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Starting Over (Hart of Seattle) [Kindle Edition]

Lori Maguire
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ella Martin was devastated by the events surrounding her divorce. Determined to start over, she relocates from New Jersey to Washington to be a photographer with her longtime friend, Renatta. Having been emotionally scarred by her ex-husband’s betrayal, Ella didn’t believe she would ever be able to trust another man again. Then she met Xavier Hart, a successful CEO of an investment firm. She soon discovers that she cannot resist the dangerously handsome Xavier. But her struggles with her intense jealousy and trust issues start to clash with his controlling tendencies. As their relationship develops, she discovers the reason for his controlling nature over her and his desperate need to keep her safe. When her ex-husband suddenly relocates to Washington, her past and present collide in a dangerous way.

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Lori Elen Maguire. I am a born and bred Jersey Girl who is currently living just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. I am married with two daughters and two grandsons. I am an avid reader with a passion for romance novels. When I’m not reading, you can usually find me writing. I also have a special love of photography, football (Go Giants!), and all things vampire.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 507 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491217391
  • Publisher: Lori Elen Maguire; 1 edition (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story..but where was the steam? August 30, 2013
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This book had the perfect situation. Broken woman, hot successful, yet also broken, man...immediate connection...but I felt like the love and passion fell totally flat. I read a TON of books. I don't need the graphic on fire details that EL James, Sylvia DAy and others provide, but I felt like it was almost like the author put "placeholder" love scenes in place...and never went back to steam them up. I would have given this book 5 stars had that part been included. The love scenes fell totally flat for me, and just took something away from the story for me. Someone else compared these two to Gideon and Eva from the Crosssfire series. I totally disagree. Gideon is powerful, dominant, and Eva is wanting to be submissive. Some of those love scenes had me blushing. This was like reading PG-13. "Falling together on a mattress" end fine for a love scene or two...but cmon, I'm investing 500 pages in this book. Reward me with a little more than that sometimes!!

For those of you who don't believe in love at first sight, or that deep love can form so quickly--you will hate this story. For those of you who do? YOu will love it. It's a great story of moving on..and finding your soulmate. And the sweetness, tenderness and love between Xavier and Ella will touch your heart. He's just so sweet and thoughtful.

There were definitely times Ella's "jealous" streak were a little extreme. A few time I was expecting the fall out of her "fit" to last more than a page or two (how about some storming out of the apartment for a dramatic effect??).

I'm looking forward to book #2 in this series. I also liek the fact it didn't end in a cliffhanger, rather a reason to go out and pick up book 2 when it comes out. THank you Lori Maguire for that! you work on book #2...turn up the heat! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over. March 9, 2014
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Captivated from first chapter and kept me reading! "loving X!" can't wait to see what happens next in book 2' New Beginnings!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring! February 17, 2014
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Ella has to be the most annoying women in the world! Love scenes may as well have not even existed. While I appreciated the detail of the story I found it incredibly boring and do not even what to read the next book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just don't.... February 7, 2014
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I really wanted to like this book. It started off with so much promise, then slowly went off a cliff. The main female character really started to irk my nerves with her irrational anger and jealousy. Over and over all she did was overreact and cry. I just can't with her!!! Do yourself a favor and pass on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it January 1, 2014
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Great author. The main female was a bit intense, but that's who she is. Well executed. Looking forward to more from the writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great job for your 1st book November 17, 2013
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It was very entertaining.Great job for your 1st book.
Keep up the good work. I would love to read another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light and breezy fantasy read October 19, 2013
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What a nice romp into a fantasy life for us to escape to!

No over-thinking, no intellectual stretches, just a nice light and breezy fantasy!

Thanks Lori for giving us a tantalizing little bit of fun to break up my day :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic suspense October 17, 2013
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An exciting read where issues from the past are worked through whilst new love develops. A threat from an ex-husband looms as a suspenseful background whilst the new romance develops. Enjoyable. Looking forward to further books I in this series.
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More About the Author

L. E. Maguire is an independent author who is a born and bred Jersey Girl currently living outside of Charlotte, NC. She is married with two daughters and two grandsons.

She is an avid reader with a passion for romance novels. When she's not reading, you can usually find her writing.

Starting Over (Hart of Seattle, #1) was her first published novel on July 27, 2013. Her second novel, New Beginnings (Hart of Seattle, #2), is the second and final in the Hart of Seattle series, and was published on December 31, 2013.

She also has a special love for photography, football (sharing an equal love for both the NY Giants and the Seattle Seahawks), and all things vampire.

You can get in touch with her through her Facebook page at or through email at

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There will be a book two, which is the final book. It's scheduled for release on 1/14/14.
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