Spotlight & Giveaway: Hollywood House Call by Jules Bennett

Posted June 24th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 35 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome back National bestselling romance author Jules Bennett to HJ!

Hi, Sara! Thanks for having me back. I love joining you and your friends 🙂

JulesYou wanted to know the Top 5 scenes from Hollywood House Call. Well…there were so many that I loved for totally different reasons, but I narrowed it down for you all!

Let me give a brief overview so you’re not lost in the scenes.

Callie has stars in her eyes and is working her butt off to break into acting. She works for Hollywood’s plastic surgeon to the stars and thinks this will help her.

Noah (the hottie plastic surgeon) has a past that still haunts him and won’t let him move on. I won’t give it away, but this poor guy has been through it.

When Callie is in an accident that leaves her scarred (thus ruining her dreams) Noah vows to help her whether she wants it or not (because of his past issues, he feels compelled) and truly likes Callie.

Okay, that’s the gist in a very small nutshell. So, here are my Top 5 scenes!

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1) The hospital scene when Noah comes after he’s called. Oh, the man tore my heart out! When he sees Callie for the first time with all her bandages and she’s crying…my poor hero is traumatized all over again and reliving his past.

SNIPPET: When he pulled aside the thick curtain, his knees nearly buckled. He had to mentally distance himself or he’d never be able to help her.Damn it, he had to be a friend first, not a doctor, not a boss and certainly not a wanna be lover.

2) The bathtub scene…I can say no more, but I assure you it’s way more emotional than you’re imagining! No snippets from that scene because I’m not giving away all the goods 🙂

3) Any scene with Noah and the elderly woman he takes care of. My hero has a soft spot, ladies 🙂

4) The scene when Callie and Noah go to his other home and he shows her all about beauty from a totally unexpected angle…now that’s an “aww” moment. This hero really is so awesome…it’s a shame I had to torture him with a hellish pastJ

5) The pool table scene…no snippet, but a visual aid. No lie I didn’t have this scene in at all until I came across this pic on Pinterest and I KNEW I had to add it ASAP!

As you can see these go from sigh worthy to fanning yourself. I had such a blast writing this book. It was more emotional than any other I had done and I think that’s what made the love scenes so much more intense. Noah was a loveable hero and Callie was such a down to earth girl you couldn’t help but relate to her.

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They were forced to live together during her healing process because Noah would allow nothing else and Callie needed someone to help her because of her injuries.

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Excerpts

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“I want your body.”

Callie Matthews jerked around to see her boss, her very sexy Hollywood-plastic-surgeon boss standing only a few feet away in the foyer of his office. When he reached behind his back, the lock to the front door slid into place with a quick flick of his wrist.

“Excuse me?” she asked, thankful the office was now closed.

A naughty grin spread across Noah Foster’s face, showcasing that killer smile that never failed to make women weak in the knees as their panties were dropping. Granted, her panties had always remained in place, but still…

Mercy, she was so shallow, because if he so much as crooked a finger for her to follow him into the break room and.

“Hear me out,” he said, holding his hands up. “I know you want to catch your big break by acting–”

O-kay. So they obviously weren’t having the same thoughts about him wanting to tear off her underwear in the break room. Such a shame.

“But,” he went on, oblivious to her naughty thoughts, “I have a proposition for you.”

Those last three words were like music to her ears. That break-room fantasy might come true after all.

“I have an upcoming ad campaign I’d like you to model for.”

She shook her head. “I’m sorry. What?”

Model? The chubby teen that still lived inside her nearly laughed. But Callie had long since left that girl behind in Kansas.

Noah moved toward her, never taking his gaze from hers, never breaking that signature smile. “I’d like you to do the modeling for the ad to launch my new office across town.”

Callie came to her feet and moved around the desk. “Obviously, you haven’t thought this through.”

He raked his eyes down her body, sending all kinds of yummy thoughts swirling through her overactive imagination. “Oh, but I have. And it’s you I want.”

Oh, baby. If only those words were used under different circumstances.

“You have tons of clients you could use,” she told him as she turned and marched down the hall to the lounge to retrieve her purse. “Besides, I’ve never modeled.”

Like most transplants to L.A., Callie had come eager to be the next actress that would make Hollywood directors and producers sit up in their chairs and take notice of her remarkable talents. Unfortunately, her agent couldn’t get her any auditions that weren’t embarrassing. So far she’d done a commercial for zit cream and one for STD meds. Yeah, not the claim to fame she’d been hoping for. But she had to start somewhere, right?

Wait, maybe that whole STD thing was why Noah wasn’t so interested in seeing her outside the office. He did know that was purely acting…didn’t he? She was free and clear in that department, especially considering her lack of sexual experience. Not that she was a virgin, but she might as well be for the two pathetic encounters she’d had.

“I just want a few pictures of you, Callie.” Noah followed her and rested an impressive broad shoulder against the door-jamb. “The ads we’re going for will showcase the natural side of surgery, how to stay young and fresh.”

Callie mimicked his action and crossed her own arms over her chest and leaned against the counter. “But other than that minor chin scar you did microdermabrasion on, I haven’t had anything else done. Isn’t that false advertising?”

“Not at all,” he argued. “If you had never been a client, then that would be false advertisement. But you’re perfect, Callie. You’re beautiful, the camera will love you, and you’ll be on billboards across town. Tell me you don’t…

About the book:

HHCCalling L.A.’s most eligible M.D.!

Brilliant Hollywood cosmetic surgeon Noah Foster has perfection at his fingertips. Even so, he knows better than any man that losing someone you love comes at a cost. Which is why he can’t walk away from Callie Matthews. When an accident shatters her dreams of stardom, he vows to heal her, inside and out.

Yet living in close quarters makes their red-hot attraction impossible to ignore. Being at Callie’s bedside is one thing-and being in her bed is something Noah can’t resist. He doesn’t do commitment…but letting Callie go is impossible

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35 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Hollywood House Call by Jules Bennett”

  1. Mary Preston

    The cover is what draws a book to attention first of all. I then check out the blurb etc. In a ‘real’ book store I always check out the big displays with new releases.

  2. Nancy Crocker

    I have two reasons for picking up a book. Author and the Cover. Those are the reasons for me choose.

  3. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    It is a combination of things, it might be an author that I have read before and love, most times it is the cover or the title of the book that catches my eye.

  4. Rita Wray

    I would have to say it is the cover or the author. When the cover catches my eye I read the blurb.

  5. Linda Thum

    Several things catches my attention when I’m doing a quick browse: the title (‘dragon’ always works when I’m on the lookout for a fantasy/paranormal read!), the cover, and the blurb. Also if it’s an author whose books I’ve read & enjoyed.

  6. Meriem

    author and then blurb; but if i found a cover interesting i will read the blurb to see if i like it. i never ever buy a book without reading the blurb.

  7. Donna Durnell

    I used to think I didn’t pay attention to the covers — and really I don’t, except that color or something will catch my eye, and then I read the blurb. Sometimes, it’s just the author’s name, sometimes it’s the book title, but the blurb HAS to interest / intrigue or it’s a no-sale.

  8. Ada H.

    I have to say that I’m attracted to covers first, authors second and then blurbs for authors I’m not familiar with. If the cover isn’t eye catching, I’ll probably roll right past it.

  9. Sandie W

    As a creature of habit, I will always pick up a book by an Author I know and love reading. Next, if the cover calls to me, I’ll pick it up and then read the blurb and make a final decision.

  10. Rebe

    Definitely the author, then the blurb. It takes a lot for me to part with my money if it’s an unknown author. However, if I’ve seen good reviews of it and I see the book in the wild, I might give it a shot.

  11. Leanna

    The author will draw me to a book. Next the cover if there is a dog (but there should be a dog in the story) or a hot guy on the cover I will read the back to see if the story is interesting.

  12. Tawnya Bentley

    If it’s one of my favorite author’s it’s a must. Also I’ll look for reviews from my favorite author’s, or if it’s a Highlander book, because I have a weakness for those. Sometimes just the title will suck me in.

  13. Janice Hougland

    Good morning, Jules! So glad to “meet” you on this blog. When I read the list of your five favorite scenes, I was aware that my heart rate had picked up! 🙂 What makes me pick up a book off the shelf is first and foremost that it be a romance. It could have mystery or intrigue or even be a western or regency or contemporary…but it must be a romance. That’s where I live. I enjoy trying new authors, because after awhile I run out of books by the old favorite authors and need more to read. So I’m definitely glad I got introduced to you today. jdh2690@gmail.com

  14. Soft Fuzzy Sweater

    I don’t really care about the cover but I tend to shy away from those male torso types. Then I will get it on my kindle.

    please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you. annfesATyahooDOTcom

  15. ndluebke

    omg I can’t believe I just found your blog, I too am adicted. That’s my first reaction to the book and then the cover. I rarely have to look any further, unless I’m trying to decided which one to read first.

  16. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    The cover is what draws me to it… the color, picture, words. if it is a drab plain color it probably wont get to much attention BUT bold bright colors. Sexy pictures will draw me in like a homing device LOL & the cover is covered with small words or lots of words I find it a turn off.

  17. Jules Bennett (@JulesBennett)

    Sorry, gang! I’ve been trying to reply and my posts are apparently floating in cyberspace:(
    I agree that if I have a “go to” author, then the cover doesn’t matter. But I definitely look at a cover before reading a blurb! I need that visual yumminess;)

  18. Shirley Buchanan

    I love for my favorite authors, first! Don’t want to miss them. Then, I look at the covers. Last I read the blurbs. I determine if I want it on the blurb, because sometimes the cover is very misleading. Then I buy the book.

  19. Leni

    A good looking man on the cover will definitely get my attention 🙂 Another thing is the concept, photography and landscape.

  20. Rosemary K.

    The cover gets my attention first. Then the title and author. Next the blurb. Lastly Price is always a consideration..

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