Title: Dealmaker, Heartbreaker
Author: Rochelle Alers
Harlequin Imprint: Special Edition
When a business deal
Becomes an affair of the heart.
Big-city Noah Wainwright’s always viewed business as a game. But when he stumbles across bed-and-breakfast owner Viviana Remington, she’s playing by different rules. Rules of honor that bring the love-’em-and-leave-’em playboy to his knees. And reserved Viviana’s hardly immune to the real-estate guru’s many charms. When Viv learns how the Wainright family plays the game, though, all bets are off…
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Dealmaker, Heartbreaker was my first book from this author. It’s a relatively angst-free read; Noah’s been smitten with Viviana since before the book even started (presumably we see their first meeting in a previous series book) and the bulk of this book is him waiting for her to let go of her past relationship baggage to give him a chance. She has had a truly awful past where men are concerned, including an ex who stole her identity, so learning to trust again takes some doing and it often feels like it’s a matter of taking two steps forward in their relationship and three steps back. Their black moment felt a bit contrived and easily solved, but the epilogue was sweet.
This book worked fairly well as a standalone; though I’m pretty sure many of the past series heroes and heroines showed up here, you don’t have to have read their stories to pick up this one. If you need to see the first moment Noah and Viv meet, though, you’re going to have to pick up an earlier book first.
Rating: 3 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Rochelle Alers has been hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today’s most prolific African American authors of romance and women’s fiction.
With more than sixty titles and nearly two million copies of her novels in print, Ms. Alers is a regular on the Waldenbooks, Borders and Essence bestseller lists, regularly chosen by Black Expression Book Club, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emma Award, Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Theta Zeta chapter and her interests include gourmet cooking and traveling.
A full-time writer, Ms. Alers lives in a charming hamlet on Long Island.
Also recommended this month:
Title: A Perfect Amish Match
Author: Vanetta Chapman
Harlequin Imprint: Love Inspired
Every courting disaster has led him to her.
An Indiana Amish Brides story
After three failed relationships, Amish bachelor Noah Graber would rather disappoint his parents than try again. But when matchmaker Olivia Mae Miller agrees to provide courting lessons, Noah’s perfect match becomes clear—it’s Olivia Mae herself! With ailing grandparents at home, she hadn’t planned on love or marriage. Might a future with Noah be everything she’s been missing?
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About the author:
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published more than one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Anna’s Healing was a 2015 Carol Award finalist. Chapman writes Amish romance, Amish cozy mysteries, and Christian dystopian (suspense). Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com
Title: A Cinderella to Secure His Heir
Author: Michelle Smart
Harlequin Imprint: Presents
The Italian billionaire’s vow:
She’ll be his wife!
Alessio Palvetti will do anything to bring his young nephew into the family business. To secure his heir, he’ll use his incredible chemistry with the boy’s legal guardian, Beth Hardingstone, and command her to marry him! For Alessio, the Palvetti empire always comes first, but all orphaned Beth has ever wanted is to matter to someone. Will their intensely passionate marriage be enough for this innocent Cinderella?
Fall in love with this Cinderella story…
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Michelle Smart is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author with a slight-to-severe coffee addiction. A book worm since birth, Michelle can usually be found hiding behind a paperback, or if it’s an author she really loves, a hardback.
Michelle lives in rural Northamptonshire in England with her husband and two young Smarties. When not reading or pretending to do the housework she loves nothing more than creating worlds of her own. Preferably with lots of coffee on tap.