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Review, Character Interview, & Giveaway: SECRETS OF A SHY SOCIALITE by Wendy S. Marcus

Update – Congratulations to Joya, winner of Wendy’s giveaway!  Thank you to all who participated!

If you caught my post on Monday, March 18 you got a glimpse of what Wendy S. Marcus can do with a story. The second book in the series is just as good as the first! Today at So Many Reads we have Jaci’s twin sister Jena!  Up for grabs today is a paperback copy of Secrets of a Shy Socialite, so please don’t leave without commenting below!

Secrets of a Shy Socialite US cover

Official Summary:

She’ll do anything to protect her newborn twins…

Jena was always “the good Piermont twin,” preferring nursing others over life in the limelight. Seducing her all-time crush was the bravest and definitely the most outrageous thing she’s ever done. What did giving in to her desire bring her? Two adorable baby girls! But the social fallout will be nothing compared to confessing the truth to the unsuspecting father.

And how will he react when Jena reveals her most heartbreaking secret of all?

So Many Reads Review:

Wendy really knows how to captivate her audience in her stories. They are heartbreaking, sweet and sexy all at the same time. She does a fantastic job of moving the plot along at a great pace. I was disappointed when the story was over because it seemed to fly by. In Secrets of a Shy Socialite we learn about Jena Piermont, the so-called shy, obdient twin to her sister Jaci, the wild, independent one. Jena has her secrets and boy do we learn she is not all that shy or obedient sometimes.

Justin is the love of Jena’s life.  She would do anything for him and needs to share the news about their twin daughters with him, which is one of the reasons she comes back home. The party boy Justin, who never plans to settle down, is quite shocked by the news but is going to do well by his daughters and Jena.  We get to watch how Jena and Justin lean on each other for help with new parenting as well as some other, bigger issues that will change their lives. Some of my favorite parts were reading about Justin trying to change the twins’ diapers and learning what Jena was like as a teenager.

The physical chemistry between Justin and Jena was hot. They can’t deny the attraction they have for each other, even if they think it will complicate things. I love the way Wendy writes an intimate scene by giving just enough details without going too far. They are very appropriate for the story and the characters. The scenes at the end are so good that I think I shed a tear over how sweet they are!

I love reading about family in books, especially sisters. Jaci and Jena would do anything for each other and I really admire Jaci for not pushing Jena too far and for just supporting her in the decisions that were made. Reading a book series is always great because you get to continue with characters from previous books. The appearances Jaci and Ian made in Secrets of a Shy Socialite were fun and we get to relive the fact that Ian has his hands full with Jaci. If you are looking for an emotional contemporary medical romance to read that is sweet, sexy, and heartwarming, I highly recommend Secrets of a Shy Socialite.

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Interview with Jena Piermont:

Amy with So Many Reads (SMR): Welcome to So Many Reads! For starters, tell us a little about yourself. You are a nurse, right?

Jena: My name is Jena Piermont. For those of you who recognize my last name, I’m the other Piermont twin, not to be confused with my life-of-the-party-look-alike, Jaci, who I’m sure most of you are much more familiar with. And yes, I’m a nurse.

SMR: With all your family wealth and prestige, what made you choose nursing?

Jena: My mother suffered a traumatic brain injury when I was a young teen. While working with the nurses who took such wonderful care of her I made the decision to pursue nursing as a career.

SMR: What are you passionate about?

Jena: Breast health screenings for women. Education about the testing available to help women determine their risk of developing breast cancer and the options available for prevention as well as treatment of the disease. Women have choices. Today more than ever, women have the ability to make informed health care decisions that will enable them to take control of their bodies before receiving a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis.

SMR: What gets your all riled up?

Jena: Men who equate female beauty with the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Men who fail to comprehend that women are so much more than a bra size. Men who place more of an emphasis on a woman’s physical beauty than on the courage it takes to live life without a body part that is society’s definition of the female sexual identity.

SMR: Being a twin, have you and your sister ever tricked people by switching places? I have identical twin nephews and wonder if they will do that to people when they get older.

Jena: Good heavens. My face feels on fire. If you could see me right now my cheeks would be red as a fire truck, I’m sure. Yes, we’ve switched places. I guess now that we’re twenty-four and my parents are no longer alive I can admit it was mostly me pretending to be Jaci to take a particularly hard test in high school or so she could sneak out of the house. But there was this one time…. Let’s just say I learned my lesson and have vowed never to pretend to be Jaci again… well, at least not without a very good reason.

SMR: What do you love most about being a twin? Least?

Jena: If you’d asked me this question a few years ago my answer would have been very different than it is today. But now that we’re adults, my favorite part of being a twin is Jaci’s unconditional love for me. (And mine for her, of course.) My least favorite part of being a twin is being referred to as ‘the quiet twin’ or ‘the shy twin.’ I’m not especially quiet or shy, which anyone who knows me will tell you. I’ve made it clear that my twin daughters are to be called by their names and not identified by their personality traits, because as children grow they mature and change. And I can tell you from experience it is very difficult, if not impossible, to shake the labels that stick to you from childhood.

SMR: Tell us about Justin. What is it about him that caused you to fall in love with him?

Jena: To be honest, I’ve been infatuated with Justin since junior high, although at the time he’d had no idea.  I think I fell completely, no-turning-back in love with him after my surgery, when he took such wonderful care of me and our daughters. That’s when I realized he was more than the handsome bad boy I’d always thought him to be. That he was a man of quality and character. A man I am lucky and honored to have in my life.

SMR: What do you hope readers will take away from your story?

Jena: That knowledge is power. Know your family health history, get routine health screenings, and don’t ignore pain or lumps or anything that is out of the ordinary for your body. Early detection, early treatment, and preventative screenings/measures can be the difference between life and death.

And on a personal note, while I’d never suggest a woman go into a relationship with the intention of changing a man, I’d like to point out that even though a man doesn’t seem right for you now, that doesn’t mean he can’t become the man who is perfect for you later. In the course of a month my Justin went from a confirmed bachelor avoiding commitments to a dedicated family man taking care of his post-operative fiancée and twin infant daughters. Some men will rise to the occasion, ladies. Give them a chance.

SMR: Thanks so much for joining us today!

Jena: Thanks so much for having me! I can’t wait to chat with your blog followers about whatever they’d like to chat about. Ask me anything! One lucky commenter will receive a paperback copy of my book, Secrets of a Shy Socialite. And if you haven’t already seen it, check out Jaci’s interview which was done right here on Monday, March 18th. If you’d like to learn more about the author who wrote my and Jaci’s stories or read an excerpt from each visit www.wendysmarcuscom.

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Giveaway:

See Jena’s comment above!  To be entered into the drawing to win a copy of Secrets of a Shy Socialite, simply ask Jena a question or comment on something she said above. The giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm Central Time on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Winner will be notified by email and announced on the website.

 

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  1. Edie Ramer

    It definitely sounds like another wonderful book! My favorite books are ones that touch my heart, like this one touched yours, Amy.

    1. Wendy S. Marcus

      Hi Edie!
      I agree! My favorite books, the ones I tend to read over and over, are the ones that touch my heart.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lucy Oliver

    What a lovely interview! Having read the book, I could picture her answering perfectly!

    1. Wendy S. Marcus

      Thank you, Lucy!
      This was actually harder to do than I’d thought it’d be. But once I got into Jena’s head it was a lot of fun!

  3. Wendy S. Marcus

    Hi Amy! Thanks so much for having us here today!

  4. Joya Fields

    What a great interview. This sounds like another awesome story, Wendy! Very interesting storyline that lets us know ahead of time there is substance to this couple’s relationship. Can’t wait to read! 🙂

  5. Abbi Wilder

    This interview captures the Jena to a T. (Is that the right phrase?) Anyway, loved this book and the characters. Great post.

    Abbi 🙂

  6. Wendy S. Marcus

    Thanks Joya!
    This story is about so much more than breast cancer, which Jena is never diagnosed with, might I add. It’s about making difficult decisions. It’s about courage and survival and life. I loved writing Jena’s story.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Wendy S. Marcus

    Thanks Abbi! I’m so glad you enjoyed Jenna’s book!

    And thanks for stopping by!

  8. Regina Richards

    I can testify, Jena’s is a wonderful story. Justin is a great guy.

  9. Wendy S. Marcus

    Thanks Regina! I’m glad you liked Jena’s story! Justin started out not-so-nice, but I agree, he ended up great!!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Amy

    Thank you to everyone that has stopped by! It was fun interviewing Jena and am so glad Wendy let me feature the interview on my blog. She is one awesome lady!

  11. Wendy S. Marcus

    Back atcha Amy! You were great to work with and your blog looks amazing! Thanks so much for having me (and Jena!)

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