Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Taming Talia by Marie-Nicole Ryan - Review and Interview!

Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to my stop at Taming Talia Blog Tour! This tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Marie-Nicole Ryan. My stop includes a review of Taming Talia and interview with the author. Let's start with the review!

Author: Marie-Nicole Ryan
Title: Taming Talia
Series: Loving the Lawman, Book 2
Release date: 14th of August 2012
Published by: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Erotica, Suspense
Pages: 188 pages in e-Book
Source: Received from Sizzling PR for reviewing for blog tour.


Over her not-so-dearly-departed husband’s grave, newly widowed Natalia Montrose vows to shake off the memories of her abusive marriage by bedding the first suitable man she meets. Enter handsome, flirtatious Jared Fields, who offers to help her manage her assets.

Natalia has no intention of giving up control of the ranch her father traded away—along with her hand—for gold. But she intends to enjoy this stranger’s advances until all her desires are sated.

Jared is a rarity among Pinkerton agents. Well educated, the disowned black sheep of a wealthy New York City family, he enjoys the freedom afforded by his various assignments. But discovering whether the fiery Widow Montrose had her husband killed is a challenge with an unexpected twist. All he can think about is what he’ll do when he gets her in bed.

Natalia and Jared circle each other warily, feeling the pull of sensual heat. But when the Blizzard of 1889 hits, the sexual sparks may not be enough to keep them warm...or alive.

Warning: Contains a sex-starved widow and a saddled-hardened Pinkerton agent who set the sheets afire.

My review:

Taming Talia by Marie-Nicole Ryan was easy to read, well-written historical erotica novel and I read it in one sitting. Due to 188 pages it only took few hours.

Taming Talia takes you back to the end of 1880s to the area which once was Mexican where you meet a freshly widowed Natalia Montrose who get a visitor. The visitor is very handsome man who offers her financial services, but she is much more interested in his body and what his body can offer. They are caught in by a snowstorm, so he cannot leave her house and they need to work together to survive the blizzard. Keeping each other warm is not the problem, but when Natalia finds out that the handsome visitor Jared is a Pinkerton agent investigating her murdering her husband, things get complicated.

The story had an average plot, but it was overall enjoyable read with smart dialogue and captivating characters.

There was one thing though which bothered me. Love came too quickly in this novel. I am well aware, that it is fiction, but when the main character is announcing the love to another only after one night, then I find it difficult to believe. Even when you think back to the time where the novel is set, I don't think love came after having sex couple of times. It can be lust, attraction, desire, liking another person, but love? Hard to buy. It felt awkward. And it doesn't matter how good the sex is, I still dare to doubt.

If you need a solid erotic story, then Taming Talia is definitely recommended!

5 Flowers!
3 stars.

Marie-Nicole Ryan agreed to interview with Me and Reading. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Marie-Nicole Ryan!

Interview is divided into several sections. First section is about the author, second section is about her books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.

Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

MNR: Marie-Nicole Ryan is a author of historical western romance and contemporary romantic suspense. She’s a dog lover, almost from day one.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

MNR: I was always a voracious reader and always knew I’d one day write a book. I started my first novel in the days of Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss, but as it often happens, life got in the way of creativity. Later, a TV show inspired me to write fan fiction and that was the beginning of writing for publication.

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

MNR: I wanted to be a trapeze artist. Cowboys and riding the range.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book from?

MNR: I became addicted to writing La Femme Nikita fan fiction and became online friends with a multi-published Silhouette Desires author who encouraged me to write my own stories.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

MNR: I read and watch Netflix. I play bunco once a month with a group of retired nurses/teachers. I participate in two book clubs. I walk my dog, a beautiful little Sheltie by the name of Cassie.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

MNR: Consistency.

MR: If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

MNR: Retired. Already retired from nursing.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

MNR: Michael from La Femme Nikita, the USA cable version, not the current one. His tortured, conflicted character was the perfect muse.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

MNR: I’ll admit to laziness and procrastination, but don’t like that writer’s block term at all.

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: Most of the books you write belong under romance and erotic romance genres. Do you think it is easy or difficult to write good erotic books?

MNR: Very difficult and getting more difficult all the time since my memory of such activities grows dimmer.

MR: You have many published books. Would you briefly give us an overview how many published books do you have and what are these about?

MNR: I’ve written seven contemporary romantic suspense novels, one mystery/suspense, and two erotic historical western romances. Whether contemporary or historical, the stories are about a man and woman falling in love, overcoming obstacles, and creating a new family. To one degree or another, there’s definitely some family drama going on, too.

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?

MNR: When I held that first book in my hand, my exact thought was, “It’s real. It’s a real book.”

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

MNR: I start with an idea of the beginning of a story, then I develop the characters with first person character journals for my hero, heroine, and villain if the story has one.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

MNR: Consistency and being able to take constructive criticism during the revision stage.

MR: Which character do you love most in your books? Which character and in which books can you mostly relate to?

MNR: I’ll always love Miranda (Randi) Raines from Love on the Run. She’s the character most like me: a mom, afraid of flying and in love with a DCI from Scotland Yard. Actually, I love most of the Scotland Yard DCIs, fictional ones anyway.

MR:  I’m aware that your books are pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons?

MNR: No—well, I can’t say that. Marti Miller in See You in My Dreams is a real person (a dear friend), but her circumstances in the book are fictionalized, even if her personality remains intact.

MR: Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

MNR: Let’s see. I’ve never worked in law enforcement, never ridden a horse, never flown in an airplane, and never murdered anyone. Basically a book based on my experiences would be pretty dull. However, my experience as a nurse has come into play in many of my books since I tend to hurt my characters on occasion. Of course, I adopted a Sheltie and one of my heroines, Bette from Broken Promises, did too.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this summer? Why?

MNR: No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord. She’s a debut author, as well as a friend of mine, and it’s a great Civil War romance novel. She’s a wordsmith and paints great visual images as she writes.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

MNR: Taming Talia is about a Pinkerton agent and a sex-starved Spanish widow. He’s been hired by her late husband’s family to investigate whether or not she had her husband murdered. The sparks fly and then there’s a blizzard. They’re forced to work together to survive. And more sparks fly and fly and fly.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? B. J. Daniels
What is your favorite book or series? Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series
What is your favorite book blog you follow? Book Obsessed Chicks
What is your favorite song? Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto in G
What is your favorite season? Spring
What is your favorite food? Roast beef and mashed potatoes
What is your favorite car? One that runs and is big enough to carry my dog’s crate in the back seat.
What is your favorite color? Green, the color of money
What is your favorite movie? Gone With the Wind
What is your favorite time of the day? Morning
What is your favorite weather? Spring


Thank you so much, Marie-Nicole, for taking the time to answer all my questions!

Happy reading!


  1. Fantastic interview! Loved the questions and especially the answers.

    1. Thanks, Pat. Glad you could drop by.

    2. Thank you for you kind words, Palmatlas! I always enjoy the author interviews! Thanks for coming by!

  2. Hmm. This genre is new to me. But is rally looks interesting. Love the interview! ;)

    1. Puperto, it's always fun to try out reading new genres :) Thanks for coming by!

  3. Oh my goodness...this answer of hers about writing erotica, "ery difficult and getting more difficult all the time since my memory of such activities grows dimmer." had me laughing out loud!! MNR sounds like a great person to know!

    1. LOL! Sometimes I get a little too truthful and off the wall with my answers. Glad you got a giggle from the interview.

    2. Jenifer, yes, I know! I think it's always fun to read the answers of the interview! I truly enjoyed it, too!

  4. Inga, thanks so much for reading and reviewing Taming Talia. Loved te interview questions, too.

    1. Marie-Nicole, you are most welcome! Thanks for taking your time to answer all my many questions! I am also grateful, that you came by with the comments. Thanks a million and good luck with Taming Talia and other upcoming books!

    2. Thanks so much, Inga, for your good wishes. It was my pleasure.

  5. i really like the looks of taming talia. i have never read any of Marie-Nicole Ryan before but that book has caught my eye. i will have to wait to find a job before i can get a copy