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Splendor (Inevitable #2)

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British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide, multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. His very name was synonymous with sophistication and elegance, and any woman he wanted could be his with just a look. But the only woman he truly desired was strictly forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.
Tessa Lockw
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Published June 17th 2014 by Bookbaby (first published June 11th 2014)
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Kelly Gilchrist
Mar 09, 2015 Kelly Gilchrist rated it it was amazing
FIVE FABULOUS STARS!

This is one of those rare books that I would happily give TEN stars to if that was possible. It was everything I had hoped it would be (after being all too briefly introduced to the intriguing Mr. Gregson in book one of this series - Serendipity) and much, much more.

Where to begin. First, this is a long book, no question there, but far shorter than three books in a trilogy would be if one were to add up the total number of pages. I appreciate that the author doesn't A) have
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Janet Nissenson
This isn't an actual review, since I'm the author of the book and I personally don't believe in rating or reviewing my own writing (obviously all of us writers think we've just composed the next Pulitzer prize winner!) I believe that a review/rating should be left up to the bloggers/readers to form their own opinions, because everyone has their own tastes in books.

What I can tell you about Splendor is that it is first and foremost a love story. Tessa and Ian wind up falling madly in love with e
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Forever Books
Mar 27, 2015 Forever Books rated it it was amazing
Most people love surprises, especially if they are good ones, and for me reading Splendor was one of the most blow my socks off surprises in a really long time. I read A LOT, but admit that I like to stay in my comfort zone and hang with writers that are well established and that I’ve read before. So much of the new indie stuff being published today frankly isn’t always very good and for awhile my DNF pile was getting out of control so I stopped checking out new writers for a long time. Lately, ...more
Bonnie
Mar 25, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I gave this book a chance because I'm usually hesitant to read newer authors. But after reading a glowing review and great excerpt at one of the blogs I follow I was hooked and starting reading Splendor the same day. Best decision I've made in a long time and overall one of the best books I've read in months! I've already added the author's first book to my TBR list and hope to get started on it soon. Both books are standalones, so you don't have to read them in order or anything.

Spl
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Krystal Cardenas
Mar 20, 2015 Krystal Cardenas rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! Did not want it to end. Soooo beautiful! Give us more!
Lisa W
Jul 05, 2014 Lisa W rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, beautiful book! One of the best, most romantic true love stories I have ever read, and please tell me that Ian was based on a real life person because I want one of him for myself!
Jw
Mar 15, 2015 Jw rated it it was amazing
Splendor - MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY E-V-E-R!!!

Ian - BEST BOOK BOYFRIEND E-V-E-R!!!
Soonya
4 Strong Stars!

I simply loved Ian, what a hero! It was insta love for him when he saw Tessa 2 years ago but he couldn't do anything about it, because she was married. He was celibate during that time, if he couldn't have her he didn't want anyone else.( may I just add how refreshing that is? Instead of all those hero sluts who screw everything that moves as in the way to forget about the woman they love? Finally some decent guy.) He is a guy of high moral code, so he would never make a move on
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Bianca
Jun 22, 2014 Bianca rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Splendor captured my heart from the beginning of page one until the very end. This beautiful, passionate, intense love story is the epitome of romance.

Ian Gregson is a very powerful man. He runs a multibillion dollar hotel empire that spans all over the world. He is obviously very rich, powerful, and desirable. He is married to his work. Always has been. Enter Tessa Lockwood, a new employee to his company. She is much younger than Ian, beautifu
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Lily Rose
Jun 18, 2014 Lily Rose rated it it was amazing
I've started obsessing over Ian and Tessa since they made their brief but unforgettable appearance in Serendipity.
I was never affected so much in my reading history but secondary characters and was literally count-downing the days to get their book.
Honestly I was both excited and terrified. What if their story won't live up to my huge expectations?
Now I can say that nothing of what I imagined and hoped for in my wild imagination was remotely comparable to the real thing.

I've read thousands of bo
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Beautiful love story and heart-throbbing hero!

Review to come closer to release date!
Sarah Greenwood
Sep 26, 2015 Sarah Greenwood rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Inevitable series and I just have to say WOW. Another great storyline, you sort of get hooked as soon as you start reading. It can be read as a stand alone but with a book this good you will want to check out Janet’s others aswell to give yourself a better understanding about who all the characters are.

You kind of already got introduced to the two main characters from Serendipity. Ian is a very important businessman whose family owns a multi-billion dollar luxury h
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Breanna Eichhorn
May 07, 2015 Breanna Eichhorn rated it it was amazing
While Ian was in boarding school, he didn't like the discipline imposed on him by his teachers. Know though he could fully appreciate that guidelines that had been instilled in him so long ago. Ian had grown up around well dressed women his mother, grandmothers, aunts and cousins. It didn't matter that Tessa's simple dress had been bought off of a sale rack or a discount store, she looks stunning in anything that she wears. Tessa is a very quiet person, she doesn't like to gossip or tell people ...more
Gretchen Anderson
Aug 23, 2014 Gretchen Anderson rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing! I loved book one and loved book two even more! I can’t wait for the other books to come out!!!

I would consider this book standalone, you won’t be lost when reading it, however, I also think you will get a better feel for the characters if you read them in order. The first book, Serendipity, which is Julia and Nathan’s story, does have a direct relation to Splendor. Nathan & Ian are business partners and Julia and Tessa are friends. But the author does a wonderful job
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She Hearts Books
Oct 04, 2014 She Hearts Books rated it it was amazing
Tessa is a shy girl who has had such a rough life. Ian has been in love with her from the moment she walked into his office joining his team at work. Two problems though. She is married and there is a no dating rule within the company where they work. When Tessa gets a divorce, it opens the door for Ian to pursue her.

There is absolutely no cheating in this book. While they are both attracted to each other, they don't act on their feelings until she is divorced. Also her marriage is not what you
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Wendy'sThoughts
Jun 04, 2015 Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it
A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Alexandra1294
Beautiful book. Satisfied my wishes and desires :) just a tad too long to read it
Jacinta
Mar 29, 2015 Jacinta rated it it was amazing
Fell in love with this book and especially with Ian!
Kiltsandswords
Jun 18, 2015 Kiltsandswords rated it it was amazing
I have been through a dry spell lately. Nothing I read was inspiring me to keep reading. I was finding myself heartily distracted and unmotivated to read. This is SO unlike me that I was getting pretty worried that maybe I needed to take a break from reading. And then I found this book. It has redeemed my faith and I stayed up until 4 AM reading.

This is a long book. Even though I read like crazy, I couldn’t finish it in one night. While this story would be easy to include in the ‘billionaire-ing
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Em The
Jun 16, 2014 Em The rated it it was amazing
It has been a very long time since I've been as engrossed in a book as I have in this one! And now I have finished I am feeling pretty bereft! I have loved spending a few evenings this last week in the company of Ian and Tessa and their absolutely beautiful love story.

In this book we have an immensely good looking hotelier, Ian, who to be honest seems as though he has been married to his job for the best part of his life. In walks the shy and retiring but beautiful Tessa and literally turns is l
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Shari
Jun 12, 2015 Shari rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Splendor. The story line of the much older man and younger woman was done very well. So well that I did not even realize that there was a fifteen year age difference between the two until it was mentioned. The man is described as young looking for his age because he is so physically fit. The author kept me engrossed in the story until the very last page. This book was very well written. Of course there is lots of sex as well.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and
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Mutia fatimah
Jun 05, 2015 Mutia fatimah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Just a beautiful story. How can I don't know about this story before??
Masako Prado
May 16, 2015 Masako Prado rated it really liked it
Title: Splendor (Inevitable #2)
Author: Janet Nissenson
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Published by: Bookbaby
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer

ARA'S NOTE:
My review for the first installment in the Inevitable series is not that colorful, but rest assured that I'll be back to my usual loving self here on Splendor...because I liked it. *smiles*

SYNOPSIS:
British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide,
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MissyDevoursDelishReads
I received an ARC of Janet Nissenson's Splendor (Inevitable, #2) in exchange for review through G the Book Diva Blog. I really enjoyed this book because you had a written male character, Ian, that was truly irresistible and charming, with good looks, money, excellent job. Every girls dream catch. And then you had young Tessa, despite being married, was inexperienced and naive. There is definitely no cheating, as described in plot, and I liked how the author kept it clean and simple, but yet yumm ...more
Lisa
Jun 26, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
"Splendor," by Janet Nissenson, is the second book in the Inevitable Series but works fine as a stand alone. I loved this book, the story and characters unfolded slowly but I was reeled in from the beginning.
LJT
Jun 09, 2015 LJT rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Splendor by Janet Nissenson beautifully combines the essences of Cinderella and the iconic film Pretty Woman into a romantic romance. The two main characters, Tessa Lockwood and Ian Gregson truly have nothing in common, with the exception of loving each other with lust, honesty, and integrity. Ian was born into amazing splendor and has worked very hard to continue to build on his family's core business of luxury hotel ownership. Tessa's childhood was replete with instability, a mother
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Michelle Bowman  / We Love Kink .com
4.5 stars !!

I am lovin this Series and lovin this Writer. I had the pleasure of reading Serendipity and it blew me away which was the first book of this six book series. While this book was clearly a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and begin with book l because you will not want to miss a thing. Our H/h is Ian and Tessa and you will get lots of updates on Vol l on Julia and Nathan.

Tessa arrives in San Francisco and meets the CEO the first day on the job, he immediately knows there is chemistry
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Christina
Jul 07, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tessa Lockwood is in her early 20s and has already been married for a handful of years to her journalist husband, Peter. When the opportunity arises for Peter to go to work for a freelance news organization, and Tessa is able to transfer to a different position in the company she works for, they find themselves in San Francisco. Tessa had been working at the Gregson resort in Tucson, but has been transferred to the compan
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Mandie *Foxylutely Books!*
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Gosh. I feel like I have been waiting for this book even though I didn’t know what I was looking for, or what it would be when I found it. Well I guess I found it in Ian and Tessa’s story.

This book is so passionate, hot, erotic and sensual but most of all it is Romance with a capital R! What a breath of fresh air to read about a relationship and love without all that angst and game playing that is so typical in books today. Now I’m not
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Cafebiblioart
Jul 18, 2014 Cafebiblioart rated it it was amazing
I was not very convinced by this book at first, I liked the synopsis, I thought I might like it, but I wasn’t very sure. I decided to read it, thus the review…

It’s been quite some time since I read this book. I wanted to wait for a while so that I can reanalyze the evens and the characters , but then life got in the way. I am a sucker for this type of books. I cannot help myself from reading every good love story I can get my hands on.

Ian is a great character. He is kind, smart, a true gentleman
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Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to trave ...more
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