Susan Stephens on "A Taste of the Untamed" + Giveaway!

by Susan Stephens, author of A Taste of the Untamed (Harlequin Presents Extra, December 2012)

A Taste of the Untamed is the fourth book in my Acosta Brothers series, and features the oldest and hardest of the four brothers, Nacho Acosta.

Having given up his youth to raise three brothers and a sister when their parents were killed in a tragic accident I imagined that the last thing the infamous Nacho Acosta would be looking for in a woman would be a heroine who, on the face of it, requires even more care. Cue my heroine, Grace Lundström.

Grace has lost her sight to a virus since she last met Nacho at a family wedding, but Grace”s impression of  the darkly charismatic polo player is still branded on her mind.  Nacho was both intrigued and amused by Grace”s easy dismissal of him when they met at the wedding, and hardly expects to find himself dealing with Grace on a business footing now. Nacho will learn that since they last met Grace has triumphed over her  tragic sight loss by developing her other senses. She has retrained as a sommelier and is now an expert in wine. Grace can have no idea of the Pandora”s box she is about to open when she arrives in Argentina to assess the potential of Nacho”s restored vineyards, for though everyone knows about the tragic accident that killed the Acosta parents, no one really knows how that accident happened, or who was responsible.

Nacho and Grace have got everything to learn about each other, and before they can even begin to do that, they must lose their preconceptions and accept that no one is ever exactly what they seem.

I would love to know if you like secrets. Are you good at keeping them? Share your thoughts with us and I”ll send a winner picked out at random a signed copy of the fifth book in the Acosta series: The Man From Her Wayward Past. This book features Nacho”s wild-child sister, Lucia Acosta, and top American polo player, Luke Forster.

Looking forward so much to hearing from you.


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Comments ( 12 )
  1. Bons
    November 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    It depends on what sort of secret it is. If it is a happy thing, then it would be hard to keep it a secret from my family/friends. If it is a not-so-good secret, then I’m good at keeping it!

  2. Fiona Marsden
    November 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I like secrets in books if they make sense. In real life, not so much. Agree with Bons about keeping not so good things secret.

  3. bn100
    November 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I sometimes like secrets in books. I’m pretty good at keeping them.

  4. Kai W.
    November 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    If the secrets happened to be good news, it is so hard for me to keep a secret. I get too excited. I blame it on my hypertension handicap.

  5. Susan Stephens
    November 27, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Thank you for comments! And good morning from the UK 🙂
    I keep secrets if I’m asked to – no question

    Characters keeping secrets because they are trying to save other people hurt is a favourite topic of mine. I like to think of people protecting each other; in books as in life. Even if my characters do sometimes appear to be ripping strips off each other at the time, deep down they’re caring individuals

    Loving these polo boys!

    And the chance to chat with you.

  6. Abby Green
    November 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Ooh this sounds delicious, can’t wait to get my hands on it :). Love how Grace’s other senses have been heightened due to her losing her sight. So much potential for sensuality!
    I keep secrets if I’m asked, no question ;/..very important!
    x Abby

  7. Laney4
    November 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Don’t like secrets, as often they don’t appear, at least to me, to be warranted. For example, BIL’s family kept it a secret when their 20- and 18-year-old kids were taking driving lessons – even though we all saw them in the local area driving in the driver’s ed cars … when they got their first cars – even though we saw them driving their cars constantly … and the list goes on and on.
    That being said, if someone asks me to keep something a secret, I do it willingly – these instances are often topics of a sensitive nature (again, in my opinion) and will eventually come out into the open from the secretive person anyway (if someone else doesn’t out them first). I don’t enjoy keeping secrets, especially from my DH, but I do it and pray that I don’t get ulcers from doing so.

  8. Sharon Kendrick
    November 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Ooh, Sue – I love secrets and I’m longing to know what secrets your Acosta family have locked away….

  9. Melanie J
    November 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I always keep secrets if I am asked to. Both in my professional and professional life. I also like secrets in books, as well. Love to read this book.

  10. Susan Stephens
    November 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Thank you all for commenting! Am just realising that all my characters have secrets. Never thought about it before. But now I realise that it’s the info we don’t spread around about ourselves (or characters keeping some inner thoughts or strongly resonating facts and experiences from the past a secret)that can be the first sign of trust when we/they do begin to share.

    Now I have to choose a winner – I think I’m going to have to ask someone else to do that as all your comments are so good!

    Thanks again!
    All Best

  11. Susan Stephens
    December 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Melanie, you are the chosen one 😉
    Could u send your snail mail details to Amy, please and I’ll get your book in the post! Thank you all once again for being as fab as u always are

  12. Melanie J
    December 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Awesome, Thanks

    Email was sent!!