Gwyneth Bolton was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. She currently lives in Syracuse, New York with her husband Cedric. When she was 12-years-old, she became an avid reader of romance by sneaking her mother's stash of Harlequin and Silhouette novels. In the 90s, she was introduced to African American and multicultural romance novels and her life hasn't been the same since. While she had always been a reader of romance, she didn't feel inspired to write them until the genre opened up to include other voices. And even then, it took finishing graduate school, several non-fiction publications, and a six-week course at the Loft Literary Center titled Writing the Romance Novel; before she gathered the courage to start writing her first romance novel. Gwyneth has a BA and an MA in English/Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English/Composition and Rhetoric. She teaches classes in writing and women's studies at the college level. She has won several awards for her romance novels, including four Emma Awards and the Romance In Color Reviewer's Choice award for new author of the year. When she is not teaching or working on her own African American romance novels, she is curled up with a cup of herbal tea, a warm quilt, and a good book.For more information, visit her website: http://www.gwynethbolton.com
Since Darren Whitman was twelve and Alicia Taylor was eight, they have hated each other...or so it seemed. Each summer when Alicia's cousin, Kendrick, came to visit them, Darren, Kendrick and their friend, Troy become royal pains in Alicia's behind. When Alicia attends her cousin Kendrick's high school graduation, things suddenly take on a drastic change when she spots Darren all grown up and more gorgeous than she could have ever imagined.
Darren on the other hand cannot forget Alicia, the pretty girl wearing the red dress at his graduation. Yet, he must remind himself that she is only fourteen and that he has many more women to conquer. Unfortunately, he is quickly snapped back into reality when his father tells him of an arrangement that he and Alicia's father has made. The arrangement involves him marrying Alicia or being disinherited from the Whitman fortune and causing Alicia's father to lose his publication business. Although Darren refuses to let his father dicate his life, he finds himself being captivated by Alicia once he graduates from college and finds her all grown-up and more beautiful than the last time he saw her.
Despite what is at stake, Darren eventually finds himself genuinely falling in love with Alicia. Unable to resist Darren's charm, Alicia's preconceived notions regarding Darren quickly evaporates even though she tries to resist her newfound feelings with everything she has.
In Gwyneth Bolton's I'm Gonna Make You Love me, you will find yourself laughing, rooting and maybe even shedding a tear or two as you journey down the path of love and deception with Alicia and Darren. If you are a romance fan, this is a must read. Gwyneth Bolton will definitely make you love her, Darren and Alicia as you turn the pages on this exciting romantic thriller.
In I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME by Gwyneth Bolton we meet Alicia Taylor and Darren Whitman. They grew up together and are considered childhood nemeses. Darren was a few years older than Alicia and considered the girl in pigtails and braces a brat who drove him nuts. Although Alicia pretended as if she didn't care too much for Darren she secretly had a crush on him and dreamed of them one day living happily ever after. That dream suddenly came to an end when she overheard Darren and her cousin talking and what she heard changed her feelings for him forever or so she thinks.
Now that they are adults, Darren thinks Alicia is hot -to -trot and would love to get to know the woman she has become. However she is still heartbroken by what she overheard Darren say as a teen and can't stand the sight of him, at least that's what she is telling herself. She vows not to allow anyone close to her heart especially the charming player Darren has become. Unbeknownest to Alicia and Darren, their fathers have devised a plan to arrange a marriage between the two, and Darren inadvertently becomes aware of their little scheme. He vows to make Alicia fall in love with him the old fashioned way, but will she give in to her true feelings or continue to put up a front?
I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME is a light-hearted novel that has memorable characters and deals with a unique storyline. In the novel you see how pain caused from childhood carries over to adulthood and affects the choices you make. It also shows no matter how hard you try to fight something, if it's meant to be, then it shall be. A refreshing new voice in the literary industry, Gwyneth Bolton is a name to watch out for.
Gwyn's writings has captured the raw emotions of her generation and propelled a clever story line in "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." As a male reader, I was caught up in the plot and the stong imagages of her characters and could not put the book down. There were a lot of moments when I wanted to say to Alicia and Darren, "right on" and on the other hand say "what the hell are you doing, you're going to mess it up." Hats off to you Gwyneth Bolton for capturing your dreams through words. Stay strong and do not let the haters bind your freedom to express love. I've already pre-purchased your December release "Divine Destiny."
I rarely and close to never give reviews but this book was worthy of it. Ms. Bolton delivered on a novel for true romance readers. This book had drama, excitement, jealousy, love, romance, steamy sex scenes and more. This was a story of a true romance that span from the first childhood crush to walking down the aisle later in adulthood. This is one book that I will not donate to my local library but keep in my personal collection because I am sure that I will revisit the Taylor-Whitman families once again the future. I am truly looking forward to future novels from this promising writer.
You'll truly enjoy this debut novel from Ms. Bolton. It's a new twist on the arranged marriage theme, involving a modern, hip-hop loving, third-wave feminist, and the charming, publishing company heir, that loves her and aims to win her heart. I loved the all the banter between the two characters, and the idea that although Alicia's a debutant from a wealthy Detroit family, she wants to be her own person. This sassy lady sees education as the key to her future, rather than marriage. My kind of heroine. It's fun to watch Darren weave his magic to win her heart. If you're like me and hated to say goodbye to Flex, the hip-hop mogul friend of Alicia and very reminiscent of Sean Combs, good news. It's not the last you've heard of him. Ms. Bolton's next novel will feature Flex and his first love, Sweet Dee, in Sweet Sensations. We can't wait Ms. Bolton!