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Starting Over (Hart of Seattle Book 1) by [Maguire, L. E.]
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About the Author

L. E. Maguire is an independent author who is a born and bred Jersey Girl currently living below the Mason-Dixon line.

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 passion 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 facebook.com/lemaguireauthor or through email at LEMaguireauthor@gmail.com.

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  • File Size: 2282 KB
  • Print Length: 507 pages
  • Publisher: L. E. Maguire; 1 edition (July 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6SBWYU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lynn on August 17, 2013
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OMG!!!! I can't wait for the next installment! I absolutely LOVED this book! I liked that it didn't have the detailed sex scenes in it as most of the books written today have. I liked the sex was implied and we could make of it what we wanted. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the books loaded with sex, but this was a nice change from what everyone else is writing. And I enjoyed the twists that I didn't see coming. Still wondering how Devlin fits into all of this. Hmmmmm . . . The best is that Ella is a Jersey Girl! Love her attitude. Don't mess with a Jersey Girl! The book was GREAT!!! I'm looking forward to 'New Beginnings'. Thank you Lori! Keep them coming!
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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 scene....is 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! Now...as you work on book #2...turn up the heat! :)
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I loved this book. Ella n Xavier are great together. I love how this book shows that u could fine real love after a divorce no matter how old u are. I love that she doesn't get into details in every sex scene I can't wait to read the next book!!!!!
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Ella Martin is ready for a fresh start. A new beginning that will erase the past 16 years of marriage to an unfaithful and verbally abusive douche. Her friend Renatta offers her just that when she asks Ella to move to Seattle and help her with her photography business. Xavier Hart has suffered more loss in the last few years than most will in a lifetime. Being a wealthy man he has to guard his heart against women who only want him for his money or social status. Ella is a breath of fresh air for him the moment he sees her on the plane he knows he has to see her again. Ella has never been so pulled towards another human being in her life. Just having finalized her divorce Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome is a shock to her libido and one she is not sure she is ready for. Xavier is determined to get to know Ella and breach the walls she has built around her heart. The relationship between these two is explosive. Tempers flare, psychos come out of the wood work trying to break these two apart. Will their new found feelings survive all that is thrown at them?
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As a writer, I can appreciate how much work went into this piece. I also understand how hard it is to share your work with the world--even after your get your inner critic to lie down and shut up, or at least duct-tape her in the closet long enough to press the "publish" button before you crawl out of your own skin from the anxiety of it. It's H-A-R-D. This author loves her characters. It shows in her work. It's a great debut for Ella and "X" with much insight to the irrational jealousy and real emotions abused women face. It's a touche, tough subject not easily conquered, and L.E. Maguire hits the nail on the head in Starting Over.

Looking forward to book #2 and seeing more from this writer to watch!
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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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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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*****I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

We first meet Ella, a 35 year old woman who moves to Seattle after a nasty divorce from her dick of a husband, Stephen. Her main goal is to focus on her new life, in a new town, and start over. But never did she expect to meet Xavier, a sexy and smoldering CEO of an investment firm.

For one reason or another, this story did not connect well with me. I could understand the concept and the hidden plot that the author was going for. But, it just didn't sit right. I enjoyed Xavier's personality more than Ella's. I could understand her hesitation to fully invest herself in a new relationship, but some things were just a little too immature for her age.

The story was just okay for me. I felt it to be too rushed and very repetitive at times. The unnecessary drama seemed to be just a "filler" in a sense. I would have loved to see more of a developing storyline and key into each character separately. I think that the author has potential so with just some more work on the plot and character development, the next in the series will be better.
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