Naked Truths – Karen Botha

He’s a grieving widower, the perfect boyfriend, and the prime suspect…

Lucy knows the importance of boundaries. As a massage therapist, she keeps her work and her personal life completely separate. But when a handsome widower shows up on her table and sparks an instant attraction, Lucy is shameless. Breaking her rule, she crosses the line, triggering a series of thrilling mysteries.

Paula isn’t so sure about her best friend’s perfect man… or the story of his wife’s death. To uncover the truth, the former detective infiltrates his social circle. When she examines a scandalous lodger, a jealous brother, and a protective mother-in-law, everyone seems to have a hidden motive for murder…

Lucy is torn between her old friend and her dark new love. Will she follow her head or her heart? And can Paula discover the true killer before her friend makes a fateful mistake?

Naked Truths is the first book in a series of pulse-pounding romantic suspense books. If you like the odd steamy sex scene, complex characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love the suspense of Karen Botha’s gripping romantic suspense.

 

 

Guest post

Today I am allowed to share a guest post about the relationship between the amount of clothes you were and the things you talk about.

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The first line of Naked Truths is, “It’s amazing what people tell you when they’re naked.” I love this line because there has never been more truth. As a massage therapist myself, I hear all sorts of stories and perspectives on life. My clients confide their innermost secrets in me, and I am absolutely positive that part of the reason is that they are dressed in very little when I meet with them. Something about taking off our outer clothing means that people automatically lower their barriers.

There are a few conversations throughout the entire Naked Series where Lucy gets to discover information which otherwise would not be possible, and this is absolutely true.

I’ve learned about past affairs, current affairs and why they happen, for men and for women. I also discovered that men need a lot more loving than they ever let on. They are vulnerable beings who just need a nod in the right direction sometimes, but we as women don’t always remember to give it to them because we’re busy juggling a million and one different projects. And, quite frankly, they never tell us!

Like Lucy, I gave up a fantastic career to be a therapist because life is too short. Taking the calmer route in life is great, but it has also left me with a zest for knowledge which my clients and my writing fulfils. I’ve discovered A LOT about sports which I otherwise would have no interest, but also about different businesses and how they work.

Only last week I was told the ins and outs of giving birth. Now, not having had children myself, this was a revelation for me. How would I ever get that level of detail unless someone was completely open with me?

What being a therapist also teaches you is that there are some real odd characters out there walking the streets. Unlike Lucy who takes people at face value, I have had my eyes opened. The weirdos who call up expecting me to be desperate to provide them with a sexual service because I trained in massage for years leaves much to be desired. We had a text the other day asking how much my husband would charge for a sperm donation and, it’s not just me who gets asked for sex either. There is a high degree of craziness out there that I have daily exposure to, even though those people don’t actually get to book an appointment for a therapy session with me.

One thing is for certain, as soon as I’d written Naked Truths, I realized that I had another book in me and wrote Naked Lies. The whole thing soon spiralled so that now, I can’t write the books quickly enough for all the stories that are buzzing around my head. I am never short of inspiration that’s for sure.

Thank you, Karen Botha and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true life experiences of her clients. But don’t believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

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