Gypsy Road Series, Book 1: Leather & Lace by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)

 
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Joy H. for Readers Favorite (http://readersfavorite.com/review/5489)
Rating: 5 Stars

Longtime womanizer finding love with the shy girl-next-door? Not a chance! Or could it be? In this contemporary sizzling romance, Rod Summers’ former ‘ladies’ try to warn Bethany Briggs that Rod would leave her alone and heartbroken just as he has all others, but Bethany just can’t believe Rod would do this to her. Rod saw Bethany a lot different from how he saw any other women he had been with. To Rod, this was the women of his dreams, the woman he has been searching for all of his life. No more ‘other women’ for Rod; he was now a one woman man. But could this be possible, considering his past lifestyle? Is Bethany enough to tame Rod?

Karen Wiesner’s LEATHER & LACE is a bad boy-good girl novel that had me rooting for wild bad boy Rod to be the hero. Bethany is the only person who had faith enough in him to think he would change—that is, until she started realizing he was treating her just as he treated all of his other women. That is when Bethany took control of the situation. Rod was devastated because he really did love Bethany and wanted to be true to her.

This was a book I read in one sitting. This well-written, short novel has characters who are charming and delightful with a relationship that keeps the reader intrigued until the very last page because you want to find out what happens with the two lovers. If you enjoy a good, fast-reading romance, you will truly enjoy this book. I encourage you to grab a copy for yourself.
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Under the Covers Reviews
4 Stars! Recommended! "A contemporary romance in every sense of the word, LEATHER & LACE explores all the ramifications of a red-hot mutual attraction between a womanizer and a shy, somewhat innocent maid--and does it with considerable finesse. Rod Summers is leather, all bare-chested, leathered-panted bit of him. Bethany Briggs is lace, a blushing, relatively naive woman of inexperience. Yet when they meet, sparks are visible in the next county. They are smitten, aroused, yearning, and all the other words that have been used to describe a man courting a maid--and courting intently. Can such a match every come to fruition? Karen Wiesner writes a page turner that keeps the reader not only panting, but on the edge of her seat, wanting the two to find happiness, but in sincere doubt of the outcome until the end of the book. It's a very delightful book. If you're looking for a sizzling read, one with flawed characters, real situations, and a relationship that has to be, reach for LEATHER & LACE and enjoy."
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Affaire de Couer
4 1/2 Stars! "Karen Wiesner has crafted a decidedly erotic romance that won't let the reader go until the heart-wrenching final scene. It's a pleasure to read a story that lets out all the stops by an author who isn't afraid to show a hero and heroine who are real human beings."
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Scribes World Reviews
4 1/2 Stars! "LEATHER & LACE, the first book of four in Karen Wiesner's Gypsy Road series, was a great read. Boy, could I empathize with Bethany being completely blown away by sexy, tenacious Rod. He's leather, she's lace, and what a fine combination they make. Karen Wiesner has a way with characterization. All her characters are different, with complex backgrounds, individual voices, and oh so compelling. Each of these "Gypsies" needs his/her own book. I'm glad Karen loved them enough to write their individual stories, and I'm extremely glad that her publisher had the foresight to grab them and run. Read LEATHER & LACE, you'll enjoy it. And, while you're at it, don't miss FLESH & BLOOD or FIRE & ICE, the next two books in the series."
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author Joey Hill
5 Stars! "If you are looking for one of those sit-on-your-porch swing, let-go-of-reality and daydream the afternoon away, Leather and Lace is your draught, being 120% proof pure escapism."
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Pamela James for The Literary Times
5 Stars! "LEATHER & LACE will certainly put stardust in your eyes and warm your heart. Karen Wiesner has penned a treasure chest full of love and given us a heart full of hope and happy endings! Bravo, Wiesner!"
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The Word Museum
"Karen Wiesner creates an element of believability from the first sentence of this novel, ensnaring the reader in her magic and refusing to let go... Ms. Wiesner manages to create two characters who live in the reader's heart, long after the last sentence is read."
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Cheryl Cooke Harrington, author of ROCK SOLID and FAST FOCUS
"Another gem from Hard Shell Word Factory! Karen Wiesner's LEATHER & LACE is fast-paced and entertaining. Rod and Bethany sizzle their way from page one to happily-ever-after."
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Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-leather-and-lace-gypsy-road-series-book-1-by-karen-wiesner/
At 75 pages, this is a short story for Karen, and it is great for those who don't have enough time to read as they had hoped. Rod is the wild man in leather, while Bethany is the cute one in lace he comes to love albeit with a lot of problems. Karen's description of Rod is an amazing one [that] makes him sound almost the perfect man... There is another man in Bethany's life who tries to warn her off Rod, as he is seen as too much of a lothario in that part of town, but as Rod is a persistent character, she might not be able to resist him for much longer--not when he sends her flowers and knows how to please a woman so much. Karen can write tense romance novels, and this short is interesting to read.
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BTSemag http://btsemag.com
Jun 26, 2014
The animal magnetism between Bethany Briggs and Rod Summers is palpable. Independent and educated, Bethany characterizes the typical working girl/aspiring entrepreneur eager to make her own way in the world. Leather-clad Rod has a bad boy image on the exterior but inside his heart yearns for a meaningful relationship that will domesticate him enough to lure him into a monogamous relationship.

The two work to find a middle ground where they can meet while offering audiences some timeless lessons on listening to what the heart needs. The author perceptively captures the tough guy persona and the dutiful good girl ideal. The conversational tone of the narration and dialogue makes for an easy read and indulges the fantasy of the sweet girl-next-door winning over the free-spirited, risk-taking motorcycle dude.
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Karen Wiesner
Jun 9, 2015
5 Stars! "If you are looking for one of those sit-on-your-porch swing, let-go-of-reality and daydream the afternoon away, Leather and Lace is your draught, being 120% proof pure escapism." ~author Joey Hill

5 Stars! "LEATHER & LACE will certainly put stardust in your eyes and warm your heart. Karen Wiesner has penned a treasure chest full of love and given us a heart full of hope and happy endings! Bravo, Wiesner!" ~Pamela James for The Literary Times

"Karen Wiesner creates an element of believability from the first sentence of this novel, ensnaring the reader in her magic and refusing to let go... Ms. Wiesner manages to create two characters who live in the reader's heart, long after the last sentence is read." ~The Word Museum

"Another gem from Hard Shell Word Factory! Karen Wiesner's LEATHER & LACE is fast-paced and entertaining. Rod and Bethany sizzle their way from page one to happily-ever-after." ~Cheryl Cooke Harrington, author of ROCK SOLID and FAST FOCUS

“At 75 pages, this is a short story for Karen, and it is great for those who don’t have enough time to read as they had hoped. Rod is the wild man in leather, while Bethany is the cute one in lace he comes to love albeit with a lot of problems. Karen’s description of Rod is an amazing one [that] makes him sound almost the perfect man... There is another man in Bethany’s life who tries to warn her off Rod, as he is seen as too much of a lothario in that part of town, but as Rod is a persistent character, she might not be able to resist him for much longer--not when he sends her flowers and knows how to please a woman so much. Karen can write tense romance novels, and this short is interesting to read.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-leather-and-lace-gypsy-road-series-book-1-by-karen-wiesner/
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