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Review of Fake Fiance, Real Revenge by Roxanne Snopek with/giveaway & interview

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Blurb:

Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.

Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.

But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?

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Review:

First and foremost, I’m a sucker for the revenge plot from reunited lovers.  Its a great trope and Ms. Snopek has written the perfect story with this particular trope.  Not only are they reunited lovers but then we have the other trope that I love…Oops, almost gave it away.  Sorry.  You know, Harlie’s is spoiler free.  *evil laugh*

Sabrina and Mitch were teenagers lovers that broke up when they thought it would be better for them as people.  Mitch had some major family issues to deal with including his younger brother Carson (his book is the #1 in the series), a disapproving town and he thought by leaving it would make things better for everyone.  Bad misfire on his part.

Sabrina never forget Mitch and the love that she had for him.  He was her world but with one decision that changed their lives, she let him go.  Sabrina is the kind of heroine that I love to read.  She’s smart, has a real purpose in her life, doesn’t need a man to make her happy and above all, mostly content in her life.  Until…

These two people needed a good crack on their heads and I’m surprised that Bliss didn’t do that in the beginning.  🙂  Speaking of which, the secondary characters in this book are phenomenal.  Well written and of course now, I’ve bought Zach and Carson’s books.  Good job Ms. Snopek.  You have a stalker for life!  Anywoos…my favorite secondary character has to be Bliss.  She always spoke her mind and within two seconds could see right through Mitch and his scheme.  Who I didn’t like was Della.  I found her somewhat interesting in the beginning but by the end, she is nothing more than a shrew.  I’m glad that Paris finally got a backbone and realized what she truly wanted and not what Della wanted for her.  Great subplot to the story.

Between the snarky dialogue that Sabrina rattled off in the beginning (LOL) with Mitch, I can honestly say that I understood where she wanted the revenge but when they had their discussion about what really happened all those years ago…my heart broke for both of them.  Their confessions were heartfelt and wretching at the same time.

I can not impress upon to you, my dear readers, to pick up this book and I dare you not to laugh, sigh, shed a tear and believe that these two reunited lovers need to be back together.  They do but getting there is half the battle.  Staying there, they will need to finally realize that they are worthy of each other.

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Top ten things you don’t know about me:

1.  Cotton or Silk?

Cotton.

 

2.  Champagne/beer/wine?

Yes, yes and yes. You’ve even got the in the right order!

 

3.  Plotter/pantser

Mostly pantser… though I’m trying to learn to plot better. Editors like it if you’ve got at least a dollop of logic in your story!

 

4.  Describe your workspace

Right now, a lap-desk in my bedroom, with my sweet dog at my side. When the house is quiet – like right now – that’s where the creative stuff happens. I also have an actual office, but these days it scares me. It’s where all the business of life and writing happens. Usually the to-do list is too long in there for any creative stuff to happen.

 

5.  Sports fan or just tolerate it?

I watch NHL hockey, initially so I wouldn’t be alone during hockey season. Now I love it. My hubby actually met Don and Ron by accident in an airport bar, a few years back. We’ve got a cool picture of the three of them. As for other sports, unless it involves horses, I wouldn’t cross the street to watch.

 

6.  Who is your biggest influence on writing?

I think Harriet the Spy really got me going. I carried around a notebook and eavesdropped for quite a while, after reading that book. The habit kind of stuck, except now I don’t spy on people so much as build imaginary lives for them. Sometimes I forget what’s imaginary and what’s true. Which can make for awkward conversations. “Hey, remember when you killed that evil superhero/admitted you were wrong about everything/rode inside the wheel-well of a plane/lived in the desert with a horse with no name…”

“No. You’re insane.”

 

7.  Favorite food –

I’ve got a recipe for something called Something Scandinavian Surprise. Imagine scalloped potatoes, but way easier and way more delicious. It’s basically match-stick cut potatoes, layered with onions, dotted with minced anchovies (those salty little guys are essential) covered with heavy cream, baked until it’s all hot and crusty and creamy. Yeah, I got you at cream, didn’t I? Now I just have to figure out how to make it NOT heart-attack inducing.

 

Also, I love spinach.
8.  When did you start writing?

I started freelancing when my first daughter was born, more than 20 years ago. I had this idea there’d be lots of time to learn to write, home with a baby and all. (I got cured of that when the second and third were born.) Incredibly, I managed to build a decent career. But I wanted to write fiction, not boring old factual truth. That took longer. I started working seriously on story-craft some time later, in dribs and drabs, sold a few short stories, one novel, then nothing, nothing and more nothing. Then Entangled Publishing saw my first Three River Ranch novel last spring and wowza, voila, ka-boom, I’m a novelist!

 

9.  If money were no object, where would you like to live?

Somewhere with a view of the ocean. And lots of sunshine. Oh! And room service!
10.  What’s next for you?

After Fake Fiance, Real Revenge, comes a Christmas novella set in the same world, called Saving Rudolph. It’s part of an Entangled Bliss anthology, coming out December 2013. (Imagine a felonious elf, an upstanding sheriff, a bunch of stolen reindeer, a blizzard…warming up by the fire…) Then at least one more book in the series, featuring Celia Gamble, Zach’s unpleasant sister in His Reluctant Rancher. (CeeCee has secret reasons for her misery, you will NOT believe it!) I’ve got other characters who need stories of their own in this rancher-series, so hopefully I’ll get to write them, too. I’ve also got ideas for a whole new series percolating in the grey matter that will hopefully find their way to a page near you one day.

Author bio

Roxanne Snopek is the author of ten books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America Greater Vancouver Chapter. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s at work on more love stories for Entangled Publishing.

Roxanne Snopek has been writing professionally for more than two decades and is the author of eight books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. Her non-fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications, from The Vancouver Sun and Reader’s Digest to newsletters for Duke, Cornell and Tufts Universities. She’s done corporate copywriting on topics ranging from pet food for Iams/Eukanuba, to employee profiles for VersaCold to air-conditioner maintenance for Home Depot.

In 2006, her first novel Targets of Affection was published by Cormorant Books, under the name RGWillems. When her editor asked for more, she happily wrote the second and third in the series, certain she was on her way to fame and fortune. Then the economy fell apart, her editor stopped taking her calls and Roxanne realized it wasn’t going to be that easy.

After some wallowing and navel-gazing, she found Romance Writers of America, one of the largest professional writers’ organizations in the world, and began to seriously study the craft of fiction writing. Roxanne is currently Vice-President of the Greater Vancouver Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. They voted her in, so they can’t complain.

In her spare time, Roxanne is also the human resource manager for a veterinary hospital. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s always at work on the next book.

On a personal note:

Take a look my blog*, in which I open up a tiny window into the uncharted landscape that is My Brain, while dancing between the boundaries of Too Much Information and Oops, Now I Need a Pen Name. Mostly it’s just Real Life, family, art, writing, yoga and why some mornings, you just shouldn’t talk.

*or don’t. Really, it’s up to you.

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Buy Links

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge:  AmazonB&NiBookstore

His Reluctant Rancher: Amazon

Three River Ranch: Amazon

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