Spotlight & Giveaway: His Deception by Patricia Rosemoor

Posted April 25th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 35 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Patricia Rosemoor to HJ!

In an explosive novel from the bestselling author of Dangerous—deception and desire intertwine as an undercover bodyguard gets too close to the woman he’s sworn to protect.


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

His Deception1Guest house and café owner Katelyn Wade doesn’t believe that she’s being targeted by someone with a vendetta against her uber-wealthy father until they find the body of her former bartender. She doesn’t know her father hired Thorne Hudson to protect her. He’s wormed his way into her life and into her business, working as her new bartender. Thorne knows he should keep things professional, but he’s been drawn to Katelyn since he first saw her photo. There’s something about her smile that he can’t resist. Forbidden by her father to tell her who he really is, Thorne walks a thin line between professional and personal, eventually crossing it. He would do anything to keep Katelyn safe, even put his own life at risk. Thorne wants to tell her the truth…but will the truth ruin things between them?

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Thorne Hudson turned from South Lake Shore Drive onto the narrow Wisconsin road that led straight to Geneva Lake. A moment later, he pulled his truck off alongside a wooded area. Grabbing his binoculars, he got out and surveyed the south shore to get his bearings.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The book is set in the Wisconsin town of Lake Geneva. An author friend who used to own a home overlooking the lake held writers retreats for our critique group a few times a year — the reason I’m so familiar with the setting.
  • Lake Geneva was known as the “Newport of the West.” More than a century ago, wealthy Chicagoans made it their summer playground, building “cottages” (okay, mansions) without central heating around the lake.
  • On the run from Katelyn’s stalker, she and Thorne take refuge for the night in a state park where they make love in the rain.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

From your lips….
If His Deception was being made into a movie, I would suggest using the emotional scene that really starts the romance for the audition. The first night Thorne works for her as a bartender, Katelyn is attacked by a crude, very drunk customer. Thorne takes care of the bozo like a professional. This snippet is a bit later, after the café and bar close for the evening:

“I’m fine.” As if to prove it, she set her wine glass down next to his beer bottle.
“So why don’t I believe that?”
“Because you’re over-protective.”
If she only knew how over-protective. And why.
“I don’t think so.” He reached out and cupped her cheek gently, turned her face up to catch the moonlight before letting go. “Nope. No smile.” But beautiful even so. “Your smile defines you.”
“My smile does?”
“It’s the first thing that caught my attention.” And from photos her father had provided. He’d been drawn to her by that smile before he’d ever met her. Somehow, it had wrapped around his insides, making him feel welcomed. “And it’s missing right now.”
Her brow furrowed again. “I don’t smile all the time.”
“Yeah, you pretty much do. One of the things I like about you,” he admitted.
“Only one of the things?” Her expression shifted, and her mouth turned up just slightly at the corners. “I like you, too.”
“Because I agreed to tend bar for you?’
“Well, that…and because you saved me from that drunken idiot tonight. Impressively, I might add. I didn’t get a chance to thank you before. So…thank you.”
With that, Katelyn moved in on him, and standing on tiptoe, brushed her lips over the corner of his mouth.
Heat from the spot where she’d touched him zapped down through his body like an electrical shockwave, searing him from the inside out. He tried to get hold of himself, but she hadn’t moved back away from him. She was standing too close. Making her too irresistible…


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I think like every author, I hope to create memorable characters who are brave and loveable and can rise to any occasion or conflict. I also hope that I have created a complex suspense story that plays to the hero and heroine’s weaknesses and strengths.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I’m currently writing Through the Tiger’s Eyes, a reincarnation romantic thriller on spec. My only new release for 2016 publication is a Christmas novella for Love Christmas – one of twenty stories with Christmas Carol themes by New York Times and USA Today authors. In the Fall, I will be digitally republishing a few more novels in my backlist – fun romantic suspense stories formerly print published.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

Tabloid drama isn’t Katelyn Wade’s style. The illegitimate daughter of a notorious tycoon, Katelyn has worked hard to build a successful business on her own terms. She doesn’t put much stock in the rumors that she’s being targeted by someone with a vendetta against her father—until one of her employees at her restaurant turns up dead. Suddenly, she can’t trust anyone. Especially not her new bartender, a man with an instinct for trouble . . . and a body made for sin.

Katelyn has no idea that Thorne Hudson is being paid to protect her. He certainly never meant to seduce her. Crossing professional lines never ends well, especially when the slightest distraction could put both their lives at risk. But even Thorne’s military resolve, honed by years of training, is no match for Katelyn’s undeniable sex appeal. And after one taste of her lush lips pushes him past the edge of temptation, Thorne aches to tell her the truth—just as soon as he knows she’s safe from harm.

Meet the Author:

Patricia RosemoorNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor has had 98 novels with 8 publishers and more than 7 million books in print internationally. She writes “dangerous love” – romantic suspense and romantic or paranormal romantic thrillers. Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she taught Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago.



35 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: His Deception by Patricia Rosemoor”

  1. Mary Preston

    I actually like it if the suspense and danger etc outweighs the romance just a touch. I think it heightens the story. I wish I could think of a ready example.

  2. lorih824

    A happy medium. I like there to be chemistry between the hero and heroine and romance but a solid storyline with mystery and suspense is important too. I believe Amanda Quick’s Arcane series is a good example.

  3. Juli Hall

    I like a bit of both in a story, if it has enough to keep me turning pages, it’s a hit for me

  4. JoAn V.

    I like my romantic suspense to be about 60% mystery and action and about 40% romance. It’s the characters and their adventures that help to develop their relationship. I fine example of this is Katie Ruggle’s Search & Rescue series.

  5. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    If the suspense is written well enough to engross me, I need less of the romance aspect – which is what I expect in a romantic suspense. Don’t get me wrong…I love the romance, but it shouldn’t take away from the suspense aspect. It should complement it and flow well. I’ve read a few where sex scenes seemed to be thrown in because that’s what the author thought the reader would want. A prime example is having a sex scene while in the middle of an apparent shoot out/chase. (I really read that.) Finish the action and let the adrenaline carry over to the love scene.
    (OK, so maybe I have an opinion. LOL)
    I really like the sound of this book though. Patricia’s a new to me author and I’m adding this to my TBR.

  6. orchid7

    I love a build-up of the romance with lots of tension and chemistry first. I’m not a big fan of “insta-love”, so I prefer that the characters have a past together or have met before.
    I also really dislike over-the-top villains. Silly over-dramatic “destroy the whole world” plots and cartoonish bad guys can totally destroy a good romantic build up for me.
    Another thing I really dislike in romantic suspense stories is when the characters are running for their lives, but they stop to get it on right in the middle of everything. Come on! If I’m getting shot at, I don’t want sex!

    • patriciarosemoor

      Actually, I like writing H/h with a past together. This particular book doesn’t have that but Dangerous, my first Loveswept, does. Having a past together always gives a great amount of conflict based on why the couple didn’t stay together, so good point. Actually, you have several good points 🙂

  7. kermitsgirl

    I can’t stand when there are sex scenes at completely inappropriate times in romantic suspense novels. I’ve read some where the characters will start doing things like going at it *while hiding in a darkened room* with the antagonist literally on the other side of the door. I get that adrenaline is raised, but that is just absolutely ridiculous – having a sense of self preservation is important.

    I also don’t like when the plot line is based so strongly on insta-love that the reader is positive the relationship will never last once the danger is over, or it doesn’t make sense for one character to be putting their life on the line for the other.

    There needs to be a good balance, and the suspense and mystery shouldn’t be rushed to conclusion just to shoehorn in additional romance.

  8. patriciarosemoor

    Thanks for telling me what you all like in your romantic suspense reads. It’s good to know readers aren’t tired of combining the two elements. My favorite thing to write, of course.

  9. Kathleen O

    There needs to be a good balance of both to keep me reading the book. I like a story that gives the reader enough of a mystery that the main characters build to the romance through what ever the mystery and suspense of the story is.

  10. Karina Angeles

    I love suspense in a romance novel. You have to have a great build-up and climax of the story to have a good romantic happy ending.

  11. Colleen C.

    Depends on the story… have as much suspense in there as you can… I will enjoy it as long as long as it has a touch of romance within.

  12. Amy Rickman

    I haven’t read much romantic suspense lately but I really enjoyed Susan Andersen’s romantic suspense book.

  13. Texas Book Lover

    I love to be on the edge of my seat…not wanting to put my book down because I want to know what happens next. But with a good amount of romance and smoking chemistry mixed in.

  14. Jen B

    There needs to be enough romance that it’s believable, sometimes at the end / the hea I wonder how the couple had time to fall in love.

  15. patriciarosemoor

    Thank you all for contributing to a great conversation, maybe one of the best I’ve seen that I’ve prompted with my questions. Yesterday I simply didn’t have the time to contribute more since I was online promoting His Deception all day. But I’ve read every comment and enjoyed them. So again, thank you!

  16. joab4424

    I like romantic suspense to be a bit more mystery than romance. I want to like the characters and feel their attraction but I don’t like detailed sex scenes or erotica.

  17. Mandy R

    I like 50/50 split, too. I do roll my eyes when the couple stops to make out while getting shot at or when one is wounded. Um. No.

    I think I’m probably the only romance reader that feels this way, but I really appreciate secondary character deaths in my romantic suspense. I think it takes a brave writer to include that in a romance and it really solidifies the danger. What’s more dangerous than the potential of death? It keeps the suspense from being too cartoony.

    • patriciarosemoor

      I’m not sure that I’ve ever done that. I’ve put secondary characters in danger, but being that it’s still a romance, I hesitate going that dark. Also, like most authors, I think of my characters as friends and wouldn’t want to kill them 🙂

  18. Amanda Thompson

    I don’t really have a number but it should balance out. I don’t like a suspense with too much romance and neither do I like a suspense with too much suspense and not enough romance or relationship development.

  19. Denise Van Plew

    I like the suspense and mystery with the romance fitting in there in the right places with I think the writer knowing when. Read some were the sex scenes blow up too large in wrong time. Read yours just right also read BJ Daniels just right as example

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