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by Ashe Barker
Release Date: Available Now
One of the great things about this author is that when you open one of her books, you never know exactly what to expect. You do know, however, that it will be good! “Chameleon” is an intriguing story that goes in unexpected directions.
Kieran is a mining engineer, taking soil samples in the desert of Morocco. When he sees a Berber peasant passing by on a donkey, he can see little of her except her eyes – and those captivate him. Almost immediately after they pass one another, a hole in the road causes him to crash into an olive tree and she rushes to assist him. He quickly learns that she is anything but a Berber peasant. Fleur is a highly educated medical doctor who works for the Four Seasons, where Kieran is staying on his brief visit to the country. The romance progresses very quickly, although it doesn’t feel forced at all.
Fleur has a complicated background, but it’s all presented in ways that make it easy to understand. She’s experienced trauma in her past that caused her to repress her private desires, but Kieran sees and welcomes her truths. The physical connection that quickly blooms between them unlocks even more feelings in them both. There are BDSM scenes, but everything is completely consensual. Among the secondary characters are her family members, who add a lot to the story. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I thought the satisfying conclusion was surprisingly emotional, and I really enjoyed it.
One Bossy Offer
by Nicole Snow
Release Date: Available Now
“One Bossy Offer” is an enemies-to-lovers, grumpy-sunshine, sexy neighbor next door story by Nicole Snow. It’s the fourth book in the ‘Bossy Seattle Suits’ series of slightly interconnected standalone stories. If you’re familiar with any of the other books that came before this one, you’ll enjoy the cameos and cross references of some characters and locations.
Jennifer inherits her grandmother’s old B & B with all the wonderful memories it holds for her, and all the expensive repairs it will need if Jennifer wants to bring it to life again. When her grandmother’s neighbor, Miles, knocks on the door and offers are an outrageous amount of money to buy the place, they instantly become adversarial. Jenn is a marketing professional, and he is the owner of a media empire. When he offers to hire her to coordinate a media boost for the town they both love, the tension and the attraction becomes even wilder.
This is not a quick read, fortunately, because you don’t want to let go of the characters at the end. They are both so multidimensional and interesting, and the way each grows because of the other is terrific. The dialogue and banter are top-notch. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, including the handyman who is also interested in Jenn, and the valet whose worked for Miles’ family since Miles was a child. There’s even a villain from Miles’ past who will make you want to reach in the book and shake her – or worse. Oh, and I forgot to mention the two giant Dobermans Jennifer also inherited! So much goes on in the story and it’s all entertaining. The ending was terrific and included a surprise that might make you cry, and one of the greatest grand gestures ever.
About the Author:
(Excerpt is taken from; https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/eavan-boland)
Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland. Over the course of her long career, Eavan Boland emerged as one of the foremost female voices in Irish literature. Throughout her many collections of poetry, in her prose memoir Object Lessons (1995), and in her work as a noted anthologist and teacher, Boland honed an appreciation for the ordinary in life. The poet and critic Ruth Padel described Boland’s “commitment to lyric grace and feminism” even as her subjects tend to “the fabric of domestic life, myth, love, history, and Irish rural landscape.” Keenly aware of the problematic associations and troubled place that women hold in Irish culture and history, Boland always wrote out of an urge to make an honest account of female experience.