I read the back blurb and if I like it too I buy the book. Usually I read about many books in blogs and bb and when I read great comments about it, I go for it. If I am not sure, I usually visit the author's site to look for an excerpt. And a couple of times, I liked a cover so much that I got the book just for it.

HelenKay said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by and chiming in. You know what I love? Walking around a bookstore and looking at covers. Some catch my eye and I pick them up and read the back blurbs. Other times I find books from blogs, from reviews and ads in RT and from recs from reader friends. I'm willing to get book ideas from everywhere. :)

Eva S said...

Mostly I buy books because of the cover and the back blurb, sometimes on recommendations of friends. Not very often by reviews, have gone wrong several times....

terri said...

I buy lots of books, for lots of different reasons. But my friends all call me a cover whore. If there is a hot cowboy on the cover, I don't even care what the book is about. I've found alot of great authors that way. Beth Williamson, Lorelei James, Linda Lael Miller...

erahime said...

First, I look at the author. Second, if the author is known, then I look at the book blurb/bac cover copy. Third, if it interested me, then I buy it.

Now, if it is a new author, I still read the back cover to see if it is interesting. And sometimes I flip through the book just to see if it would interest me. Then if it does, I buy it.

As for the recommendation of friends, I make note of it, but I don't really rely on the recommendaiton because our taste could be different. But I'll still look into it if it, because of the recommendation.

flchen1 said...

Hi, HelenKay! It's a combination of factors, but recommendation and "meeting" the author online really help a lot. When browsing, the cover might get me to pick up a book, but the blurb and flipping through the book will hook me or not.

sonya said...

I buy books when the cover catches my eye, a recommendation from a friend, and of course the back cover. lol

Judy F said...

HI HelenKay. Love your books.

When I worked at the bookstore we got a lot of promotional stuff that got me to try new authors.

Now its word from friends, email loops, Rt mag etc.

I will sometimes have a cover catch my eye then read the blurb. If it sounds interesting then I will buy it.

Natasha A. said...

Covers definitely draw me in AND turn me off!
Reviews, I don't read.
And recommendations, definitely.

Blurbs are REALLY important!

Modokker said...

The answer is yes sometimes it starts with the cover. That will draw me and then i read the back or inside cover and go from there. Of course if it's a author i love and know it doesn't matter what the cover looks like although it's great when it look good, I grab it regardless. If i'm just browsing along not really looking for anything it's a cover that gets me first.

Lisa

ladybirdrobi said...

Hi. For those inquiring minds who want to know. It depends really. Sometimes it's a review that will spark my interest, then again the book might have gotten mentioned on one of my yahoo groups or community sites that I belong to and finally it's the cover. If it peaks my interest I will read the blurb on the back cover which is my deciding factor on whether or not I buy the book. Rarely it is just the title of the book that makes me buy it. Then there are my goto authors who are automatic buys.

Robin
Robbibird3@aol.com

Lois said...

Oh, first and foremost, back cover; it always comes down to what the book is about. Never have gotten a book based on a cover. . . well, maybe technically; here, if it's a book I wasn't familiar with, but we see a Darcy-dressed look a like, then I know it's historical, maybe Regency, so I'll see when it is and what it's about. But that's the only time covers work for me as a reason to pick a book up. I sometimes will check something out based on recommendations, but never purely on that. Reviews I like when they include longer looks/summaries of the book; sometimes the back cover blurb isn't precisely enough to go on.

Lois

SiNn said...

Helen I loveeee your books!
ty for stopping in and i cant wait to read Leave me breathless sounds awesome

Toni said...

When I buy a book by any author it is for the reason the story intriques me. I have to like the premise of the story before I will buy the book.

Kammie said...

yum! An ex-GI Joe. My kind of hero. Sounds like a great story!

I buy books based on excerpts I've read mostly.

Jan said...

When I buy a new author (for me) it's because someone told me about the book. Usually I look at the cover and read the back cover blurb.

s7anna said...

It's always the back blurb that's the draw for me...I am always on the look-out for new authors & titles so I pretty much take my time leisurely examining all the books and reading the back before my purchase decisions. I find out about new authors from various publisher sites, author/reader/reviewer blogs as well as sites like The Romance Studio, Savvy Reader, Fresh Fiction, Coffee Time Romance, Borders True Romance and various other book sites.

hugs,
Anna
s7anna@yahoo.ca

Terri said...

If the author is unknown the cover usual draws me in. Then I read the back to see what it is about. Sometimes other people recommend the book and get it that way.

Tamsyn said...

My decision is usually a mix of all those things plus when I read a really interesting blurb or excerpt on someone's blog or website. The blurb on "Leave Me Breathless" is a great example - I'm already tempted to buy it! When I buy a book (not ebook), I usually
1) Look at the cover
2) Look at the blurb on the back cover
3) Read the ending (yes! I do that. I would never buy a book without a HEA!)
4) Read the first few pages
5) Read something in the middle to see if the story will still catch my attention halfway through.
Which is why I prefer paper books to ebooks.

robynl said...

I buy from:
the cover/back cover blurb
reviews
recommendations from sister
a book talked about on a chat

Cathy M said...

A great cover might catch my eye, but I tend to reach for a new author from a blog post or chat, or review from a friend.

Nancy G said...

If I'm out on my own, I generally scan the bookshelves for favorite authors names first. A catchy title or unusual cover will only get so far, if the back cover doesn't work, back it goes.

Lady_Graeye said...

I buy my books based on the total package. I look at the front, back and I will even sit down if I have time and read the first chapter. I have to get a feel of the book and the author. This way I can tell whether I will buy more from the author. Still, you can't judge one book by an author. Even if I might not like the first one I read I still will check out their next book to see if the first one just wasn't my taste.

krisgils33 said...

I buy books based on the back cover copy. As much as I truly enjoy the man candy on alot of book covers, the story is what hooks me in.

donnas said...

Back cover copy, friends and reviews can all many me decide to buy a book. I might look at it because of the cover. But if the story doesnt appeal I wont buy it.

Beth said...

The cover(title or author name-not really the picture) or people talking about a book may draw my attention to it, but my buying decision is made on the back cover blurb(and rarely I'll read the excerpt). I never read reviews for a book til after I've already made my buying decision, usually not til after I've read it myself.

Maria said...

I buy books based on the cover and the back blurb, mostly. If I'm not attracted to the cover, I would only buy it if it is recommended by a couple of people that I trust that have similiar tastes. I have occassionally taken a suggestion from Amazon recommends and have been pleasantly surprised to have liked the book...btw- have this book on my list to buy as all of my friends have highly recommended all of your work :)

Carol L. said...

I always buy any book my favorite Author's release. Also the covers play a big part in catching my attention and the inside and back blurbs. Word of mouth from people who know my likes as well.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

lrwirum said...

I cover will ususally get me to take a closer look at a book and the back cover might get me interested in it so that I might buy but if it is a new author I might wait a little bit to find out more about the book and author. That might be reading reviews and seeing what others might say and sometimes it is as simple as I read an excerpt about the book and just have to read more. :-)Though if I find an author I love I will put them on my auto buy list and will buy their books simply because they wrote it.

Larena

booklover0226 said...

I buy my books a combination of ways, covers, suggestions, reviews, interviews....

Once I'm hooked on an author, though...LOOK OUT! I'll buy all of the author's works.

Tracey D

Rhea said...

Sounds like a great read, I have added it to my wish list.

Ashley said...

It is almost always based on the back cover. If I am really unsure then I check reviews, but everyone's taste is so different...I hated basing anything on reviews lol

Stephanie said...

I pick new authors usually just based on the back cover copy. Sometimes friends will recommend one. But usually I just stick with the back cover

Joni said...

I see your name floating around here and there, yet have never read you, but having come here today and reading the blurb and seeing the cover, you drew me in as I've never been drawn by word of mouth alone. I have to have this book now! I can only hope you'll be among my auto-buy authors I have a huge list of! I live vicariously through the romance characters I read because simply I don't have much of a wonderful existence outside of it! But then I've always been my worst critic than what others have deemed me to be!

Amanda said...

if I have never heard of the book before and it just catches my eye than i do base it on the cover sometimes

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

My auto buy list is huge. If it's a new author, the cover and title don't matter. I read the back blurb, the author bio, "Dear Reader" if there is one and if there isa back story all the better.

zina seawitch6464@yahoo.com said...

I don't have an auto buy program but I am more likely to buy a book by an author that I have as an favorite. I usually look for my favorite writers first, then I look at covers,titles, then the back cover, then the excerpt inside then the back again then the front cover again. I also may read some of the reviews printed inside and I also listen to reccommends from my friends at my chat groups.
Zina

Lisa F. said...

I have some authors that are auto buys for me. I will read a new author based on a friends recommendation first, or read an excerpt on a blog that intrigues me or sometimes I'll see a title that catches my eye and I'll read the blurb to see if it interests me.

Sue A. said...

I like to test drive new authors, which means I get their books from the library or borrow from a friend. Once I've established that I like the author's work then they go on my mental list of authors to watch for new releases. I tend to keep my books so I'm very careful when I select books to purchase. I go by book blogs, author sites and book group sites and review sites for guidance.