4 Stars, Genre Romance, Interlude Press, Lilah Suzanne, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: Spice by Lilah Suzanne

Title: Spice

Author: Lilah Suzanne

Publisher: Interlude Press

Pages/Word Count: 225 Pages

At a Glance: Spice is low on the angst meter, high on the delightful, with an unapologetic promise of happily-ever-after for its two heroes.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: As writer of the popular sex advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team.

Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: How to know when he’s met Mr. Right?

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Review: Lilah Suzanne’s Spice is an adorable meet-cute of a love story: fresh, funny, romantic and touching. This is a character driven novel, sweet and simple, about finding Mr. Right; though almost missing him because Mr. Wrong consumes an excess of energy in just trying to figure out how to turn him into a tolerable Mr. Passable.

There’s a bit of a “there are none so blind…” bent to Spice, Simon Beck playing the man who gives women advice on everything from sex to body image issues, but when it comes to his own love life, can’t seem to suss out what the real thing looks and feels like…until he nearly lets the nerdy-sexy IT guy, Benji McHugh, slip through his fingers. Which would have been a tragedy because while Benji may not use words for a living the way Simon does, when he says the right thing…boy, does it count.

Through his advice columns for Ravish magazine, Simon begins to examine and share the building of his relationship with his readers. Hands-on sex tips come in really, well, handy, especially when the test subject curls his toes and is willing to play along. And believe me when I say Simon and Benji keep the mag supplied with plenty of juicy material. On top of being romantic, this novel is also sexy, and Simon and Benji are seriously playful and playfully serious about the business of falling for each other. These two characters are chock full of charm, even if Simon is a bit obtuse at times, but on the plus side, Benji is the equilibrium to Simon’s skittishness when he begins to question whether what he and Benji have is real.

Spice is low on the angst meter, high on the delightful, with an unapologetic promise of happily-ever-after for its two heroes. When push comes to shove, these two men communicate with each other, don’t hide things for the other’s own good, and while the message is that every day and everything won’t be fireworks and excitement, the takeaway is when you’re with someone you not only love but like, you’ve found someone worth fighting for.

The one detractor for some readers might be this story is narrated in the third person present tense, which takes some getting used to, but it’s bright and breezy, filled with hope and optimism. The antagonist in the story is also built up to be a bit of a troublemaker, but then fades to black and disappears without being half the threat I expected him to be, but those things aside, I’ll end by saying when you’re in the mood for something sweet and a little sassy, Lilah Suzanne has offered that to readers, and has done so in a couple of guys who charmed the pants right off of each other. And we get to watch.

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You can buy Spice here:

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Q&A and Giveaway: The Spice Blog Tour With Lilah Suzanne

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The Novel Approach welcomes Lilah Suzanne today on the Spice blog tour. Lilah took a few minutes to answer some questions for me, and she’s also offering the chance for ONE lucky reader to win a $25 Interlude Press gift card and FIVE will win an e-copy of the book. Be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

Good luck!

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Q: Lilah, I’m not going to lie: I fell immediately in love with the cover for Spice. How big a part did you play in the design? Did you come up with the line on the t-shirt, or was that all your cover artist’s doing?

LS: I did not come up with that T-shirt or the cover design, it was all the artist and art director’s doing. I wish I had! Benji wears a lot of nerdy T-shirts in the book, but that one is definitely my favorite. We do have meetings about the cover and any ideas I might have for it, but I’m really not a visual artist type at all. I absolutely adore the cover, though, it’s beyond perfect.

Q: Do you find nerds kind of sexy? What do you love about nerdy guys?

LS: I find enthusiasm to be very attractive, so the kind of people who are weird and quirky and happily, boldly so are the type that tend to catch my eye. I’m not interested in any sort of bored detached irony.

Q: Would you call yourself a nerd? If so, what’s your nerdiest quality?

LS: I’m not sure if I would call myself a nerd! I do tend to like the things that I like very, very much. And I’m quiet and often pretty awkward. Okay, maybe I am a nerd.

Q: If you were to write an advice column, what would you offer advice on and what would it be called?

LS: Well, I think I’ve gotten pretty adept at writing a relationship advice column! In fact, I’m channeling Simon over on his blog: ask-eros-blog.tumblr.com, where the advice column fun continues outside of the book, with an open submission for any reader’s pressing relationship questions. For entertainment purposes only, of course!

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Spice 4x6x COVER-Front-1Blurb: As writer of the popular “Ask Eros” advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?

Buy Links: Interlude Press | Amazon US

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About the Author: Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the online fan community.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Pinterest

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THE GIVEAWAY:

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

A Welcome To New Reviewers And A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and thanks for dropping by to see what we have coming up for you in the week ahead!

First, though, I’m so thrilled to introduce two new reviewers to the TNA team: one comes to us brand new to the reviewing biz, the other is a long time veteran reviewer in the M/M genre.

Welcome to Karen and Sadonna! Now, here’s a bit about them:

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TNA_Signature_KarenAbout Karen:

Well, Hi, I’m Karen! I am a 36 year old from Michigan. I have a great husband who’s only complaint is that I am addicted to reading (still trying to figure out why this is a problem…I don’t get it) but, he’s right, I know I’m addicted (hey! at least I admit it, well to you, not to him!). For about the last 2 years or so I have read pretty much exclusively MM. Reading is an escape for me, it is what i use to get out of my head and just relax, which is why you can usually find me on my breaks at work sitting with my Kindle, who am I kidding any free moment I have is usually spent with my Kindle. I am looking forward to trying out doing reviews and I am really happy to be here! Alright…enough about me…back to my book :o)

TNA_Signature_SadonnaAbout Sadonna:

Hi I’m Sadonna. Just like Madonna, but with an S ;) Yes, that’s my actual legal name. I used to hate it when I was a kid, but then I learned to embrace it! I’m 52 (when the heck did that happen??) and I work in downtown Chicago as a corporate type in HRIT – but I have a 60 mile commute each way, so I have a LOT of time to read and watch the world go by from my express Coach that has wifi. :)

I’m a long time voracious reader who read nearly every book in my grammar school library and left the public library with stacks of books each week. My sister was always mad that I wouldn’t play with her because I was reading. As an adult, for years I read pretty much historical and literary fiction (history major in college) and nonfiction. I was introduced to m/m in 2010 when I saw one of my friends had Special Forces on her Goodreads feed. Now 2300+ books and counting later, I still blame her and Aleks Voinov (and I have told him so :D). I currently have over 9000 books in my Calibre library as well as over 1000 physical books in my house. So I guess you could say I have a problem. ;)

Besides reading, I love to travel all over the US and the world – 15 countries and counting. I’m a big art lover and I spend a lot of time in art museums whenever I travel. I used to say I could live in bookstores and art museums, but it seems bookstores are practically becoming museums now! I also love the opera both live and at the movie theaters and have seen some gorgeous productions in Chicago, the Met and Covent Garden. I dream of Vienna and La Scala someday! I also like to go to the theater and see live music whenever possible. I also have my own art in the form of tattoos – two so far, with plans for lots more. :P

Now, here’s what we have on tap this week! 

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MondayMA Church kicks off our week on the To Touch the Sky blog tour

Tuesday – The Cut & Run farewell tour stops by with Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

WednesdayFaith Ashlin is our guest today on the To Stand Close blog tour

ThursdayLilah Suzanne drops in on the Spice blog tour

FridaySkylar M. Cates joins us today with a guest post to celebrate the countdown to Rainbow Con

Saturday – To close out the week, we’ll have Bey Deckard with us today—or, I should say Captain Baltsaros, Tom, and Jon join us with a character interview that just might shiver yer timbers and make you anxious for Fated: Blood and Redemption, book three in the Baal’s Heart series

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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