Spotlight & Giveaway: Rev Me Up by Kylie Gilmore

Posted September 4th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 50 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Kylie Gilmore to HJ!

Hi Kylie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Rev Me Up!

Hello, lovely readers!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Rev Me UpIt’s a road trip, a sex tutorial, and two people falling head-over-heels in love!

The long version:

When hot redheaded Lily walks into Nico Marino’s classic car restoration shop, he figures she’s the frisky blind date his brother arranged. The sizzling seduction comes to a screeching halt when he learns she’s the daughter of his wealthiest client. This is one hookup he has to say no to, only Lily has other ideas.

Lily Spencer knows men only want her for her money or her family, but she has a plan to end her two-year dry spell with the sexy Nico—getting his hands on a 1969 Mustang she’s inherited. And hopefully on her too. All it takes is a two-week, no-strings road trip. Lily won’t take no for an answer.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Nico Marino was about to get lucky. At work too. He was the boss, so he could take a fuck break whenever he wanted.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Nico and Lily’s road trip has them discovering weird-ass things in weird-ass places—all real! If you enjoy seeing gems such as the world’s largest concrete gnome, Iowa’s largest frying pan, and the second largest collection of salt and pepper shakers, check out the website where you can find the unusual in every state!
  • Also, Nico was inspired by my boyfriend Joe Manganiello. Sweet, sweet inspiration.


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

Audition scene featuring Joe Manganiello and the sassy Emma Stone:

He stood and watched the red-haired beauty for a moment. She took off her large round sunglasses and tucked them into her purse, looking all around the place. She looked younger than Luke had described. Probably had plastic surgery like all the wealthy society women. She wore a dark blue sleeveless dress with yellow flowers that showed off an abundance of curves in all the right places. Her feet were in green spiked heels with a bow across the front. The bow with its girliness was a sharp contrast to the spiked heels, which sent a very different message.
Intrigued, he made a quick exit from the office and strode across the showroom. As he approached, she looked behind her and then back to him. She was tall for a woman and, with the heels, they were eye to eye. He offered a hand with his trademark killer smile—part player, part charm. “Hi, I’m Nico.”
She shook his hand. “H-hi.”
She was playing shy. How cute.
“Right this way,” he said.
He led her to his office and shut the door. “We both know why you’re here,” he said before he bent her over his arm and kissed her just like he’d seen in a movie once. She tasted like cherries, and he was unexpectedly greedy for more. The kiss went on and on, an urgency he hadn’t felt in a very long time driving him. She was all softness, hot and sweet. Long moments later, he finally let her back up, breathing hard. Her bright blue eyes were wide.
And then she slapped him.
Ow. He put a hand to his stinging cheek.
“Do that again,” she said.


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

I hope readers will laugh and cry right along with Nico and Lily as they discover that coming from two different worlds (she’s a trust fund baby with money to burn, and he’s a solid working-class guy who’s worked incredibly hard to get where he is) doesn’t matter nearly as much as finding that one person who understands and accepts you just as you are.


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

I’m working on Luke’s story (Nico’s brother), called An Ambitious Engagement, releasing December 8, 2015. Each of Nico’s brothers (5 of them; 3 step, 2 biological) have their own story: Restless Harmony and Not My Romeo released earlier this year, Clutch Player and A Tempting Friendship will release in 2016.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Rev Me Up:

Nico finally had to cry uncle after a hair-raising turn that nearly tipped the truck sideways. It had been five days, and they still hadn’t left the empty parking lot.
“Brake!” he hollered.
Lily slammed on the brakes, jerking them both against their seatbelts, and then the truck stalled out.
“I know what to do,” Lily said, hitting the clutch and starting the truck again.
“Ya know what?” Nico asked.
She turned, her expression open and eager. “What?”
“I could do the driving on this trip.”
“You sure? It’s a lot of miles, and I really think I’m improving.”
Seriously? “How’s that now?”
She smiled serenely. “I always remember the emergency brake once the truck is off. No more rolling.”
He nodded. “That’s good.”
“Yes, and I’m stalling less.”
“True…” He really didn’t want to hurt her feelings. She’d been a trooper coming back day after day for terrible driving lessons. She tried. She really did. “I like driving, though. I don’t mind.”
She blew out a breath. “Oh, good. I didn’t want to say anything, but it would really help me out if you did. Then I could study for the bar exam.”
He’d nearly gotten killed all week, scared a few years off his life, and struggled with his unaccountable lust under extreme conditions, and she didn’t even want to drive?
He shook his head slowly. “So, all this time, you were being…nice?”
“Well, you seemed so set on teaching me. I figured it was the least I could do. I mean, I did ask you to take me on this road trip. I didn’t want you to have to do all the work.”
He leaned his head back on the seat and let out an exasperated breath. He jolted upright as the truck started rolling. “Brake!”
She slammed on the brake, and they halted abruptly. “Oops.”
“Turn off the truck,” he said through his teeth.
She turned the key, remembered the emergency brake, and everything went quiet as the truck shut off. He took a deep breath. It was fine. No one had gotten killed. So what if he’d suffered? It would all be worth it. He’d get the barn find he wanted, maybe even the holy grail of cars, and by tomorrow night he’d finally get to have Lily. He purposely hadn’t kissed her again because he’d have her under him in two seconds flat and that was no way to teach someone to drive. He forced his mind away from that thought and focused instead on the irritating fact that he’d tortured himself for no good reason. He’d had the worst case of blue balls all week.
She pushed her shades to the top of her head and met his eyes. “This would’ve been easier if we took my Prius.”
“I’m six foot two. You think I can fit in that tin can? And how the hell could I tow a car with it? It’d probably burn out the engine.”
She pursed her sexy-as-sin lips. “You are mad. I tried really hard, you know.”
He couldn’t take it anymore. He wrapped his hand around the back of her neck and pulled her close, settling his mouth against hers, taking the hungry kiss he’d been dying for all week. He tasted her and lost himself. There was nothing but her soft mouth and an urgent driving need for more. He desperately wished there wasn’t a console between them as he needed more of him pressed against more of her. She made this little mewling noise in the back of her throat that made him crazy. He kissed her, devoured her, and found himself leaning across the truck, trying to press closer. He tore his mouth from hers. “Let’s go back to my office for a quickie.”
She shifted away from him.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
She stared straight ahead. “I’m not like you, Nico, okay? I can’t just whip it out in the middle of the day in an office and then go about my business.”
His lips twitched. What in the world would she whip out? “I’m sorry. I got…I don’t know. I got really into it. I’ve been thinking about you all week.”
She looked at him under her lashes, almost shyly. “You have?”
He took her hand and held it. “Yeah. You said I’d get two weeks of sleeping with you. No strings. Remember?”
She flushed and mumbled something.
He tipped her chin up. “What’re you mumbling there?”
She looked at a point over his shoulder. “I said two weeks starts on Saturday.”
“That’s tomorrow.”
He waited until she met his eyes again and read uncertainty there. “You want out of our deal?” Please say no. Hooking up with the sexy Lily was half the reason he wanted to go on this trip so badly. Fast becoming the main reason he wanted to go.
She looked him up and down, licking her lips, which sent a jolt to his groin. “No.”
He let out a breath of relief. “Okay, then.” He rubbed the back of his neck. “So I guess you want someplace nicer than my back office.”
She nodded. “And not a quickie. A slowie.”
He laughed, and she stiffened. Shit. He hadn’t meant to laugh at her. It just sounded funny. A slowie.
He slid his hand into her soft red hair, stroked his thumb over her cheek, and whispered in her ear, “It’ll be so slow you’ll be begging for fast.”
She sucked in an audible breath.
He pulled back to look in her blue eyes. “Promise.”
“O-o-oh,” she sighed.
He loved her responses, so open and honest. He pressed a thumb to her lower lip and into her hot mouth. She sucked it, and his cock pulsed. He stifled a groan. He spent entirely too much time thinking about that mouth, those pink full lips with the bow at the top. He dropped his hand. “Switch places.”
They got out, switched, and he pulled out of the lot.
“Thank you,” she said softly. “For understanding.”
“No problem.” It was a problem. It would be hell to take things slow, but he’d do it. At least the first night to put her at ease.
“I’ve got our route all planned out,” she said, “taking route eighty west clear across the country with stops at a few scenic places, and, if we have lunch on the road, we can still stop for nice dinners and relaxing evenings.”
“Relaxing, huh? I guess eventually we’ll be relaxed.” He glanced over to find her blushing. He had that uneasy feeling again that she was inexperienced, but he didn’t want to come out and ask her if she was a virgin. That would be insulting. Still, he had to know what he was working with here.
“You, uh,” he started. Sleep with a lot of guys? Sleep with any guys? He didn’t know how to ask. He’d never had this strange experience before. The women he hooked up with were all very well experienced.
“You ever…” Why was this so hard? “What kind of guys you usually date?” There. Nice and neutral.
She shrugged. “Does it matter?”
“No.” He tried again. “What’re you into?” He congratulated himself on the subtlety of the question that would surely give him the answer he needed to know.
“I love crochet, and I’m a real sucker for superhero movies. Don’t even get me started on Norse mythology!”
He nodded. “Cool.”
“What’re you into?” she asked, all innocence.
She was going to be the death of him.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Book Info:

A road trip with his most important client’s sexy daughter. What could go wrong?

When hot redheaded Lily walks into Nico Marino’s classic car restoration shop, he figures she’s the frisky blind date his brother arranged. The sizzling seduction comes to a screeching halt when he learns she’s the daughter of his wealthiest client. This is one hookup he has to say no to, only Lily has other ideas.

Lily Spencer knows men only want her for her money or her family, but she has a plan to end her two-year dry spell with the sexy Nico—getting his hands on a 1969 Mustang she’s inherited. And hopefully on her too. All it takes is a two-week, no-strings road trip. Lily won’t take no for an answer.
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Meet the Author:

Kylie GilmoreKylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Clover Park series and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor.

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.
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50 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Rev Me Up by Kylie Gilmore”

  1. Trudy

    My eldest son and I went to Cancun when he was in eighth grade. His teacher was doing a terrible job teaching about the ruins and Mayans. Her assignment was just do a journal.

  2. Sylve T.

    When i went to Orlando, Florida after my college graduation with my best friend. Best time of my life!

  3. Tammy Y

    My summer vacation in 1979. We went to Dallas and St Louis to see family and then New Orleans which was amazing – the food was the best I have ever eaten.

  4. Vicki

    I’m hoping it’s the one I’m taking on September 22nd to Branson, MO, Memphis and Nashville, TN
    to celebrate my parents 60th wedding anniversary.

  5. Leanna

    Driving from Minnesota to Texas. When we started the trip we went from Texas to Minnesota. We (my sister, soil and me and two dogs) we treated ourselves to a really nice hotel the last night of the trip.

  6. Mayas S.

    Was to Louisville with my boys and they visited Muhammad Ali Museum and Louisville Slugger Museum. They were is awe.

  7. Amanda Thompson

    A train ride from D.C. all the way to Vermont for my best friend’s wedding 🙂

  8. angela smith

    i’ve never been on a real trip.but we went to the wisconsin dells for a day which was fun.and six flags great america

  9. debby236

    We went to California to visit my father and we took a ride to see several other of the southwest states. The whole family was there and we red Harry potter outloud.

  10. Cheryl Hastings

    Disney World twice with my kids. Hoping to go again next year with my extended family

  11. mrsmac19

    This past Christmas we took a 7-night Disney Cruise & spent 4 days at Walt Disney World. Super crowded, but absolutely AWESOME!

  12. Kathleen Bylsma

    Took the train from Seattle to Los Angelus along the WA, Or, CA coast line….was so much fun and we got to see so much you cannot see from highways. Wandered up through San Louis Obispo and through the Castro Valley before going back to the coast…great trip.

  13. Debbi Wellenstein

    My husband and I took a train trip from Nebraska to San Francisco CA-through the Rockies, and the Sierra Nevadas-spectacular scenery, lovely trip.

  14. isisthe12th

    The best trip I have ever been on was when my husband took me to Aruba for a late honeymoon. I loved it, beautiful beaches. Thank you

  15. kermitsgirl

    The best trip I’ve ever taken was a Disney cruise about 4 years ago – my husband and I were married on the trip and we were surrounded by friends and family, in addition to it just being a wonderful time.

  16. taswmom

    A few years ago my husband and I and my daughter and son in law took a trip through some civil wars sites, then New York and Niagra Falls.

  17. Glenda

    Two and half weeks in England with the family. It would have been better if we’d had even more time!

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