Coming June 21st 2016
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Get your hands on TWELVE sexy HEARTBREAKERS AND HEROES, a brotherhood bound by their troubled youth. A tragedy reminds them of the mentor who taught them all the rules to become a man. But some of them haven’t been following the rules…
Hiding With The Heartbreaker
by Virginia Nelson
Making people laugh for a living is easy, but when a beautiful stranger needs Aloysius Sutton’s help, he has to find a way to become Jude’s hero.
I want to thank Virginia Nelson for giving me her novella in this wonderful collection to review.
The characters in this novella make some interesting mistakes right from the start.
Jude witnesses something at the gallery where she is hosting a showing. She just isn’t sure what she saw which makes her look guilty. She makes her mistake by running from something that’s not her fault. On top of that she involves her pregnant sister and brother-in-law who arrange for someone to help her hide for a while.
Al had just finished another funny video for his internet following. He has taken some time off, much to the dismay of his business partner, to go visit with his mentor who is in a coma. That’s when he remembered the “Rule” and got the call to help Jude.
Jude and AL are like oil and water. Jude is so uptight, scared and paranoid, she can’t stand anything Al does to try to ease her fears. The more he tries the more prickly she becomes.
A favorite scene is when they stop for the night, hidden from the eyes of any rangers patrolling.
“I’m guessing you couldn’t sleep?” His voice jarred her, breaking the almost eerie silence of the night, and she twisted around to try to see him in the darkness.
“Yeah, too many thoughts in my head for rest.” Sighing, she patted her rock in an inviting way. “Look, like I said before, I’m sorry we got off to such a bumpy start. I’m not usually so terse, but I was freaked out.”
The honest words didn’t cost her anything, but she couldn’t read his face in the starlight to see if it mattered to him either way.
“Have you looked up?” he asked.
Instead of answering, she tilted her head back. His thigh was warm against hers, so for a second, she didn’t register what she saw.
But then the almost magical glitter of a thousand diamonds thrown against the night sky took her breath away. It was as if the sky was split—an almost perfect line of stars at the thickest point which tapered off. She wasn’t sure if she could see colors, exactly, but she wasn’t sure she couldn’t either. “Wow. What is that?”
“You’re looking into the Milky Way. I remember when I was a kid, growing up in Dallas, I thought that the stars were all spread out, you know? Like they were no more than confetti.
Some in random constellations, sure, but not really clumped so much. I got sent to a camp in Montana when I was a kid—blah, blah, blah, poor little rich kid behaved badly and was sent away from home—and one night I looked up. And I saw this. From then I have to admit I researched more, looked at it through telescopes and whatnot, but there’s something special about a really dark sky and being able to see it with your own eyes, if that makes sense.”
His voice was soft, a rumbling whisper of sound which soothed parts of her she hadn’t realized were still edgy. Without thinking about it beforehand, she leaned her head on his shoulder and kept looking skyward. “Yeah, it does. This is spectacular. This is the stuff of artist’s dreams and creator’s inspiration.”
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Al and Jude have to face their demons both together and apart. With family and others complicating things along the way, this is a delightful comedy of errors. All leading up to hot sex, heartbreak and romance to remember.
5 Contented Purrs for Virginia!
I can’t wait to read the rest of the “Rules” in this collection.
Virginia Nelson believed them when they said, “Write what you know.” Small town girl writing small town romance, her characters are as full of flaws, misunderstandings, and flat out mistakes as Virginia herself.
When she’s not writing or plotting to take over the world, she likes to hang out with the greatest kids in history, play in the mud, drive far too fast, and scream at inanimate objects.
Virginia likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue.
Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.