14 December 2013

{Blog Tour + Book Review} Sleepless In Las Vegas

 

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Welcome to the final stop on the Sleepless in Las Vegas by Colleen Collins Blog Tour hosted by Book Nerd Tours. I have had so much fun coordinating and running this tour for such a wonderful author and person! I highly suggest getting to know Colleen and her novels as soon as possible!

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Sleepless in Las Vegas;

Sleepless In Las Vegas
Author: Colleen Collins
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Rating: 5 Birds

This investigation is getting very personal...
P.I.-in-training Valerie LeRoy is dying to get into the field. So when a client asks her to spy on someone, the thrill of her own case is too tempting to refuse. Instead of a cheating fiance, however, Val's actually checking out P.I. Drake Morgan! Worse, she ends up working with the guy!
Their differing opinions on techniques, and the instant attraction, make the sparks fly. It's almost impossible to focus on their arson investigation. As the hunt for the truth intensifies and their passion rivals the triple-digit temperature, she and Drake learn why Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps...

Confession: This was my first Harlequin novel. I will admit I was a little worried about weather or not I would enjoy it simple because of that. Let’s be honest here, I’ve practically made a living out of reading Young Adult books. While I dangle my feet in the water of Romance novels and Fiction, YA has been the steady bread and butter around here. I am beyond pleased to report that not only did I enjoy Sleepless In Las Vegas, I loved it! Flat out loved it. Give me more!

I don’t remember the last time I read such a well written, well balanced, and beautifully constructed novel. To be perfectly honest with you, as an aspiring writer myself, my mind is still reeling at how author Colleen Collins melded so many lives and instances together in such a way that you never felt lost, overwhelmed or bored of too much detail and description.

The masterfully created, so true to life relationship and friendship between Val and Drake feels like it could have been ripped right from your own life. Each emotion perfectly placed. Every confession, uncertainty, and desire woven in effortlessly. You heart will pound, your toes will curl and your stomach will drop. I can’t promise you won’t cry a bit near the end – I did, because every good romance novel should have a little of that in there.

Sleepless In Las Vegas is packed with the all action of a good cop show! Which I happen to be obsessed with. Val and Drake are Private Investigators in Las Vegas trying to take down the low life who torched Drakes house, while also getting back a precious family heirloom at the same time. It’s not far fetched or too James Bond, I promise – I keep saying it, but it’s all so balanced perfectly! I’m not kidding it’s the only word I can even process right now after having finished it. I want to just spew words at you telling you all about, a giant diamond ring, twins, dumpster diving, awesome southern phrases I will likely use tomorrow and not sound nearly as cool as Val, Burlesque dancers, strip clubs, Frank Sinatra, Parking lots and bathrooms – oh god…parking lots and bathrooms! Meatloaf, mean cats, fires and mentors. See I sound like a raving lunatic, right? This is why writing a review for a book I really loved is harder than any other review I write. I just sound like a manic fan girl, talking a mile a minute

I’ll wrap this up – Basically:

Put aside any misconceptions you might have about picking up a Harlequin novel. If you need a little shove into it, start with Sleepless In Las Vegas and let Colleen Collins show you what real romance is all about and how a book should be written. My only gripe about this novel is, it’s a stand alone. I honestly can’t find anything wrong with it.

Thank you Colleen Collins, for being my first….Harlequin novel that is. I hate to break it to you, but I don’t think you’ll be my last. *wink*

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About The Author:

Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written several dozen novels for Harlequin and Dorchester, including an indie-published mystery, The Zen Man and three nonfiction books, Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye, How Do Private Eyes Do That? and How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths (the latter co-authored with Shaun Kaufman).

Her books have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests, and placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Best Indie Books 2012, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.

After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, Colleen worked as a film production assistant, improv comic, telecommunications manager at the RAND Corporation, technical writer/editor, speech writer, and private investigator. All these experiences play into her writing.

She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Private Eye Writers of America (PWA), the Sisters in Crime.

When not sleuthing or writing, Colleen likes to spend time with her husband and their two Rottweilers and three cats

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