Kate Cook got a steal on a cheap dependable car. The only catch, she has to fly down to Las Vegas to pick it up. When she arrives at the dealership, she runs into a problem, the kind that threatens to ruin more than just her day.
Fortunately, she is rescued by Coulter Holt, a businessman with problems of his own. Namely, a vindictive step-mother who will do anything to get Coulter to see things her way. Which includes destroying his relationship with his father, jeopardizing Coulter's million-dollar conglomerate.
Feeling she needs to repay him for rescuing her, Kate agrees to help him thwart his step-mother by pretending to be Coulter's fiancée.
But under the dazzling lights of Las Vegas where anything is possible, Kate feels the sparks began to fly between her and Coulter, and she realizes this favor might wind up costing her more than just time, it might just steal her heart.
“Hey,” I hear a male voice say. But I’m sure he isn’t talking to me so I ignore him.
Hearing the clear irritation in his voice. I look up and without thinking, I snap back “What?”
The guy behind the wheel of a bright red convertible sports car—wait—the super good looking guy behind the wheel, smiles at me and says, “are you Katie?”
I blanch. I have to think—is my name Katie? Duh Katie, yes it is. But only my family calls me Katie. To friends and everyone else, I’m Kate or Katherine. I look behind me to make sure he isn’t talking to someone else. Nope there’s no one behind me.
“What?” I say again just to make sure that the stress from today’s events haven’t made me delusional.
The guy behind the wheel shakes his head “You’re Katie Cook?”
Oh he is talking to me? Was that a question or a statement? I’m not sure.
He gets out of his car and comes around to me. I stare opened mouthed. He is drop dead gorgeous. His hair is dark brown and curly, slightly tousled from the wind. He is clean shaven; his jaw is strong and square. His lips are perfectly carved, they look soft and subtle, completely kissable. He starts walking toward me with broad shoulders and slender hips. He is wearing dark, blue jeans, a collared white and blue, striped shirt with a dark, blue V-neck sweater that is rolled and scrunched at his elbows. He looks like an ad for sex, the hot steamy, never get— enough kind.
He stands in front of me, giving me a million dollar smile. His perfect white teeth gleam in the sun. It looks like he’s just gotten done shooting a tooth-paste ad. I have to crank my head all the way back to look at him.
“You want a ride? He asks and cocks his head to the side, still smiling.
I raise my eyebrows. Do I want a ride? My thoughts go south, to some very naughty places. I say the words in my head again, do I want a ride? Katherine Cook, I scold myself. My eyebrows scrunch, and I can feel my cheeks flush. That’s it! Its official! I have lost my mind. This is not real. I press my fingers into my forehead, relieving the ache that has formed. I’m going to open my eyes and Mr.—only in my dreams—will be gone. I open my eyes to a pair of large round, blue-black eyes covered with thick dark lashes, staring at me. I’m dumbfounded. My fantasy is still here. The synapses between my brain and mouth are misfiring, and I’m unable to find the words to speak. He smiles at me, oh those lips, then stands. He picks up my small, carry- on suitcase, and I watch him take it and stow it behind the driver’s seat of his car.
“Are you going to get in?” He asks, and he gets back into the car.
I blink, and take a breath, trying to regain my senses. “How do you know my name?” I stammer, finally managing words.
“I owe a favor to Aaron, and he’s cashing it in.”
“Aaron who?” Even though I know, okay, I hope he is talking about Aaron Reed, the guy who tried to help me buy a car, I still have to ask.
He tucks his chin down, giving me the eye, silently saying— you know who I’m talking about.
Okay, so I’m going to hope it’s my Aaron as I look down at my phone— still no call from my dad.
“Get in the car Katie,” annoyance in his voice.
I sigh. “My parents told me never to get in cars with strangers, what’s your name?” I smile at him and give him the same head cock.
He shoves his aviator sunglasses on, and gives me that megawatt smile again. “Get in the car, and I will tell you.”
Oh, he wants to play a game. I’m in no mood for games. I cross my arms in defiance. Could this day get any worse?
“Tell me first, and then I will get in your car,” I push my sunglasses down on my face and smile, showing my teeth.
“Get in the car Katie. I have your suitcase,” he says in a playful tone, but I can tell he’s serious. Oh shoot, why did I let him take it? I feel my insides tighten, and my stomach is doing a continuous somersault in my belly. My knees feel weak, and my body buzzes with a hyper-awareness. My gaze flits from the car to him and back again. I’m too nervous to keep looking at him, but too scared he’ll disappear if I don’t look back. I’m completely and so utterly turned on. I pick up my bag and take a step toward him. Am I really going to get into the car with this guy, he could be a serial killer for all I know. He could have gotten my name from somewhere— I don’t know where—Facebook? I feel my phone buzz in my hand which pulls me from my silent babble. I look down at the caller ID, it’s my dad.
“Hello…okay…yes...” I look up at the gorgeous stranger in the car, I can feel his eyes on me, “okay…all right...” I feel a bit brave behind my sunglasses, so I give a wry smile and arch my eyebrow at him… “Sound goods…okay…I will…you too…bye.”
I shoulder my bag and step up to the car. Mr. Tooth-paste ad leans over, opens the door for me, and I slide into the seat, sitting my bag on the floor between my legs. We sit for a minute until I look over to him confused. “I’m in the car, you can go now.”
Interview with Jacy:
So I got to have an amazing Q&A with Jacy and ahhhh I LOVE her answers!!!! So let's get to it.
Where did you get your inspiration for writing All Shook Up?
The main idea came from personal experience, I had purchasing my own car off of an auction. And Kate came to life from this experience.
Do you have a favorite character from the book?
Well I love Kate she is near and dear to my heart, but I also love Kit Everett he was a ton of fun to write.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I write what I know a lot! So there are lots of times when, my own experiences with something will work perfectly for certain characters. It really just depends on the character and what I am trying to put across to the reader.
What kind of research do you do? And what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
For All Shook Up I didn’t do too much research. Except go on vacation to Las Vegas…LOL which gave me some great material for the next book.
What’s in your TBR pile?
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Untold by Sara Rees Brennen
Faking it by Cora Carmack
To name a few
Playlists for books is becoming very popular….do you have a playlist with your books? And what is your favorite type of music?
Yes I have a playlist, and it’s got a lot of Elvis in it…LOL I like all types of music, especially if it has a good beat. But I’m a top forty’s kind of gal I like to listen to the new stuff that’s usually on the radio
Do you have a particular writing routine once you start a book?
Pretty much it’s write, write, write. I have scenes pop into my head all the time and I will write until I can get to that scene, and furiously write the scene. I try not to just write the scene that comes to me or I get in trouble…LOL…I still can get myself into trouble by glossing over parts to get to certain scenes, my editor always nails me on that.
What’s the most difficult part in writing?
Putting on paper what I see in my head sometimes, it takes a while for the scene to formulate on paper even though I see it clearly in my head.
What comes first for you? The story? Characters? Or setting?
It’s usually, a character with a story. Kate just popped into my head one night and I started writing.
If you weren’t a writer, what other path might you have followed?
Well I have a degree in Biology and had ambitions of becoming a Physicians Assistant I would probably still be at least mulling that decision over…LOL
What are you working on right now?
I’m almost done with the second It Happened in Vegas Book, called ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ Which will come out the first of the year.
Eppp....love the title!!! So what kinds of things do you do for fun?
I like starting projects, and being crafty. I just finished redoing a TV stand. I’m so excited to start work on some Christmas crafts and to put my Christmas decorations out. (But I have not started listening to Christmas music yet, I’m trying to hold out until after Thanksgiving…LOL)
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If you were stuck on an island and could only have one type of food and one other “object” what would they be?
Chocolate and a good book
What are your feelings toward Zombies?
Do you have any words of inspirations for aspiring writing?
Don’t give up. I’m still so new in this business and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you want to quit. Those are the times you have to dig deep and believe in yourself and your work and keep moving.
This or That & Favorites
Salty or Sweet - sweet
Beer or Wine - Wine
Vampire or Werewolf - Vampire
Favorite Food? - Chicken and rice
Favorite Color? - Green
Favorite place to read? - In Bed
Favorite Holiday? - Christmas
Favorite type of romance? - Quirky Steamy Romance
Eppp...how awesome are her answers!!!! A huge huge thank you to Jacy for stopping by and chatting with me today. I loved getting to you know a little bitter and what makes you tic. And I'm so happy that you released this awesome book and can't wait for the next one!!!!
About the Author:
Jacy Oliver, has always had a thing about writing. She is a graduate of Idaho State University and when she’s not writing she spends most of her days working the family business and even then sometimes she writes. She is highly sarcastic and loves to laugh and have a good time. ‘All Shook Up’ is her debut novel.
Where to Stalk Jacy:
Okay so I've found a kindred spirit in Kate/Katie/Katherine/Cookie....I think Cookie's my favorite!! :) Anyways so my biggest guilty pleasure is that I am a huge huge huge Evils fan. When I was 5 I saw him on t.v. for some reason and told my mom I was going to marry him one day......my mom broke my heart a few years later when I said it again, she informed me that unfortunately Evils was dead.....*sigh* but I'm still in love with him, his story, and his music.
Anyways back to our wonderful book. The book starts out with Kate going to Las Vegas to pick up a car she won in an online action. Which by the way we never learned what kind of car she was trying to get....I was hoping it would finally come out. So maybe it might be mentioned in the next book??? Maybe?? Anyways through bad luck it ends up that Kate will not be leaving with a car. Through family and friends and favors owed a man named Coulter or a.k.a. Cole comes to give her a lift...to the airport...only that's not where she ends up.
From here Kate and Cole's time together is dramatic and interesting. Cole and Kate have an interesting "relationship" together. When at the club TT (as I'm calling her you'll have to read to find out who that is) is a freaking cow and I'd like to smack her around for Kate. And then later finding out who she is OMG I could smack another idiot Anyways this is where jealousy and other emotions start to come out between these two. Later these two go to dinner and this is where the book takes a real turn. While at dinner we meet Olivia....cow #2 (this book has a few)...or better known as Cole's step mother.
After this Cole gets a phone call from his father with the knowledge that Cole's enraged and his father is coming to see him. This is news to Cole and Kate. But decide through talking and everything that they are going to play along. This is where the problems come into play. First off we learn that no one calls Coulter Cole except Kate and one other person. This is a fact I gasped at and find super interesting and just love. Olivia pretty much wants to break them up. Cole's father Preston wants them to break up. Kate's friend Laura....she is indifferent. Kate's parents are against them being in a the same suite together. TT is against them. God like the only people for them are Cole and Kate and Race and Kit. (By the way I love the names in this book). So more feelings keep being brought into the picture and then the question becomes what's real and what's for show? Does Cole feel anything for Kate? What are Kate's real feelings? What are they going to do? Well you'll have to read to find out....but it's soooo worth it. I loved every moment of Cole an Kate....a.k.a. Cookie. :) ohhh and one final thought....I love that Cookie has some curves and isn't the super size 4 that everyone seems to be and Cole seems to love that about her even more!!! And I'm dying to know what is going to happen in the next book.