Saturday, November 1, 2014

Reviews & Author Interview: The Without Rules Series by Tyffani Clark Kemp

Book Info-
Title-The Man Without Rules
Series-Without Rules Series # 1
By- Tyffani Clark Kemp
Genre-Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date-September 5th, 2013

Sebastian Boa is "The Man Without Rules." Rules just don't apply to him. When he meets Mariss Red one night at one of his night clubs, he sets his sights on her and makes a play. But Mariss is married and she has no desire to lose what she loves for a one night stand. The harder Sebastian tries the more Mariss refuses and he realizes that his feelings for her may be deeper than he ever thought possible for a man like him. And he finds himself changing to be worthy of the one woman who has ever told him no.


 Review - 3.5 Stars!

I wasn't sure about this series at first (although the author is such a sweetie, I wanted to give it a chance), so it was with mixed feelings I started this unusual (for me) romance series.  The fact that Mariss is married to someone else was kind of the part that made me have issues.  I don't mind three-some novels at all, that wasn't the issue.

In any case, at first, I thought Sebastian was a bit of a.... spoiled brat in more ways than one.  I don't mind man-whores in my stories, but wow, he took it to a whole new level!  I did however like Mariss from the start.  She was conflicted but in a way I think a lot of people could understand, even loving someone.  It was nice.  

Toward the middle of this book, when more emotions came into play, I found I didn't dislike Sebastian as much as I did at first, and he really started to grow on me.  Of course, we all hate Hellena, I'm sure.  Julie was a hoot, although I did have one issue where her loyalties changed, despite knowing Sebastian so well.  I thought perhaps she should have at least understood a bit where he was coming from, especially since that man has never been hurt before like that.

The writing and plot were actually very well done.  Despite having the word erotic in the genre categories there, I was amazed at how very much story played into this novel and was extremely thrilled about it, of course.  I like story with my erotic scenes.

If this were more my typical romance and I didn't struggle so much at the begging to stay interested, it might have had a higher rating.  But because the middle through the end made up for it, I enjoyed the read immensely.  

Fair warning though, this book definitely left things unfinished.  Which is why I'm glad I had The Red Wife to move on to.

3.5 Stars!

Book Info-
Title- The Red Wife
Series- The Without Rules Series # 2
By- Tyffani Clark Kemp
Genre-Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date- January 2014

Mariss Red is wholly devoted to her husband, Holden. Despite her fling with Sebastian Boaa few months ago, her husband has her heart. But Holden knows about Mariss' little indiscretion. Now, the three of them have a whole new set of rules.

Their sex life isn't the only thing making waves. Things are further complicated by the return of people Mariss hoped were gone from her life for good. When dark secrets from Mariss' past surface, it puts everyone in her life in danger. The loss of the one thing that means more to her than life itself turns Mariss' life upside down in a way she never thought possible.

As The Red Wife struggles to put her life back together with pieces from a different puzzle, she must decide which picture she wants to paint.


Review - 3.5 Stars!

Yes, again.  Same rating.  I can't help it!  This one was brilliant in that it switched to Mariss' POV, which was great, but then I started feeling like Sebastian was a big ass a lot.  First, I felt Mariss was unreasonable, then Bassy.  Wow, I can't make up my mind.

Firstly, the writing and dialog were superb of course.  I do love the dirty, witty comments these two make to each other.  They have great chemistry and it's amazing.

The part I'm having issues with is kind of how the Holden thing came about (and that's all I can give without spoilers guys) as well as the other major issue.  I feel horrible for Mariss, but I can't help but feel that she should have been having more than 'feelings' before.  *sigh*  These two are amazing together and I love them together - Bassy and Mariss - but again, I had some issues with this not being my typical type of romance.

Plus Sebastian's double standard jealousy was a pain.  Geez.  Yet, he never got really jealous before when the three of them were together.  So it's a tad inconsistant I think.  Just a bit.

However, as always, excellent plot and excellently written.  I'm just not usually into a series quite like this.  In fact, it might be a unique experience for me.  Nicely done and realistic though!  3.5 stars!


Book Info-
Title- The Power Couple
Series- Without Rules Series # 3
By- Tyffani Clark Kemp
Genre-Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date- September 11, 2014

After the loss of her husband and her preterm baby, Mariss Red is finally starting to put her life back together. She's in a semi-stable relationship and her publishing business is doing well. None of that can fill the hole in her heart, but she's a survivor. Her newest obstacle? Maneuvering the hazy boundaries of an open relationship with a man who can't be bound by rules.

Sebastian Boa, The Man Without Rules, struggles to live an honorable life. Mariss meets and approves any woman he happens to bring home and things are going well, aside from the occasional miscommunication. It's bound to happen, since he's never been in a steady relationship before. But he knows Mariss is keeping something from him, and he knows it's probably another man.

A trip to Paris is meant to be a romantic break for the strange couple, but it ends up in disaster when Sebastian catches Mariss with her secret lover. Add a crazed fangirl trying to seduce Sebastian, a man who has found that rules just might work for him after all. If it means he keeps Mariss in his life. It seems The Power Couple may never catch a break.


Excerpt From The Power Couple

The Beginning of the End

Sebastian unbuttoned his suit jacket and pulled Mariss as close as their clothing would allow. Her stunning purple bandage dress had no straps and stopped just above her knees. She’d been wearing so much black lately and it was nice to see her in something that set off her beautiful tan skin. When she looked up at him, her brown eyes shone with a smile and something else he couldn’t quite pinpoint. With a hand at the small of her back, he pulled her closer.

“The woman behind you has been eyeing me for the last half hour," he said, bending close to her ear so she could hear him over the pulsating music of the club. The Tea Room was one that he owned here in New York. He also had one in London.

“Do you want her?" Mariss asked, wiggling her hips against his. Sebastian grunted, trying to suppress the excitement that ran through him and straight to his growing erection. She turned, so her perfect, round arse was pressed against him.

“I thought we'd share," he hissed out. “If you're game."

So far, the open relationship was working. So far. But it had only been a few months, and for half the time they'd been apart on business. And the grieving, well, they were both still working through their losses, but Mariss was handling things better than he’d expected. She had dark days like two days ago when he had to force her out of bed, and then she had days like today when she was all the way at the other end of the spectrum.

Mariss turned back, resting her hands against his chest. For a moment, they just looked at each other. Sebastian smiled and she smiled back. “I'm game. Let's do it."

  Author Interview

When did you start writing? 

I was eleven when I started writing books. Before that I would write weird little short one page stories.

What made you decide to start becoming a published author? 

Everyone who writes dreams of being published.

Which authors inspired you? 

Kathy Tyers, Lori Wick, and Ted Dekker were some of my favorites growing up.

Which are your favorite authors at the moment? 

All of them. I am reading Jonathan Maberry right now. He’s amazing.

Which genre do you generally write in? 

Right now, romantic thrillers. Not sure why. Science fictions is my favorite.

How many unpublished stories do you have? 

There is no way to put a number on that.

What are you working on at this moment? 

I am working on a psychological romantic thriller with sci fi elements. It’s going to be a wild ride. Be looking for Blood and Shattered Glass.

How hard is it to research for you novels?  

Research is research. The hardest for me is writing about a foreign city that I’ve never seen.

Do you write from an outline or just where the story and characters take you? 

I don’t use an outline. It takes the fun out of it for me.

Do you get the dreaded writer's block and how do you combat it? 

Everyone gets it. I usually get up and away from my computer. Do something completely unrelated.

Do you prefer to read ebooks or paper books? 

Right now I have to have paperbacks. But a book is a book.

What TV shows & Movies are your favorite? Or the genre you prefer? 

I don’t love romantic comedies. I love thrillers and action movies, science fiction. The weirder the better.

Do you have input in your covers? Who designs them? 

Yep. I have %100 input. J.A. Howell from Howelz designs does them.

What are your thoughts on good & bad reviews? (We aren't counting bashing reviews, simply negative reviews that are respectful) 

Negative reviews can be helpful. They can point out things that need to be changed for the next go-round.

How do you relax? Or activities you use to relax? 

I take a lot of showers.

What is your favorite quote? 

Right now it’s “One small thing for a thing. One big thing for a thingy thingy.”

Is there anyone who supports you that you couldn't do without? 

My fiancée

How do you come up with character names? How do you come up with novel titles? 

Names and titles are important to me. I do a search for meanings that fit my characters. In Blood and Shattered Glass, the main character’s name is Trista, the female version of Tristan (like Tristan and Isolde). I chose it because Trista is very very sad, though I can’t tell you why. Tristan and Isolde is a sad story.

Do you feel upset if you kill off one of your main characters? 

It depends on if I liked the character or not.

How do you feel once you complete a book? 

Exhausted, hungry, and smelly. lol

Coffee or Tea? 


How do you take your coffee? 

Sweet and blonde. Enough milk to drown out the coffee and enough sugar to make it syrup.

Starbucks or Seattle's Best? Or what IS your favorite coffee shop? 

Neither? I don’t know.

If you don't drink coffee, what the HECK do you do to stay motivated without THE best beverage known to man? 

Little known fact (because it’s a new rule I made for myself): I only drink coffee on Sundays. I am allergic to caffeine. It gives me panic attacks and if I get enough of it in my system, it makes my neck and shoulder muscles lock up. (*Why Sunday, Tyffani?*) I’m so glad you asked! Because it was Sunday when I made the rule. ;)

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About the Author-
Tyffani Clark Kemp has been writing since she discovered in the sixth grade that it wasn’t enough just to read about fantastic places, but she could create her own. She weaves small bits of herself into everything she writes whether it be a science fiction piece about aliens or a dramatic romance fraught with conflict and love. She lives in South Carolina with her family and her fluffy shii tzu-mix dog who thinks he’s a Saint Bernard.


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