Z Elizabeth’s debut novel has been reviewed today on the blog; check it out below, along with an excerpt and a giveaway where you can enter to win eBooks, signed paperbacks, and a Kindle Paperwhite!!!
Title: The Deal (The Deal #1)
Author: Z. Elizabeth
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2014
What happens when you fall for the enemy?
Thanks to their fathers’ feud, Nicole and Craig have been enemies since the moment they were born. But six years ago they fell in love… They just never told each other.
Motivated by their grandparents’ money, they agree to a simple deal: Stay married for a year and unravel the secrets and lies surrounding their fathers. Bound together, they must figure out why the two former best friends have spent the last thirty years ignoring one another and prohibited any contact between Nicole and Craig.
Craig is more than happy to uncover their fathers’ past if it means he gets Nicole for real.
Nicole wants to keep the past exactly where it is and she will fight Craig every step of the way.
With only limited time together, delving into their family history could be the mistake that will break both their hearts.
What happens when secrets and lies are revealed? Can Nicole and Craig live their Happily Ever After after waiting six long years to be together? Or will one secret be enough to break them apart, just like their fathers?
‘I’m doing this for us, Nic’
*THE DEAL is suitable for 17+ due to graphic sex scenes and language*
*This is a STANDALONE novel. Book two is a companion novel.*
It’s time to start the game, begin the deal.
White dress. Black suit.
2 separate pieces of a chessboard.
Both playing the same game.
One little move
Gah!!! I absolutely LOVE that quote that opened the story. It instantly filled me with excitment about what I was going to be reading in this book, and it still give me excited tingles just to see it now as I write my review.
One of my favourite things to read about in books at the minute is mysteries, and The Deal definitely had mystery. Why is this deal happening? What did the grandparents have planned? Why “the feud”? Craig found out fairly early on what was going on, and I thought, “oh, we’re going to know already??” But we didn’t! And dammit I was desperate to finally find out what this feud was, but at the same time, I loved not knowing until much later on.
There’s are a LOT of sexy scenes in this book, which all you smut junkies out there will devour – the shower scene?? Hot damn!!!! And I loved the little nod to ZoHoKa, and Benjamin Chambers, the book boyfriend who way more people need to be aware of!! Seriously; go and look him up.
Through personal preference, I think it would have added a more gripping element had Craig and Nic been enemies for longer throughout the story timeline, and eventually develop feelings for each other, rather than jump right in to it considering their family feud, but there was a certain part of the book that the friends-to-lovers thing worked perfectly in, and I may have gotten a little teary-eyed!
The Deal was a good debut novel by Z Elizabeth, and I think that with a bit more work building on characters and plot, it could have been even better! I’m looking forward to seeing how this author grows with future books.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
I turn back to the waves, pick up my bag and grab my phone. John looks over my shoulder, wondering just what I am doing but I sit closer to him and lean in so my cheek is next to his. This feels totally weird but I am going to document this moment and remind him that I gained his trust, albeit, a little too fast, but we are now Father and Daughter-in-law and we haven’t had a picture together yet.
“Um, Nic, just what the hell are you doing?” John asks but I reply with my arm around his shoulder and my arm stretched upwards with my phone. I smile into it, catching John’s expression. A mix of confusion, amusement and disbelief at what I am doing.
“Taking our first Father-in-law/Daughter-in-law photo, now smile, John!” I demand, smiling into the camera. John follows suit and I snap the image. I bring the phone so both of us can see the picture and I laugh. He certainly looks like an older version of Craig and he really is a DILF. I know for a fact when Craig and I have kids he is going to be the yummiest DILF imaginable and I cannot wait!
“Well, Papa Thomas, that is your birthday present sorted.” I giggle, locking the phone and throwing it to the bottom of my bag. John shakes his head and stares back out to the ocean.
“You know, Nic, I had you down all wrong. I thought you were a spoilt little girl who was exactly like her mother, but you are nothing like her. You’re like your father; strong, determined, and loyal. I’m so lucky that in some backarse way you and Craig found each other and I’m proud to call you my Daughter-in-law.” John admits and I look to him, tears filling my eyes. It’s hard to swallow but I push the lump down. I lean forward and wrap my arms around his neck, wanting a hug. John’s arms wrap around my back and he laughs at my emotions, rubbing my back as I sniff the tears back.
“You have no idea how much that means, DILF.” I murmur, drawing back from him. I smile widely at him and gather up my belongings, ready to leave and dart to Kelsie’s to pick up my suitcase. “I’ll see you around, Papa Thomas. Don’t be a stranger now we are BFF’s” And with a wink I begin to walk away from him.
“What’s a DILF?” He shouts after me and I let out a hearty laugh. I turn around and begin to walk backwards.
Z. Elizabeth is a debut author who grew up in Wales, UK and wishes she knew how to speak fluent Welsh. Bore da (Good morning), Wedi Bleno (tired) and Ydw (yes) just don’t cut it.
Reading has always been a part of her life since she was a young kid and writing came quickly after she discovered her love for studying English Language and writing fiction. Since graduating with a degree in BA Journalism, writing is embedded into her everyday working and personal life. At 15, she finished a full length novel and thought nothing of it until now. The Deal is loosely based upon that story and it’s one that she is hugely proud of writing and re-writing and re-writing…
When she isn’t slaving away at her day job, you can find her daydreaming about her book boyfriends, reading the next hot book out or binge eating with her friends, continually shocking them with the filth that flies out of her mouth.
Z. Elizabeth hopes that her characters end up on your book boyfriend/girlfriend lists and her book ends up on your favourite list, maybe even your bookshelf.