#Review of The Congressman’s Wife (the Congressman’s Trilogy #1) by Arie Paulou & Charlene Keel w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Review #Woman’s Lit #giveaway

The Congressman’s Wife

by Arie Pavlou & Charlene Keel

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GENRE:   Contemporary Women’s Fiction

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BLURB:

All Eden Bancroft has ever been to her high-profile politician husband is a trophy wife, born and bred for the part.  She believes she has no choice but to play it—until she meets a talented chef and restaurant heir who shows her the real meaning of love. 

The more her husband uses and belittles her, the more deeply Eden falls for Kaleb.  Even with Mitchell’s congressional campaign in full swing, the lovers manage to find brief stolen moments together. When her husband is wounded by a bullet from an angry lobbyist, Eden must stay by his side.  What she learns can set her free, if she has the courage to take a stand.

The beautiful wife of a would-be congressman falls for a sexy chef in this steamy debut novel . . . A spicy outing that should feed readers’ hunger for romance.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Congressman’s Wife is a thrilling roller-coaster ride from beginning to end: fast-paced, sizzling with sex, yet constantly balanced on the edge of disaster . . . This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read . . .”
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Excerpt One:

Kaleb had been standing close enough to hear it all—not that he’d intended to eavesdrop.  He only wanted to try and give her some kind of signal—to beg, if necessary—to get a moment alone with her.  When he heard her husband’s caustic words, Kaleb wanted to punch him.  He wanted to take Eden’s hand and lead her out of there, away from the complete jackass her husband seemed to be.

Instead, he followed her into the room where coats were checked for the evening.  The maid who’d taken them was nowhere about, and Eden was digging through the racks when Kaleb walked in.  She looked up, surprised.

“We need to talk about it,” he said.

“About what?”  She found her wrap and Mitchell’s Brooks Brothers overcoat, draped them over one arm and turned to face him.

“About this thing between us.”

“That’s not very original.”

“I feel it and I know you feel it.”

“Look, I’m very flattered,” she began but he cut her off.

“We don’t have much time.”  He moved closer, aching to touch her.  “Your husband will come looking for you any minute.  Just tell me when and where I can see you again.  Alone.”

“You can’t,” she said.  “My husband is running for congress.  It’s . . . it would be impossible.”

“No,” he insisted.  “I don’t know why we met or how we’re going to pull this off but I do know one thing.”  He was speaking so softly now that she had to move closer to hear him.

“What?” she asked, her lips just inches from his own.  They were of equal height and he could see how well, how perfectly, they would fit together.

“I won’t give up.  I want to make love to you.”

“At least once?” she countered.

He moved closer still.  “Once will never be enough for us.  You know that, too.”

She sighed, lightly, and her sweet breath lingered on his cheek for a moment before she moved away and broke the spell.

“My husband is waiting for me,” she said.  “You’re a little crazy, you know?  You need to forget about this.  I’m married.  I have kids.  I don’t have time for an affair.”

“Have lunch with me.”

“Sorry—too busy.”

“Just let me talk to you.  Give me two hours—maybe over the weekend.  Then if you never want to hear from me again, that’ll be it.  I swear.”

She didn’t say anything for a moment, as if she was considering it.  “As intriguing as that sounds, I’m afraid it’s impossible.  I’m going to the season opening at the Village Resort up in Hunter this weekend, with my best friend.”

“Your husband going too?” Kaleb persisted.

“No.  He has a previous engagement.  Not that it’s any of your business.”

He opened his mouth to answer but Mitchell’s voice rang out in the foyer.  “Edie—let’s go.  Where are you?”

She flashed Kaleb a warning look and called out softly, “Coming, Mitchell.”  Then she left, quickly, before her husband could see Kaleb standing in the shadows.

You know Harlie HATES cheating in a book.  Ugh!  But with this book, she gave it a chance.  And she is sure glad that she did.  Beautifully written, excellent plot, twists and turns and a couple that you truly wanted to be together.  Yes, she really wanted them to be together.  Here are her top reasons for liking/disliking the book:

LIKES

  1.  Eden – She could have come across as weak and in some ways, she was in the beginning.  There were children in the marriage and didn’t want to upset that part of her life.  She also didn’t really see a way out of her marriage with Mitchell.  Plus, where would she go?  Plus, when she met Kaleb she honestly didn’t know what true love was or even experienced it.  *sigh*
  2.  Kaleb – He never gave up on her.  Never.  Sure, he knew that she was married and to whom but he didn’t care.  He saw and heard they way Mitchell treated her and knew that she deserved so much better.
  3. The category that this book is in is Woman’s Lit.  I know, but there is a romantic element to it and some smexy times, too.  But overall, I think the category is corrected.  It’s about a woman’s journey to finding out what true love is about and going for it.
  4. I loved the political intrigue.  It kept me glued to the pages of the book.  I love a good political thriller so I’m in.
  5. The food.  Yes, the food.  Kaleb can cook and I swear I was famished when I finished the book.

DISLIKES

  1.  Mitchell – You are supposed to hate him but he took it to another level for me.  I can’t stand when a husband belittles his wife.  Douche!
  2. At times, I really felt like the book put me on a rollercoaster with all the political intrigue.  Yes, I like it but at times, I really wanted the romance between Eden and Kaleb.
  3. That this book is part of a trilogy.  I knew that going in but once I finished I really wanted to continue reading about Eden and Kaleb.  I went to Ms. Keel’s website and there is nothing in regards to the next book.  *sad face*
  4. The food.  Seriously, I was hungry throughout the whole book.  *winks at Arie*  Evil man
  5. That it ended.  Most of the times, I can finish a book and move on to the next one.  Not this one.  I want more.

Overall, this is one of the better political romance books that I’ve read in a very long time.  It’s timely, pertinent and suspenseful.  Plus, the romance between Eden and Kaleb is believable.  And yes, this is a cheating book but I highly recommend it.  Go figure!  🙂

 

Only because I want more of their story. 🙂

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Charlene Keel has written over a dozen novels and how-to books as well as multiple episodes of popular TV shows such as Fantasy Island and Days of our Lives.  Her Dell book, Rituals, was the basis for the first made-for-syndication soap opera.  Recently she co-authored The Tracks, a YA supernatural trilogy.  Shadow Train, the final installment, won a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award.  Keel has also written screen adaptations of novels by bestselling authors, and has worked as editor or managing editor for a few international magazines.  In her spare time she ghostwrites books and screenplays for celebrities, doctors, corporate moguls, spies, strippers and anyone who has an interesting story to tell. 

 

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Website: CharleneKeel.net

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Arie Pavlou is a popular chef who attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and then perfected his craft at some of the top-rated Michelin restaurants in France and New York.  He has lived and worked in France, Cyprus and the U. S. and is an avid world traveler who speaks five languages.  He enjoys all sports and has a talent for knife-throwing, which he perfected at Le Cordon Bleu.  Currently Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Bridgehampton Inn in New York, his specialties include Caramelized Baked Alaska, Winter Salad, Roast Lamb Fondue, Wild Game and Poached Pears with Mint Ice Cream.  The Congressman’s Wife is his first novel, and he’s currently writing a cookbook. 

 

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Hunter Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #3

Paranormal Romance

Release Date: April 25, 2017

Author: A.M. Griffin

 

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Blurb:

When Hunter and Asha’s worlds collide, neither is able to walk away from the other.

Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.

Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.

He’s hoping to convince Asha a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.

 

Excerpt #3

As he sauntered over to her, with plate in hand, she took a deep breath and her mouth watered as the aroma of onions, tomatoes, cheese and eggs hit her nostrils. “That smells wonderful.”

When he held the plate out to her she practically snatched it from him, making the fork fall onto the floor.

“Whoa, slow down. It’s not going anywhere,” he joked.

“Sorry, I’m hungrier than I thought.” When she started for the utensil, he stopped her.

“Don’t worry about that. I’ll get you another.”

“Thanks,” she said as he leaned down to get it for her.

He stopped and took a long sniff at the air.

“What the heck are you doing? Are you smelling me again?”

This wasn’t the same kind of sniff that he’d given her earlier. This one was longer, more sensual and she swore he had shivered as he did.

“I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. You smell…delectable.”

She pressed her knees together, unsure of exactly how she should feel about being sniffed. “Just…just don’t do that again.”

He looked up at her. “Why not?”

She was mortified. “Why? Because, because it’s not proper. One does not go around sniffing other people’s crotches. It’s rude.”

“Not for Wolf-Shifters.”

“I. Am. Not. A. Wolf-Shifter.”

“I’m well aware of that fact.” He dropped to his knees and she scooted her chair back so fast that she tipped to fall. Just as fast, he reached out and caught the chair legs and righted her before she tumbled backward.

“I should probably say thank you, but I’m not going to.”

“No need to thank me.”

She stared down at him positioned between her legs. How could she close them if he had his body wedged there? “So, um, can you move now?”

“No, I was thinking that I could eat, while you eat.”

She nodded toward the stove. “That was the plan. That’s why you made two omelets, right?”

He pulled his gaze away from her crotch to stare up at her. The minute their eyes met she knew she was in a world of trouble. Light-brown eyes, shielded by heavy lashes and projecting sex stared back at her. And she thought the looks he’d shot her the first night had been smoldering. No, the way he watched her now was exactly how she imagined lovers looked at each other.

“I don’t want to eat…that,” he said.

 

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Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #1

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Blurb:

The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.

Then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…

Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.

 

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Lover Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #2

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Blurb:

When Meisha comes home and finds a strange man in her kitchen, she does what any sensible person would do. She beats the crap out of him first, then asks questions after. When he explains her best friend is in mortal danger, Meisha knows the whole mess—including a recent murder and the threats on her friend’s life—may be her fault, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. And no sexy stranger is going to stop her.

 

Lajos Farkas isn’t expecting to meet a spitfire, martial artist when he’s on a mission to figure out who’s stealing from Dark Wolf Enterprises, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to insist on butting in on his investigation. But getting rid of Meisha is seemingly impossible, and when his wolf decides she’s his life-mate, suddenly he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her close and grow old with her.

 

If they can just stay alive long enough to make that possible.

 

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  1. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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#Review of Into the Light (Dark series #2) by J.G. Sumner @jg_sumner

Romantic Suspense 

Date Published: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

 

Laney Pearson was shot at point blank range…

With the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan George, Josh Stone managed to save her, giving them both a new start and a second chance at love. But when Laney’s parents try to take their recovering daughter back to Missouri, Josh fears he’ll lose her…possibly forever.

 

A mysterious stalker and Laney’s family aren’t the only ones who want Josh and Laney apart…

Jillian Stone has struggled with her own demons, always leaning on her brother Josh for support. When she sees him doting on Laney, spending days on end by her hospital bed, Jillian grows increasingly jealous. She pictures a life where Laney is gone and she and Josh can be closer… much closer.

A familiar shadow still threatens the light…

They thought Laney’s stalker was completely erased from their lives, arrested when he tried to kill her. But they find it wasn’t Laney’s ex-boyfriend who tormented her for weeks on end, even if he was the one who pulled the trigger. They are now on the lookout for the real stalker, who becomes braver with each passing day, always in shadows, never creeping into the light…

They fear he might be back to finish what he started… sending Laney to an early grave.

Excerpt 1

 

Dr. Josh Stone stood helpless as Laney, seemingly in slow motion, fell to the floor. The thud of her body hitting the tiles shot goose bumps through his flesh. For a brief moment, he was paralyzed. His girlfriend, also a trauma nurse, had been shot by the patient they had been taking care of. The sight of the man sitting up and grabbing Officer Miller’s gun from his holster replayed in Josh’s brain. The man pointed it at Laney and shot her several times before anyone was able to subdue him. Now, Josh stood helplessly as she lay motionless on the floor. How could this happen in his trauma room? Why couldn’t he protect Laney? His knees seemed to buckle as he sank to Laney’s side, stethoscope dangling from his neck.

Laney’s curly blonde hair covered much of her face, but it was clear she was unconscious. Josh gently shook her, hoping for the slightest response. There was none. She had been shot in the chest.

Someone shrieked. One of the ER nurses, Dinah, looked shocked, both hands covering her mouth. She pointed to the floor. A puddle of blood oozed from under Laney. His nose wrinkled from the metallic aroma.

Josh fought the anger raging inside him. He wanted to make the son-of-a-bitch who shot Laney pay for hurting her.

For now, he had to let the cops handle it. Josh took a deep breath and struggled to regain his composure, but failed miserably.

“My God! Laney! How could this happen?” His face was hot. He swiped at it with his blood-soaked hands and realized he was crying.

“Dr. Stone! Dr. Stone!”

Josh looked up. Dinah’s lips were moving, but her words weren’t computing. A couple of techs and nurses eased Laney from his arms. Not only did he feel the emptiness, but it also plagued his heart and his soul.

Josh helped lift Laney onto a gurney. Dinah placed her hand on his shoulder. “You need to help her. She needs you now more than ever.”

Dinah put her cold hands on Josh’s flushed face. “Dr. Stone, I know you’re in shock, but you need to focus. You’re the only one who can save her.”

Josh turned his head, causing the frigid hands to fall from his face. He rubbed his swollen eyes and surveyed the room. The devastation was beyond words. Officer Miller had the man who shot Laney subdued in handcuffs. He lay on the table with his disheveled hair covering his face. Someone must have sedated him because he wasn’t moving. Equipment had been knocked over and supplies thrown everywhere. Josh’s heart rate sped up as he cast his eyes down at the pool of blood surrounding his feet.

“Where is she?”

“They’ve taken her to the OR to get her prepped. You need to get down there right now. Dr. Nessler is coming in to finish up with this guy.”

Josh darted out of the room with an urgency he never felt before. With each step he took, his pace quickened until he was in a full sprint to the OR.

When Josh arrived, the anesthesiologist already had Laney intubated and sedated and was inserting a central line. The nurses had just finished putting in peripheral IVs.

“Hang two units of O positive PRBC’s. Tell the blood bank to have more on standby. She will need them.”

“Are you sure you want O positive and not O negative?” questioned Sandra, the OR nurse.

“Yes! Laney is O positive!” Josh barked.

He rushed to Laney. He took a step back seeing her naked body lying lifeless on the table. Blood still seeped from the bullet wounds. He took a deep breath, steadied himself, and promptly got to work.

“Has anyone called the cardiothoracic surgeon?”

“Yes, he’s been called,” Sandra stated.

“Who’s on call today?” Josh mentally crossed his fingers it was his friend Nathan.

“It’s Dr. George. He should be here any minute.”

Josh sighed. “Thank God. Have chest x-rays been performed?”

“Yes, we also did a CT of her abdomen. There were two bullets that landed there. One hit the large intestine. The other looks as though it may have grazed the liver. There doesn’t appear to be any bleeding, so it may not have been hit. A bullet also went through the right lower lobe of her lung. The worst of the injuries is her heart. She took a direct hit to her left ventricle. She’s losing a lot of blood. I have everything set up when you’re ready to go, Dr. Stone.”

“Let’s get her chest cracked. We can’t waste a moment. Dr. George will start to work as soon as he gets here.”

One of the techs handed Josh a scalpel. He made an incision straight down the center of Laney’s chest to her abdomen. They would need the entire area to work. Once the incision was made, the tech handed Josh the saw. He carefully cut down the middle of the sternum. The sound of metal against bone was raw like Josh’s emotions. It was surreal to know it was Laney.

Josh pulled apart Laney’s sternum and held it open with a sternal retractor.

“Oh, Jesus.”

“Dr. Stone, what is it?” the nurse asked.

“The bullet went through her ventricle.” Oh my God, she’s not going to make it. Josh stared at Laney’s heart losing blood at an alarming rate. If something wasn’t done fast, she would bleed out.

Oh.My.Word!  Yes, a new to me author that knocked my socks off.  Just wow!  I don’t think I’ve ever read a romantic medical thriller like this one.  I was gripped from the first page and finally, in the end, let out my breath.  Once I started reading, I didn’t stop.  The flow, the writing, the characters, romance, and suspense were all top notch.

I’m used to reading the standard romantic suspense/thriller where the hero is some kind of law enforcement and the heroine is almost TSTL but what I got in this one were medical professionals that were smart, giving and loving.  Just re-read the excerpt above and you will understand a little bit about what I’m saying.  Josh is beyond awesome.  In love with Laney but also very fearful of her safety.  Not totally alpha but once she is hot, he fears that he will lose her forever.

Laney, my poor Laney.  Getting shot, having overbearing parents, a stalker that just won’t quit and did I mention Josh’s sister, Jillian?  Pyscho at best.  I loved how this is somewhat a second chance romance but in reality, it’s not.  I didn’t read the first book and in some ways, you should read it first.  It explains a lot about the events leading up to Laney getting shot and how Josh and Laney got together in the first place.  Did I feel lost?  No, but I’m that reader that once I fall in love with the characters in the second book, I HAVE to read the first one.  He He!

The suspense in the book, again, is top notch.  I couldn’t breathe in some parts and Ms. Sumner, being a nurse, let me feel all the action in the hospital.  The hospital scenes were like watching a good medical drama of yesteryear…ER came to mind.  The villains are heinous and you will hate them with a passion.  Even Laney’s parents got on my nerves at times.  I actually told my Kindle that Laney is a grown ass woman…leave her alone.

Overall, I highly, highly recommend this book.  It’s a keeper on the shelf, as will the first book, too.

Deserves so much more. a 10 at least.

 

Highly recommended

 

JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue.  As good as she was at starting IV’s, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more.  Most of the time the characters won’t stop pestering her until she has them down on paper.

JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer.  When she’s not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping.

JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously.  She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren’t and would love to hear your opinion on her books.

JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.

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