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The Harrison Duet: Two Novels in One Volume Paperback – March 7, 2014
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, Forbidden, and the upcoming Jane Austen's First Love. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages. Please visit www.syriejames.com
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In the first story we have a deejay, Desiree, who offers a negative opinion of a product over the airwaves only to have the company owner, Kyle Harrison, phone in during a trivia contest and "call" her on the pan of his product. He then wins the trivia contest and when he shows up to collect, is allowed (against rules) to go back to her broadcasting booth where he subsequently asks her out. He lives in Seattle and she lives in Anaheim and her first marriage failed basically because the deejay business kept her from staying in her husband's town, and having to commute long distance on weekends didn't work for the relationship. So can they work out another (for her) long-distance relationship when she is set against such because of her first experience?
In the second story our heroine, Kelli Harrison, (sister to the male protagonist in the first story) is in advertising. In an elevator, going to a meeting with a possible new account for a prospective new firm located in Lake Tahoe, she meets a man, Grant Pembroke. He persuades her to get him into the party she is going to because his "host" forgot to put his name on the list at the door. THEN while at the party she finds out he is after the same account for which she was to be interviewing. But she also overhears the owner of the business she was considering going to work for spreading malicious gossip about Grant's firm. So she takes the initiative and, without even an "if I may" steps in to contradict the rumors. Grant and Kelli strike sparks off each other but as two very creative and very independent advertising professionals can they reach any type of "compromise" when each is used to being in control in their own advertising worlds? As an aside Kelli is also trying to handle the final contracting on her brother's new vacation house near Lake Tahoe. And Grant's firm is located in San Francisco, while she works out of Seattle, usually. So imagine the pressures that, not only all these various working demands with deadlines but also of intense physical attraction, place on the couple. Kelli has recently ended employment with a firm which did not give recognition to her talents and had a romance end because her boyfriend had a controlling personality which did not sit well with Kelli.
And lastly in Jane Austen's Nightmare Jane meets most of her storybook characters who reprimand her for how they were portrayed in her books. In fact some of her characters are so angry they have formed a lynch mob and are approaching her just before she awakens. She then has a lengthy discussion with Cassandra about the dream and whether her stories should have been differently written. Her decision for her next book and the reasons are just perfect!
Songbird, Book 1:
"Songbird" hits all the right notes with this lyrical, poignant love story. After popular southern California deejay Desiree Germain makes a thoughtless joke predicting a stock downturn of a soda company, she takes a call from a disgruntled listener, Kyle Harrison-- who happens to be the new owner of said soda company! To her surprise, Seattle businessman Harrison later walks into her studio and he is not at all as she expected. This man was overwhelmingly gorgeous. And he came to ask her to dinner! Who could resist such a rich, handsome, sexy and funny man willing to wine, dine and even pilot her away on amazing private airplane adventures? Warning: smolder alert. "His mouth came down on hers in a single expedient motion, the force of his lips matching the depth of passion in her voice. A moment later, they took a simultaneous, ragged breath, their eyes locked, glimmering with delight in the newness of what they had just found." Who knew the author of "The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen" could write such provocative, sultry romance?!
Despite Desiree's struggle to stay in control of her emotions and precarious radio career, a sizzling affair heats up, threatening to throw her carefully composed life into a tailspin. "She felt tears start in the corner of her eyes and a rush of affection welled in her throat. Twice she'd told him to stop, forced him to leave when his desire for her was all too evident. Still, he was willing to call it off now if she was uncertain." Kyle is a powerful man who knows what he wants and is not opposed to making decisive plans without discussion or her input. But does he have the patience for a long distance relationship? "I don't want to be torn, day after day, between you and my work. I want to be together, live in the same house, share the same bed. I want to spend mornings and evenings with you, make love to you every night, and wake up beside you every morning. I want to make a home together, raise children together. I want a full-time partner for life." And can strong-minded Desiree give up her hard won career that seems to have just taken flight, all in the name of love?
Propositions: Book 2:
I loved, loved, loved this perfectly crafted, lush, love story. Ideal read to curl up with these bleak winter days and escape! This thoughtful yet steamy romance will have you believing there can be love at first sight--and like one of our heroes says, "When you know, you know."
Kelli Ann Harrison, the sister of Kyle Harrison, our hero from book one, "Songbird", is a Seattle freelance advertising artist who is supervising the last construction details of her brother's Lake Tahoe luxury vacation home. Determined to add some fun in the mix while in this casino resort town, she literally runs into a tall, dark and handsome stranger... "He stood just inches away, still gripping her arms with his head tilted down to hers, so that despite his height, she couldn't help but stare directly into his eyes. They were a rich, vibrant blue, like the Tahoe sky, surrounded by thick, dark lashes; quick intelligent eyes, which at this moment sparked with irritation. Despite this--for some inexplicable reason--she felt a sudden, wild fluttering inside her--a feeling of momentous, impending change. `Fate,' she thought, and realized, too late, that she'd said it out loud."
Grant Pembroke, owner of a San Francisco advertising company, is in Tahoe to land a big casino account. When Fate interrupts, not only does he become awed by Kelli's beauty and artistic talents but they both seem to have met one another's intellectual and creative match! So of course what intelligent, hot blooded man wouldn't think they should pair up and work together on winning this casino campaign?! Kelli struggles to remain professional; how can she resist him, let alone concentrate on the work at hand? "She said she didn't want this. She'd tried to resist. But she saw in his expression such heartfelt tenderness that it stripped away her defenses. She didn't want to think, only wanted to feel." As the deadline draws near, it seems they have fallen madly in-love. But is it love? Can it really be love after only a few days?
Let me be the first to petition for Syrie James to continue with this series-- after all, the Harrison clan has at least four more sisters, parents and grandparents --she could tell their stories! (And the surprise at the end of Book 2, further links the two novels together.)
Suffering from the mid-winter blues? The Harrison Duet by Syrie James is a great cure-- grab your favorite cuppa and settle in. I couldn't put them down!
"Jane Austen's Nightmare"is a clever short story originally featured in Laurel Ann Nattress's anthology entitled "Jane Austen Made Me Do It." While sleeping, our dear Jane is beset with characters from her novels, all with complaints on how she has represented their person. I particularly delighted in how the dream inspires her to write "Persuasion".