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Private Messages

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  39 reviews

For so long, my very existence teetered on the brink of death
That's what happens, when you lose the other piece of your heart
I can't sleep, write or work
Until, I meet him
The one who won't let me fade back into the darkness
Now, I'm feeling things that I shouldn't
But the man is determined to breathe me back to life
And, it's been so long since I took a breath


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Published January 23rd 2019
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The power of Fate, love, both past and present and the world of contemporary communication…two lonely people will find themselves rushing headlong down an unexpected avenue, but are they ready to accept what is right in front of them? Do either of them know how to truly live?

Connie Lafortune has turned up the heat, the heart and the hormones in PRIVATE MESSAGES and readers won’t want to miss a single page!

Zane was known as a cold-hearted businessman, but he clawed his way to the top and wasn’t
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This is an amazing story that I could not put down. I love a good romance and suspense and that is what I got and so much more. Connie had me on the edge of my bed reading late into the night to finish to see what happened next and boy oh boy what a roller coaster ride I got and I loved every moment of it!

Lili and Zane are two lost souls looking for something but not quite finding it. Lili has lost the love of her life and she is just floating day to day. She can't function but she tries and it
J. Saman
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I was pulled in by the cover. Second, that blurb! I have to admit, this book was not what I expected it to be. I was taken down an emotional, steamy and unexpected path and I loved absolutely every second of it! I couldn't get enough of Zane and Lily! Their chemistry was delicious! A MUST READ! ...more
April Symes
Private Messages by Connie Lafortune is a steamy and emotional roller coaster journey, which is filled with romance, drama, chemistry, angst, heartbreak, twists and turns, suspense and a beautifully written love story all tied up into one intriguing book which had me totally enthralled start to finish. Zane and Lili took my heart, mind and body on quite the ride thru many deep emotions/feels and had reading at a rapid pace, without stopping in order to get my reader fix. Lili is an author who ha ...more
Ellie Midwood
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

“Private Messages” definitely stands out among other books in the same genre for several reasons, which made me really enjoy this work. First of all, there are no unhealthy, toxic relationships and the characters are drawn to each other with natural magnetism without any manipulations which I strongly detest when reading romance novels. Both Zane and Lilianna are very strong characters and I found that it was their strengths that complimented each other so well. Both are still recovering from tr
Casey Bartsch
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read much romance. I like a good love story weaved through a more complex narrative, but stories focused on romance don’t tend to interest me. However, I couldn’t put the story of Zane and Lili down, mainly due to the fantastic writing. Lafortune made me care about these characters, and though the story plays out about as I expected, it didn’t matter that I knew what was coming-I wanted to feel it play out anyway. And I do mean “feel”. The writing in Private Messages is that good. I doub ...more
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

Ever since opening up The Claiming of Callan by Connie Lafortune, I have been a huge fan and have devoured all of her books. While Bound By Steel will always be my favorite, because you can't top perfection, I would love to share with you my love for her newest book Private Messages. Zane and Lili took my heart and body on quite the ride through many deep emotions and kept me turning pages at warp speed. I have been suc
Trudie Collins
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. This author keeps going from strength to strength. This book contains a number of questions, which keep you wanting to read more. All eventually get answered. I hate using the phrase ‘it’s a page turner’, but in this case the description is accurate. I started this on a Friday afternoon and planned on reading this only on the train to and from work as I had other things to do on the weekend. That soon went out of the window and I finished it on Sunday. The story is to ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was such a wild ride of emotions. Lilianna has such a heartbreaking past and Zane is dealing with his own personal issues, not too gracefully for either of them mind you, but very real. I can totally related to burying yourself in work. Fate has plans for these two broken souls. It's hard to say much because it is the twists and turns and suspense that make this a real page turner. That ending! I should have known it would be unexpected and fabulous. I've read everything from this autho ...more
F.S. Bala
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Private Messages by Connie Lafortune was interesting to read, Lili is drawn to Zane and him to her, but a loss in her past hinders her from acting on her feelings. I love reading about writers (Lili is a writer) and Zane is written in a way that it is sooo easy to fall in love with him as a writer.
I love the author's style, it is a love story with its complexities and we are taken on a ride into the minds of these two people chapter after chapter so the story feels well rounded and connected.

I l
Nikki Landis

Some stories touch the soul from the first moment you read the pages. When a book can draw you in from the beginning, hold you close, break your heart and then repair it, there's really nothing else as profound or awe-inspiring. I was lost within the pages and completely consumed until the very last word. In fact, I tried to slow down reading because I didn't want it to end.

As my experience with other Connie Lafortune books, I was swept up in the characters and deeply felt emotions of both Z
Wyborn Senna
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lilianna meet Zane, the love of your life, the man you crave and cannot get enough of...

Although at first it is a mystery who is speaking in the prologue, after that, Private Messages becomes a back-and-forth tale told by both Zane and Lilianna, who come together in large part due to undeniable physical chemistry and attraction. They both have issues in their day-to-day lives as well as distinctly different personalities that become fleshed out as we go. The sex scenes sizzle and their interacti
Brandy Roberts
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Private Messages had me wanting to read this as soon as I read the blurb and saw the cover I needed it then the first page just had me sucked in to what was going on then kept a hold of me till the very end . The connection between Lilianna and Zane was super intense thought it was interesting every time those two ran into one another . Zane intrigued me I wanted to learn more about him he was such a closed book at times but the more he got close to the heroine the more he opened up . My heart R ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very intriguing story that had me in it's grip from the very beginning, and kept me in one position until the end. Lili is an author who has known great tragedy, and has a hard time getting through each day. Zane is always working at his club, but has his own share of demons. When these two meet, the connection is crazy, as they have sparks flying. Zane is ready to explore it, but Lili is more skittish, so Zane has his work cut out for him. She feels all that chemistry, but every time ...more
Maggie Long
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot, Steamy, Romance

Did I say Steamy? This story is more than steamy ---- it hits boiling point; definitely an adults only, book.
Lili and Zane --- Z for short --- are an amazing couple. Both are hiding a deep sorrow. Both try to overcome it by throwing all their energy into their work. Lili, a writer, and Zane, a nightclub owner. When these two finally meet, they both feel a strong connection. Is it fate that has brought these two together?
As their romance begins to blossom, they still can't l
Angela Panayotopulos
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think it was Abraham Lincoln who quipped, when asked his opinion about a book: "people who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like." I've often found myself mirroring that mentality when it comes to reviewing books that typically exist beyond my comfort zone. In this case, Lafortune's PRIVATE MESSAGES tips Lincoln's quote upside down, shakes it up, and rephrases it as: "even people who don't think this is the sort of thing they like will find this to be something the ...more
K.T. Munson
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Actual Rating 4.5**

The two main characters share the spotlight with alternating chapters and POVs throughout. The author did a wonderful job making them very human with flaws and messy pasts. It was very interesting how they were woven together and how the author set up their coincidental meeting. This is a story of second chances and how love can be different but just as powerful. I liked Zane's charm and Lili's inner strength. 


Lilianna writes erotica and Zane owns a bar. She lo
James Newcastle
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Private Messages is an engaging tale of a woman trying to live with grief that has crippled her and learns how to get through it in the act of falling in love with someone new. I enjoyed reading her as she tried, and often failed, to cope with the loss that has consumed her life. Unfortunately, the person she falls in love with is a terrible human with few redeeming qualities. He’s one of those self-absorbed, selfish people who things always work out for, and at no point in the book is any of hi ...more
Ali Seegar
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. Emotional, sexy, compelling. From the start you are drawn to the two main characters Zane and Lilianna; each chapter cleverly weaving its way through their individual lives until one evening they unexpectedly collide. Although instantly drawn to each other, Zane and Lili must first overcome their past heartbreaks before they can trust themselves to love the other, and you find yourself willing them to let go of their vulnerabilities and take the chance to find out where their ...more
Oct 26, 2019 added it
Lili is still reeling from the loss of the love of her life. She is struggling with writers block and she has a deadline that she is not sure if she will be able to meet. She is struggling with a depression that continues to try to pull her under.

Zane is a business owner. He has been 100% dedicated to his club, Club Syn. He doesn’t have time for dating and meeting women. He is working to make his business a success.

When Lili and Zane meet, they both feel a connection to each other that neither
Mariyam Hasnain
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another masterpiece by Connie Lafortune. Having read the author's previous books, I was waiting for the latest release. And seriously it was worth the wait.
Both Zane and Lilliana’s characters were well sketched. Their enigmatic personalities and sizzling chemistry kept me hooked till the very end. Sparks flew out of the pages.
The writing as always was smooth and lyrical and there wasn’t even a single dull moment when I felt drifted. The enigma, the intrigue, and suspense kept me on tenterhoo
Lisa  Roth
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book! Zane was so swoon worthy. Don't get me wrong I do absolutely love a good bad boy, but it was so refreshing to have Zane be persistent but not forceful in his pursuit of Lilli. I was prepared for this book to turn a little darker, because owning a place called Club Sun you expect backdoor dealings and shady characters. Not in this one! Zane is a total stand up guy who had some serious issues with his family but he didn't let that stop him from falling in love and treati ...more
Sara Claridge
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can true love really strike twice?

The answer is obviously yes, but Private Messages puts you through the emotional wringer getting there. Neither Lili or Zane are looking for love and when it comes they do all they can to resist it.

One thing is certain about Connie Lafortune, her books never take you down the predictable path. In fact, I think she likes her characters to have a little dig at readers for even thinking it 😉.

This is a passionate love story that sizzles on the page leaving you despe
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
There is nothing light and fluffy about this love story. It's intense, gripping & very good.

She is a writer, barely living after the tragedy and he is coldhearted owned of the Club Syn. They are somehow thrown together and have an intense connection from the start. But getting from connection to lovers, it's not that straight forward.

I love the intensity of the story, there are no dull moments & I was very intrigued.

I liked Lili a lot, she is a very well developed character. However Zane is ano
Amy Proebstel
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Opposites Attract

I loved how fate showed up at just the right times to weave an intricate tale for Lili and Zane. The author does a great job of including details throughout the story to give you clues about what’s to come about, but then throws you for a loop later on. Each character has their own back story, baggage, hang ups, and dreams for the future which make for a great tale. The characters showed their vulnerability and strengths, as well as their healing from past problems. I really enj
Genevieve Raas
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome steamy romance with two characters destined to intertwine. This is a very moving, and emotionally packed book. The plot is tight, and I loved all the twists the author placed within the story.

Lili and Zane have great depth, and I appreciated how their backstories just added to the beauty of their tale. The author did a great job at showing their vulnerabilities, and how together they could heal and move forward.

Truly fantastic and gripping! I highly recommend “Private Messages” for an
Rebecca Woolley
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent storyline and will you keep you hooked

5 stars is just not enough. You will fall in love with both Zane and Lillis story, some great characters through the journey of reading this that will bring joy and emotion right through to the end. I won't give the storyline away as I would hate to ruin your pleasure but you will not be disappointed with reading this book. Another excellent book by one of my favourite authors well done Connie .
Wendy Livingstone
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author to me, and goodness, I cannot wait to read more of her work. Lili and Zane are both broken and lost souls, who are looking for something to fulfill their lives, but are not sure what or whom. This is a well written emotional roller coaster journey, which is filled with suspense, romance, and intense chemistry, which all had me totally captivated throughout. I cannot wait to read more form this talented author, and recommend this novel for all.
Dorothea Lynne
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the mixture of romance and suspense in this book. The author combines them in a perfect, compelling, page-turning fashion. Lilianna and Zane are two broken, hurt people who get a second chance at love together. This is a wonderful story that will hold your attention and leave you with a great ending. I look forward to reading more from this author. I Highly Recommend You Check Out Private Messages.
Edie Baylis
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Both Lili and Zane have their own issues from their past to deal with but are set to change each other's lives through a series of fate and what you may call - destiny.

The chemistry between the two characters is red hot and I loved the many twists to the plot.
This book is extremely well-written and keeps you well and truly hooked to the end. I totally recommend this to all fans of steamy romantic suspense.
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Connie Lafortune is a rebel, coffee addict and incurable romantic. She pens steamy contemporary romance about enemies-to-lovers, second chances, and broken heroes with plenty of angst. If she's not in her office writing her next novel, you can bet she's curled up in a comfy chair with her nose buried in a book. On the hunt for her next book boyfriend! ...more

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