Gabrielle “Gabby” Royce, talented executive chef at a high-class resort, is steadfast about several things in her life,Review from RomanceInColor.com
Gabrielle “Gabby” Royce, talented executive chef at a high-class resort, is steadfast about several things in her life, providing clients with the upmost dining experience, proving to her affluent family she does not need to adhere to their unyielding rules, and never mix sex and her career. That is until, sexiness personified storms into her kitchen to give Gabby a dressing down for the restaurant’s neglectful service. Domineering Geoffrey Girard, wealthy music executive, is bowled over by her professionalism and sassy personality. What neither of them expected was the utter hotness of mutual attraction between them. Geoffrey wants a chance to get to know all the complexities of Gabby, but Geoffrey is a client and that means he is off-limits. How much is Gabby willing to risk for the man who is “every undefined detail” she wants?
Perry has penned a luscious romance of two controlling personalities who learn being blind-sided isn’t a bad thing, sometimes the best surprises come out of it. Gabby has no regrets about her past and has worked hard to achieve her dreams. She is a perfectionist and controlling. The steadfast rules she lives by puts her in a quandary as her heart and head does battle once she meets Geoffrey. Geoffrey is all alpha male but once he makes up his mind to pursue Gabby he learns what is necessary to get her to trust him. His patience and magnetism allows Gabby to figure out how to pursue their relationship. I thought a couple of the scene transitions could have been smoother and vague references to past incidents slowed the flow but the couple’s personalities and antics quickly pulled me back into the storyline. The initial meeting between Gabby and Geoffrey is one of the best and hottest sexual tension scenes I have read. And all of their intimate scenes that follow sizzle and burn up the pages.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS is the second book in the California Desert Dream continuity has the connecting theme revolving around the mysterious mishaps at the posh Belleza Resort and Spa and the three best friends female executives. Gabby has to deal with kitchen accidents while ensuring that Gabriel considers hosting events at the resort. The ambience of the resort and diverse characters provide the necessary background to move the storyline along. The ending preps the reader for the final book in this trilogy.
Overall HOT SUMMER NIGHTS is a delicious story as the readers watch the couple negotiate their pasts and indulge in a charmingly sensuous journey to their happily-ever-after....more
Taciturn seriousness is the façade controlling undefeated boxer Joaquin Ryder life as he prepares for his next fight, uReviewed for RomanceInColor.com
Taciturn seriousness is the façade controlling undefeated boxer Joaquin Ryder life as he prepares for his next fight, until a promise to a family friend tests his fortitude. Vivacious Pro NFL publicist Martha Blue is a temptation for any man, and now Joaquin is tasked with ensuring her scandalous behavior does not jeopardize her family’s business. Martha is working on shedding her irresponsible party girl image which is now in jeopardy of being sidetracked by the nearness of Joaquin. As their witty catch-and-release bantering does little to relieve their hungry sexual tension from their unresolved past, the couple agree to surrender to their passions for one night. Will their heads or their hearts win this fight?
Perry has solidified her reputation as a writer of edgy heartfelt romances as she dazzles readers with multi-layered characters and a passion-driven plot in this amazing story. Martha is a strong heroine who grows into her strength and takes control of her life. There is more to Martha than meets the eye as we learn of her academic accomplishments, her willingness to give of herself to others and relish in her sensuality with the right man. Joaquin’s hard scrapple childhood and his caution of women have formed him into a driven determined man, often putting his emotions aside to be honorable and trustworthy. Joaquin struggles to keep control and has to work through his guilt of wanting Martha as his woman. The highly sensual sex scenes have enough heat and tension to ignite the pages. And who does not love an alpha hero who is both dangerous and desirable in every breath he takes.
While the Las Vegas setting adds glitz and glamour, it is the secondary storylines that adds unanticipated twists and turns to not only showcase the characters but provides the extra layer of fullness and richness to this emotional romance storyline. The appearances of the Blue family members will satisfy readers of the series and add the necessary continuity to the insight of their family dynamics.
JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT is the third book in the Blue Dynasty series. This book grabs the reader from the first page so be prepared to finish the book in one sitting. I highly recommend this book for its powerful writing, exquisite exploration of self, the sumptuous sensuality that is stunning and heart-melting as Martha and Joaquin find their happily-ever-after....more
This was a 3.5 read for me. A light entertaining read with a dollop of intrigue, romance and madcap adventure set in the changing times of the 1920s. IThis was a 3.5 read for me. A light entertaining read with a dollop of intrigue, romance and madcap adventure set in the changing times of the 1920s. I had read the prequel, Whisper of Jasmine, and was fascinated by the attraction between Evangeline and the rakish Gabriel Starke and how their marriage would fare. I was so glad to learn at the beginning that the “widow” Evangeline was now a famous aviatrix, enjoying great adventures with her eccentric Aunt Dove (everyone needs an Aunt Dove to let them explore being all that they can be). As it turns, Gabriel is alive and kicking In Damascus, and to apologize for all that he has put her through by passing on to her a “priceless relic.” Thus the chaotic adventure begins brimming with danger, betrayals, and drama. The witty banter and antics between Evangeline and Gabriel reminded me of the Nick and Nora Charles movies and at times some of proposed actions by Gabriel had a James Bond feel. But most intriguing for me was the interweaving of the history and politics of the time in budding nation of Syria and often this had me overlooking some of the muddling that slowed down the pace and plot of the story. This is my first Deanna Raybourn read and I look forward to reading more about this loosely connected group of friends. Overall fans of Downton Abbey and the 1920s will relish this tale set in a British colonial outpost as the WWI gives rise to nationalism and women earn rights. ...more
My thoughts: • I was not quite sure what to expect when I started reading Secret Son, but I was quickly drawn into the story and found myself captivateMy thoughts: • I was not quite sure what to expect when I started reading Secret Son, but I was quickly drawn into the story and found myself captivated by the writing and the journey of the sensitive naïve nineteen year old protagonist, Youssef. • I wondered about the quote included before the start of the story – “The fact that I/am writing to you/ in English/already falsifies what I wanted to tell you.” (from Cuban American port Gustavo Perez Firmat) but it made more sense when I learned that the author wrote this book for American audiences and yes, the book did appeal to my American sensibilities. • The story is sent in contemporary Morocco after Sept. 11th which helps set the tone of the story. • While each of the characters battles/confronts issues of identity, loyalty, and justice – it is Youssef’s that are the main focus in the book. It is the unraveling of secrets that reveal the cracks in perception that cause personal turmoil against the outside forces beguiling with their promises. • Youssef lives in a slum in Casablanca with his single mother who pushed him that a university education is the way out of poverty. But Morocco has a very stratified class society and while the government speaks that all is possible if…, the actions say otherwise. And when Youssef gets to live this life of luxury and the attainment of a better future looks attainable, the fall back to poverty and the disillusionment of who he is shatters him until another type of dream is presented to him. • This book highlights the struggle of Islamic fundamentalists vs. the corrupt liberalism of the power structure but this fight is definitely geared towards capturing the minds of men because there is not sugarcoating that this is an oppressive society for women. • And while there are probably many answers to the question – “Why does one become a terrorist?” this storyline answers that question as it pertains to Youssef. I thought the author “kept it real” without over simplifying or going-over-the-top and illustrates how complicated and complex the issues of change, modernity vs. traditional, and power are.