Monday, December 9, 2013

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Revving Up the Holidays by A.S. Fenichel

Join author A.S. Fenichel on her Virtual Book Tour for Revving Up the Holidays, Presented by Bewitching Book Tours, from December 9 -16, 2013.  Please leave a comment or question for A.S. to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. 

Revving Up the Holidays
A.S. Fenichel

Genre: Contemporary Holiday

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing

Date of Publication: December 4, 2013

ISBN: 9781419948343

Number of pages: 106 Est.
Word Count: 26,500

Cover Artist: Syneca

Purchase Links: Ellora’s Cave  Amazon    BN

About the book:

Workaholic Isaac hasn’t been back to his hometown since his father’s funeral two years earlier, pushing his family away because of a painful secret. Hanukkah and a forced vacation lure him back to Atlanta, where he’s reunited with his two lost loves—an old motorcycle and his sister’s best friend Giada. While rediscovering his passion for both the bike and the woman, Isaac rebuilds his heart.

Giada has lost her Christmas spirit since returning home to care for her dying parents. Left alone, she struggles to return to her successful teaching career, choosing instead to stay in her hometown. Only the unexpected return of her high school crush Isaac brings any joy to the season.

The transitive nature of Isaac’s visit and Giada’s fear of abandonment keep them from sharing their whole hearts, but certainly not their bodies. Their desire for each other is hotter than flames on a menorah and they take advantage of their limited time together by burning up the sheets. But once their secrets are revealed, their hearts will do all the thinking.

A Romantica® contemporary romance from Ellora’s Cave


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Copyright © A.S. FENICHEL, 2013

All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

Giada saw the light in the small window of the shop door. The last thing she expected to see when she walked in was a sea of motorcycle parts spread from one end of the room to the other. Isaac stood with his back to her and ran his fingers through his dark hair as he stared down at the array.
She should have cleared her throat or something, but she couldn’t help admiring his tall, lean body or the way his shoulders stretched the polo shirt.
“My God, what have you done?”
He turned, looked at her and his faced completely changed. From the intense face of a man with a problem, he transformed in an instant with a smile that had her blushing right down to her panties. Did his face light up that way just for her? No, he probably did it with everyone, or at least all the women he saw. Charm had never been in short supply with Isaac Backman. She was glad to see that hadn’t changed.
“Mark saved my old bike. I’m just fixing it up.” He walked over to where she stood at the door.
“Fixing it up? It looks as if you’ve completely destroyed it.” He stood very close to her. How was it possible that after all of these years, he still made her weak in the knees?
“Looks can be deceiving, Giada.”
“I… Sadie sent me out here to tell you that your mother is here and you should join the party. They’re waiting on you to light the menorahs.”
His eyes narrowed on her. “Will you have dinner with me tomorrow?”
Of all the things she expected him to say, that was not even close to one of them. “Why?”
“I mean, don’t you think you should spend some time with your family? Why would you want to have dinner with me?”
“Really? You don’t know why?”
She shook her head. She knew her eyes must be the size of saucers. I may swoon. Do women still swoon? Some might, but Giada didn’t. She stilled her emotions.
He stepped closer and leaned down until his lips were next to her ear. “I’ve had a crush on you since we were teenagers. I may still have a crush on you. I’d like to get to know you better. Have dinner with me.”
Her heart pounded so hard, she couldn’t believe she’d been able to hear him at all. But she’d heard every softly spoken word and she found herself nodding her acceptance before she could make herself speak. “I get home at six-thirty. Can we make it seven?”
“I’ll pick you up.”
“Not on that, I hope.”
His laughter shot directly from his lips to the already wet space between her thighs.

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About the Author:

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in both erotic and historical romance, A.S. has 5 books currently available and three more under contract with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

My Review

A short and spicy romance, Revving Up the Holidays by A.S. Fenichel reminds us that being surrounded by those who love us is important not only during the holidays but all the year long.  Providing two points of view, both the male and female leads, Ms. Fenichel’s story kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen between the characters next.  Good dialogue, the right amount of emotional angst and plenty of spicy romance made this a good winter’s night read.

A work-a-holic since he graduated college, Isaac Backman hasn’t taken a vacation in over two years.  Pushed by his best friend, and boss, into taking some time off, Isaac heads to Atlanta to visit his family; arriving just in time to help them celebrate Hanukah.  He never planned on running into his sister’s best friend, or what had been a teenage crush turning into something much, much more during the holidays.

Moving home to take care of her sick parents, Giada “Gigi” Leone left everything behind to move back to Atlanta.  Now, after her parents deaths, she’s alone during the holidays and isn’t in the mood to celebrate the holidays, especially Christmas, which had been a family favorite.  She never planned on her best friend’s brother coming back into her life, or on the attraction developing between them.

The scenes between Isaac and Gigi are well written, full of smoking hot chemistry and lively dialogue.  Both lonely adults, they’ve let the wishes and needs of others dictate who they’ve become.  Ms. Fenichel does a good job developing both characters and we get “their” stories from both of their points of view.  Isaac will have to learn to reconcile his desire to succeed in business (something he’d developed to impress his father), with taking time out to have fun and letting those who love him get close.  Gigi has to learn how to share her emotions with others and let them in too.  They both have secrets from the past they’ll have to face and learn to deal with.

Will Isaac realize Gigi is the woman he wants as his partner for the rest of his life?  Will Gigi take a chance on letting go of what’s comfortable to be with the man who’s the love of her life? You’ll have to read Revving up the Holidays to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Fenichel’s work.

My Rating:  3.5 out of 5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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Tour Schedule

December 9 Spotlight and review\
Queen of the Night Reviews

December 9 Interview
Books Direct

December 10 Guest blog
Bitten by Love Reviews

December 10 Guest blog
Viviana, Enchantress of Books

December 11 Spotlight
Bookin' It Reviews

December 11 review
Books Books and More Books

December 12 Guest blog
Erotica For All 

December 12 review
Gigi's Book Blog 

December 13 Spotlight and review
Ramblings of a Book Lunatic

December 13 Excerpt and review
Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews / 

December 16 Guest blog
Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews

December 16 Spotlight
All I Want and More – 

December 16 Spotlight
Cover Reveals 


  1. It's snowing outside but checking out your cover warmed me up. Books sounds hot!

  2. Thanks Victoria. Stay warm! I hope you signed up for the raffle.

  3. This sounds like ideal holiday reading.