Tuesday 30 June 2015

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Unlikely Allies by C.C.Koen

I am hosting one of the blog tour spots for Unlikely Allies by C.C.Koen today. I am reviewing the book today. Do read on to know my thoughts on it. I received a free copy from the author via Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for the review.

Title : Unlikely Allies
Author : C.C.Koen
Genre : Contemporary Romance

Blurb :

What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?

Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?

Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.
Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?

A Teaser to get you interested in the story

“This place is packed. Why’d you pick it?”

Lodged in her brain for several weeks now, Mr. Stone’s guttural tenor replayed in her 

daydreams and in her sleep. She inched around performing a mental countdown from ten to zero, 

which helped cool her off when Cece pushed her buttons, and by some miracle she hoped would 

work in this instance too. 

A steel gray oxford, no tie, and slim-fit pants with the same sheen as his button-down 

vest produced an unnatural reaction. Her tongue rolled to the roof of her mouth and withheld the 

groan his arousing professional attire and fresh-air scent planted in her head. 

“Uh…” Mr. Stone narrowed his eyes at Matt and clamped a hand on his shoulder. His 

flushed face resembled the cherry red that often tinted joggers’ cheeks. “Buddy, you didn’t tell 

me Maggie would be here. Thought you said this was a business lunch.” He waved a folder and 

tossed it on the table. 

Matt’s grin flashed toward her and then to his friend. “You do realize she’s cooking, 

Just then Mr. Stone’s gaze drifted across her chest, becoming transfixed for a while on 

the crisscrossed fork, spoon, and knife emblem at her left breast and then darted up to her face. If 

possible, his skin reddened even more as he dropped onto the wooden stool, an impact that 

scraped the chair back a few inches, rocking him into Matt’s shoulder. 

“Let’s order. I’m starved.” An elbow shot given to his buddy, Matt knocked Mr. Stone’s 

bent arm off the edge of the table and pointed to the menu. “Pick something, fast. I need to get to 

dessert before it’s all gone.” 

Using a similar mocking tone like Matt had earlier, Mr. Stone scanned the room while he 

spoke. “You realize we’re in a restaurant that has loads of food.” 

She got a chuckle out of the amusing banter. Normally, she and Kat rubbed each other the 

wrong way. It was good to see the ribbing happening to someone else for a change. 

“No, smart ass. Maggie’s extra special, sweet treat. There’s a limited amount.”

The menu forgotten and dropped onto the table, Mr. Stone set his chin in his hand and 

repositioned his arm where it had been before Matt knocked it down. In a seductive murmur he 

asked, “What sinful goodies do you have for me, Maggie?” Extended across the counter, his 

hand cupped hers from underneath and gripped it like a beggar pleading for anything and 

everything she could give.

My Musings : 

When this title came up for a blog tour, the book cover appealed to my love of kids' part in a romance. I am a sucker for romances with kids involved. They usually add enjoyment to a love story with their mischievous actions. And the blurb captivated me enough to give it a try though the author is a new one to me.

I always find romances a bit hard to review though I love them. And this book is also one such story. The storyline isn't any thing exceptional. There has been a few along this line but the special part of this book is the author's touch. She dwells right into the feelings of the charaters and I was very much immersed in the daily happenings of the protagonists. I felt like I was watching a movie the way the scenes were written.

And the characters are no slouch in the appeal department. I especially loved Cece!! She is such a loveable and cheerful kid always up to something. Then there's Kat who is another side character impacting the story with her wild character. I shouldn't forget to mention the protagonists, Maggie and Rick. The chemistry between them was awesome. I could literally feel the heat. There was a bit of spice added to the story to keep the sensual rating in the mid range. I couldn't get enough of them and I was a bit sad that the book ended.. But I am now looking forward to Kat's story if there is one.

The only thing which didn't gel for me is the book name. I think it should have been Unlikely Love/Lovers than Unlikely Allies. Otherwise the book was good.

The Mama's rules at the start of each chapter had me smiling while the epilogue had me chuckling at the end. I can't recommend this book enough to contemporary romance lovers.

My one line review : A love story with a bit of spice and a mischievous pixie makes an enjoyable afternoon read!

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 4/5

Meet the Author :

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.


Twitter: @authorcckoen


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  1. Thank you for taking time to read and review Unlikely Allies. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the characters. Cece's story is brewing and Kat would definitely be included too. Your thoughts and musings made me smile. :) Thanks so much for participating in the tour!

    1. Thank you for the opportunity.. I had fun reading it :)