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Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas
A Follow-Up Novella to Love, Lies & The D.A.
Release Date: November 15th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Format: EBook & Paperback
When Bleu Resorts owner, Jada Kole decided it would be a good idea to keep a secret from her husband, it never once occurred to her that he might have an even more stunning secret than hers.
The last year of Jonathan Kole’s life has been marred by complications, pressure and is beyond stressful both at his law firm and at home. Jada being overseas for an extended period doesn’t make things any easier to deal with.
But secrets have a way of getting out. Add a sultry blonde and a child to the mix and Jada and Jonathan’s happily married life quickly turns into a very dark shade of bleu. As things fall apart, it turns from bad to worse when one of them ends up on the wrong side of the law and something ominous enters their lives.
With Jada and Jonathan battling problems inside their marriage and things disintegrating in every direction on the outside, will San Francisco’s biggest power couple be able to get their lives in order? Or will it bring about the demise of their world and their child’s?
Excerpt – Opening Scene (SPOILER ALERT)
“Vous avez un cancer du sein.”
Translation: “You have breast cancer.” Four words no woman wants to hear.
It was on the night of the grand opening of my Paris hotel one week ago and after a long day, while taking a shower, I felt a small lump in my right breast.
After several tests and a biopsy, Dr. Benneteau, the oncologist called…
Days later, I still can’t get over the shock.
As I stare at the gray clouds that cover the Eiffel Tower, my phone rings, snapping me out of my thoughts. My husband Jonathan’s face illuminates my screen.
“Hey, baby. How are my two favorite men in the world?”
“Overwhelmed. I just had a break and I wanted to be sure I checked in with you. Any idea when you’re going to be home?”
Not anytime soon.
“Apart from seeing your handsome face and my sweet son for a couple days, I really can’t rationalize flying across the Atlantic for two days. I have to head over to Austria to make sure everything is on schedule with the property there.”
“I miss my wife, and Jordan misses his mom.”
My chest aches at the sound of his words. “If you really want, I’ll come home but it would be so much less pressure on me if I just stayed.”
He sighs at the end of the line and mumbles a disgruntled, “Okay.”
“It’s not like you’d have time for me either if I came, is it? You couldn’t even make the grand opening of Paris Bleu. All you’ve been telling me is how crazy it has been trying to get everything in place at the various branches of the firm.”
“That’s true. I just miss you that’s all. Things just seem so much easier to handle when you’re here.”
His words warm my heart. “I miss you too. I’ll be home as soon as I am able, I promise. In the meanwhile we always have FaceTime. But don’t you ever forget how much I love you.”
“I love you too, babe. I have to go. I’ll be in touch soon.”
I end the call.
I may not have gotten over the shock of my diagnosis, but from the moment I found the lump, I’ve spent all my time researching it, and I have another appointment with the doctors this afternoon.
Jonathan’s been overwhelmed of late since his sister Megan moved to Switzerland and his right-hand man, Cooper, lost his wife after a battle with—breast cancer. I don’t want to worry him. Besides, it’s just stage two breast cancer…or at least that is what I continue to tell myself.
I have already made up my mind about what I’m going to do—handle it on my own. Have a double mastectomy so this never ever resurfaces again and tell my husband when I get home. That way, the problem will be handled; they’ll see that I’m healthy and we can all just move on with our lives. I’ll be saving them the agony of going through this anyway…
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Love, Lies & The D.A. – Book #1 In The Series
Jada McLean is about to get married in nine days, when she walks in on her fiancé in a little more than a compromising position. Days later, she’s on a trip that she intends to be relaxing and a prelude to her fresh start, when she runs into the rude, obnoxious, but gorgeous Jonathan Kole.
Jonathan Kole is San Francisco’s newest District Attorney. When he finds himself deeply attracted to a stunning beauty, he has no idea that she’s about to get into BIG trouble with the law—and he’ll be the one presiding over her trial. To make matters worse, his father is the lawyer representing her in the high-profile case.
When a series of events force them together over New Year’s weekend, Jonathan’s feelings and ethics will come into question, while Jada comes to terms with the fact that she is falling for the man that will be responsible for attempting to put her behind bars… Little do they know, they’re both about to fall into a whirlwind so deep, it will send both their lives spiraling out of control.
About Rebecca Rohman
Rebecca Rohman is a wife and designer currently living in the northeastern United States. She was a sales manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, she was involved in marketing for a jewelry company and fine wine distributor.
About fifteen years ago, she started writing her first romance novel purely to entertain herself. In early 2012, she decided to complete and release it. Since then, she has released three additional novels and one novella. Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas was released in mid-November 2016.
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In this third book in the sexy, suspenseful “The Secret Life of Amy Bensen” series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, we meet Amy’s brother Chad—and the woman who either loves him or wants him dead.
Six years ago, Chad’s hunt for a dangerous treasure turned deadly when his family home was set on fire, his parents killed. Faking his and his sister Amy’s death to protect her from further retaliation, he set her up in a new life with a friend’s help, letting her believe he’d died.
But now the men who hired Chad to find the treasure have found him, imprisoning and torturing him to learn where it’s hidden. A dark-haired beauty named Gia helps him escape, promising him access to his worst enemy. And as he tries to unravel the deep secrets of the past, he starts falling for her…only to discover she’s not what she seems.
Unable to trust anyone, Chad focuses on only two things: protecting his sister Amy and getting revenge. Is love even possible in the midst of heartache?
It’s nearly eight in the evening when I take the elevator to our secure, key-coded floor and enter the suite, where I immediately hear, “Chad! Is that you?”
Angry, I grab the chair in front of the door and shove it aside.
“Oh, thank God,” Gia gushes, flinging her arms around my neck. “You’re in one piece.”
Stunned by her greeting, by the way her sweet curves meld against me, I fight the heat rushes through me, untangling her grip and pressing her hands against the wall. “Tell me what you know about my sister,” I demand.
“Nothing, Chad. I told you that. Is she—was she—”
“You know I didn’t find her.”
“I wanted you to find her. I was terrified for you.”
Anger expands in me, seeping into my veins, and on some level, I know it’s not about Gia at all, or maybe I just fear it will be about her. I don’t want to trust her and be wrong. “You barely know me.”
“I know you’re in pain. I know what being alone feels like, and I know that’s what you feel right now.”
It’s a word that pierces my heart with guilt. It’s what I know my sister has felt for six long years. I was all she had, the only one she could count on, even if she didn’t know I was there—and I failed her. The pain is a seed that grows and expands inside me in an instant, and suddenly, or maybe not so suddenly, the idea of being betrayed by Gia is not as biting as the idea of failing her as well. My hands come down on her face, and I stare at her. “I have money and resources to hide you, and I promise you, no one will find you. But I won’t be there with you. I’m poison to anyone near me. You can’t forget that. I can’t forget that.”
I don’t give her time to reply. My mouth closes down on hers, my tongue pressing past her lips, stroking and stroking again, in what is instantly an aggressive, searching kiss. She moans, and I swear the sound of her moan shatters a piece of my soul that is already bleeding for my sister. In this moment, it feels like all I have left is this woman.
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About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.
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Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.
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He’s trying to protect his heart…
She’s a shell of the girl she once was…
Can he chase away the demons threatening to destroy her?
Mackenzie Delano craves control. After tragedy strikes during her freshman year of college, she compensates for the helplessness she felt by micro-managing every aspect of her life, from her business life to her social life…to her love life. But she wasn’t expecting to cross paths with a mysterious man who seems to invade her every thought.
Tyler Burnham has been living his life with one rule in mind…never fall in love. Focusing solely on his career, he is able to remain a detached observer of life… Until a case is dropped in his lap, forcing him to form an intimate relationship with a sharp-tongued woman in order to obtain the location of a man deemed an enemy of the State.
When Tyler finds himself falling for Mackenzie, will he be able push his feelings aside and recover the information he needs? Or will he put the mission and their lives at risk to follow his heart?
Chasing The Dragon is the first installment of a two part series of deception and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.
***Note – Chasing The Dragon is the first book in a two-book duet and is a spin-off of T.K. Leigh’s USA Today Best Selling Beautiful Mess series. It is not necessary to have read that series in order to read this duet, but it will contain a mild spoiler from the third book in the Beautiful Mess series, Gorgeous Chaos.***
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.
When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Charlotte Winston had the perfect life. Doting husband. Wonderful son. On one fateful day, in a matter of seconds, everything changed. Heartbroken and alone, Charlotte is left to pick up the remaining pieces of her shattered existence. Only to find that some pieces were not what they seemed, which not only threatened any chance for true happiness…but also her life. David Lyons vowed to never let another woman under his skin. Bitter and resentful, he never takes a woman to bed twice. He learned that lesson the hard way. But everything he stood for dissolves when he meets a green eyed beauty from the city. Can two people, so beaten down by life, so broken, move on from the past? Can love restore their light after being blanketed in darkness for so long?
My 3.75 star review
It starts off with a fatal car accident that caught my attention and emotion. Charlotte loses everything in one moment. Her husband and son are killed. She has to continue living without them, but soon after mysterious numbers call her phone, even when she changes her cell/mobile phones. I read quite a few romantic suspense novels, so I was looking for what makes this one different.
She heads to a small town as just one place to hide temporarily. The text messages and phone numbers keep coming. However, in this town she makes a friend with Melissa and Lily (even though the two have a strained relationship) and meets David. He is messed up since his girlfriend cheated on him and his mother left his father and him when he was young. I liked that he had a decent backstory as to his drinking and sleeping around in the beginning.
As the story continues, I wasn’t as fond of Charlotte and David and their bickering. Some of it seemed a bit childish, but they were coming from painful backgrounds. Charlotte had found out her husband was in over his head with gambling debts, and that the car accident was not an accident.
The story picked up for me about halfway through. The events pick up speed as Charlotte isn’t sure who to trust as more info is revealed. Then David has to decide what he is willing to do. I enjoyed the second half of the story more than the first.
There are sex scenes where Charlotte and David sizzle. There is some violence. What I think is that the secondary characters could have been developed a bit more, so that the side stories with David and his dad and the surprise twist, and Melissa’s reason for being angry and messed up as she tries to befriend Charlotte could have added to it. The ending wrapped a bit quicker with less detail about Jared and the rescue than I would have liked.
I hope that Lizzie, Melissa, Evan, and a couple more characters should have their own chance to a happily ever after.
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Rachel Smith was born and raised in small town Iowa. After spending a few years in the “big city” she now lives with her husband and two children in Clear Lake. She works part time from home and spends the rest of her days exercising, reading and taking care of her family. Having always had a vivid imagination, Rachel decided to bring her characters to life. This is the second book in the Glenview Series.
My 4.75 star review
I found this to be an exciting book 2 with some crazy twists! Daniel is not the alpha jerk I thought he was becoming at the end of Shards of Glass. And Janie shows that she can hold her own.
I was thrilled with how the author switched some storylines up, so that I was caught off-guard. just when I thought that I knew where things were going, they changed direction.
I felt that it was a bit rushed near the end, and I would have liked a bit more romance scenes with Daniel and Janie. However, the scenes that they did have sizzled. And the cliffhanger ending was a shocker. SO GOOD!
I am eagerly awaiting the final book, Hearts of Glass. I am rooting for Daniel and Janie to get their HEA (happily ever after).
“The word is that you have quite a reputation, Daniel Glass. And to be honest with you, I’m not that interested in shooting this movie with someone who could be riddled with sexually transmitted diseases.”
There, I said it.
He burst out laughing again.
I’m serious, Daniel. What you do is your business, but if I’m to be pretty much naked, with you all over me, I want to know you’re as clean as a whistle.”
He tried to put on a serious face. “I haven’t had sex with anyone since my wife died,” he said, still chuckling to himself.
I loved how Janie called him out. And then when he says he hasn’t had sex … ?! Janie and Daniel won my respect. And the story keeps getting better.
Note: I was a beta reader. This is my honest review. I enjoyed so much that I bought the ebook.
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My 4.5 star review
4.5 stars! I was wonderfully surprised with Shards of Glass, extended from the terrific Glass novella. I got caught up with a tease in the story that ends with “His sentence cuts through me like splintering shards of glass.” Since the hero’s name is Daniel Glass, the play on words using glass works really well.
Daniel is out of Janie’s reach because of Natasha Jurgen. Then there is an unexpected happening that changes everything for Janie, and then she meets Star Davis, a movie actress, and accepts a role in a movie. She ends up in Los Angeles after leaving New York City, where she runs into Daniel again unexpectedly.
Janie’s insecurities and talent make her a heroine that I could identify with and root for. Star and Janie became friends, and I appreciate a romance novel that offers female bonding as well as ‘going after the hot guy’. I really enjoyed having Star in this story. And then there is the scene with Hope, Star’s precocious daughter, that was laugh out loud funny and smart.
By the way: Daniel is a stage director and Janie is an actress, a similarity to The Star Trilogy by the author with Jake, a movie director, and Star, an actress. However outside of that, this a very different story.
I didn’t like that there was a repeat of a sequence that was terrific and caught me off guard the first time, but felt predictable the second time the author wrote a similar scene. Also, the shift in Daniel’s personality near the end didn’t impress me. I’m hoping for more interaction with Daniel and Janie in book 2.
This ends in a cliffhanger. I’m curious as to where the author will take the story next. I hope that is somewhere that I haven’t been before. I have enjoyed her Pearl series (Alexandre Chevalier <3). I’m looking forward to Broken Glass, book 2.
NOTE: I received an ARC from the author. This is my honest review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ARIANNE RICHMONDE IS THE USA TODAY bestselling author of Stolen Grace, and the Pearl Series books: Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl, Shimmers of Pearl, Pearl, and Belle Pearl – all full length novels. The first three books in the series are also available in one trilogy bundle/box set as The Pearl Trilogy. She has also written Glass- a provocative short story, which is currently being extended as a trilogy, The Glass Trilogy. Book 1 Shards of Glass, is her latest release. Broken Glass, book 2, is available for pre-order.
She lives with her husband and coterie of animals in France. She loves to travel and meet people and is thrilled that her books have touched readers from all parts of the globe.
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