Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer Book Fun...Going Topless by Renee Knowles

Current Read: Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue
**Love this series! If you like Scotland and a fun mix of historical and contemporary, this series is for you.

We have some great days of summer reading fun lined up here at Armchair Heroines! Contests, an author interview and a book review! Bring on the umbrella drinks, chaise lounges and cabana boys! Make sure you scroll all the way through this post for contest information!

So, last week I finished reading Going Topless by Renee Knowles and loved it!

For me there is nothing better for summer reading than a girls' weekend/vacation storyline. I can't often get away with my friends, but when I flipped open Going Topless it was as if I was in Amsterdam hanging out with my own sister and friend. I loved watching the characters face their conflicts, grow and have a little fun along the way. I was also pleasantly suprised that the character I liked the least in the beginning (Mattie) ended up being my favorite in the end...maybe she just hit a little too close to home! :0)

This book has a sizzling rating from Siren, so delicate readers beware. There are several erotic, graphic sex scenes and some graphic language.

"I came up with the plot idea for Going Topless while sitting on a canal in Amsterdam looking out at all the history and romance of the city. I figured it would be the perfect setting for a story about two sisters looking for love. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it." ~ Renee ~

Here is the back cover blurb:

What does predictable Susannah Carmack do when confronted with her late husband's infidelity? What any self-respecting widow might. She allows her sister, Chelsie, to drag her on vacation to Amsterdam, where she gets lost in the Red Light District, is pursued by a younger man, and sunbathes on a topless beach. But will going topless help her escape the pain of the past?

Chelsie Joyner has always believed a roll in the hay can cure what ails her. But her free lifestyle never helped her forget Martijn, a married professor with whom she had an affair five years ago while doing graduate work in Amsterdam. She's determined to find closure on this trip.

But when her adulterous affair is made known, can Susannah, still smarting from her husband's betrayal, forgive Chelsie for the ultimate sin?

You can watch the book trailer here!
You can also read an excerpt here.
If you would like to buy Going Topless from Amazon, click here. You can also get GT as an e-book here.

EVEN BETTER? Win a signed copy of Going Topless right here at Armchair Heroines! Just post a comment about your summer reading fun and you will be entered. The winner will be determined by a random drawing on Tuesday, June 17th.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to read an interview with Going Topless author, Renee Knowles!

Romance author Pamela Tyner is also running a great summer reading fun contest on her blog. You have to read a short excerpt and answer a question to enter. And BTW, I really enjoyed the excerpt! But hurry! You only have until June 20th to enter Pamela's contest.


Renee Knowles said...

Thanks for spotlighting my book, Tiffany! Glad you enjoyed it :)


lrwirum said...

It sounds like a great book. Love the premise.

Tiffany James said...


You are most welcome! Thank you for such an entertaining summer read.


Tiffany James said...


Thanks for stopping by AH. The premise is really fun and Amsterdam is an amazing setting!


TamiC said...

This book sounds great, I love Scotland I just picture these sexy men with sexy accents!!!

Debby said...

Looks to be a great book. I will be looking for it

Melissa Mayhue said...

I agree! The book sounds really good! Apparently, it's time to add to by TBR pile!!!

~ Melissa

cfisher said...

I just finished "Blood Noir" as my first read of the summer. I loved it and cant wait to read "Going Topless"!!!

BethRe said...

I love to read, I plan on spending a lot of time this summer reading.

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Renee, just thought I'd stop by. Going Topless is a great summer read, and written in way that just carries you along effortlessly. Think floating in a pool in a big air arm chair.
Happy summer reading!

Renee Knowles said...

I want to say thanks to everyone for stopping by!

And Savanna, you are too cool! Thanks, GF!

Tamic if you love Scottish heroes, definitely check out Melissa Mayhue's books (www.melissamayhue.com). I know Tiffany mentioned them, and she is so right--they are fab!

Thanks, Melissa, for the shout out too!



Tiffany James said...

Hey, everybody! Thanks for stopping by AH.

TamiC - Be sure to check out Renee's book, Going Topless, too. Think Dutch accents...mmm!

Melissa's books are great, also. Hopefully next month we will have a contest for those. And, yes, there are plenty of Scottish brogues!

Debby - thanks for coming by!

bethre & cfisher - isn't summer reading the best?!


Tiffany James said...


Thanks for stopping by! How high is your TBR pile? :0)


Tiffany James said...


Thanks for stopping by AH! I love the floating in the pool visual...and it is so appropriate for Going Topless!


Viola Estrella said...

Sounds like fun, Renee! And I love any book that has sisters since I have two. :-)


Renee Knowles said...

Hi Viola! Thanks for stopping by :)


Anonymous said...

I am reading more now than ever but just not fast enough!LOL

Tiffany James said...


Thanks for coming by AH.

More than once the thought of taking a speed reading class has crossed my mind! :0)


Mindy said...

I just finished reading Electic Blue by Nancy Bush. Great read & can't wait to start on Going Topless. I LOVE the setting!

Renee Knowles said...


Hope you enjoy! I haven't yet read Blood Noir, but have heard a lot about it :)


Renee Knowles said...


Electric Blue--will have to put it on my list!

Hope you enjoy Going Topless! (Wait, that didn't sound right... LOL!)


Debby said...

The book sounds great/ I am adding it to my list of summer reading. I have one more day left of school and then I think I willread whatever I can get my hands on.

Renee Knowles said...

Hi Debby!

Happy Summer!

Thanks for posting :)