Review: Laura Simcox’s Various States of Undress: Carolina is a fun, flirty, and touching read!

imageEach week I troll the Amazon lists to find books that are free or almost free for the Friday Feeding Your eReader post. I don’t highlight every book I stumble across. Far from it. These are books I’ve actually read and loved, are by authors I follow and/or have had recommended to me by people I trust. This week, I included Various States of Undress: Carolina by Laura Simcox. No, I hadn’t read any of her books before, but I had heard fun things about this book and, as it was on sale, included it. Then I read it Friday night.

I. Loved. It.

Various States of Undress: Carolina is a fun and flirty read – plus it also points out how some of us may become frozen in our lives – living out dreams of others instead of our own. Oh, that sounds a bit serious, right? Well, yes, there are serious bits to this story of a President’s daughter on the run from the paparazzi with her very own Secret Service bodyguard. (And who wouldn’t want this agent guarding their body!)

I totally “got” Carolina. From the moment she went in search of her wayward fiancé, because she needed support – or a public glad-hander – to get through a party filled with perfectly coiffed and elegantly dressed DC denizens. I knew who she was. She was me. Well, sort of me. In the best way. So for a little over an hour, I settled in to her and Jake’s – and just enjoyed the heck out of it.

Carolina and Jake are obviously attracted to one another and their romance – a foregone conclusion. Will it work out? Well that is the question as Jake seems to honorable and married to his career to ever give it up – even for Carolina. While Carolina seems able to grow and see herself a bit more clearly, she’s still vulnerable, especially after discovering her fiancé providing behind-closed-doors service to a White House receptionist.

Simcox shares this story with humor and heart – and it’s one that I recommend without reservation. If you’re looking for a fun, sweet romance with more than a bit of heat and heart – Laura Simcox’s Various States of Undress: Carolina is the book for you. Grab it this week as it will still be on sale for $0.99. I’ve already pre-ordered the next two books in the series that feature Carolina’s sisters: Various States of Undress: Virginia (pub date: Oct 7, 2014) and Various States of Undress: Georgia (pub date: Jan 6, 2015)



Various States of Undress: Carolina by Laura Simcox
Avon Impulse ⎜ 9780062304698 ⎜$0.99 $1.99 ⎜ May 27, 2014
What happens when the president’s daughter and her sexy Secret Service agent find themselves snowbound? A little cabin fever, some serious forbidden attraction, and Various States of Undress …

When Carolina Fulton, daughter of the President of the United States, dumps her cheating fiancé, she knows she needs a break from life in Washington. Spending some quality alone time in her family’s Wyoming cabin seems like a perfect escape—except for the hot Secret Service agent who shadows her every move. Miles away from civilization, Carolina quickly realizes that ignoring the smoky eyes, carved chin, and mile-wide pair of shoulders is going to require more than a little self-control.

Elite agent Jake Baxter knows better than to develop feelings for his clients. After all, he’s not being paid to fantasize about running his fingers through Carolina’s dark hair, kissing her senseless, or waking up next to her petite, curvy body. But as a blizzard rages outside their all-too-cozy cabin, Jake knows he has to put the freeze on this attraction, in case his job—or his heart—is suddenly laid on the line.


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