Sunday, September 27, 2009

Feature Review: "Feels Like The First Time," By Tawny Weber

By Becke Davis, RBTB Contributing Editor

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & CONTEST TODAY!!! Read an Exclusive Excerpt from "Feels Like the First Time" here !
“Reunited, And it Feels So . . . Bad?”

Reunions are hell. I’ve managed to avoid three of them, and I liked high school. I was luckier than some – no need to pretend I invented post-its, like Romy – or was it Michele? My claim to fame was being voted half of the “Most Affectionate Couple,” along with my future husband.

Even if reunions make you break out in a rash, Tawny Weber’s red-hot-and-romantic “Feels Like the First Time” reminds us that revisiting the past can also bring scorching surprises – and who doesn’t wonder about the guy who got away?


Zoe Gaston’s peers voted her Most Likely to Die a Virgin, and ruined her life. As the “pudgy-cheeked brainy Goth-girl,” her only real friend at Central High had been Dexter Drake, a younger guy as studiously hopeless as she was. The football jock she’d had a crush on was the source of her humiliation – their theme song could have been “The Way We Weren’t.”

Going to her reunion has as much appeal as chewing on glass, but Zoe’s brother needs to contact the mysterious creator of a hot new video game. There’s a rumor “Gandalf” is one of her old classmates – and one of the characters in the game looks suspiciously like a sexy version of Zoe’s high school self. Reunion? Game on!


Dex appears, morphed from geeky to gorgeous, and Zoe is tempted to play. But she can’t forget her hunt for Gandalf. Is he the football hero? The masked man who sweeps her into his arms? Or could it be that Gandalf isn’t there at all?

Caught up in a torrid masquerade, beguiled by bedroom eyes and a stranger’s seductive ways, Zoe is distracted from her goal. It should have been her worst week ever, but she’s having the time of her life.


Tawny Weber’s name on the cover guarantees a blistering hot read, and “Feels Like the First Time” is no exception. It’s not just flash-and-sizzle, though – this book has plenty of heart, too. Zoe’s lusty, go-for-it exterior hides the soul of a teenager who was labeled a loser and has spent the rest of her life trying to convince herself it isn’t true. We feel her outrage and cheer on the dashing hero who helps Zoe embrace her true self.

In Weber’s dexterous hands, the familiar tale of old friends and new lovers becomes brand new, and all the more reason to --
Buy the book!

What about you -- do you love the idea of a reunion, or hate it? Have you gone to your own reunion(s)? Found romance at a reunion? Whether your reunion story is happy and heart-warming or something out of "Carrie," we'd love to hear about it!

75 comments:

Becke Davis said...

Hi everyone! Michelle posted this early so we could catch our Australian friends before they hit the sack. I'll be back later - hope to see you all soon!

Anna Campbell said...

Hiya Michelle! Hiya Bellas!

Oh, man, Becke, isn't this a great book? I've already asked Tawny where I can order a Dexter online! He's a great hero, isn't he? And I really liked Zoe! Tawny's books never disappoint - they're always smart, sassy, sexy and with a deep emotional undercurrent that can sneak up on you and knock the legs out from under you (hmm, wonder if Dexter will catch me!).

Becke Davis said...

Anna - See? There was a reason Michelle posted this early. I discovered Tawny's books at the Romance Bandits, and now they are must-reads for me!

Tawny said...

Awww, Becke, what an amazing review. I can't stop smiling -thank you!!!

And Anna, you know I adore you and if I could, I'd box Dexter up and send him your way (Zoe might be a smidge peeved about that, though). Thanks so much.

And hey, Becke, I found Anna at the Romance Bandits, too LOL!

Becke Davis said...

I'm not sure if I found Anna at Romance Bandits or if it was the other way around, but I've discovered a lot of great books there.

With you all, and Michelle's recommendations at Heart to Heart, my TBR pile has grown to frightening proportions!

By the way, if any of you (like me) are interested in book trailers, you can view the trailer for Tawny's book at her website, here:

http://blog.tawnyweber.com/bookshelf/feels-like-the-first-time-excerpt/

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Becke, the Bandits and their guests have had a woeful effect on my credit card balance! But it's been fun!

Tawny, I think Zoe might be a bit scary if she's riled. Maybe I'd better just admire Dex from a distance. ;-)

Christine Wells said...

What a great review, thanks Becke! You're right, Tawny's boks have plenty of emotion right along with the pantworthy sizzle and I love her punchy, sassy writing style. Can't wait for FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME!

Oh, and thanks for thinking of us Aussies, Michelle!

Christine Wells said...

Er, that was books, not boks! I must have that rooster on the brain...

PJ said...

Congrats on the new release, Tawny. Sounds like another winner! Coincidentally, I just finished re-reading Risque Business and loved it just as much the second time around! :)

Thanks for the review, Becke!

Stacy~ said...

Hey Tawny and everyone. I'm in my category phase right now, so I think I'll have to add this to my list. PJ, funny you mention Risque Business - I have this one by my nightstand and I just did a quick re-read of it.

Tawny, just a quick shout-out to the late but great Deadline Hellions. Sorry the blog's no longer around, but it was one of my favorite morning stops. You were one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. But hopefully now this gives you time to write and give us demanding readers what we crave - more books!

My 20th reunion is next year. I'm debating on whether I want to go. I've kept in touch w/ several people through FB so I might just make the effort to see them again after so many years.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! Thank you, once again, Becke, for a fab feature! You got me hepped about this book last week at H2H when we were talking sexy reunions, and I was psyched that you agreed to tell us about it here. I'm dying to read it!

amy kennedy said...

Bellas! Hey Becke, I'm sold, see, this is why I've always wanted to go to a reunion...sexy strangers, nerds (my friends) who turned totally hot, and lots of fun...

I'm definately going to read the book, 'cuz, like you Becke, I've missed all three of mine as well.

sigh.

Eva Gale said...

What a great idea for a story! I never went to one of my reunions, but I love the idea of a romance happening at one. Must go get this now!

Becke Davis said...

Hi PJ - I'm so happy to see you here! Wasn't Risque Business a good one? And that title is a classic!

Hi Amy! If they can find someone to organize it, my 40th will be next year. (Just say no, just say no -- I have a bad habit of volunteering.)

Christine - Ah ha! I see Michelle's plan to lure our friends from Australia has worked! I'm so glad you stopped by -- it was so much fun meeting you at RWA National! I'm looking forward to your next book!

Anna - I wouldn't want Zoe coming after me with a riding crop, but I have to say Dex is one memorable hero (I'm trying not to give anything away!).

Stacy - The thing about a 20 year reunion is that you all look pretty young. Some of my school friends have found me on Facebook, despite my disguise (I use my pen name there: Becke Martin).

I look at their pictures, I realize I probably wouldn't recognize anyone if I went to my next reunion -- somehow, all these oldish people have stuck profile pix on my friends' pages!

Becke Davis said...

Eva - Thanks so much for going by! I think one reason so many of us are intrigued by reunion stories (in books and in movies) is because there are so many possibilities -- you could reconnect with someone important, or even fall in love.

Or -- I was just thinking of Stephen King's "Carrie" -- if your high school years really sucked, there's always the possibility for revenge or showing off how great you turned out!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, Bellas! Congrats on the new release, Tawny!
Me, just had our first 10 year reunion this year. I did not go, hehe. I didn't like school then and I figured I wouldn't like it now, hehe. Besides, my only claim to fame would be the fact that I'm an aspiring writer and avid reader. I'm not sure how much that would be appreciated, hehe. At least somewhere outside RBTB, anywayz!
But, a romance at a class reunion and with a former geeky best-friend who is now a major hottie! Throw in the Gandulf hunt and I'm there, hehe! Love it! Definately adding this to my TBB list, hehe

Becke Davis said...

Hi Princess Bumblebee! If you want to read an absolutely wonderful excerpt from this book, look at the post right below my review -- the excerpt is posted there.

jo robertson said...

Great review! I love reunion stories and just got my copy of fellow Bandita Tawny's book. Can't wait to read it. I also enjoy about ugly ducklings becoming lovely swans!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Becke, just read it and man did it turn up the heat in here, hehe! Can't wait to read the rest!

debbie haupt said...

Going to a reunion of that kind would make my face break out, and cold sweats for the rest of my body.
I hated high school, was one of the geek squad, in all the choirs (death to being popular), and in all the musical theater productions (near death to being popular). So once I left I LEFT! Never been back, never want to, never will.
In fact when my daughter was in elementary school one of my former (popular) classmates had a child in Erin's class and was on the "committee" to get people to attend. She approached me and asked if I was going, I looked at her and said, well it took you 15 years to talk to me. And no I'm not going.

Now that doesn't mean I don't want to read about someone else's (mis)adventures.

Becke Davis said...

Hi Jo! So glad you stopped by! Be sure to check out the excerpt posted below my review -- it really sizzles!

Becke Davis said...

"Going to a reunion of that kind would make my face break out, and cold sweats for the rest of my body."

Debbie - you crack me up!I wonder if the cold sweats would cancel out my hot flashes if I were to go?

I'm so sorry you had a bad time at high school -- I know it can really be rough. I was worried what high school would be like for my daughter, who went through a sort-of goth stage, but she celebrated her inner geek. She found a crowd of kids that accepted her as she was, and I think she had a lot of fun in high school.

To give you an idea what she's like, she wore a bright orange wig for one of her senior pictures,and for fun she would go around and correct the spelling and punctuation on signs at the local gas stations, etc.

I feel bad that you had such a bad time -- I can't believe that woman had the nerve to ask for your help if she had treated you badly in the past! Do you suppose she was just oblivious?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Hey, Becke and Tawny! It's funny that I'm reading about this now since my 20-year high school reunion is in less than 2 weeks! I'm curious to see how many people show up.

Tawny, how many books does this make for you now? You are making quite a name for yourself.

Becke Davis said...

Hi Trish! Thanks for joining us. Geez, I'm approaching my 40th and you are only at 20?? Now I feel ancient.

So, are you excited? Nervous? Is there a guy from the past you are going to be checking out?

Nancy said...

Hi, Becke--what a great review! I love reunions. I went to my last college reunion and had a wonderful time catching up with everyone. Every November, the women in my college class gather at the beach--whoever can make it, with everyone welcome. I missed my last high school reunion but have enjoyed catching up with people on the net.

Becke Davis said...

Nancy, what a great story! My younger sister had four close friends in high school. They meet every year for their own private reunion, and a few years ago they decided to make it a weekend event. Now they rent a lakefront cabin in Michigan, and they have a blast!

I'm still in touch with many high school friends, but we've never gotten together as a group.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Becke, I'm not nervous, sort of looking forward to seeing certain people. But LOL, no guys to check out. I never dated anyone from my high school, and I'm happily married for nearly 17 years.

Keri Stevens said...

Oh, Becke,
I just got back from my 20th HS reunion. My father (in my teeny high school) was the most popular teacher ever. I spent most of the evening saying "my" friends--"Why, no. My parents are NOT coming to this reunion. They are babysitting their grandchildren--just like YOUR parents are." And then I'd smile with gritted teeth at the obvious disappointment. I'm proud to say it took 1/2 of a bottle of wine and two (or maybe six?) shots of cinnamon shots before I was slurring out, "Hey, I am the graduate,dammit. Not Daddy!"

Aw, crap. I'd always thought I didn't have any "daddy issues."

I know what to do: Avoid and sublimate. I must go find me a Tawny Weber book.

Hey, Becke, got any on your bookshelves? (*snort*)

OOH~Captcha is "reven." They don't call me "Scary Keri" for nothin'.

Tonya Kappes said...

WELL...perfect timing! My class reunion was a couple of weeks ago and it made me shake and scratch at the thought of going. Instead my DH took my kids and I went to my local OVRWA meeting and had a night with my true friends in my life.

Becke Davis said...

Aww, Tonya - I love that! Yeah, I've had mixed feeling about going to any of mine. I figured, I'm already in touch with my good friends, and this way I can remember us all at age 18!

I'm so glad you stopped by!

Becke Davis said...

LOL, Trish - don't tell your husband I asked!

Becke Davis said...

Keri - That's so cool that your dad was a popular teacher, but I can see where it would make for a frustrating reunion. I'm sure you wowed them with your Keri-ness, though, and if they can't tell that you totally rock, it's their loss.

Becke Davis said...

Just a reminder to check out the great excerpt -- exclusive to RBTB -- that is posted below my review!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Since I still can't comment at B&N, I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear that Kate Duffy passed away today! That's so sad that someone that brought us Judith McNaught's "Whitney My Love" passed away. And her qoutes are right on target! She sounds like she was a wonderful person!

Beth said...

What a great review, Becke! Feels Like The First Time is such a fabulous book *g* Tawny is the queen of writing emotional, sassy and super sexy stories :-) And I loved me some Dex!!

I went to my five year class reunion and...well...let's just say it wasn't the best time. I swore I'd never go again and so far have kept that vow ;-)

Tawny said...

Hi Everyone :-D Becke, thanks again for such a fun review - you rock!!! Michelle, its lovely to be back on your awesome blog.

Christine, smooches and thanks ;-)

PJ, WOW, you're re-reading Risque Business?!? Oh man, thats so cool. I'm thrilled you liked it enough to visit Delaney and Nick a second time!!

Tawny said...

Hi Stacy :-)

Isn't it always sad to see a blog go -its like saying goodbye to good friends. Yeah, you know you can keep in touch through other means, but its not quite the same *g*

and Ahhhhhh how cool that both you and PJ have Risque Business at your fingertips. Thank you :-D

I've seen quite a few people ease into the reunions through their connections on FB. I think it's becoming a great way for those of us who didn't much like high school to get our toes wet and decide if we want to reunite - or not *g*

Becke Davis said...

Hi Princess - Do you have my email? Send me the info about your B&N problems and I'll see if I can get one of the techs to fix that for you.

And yes, Kate Duffy's death is a real tragedy.

Becke Davis said...

Debbie- "I feel bad that you had such a bad time"

Sometimes I feel bad that I use the word "bad" so much!

Becke Davis said...

Jo - I think I missed your comment before. I've always liked reunion stories, and this is a great one. Zoe isn't exactly a swan -- or if she is, she's a swan who's pretty handy with a riding crop!

Becke Davis said...

Beth - My daughter's class didn't have a five year, but she's already mentioned that she's not sure she wants to go to her 10th. She has a couple years to decide, but I can see her point - she lives in another state now, and has lost touch with most of her old friends.

I'm sorry yours was a let-down. That's probably why I've held off from ever going to one of mine.

Becke Davis said...

Tawny - I hope all our visitors are scrolling down to read that hot excerpt!

Did I mention I thought the cover model for your book was a great choice for Dexter? He doesn't look like the "usual" type of cover guy -- not exactly my mental image of Dexter, but I still liked it. I can sort of see the female model as Zoe, but covers hardly ever fit my image of the h/h.

Tawny said...

Amy, aren't nerd stories hot? I love the whole duck to swan theme - nobody does it better than Vicki Lewis Thompson, IMO. Her nerd books made pocket protectors sexy LOL

Becke Davis said...

I love those books, Tawny -- and her crazy Hex books, too.

For those of you who want more Tawny, you can read an excerpt of COMING ON STRONG here:

http://blog.tawnyweber.com/bookshelf/coming-on-strong/

And RISQUE BUSINESS here:

http://blog.tawnyweber.com/bookshelf/risque-business/

Tawny said...

Eva, thank you ;-) You'll have to drop me an email and let me know what you think if you read it!!

Becke, I'm now having icky Carrie reunion images. Thanks ;-)

HI Princess Bumblebee (love your name *g*) and thanks for the congrats :-) I'm excited about this story, since it not only was a lot of fun to weave all my high school angst into a book, but the Costume Shop mixup kicks off the Dressed to Thrill series for Blaze, which was a ton of fun. Hey, good luck with the writing!! I'd say thats an awesome claim to fame!

Tawny said...

Jo!!! *finger wiggling the Bandita wave* Thanks for stopping by ;-)

LOL Debbie -good for you!!! I'm always amazed that people act like that, and figure you'll be glad to talk to them once they finally notice you.

Becke your daughter sounds so strong and assured. Thats a credit to her and to her momma, I'm sure :-)

Tawny said...

*Bandita wave* Hey Trish!!! How cool that you're going to your class reunion. You'll have to let me know if you have fun, okay?

Feels Like the First Time is my 6th Blaze :-) I just adore this line. Its the best of everything, IMO. Hot & sexy, fun and sassy, emotional and touching. I'm really proud to be writing for them.

And I'm over the moon excited that my novella, YOU HAVE TO KISS A LOT OF FROGS is out in the upcoming January Blazing Bedtime Story with Tori Carrington!!! Talk about hero worship *g*

Princess Bumblebee said...

Becke, it's tla1014@hotmail.com, thnx!
also, I just love the cover guys. Sometimes they're the reason I buy books, hehe. The one on the cover of "Caressed by Ice' by Nalini Singh was the entire reason I bought the book, hehe. And I was not disappointed! Yum! By the way, have you SEEN the guy on the cover for J.R. Ward's "Covet". I'm almost tempted to buy the book for those swarthy good looks, that open black leather jacket and on a Harley, no less! OMG! I think I'm gonna have a heart attack here! Wow!

Becke Davis said...

I saw that Covet cover, Princess, and it is delicious!

I've passed on your info to the techs at B&N. Hopefully they will be able to fix the problem.

Eva Gale said...

I bought it this afternoon and spent the time I SHOULD have been folding laundry, reading! And-- this is the first Blaze I've ever bought. What a great story! You knocked it out of the park, Tawny!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buona sera, Bellas! sorry I'm just getting back. Tawny, it's great to have you back, you're always so nice to have around. And look! You brought so many Aussies and Banditas with you! Was someone complaining about having rooster on the brain? hmmm... I'm always crushing on the Banditas coq d'jour.

Well, these hs reunion stories always scare me, but I love to hear the 'I got my groove back' tales like Debbies. I didn't love hs, to put it mildly. And recently, I kind of got shut out of some reunion emails that were being sent back and forth on facebook. I'm not quite sure why... But I've never been back to a reunion cause my 10th was on my wedding weekend, the next was an anniv trip, I don'tthink they had the next,and another anni trip the next. I actually was considering my next one. Til I got frozen out of the emails... Ah, well.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Eva, I'm stone cold jealous that you're reading Tawny's book now. The Blaze's are so great!

Tawny, you and torri carrington will be so unbelievable! Is there a military theme?

Tawny said...

Hey Nancy *Bandita finger wave* It sounds like your college experience rocked. That has to be so fun to get together with the gals at the beach!

LOL Kerri Avoid and sublimate. I must go find me a Tawny Weber book. Talk about an irritating reunion experience! I'm with you, definitely sublimate by reading a Tawny Weber book *ggg*

Tawny said...

Tonya, I'd have done exactly the same thing!!!

BETH!!! ;-) You're biased. But I love that you are! I need deets on this 5 year reunion, you'll have to fill me in on how wonderfully uninspiring it was!

Tawny said...

Zoe isn't exactly a swan -- or if she is, she's a swan who's pretty handy with a riding crop!

OMG ROFLMAO Becke ;-) You are sooo right!!!!

Tawny said...

Princess, the covers are always a selling point for me, too. I won't NOT buy a book based on a cover (especially after I realized how little say the author gets LOL) but I'm always a fan of a hot, sexy wrapper on my books LOL

Tawny said...

Whohooooo Eva :-D Thank you!!!! I should offer to come fold your laundry for you, huh? Of course, I should fold my own, too. Hmm... lets both just read Blaze instead *g*

Becke Davis said...

Eva - this was your first Blaze? How exciting!!!

Tawny said...

Hey Michelle :-) Aren't invasions fun? The Banditas are definitely the best, and there's always that clever rooster hanging around *g*

Like you, I wasn't a fan of hs - in fact my editor asked how much I'd hated it after she read the original manuscript LOL. And one way or another, I've managed to miss my reunions, usually because just straight up forget about them *shrug*

I'm super jazzed about the novella with Tori Carrington. Its not a military story (although now that you mention it *g* I do have a Uniformly Hot hitting the shelves in 3/11 thats tied in with Rhonda Nelson and Jennifer LeBrecque's stories) This January book is a Blazing Bedtime Story, so mine is a Blazing take on The Frog Prince fairy tale, and Tori's is a super hot version of Helen of Troy's love story.

Becke Davis said...

I think one reason this book resonated with me is I've been hearing from some friends in the class ahead of mine who have a reunion on Friday. Even leading up to the reunion, there's been all kinds of crazy stuff going on. It's enough to put me off going to mine next year!

Becke Davis said...

Princess - I sent you an email with info from the B&N tech admin. Hope it helps!

flchen1 said...

Hi, Tawny!!! Not a big reunion fan, but can't wait to read your book! I've been to a couple and found them meh... ;) Dragged my husband with me when I went with one of my best friends from high school to our 10th HS reunion. We were surprised and taken aback when my husband was the first greeted as we entered (not only had he NOT attended our HS, he hadn't even attended HS in this country! ;p) Spent most of that evening feeling as if I ought to know all these faces and making small talk (usually a few stock sentences that I could have recorded myself saying and then replayed as needed ;))

Decided to take a pass on the 20th, and though I'm not ruling out attending a future reunion, I'm not feeling especially compelled to go either! There are other ways to get/stay in touch these days!

Becke Davis said...

Hi flchen! Boy, your post kind of gave me chills. I bet it would be like that if my husband and I went to a reunion.

He was only there for senior year (and about one month of junior year) and it was a big school, so he only really knew the people in his classes or in the crowd he hung out with. I grew up with most of the people in my high school, so it's a whole different thing for me.

I was skinny and had strawberry-blonde hair when I was in h.s., so I'm pretty sure no one would recognize me. The whole idea of going to a reunion is intriguing -- I like reunions in fiction, but in real life I think I'd be weirded out.

On the other hand, I attended my grandmother's 60-something reunion with her, and that was kind of fun!

Becke Davis said...

Tawny - Thank you so much for joining us today! I hope everyone enjoys your book as much as I did!

Tawny said...

Fedora, what a blechy reunion!!! Its bad enough to feel that way when you're IN school, its even more irritating to pay to attend for the same feeling *g*

Tawny said...

Becke, thank you SO much for the wonderful day. And the awesome review ;-)

I appreciate you and Michelle and all the Bella's today!!!!

Keri Stevens said...

I'm stepping back in to say to y'all: If you get a chance to go to your reunion, by all means, if you are writers, GO!

People TELL you stuff--amazing stuff that leaves you stunned and itching to grab a notebook. People you haven't seen in 5-25-45 years tell you about the time they poked holes in the roommate's condom packets and the affairs they began three days earlier.

I am not making either of those things up.

Reunions are prime research material, friends!

(And for the record, I did enjoy mine aside from that mild annoyance about Paw.)

Caren Crane said...

Hi, Tawny and Michelle and Becke! Sorry I'm tardy finding this post about Tawny's SMOKIN' HOT book, but I was out of town. :-( Reunion stories are my all-time favorites and I can't wait to get my hands on this one! Thanks to RBTB for pimping Tawny...er...so to speak. :-) Everyone needs to discover her!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Thnx, Becke! Hopefully, they can figure out what the deal is!

Becke Davis said...

Keri - I hope you are planning to share those stories! (I'm all ears!)

Caren - Great to see you here! I'm oddly flattered to be called Tawny's pimp . . . I think!

Rosie Murphy said...

Becke! Another wonderful review! As you know, this book's in my TBR pile--my next read, and I'm so looking forward to it.

My last reunion was a bit weird. I went to an all-girl, Catholic high school and my graduating class was the last graduating class before the school merged with the boys school down the street. Yep, I missed out on going to school with the guys, but there they were at the reunion. I knew most of them from grade school anyway so it wasn't that awkward, but boy was it fun to see all my old crushes going bald and paunchy! *snort*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rosie, I think you've made up for the all-girls thing. Don't you work w/cute young guys all day?

Rosie Murphy said...

Oh, Michelle we gotta talk!

HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL they are way too cute! If their mammas only knew about dirty old women... :-)

I now pass on my wisdom to the young women in my class. Wait...that may not be a good thing, come to think of it.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, if you ever need a guest lecturer...

Rosie Murphy said...

I will absolutely keep you in mind, cara!