Blog Tour : Undercover Attraction (The O’Malleys #5) by Katee Robert

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ABOUT THE BOOK

UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION by Katee Robert

Part of the O’Malleys series

Goodreads | Forever | November 28, 2017 | Mass Market: $7.99 | eBook: $5.99

“A worthy addition to a sexy series.” — Publishers Weekly

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SUMMARY

Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O’Malleys.

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it’s Aiden O’Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she’ll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can’t afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O’Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they’re playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their “engagement” was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe– even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

This series just gets better and better, Katee Robert definitely can tell a mafia story that never fails to keep me captivated from start to finish. This book centers around the Boston faction of the Irish mob and the power struggle between the mob families to gain a monopoly over illegal activities. The mafia politics is an important part of the story, with multiple players fighting for power.

So, finally, we get Aiden O’Malley’s story. He is the head of the O’Malley mob family and, as expected, his actions are based on questionable ethics. His behavior may appear ruthless and cold- hearted. And yet the author does a great job of getting you to like Aiden despite the things he does as a mob boss. For him, it all comes down to putting his family first and never backing down no matter how bad the odds look.

Charlotte, “Charlie”, Finch has learned the hard way that the good guys don’t always win. She was framed and betrayed by fellow police officers who also happened to be dirty cops. She is determined to take down the likely mastermind behind the plan to orchestrate her downfall: Dmitri Romanov, a powerful Russian mafia boss. She never expected Aiden O’Malley to become her ally in her quest for vengeance. She doesn’t trust him but she needs him. A fake engagement will ensure she is accepted in his world, and surprisingly enough, she is a born actress. But the illusion slowly becomes reality. I loved that Aiden and Charlie’s relationship developed naturally, it never felt forced or based on insta-love.

The story is written from multiple points of view, Aiden, Charlie’s and Dmitri’s POV. Despite their differences, Aiden and Dmitri are engaged in a temporary alliance that has everything to do with Aiden’s sister Keira.

I cannot form words to describe how much I enjoyed every aspect of the story: the characters, the action, the exploration of relationships, the romance between Aiden and Charlie and the intense connection between Dmitri and Keira.

I seriously cannot wait for Dmitri and Keira’s book. There are so many unresolved issues and the feelings are intense between these two. This book is a great addition to a captivating series. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the series in order.

ARC generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley. 

The Series

The OMalley Series

Excerpt

“Come on.” Aidan stepped back and took her hand. “I have something to show you.”

He led the way up the back stairs and through a door she hadn’t explored yet. Charlie’s breath caught in her throat at the sight of candles flickering on a table laid out with a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a whole spread of Chinese takeout.

She let go of his hand and wandered over to peer into the boxes. “How did you know that crispy pork belly was my favorite?” Just like that, the pieces clicked together. She snapped her fingers. “You had your sister feel me out?” She’d thought Kiera had been asking about her favorite food so they could pick a local place next time they ventured out of the house. “Shady. Very shady.”

“I am a mob boss, after all.” He came around the table and poured them both a glass of wine. “I have it on good authority that this cab pairs well with Chinese takeout.”

“How classy of you.” It was like stepping into another realm of existence as she sat down and accepted the glass of wine while he filled two plates. When Aiden had said that he wanted a dinner date with her, she’d assumed that meant dressing to the nines and going out somewhere fancy. She said as much.

He snorted. “Eating out always serves a purpose. Either you’re making a point, or ensuring you’re seen by someone specific, or conducting a business meeting. We’ve been making points and playing parts since we met. I’d like to try something new—having a relaxing conversation. Just me and you, Aiden and Charlie, not the leader of the O’Malley clan and the former-cop-turned-fake-fiancée.”

“Do you think that’s even possible?” Such a short time together, and it was clear they both had a boatload of issues. It was easy enough to ignore when they were banging each other’s brains out or pretending to be something they weren’t, but holding down a conversation without those masks in place? She wasn’t sure it was a good idea.

Because I already like him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KateeRobertKatee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it “a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Review : Balancing the Scales (Brits in Manhattan #1) by Laura Carter

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Published November 21st 2017 by Kensington Publishing, Lyrical Caress

A Hotshot Manhattan Attorney.
Drew Harrington knows exactly who he is—a legal shark with a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude that works just fine in his cutthroat world. He’s on the cusp of promotion to named partner, but only if he can prove to his colleagues that he has a more human side.

A Sweetheart of a British Patisserie Chef.
Becky Fletcher is running from her past, so the last thing she’s looking for is love. What she does want is a friendly face in a cold city. Her sunny outlook is the sweetness Drew never knew was missing from his life.

One fateful meeting at a bagel cart.
They sound like a match made in heaven—or is it a car crash? If they have any chance of finding happiness, Drew and Becky are going to have to rethink their life plans. Until then, is there really any harm in having some fun between the sheets?

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

This was a great story! Laura Carter has written a fun, enjoyable contemporary romance with great dynamics between the main characters.

Drew Harrington is the King of the Courtroom. He is every inch a lawyer, and lives and breathes his job. He is an arrogant and ambitious workaholic with a stellar career, as senior partner of one of the top law firms in New York. His work keeps him extremely busy with no time for a social life. He is very loyal to the people he cares about but he doesn’t do friendly outside of his inner circle, until a chance encounter with British Becky Fletcher. In theory, they have nothing in common. Becky is a patisserie chef and Drew definitely isn’t into dessert.  But he can’t quit thinking about her. She is sweet, charming and quirky. She makes him feel lighter and happier.

Drew and Becky are both likable characters. At first, I had some reservations about Drew but he definitely grew on me. Their romance was well balanced and well written, they had undeniable chemistry. I adored Becky. She has gone through a lot of hardship, but she is strong, sassy and resilient. For her, Drew is willing to change, to rebalance his life.

I loved this book! Laura Carter’s writing style is so refreshing, her characters are so engaging!  I even loved the secondary characters: Sarah, Drew’s legal assistant, or Marty, Drew’s friend.  If you’re a fan of sweet, smart and witty romances, then this book is a great choice. It is the first installment in a series and I can’t wait for more!

Release Blitz : Kneel by Eden Butler

Title: Kneel
Series: God of Rock #1
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Blurb

Dash Justice wrote the songs everyone sings.

His face hangs on every girl’s wall. But Dash wasn’t always a rock God.

Once, he was just Jamie, the boy I loved.

But when my name, sung from his lips promises I was good for only one thing, all sweet thoughts of him die.

Now his excuses mean nothing. His promises are weak and I’m about to show the world that even rock Gods can be brought to their knees.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Iris Daine and Jamie Vega were high school sweethearts, until Iris made a mistake that destroyed their relationship. More than ten years later, Jamie is a rock legend… and a caricature of the boy who was her best friend and her everything.

Stardom has changed him, he is the good boy gone bad, a man who has done every dirty thing imaginable . Jamie is contemptuous, dark, brooding and manipulative. He has never forgotten the hurt Iris has inflicted him and is obsessed with revenge. But she is still the topic of his songs. She still matters to him and she sparks his hottest fantasies. And yet he can’t see past the retaliation he needs to exact on her.

Although Iris doesn’t expect to ever earn Jamie’s forgiveness, she feels he owes it to her to grant her an in-depth interview, with real, honest interactions. These two broken souls share the same passion and heartbreak. There is a thin line between love and hate, their relationship was tumultuous and complex. I was cringing at the thought of the angst I was going to suffer watching a separation.

I enjoyed this book immensely! Seductive, dramatic and suspenseful, this book had me on the edge of my seat, my emotions running deep. I loved how the characters were introduced, with flashbacks to their past. I’m so excited for the next book especially with what happened at the end.

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I am a liar. My words were poison and everything I touched got filthy. Except Iris.

She was the best part of who I was. The only bright spark in my dull, gray world.

But denial made me stupid and a cruel insult destroyed everything I hoped to have with the girl of my dreams.

Now I will crawl on my knees and grovel because sometimes, even rock Gods have to beg.

Author Bio

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.

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Release Blitz : Second Best by Noelle Adams

 

 Title: Second Best
Author: Noelle Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2017

Blurb

We meet every other Wednesday night in a downtown hotel. No dates. No commitments. No hearts and flowers. Just his body and mine.

Maybe I’m his second best. He’s definitely mine.

But second best has never felt so good.

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 My Review

 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Oh the feels!

This book did wonders at keeping me totally invested in the characters, keeping me reading into the night. The writing is amazing, totally addicting and it seems that this author has a knack for making me feel!

Meet Sean, rich, successful, well-known, a man with a tragedy in his past who has built barriers around his heart. He always shows much restraint in expressing his feelings, and yet he is a man who feels deeply.

Meet Ashley, a young lawyer, with dreams and expectations but consumed by her unrequited love for a fellow lawyer. Sean and Ashley start a sexual arrangement allowing them to avoid emotional entanglements. To protect Sean’s privacy, they enter into a contractual agreement but lines begin to be crossed and the casual affair boundaries that are meant to be adhered to become more and more blurred. The lines start blurring the more they get to know each other, until leaving or losing one another is no longer the best option but the worst.

This romantic and racy story is not all about sex despite the fact that the chemistry between Sean and Ashley is so scorching hot. It is also a beautiful story about emotional healing and finding love in the most unlikely circumstances. Sean and Ashley are brought together by a contract and kept together by love. Their journey made for a delightful read, with a bit of angst, but not too much, deep feelings and beautiful, touching storytelling.

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Excerpt
 

After I turned the water on to get hot, I pulled my hair back into a messy bun and dropped my clothes onto the floor, feeling almost decadent—like I wasn’t just a normal girl with a normal job living a normal life. I loved the specialty bath wash the hotel provided—deliciously scented with lavender and honey—and I scrubbed up and rinsed off at a leisurely pace.

I wondered what Sean was doing.

He probably had a meeting run late or else something urgent came up at work.

I was going to be very disappointed if the front desk called up to tell me he wasn’t going to be able to make it after all.

I’d been waiting for two weeks for tonight. I didn’t want to miss out.

When I felt an unexpected blast of cool air, I turned to see what caused it. I squealed loudly when I saw a man getting into the shower with me. I raised my hands instinctively to beat him off.

You understand I wasn’t thinking through any of this. All I’d processed was the sudden appearance of a man where I hadn’t been expecting one.

“Hey,” Sean said, laughing as he grabbed at my flailing wrists. He was as naked as I was. “I expected a warmer welcome than this.”

I relaxed immediately, flushing with embarrassment and the aftermath of my shock. “You scared the crap out of me!”

He was still laughing. “I can see that. Who did you think was getting into the shower with you?”

“I don’t know. I thought you were running late.”

He moved so he was completely under the shower spray, the water soaking his short brown hair and streaming down his high cheekbones, strong chin, and sexy mouth. “I was. But I rushed over so you wouldn’t start without me.”

“Start… without…?”

I didn’t finish the stilted question because he’d pulled me into a kiss.

I had no objections to kissing him. In fact, it was one of my favorite activities. No one kissed like Sean Doyle did—with those clever lips, agile tongue, and dedicated skill. But I’d put my hair into the bun on purpose, and I didn’t want him to pull my head under the water, so I backed away, saving my hair from getting soaked like his.

He frowned when I broke the kiss and reached for me again. “Why are you all standoffish?”

“I’m not.” I giggled as I evaded his hands. “I just don’t want my hair to get wet.”

“Why not?”

I stared at him through the steam-thickened air. “Why not? Do you have any idea what it’s like to go around with wet hair as long as mine? It takes forever to dry and it gets everything wet.”

He frowned and stepped forward, pushing me back against the shower wall. “Fine. If you insist on focusing on practicalities, how’s this then?” He kissed me again, and this time I didn’t have any desire to pull away. My head was safely away from the fall of water.

“Not bad,” I murmured against his lips.

“Not bad? That’s all you can say after two weeks without kissing me?”

“What did you expect me to say? That your kiss is the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced in the universe.”

He nuzzled the side of my face, his tongue darting out to taste my skin in little, unexpected licks, each one causing a quick jolt of pleasure. “That wouldn’t be a bad start.”

Author Bio

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Release Blitz : Once Upon A Maiden Lane (Maiden Lane #12.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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ONCE UPON A MAIDEN LANE by Elizabeth Hoyt (November 14, 2017; Forever Yours Ebook; $1.99; The Maiden Lane Series #12.5)

A stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!

Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna’s long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth—to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He’s drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him—ladies simply don’t dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can’t help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry’s world—or in his heart.

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

This novella can be read as a standalone, but if you have read the Maiden Lane series (and if not, you really should) you’ll know that the heroine, Mary Whitsun, is an orphan with no family who was raised at the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in St Giles. Mary finds herself lucky to have found a nursemaid position with her friend, Lady Caire. Her world is turned upside down when an aristocratic family claims she is their long lost daughter, who was kidnapped at the age of 7 months. She is expected, not only to quickly become a refined lady, but also to marry a stranger, Henry Collins, Lord Blackwell. Mary is not a woman to be intimidated easily and certainly not by an arrogant rake who presents himself as her fiancé.

Their banter was delightful. The sparks fly between them from the start. Both are engaging and well-developed characters and their romance is engrossing. I liked Mary, her simplicity and honesty were refreshing. Henry was caring and tender, not at all the rakish hero I expected him to be. As a couple, Mary and Henry were just adorable.

This was a really great story with a set of vibrant characters that I absolutely adored and enough unexpected twists to keep you turning the pages. As a reader, I have mixed feelings when a great series comes to an end. On the one hand, it’s great to have closure to a story, but on the other hand, I never wanted this outstanding series to end! I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth Hoyt has in store for her readers.

An advanced copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Elizabeth Hoyt 2017 (1)Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Release Blitz : Romancing The Scot (The Pennington Family #1) by May McGoldrick

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ROMANCING THE SCOT

by May McGoldrick,

E-Original published by Swerve

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

ISBN: 9781250166906

Price: $3.99

RomancingtheScotIn this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons…five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world…where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

This story shines with fantastic heroes and a plot that was well thought-out and smart. I was genuinely caught up in the intricacies and details of the story and I could not put this book down!

Grace Ware’s father was an Irish colonel who fought on the side of the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Her father is killed by strangers and Grace escapes sure death, trapped in a crate shipped from Antwerp to Scotland, barely surviving the crossing. The crate was sent to Hugh Pennington, Viscount Greysteil, who also happens to be the Lord Justice in Edinburgh and was a high-ranking cavalry officer during the Napoleonic Wars. Obviously, Grace can’t tell him her true identity.

Hugh is a widow who has spent years grieving the loss of his wife and young son. He is irresistibly drawn to Grace and is fascinated by her wit. He is a delicious hero, confident in his abilities, loyal and honorable. And yet Grace confronts him with his Court’s anti-Irish bias, prosecuting defendants for petty offences, simply because they are Irish. He accepts her findings, although it cuts him deeply that his sense of justice and fairness has failed.

The romance between Hugh and Grace is simply beautiful, I found that the attraction between them was wonderfully rendered. The authors did a great job of building up the tension. Hugh and Grace are not enemies but soulmates. Hugh fears for Grace’s safety and his love is demonstrated in actions and words.

Riveting storytelling, elegant writing style and wonderful characters, this book had it all! It was my first read by authors May McGoldrick, but it won’t be my last! “Romancing The Scot” is the first in a new series about the Pennington siblings and I can’t wait for more!

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Excerpt

Looking the shipping crate over for damage and seeing none, he retrieved an iron crow from a workbench. Jo was standing inside the doors, eyeing the box doubtfully from a safe distance.

“Come closer. It won’t bite.”

“Not a chance. From the smell of that thing, a person would think you’re importing cadavers. Have you also taken up being a Resurrectionist as a hobby?”

He patted the crate affectionately. “This sweet thing has been sitting in the bowels of a ship from Antwerp. You know what the hold of a ship smells like?”

“Actually, I don’t.” She held a handkerchief to her nose and drew closer. “But I think you’re correct with the reference to ‘bowels.’”

Hugh took the first nail out. “Well, stand back, since you’ve become so prissy. Though I recall a younger version of you leading the rest of us through bogs and marshes that smelled no better.”

“Of course! But as I recall, we had frogs and turtles and the occasional dragon that needed hunting,” she replied with a smile. “Very well. Open it and let’s see this treasure of yours.”

Prying off the top took him only a moment. Throwing it to the side, he pulled back the tarp that covered the basket and then stared curiously at the dark green rags bundled at the bottom.

Leaning in, Hugh’s enthusiasm evaporated as a horrid realization settled in. This was no pile of old clothing. A shock of blond hair. A shoe. A hand. The body of a dead woman lay curled up in the gondola.

“Bloody hell.”

“What is it?” Immediately, Jo was at his side. “Good God!”

Hugh climbed in and crouched beside the body. He took her hand. She was cold to the touch. His heart sank. The crate had been shipped from Antwerp. To be trapped for so many days with no water, no food, in the cold and damp of the ship’s hold. He had no idea who this woman was or how she came to be in here.

The thought struck him. Perhaps it wasn’t an inadvertent act. Perhaps she was murdered and her body had been dumped into the crate.

Dismay and alarm clawed at him as he pushed away the matted ringlets of golden hair. She was young. He lifted her chin. The body had none of the stiffness of postmortem. He stared at her lips. He may have imagined it but they seemed to have moved.

“Bright . . .” The whisper was a mere rustle of leaves in a breeze.

The fingers jerked and came to life, clutching at his hand.

“She’s not dead,” he called to Jo, relieved. “Send for the doctor. I’ll take her to the house.”

His sister ran out, calling for help, and he lifted the woman. She emitted a low groan. Her limbs had been locked in the same cramped position for so many days. Hugh propped her over the side of the gondola.

“Stay with me,” he encouraged. “Talk to me.”

Holding the woman in place, he clambered from the basket and then gently lifted her out, cradling her in his arms. She weighed next to nothing.

As they went out into the rain, he feared she was about to die. The exertion of trying to breathe showed on her face. He’d seen this on the battlefield. The final effort before death.

Starting up the path, he stumbled, not realizing the woman’s skirts were dragging on the ground. He staggered but caught himself before they went down. Her head lolled against his chest, her face gray and mask-like. She appeared to be slipping away. It would be a shame that she’d survived the crossing only to perish now.

A dagger point of anger pierced Hugh’s brain as he recalled another dismal day when he’d lifted two other bodies, wrapped in burial shrouds, from a wooden box.

“Talk to me,” he ordered. “Say something.”

As he made his way up the hill toward the house, a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky above Baronsford. Thunder shook the ground and the sky opened, unleashing fierce torrents of rain on them.

His wife. His son. Hugh hadn’t been there for them. They’d died as he and the British army were being chased by the French across Spain. He’d been trying to save his men’s lives, not knowing that those most precious to him were suffering.

“You’ve survived a horrifying ordeal. Give me the chance to save you.”

The woman struggled weakly in Hugh’s arms, and her head tipped back. He watched as her lips parted, welcoming the wetness of the falling rain.

“We’re almost there.”

“Bright . . .” she murmured.

He looked into her face and saw she was trying hard to open her eyes.

“Yes, brighter than that crate,” he said, encouraged by her effort. Any movement, however small, gave him hope. “And you’ve been in there for Lord knows how long.”

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Release Blitz : True Abandon by Jeannine Colette

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True Abandon, an all new Second Chance Romance from Jeannine Colette is Available Now!

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CAN THE SINS OF THE PAST BE FORGIVEN WITH THE ACTIONS OF TODAY?
 
Trish Hogan’s life was destroyed when she gave her trust to her high school boyfriend, Jackson, and he ripped it away, changing the course of her life.
A decade later she’s living in Manhattan — she has a roommate, a steady boyfriend and a career. When a hurricane puts the city on lock down, Trish gets a message she never thought she’d receive: Jackson is dying and alone.
 
In a city of millions, she is the only person who can sit by his side.   
Jackson Davis was once the golden child of a senator who went against his father’s plans and became a musician. Tatted up and broken, he wakes up in a hospital only to see Trish — the one person he needs to atone his sins to — standing before him. He will recover from his injuries, but not from the pain he caused in the past.
Trapped by the storm, they embark on a night of reckoning that has one running away to Hawaii and the other following in her steps. As the victim becomes the villain, the two are forced to face the past, live in the present and find a way to navigate into the future.

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

I had a very strong feeling that I was going to like this book from the moment that I read the blurb. Also, the cover is gorgeous, with Jeannine Colette’s recurring rose theme. Well, I devoured this book! « True Abandon » is a gut wrenching and emotional story of healing, forgiveness and redemption. It’s beautifully written and the vivid detail and pure emotion in which it’s written is excellent. There are so many compelling elements to the emotional journey of the characters.

This book tells the story of Jax Davis, a man struggling with regrets and Trish Hogan, the girl he betrayed. Years of pain have made Trish a broken woman, scared to love and trust. She has a job she doesn’t like and a boyfriend she can’t commit to. She never wanted to see Jax again, but he has other plans. When they are reunited and Jax tries with everything he’s got to put their relationship back together, Trish is understandably reluctant to let him in. She is confused and frightened by the way he still makes her feel, still consumes her.

I confess I had mixed feelings for Jax at first. What he did to Trish was unforgivable, I felt her devastation deeply and I resented him. So I liked that she made him work for her forgiveness. It was his determination to atone for his actions, his tenderness and undying love for Trish that won me over. The delicious angst of it all had my heart pounding. It was so clear that they belonged together, but there was so much standing in their way!

This book was a gripping love story about forgiveness and second chance. The journey that both Trish and Jax went through was bittersweet and emotional. How they were able to come back to each other after years of being apart was so heartwarming. This story is a standalone, told from the sole perspective of the heroine and has a happy ending.

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An advanced copy of this book was generously provided by the author.

 
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About Jeannine Colette

Jeannine Colette is the author of the ABANDON COLLECTION – A series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She is now a full-time author who spends her days at Starbucks, writing and listening to way too much Snow Patrol. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

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