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Incidental Happenstance [Kindle Edition]

Kim DeSalvo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Incidental: Occurring or likely to occur as an unpredictable or minor accompaniment*

Happenstance: A chance circumstance *

Neither was looking for it. Neither was expecting it. But sometimes, life has other plans…

One year after the loss of her fiancé, Tia Hastings needed to find a way to start over. She had to figure out how to be single again, but she had no idea how to do it. Last Stop was a tiny pub with no significance—she chose it to be anonymous, to watch the interactions between the sexes so she could figure out how to start her life over…

Dylan Miller was a megastar. It was impossible for him to move amongst the general population without being recognized, but he longed to simply blend into a crowd. He donned a disguise and wandered into Last Stop, a dark little hole-in-the-wall where he was sure no one would know him…

When their worlds collide, Tia and Dylan discover something neither of them thought possible—love. But when a fallen star sees Dylan as her ticket back to the top and will stop at nothing to make him hers, Tia wonders if she’s out of her league; and out of time to rescue the love she thought she’d never find again…

Is it fate? Coincidence? Or both?


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About the Author

Kim DeSalvo holds a master’s degree in education and works as an elementary school teacher. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two hairy mutts. She is an avid reader, an environmentalist, and a music lover. Travel is one of her passions, and she enjoys bringing the places she’s visited to life in her writing. Incidental Happenstance is the first novel she’s published, but not the first she’s written—and it’s definitely not the last.

Product Details

  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Kim DeSalvo; 1 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RH8YEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good sample, goes downhill from there November 7, 2012
By C Boyle
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So, am I the only one who has noticed a lot of books recently where the writing in the first part, roughly the sample, is really good...and the rest of the book less so? I really liked the first third of this. I simply stopped reading and put it down before finishing, which is very rare for me. The beginning was good. The middle unremarkable. And the last 20% was sheer torture to read. Ugh. We're lucky to have samples, but, unfortunately, authors may be putting extra polish on the part that drives initial sales. The rest of the book, tho, drives repeat customers; I won't be getting anything else by this author. Melodrama, contrived stupidity on the part of smart people, and generally unremarkable writing dominate the last quarter of this. The first third or so, to be fair, was really good. Your mileage (and your tolerance for average writing about painfully contrived schemes) may vary. This sub genre (normal seeming gal, superstar love interest) has been just done to death lately, and mostly it's been done better than this.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Loved It! October 16, 2012
By rain4
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Wow, I don't even know what to say. This book has such a great story line and great characters. In this book Tia decides to go out on her own for the first time after grieving the death of her fiancé exactly a year ago. She did not plan on meeting anyone that night but couldn't help but notice a man across the bar that seemed to be in a disguise. It didn't take her long to figure out she was sitting across from Dylan Miller famous singer and actor. Dylan who just wanted to get out without being noticed finds himself sitting across from Tia and can't help but come to her rescue when she is confronted by a drunken bar patron. Of course this is the start of the beginning of their relationship. Dylan finds Tia to be a breath of fresh air and Tia really enjoys being with Dylan but is convinced this will just be a fun weekend and once he leaves she will be left behind. Dylan decides he needs more than just a few days with her and after some consideration he decided to ask her to go on tour with him. During the tour Tia and Dylan get to explore their relationship more, but of course there's always someone waiting to ruin things. Penelope Valentine has just discovered she will be staring with Dylan in his next movie and is out to not only let him know but for them to also become the next big Hollywood couple. Penelope will stop at nothing to pull Dylan and Tia apart. By the end of the book you will be hoping Dylan and Tia can make it through all of Penelope's attempts to destroy them, and wishing Penelope would just get hit by a bus! She is by far one of the most annoying characters I've had to endure in a book! Purchase this book and enjoy! WARNING! You won't be able to put it down once you start and it's kind of long, so get comfortable!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stop!! Do not believe the hype January 18, 2013
By Kem
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This was one of those books where the sample seemed decent and then I bought the book and realized I'd been very wrong. It went downhill fast and to be honest I was having a hard time even getting through a paragraph. The dialog between the characters is so horribly unbelievable that I was cringing. I'm not sure what other people were reading but this book is nothing but pure cheese and phony cheese at that.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring cliche November 1, 2012
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The book starts out promising enough, but it turns into a hot mess of cliches very quickly, and is not at all well-written. Half-way through, I was making bets with myself that the author is a teacher (like the main character) and writing out her own fantasy...turns out, author is a teacher. I know it's a first book, which is why I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! November 13, 2012
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What a awesome book. It pulled me in and keep me there until finished it in one day. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want a Dylan! December 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had me in a trance like all day long! I couldn't put it down. It was refreshing to read a book where there wasn't some drama where one person couldn't commit...they wanted to be together. It reminded me of Love Unscripted...that being said I hope there's a Love unrehearsed version to this story too! I just felt like it wasn't over...I didn't have my closure! Lol I was surprised there wasn't an epilogue and I'm hoping that means there will be another book! I know the authors website said there might be...I'm really hoping!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rockstar and a teacher? Yeah, it's great romance! December 7, 2012
By Tala
Wow! I was wary, as always, with a new author. I am so happy that I gave this one a go. I was engrossed from page one. I fell into this story from the first word and shortly thereafter fell in love with Tia and Dylan. I really liked all the detail from their first meeting to when Dylan had to leave to continue his tour. It was nice to get the POV of the different characters. It was done real well. I didn't find/notice any problems in the editing department, which was pleasant.

Tia is a school teacher who has a very difficult time the past year dealing with the death of her fiancé. On the anniversary of his death she decides to go out, taking baby steps to get her life back. Just wants to watch others interact and be a "fly on the wall". Little did she know she would find her future. Tia is a strong yet vulnerable person. I liked her from the start. I could feel her pain and confusion trying to get on with her life and not feeling guilty about it.

What can I say about Dylan? I loved him right away. He's sexy, smart, sensitive to Tia's needs and just down right hot.
Dylan has his own issues to deal with and does so quite well, until he trusted the wrong person. I can't add much more without giving too much away.

I hope there is going to be more Dylan and Tia in the future. I'm going to be greedy though and say I also want to see the rest of the band members and Jessa get their HEAs.
If you want a wonderful love story with a bit of angst and laugh out loud humor, cue Chester and Francine;) I could do more of those two also.

The only thing I didn't like was all the time spent on Penelope in the beginning, but that's a personal opinion. It was better balanced in the last part of the book.

This is 4.5 star read for me for that reason.

*I received this free from the author for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So worth the read!
Great book! I read a lot of books and tend to read 200-300 page books. This one was longer but so worth it! I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Just the right mix of intrigue, suspense and romance. Could not put it down!! Highly recommend! Great character development. Would love to see it on the big screen
Published 6 months ago by M. Kruse
5.0 out of 5 stars best love story ever written
Great book and love story!,,,,,,could not put the book down. Please read if you like love stories. Every girls dream.
Published 7 months ago by Deidra Plunkett
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, sweet page turner
I enjoyed this book and read it only a few hours. The main characters are so sweet and likeable. The plot is predictable but if you are looking to escape reality for a bit, this is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephanie DiFrancesco
5.0 out of 5 stars So so good
Loved this book. Don't even think just get it. Dylan is so in love with Tia. Could not put it down.
Published 13 months ago by HJaybird79
4.0 out of 5 stars A good take on the rockstar romance. Take a chance!!
Incidental Happenstance was a well written story with great, appealing characters. I love books with the unassuming rock star and the unexpected chance meeting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Karen Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars I yelled at my a good way
I got so into this story and found myself yelling at my kindle and getting excited when things went how I wanted them to. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amanda Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
Such a cute story. Loved all the characters in this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars WANDERLUST
Published 18 months ago by LORRAINE VERALDO
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Whirlwind!
Great story and characters. Could have done with less of Penelope and her devious plot. Dylan is just an awesome character and I hated for the book to end. Read more
Published 22 months ago by June W. Cheema
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More About the Author

Kim DeSalvo holds a master's degree in education and works as an elementary school teacher. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two hairy mutts. She is an avid reader, an environmentalist, and a music lover. Travel is one of her passions, and she enjoys bringing the places she's visited to life in her writing.

Kim has been writing all her life, penning her first 'novel' in high school--long-hand in a spiral notebook. She's always written for the love of language and a good tale, and was thrilled to realize the dream of becoming an author. Her first book, "Incidental Happenstance," became an Amazon best-seller, and the sequel, "InHap*ily Ever After" was released in December 2014.

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