Review: Velocity by Cassandra Carr with Interview

May 29, 2013 Review 1

Review: Velocity by Cassandra Carr with Interview

Book four in the Buckin’ Bull Riders series.

Paolo D’Allesandro has been living in his older brother Marco’s shadow. But he’s getting older now and realizing he and Marco don’t want the same things. He’s not sure what his next step is, but knows he needs to quit riding to figure it out.

Savannah Harrington is a grad student working on a thesis about adrenaline junkies, and she’s joined the bull riders’ tour to study the men and their motivation to willingly take part in a dangerous sport. She meets Paolo and both feel an instant connection. She can’t stay away from the sexy Italian and his mind-numbing skills in the bedroom, but knows the relationship can’t last.

Both wish their circumstances were different, but Paolo doesn’t think he has anything to offer Savannah, and Savannah doesn’t want to pressure Paolo into another life decision that will make someone else happy, but not fulfill him. As her time to go back to school draws closer, they need to figure out how to get their highest score yet—in the game of love.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Title: Velocity
Author: Cassandra Carr
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fondled and Gobbled: Back for More, On Display, Campus Cravings, Sizzling Shorts
Series: Buckin Bull Riders
Source: Publisher
Published: March 13, 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 117
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: five-flames

Paolo the sweet and sexy baby brother of Marco is tired of living in his brother’s shadow. He is beginning to see that he has much different life goals than Marco too. The only problem he is having is finding the starting point to figuring out what he want s out of his life. He has had fun on the bull riding tour for the past few years, but it is definitely not what he wants to do with his life.

Grad student Savannah is following and studying adrenaline junkies as part of her thesis when she meets the silver tongued Paolo who constantly flirts with her in his sexy broken English. The last thing she needs is the distraction of a sexy bull rider, especially when she will only be following the tour for a few weeks. Yet how can she resist someone as sexy and sweet as Paolo.

Paolo is certainly not your typical romance hero. He is quiet, just starting to come out from under the shadow of his older brother. He has a few insecurities and some doubts about what he wants for himself. Savannah was an amazingly supportive heroine for him. She was never pushy with him trying to figure out what he wants, but was perfectly supportive of him.

Be sure to have a fan ready. This is one hot read. Paolo may not always have the right words, but that sexy Italian had all the right moves to keep Savannah begging for more.

Buckin Bull Riders


Cassandra Carr

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! I’m a multi-published romance author who writes both erotic and non-erotic works. I write in several different subgenres and several different lengths, so hopefully readers can find something they like. I’m also a mom and a wife, oh, and a huge hockey fan.

Marie: What books or authors have inspired your writing?

I’m not sure I can point to specific books or authors. I will say Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances were how I modeled my first sex scenes. They’re not erotic stories, but she’s so good at drawing the emotion out of a scene. I tried to keep that in mind. Sure, sex is hot, but even in erotic romance there needs to be an emotional connection too.

Evelise: Who designs the covers, are the covers thought up with the characters in mind?

It depends on the publisher. Both Ellora’s Cave and Loose Id employ staff and freelancers to design their covers. The covers *should* be created with the characters in mind, but also with an eye toward what will sell. Right now naked male torsos are popular. What woman doesn’t want to gaze upon a gorgeous male torso (especially when it’s the gorgeous male torso of Ellora’s Cave Caveman David, which Velocity is)?

Liberty Ann: What one person alive today would make you geek out if they emailed you to tell you that they absolutely loved your book?

Oh man, that’s a tough question. There are many writers I admire. I don’t tend to be too impressed by celebrities, so it’s unlikely I’d freak if one of them contacted me (except that I do understand the power of word-of-mouth, and if a celebrity endorsed my work that would no doubt help sales). I do appreciate athletes – being an elite athlete takes time and perseverance. So if an Olympic athlete, let’s say, contacted me and told me they loved my stuff I’d probably think that was pretty cool.

Liberty Ann: Describe your writing style in 140 characters or less.

I’ll use what one of my editors said: Clear, crisp and concise. (Way less than 140 characters! There’s the concise part coming out…)

Liberty Ann: If you could spend a whole day with one of your characters, where would you go and what would you do? Details please! *wink*

Sebastian St. Amant from Should’ve Known Better is the first hero I ever wrote, and I threw in pretty much everything I loved in the heroes I’d read. I’d love to take him to a park with a picnic lunch of breads, cheeses, spreads, and wine. I’d spread out a blanket on the ground, we’d stuff ourselves and then lie back, snuggling as we watched clouds go by. He’s French-Canadian, so he could whisper sweet nothings in French in my ear.

The thing is, though, I love love love my heroes! I’d spend a day with any of them. Or a night. 😉 How can you go wrong with Marco or Paolo (Momentum and Velocity) whispering sweet Italian nothings? And yes, it appears I like foreign heroes. 😉

Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure I have anything I’d call a quirk. However, I don’t like to write without a title (even if it gets changed later), and I write sequentially for the most part. Some of my friends write a scene here and a scene there and then stitch them all together. I’d break out into hives. So I guess my quirk would be that I’m a very logical, analytical writer.

Lori: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Watch hockey, spend time with my husband and daughter…I’m also attempting to whip my perennial gardens back into shape after several years of neglect.

Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?

I can’t run 1000 feet without wheezing, but I can bike 30 miles no problem. Strange, but true.

Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?

You can stalk me anytime you want! My next appearance will be at Ellora’s Cave Romanticon in October. I’ll see you there!

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