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Sunday Snippet: The Dangerous Gift – Jane Hunt

The Dangerous Gift
The Dangerous Gift

 

Regular followers of my blog will know I’ve been writing The Dangerous Gift intermittently for about 20 months and I’m  so pleased to share with you that it’s finally finished. 🙂

The Dangerous Gift is a romantic suspense novel and my  initial foray into this genre. Over the next few weeks I will be posting snippets from the story and character cameos and this is the first one:

BLURB

Jennie Taylor receives an unexpected gift; a Texan ranch!
After the sudden death of his father Jared Stewart is forced to come to terms with sharing control of his family ranch. Reunited with her first love Jennie’s heart still belongs to Jared. She is determined to prove her commitment to him and the ranch by discovering who is behind the series of dangerous accidents that threaten the ranch’s viability.
Finally acknowledging his love for Jennie can Jared’s protectiveness keep her safe? Or will her recklessness lead her into irrevocable peril ending their chance of love forever?

 SUNDAY SNIPPET

Here’s a snippet from the Prologue…

‘The Unicorn Ranch – Texas 2010
Jennie Taylor put the finishing touches to the brightly coloured bunting on the porch. This birthday was particularly poignant. Never mind that it was her eighteenth, it was also the first since her parent’s tragic accident. “Annie, is that okay?”
Annie Stewart matriarch of the Unicorn ranch smiled, “Looks just fine Jennie.”
“I’m so excited about tomorrow.” Jennie jumped down from the steps.
“Jared, I need you and Jennie to pick up her birthday cake from the bakers in town?” Annie shouted to her son as he secured the large white marquee, they’d erected at the side of the ranch house.
“Sure thing momma but I don’t need Jen. I’m sure I can manage.” Jared joined them on the porch and gave his mother an affectionate squeeze.
“Jennie needs to go with you son, she knows what we ordered. I can’t expect you to notice if the decorations are the right ones.” Annie smiled up at him to soften the impact of her words.
Jared raised his hands in surrender, “Okay we’ll both go.”Jennie looked away before he saw the blush heating her face. “Can you be ready in fifteen minutes kitten?” Jared looked across at her.
Jennie smiled at his use of her pet name and wished he saw her as a sexy cat rather than a cuddly kitten. She gathered up the leftover bunting and nodded. “I’ll just get my bag.”
Jennie and Jared picked up the last of the supplies Annie asked for, including the elegant cake which was a masterpiece of pink frosting and silver stars. “It such a hot, sultry afternoon Jared can we stop for a swim in the old creek before we head back?” Jennie risked a wary glance at Jared, not sure if he would agree. Their much treasured, easy-going relationship wasn’t the same anymore. Jared behaved differently towards her.
“It’s tempting but what about the cake? Momma would never forgive us if it melted into oblivion.”Jared’s gaze danced with amusement.
Jennie sensed he was going to give in. “True but a quick swim won’t make much difference and your truck is air-conditioned.” He must agree, or her scheming would be pointless. Tomorrow may be her eighteenth birthday but the only present she desired sat next to her. At twenty-three Jared epitomised everything she desired in a man. He dominated her dreams both sleeping and waking. They would be so good together if only he saw her as a woman rather than a surrogate kid sister. Today for sure, she would make him see her as a woman.’

©Jane Hunt 2014

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3*Review: A Basic Renovation- Sandra Antonelli

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When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley’s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member. So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan’s hardware store for supplies. Dominic knows poison — rat and otherwise — and he sees it in Lesley. The woman ruined his brother’s life. Now that she’s back in town, Dominic’s afraid she’ll drag up the past, the secrets, and the pain. They clash immediately, but mix in a teenage boy, a puppy, some white paint, and some loud music, and what starts as cold fury transforms into a nuclear attraction. This basic renovation becomes a major life refurbishment for them both.

A Basic RenovationMy Review

 This is an unusual contemporary romance which has lots to recommend it. I like the heroine Lesley she’s in her forties, independent and feisty. Dominic also appeals he’s a single dad who puts up with a nightmare of a mother. Add in some great secondary characters, an interesting small town setting and plenty of snappy dialogue and it should be a 5* read. Unfortunately for me it drags in places and the plot doesn’t have enough twists to keep my attention.
I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli

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