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Review: The Painful Side of Love by Rebecca Rohman

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THE PAINFUL SIDE OF LOVE

~A Follow-Up Novella to Love M.D.
Author: Rebecca Rohman
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Pages/Words: 312/52,300
Format: Ebook & Paperback

SYNOPSIS

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We all make them. But when is a mistake too big to forgive? What happens when the consequences of our mistakes are so disastrous, they cause excruciating pain to everyone we hold near and dear?

San Francisco’s Dr. Morgan Drake makes one mistake. One colossal mistake that could cost him everything and everyone he loves—including himself.

When interior designer, Zoë Drake sees small changes in her husband, her investigations point to a mammoth problem. The happy marriage and great relationship they share quickly begins to evaporate. What’s worse—it’s all happening when Zoë’s going through some changes of her own—at a time when she might need Morgan the most.  (more…)

Love, Lies, and a Bleu Christmas by Rebecca Rohman

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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
Pages/Words: 257/47,000
Format: EBook & Paperback

Synopsis

love-lies-a-bleu-christ-kWhen 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?

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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

Love, Lies & The D.A. NEW COVERJada 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.

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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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Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas | A Problematic Love | Love M.D. | Love, Lies & The D.A. | Unravel | Uncorked

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Re-release: Love, MD by Rebecca Rohman

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Love M.D. Synopsis

As an accomplished interior designer in San Francisco’s Bay Area, Zoë Jenkins is used to transforming empty spaces into masterpieces. She leaves little square footage in her personal life for anything outside of her thriving business and a renewed relationship with her twin brother. After a decade spent ripped apart by circumstance and an entire ocean’s distance, she depends on no one but him. Until a sexy surgeon walks into her life.

Although Zoë can’t deny her attraction to the charming and benevolent Morgan Drake, he’s on her mental list of everything she should avoid. Past experience taught Zoë that dating clients compromises business. Add a not-yet-dissolved marriage to the mix and Doctor Hottie is definitely Doctor Off-limits.

Dr. Morgan Drake is surprised at the undeniable chemistry he feels when he’s in the same room as Zoë. The strikingly beautiful and solitary designer he hired to fill his new-start, new-city home makes it abundantly clear there will never be anything between them. But twelve years of medical school breeds persistence. He sets out to persuade the pants off Zoë Jenkins and show her what her empty spaces are missing.

Intense passion and amazing sex have a way of masking secrets—secrets that unravel a dangerous web of fraud, corruption and conspiracy that turn Zoë’s quiet spaces into a world where nothing is as it seems. With her life on the line, the good doctor responsible for her fiercest betrayal might just be the only one worthy of her finest interior masterpiece—this time, of her heart.

Meet Dr. Morgan Drake

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Unravel by Rebecca Rohman – Giveaway and Review

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The Unravel by Rebecca Rohman Page Hop runs on our Facebook Page from July 3 to July 6, 2016 with 40 blogs having some AMAZING giveaways! Enter them all for more chances to win! There will be a signed paperback copy of Unravel as a grand prize.

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Chella and Mitch Mariani are a happily married couple, living the good life in San Diego. She’s a marketing genius in the cosmetics division at an international conglomerate; he’s one of the city’s most successful real estate investors. Life has never been better.

Until a series of disturbing events cloud a blissful fifth wedding anniversary.

Lies surface. Suspicions escalate. Danger lurks. Their seemingly taut bond unravels their love to its core. As misguided choices threaten to destroy them forever, keeping their hearts on the path to a collective future might be the most monumental fight of all.

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Review: Cruel Water by Freya Barker

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Cruel Water Synopsis:

Innocence marked her…

Violation crippled her…

Love left her raw…

The life she carefully rebuilt is challenged when she is confronted with the sins from her past. The carefully applied protection is at once ripped away, leaving her exposed and vulnerable.

Her single night of indulgence with the silver-eyed stranger is only the beginning. He sees right to the heart of her and she is unable to ward off emotions that have been deeply buried. With the sting of betrayal still fresh in her soul, she’s surprised to find herself opening up to the honest integrity of the sharp-eyed, rough-looking biker.

When he lost everyone who mattered, he was left without roots and learned to be content simply living in the moment. Completely unprepared for the feisty blonde bartender with old pain marring her clear-blue eyes, he questions his own rules of detachment, as she unwittingly finds a way under his skin.

Appearances deceive and when the masks fall away, revealing deep, dark secrets, there is nothing left but to hang onto each other and survive the storm.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” Freya has since published eight books. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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Cruel Water (Portland, ME, #2)

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After a bit of a slow start, I found that the romance and suspense picked up nicely. Viv (Vivian) meets Ike at The Skipper, and for the first time in many years, allows a man into her life in a sexual way. She is determined to be independent at 35 years old and avoids intimate relationships with men. The men in her life now are like brothers to her, safe and protective. Ike is about to change her mind.

Her domestic violence situation that she thought she had left in the past and on another coast has come back to haunt her. I appreciated that she was one of those women who stayed in the relationship and causes us to rail against her. So easy to judge unfairly. As the she reveals why she stayed, it makes some sense.

Then Ike has his own past secret. And there is a hint of another issue hidden/ denied by Viv. What happened prior to the domestic violence relationship? This is revealed in a way that makes the most sense.

Her father is experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s and can no longer be taken care of by his wife of 50 years. This brings all of her brothers back for a bit and allow her a second chance with them. This story is about re-connecting with family, allowing your friends into your life a bit more, and falling for a very sexy guy (42 y/o).

There are quite a few sexy, erotic scenes as well as action scenes where Viv proves just how capable she is of handling anything that threatens her… with some help by Ike, Gunnar, Syd, Pam, and others. She went from being isolated, ashamed, and hurt to having amazing people there for her. The importance of remembering the past, going pasting coping into healing, and making room for love made this book a bit stronger and memorable for me.

Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have read another book by this author and have purchased her Cedar Tree box set as well.

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Previous PORTLAND, ME Novels:

From Dust (#1)

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CEDAR TREE SERIES:

Slim To None (#1)

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Hundred To One (#2)

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Against Me (#3)

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Clean Lines (#4)

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Upper Hand (#5)

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Like Arrows (#6)

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New! Hooked Up # 1, by Arianne Richmonde

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Blurb

I believed in sex, once upon a time. And passion. But now my life as a single, divorced career girl living alone in New York City was all about work. I hadn’t had a date in years.

But then he came along . . . Alexandre Chevalier. The French CEO billionaire of HookedUp, the social media phenomenon that had taken the world by storm.

He was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen, and with eyes so green they seared into my soul.

Like a flash of lightning he struck me down . . . his touch was electric, and I knew my life was irrevocably changed. I’d never be the same again.

He awakened every fiber of my being, ignited every cell in my body.
And just when I thought things couldn’t be more perfect . . .
It all came crashing down.
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I’d had it with all the crazy women in my life: the models, the movie stars, even my power-hungry sister and business partner. If you’d had a past like mine, you’d understand.

I just wanted a normal relationship with a normal woman . . .

And then I met her . . . Pearl Robinson.
She was perfect for me.
Or so I thought.
But I was in for a shocking surprise when I found out the truth . . .
Of who she really was.
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HOOKED UP is a series of three, full-length novels averaging 300+ print pages each, to be released at intervals of one month and three weeks.

Disclaimer: If your e-reader should melt while reading this series, the author cannot be held responsible.

Pearl fans take note: this is a new, re-edited version of the Pearl books, told in dual POV throughout. The series is primarily for NEW readers, or those who would like to immerse themselves, once again, in Pearl and Alexandre’s passionate love story, so please do not expect a new storyline.

Hooked Up #1 released December 28, 2015
Hooked Up #2 coming January 26, 2016
Hooked Up #3 coming Valentine’s Day 2016

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REVIEW

I was a bit cautious as I was reading this re-told, dual POV version of Shades of Pearl. Having Alexandre’s POV allowed me to know things that only he would know, and Pearl might not yet have found out. I felt as if I were in on the secret. I found myself laughing out loud at some scenes, highlighting others, and swooning a bit at the very sexy scenes.

I liked getting to know the insecure, 40 y/o American divorcee, Pearl, as she fibs her way to meeting Alexandre and his sister, Sophie, at the cafe. She does some immature things, but she is endearing. I can appreciate her confusion, self-deception, and desire for Alexandre. His thoughts about her and his seduction of her had me both amused and very interested. He’s both naughty and mature for his age.

His tests, the official date, and then the gifts… Ah! Alexandre knows how to treat a woman well. But there is also more to him and his past. Bits and pieces are teased out with us knowing a bit more than Pearl. What really happened with his family? How did Hooked Up really get started?

This is more than just a hot, sexy romance. It is a story with layers, secrets, and two people who are wary of trusting anyone, much less falling in love. They second guess themselves and each other. They fit perfectly and awkwardly. And then there is that cliffhanger ending. I’m looking forward to reading book 2! And I really like Hooked Up as the title. It fits.

I enjoyed the Pearl series, which included Alexandre’s POV in books 4 & 5. With this re-telling of the series with both Pearl’s and Alexandre’s POV, I found it to be a bit slower in the beginning. It took me a bit to get used to going back and forth. As the story continued, I found myself looking forward to getting both sides of the story. The different interpretations and even musings behind their actions made it seem a bit more real and feasible. Also, they each remembered the dialog differently, just like in reality, where what you think the other person said might not be accurate.

Note: I received an ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ARIANNE RICHMONDE is the USA Today bestselling author of the suspense novel Stolen Grace, and The Pearl Series books (Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl, Shimmers of Pearl, Pearl, and Belle Pearl), which have sold over quarter of a million copies. Also, The Glass Trilogy, and The Star Trilogy, both steamy, Hollywood romance series.

She lives in the French countryside amidst vineyards, with her wonderful French husband, two dogs, two cats, and other creatures that try to sneak their way into their old, stone farmhouse, which the couple restored themselves. On most days, you’ll find her cleaning sixteen paws worth of mud off the floors . . . that’s when she’s not immersed in creating lovable but dysfunctional characters for her novels (and a villain or two), while sipping Bordeaux paired with dark chocolate.

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Review: Legally Undead by Margo Bond Collins

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Book Blurb:
Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.

But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs–not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.

As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning around to face them, Elle discovers that Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.

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MY REVIEW

Now that I have read Legally Undead, I have found another very good book by this author. This has a fresh twist on vampire hunters/killers. Elle is a fun, feisty, kick-ass female who, after losing her fiancé to a vampire, kills one and discovers a terrible secret about her fiancé. That secret leads to an adventure of vampire killing training, meeting Nick and his team, learning the ‘truth’ about vampires, and discovering that she is more than capable of rescuing her friend, Malcolm. In doing so, she bravely faces Deirdre, head vampire.

I laughed, cringed, got caught up in the story. I am not a fan of vampire stories, but I was open because I had read Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins and had enjoyed her fresh twist on a murdered ghost detective. This offered a good twist on a vampire hunter and how to hunt them. Elle rocked. I enjoyed reading about her humorous POV.

I will warn that because of the killing there is violence described in this book. It is not graphic, but descriptions of the fights and killings are included and increase as the story gets nearer to the end.

There is one vampire that she didn’t kill that I was totally pissed off with her for not doing so. How could she let him get away … again?! The story is skillfully told, and just when I think I know what will happen, the author throws in an unhappy surprise followed by a very good one.This does seem to be the start of a good, suspenseful series. I’m curious where it will go from here.

EXCERPT

“Have I mentioned how much it sucks (no pun intended) to be hunted by a vampire? Ruins your whole day.

And your whole life, if you’re not careful.

I’d already lost one boyfriend to the vampires, I wasn’t going to lose another, even if he wasn’t actually my boyfriend.

So only one question remained: how do you break up with an un-boyfriend?”

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