Book Review, Giveaway: Exposed to Passion by Gemma Brocato 1

Exposed to Passion

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Title: Exposed to Passion (Five Senses Series #3)
Author: Gemma Brocato
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publish Date: October 20, 2014
Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Book Synopsis ~
They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?
Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki’s inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.
When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, she’s determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam’s behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki’s true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki’s focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam’s name.

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My Rating

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Favorite Quotes:

“She stored that particular memory and pulled it out often to reexamine.  Like a scab she couldn’t leave alone.”

“Her voice sounded like silk sheets and hot summer nights.  It slid through his system like a shot of premium tequila…”

“It’s like her tongue could open a wine bottle.”

“The touch of his mouth against hers was like fire and rain, hot and moist, a combustible combination.”


My Review:

I did not realize this was a series when I started reading, and while I would be interested in reading the other books that preceded it, I didn’t need to in this case as this book could stand alone, and I fully appreciate that.   I also did not realize how clever the book title was when I dived in, but the author’s ingenuity soon connected in my pea brain as the couple met and bonded over photography, and later events provided the element of being publicly “exposed” in a rather unpleasant manner.  So being oblivious to what I was starting, and with the word “passion” in the title, I was expecting a sizzling love story… and you know what happens when you ass/u/me.  However, the story was entertaining and held components across several genres with family drama, bullying, female body image issues, suicide concerns, cyber-hacking, poor contraceptives, high school mean girls, stalking, and a little suspense thrown in, all happening around a couple’s new romance.  While not sizzling, there were a few steamy moments, and a quite a bit of hot water for the main characters.  Although they are perfectly suited for each other, their relationship quickly hit the skids due to their own stupidity, isn’t that usually the case?

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~ About the Author ~

Gemma Brocato
Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.


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One comment on “Book Review, Giveaway: Exposed to Passion by Gemma Brocato

  1. Reply gemmabrocato Nov 3,2014 8:27 am

    Good morning and thank you for hosting Exposed To Passion this morning and for the lovely review. I appreciate it. Thanks also to Literati Author Services for arranging this appearance.

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