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Caught by Clare James…Blog Tour & Review

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Caught

Release date: 6/30/15

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 She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty.

Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake’s job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity’s image. Except that her newest client isn’t quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen “performance” is already compromising Viv’s cool professionalism.

While Jarod hasn’t exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do…

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REVIEW

Caught is an interesting story of a PR rep and a race-car driver.  I like that it’s about something other than MC club, rock-star or some sort of fighter.
Viv is very strong-willed, focused and determined woman.  She’s been working her up the ladder and this is her chance to shine.  As long she doesn’t blow and have her new client lose his job.
Jarod finally has the opportunity to win big for the first time in his racing career.  And he could ruin it all if he doesn’t get his crap together.
You can sense the sparks between these two the minute they are in the same room.  And once you light the match, there’s no way to stop the fire that is sure to follow quickly afterwards.  But can these two keep things strictly business and not risk either of their careers??
Clare does a good job of building up the tension between these and the temptations they both try to resist.  I really enjoyed the details about the racing world and everything that entails.  It really made the story become more real as you were reading.  The banter between Viv and Jarod was entertaining and came across very natural.  While some people may feel that there are parts that seem too “unnatural” or goes against the moral of the character, I thought it showed another side of the character and that there is a lapse in judgment due to unknown feelings taking over.  I think it made the book more delightful.
I enjoyed this quick read.  I found myself wanting to know how this relationship was going to pan out and how everything would unfold.  I liked that is held my attention and kept things light and funny.
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About the Author:

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Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the *Impossible Love* series; the steamy romantic comedy *Dirty Little Lies*; and the touching family drama *Wednesday*. Her new title, *Caught*, is the first in a series about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. It will be published with Entangled Publishing’s Brazen line in June 2015.

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men – her husband and young son – and is always on social media chatting with readers.

Connect with Clare:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Excerpt

“Okay, so about the quid pro quo?” Jarod circled back.

“Yeah, about that. You want to watch one of my sex tapes—is that what you’re asking?”

“Well, that’d be great, actually.” He chuckled. “Level footing and all of that, Vivian.”

“Sorry pal, you’re barking up the wrong tree. I don’t have one.” It was the truth, and she wondered if that made her seem prudish to a guy like Jarod.

“No boyfriend then?” he asked.

She shook her head, and thought she saw the trace of something resembling relief wash over Jarod’s face. Or was that wishful thinking on her behalf.

“Well, you have to give me something,” he said.

“Like what?” she asked, caught up in his spell. Dazed. He had such finesse in the art of talking—or was it flirting?—something the men in her past lacked. She was ill-equipped to handle his sweet-talking ways.

He simply raised an eyebrow, and deep down, she wanted to give him anything he asked for. She was tired and stressed to the limit. So was he. Maybe that’s why they continued with the juvenile banter.

The scene was becoming more and more surreal. Having Jarod Cage this close in her office was the equivalent of having a porn star in her bedroom. She had seen this man do things that nobody should see. Especially if that person was your client. She considered giving him something, the quid pro quo, knowing that’s all it was—nothing more, just something to even the playing field. She needed to take action to gain his trust if this was going to work. They were both putting their futures in the other’s hands.

Something had to break here, and that something just might be her. It might not be such a bad thing. Once they cleared the air of all the sexual tension, they could get back to work.

Jarod didn’t say a word when she pressed him for an answer. But Viv, in her wound-up state, knew just how to shut him up. Act like a man. Take the challenge. She would not lose this project. She’d get Jarod Cage to his little race and secure her position in New York, but first she’d have to tame the beast. Then he’d be out of her system.

PR Rule Number 3: Be proactive.

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