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Wow! I found myself drawn into this story from the beginning. The mystery was just that, a mystery. A good mystery. It was well crafted and tiny hints did not give away anything until the very end. The love story was sensual, sexy, heart pounding and infuriating each in turn. De Salvo has created beautiful backdrop for well- developed characters who are sometimes very colorful and endearing characters. The issue of dementia is lovingly told and gives insights into the emotional toll this disease takes on both the person with dementia and their friends and loved ones. Jewell and Beau take my breath away with their love and how they mesh so well. Great view of the special world of New Orleans and surrounding bayous made me wish that I could visit. I would also love to see more of Beau and Jewell and their families. I loved this book. Most Highly Recommended.
Reviewed By Wildcatnana
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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.
”Let’s get this over with,” she said sounding angry. Not a tone for someone trying to allure another human being. “Before someone misconstrues our unchaperoned meeting in the twilight as moral turpitude, or an act of poor citizenship. Don’t want to violate my contract.”
He turned to face her. The dark orange and peach glow of the setting sun reached up from the distant horizon, through the thick, heavy branches of the nearby oak and cypress trees into the lavender and violet sky. Jewell stood in silhouette, with her back to the beautiful fall sunset, her arms folded over her full breasts. She was a beautiful woman who looked like she was standing exactly where she was supposed to be standing in the universe at that moment. Beau could appreciate the art of that scene, but it ticked him off that she looked so right in a place where she shouldn’t be.
He shook his head. “It really is a damn shame we didn’t meet in the Carousel Bar in New Orleans or in the blues tent at Jazz Fest,” he said, his voice deep, soft. Yeah, too bad he had concerns that this sultry woman was trying to scam his family. That put her off-limits.
It was crazy he was so attracted to her, he thought. Hell, he normally wouldn’t have even considered being with someone who by most accounts was guilty of the crime she was charged with, but his body seemed to be overruling his ethics.
About the Author:
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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