by Tina De Salvo
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Once invited into New Orleans’ historic mansions to evaluate prized antiques, Dr. Jewell Duet held a coveted professorship at a top university. With her deep knowledge of Louisiana history and antiquities, she was the go-to person for anyone requiring professional appraisals. But, one hasty decision cost her both her reputation and possibly her freedom. Now, as she waits to discover if her future includes prison, Jewell knows that taking the job at Sugar Mill is necessary if she is to support her beloved grandmother who has advanced dementia.
Charming, sexy lawyer Beau Bienvenu’s attraction to the intriguing historian vies with his distrust of her motives. Beau has one simple goal when it comes to the family that rescued him and made him part of their clan…protect them at all costs. He doesn’t trust Jewell, nor her reason for taking the lowly job at Sugar Mill Plantation. What is she really up to? Is it possible Jewell and her quirky grandmother are there to try to profit from a Bienvenu family mystery? If so, both women are out of luck.
Jewell and Beau are at odds about almost everything. The only things they agree on are that family is everything…and that their mutual attraction is inconvenient.
Hope, Love and Second Chances Continue in the heart of Cajun Country
Jewell reached over and gently urged Mimi to lower her hand. She frowned like it was Jewell’s fault that she’d forgotten it was there. Then, Mimi looked at Elli’s husband and gasped. “Is it game day?” She tugged on the hem of his Saints black and gold football team jersey.
“Yes indeed, ma’am. They’re down by six against the Atlanta Falcons. Fourth quarter.”
“Mon Dieu,” she wobbled passed him, into the house. “They’re playing the dirty birds. I can’t miss the Saints playing the dirty birds.” She disappeared from view, almost giving Jewell heart failure.
“Mimi. Wait.” She moved past Elli’s husband who was now smiling a big white shiny smile. “I’m sorry. I’ll get her. Excuse me.” God, she’d never be able to convince Elli and Ben that Mimi wouldn’t cause any disruptions with her work, now.
“Who dat…who dat…” Jewell heard Mimi cheering but already couldn’t see her. “Who dat say dey goin to beat dem Saints.”
“Down the hall past the stairs to the left,” Jewell heard from behind her, his voice even with a hint of humor. “Game’s on the TV in the parlor.”
Jewell looked at him over her shoulder. He stood a head taller than her five-feet-eight inches. Despite being frazzled by Mimi’s nervy behavior, she smiled back. “She really loves the Saints,” she managed, knowing her statement was a poor defense of Mimi barging into his home. “My fault. I should’ve planned better so she could’ve watched the game.”
“I see. Picking a random house, trespassing so your…” He looked at her a moment, “…grandmother I presume, can watch the Saints play the Falcons—that’s how you remedy your lack of planning?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tina DeSalvo enjoys using her imagination, humor, empathy and personal experiences to turn characters and situations into books that she hopes will entertain readers. Her first book, Elli, brought her in close contact with so many readers with whom she has loved sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. Tina has always been inspired by the people she meets and by hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the way…so, watch out. You could be a character in her next book!
Tina is married to her handsome Cajun hero, and they live in Louisiana. They have two sons, a wonderful daughter (in-law) and four delightful grandchildren.
If you’d like to know more about Tina DeSalvo, including info on her newest work, latest contests, where she’s speaking or having a book signing, where she gets her ideas, or to see her photos from when she meets her cherished readers…please visit her website at www.tinadesalvo.com
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