October 9, 2013

'Feather Light' Blog Tour - Review, Highlights, Guest Post + Giveaway

October 9, 2013
Author Lorenz Font stops by to tell us about her new novel, Feather Light, in celebration of it's release come morrow. Here I will give a review, book highlights, feature author guest post, and throw in a giveaway! Caution: there are some spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Due to sexual situations, this may not be suitable for readers under the age of 17. Contains light BDSM and Dom/Sub situations.

Author: Lorenz Font
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Erotica
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Pages: 257
ISBN: 978-1-61213-129-0
Format: e-book via NetGalley
My Rating: 3.5/5

Parker Davis has conquered three major American cities and is the new ‘it’ man in massage. He earned the nickname ‘Feather Light’ for his sensual touches, tender caresses, and soft voice eliciting an almost orgasmic release. Clients from all over clamor for his services and his clientele are growing by the minute. Business is at its peak, which makes Parker a busy man who has no time to deal with problems, let alone dwell on his blindness. With his declining vision, Parker has to accept his limitations and the changes brought forth by this disease, but he is not ready to relinquish the last control he has left. He is still the master in his bedroom. 
Kelly Storm, a Hollywood actress, will do whatever it takes to get some much-deserved peace. Being famous has its perks, except the little privacy her popularity afforded her is slowly eating at her. With the paparazzi hounding her every minute of the day, and her personal life under constant scrutiny, Kelly wants a semblance of normalcy wherever she can get it. Under the urging of a close friend, she agrees give Parker a try.  
Their first meeting is nothing she expected. Kelly finds comfort in his gentle probing and the spellbinding experience guaranteed to keep her coming back for more. Parker knows the woman on his table is special. He feels her vulnerability with his fingertips and her smooth curves leave a burning ache inside him. 
One night of steamy passion is all it takes to know that they wanted each other in more ways than one. Kelly hides in heavy disguises, making it impossible for Parker to know her true identity. What secret is Kelly keeping and will she trust Parker enough to tell him the truth? Will Parker see beyond Kelly’s lies to show her what a future with him holds?
This was a little out of my genre of what I usually read, but I enjoyed reading Parker and Kelly's story. I found some aspect are relatable, which gave it a more realistic quality. Some people have been through that mentality of not trusting people due to being wronged in the past. I'd like to see it as a way to learn and grow from that. However, it takes a lot to hone in faith and patience to get back to a durable trust foundation. It takes a lot of practice to get there too. Unfortunately, our leading lady went through some rough times such as finding out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, and having a miscarriage late into the pregnancy. That's an immense amount of pain to endure. In a world of hurt, she just wants to find someone she can trust, and who will love her for her and not her looks or career. Kelly thinks she can find that in Parker.

The twist in this story is that the love interest, Parker, is legally blind which presents challenges for him. Guys (as well as girls) immediately pays attention to looks first and sometimes the only thing they care about. Unfortunately, Kelly takes full advantage of his disadvantage which can lead to the very thing she values: trust. They say honesty is the best policy for a reason. Parker suffers from a disease that robbed him of his eyesight. Having lack of one of his senses only heightened other senses such as touch for example. That comes in handy for the masseuse / closeted Dom who enjoys a good role playing, which comes into play that heats things up between Kelly and Parker. Although having lack of sight, it does not keep Parker from setting his sights on Kelly. Another realistic and enjoyable thing about the character development is that their feelings were not instant love-at-first-sight (or touch), it gradually grew to that point as the more they spend time together and get to know each other better. Once their feelings for each other gets deeper and is in full bloom, the connection between Kelly and Parker is palpable -- kind of like Parker's magical hands. They don't call him 'Feather Light' for nothing if not for his feather light, orgasmic touch. Light as a feather, stiff as a board (if you know what I mean ;).

Their steamy, passionate, and intimate scenes really heats up the pages. Being a closeted Dom, Parker alleviates control by taking business in massage. Well, when it comes to Kelly, self-control is out the window when they have passionate encounters. I'm not too much into the whole dom/sub situation for it can get out of control which is a turn off for me, but Parker is demanding in the bedroom which only he can peak arousal on a drop of a hat. He does not overdo it or disappoint. Kelly can attest to that, I'm sure.

Of course, once you throw in lies and secrets, stuff is going to hit the fan and nothing good comes from it (unless later resolved). Lies and secrets are two things that can break trust, and Kelly, in a way, became a hypocrite by doing just that. There are going to be repercussions. What I mean by that is that it's clear that she has trust issues. And she took advantage of Parker's lack of sight in hopes of finding a man who can love her if he did not know who she really is or what she does. In the end, it blew up in her face. Although I do not condone one particular scene as it turned dangerous, I'm not surprised at Parker's reaction (he is a dom after all) when he found out about the truth about Kelly, because look what she did. She brought it upon herself by taking advantage of him by lying to him. Then again I can't say I blame her after what she went through which brought on her trust issues. Imagine how Parker felt when he found out the truth after all the people in his life, too, took advantage of his disability. It hits like a ton of bricks to have it done repeatedly. All angst aside, they feel too deeply for each other to not work things through.

I'm aware that I talk a lot about the trust or lack thereof in this story, because it's one of the most important aspects of Parker and Kelly's story, and it's something we all can learn from time and time again. As much as I'd like to see them continue their story, I felt the ending tied up fittingly. Font was thoughtful when writing the character development, pace, and plot with a nice touch of an ending (pun intended). There is a HEA, and no cliffhangers which I find is a relief. The story felt complete, and left no questions or confusion. What I like to see in a story is that it should have you perceive things in a new light, and Font did a good job in that area with this story.

Book highlights
The writing. First and foremost, the writing in books are so important, and Font did an excellent job with it in this story. It was carefully and thoroughly written to convey vivid imagery, and that made the story easy to follow along.

The humor. The effortless banter between the two are comical yet enticing and easy to follow.

Hot love interest is blind and a masseuse. Parker strays from the stigma of fictional boyfriends with his lack of sight and his heightened sense of touch. He was able to fall in love with Kelly for her, not for her career, beauty and status.

HEA and no cliffhanger (as I mentioned above). I'm picky on these when it comes to concluding a story, and if you're like me -- who enjoys a happy ending that doesn't leave you hanging -- then this will suit your needs just fine.

Dom/sub was not overdone (also mentioned above). I'm not much of a fan when it comes to BDSM, however, I can assure that it was not overdone nor does it disappoint. It's light, so it won't make light-hearted readers want to vom.

Author Guest Post
How did you come up with the concepts for your video trailer?  How did it feel to put it all together?
Preparing the materials for a video trailer for me is like writing a summary. First, I look at other video trailers for inspiration. Then I gathered pictures from the website that the graphic artist provided to me. In choosing the picture, I looked for the ones that I feel could tell a story on its own. The concept for the trailer is pretty easy. I basically followed the summary of the book. I featured Parker Davis as a blind, but very handsome masseur—so I had to come up with a hot-looking man in sunglasses. Hunting for the perfect and telling picture is not easy considering the physical attributes of the books characters might not be available from the list of stock images that we have to choose from. It’s a very exciting process while I try to match the pictures with the little script I created. Then it’s all about the music. I listened to several songs and picked the one I feel was dramatic enough to match the contents. 

About the author
Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her debut novel Hunted, the first book of The Gates Legacy Trilogy and Indivisible Line, a romantic thriller. Her newest novel, Tormented, the second installment of The Gates Legacy, is now available for vampire lovers everywhere.
Writing is a therapy for Lorenz, and a perfect day consists of writing and playing with her characters while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.

Lorenz currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between a full-time job as a Business Office Manager for a hospital and her busy writing schedule.

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