June 07, 2015

Julie Lynn Hayes: When Will I Be Loved (Review!)






Blurb:

Fairy tales can come true…

Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.
Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…
Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!

Excerpt:

Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.

Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?

But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.

He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.

And there he was.

Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.

This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.

But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.

The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.







Review:


I loved When Will I See You Again, the prequel to When Will I Be Loved. While you can read the new book as a stand-alone, I’d recommend reading the first one to maximize your enjoyment.
I’ve read quite a few of Julie Lynn Hayes’ books and though I like them all, When Will I See You Again and When Will I Be Loved will always hold a special place in my heart. I couldn’t put down either of these books—so if you start reading, make sure no one’s going to interrupt you. J

In When Will I Be Loved, we meet Miller Fenwick, a normal guy who works for a local newspaper, again. He’s the best friend of Alexx, who happens to be mated to Raoul, a werewolf. Miller’s resigned to watching everyone around him fall in love and be happy while he’s still seeking his Prince Charming. A seemingly chance encounter drops him into the path of Holt Wynne, the vampire leader of Helios. Holt sweeps Miller off his feet in a night of passion. What Miller doesn’t know is that this single night will change his entire life—whether he wants it to or not.

There’s a threat looming against the vampire population of Crescent Bay, causing Miller to fear for Holt’s life. Then there’s the fact that Holt and Raoul clash every time they meet. It’s an uncomfortable situation for Miller, to say the least, because he’s caught between his lover and his friends.

Intrigued? You should be! Julie Lynn Hayes takes us on a journey of love that had me smiling a lot. When Will I Be Loved has just the right mix of romance and action, plus I loved Miller. He’s such an adorable character, and whenever something didn’t go the way he desired, I wanted to hug him. Definitely a recommended read!




Bio:

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.

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