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Blog Tour: Seven Day Fiancé by Rachel Harris {Review, Character Interview, + Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Seven Day Fiancé  blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review, a character interview, and a giveaway with you all!

Seven Day Fiancé (Love and Games #2)
   by: Rachel Harris

Publication Date: Oct. 14, 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 205 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars

One bad boy. One good girl. One unforgettable week.

Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning him at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little fiancé game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.
My Review:

This book sizzles hotter than the spiciest Cajun dish! WHEW! I loved Jason and Taste the Heat, but Cane just became the love of my life. No, seriously. I read this book in the span of a day- I absolutely couldn't put it down, it was that awesome. The characters were well developed and likeable, the storyline was fun, cute, and entertaining, and the setting was so rich with culture that I wanted to hop in my car and drive to Louisiana straight away!

I really loved Angelle's character. She is sweet and kind, but so endearingly awkward! I loved that! After leaving her hometown behind, Angelle is determined to start a new life and do what SHE wants to do for once. She has been coddled and babied all of her life and it's time for her to stand on her own two feet. Angelle is also as real as they come. While fierce and strong, she is vulnerable too. She has known loss in her life, which has made her parents overprotective of her, thus putting her in the situation she is in. After ending things with her boyfriend of 8 years, she told her parents she was engaged to someone new to get them to back off her. And she may have told them he went by the name of Cane Robicheaux.

Oh, Cane. He's been attracted to Angelle from the moment he first laid eyes on her. Yet, she's always kept him at a distance, never acknowledging his flirtatious nature. Cane is your bad boy. He's good-looking and oozes sex appeal. Angelle knows a man like him is pure danger for her heart, which is why she stays clear of him. Cane is no stranger to one-night stands and yet he finds himself drawn to Angelle, wanting to have one night with her so he can get her out of his system. Cane doesn't do relationships. He has seen firsthand how his father treated his mother and he vows he will never do the same thing to any woman. He feels so much self-guilt over the fact that his sister Colby found out about their dad and he refuses to let his sister Sherry become privy to this knowledge. Colby did leave town for a long while and never thought she would be able to find love, until Jason came into her life, reminding her that not all men treat their women that way.

Cane agrees to help Angelle  play the role of loving, doting fiancé and spend the week with her in Bon Terre with her family. He never in a million years planned on actually falling for the fiery red-head. Yet the more time they spend together, Cane and Angelle can't help but open up to one another and end up offering comfort like no one else can.

"This tattoo perfectly reflects who I am. A woman striving to be bold, and transformed, but with hints of her past always shining through." (e-ARC 112)

And ooooooh boy! Do they have chemistry?! I loved watching them pretend around each other, because both of them had so much trouble distinguishing what was all an act and what was real. Angelle is afraid of her feelings for Cane because she doesn't want to end up with a broken heart and Cane is beyond confused at the depth of his feelings for her. He tries convincing himself that once he's been with her, he can finally get back to normal- and yet that self-doubt creeps in and he wonders if things will ever be normal without Angelle Prejean in his life.

As I said, Rachel has created a setting rich with Cajun culture and I loved seeing that firsthand while Cane and Angelle spent time with her family. I've always loved that small town setting, where everyone knows each other. Angelle's father is the Mayor of Bon Terre, so naturally everyone is up in their business. It's funny to watch Cane try and fit into this picture, because everyone believes Angelle and her ex, Brady are the golden couple. Yet because Cane, is such a strong, proud, GOOD man he slowly manages to win her family over bit by bit.

If you're in the mood for a romance that sizzles and smolders- this is definitely the one to get!

~Character Interview with Cane Robicheaux~
Hey Cane! I'm uh, extremely glad you're here with me today. (desperately tries not to ogle the oh-so-sinful man in front of me)
My pleasure, darlin'.
Your first appearance in this book is quite a memorable one. On a scale from 1-10, how much do you want to kill your sister Sherry for roping you into the bachelor auction gig? (Despite the fact it was for an awesome cause).
Awesome cause and love of my sister aside, 10. Only my baby sister could've gotten me in that getup, and I'm not doing it again. I'll donate, man the bar, anything else she or Project Nicholas needs, but I'm done with prancing around like a jackass gig. I think Angelle would back me on that.
You won a pretty important title that night. How do you feel about having... The 'Best Abs'?
*rolls his eyes* It's ridiculous. I don't need red sash and screaming females to boost my ego- my hellcat would probably say it's high enough as it is. But I appreciate that the efforts at least went to a good cause.
Did you expect Angelle to show up at the auction? When you stepped out on stage and you saw her- what was running through your mind?
No. That was not her scene. I hoped she'd be there, but I figured there was no way in hell Sherry could've gotten her there. Of course I found out later the only reason she came was because my sister kept her in the dark about the particulars. When I saw her though, I didn't care what got her inside the door. I just wanted her to bid.
How would you describe Angelle in 5 words? How would she describe you?
Adorable, feisty, clumsy, and strong. She'd probably say I'm an overconfident city boy, but I know she's a sucker for my dimples. Thank God for that.
You previously said that you didn't believe in marriage or relationships- a big part of that being because of your father. When you saw Colby and Jason together- did you ever stop and think that if she can forge ahead despite your father's transgressions- you could too?
*thinks a moment* No, not really. She wanted to avoid relationships because she was afraid to meet a man like our father. I wanted to avoid them because I feared I was my father. I knew from the beginning that Jason was a good man, he always has been. If they could both get over their own problems, they would be fine. I didn't think I could overcome who I was born to be.
Now that Colby's settling down- what are your thoughts for Sherry? Is settling down in her near future?
My sister is addicted to love, so I know a lot of attempts are in her future... I can only hope that she finds happiness, too. She's wild and crazy and dances to her own beat, but she's a hell of a kid and deserves a good man.
What 3 words were running through your head when Angie made that proposition to you?
What the F----?
There is no denying you and Angelle both have passion- was there a specific moment where you knew that neither of you were faking anymore?
My conscience warned me a few times that it was becoming real for her, but I'd say the morning after the dance sealed it. I was still too thick headed at that point to realize I was a goner. That didn't come until a good friend kicked some sense into me.
Family is such an important theme in your story and you are very protective of the women in your life. Being swept up in this fake engagement with Angie, you completely kept your cool and didn't crack under pressure being around Angie's brothers and father. Why is that?
I respected them. And I knew where they were coming from. If Colby or Sherry brought a guy like me around out of nowhere, I'd be every bit as protective and distant. Hell, I'd probably be worse.
Ok- a few fun questions before we go: You're stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life and you can only eat one food- what would it be?
Colby's beignets. They are my weakness.
On this same desert island you can only have one possession with you- what would it be?
As long as I have my girl beside me, I don't need anything else. But that sounds whipped so I'll say my guitar.
Thanks for coming out and talking to me!  *lowers voice* And can I just say- I knew you had that Best Abs title in the bag the second I heard about it! *chuckles*
*grins and flashes his dimples* Thank you, darlin'.

About Rachel Harris:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her at www.RachelHarrisWrites.com.
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  1. Love me some Cane!! I'm always a sucker for character interviews!

    1. Oh me too! Character Interviews are my favorite to do for tours! I have WAY too much fun with them! And Cane... SIGH. That man and his dimples....

  2. Girl! Stop making me add books to my TBR... seriously this is getting out of control. Must get this book ASAP cause clearly I need to read it. Great review!

    1. Hahah! HEY now! You are just as guilty at making me add books too! So we'll call it even! :D But, yes. You do need this one ASAP. LOL.

  3. I love this interview! CANE <3 I'm swooning all over again! And I really enjoyed this book too :) Though I haven't read the first one yet. Need to get to that soon (Y)

    1. CANE! Whew! I'm so glad you liked this one too! Oh, I can't wait for you to read the first! It's great too!!

  4. Amazing review! Awesome interview too. I am so in love with Cain too! I absolutely loved the development of his relationship with Angelle and I loved how much she changed and how strong she became.

    1. Thanks Chelsea! Yes! I loved watching them struggle with their feelings for one another! It was so deliciously torturing! LOL.

  5. I heart you so hard, girl! Thank you for hosting us on your blog today, and for such a fun interview!! I'm so glad you love these characters as much as I do...talking with you is what makes this gig so fun :)

    I adore you...

    1. I heart you too! I'm SO glad I was able to be a part of the tour and do such a fun interview! :D And you have me SO invested in all your characters! I am so antsy waiting to find out what's next for them all!

  6. Loved this one, big Cane fan! I love character interviews too. I want more Cane and Angelle, I wish we had a short story on them :)

    1. Me too Nereyda! I definitely didn't want to let them go at the end! I was SO sad! I'm sure we'll see them briefly in Sherry's story, but I need MORE. LOL.

  7. Jessica!!! What have you done to me??? I am a melty puddle of SWOON over here! I must meet this Cane and I must meet him NOW! LOVE that interview: "My pleasure, darlin'." *dies* *thud* Tattoos, muscles, and Cajun culture = sold! I absolutely love this fabulous review! Thank you so much for sharing and for the awesome giveaway *crosses fingers*

    1. Hahaha! Michele! Do I need to come mop you up and make you solid again so you can read this?! Because YOU NEED TO! LOL. Right?! When I opened the interview and saw 'darlin' I forgot he was a fictional character.

  8. Teehee i loved the interview!! I'd love for Cane to flash his dimples at me....*swoon* seriously love him SO much. Great review! I also love small town settings! Kind of makes me wish I lived in one!

    1. Hahaha! Cane can flash anything he wants at me! LOL! I love the small town setting too! I think it'd be fun to know everyone around!


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