It Had to be You by Deborah Simmons

 

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It Had to be You by Deborah Simmons
Publisher: Bennett street books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (183 pages)
Heat level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Willow

What if Cinderella didn’t want to go to the ball? Wedding planner Paige Porter doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She’s seen too many bridezillas, randy grooms, and short-lived marriages. But she loves to create magic for that perfect moment, so she’s thrilled when society matron Bebe Maitland invites her to handle a granddaughter’s nuptials. But dealing with the wealthy and eccentric family becomes a full-time job, involving more than wedding planning. There’s the bride-to-be, her siblings, and a set of nasty cousins with their own agendas. And then there’s Siegfried, the heir apparent, boy genius, and one of the city’s most eligible bachelors – if anyone could drag him away from his computer lab. As CEO of The Maitland Company and the last in a long line of inventors, Siegfried might forget to eat or sleep, but he can’t forget Paige Porter. For once he might have to put aside his all-consuming research for a new venture: Project Paige. Because when he saw her he knew: It Had to Be You.

It Had to Be You really does prove that opposites attract.

It Had to Be You is a very fun read. Paige Porter is a very strong female character that has a very clear goal for what she want to do with her life – build up her wedding planning business and buy her very own home. She doesn’t want to end up like her Mother and rely on anyone, especially a man. Enter Siegfried, a geeky awkward boy genius that can’t focus on anything for long periods of time, except on Paige.

The character development in this book is really good. Although I would of liked to have more detailed back stories I got to get a sense of what made the characters the way they are. This included the back stories of some of the supporting characters, which I really enjoyed.

Ms Simmons has created a lovely novel that has me wishing that I – like Paige – got accepted into a very fun and eccentric family like the Maitland family. They accepted her as part of the family and gave her everything – even if she didn’t ask.

I recommended this novel to all those who love romantic comedies.

Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay

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Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (124 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…

Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?

And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.

Not everyone gets a second chance, but Luke is one of the lucky ones.

What I found most interesting about Luke was how quickly his biggest personality flaws showed up in the first few scenes. I prefer reading about protagonists whose weaknesses are serious and can’t be easily overcome because it leaves so much room for character development. This book definitely gave Luke plenty of room to grow and change in his afterlife. For that reason alone, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping the author will consider writing a sequel. There is room for it if she decides to do so!

Two characters regularly shifted between a close, platonic friendship and a romantic relationship. They were well-suited for either option, but I would have preferred it if only one was emphasized. It was a little confusing to move back and forth between the two so often in a story this size. There wasn’t enough time in it to explain exactly why these characters were conflicted about what kind of relationship they wanted to have with one another because there were so many other things going on at the same time.

The pacing was excellent. I had a hard time taking any breaks from reading it, especially later on when the tension reached its peak. While I would have loved it if this tale was twice as long, the length the author chose worked incredibly well for her premise. She struck a good balance between giving brief glimpses of Luke’s past and pushing him further ahead on his quest before time runs out.

Restless in Peaceville is a smart twist on the zombie genre. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the dark side of paranormal fiction.

Little Wicked Things by Susan Brassfield Cogan

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Little Wicked Things by Susan Brassfield Cogan
Publisher: CoganBooks
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Full Length (283 Pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

In the 19th century there were new marvels almost every year—steam engines, photography, telegraphs, trains. But after the Great Disaster everything seems to veer off in another direction. Rumors of wireless communication and electrical energy all die out. The marvels stop.

Then another disaster strikes—the assassination of elderly Queen Victoria and two of her sons. For a while the world collapses into mad chaos. Parliament is dissolved and Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert becomes the heir apparent. The Regency Committee rules with an iron fist, but they bring peace and order back into the nation.

Then, quietly at first, a third disaster. The monsters come.

Miriam Walker hunts them.

Miriam Walker is a strong, likeable protagonist. She is a widow who has lost her three children, one of them killed by the Knockerboys, monsters who have entered into this alternate London of 1899. As a result, she has taken on the mission of protecting all those she can and killing as many of the monsters as possible.

I enjoy thinking about possible alternate realities. The plot of Little Wicked Things sets up a very believable and frightening alternative to Victorian London. The nineteenth century was one of tremendous scientific changes. In this version, people tinkered with transmutation, with disastrous results. Miriam comes across a journal which details the experiments, a journal which she has promised to destroy. Unfortunately before she can do that, she is captured.

The plot is well-paced, with the tension building as Miriam uncovers more and more about several different plot lines. She has always worked alone, but now discovers that she must help others and in turn be helped by them. She needs to work with those whom she normally has considered to be immoral. She learns a lot about the way others struggle to live. She also develops a greater hatred of those who are called the Four Hundred, haughty powerful aristocrats who are currently in charge of the nation.

I was hooked from the opening page and as the tension built I found that I couldn’t put the book down. I went down many dangerous paths with Miriam, watching as she fights evil and finds kindness in surprising places. I liked the fact that Miriam is willing to learn about those she had formerly just judged. She develops and changes as the novel progresses, but one thing never changes and that is her determination to hunt the Knockerboys.

Readers who enjoy steampunk fantasy are sure to be captivated by Miriam and her quest for a better world.

All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

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All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, YA
Length: Full Length(331 pgs)
Age recommendation: 13+
Rated: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lupine

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

What starts out as a very mysterious and hidden plot eventually turns into a roller coaster of intrigue and deceit as Liv tries desperately to unravel her past after a tragic accident claims her memories.

I really enjoyed the plot; I thought it was the best part of the book considering how I am usually able to guess how things will turn out, and the author kept slamming doors of possibility in my face as I kept guessing and being wrong. It’s a wonderfully done piece. My only complaint would be the obnoxious girl who, of course, ran the school and was the popular one. She was rather stereotypical, when it comes down to the mean girl type.

Liv was an excellent main character. She had a great development, and I enjoyed watching her try and fit back into the real world and her new life after such a little time to recover. She had curiosity and spunk that made me giggle, and she usually had a reason to cry, so wasn’t a whiny heroine. She possessed strength, especially in the end, when she finally discovered the real reasons behind her mental battles and odd dreams.

Spencer was as equally well done for a brooding teenage boy trying to erase the mistakes in his life and redo his world. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him and what he did for Liv in her destroyed life, picking up all the broken pieces and gluing them back together.  A good book that has me looking for more from this publisher and author.

Smile Again, Jenny Lee by Carlo Caldana

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Smile Again, Jenny Lee by Carlo Caldana
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (230 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Jenny Lee is an outspoken and temperamental tennis star whose career is brought to an end following a mysterious accident. After her agent runs away with her money, Jenny finds herself struggling to find financial support and restart her career. Desperate for help, she searches for her father who abandoned her when she was a child. She soon tracks down a man with a shady past who left a trail of family secrets and intrigues. Her search also leads her to uncover the mystery of her accident.

Lies were told, secrets were kept. When the deceit and dishonesty unravels; it has the ability to make or destroy lives already at the brink.

Jenny Lee was a professional tennis player but an accident, or rather an attack, puts a halt in her career. It took a long time for her to come to her feet however by that time she was penniless. Not because of the money that took to get her to recover but due to the fact that her agent ran away with her money. With no money and in need of someone to fund the return to her career she searches for her father who left when Jenny was very young.

With the help of a man, Charles Landale, she tries to track down her father. The truth about her father leads her to find the truth about her accident/attack.

Jenny was an exceptional professional tennis player with a tendency to distrust everyone around her and being very forward in what she said. She would say first and never think of the consequences. This results her in acquiring more enemies than friends.

So, when she was attacked it wasn’t a surprise that not many came to forward to help her through. Jenny is an extremely stubborn woman. When she wanted to search for her father and make him pay the financial support that she required to restart her career. She is a very goal oriented woman, but arrogant and very bitter. She had a reputation of being to just about anyone and this part of her showed through a lot. Almost to the point that I considered stopping reading the book but the mystery of what happened to her father made me keep moving forward.

Jenny has a lot of attitude problems but she also shows her soft side in some parts of this novel though it’s only a handful of times. In my opinion it is not enough.  With the advancing story Jenny starts to rebuild herself, though I don’t think even she realized this.

The mystery of her father changed her. Forgiveness, appreciation, love…. She learns the good side of things. She learns to trust people. And that was the highlight for me. When her father ran out on her mother and her she had erected walls around her heart. This is a very touching story but Jenny’s attitude almost hid this.

Charles Landale, a janitor who doesn’t remember his identity but knows that Howard Dancy is his friend, helps Jenny in finding her father.  The mystery of what happened to her father is very surprising and very well constructed.

Smile Again, Jenny Lee is a mystery that sent me reeling and wanting to come back for more.

The Revenge Artist by Philip Hoy

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The Revenge Artist by Philip Hoy
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (172 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A bullied teen embarks on a dark journey of revenge when she discovers the power to make bad things happen by drawing them.

Evelyn Hernandez is a high school junior who reads Shakespeare for fun, sews her own dresses, and keeps a sketch journal of her daily life. When varsity quarterback Garvey Valenzuela breaks her heart, she sends him to the emergency room with a busted hand.

Add black magic to her résumé.

The Revenge Artist is the story of a bullied teen who embarks on a dark journey of revenge when she discovers she has the power to make bad things happen by drawing them. The novel explores the emotional pain, isolation, and self-hatred caused by bullying and cyber-bullying in particular as it follows the self-destructive path taken by one teen attempting to defend herself from bullies.

Evelyn is temporarily empowered by her ability to hurt others, “Don’t you know? I’m a witch… a real, honest to God, black-hearted, evil witch!” and this is what keeps her from seeing that her true power comes from her loyal and caring nature, the love and support of her friends and family, and most of all, her intelligence and creativity.

They say karma catches up with everyone eventually, so what’s wrong with helping it show up a little early?

Evelyn’s character development was strong. She has a good balance of flaws and strengths, several of which played an important role later on in this tale. I really enjoy it when authors tie their protagonist’s personalities so strongly to the plot because it leaves a lot of room for the main character to grow emotionally as a result of his or her experiences.

There were some pacing issues early on. Approximately the first third of the book was used for character development as well as setting the scene for everything that happened later on. While all of the background information I learned in this section was important, the blurb lead me to assume that I’d be reading something that moved along more quickly. In some ways these two portions felt like entirely different stories due to how they were paced and the issues they spent the most time focusing on. It would have been helpful to have a few more glimpses of the excitement to come in the first chapter or two in order to bridge the gap between Evelyn’s ordinary life and what happens to her after her big betrayal.

The conversations Evelyn has with her friends sometimes switched from English to Spanish for a phrase or sentence. I recommend taking the time to translate them to anyone who isn’t fluent in Spanish because they were so well written and informative. It was fun to get to know Evelyn and her friends from these brief exchanges as they often showed sides of these characters’ personalities that were otherwise hidden.

The Revenge Artist is an intriguing choice for anyone who knows what it’s like to be teased or bullied in school.

The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

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The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (256 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .

Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified—to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation . . . without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past.

Desired: Duke skilled in the seductive art of conversation . . .

Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn’t seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke’s relatives is responsible for the death of her family—and take her revenge. She certainly can’t afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her.

But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she’s faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she’s sworn to kill?

Secret agendas, wicked ways, and lives turned topsy-turvy propel A DUKE OF DARK DESIRES along on a turbulent undercurrent and sweep the reader into the action immediately.

Neither Julian Fortescue, now the reluctant Duke of Denford nor Jane Grey, really Jeanne Louise Adorée de Falleron, are paragons of virtue. Both did and do what’s necessary and expedient to stay alive as they work toward their own goals. When their lives collide, sparks fly, not with hatred, like Jane had planned, but with desire.

Julian’s three half-sisters add a delightful and important layer to the story. Miranda Neville brings these three young personalities to life in ways that enhance the plot and the development of Julian and Jane. The back story of all of their lives is subtle woven into the story, so the reader feels as if she knows the characters personally.

The characters captivate and the plot intrigues. The reader is pulled into a world of lies, secrets, heartache, horrific past deeds, and greed; yet there is humor and, best of all, love that runs like a strong golden thread through all the darkness of the story.

The antagonists emerge from the dark past of both Julian’s and Jane’s lives. They heighten the stakes to a fever pitch. The suspense and anxiety build to heart-pounding levels when protagonists and antagonists all come together at Denford Castle.

Miranda Neville delivers another page-turning historical love story that is memorable. THE DUKE OF DARK DESIRES stands alone, but some of the minor characters have had their own stories in previous books in this series. They will very likely become “want-to-read” books after enjoying this one.

The Dark of the Moon by Samantha Allard

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The Dark of the Moon by Samantha Allard
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (96 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A missing brother, werewolves at war, and she’s stuck in the middle. Rachel might not be your average girl, but even she has her limits.

Rachel Valentine isn’t your average girl.

Three years ago her brother disappeared, and Rachel went off the rails quite spectacularly. Now she is trapped in a nunnery because she accidently blew up half the science department at her old school. One night she sees her long-lost brother in the crowd behind a reporter on television. There’s no mistaking who he is, but getting her parents to believe her is a different matter. It leaves her one option: break out of the nunnery and travel to London to track him down.

She’s about to find out that things are never that simple and there are some secrets that are impossible to believe.

Nothing can stop this girl’s mission. Or can it?

Yes, Rachel has a prickly side, but underneath that is someone who would do absolutely anything to help her brother. Her strong attachment to her sibling is what first made me like her, and her kind, ethical personality soon gave me other reasons to root for her as well. Developing such a strong moral code makes up for a lot of personal flaws. While Rachel definitely has more than her fair share of them, this made her feel like a real person to me.

There were some plot holes that I noticed later on in this tale. One of the characters suddenly possesses a skill that had never been mentioned before. I would have preferred to have much more information about where this skill came from and why it took so long to show up. It would have also been helpful if more time had been spent explaining why everyone reacts to this event the way they do. Certain parts of it briefly made me wonder if there was a prequel that hadn’t shown up on my Internet searches for this title.

As a fan of the werewolf sub-genre, it’s always interesting to see how authors visualize this part of their books. Ms. Allard struck a smart balance between describing her version of werewolf culture and showing how humans who aren’t accustomed to it would realistically react to the less savoury parts of it. It was fun to see this world through her eyes.

Give The Dark of the Moon a try if you enjoy contemporary werewolf stories.

My Lady of the Whip by Venetia Green

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My Lady of the Whip by Venetia Green
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (113 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Be careful when you pick up a whip. Your fingers curl about that seductive handle, your wrist flexes its subtle weight and then… Yes, you wonder what would happen if you plied those innocent leather strips against another’s flesh.
1348. The Black Death is sweeping medieval London, social order is collapsing and the virtuous Lady Elizabeth seizes a whip to defend her honor. But when death seems inevitable, Bess throws caution to the plague-ridden vapors to save the man she can never have—William de Montagu, the handsome, persuasive and soon-to-be-married Earl of Salisbury.

For such a compact story, there was an amazing amount of depth written between its pages. I’m not a stickler for historical accuracy; if the story is good enough, and the characters are strong and fascinating, then that’s good enough for me. However, the details that the author shared about the time in history for Bess and William certainly seemed real enough to me. I had to Google a certain word and then understood why it’s not a wonder Bess was horrified and grossed out at the beginning. If I was surrounded by people dying by the plague, I’d be freaking out too. Those were some seriously scary times and Ms. Green totally captured the feeling of panic, impending doom and its effect on a person’s psyche. I had no idea that kind of stuff went on, and if accurate, the author’s descriptions brought it to life for a reader. Praise be for modern medicine and hospitals!

That first chapter is important when it comes to the heroine. A reader finds insight as to her character. She might be a maiden, she might be sheltered to a degree, but she’s not without courage, fortitude or clever thinking. The author made that very clear which makes it perfectly believable for what comes later – Bess is a survivor.

The second chapter introduces William, the hero. The author wasted no time in alerting a reader to his impure thoughts and his mighty internal struggle to stand firm and deny his attraction to Bess. He’s supposed to be a good guy, a protector – yet he’s delightfully human and attracted. It was fun watching him fall during the course of the story.

The most sultry, sexy and enthralling scene was when William spoke to Bess but he made sure her eyes were closed. All he used were words, yet the effect was pure seduction. I really enjoyed that scene because it was very well written and hot – so hot the seducer became the seduced as well. That was one of the highlights for me in the novelette.

Fast forward a bit and what ends up happening to Bess is probably typical of the times. I wasn’t shocked but intrigued. The heroine truly was a survivor and she learned the lessons of survival extremely well. Her bodyguard, Wat, seemed sweet but reminded me of a hulking football player, especially the scene with the door. Don’t mess with Wat.

The chapter with the most whipping and binding and sexual hijinks was truly an eye opener for both reader and Will. One of the reasons that I liked it, and in fact, every sexy scene in the whole book, is because there are emotions affected in every single one. Nothing was gratuitous but a stepping stone towards the ultimate culmination – love.

The dialogue was clever and again probably accurate for the times. I enjoyed the tavern scene and the rough man-talk that took place there. Men haven’t changed even though the words to express their lusty pursuits have.

My Lady of the Whip has descriptions that bring to life the environment of the day; it’s as clear as the crack of a lash. Man’s taste for the crop has not changed over the centuries and Ms. Green told a wonderful story where its use is a focal point. I enjoyed the dynamics between Will and Bess and through the span of time, went through the motions of the dance of love – the meeting, the separation and the reunion (which was feisty to say the least) and the declaration of love. The ending was certainly unique, kind of funny but very, very happy. I enjoy a good HEA and Ms. Green delivered a solid one. I recommend My Lady of the Whip to all readers who are looking for something different or enjoy historical romances with a very sexy edge. This is a well-written tale that is titillating, sensual and erotic yet provides the heart and emotion of a solidly written romance. I’m glad I read it.

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Beneath a Sicilian Sun by Lynette Rees

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Beneath a Sicilian Sun by Lynette Rees
Publisher: Taliesin Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (109 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Journalist Joanne Smith encounters Sicilian millionaire Dante Alphonso while conducting an interview for Life Today magazine. Dante has been well known to the media for years, where constant scorn has been thrown upon the playboy lifestyle of his younger years. He detests that reputation as he would much prefer to be known for his charity work for The Children’s Hope and Dream Foundation, an organization he established to help terminally ill children achieve their wishes.

Dante has already had his fingers burned by bloodhound journalists, but takes a chance on Joanne, inviting her to his home country to visit his vineyard and meet the Alphonso Family. Things begin to sizzle between them under the Sicilian sun as Joanne embraces their lifestyle.

A thorn in the side for Joanne is Dante’s ex, Carla, a strong alpha female whose family owns a rival vineyard in the area. Carla betrayed Dante before, so trusting any woman is difficult for him.

However, Joanne has a secret she has kept from Dante, which is stopping her from growing close to him. The secret is revealed after he invites her on board his luxury yacht on the way to the island of Lipari.

Will their love for one another be strong enough to withstand the stormy seas that lie ahead? Or will it get washed up on the shore?

Sparks ignite when love and lust collide beneath a Sicilian sun.

Joanne Smith, a journalist, meets Dante Alphonso for an interview. Dante is very hesitant and suspicious of journalists as the relationship between him and the media has never been that good. He wants to be known for his charity work not for his previous playboy lifestyle. He invites Joanne to his home country, visit his vineyard and meet the Alphonso Family. During this working/vacation trip they get to know each other and start building a relationship. However, Dante’s ex who owns a rival vineyard in the area has already caused a lot of heartache to Dante that makes him reluctant to trust and get hurt.

Dante is not the only one with walls around his heart. Joanne has something that makes it difficult for her to get close to him and get on with life. This is not the last of it.

Another betrayal–or is it a betrayal?–tests Joanne and Dante’s relationship. The question is will they survive all this? Will they come out of this storm intact?

Joanne is an independent, career minded and principled woman. Dante is a millionaire businessman who does charity work however his past behavior gets drudged up again and again affecting the reputation of the charity. Both of them has pasts and hurts that they need to go through and they do go through the pain and forgiveness of it all together. That’s what I absolutely loved about this. They learn to forgive themselves and others.

Joanne and Dante not only have an understanding towards each other but are also immensely passionate. Their chemistry is sizzling. Unlike some books it is not lust at first sight. That is very refreshing. Their relationship at first is professional. No hint of any chemistry between them. Their relationship developed slowly. I absolutely loved that because it felt so realistic rather than the usual. I was better able to relate to the characters and story because of this.

The author has done a very good job of describing the scenery and location. I got transported to Sicily. It was like I was living the character. I was seeing everything described in this. This story is also very emotional and touching with everything that happens. The emotions that they feel are expressed beautifully.

Beneath a Sicilian Sun is a very tender and moving novelette, with heartache and love, forgiveness and pain, and family and children. A contemporary romance not only about the lead characters also about family. I give this book a good recommendation.