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Art of Affection (Love, California Style Book 3) Kindle Edition
Holly Hartland has spent the last year in Los Angeles finalizing her divorce from an abusive husband and getting her career as an art gallery curator back on track while trying to raise her young daughter. She shares a nanny with LAPD detective Gary Sumner, whose wife ran off to France with another man, abandoning him and his daughter.
With full-time careers to juggle, Gary and Holly end up relying on each other to help keep watch over their girls, who've become fast friends. The platonic co-parenting roles they've adopted are perfect for two people who've sworn off romance, but the burgeoning sexual chemistry they share proves hard to ignore.
When a Christmas wish puts the children in danger, Holly and Gary are forced to set aside their trust issues and work as a real team to keep their families safe. But can they overcome their baggage enough to open up their hearts to love?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
"A refreshing read that will capture and pull at a reader's heartstrings ... Ms. Butler delivers yet another excellent novel that does a reader's heart justice in providing the perfect happily-ever-after ending!" --InDTale Magazine, 4 stars
"... tears, sadness, loss, fear, anger, laughter, happiness and lots of love and loving. I will be adding her other books to my always growing TBR pile." --Romancing the Book
"An all-around feel good book to remind you that falling in love isn't a one-time thing." --Tumbleweed Book Reviews
"Ellen Butler, you've done it again! Another ★★★★★ read." --TNT Reviews
About the Author
- ASIN : B013KZ27C0
- Publisher : Crimson Romance (August 24, 2015)
- Publication date : August 24, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 561 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 226 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,158,790 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you've read the first two books, you might be thinking this would be a boring read. I've been seeing this pairing coming together since book one and I couldn't figure out how there could be much story to tell, but boy was I wrong. Just as things are beginning to go down the regular romance ride, strange things are afoot at the Circle K! All hell breaks loose and things get interesting. What I love about Butler's books are that they aren't straight up contemporary romance. Sure, there's that, but she always puts in some unusual story lines that make her books cross from romance to mystery to suspense and sometimes even a bit of the paranormal. I find it much more interesting than the usual "boy meets girl, they have a misunderstanding and spend 100 pages needlessly avoiding being together before they work it all out" kind of romance.
I finished the book in just a few hours because I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. A great book to have on your kindle in your beach bag or on a long flight. I'm sorry to see the series end, but looking forward to what she does next.
Holly and Gary are both single parents, doing without the assistance of the other parent, and each with a young daughter close in age. Since they have become neighbors and close friends, they have taken to co-parenting the girls together. Their girls share a nanny and practically live in each others homes, while Holly and Gary are each others sounding boards and confidante.
This book had the most action of the three, with a threat against Holly, a scare involving the girls, and a bit of a unique chase scene. Another thing different about this book from the other two, was the intensity of the scenes between Holly and Gary. There were a couple of scenes that had me on the edge of my seat, nervous about how things would play out. Plus to give a boost to all the feels happening, the story takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The couples from the first two books were interwoven in this story, giving us a peek at how they are doing with their Happily Ever Afters, plus a special bodyguard come back to provide some help with the girls. I don't know if this will be the last story in the series, but it definitely wrapped things up nicely and was a wonderful closure to a storyline that begin in book one. I really liked this book and gave it 4 stars.
Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome back my friends! How I have missed you♥ I've been following Poppy and her friends since "Heart of Design".
The last time I left Holly, she was getting a divorce from her abusive douchebag husband and working as a curator at an art gallery. If memory serves me right, she and Gary, neighbor and LAPD detective, share a nanny and their little girls, Annie and Eva, are joined at the hip ♥ Gary also has an ex-wife that is a few beers short of a six pack!
Both Gary and Holly are fighting their feelings for one another as both are still recovering from the damage caused by their previous partners, but they can only fighting so long. Somewhere, something or someone has to give.
Here at 45% my heart just about stops, and I'm fighting a loosing battle with my ever productive tear ducts!
Holly makes a monumental decision that could have a disastrous effect, but her heart is in the right place. She has a heart filled with compassion and grace.
Ellen Butler, you've done it again! Another ★★★★★ read.
Till next time Poppy, Adam, Holly, Gary, Eva, Annie, Sophie, Ian, and families ♥