The concept for Book 6 had been percolating in my brain for some time–and not just the story, but also the cover. I knew I wanted a cover that featured Gregg underneath the title, but I didn’t have a model to capture the Gregg Hadyn I envisioned. I may have already stated somewhere in these blogs that I like my heroes bigger than life–very capable, literally the best at what they do–and I wanted Gregg to be my idea of the best looking guy in the world as well. We all have different tastes in physical attractiveness, both male and female, but Gregg is my “creation,” and I wasn’t about to settle for less than what I considered perfection in his physical appearance. As such, with the help of my new Design Cover Artist, Jeffrey Kosh [JK Graphics], Gregg successfully became a compilation of four different men, and I couldn’t be happier with his final look. I believe the cover for this book is nothing short of stunning, and Jeffrey also accommodated me with an even clearer picture of Gregg for the back cover synopsis.
For the first time in six books, my audience gets their first glimpse of my hot, sexy, and incredibly talented thief. I think it would be a rare female who would not find this man attractive! In Book 1, Carly, the female lead of the series, makes a statement that summed Gregg up. She has just rejected his sexual advances, and Gregg, utterly at a loss, having never been rejected before, says, “You’re not attracted to me? I’m not your type?” Carly responds with what I believe sums up Gregg Hadyn’s extremely hot, physical attributes: [Text from Book 1] She couldn’t help but grin at his total incomprehension, the almost innocent inability to understand why or how anyone could resist him. [She says] “You can relax Adonis, you haven’t lost your touch… Your everybody’s type. Don’t pretend you don’t know that.”
Perfect response, because Gregg is physically perfect. So why won’t she sleep with him? You’ll have to read Book 1 for the answer to that.
The cover and pics of Gregg are only a part of what I love about Book 6, however. I had wanted to use this opener, the opening conflict in Book 6, for a while, but I knew I had to wait to establish Gregg’s union with the SIRU to do something this bold. I believe it is without a doubt the best first few chapters opener from all of my books, and many of my fans have agreed. Here’s one review in particular which very nicely aggregates all the other reviews I received:
“Once a Thief Is the Best One Yet! I really needed another star for this one. …J. A. Devereaux just gets better with each book. Her character development is brilliant. I have already read this book twice and I will probably reread it again a couple more times because it is just that good.” B.A. Sutherlin.
I wanted a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat starter, and I believe Once a Thief accomplished all of my goals and then some.
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