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“Meryl Sawyer has become a brand name known for taut, sexy and very intriguing romantic suspense.” —Romantic Times
Praise for Meryl Sawyer
“Meryl Sawyer is an author who always entertains.” —New York Times–bestselling author Heather Graham
“For romance, passion and thrills, read Meryl Sawyer.” —New York Times–bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“Meryl Sawyer writes romantic suspense that keeps you turning pages with lightning speed.” —New York Times–bestselling author Kristin Hannah
About the Author
- ASIN : B017JOQV1G
- File Size : 2913 KB
- Print Length : 372 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media Romance (December 22, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : December 22, 2015
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #876,313 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Alyssa Rossi is a costume jewelry designer with her own business in Italy. On the advice of her aunt she allows her business to be acquired by TriTech. TriTech will take over the running of her business, allow her to expand, and free her up to focus more on her designing. The only catch is she has to work at their headquarters in New Orleans. For most this wouldn't be a problem, but for Alyssa it is. Years earlier she had fled after being accused of kidnapping her cousin's newborn baby. You see, Alyssa's cousin, Phoebe, had managed to get pregnant by Clay Duvall, the love of Alyssa's life. Being from the upper crust of society, the two married leaving Alyssa out in the cold. Foul play was suspected in the baby's disappearance, but nothing was ever proven to confirm or deny Alyssa' innocence.
Jake Williams is TriTech's CEO. Jake has come up through life the hard way. In fact he never knew his father Max until the old man hunted him up and persuaded him to take over the family business. Jake doesn't give a flip about New Orleans' society. He barely tolerates it for the sake of his father with whom he is trying to build a relationship. One of the things he does have to tolerate is the presence of Clay Duvall in his company, it was part of the deal when TriTech acquired the Duvall company. What doesn't make sense to Jake is why Clay bought a small jewelry making company, a company, which doesn't fit the profile of TriTech. He begins to investigate the purchase of the company and finds himself fascinated by Alyssa Rossi. The past begins to unfold while unraveling the present and shaping the future.
This has been my lucky month for reading great books with gorgeous leading men. Jake is terrific. He has had to fight to get where he is and doesn't care what others think of him. Instead of trying to fit into New Orleans' society, he barely tolerates them and doesn't hesitate to let them know how he feels about them. Jake's dialogue reflects the man he is. While he presents himself as a suave businessman, anytime someone gets too close or he isn't sure how to handle a situation, he resorts to using sarcastic remarks that are often funny.
There is an interesting group of secondary characters, each who play an integral part of the story. Parts of their stories help weave the complex plot involved in this story. Meryl Sawyer has written a great book. Anyone who reads this one won't be bored. Carve some time out of your busy schedule, find yourself some place comfortable, and get ready to be entertained.
Alyssa Rossi is coming back to New Orleans after living in Italy a number of years. A conglomerate based in New Orleans has purchased her successful company and Alyssa is looking forward to the cash injection into her business that was made possible by its purchase.
Jake Williams is the CEO of TriTech, the conglomerate that has purchased Alyssa's business. It was done without his knowledge and her company does not fit TriTech's profile for purchases. He begins to investigate because he suspects TriTech is being ill used by one of its officers and he visits the small jewelry business while in Europe prior to the company's relocation to New Orleans. Jake meets the owner, Alyssa and the ground is set for what had the potential to be a great romance.
This book was about one-tenth romance and nine-tenths mystery. If this were written as a mystery instead of a romance, it still would not have fared well in my rating. The mystery is just not that well written and is actually weak if we are to compare it to other mystery novels. I could hardly believe what I was reading as I read page after page about secondary characters. Sometimes, one of the leads was involved in one of these scenes. And on occasion, both leads were involved with these scenes centering on secondary characters. But when it comes to scenes with just Jake and Alyssa, those are few and far between. As their relationship develops, we wonder how because we certainly have gotten to read little about it. This is not romance writing.
This is a three star rating because it had great possibilities and my respect for Sawyer as a writer. However, I would call the book a disappointment. It was difficult to keep my interest in a slow moving plot with so many diversions into all of these other people's lives. We yearn to know more about Jake and Alyssa's individual characters as well as their relationship. The sensual scenes were infrequent and were one of the few times we got to see them together. These scenes rated no more than a 3.0 to 3.5 out of 5.0 (see More About Me for rating guidelines).
I wanted to be fair so I did finish reading this book but found it very simple to just skim the final 60 pages and not miss a thing. The ending only made my opinion worse. No additional percentage of time is given the leads. Other characters keep yapping along as the leads are in the background. It's beginning potential fell flat in the end.