Friday, October 31, 2008

Romeo Romeo Launch Party!

By: Robin Kaye

Fall is my favorite time of the year and the perfect time to launch Romeo, Romeo! So join the fun and have a cyber-toast with me.

Everyone who comments today and tomorrow will be entered into a drawing for two autographed copies of Romeo, Romeo and two Barnes & Noble gift cards. There will be four winners. The contest ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time November 1st.

Independent businesswoman, Rosalie Ronaldi’s life would be perfect if she could just figure out how to keep her nosy, pushy, Italian family from trying to marry her off.

Nick Romeo, Brooklyn’s Donald Trump without the comb over, thinks independent women are an urban myth, until he meets Rosalie and realizes they’re no myth, just a pain in the ass. He’s finally met a woman who is looking for the same thing he is, a commitment free relationship and is shocked to discover that all he wants to do is take care of her... Before too long, he's moved in, cleaned her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog.

Romeo, Romeo is the first in my Domestic Gods series so I thought I’d share the Top 10 Reasons Women Love Domestic Gods.

10. Domestic gods know how to separate laundry and are man enough to buy and care for fine washables.
9. Domestic gods like more their women, their cars, their vacuums, and their household cleaners.
8. Domestic gods do manly things - like lift the couch with one hand to vacuum under it.
7. Domestic gods don't question their sexuality -- being a good cook and knowing how to clean doesn't make them effeminate. It makes them independent.
6. A domestic god knows the way to a woman's heart is to show he's capable of killing bugs, scrubbing toilets, washing windows, keeping her well fed and satisfied in bed.
5. A domestic god knows there's nothing sexier than a man cleaning the bathtub for the woman in his life and then joining her in it.
4. Domestic gods don't expect their woman to be a maid unless said woman is into playing dress-up. Then, they prefer the French variety--feather duster included.
3. Domestic gods can bring home the bacon and cook it for you too.
2. Domestic gods not only respect women, they care for and about them.

And the number one reason women love 
domestic gods is...

Domestic gods are as good in the kitchen as they are in the bedroom.

And that's saying something!

The review

I picked up Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye on Monday. This was a mistake because as soon as I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. I didn’t want to and I literally tried to multitask while reading and that didn’t work out so well so I just went back to reading. I took breaks for food, sleep, and unavoidable errands. Reading Romeo, Romeo was like finding a new best friend.

Kaye’s writing style is so engaging you are hooked before you finish the first page. I guarantee you will be as engrossed as I was. Kaye writes romance like Janet Evanovich writes serial mystery comedies. I haven’t been so pleased with a contemporary romance as I was with Romeo, Romeo in a good long while. I can see why this book won the Golden Heart Award for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Manuscript in 2007 at RWA. A Golden Heart Award as you know is given out to unpublished authors and manuscripts.

The cast of characters Kaye created are as fabulous and as endearing as any of the Stephanie Plum characters. Rosalie, the heroine can cuss in four languages, but three don’t count in her mind and will give her bonus points with God. Rosalie’s a turn around CFO with a tough as nails assistant named Gina who can also add loyal and kindhearted to her resume. Rosalie is as Italian in her looks as Gina is Latino. The two women are best friends.

Dominick Romeo is the owner of a string of car dealerships. He was a bad boy Morelli type of character in his youth and got into a spot of trouble that turned his life around. He’s now the Italian version of Donald Trump in New York and has surrounded himself with shallow Barbie doll type girls until he got tired of them and of the game.

They meet cute: Dominick has had a terrible weekend. Everything that could go bad in his opinion has. He thinks he’s gotten a double dose of the saying ‘trouble always comes in threes.’ Throwing the towel in on figuring out the mess that was his Viper, Nick grabs the keys to the wrecker and hauls himself home. On the way home he spots number six by the road kicking and cussing at her car.

Rosalie is livid. Her stupid brother took her money and her car and never once put the money to good use. Now she’s stranded without a donut-sized spare let alone the full one she paid her brother to get. Seeing Nick pull over to help, she wonders if the bonus points she’d been earning over the last little while were about to be cashed in for the help she needed. Of course something is weird about Nick. Since when has a wrecker just happened by and pull over– especially after she’s called around and nobody was open or available? And since when has a lowly mechanic had an expensive haircut and dress shoes?

Dominick convinces her to get in the wrecker after proving he’s not some whacked-out psychopath and drives her home. He finds himself incredibly attracted to her and wonders how to get a date. There are only two things wrong with the situation in his mind. One she’s got a boyfriend and he doesn’t poach, even though he thinks the guy is an idiot. Two, Rosalie turned out to be the younger sister of the boy he got in trouble with in his youth which was sure to cause bad blood. What’s a guy to do? Wait for her to dump the first boyfriend that’s what, and to speed her along to that end he tantalizes her with almost kisses.
Rating: 5 Stars for Hot, Steamy, and Hilarious! I am definitely keeping an eye out for Kaye’s next novel!


  1. This book sounds wonderful I should get my hubby of 31 years to read it LOL

    Having a domestic God sounds truly amazing every girl should have one

    Congrats on the release Robin

    Have Fun

  2. Just the title Domestic Gods is enough to sell me on the idea - I don't even need a top 10 list!

  3. My copy arrived from B&N. Since I already have my autographed copy (YaY!), and have already read it (YAY!), I gave the spare to my DIL.

    Thanks for the fun read, Hon. You deserve the great review!


  4. This sounds like a fun book! Can he come vacuum my house?

  5. Congratulations and it's wonderful to meet you, Robin! Thanks for sending your wonderful news out on the WRW loop---I've enjoyed hearing all about your Domestic Gods and I'm seriously looking forward to picking up my own copy of Romeo, Romeo :)

    All the best,

  6. Robin~~
    Congratulations on your launch party and that wonderful review!!

    It sounds like a fab book!
    Can't wait to pick it up!!


  7. It would be bad enough that Robin wrote such a great book (and it IS great--I devoured it this past weekend) but she also HAS a domestic god at HOME. Now I ask you, is that fair? I spent an hour in San Francisco this summer trying to find the real-life god's flaws. Watch for my interview with Robin's husband Stephen coming up this week! If there's a chink in the armor, we'll find it ladies!

  8. I consider myself duly warned now, thank you. I won't let myself start reading until I know I have a large slot of open time that I can happily fill by reading "Romeo, Romeo". :)

    Congrats again, Robin! I can't wait to "meet" Nick and Rosalie!

    hugs, Carla

  9. Congrats on the release on Romeo, Romeo! I can't wait to read it!

  10. Lol I love my own domestic god. He can cook and do laundry just don't ask him to clean the bathroom hehe. But since he does work on cars, appliances, and any home improvement I could think of I'll cut him some slack.

  11. Helen~ I think it's great for men to read romance. A lot of my guy friends do and they tell me they get quite a few dating tips from them. It couldn't hurt to hand it over to your own Domestic God after you've enjoyed it.

    Robin :)

  12. Pam~

    I love it when my Domestic God works on the cars because the only way he can get the grease out from under his nails is to scrub the bathtub. That man can scrub a bathtub like nobody's business!

    Robin :)

  13. Hi Robin;

    This book sounds amazing. I love the plot. Can't wait to pick it up and read it.

    Congratulations on the release of another book!

    Nice to 'meet' you!


  14. Robin-

    I am so happy for you and all your publishing glory! I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Way to go!!!!

    Barbie Dickens

  15. Hi Robin!! I got my copy of 'Romeo, Romeo' a couple days ago, but had to finish Kendra's book first. Now I have (it was wonderful) so I am ready to move on to RR!! So excited! I know it will be a smash hit. Good luck and congratulations! Another Casa Babe blazing trails. :)

  16. Oh, and I forgot to mention.... Domestic God? Sure you weren't thinking of MY hubby when you wrote that? :) The man can clean way better than me, and cooks as well - pun intended! Yep, I am a lucky gal.

  17. Congratulations on your launch, Robin. Your book sounds like wonderful fun. Educational, too!

  18. Yay Robin on her book launch!!!!

    Domestic Gods are always a good thing.


  19. This book has a place of honor on my favorites shelf. :) Wishing you many happy sales.

  20. Love Romance Passion!

    Thanks so much for the amazing review. It's definitely my favorite. You made me blush...and that never happens. I'm so glad you liked it.

    All the best,

    Robin :)

  21. Robin,
    Romeo Romeo sounds fabulous! I was smiling as I read through your list. My sincere best to your novel's success!

    Diana Cosby
    His Captive/Alexander MacGruder
    His Woman/December 08/Duncan MacGruder

  22. Robin, anyone who can catch a domestic god deserves all the success in the world. Your story sounds wonderful. I know it will fly off the shelves and I am going to curl up with it, this weekend. Congratulations.

  23. Congrats on your release, Robin! Love the cover--especially the mention that the book is a Golden Heart winner.

  24. This sounds hilarious! Nick Romeo's met his match :) HUGE congratulations, Robin, both on your book and having found your own Romeo! How wonderful!

  25. What a great review, Robin, and CONGRATS again on the big release!!! :-)

  26. Cannot wait to get my hands on this book, Robin!!! Congratulations!!!! I feel like I've been attending a long time baby shower waiting for Romeo Romeo!!!

  27. The book sounds GREAT! I can't wait to read it. Congratulations on the release!


  28. I bought a copy of Romeo Romeo on Tuesday, curious after chatting with Robin one night a loooong time ago. I absolutely loved it! It's so much more than a romance. I loved the characters and the witty banter.

  29. Wow! Where do I sign up to get a domestic God for my house?? :-)

    Many happy congratulations to you on your release!
    Oh, and Happy Halloween too!
    Beth Cornelison

  30. Congratulations on your big day, Robin!

  31. Thanks Donnell~

    You're one of the first people I met in RWA, I think it was when I judged the contest you chaired. Whenever I'm blogging I can always count on you. You're a great friend. And yes, it does feel as if it's been the worlds longest Baby Shower...Kinda like Nick and Rosalie's 2nd date.

    Thanks for all the support.

  32. Anonymous,

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, but how am I going to enter you in the drawing if I don't know who you are? If you're the shy type and want anonymity, just email me at with your name and I'll put it in the drawing and I promise to keep my mouth shut.

    I know, it's hard to imagine, but I'm good with secrets...I'm just not good at being silent.

    Robin :)

  33. Congratulations on the release of your book, Robin! Sounds like a fun read--just what the world needs right now.

    Wishing you tens of thousands of millions of sales!

  34. Robin,

    I love Nick Romeo. Can I take him home?

    I'm so proud of you. Mozzel Tov, kiddo.

  35. HAPPY HAPPY Launch day, Robin!

    So glad you found your own Domestic God. Nice to know there are a few of them out there. Mine isn't much on cleaning but he does do most of the cooking, so I'm NOT complaining. ;-)

    Can't wait to read Romeo Romeo!


  36. Congrats Robin on a fantastic book. I finished it a few days ago and I so wish I had my own Domestic God!

    Reading your book was like a walk in the past for me as I grew up in an Italian neighborhood and we were all close and you couldn't get away with nothing. Sheesh! Food was better than fantastic so it was worth it.

    It was fun being the only Irish family in the Italian neighborhood as the other families were always trying to show us that this is how Italian's do things. I really miss it.

    Have fun with your release sweetie as you deserve it. I haven't howled that much in a dog's age. LOL!

  37. WhooHoo!!! Congrats on your release day! I'm so excited for you.

    It seems like just yesterday we were at nationals and you were telling me about the book and now it's here on the shelves. :D

    Lot's of cyber wine to you, enjoy your day!!!

  38. love the book, Robin! But then, you already know that ;)

  39. Hey, Robin,

    Happy Launch Day! Been waiting for this for such a long time, and now it's here. Congratulations!

    I love the book! Romeo, Romeo is such a wonderful read, and I know it will be a great success. Can't wait to read about the next domestic god.

    Enjoy your day, chica,

  40. Hi Robin!
    The book sounds terrific! On your top ten list, I think # 6 says it all!
    Congratulations on your release and the great reviews!

  41. Holy cow, you're one popular chick, girl! Just wanted to pop over to say CONGRATULATIONS on your launch and ask you how I can get me a cover boy like yours?! Have a great time with all of the book release fun!

  42. Congratulations, Robin! Love the cover. Can't wait to read your book.

  43. 3. Domestic gods can bring home the bacon and cook it for you too.
    2. Domestic gods not only respect women, they care for and about them.
    my dh falls short on #3 but is great with #2 which counts in my book, lol.

    Congrats on the book and sending 'confetti and balloons' for the launch party.

  44. AHHHHHHH!!! This is exciting!! I'd seriously freak if I ended up being picked! I LOVE YOU

  45. busra~

    Thanks! You have one of 4 chances to win...

    Robin :)