Book: Vipers Den
Author: J B Heller
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
1st in a series of Novella’s
I’m Piper Jones, owner and operator or Vipers’ Den; a hair and beauty salon catering to the unconventional. My clients are often referred to as: eccentric, freaks, or misfits.
I’m also single, a fact my mother is less than pleased with. Making it her mission to change my status, she continually sets me up on dates with her friend’s offspring. Only her roster of “gems” is dwindling. Each date is worse than the last. Then Kade Benson, the one man I have loathed for as long as I can remember, approached me with the most asinine (borderline genius) plan I’d ever heard to rectify both of our situations. As ludicrous as it is, it might just work. However, I never expected things to work out the way they did.
“You wouldn’t think computer geek went with football captain, but that was Kade. He was a walking contradiction: sexy as hell, tall, broad, muscular, and able to hack any computer put in front of him. He would be easier to hate if he wasn’t so attractive.”
“Yes, baby. I’ve wanted to call you that for the longest time. Now that you’re mine, I’m going to be calling you all sorts of god awful pet names, and you’re going to like it.”
“Calling me his woman should have disgusted me, but it didn’t. What the hell was wrong with me! I actually liked it. Maybe I was running a low grade fever.”
I adore this author, her stories never fail to put a smile on my face. Her latest is solid gold from the first page, entertaining, well written, wicked funny, and deliciously steamy. She writes about misfits or “alternative” characters, but she has a knack of cleverly putting forth their humanity, and imbuing them with so much appeal, that they seem mainstream by the time I have settled into the tale. One of the main characters of this piece is the proprietress of Vipers’ Den, which is a “beauty salon that caters to the misfits of society.” Her looks are described as “intimidating.” She probably would appear unapproachable to me if I met her on the street, yet in her story, she is a typical gal and good person; she owns a business, works hard, and is falling in love. Daunting looks or not, I enjoyed spending my afternoon with her. There will be more their story with a continuation of the series, but thank goodness this was a stand-alone installment, no sucky cliffhanger – which is always a plus in my eyes.
Eliza Brown is a simple little housewife from Cairns, Australia, with a wicked good imagination. She is the mother to three crazily cute kids and the wife of a Sexy Arse Tree Lopper. She is also baby sister to a Certified Nutbag, a Linesman and a Fireman.
Eliza spends her days running around after her kids and jotting down stories that come to her at inconvenient moments in her leather, flower embossed notebook. (She is very particular about her stationary.) Or in her iPhone or iPad or whatever she can get her hands on. (Damn kids keep running off with her stationary.)
When the kids are napping nine times out of ten, you will find Eliza sitting at her computer typing as fast as she can while she can. Generally with her phone wedged between her shoulder and ear bouncing ideas off her sister.