Spotlight & Giveaway: What the Prince Wants by Jules Bennett

Posted June 9th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 48 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Jules Bennett to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Jules and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, What the Prince Wants!

 
So great to visit here again!
 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

What the Prince WantsMy widowed prince is wanting a new life for his baby girl, so he moves halfway around the world and makes an attempt at a regular, simple life…leaving his royal duties behind. When he hires a nanny to assist him, he’s expecting a sweet, elderly grandmother, not some curvy, girl next door type.

The live-in nanny position turns sensual right off the bat as the two work together to take care of the baby…and ignore their attraction.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

The curves, the expressive green eyes, rich brown hair the color of his favorite scotch—all made for a punch of primal lust Mikos Colin Alexander hadn’t experienced in years. This sure as hell was not the woman he’d expected to see on his doorstep.

Woman? No, she couldn’t be more than twenty years old. She looked as if she’d just stepped out of a photo shoot for some popular American teen magazine. With her pink T-shirt, body-hugging jeans and little white sandals, this was not the image he’d had in mind when he’d gone online seeking a nanny.

 

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • This hero was mentioned in BEHIND PALACE DOORS. He was that hero’s brother. I knew I wanted this prince to have a special story, but I had no idea I’d make him a widow and a daddy! I had so much fun with this book…the in-house gym, the special phone calls between the hero and heroine when they’re in different rooms of the same house (those were fun:).
  • My working title was WHAT THE PRINCE WANTS, so I’m thrilled they thought it summed up the story enough to use it.

 

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

I would choose the first scene where the hero calls out the attraction.

Colin trailed a fingertip down the side of her face.

“Wh-what are you doing?” she asked, cursing her stammer, knowing it was a sign of weakness.

“Putting my curiosity to rest.”

“Curiosity?”

That fingertip kept stroking, causing every pleasure point to tingle.

“I needed to know if you’re as silky as you appear,” he murmured.

Warmth radiated from his broad body as he leaned in even closer, close enough to brush hers and have her backing up into the wall.

Her gaze held his. “Am I?”

“Here you are,” he whispered. “I wonder about here.”

His lips covered hers in an instant.

 

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

This is always a hard question, but I want people to take away the fact that we all have a stubborn streak. Sometimes you have to shove your pride aside and say those words that are the hardest to say. You have no idea how much they may mean to someone else and isn’t that what love is all about? Giving to the other person?

 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I have a continuity coming up in September – A MAID FOR THE MAGNATE – which is part of the Dynasties: The Montoros series from Harlequin Desire. I’m working on a new series for Desire which will launch in January 2016 and it’s a fun mafia series:)
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: I will give away 2 signed copies of WHAT THE PRINCE WANTS to anyone in the US (outside the US will be ebook format).

 

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Excerpt from What the Prince Wants:

Part of him wanted to know what she’d been through, but the other part told him to shut up and deal with his own issues. Had she just called him brooding? He suppressed the urge to smile at her bluntness. Admiration for this woman who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind mixed right along with his arousal where she was concerned. The combination of the two could prove to be crippling if he didn’t keep a tight rein on his emotions.

Still, Darcy wasn’t like any woman he’d ever known. She wasn’t blatantly sexual, she wasn’t throwing herself at him even though she’d admitted to being attracted, and she’d been in his house ample time to try her hand at seduction. Not once had she come out with skimpy pajamas or purposely been provocative to try to capture his attention. Perhaps that was just another reason he found her so intriguing and refreshing. Would she be so controlled if she knew who he really was, how much he was worth? Being a member of royalty had always made him an instant magnet for women.

His late wife hadn’t cared about his status, which was one of the things that had initially drawn him to her. But then reality had hit, and the accident that nearly claimed his life wedged between them at the same time she’d discovered her pregnancy. Months of stress and worry had torn them apart and for once in his life, money couldn’t fix his problems.

“You okay?” Darcy asked.

Her delicate hand rested on his bare arm and Colin clenched his teeth, fighting away the memories. He couldn’t live in the past, trying to pinpoint the exact moment his marriage went wrong. Like everything else, little things started adding up to bigger things and, slowly, the marriage had just dissolved. Iris was his main concern now. He needed to relax, work on being a regular father giving his daughter the best life possible. And to decide whether to renounce his title.

The pressure of knowing that their wayward cousin, who didn’t deserve the title, would have it if something happened to Stefan was overwhelming. He hated being in this position, but ignoring it wouldn’t make the situation go away.

“Colin?”

Nodding, he let out a sigh. “I’m fine,” he assured her, hating when her hand slid away. Those gentle fingertips trailed down his arm before leaving him wanting more than just an innocent touch. “Anything you want to ask about the equipment while I’m here with you?”

Her eyes roamed over the apparatus in the workout room. An image of her sweating with him flashed through his mind which led to other images of them sweating and he cursed himself. If he didn’t get control over his libido he’d have more trouble on his hands than he could possibly handle.

“If I wanted to start working out, what would you recommend? The treadmill? I’m pretty out of shape.”

Out of shape? Everything about her shape screamed perfection. He never was one of those guys who needed his woman to be supermodel thin. He preferred having plenty of curves to explore. When her eyes came back to his, he fought the urge to pull her inside and get that sweat going. He’d bet his royal, jeweled crown she would look even sexier all flushed, with a sheen of perspiration across her body.

“Do you really want to work out?” he asked. “I don’t want you to feel pressured. I’m just offering the room to you.”

Darcy shrugged. “I could stand to lose a few pounds.”

Anger simmered beneath the surface. “Who told you that?”

Darcy entered the room and checked out the elliptical, the treadmill, the free weights. “He’s no longer in the picture, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that I’ve let myself go, and with all of this at my fingertips I don’t see why I shouldn’t take advantage of it while I’m here.”

Colin stepped in and came up behind her, close enough to touch. He clenched his hands at his sides. “If you want to feel better about yourself, that’s one thing. If you’re doing this because some bastard told you you’re overweight, then I have a problem.”

Her shoulders stiffened as she turned. The second she realized how close they were, her eyes widened, but she didn’t step back. Their bodies were only a breath apart and with each inhale, the tips of her breasts brushed against his chest. He was playing with fire and damn if he could stop himself. He’d always lived for the adrenaline rush and Darcy got his blood pumping.

Being this close he noticed a sprinkling of freckles across her nose. There was so much innocence in this woman, yet in some ways she seemed too tough to be innocent. She’d gone through hard times, according to her. Even if she hadn’t said so, he could tell by the way she was headstrong, determined and focused. How the hell could he not find that completely sexy?

“My weight may have been mentioned in my last relationship,” she told him, keeping her eyes on his. “But he’s history and I want to do this for me. Will you help me or not?”

Would he help her? Close quarters, alone without Iris as a buffer and having Darcy’s body as his sole focus for hours? He may not want this attraction, but it was there nonetheless and only an idiot would turn her down.

“I’ll help you,” he told her. “We’ll start tonight after Iris goes to bed. That work for you?”

Her smile spread across her face, lighting up those expressive eyes. “It works if you take it easy on me.”

Oiktirmon. Mercy.

“Oh, I plan on giving you just what you need.”

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Book Info:

What happens when a royal daddy falls for his child’s live-in nanny?

Widowed Prince Mikos Colin Alexander wants to raise his little girl out of the spotlight. Granted a six-month leave from his royal duties, he escapes to Los Angeles, posing as a regular guy, one in need of a live-in nanny. Colin reluctantly hires Darcy Cooper, the curvy beauty who easily wins over his baby duchess. But soon the lush, love-shy American wins him over, too. Now he’s torn between duty to the crown and what feels like his newfound family. But when Darcy discovers her emotionally distant boss is royalty, will all bets be off?
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Meet the Author:

Jules BennettNational Best-Selling author Jules Bennett retired as a salon owner and moved into the position of full-time wife, mother and author. She’s been published since 2005 with more than 30 titles to her name and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.

Jules loves to chat with readers. You can check out her site julesbennett.com to keep up to date on all her exciting news. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter!
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48 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: What the Prince Wants by Jules Bennett”

  1. Jenn McElroy

    I had my kitchen renovated shortly after bringing my youngest daughter home from the hospital. I had to live out of my bedroom for three weeks with a newborn while the kitchen was being done. So, M-F 8-4 in a master bedroom with a newborn. Beyond that, 4pm-8am meant a family of four living out of the master bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom. It was not an experience I’d like to relive!

  2. Sharon R. Cowan

    I just moved in March and tge day of the move the 2 people who were suppose to help load th we truck cancelled 15 minutes before they were supposed to arrive. I have a lot of back problems and can’t do much, so trying to find someone at the last minute. I almost didn’t ger the rental truck because I was late for the appointed time.

  3. Trudy Dowling

    I was replacing my mom’s faucet. I went to replace the angle stop and the pipe crumbled. It was a long day under her sink.

  4. debby236

    We were replacing outside steps and told our children the door was not to be used. Not five minutes went by before one walked out and fell. Fortunately she was not hurt.

  5. Mary Preston

    Removing ancient wall paper off the walls. It took forever to steam and scrape those walls clean. Layer upon layer of hideousness.

  6. Colleen C.

    The wall that separated our property from the property behind us had fallen down leaving everything wide open… had to have the builders back to fix it… what a mess.

  7. Leanna

    My parents redid our kitchen when I was in elementary school. It was rough, we ate a lot of bad food and pizza.

  8. Gretchen

    We renovated our master bath last summer. It took forever to carry the double sink upstairs, my younger son & I on one side & my husband on the other. I have no upper body strength whatsoever so my 15 year old son carried most of the weight. We finally got it in the bathroom & it was a great relief until we tried to put it on top of the bath vanity between the shower & linen closet. It didn’t fit. Then during the process of trying to make it fit…..it cracked. So we had to make some adjustments to the walls and do it all over again with another sink the next day.

    This is way off the subject but the Emerald City party at RAGT was a blast. You and Toni Blake should plan next year’s too:) it was so much fun

  9. glam009

    OHHHH yes!!!! the previous owner of the house have a terrific taste is colors….. the 3 bathroom have a awful green color …and the kitchen too have the same color but was covered with white color but they did not a good job…well we painted the bathrooms but the kitchen we covered a little more but we want expand it!! so no work until we have the kitchen a total make over…

  10. Becky R.

    I was fixing the den, and a couple molding strips came loose. I didn’t realize it until I kneeled down and punctured my leg on a nail that was sticking out of one of the strips. 🙁

  11. Kate Sparks

    Well, we did look at one house where the previous owners had been transferred and the house was being sold by the company…. let’s just say that when told to turn off the fridge – they’d not included the instruction to leave the doors open…. it was a mold and mildew heaven…. more than double ICK factor!

  12. Debbi Wellenstein

    Almost 30 years ago we moved halfway across the country (after moving halfway across the country three years previously). We tried to cram the stuff from our medium size house into a little rental house-we had so much stuff in the garage we couldn’t get the car in!

  13. Yvonne R (@txgrll)

    Just the thought of moving gives me nightmares. Something always happens to me like losing the bolts to the bed frame or forgetting where we packed the hangers or losing the keys to the new place. Yikes.

  14. kermitsgirl

    When my husband and I moved into our current home, we discovered that they had just painted over wallpaper. In EVERY SINGLE ROOM. The bathroom wallpaper has been peeling up, leaving paint chips everywhere, and the idea of trying to de-paper the bathroom walls is horrifying. Definitely going to be a nightmare.

  15. Darcy Soard

    We moved last year due to issues with my neighbor (mother in law) and I broke my back (unknown to me) in the process. It wasn’t until 2 months later I had symptoms. Never again!

  16. Kathleen O

    I have moved a few times and I always said the last time I moved it would be the last time for awhile and it has been 13yrs… So far so good. And I have been lucky enough to have already read a advanced copy of this book and I LOVED IT!!!

  17. jcp

    I hate moving although it does help you purge junk. I loved From Best Friend to Bride (great friends to lovers/unrequited love story)

  18. ndluebke

    We moved into an over a 100 yr old fixer upper about 15 years ago. It had no furnace, closets or storage of any kind. We also found out it had little insulation also. So as we fixed up each room, down came the wallboard and we found that the baseplates (The foundation part of the wall) was basically gone and had to replace that. So the house had to be jacked up at those areas. I could go on but that’s enough to get the drift.

  19. Jessica Sankiewicz

    I don’t know about nightmares, but I’ve moved three times in the last three years and it’s always chaos no matter what. Trying to find things, even when you’ve labeled the boxes, becomes a hassle. And I almost always have to work the next day, so I can’t get anything done. So, just a general nightmare, lol, but nothing specific.

  20. Pennie

    I have a cupboard in my kitchen that is not attached and when I tried to move it to clean it fell apart.

  21. angela smith

    when we were moving we had our pickup truck loaded with stuff like mattresses and containers to take to the new house.it was beautiful day as we were headed to the toll way all of a sudden there was wind and pouring rain.so our mattresses got soaked and basically useless.it was going to take forever for them to dry.so we had to get new ones

  22. Jen B

    I’ve never moved house, but we once had a bubble of water form on the ceiling and burst on the top of the christmas tree, it wasn’t even our problem – it was next doors broken plumbing!

  23. Lori P

    Before we bought our home we moved a lot! Every time we moved something got broken and it always seemed to be the same friend that helped that broke the items. We jokingly said he wasn’t allowed to help us on any other moves 🙂

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