Rhonda Lee Carver
Avary Pine plays the cello like an angel.
One evening she is attacked outside of the theater after a performance and is left without the use of her hand.
Fast forward two years. After grueling physical therapy and living and breathing the cello, Avary is determined to become the musician she once was. Her music coach encourages her to start playing in the public again, but the mind doesn’t heal as fast as the body. Each time Avary closes her eyes she is filled with memories of the attack.
Living with her sister, out of money and in a career rut, Avary accepts an offer to play at a dinner party at the illustrious Knight Estate. Baby steps back into the musical world didn’t include a luxurious weekend at a vineyard, but does she have a choice?
Reserved, intimidating, rich Victor Knight reluctantly invites unworldly, mousy Avary to his estate–but he’s in for a shock. Nothing about her is mousy. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a sweet, free-spirited cellist, but why can’t he resist? She cramps his bachelor lifestyle, and he’s never been happier. But he can’t lose someone again…
Can they leave the baggage at the door and learn to trust? Or will their past poison their future?
This new series starts out really strong. Hitting upon two issues very high on the list for women from the first page. Cancer and assault. Both require strength and courage to deal with during treatment and after. A gift of a glass Panda becomes a key.
Invited to play at a dinner party, Avary Pine has accepted in an attempt to re-launch her performing career. If she can do this she can once again play in public.
Victor Knight is not a public man, not anymore. He does the minimum to get by and prefers to stay behind the scenes, caring for his sister. He has a friend with benefits to see to his other needs and otherwise concentrates on his business.
When he greets Avery that first evening, the day before her performance he finds she is nothing like he expected. There are plenty of innuendos in this book but this one is almost an accident and a favorite passage.
“So,” she was in a hurry to get the conversation back on track. “I received the letter, and then I spoke to your secretary. You’re wishing me to play privately?”
“For a small dinner party tomorrow night. A small gathering.”
“Gathering?” Her palms turned clammy. Relax, Avery.
“Is that a problem?” He lifted one brow.
“No, of course not.” She gave her head a dramatic shake. “I’ll play only at dinner?”
“Unless the need arises before then.”
She slid her hands down her thighs. “Okay. I’m here for you, so I can play as often as you wish.” What? My words totally came off as sexual.
He blinked and his jaw turned solid again. “Let’s get one thing straight, you’re not here for me,” he said point blank and fumbled with a pen, sticking it back into a metal holder.
“No, Miss Pine.”
“But-but you were the one who wrote to me asking for my services.” The room suddenly grew warmer.
He cocked his head to the side, regarding her with his brooding gaze. “I arranged for you to come here, but I’m afraid that’s where my interest ends.”
Although his voice was soft, the meaning of his words were harsh. It was as if the water faucet had been turned to cold. “I’m sorry, but I’m confused.”
“Don’t be. It’s rather simple.”
In spite of a near run-in with a friend with benefits this romance blossoms, whether Victor wants it to or not. Lots of the very hot sex Rhonda is known for, but also tears and pain. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster. A definite page turner.
5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!
Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.
She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.
When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.
Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“