Thursday, 6 March 2014

What belongs to Her - Rachel Brimble


About the book...
She's ready to take back what's hers. 
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. 
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.

About the author...
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.  After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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Excerpt...
The machine rumbled to life and John froze.

What the hell??

Gripping the lap bar, he hauled it up and stood. Sasha Todd gracefully skipped up onto the steel platform beneath the carriages. She was dressed in white shorts that revealed her long slender legs and a simple red T-shirt. His breath caught. Did she have any idea how stunning she was?

She smiled, mischief glinting in her black eyes. “Sit down, John. Let’s take a ride.”
He blinked. “Are you crazy?”
What’s the matter? Don’t you like rides?”

He tried and failed to muster some semblance of authority as the machine started to move. “No. Turn this thing off.”

She quirked an eyebrow and curved her fingers over the back of the carriage. “Yet you want to run this place? You can’t do that without knowing the fairground inside out. That includes the rides. Move over, I’m jumping onboard.”

Their eyes locked and once again, his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth. Why the hell did the woman managing the fairground have to be so physically arresting? God, he wanted to write about her. Describe her in words in a vain attempt to let the damn world know how unnervingly beautiful she was

He lowered into the seat, steadfastly avoiding her gaze. He concentrated on keeping his pride in place and not giving in to the temptation to grip the bar again. The ride picked up speed and the carriage shifted as she hauled herself up and sat down next to him, pulling the lap bar down with her.

The distinct smell of something musky and sexy drifted as she tossed her long hair over her shoulders. The tendrils whispered across his cheek and John closed his mouth, trapping the inconceivable urge to groan.

She wriggled her behind deeper into the seat and settled back with a sigh. “So…what’s the plan today? Enjoy the fair? Cook the books? Fire me?”

Attraction gave way to irritation, fueled by the nonchalance in her voice. “You do realise this thing is moving, right?”

She shrugged and glanced around before focusing entirely on him. “Sure. Now is as good a time as any to get acquainted, don’t you think?”

John swallowed. Jesus, her eyes are ebony black, like two huge pieces of jet. He snapped his face forward. “Do you know something?” He slid his arm across the back of the carriage above her shoulders. “If you want to play some stupid game in a bid to annoy me, that’s fine. I’m the one in control here, whether you like it or not.”

My thoughts...
This book sizzled from almost the first page as the heat ebbed and flowed between Sasha and John.  Funland, the fair once owned by Sasha Todd's family holds the key to her future happiness - or so she thinks! This is also true for John Jordan, estranged, son of Kyle Jordan - who acquired the funfair from Saha's grandfather some seven years previous.

Both have their reasons for keeping their cards close to their chests and this added to the tension that literally lifted off the pages.  Both, also had reasons to mistrust each other so constantly tried to keep their cards close to their chests and went head to head in anger but ... The sexual chemistry between the pair was there from their very first meeting, when John turned up at the fair unexpectedly - sent by his father to take over the funfair whilst he was vacationing at Her Majesties pleasure. Despite or perhaps because of the initial mistrust and stubborn anger of the pair the sexual tension fizzed and intensified with each page turn.  It's not difficult to see where this relationship is heading.

Emotions and past history can give us tunnel vision, particularly so in this story.   Both Sasha and John have ghosts to exorcise and the funfair is important to them both, but for different reasons. Rachel, insightfully wove love, trust, compromise and communication in amongst the anger, upset and determination to avenge the past.  As is often the case in real life once you get past the anger and start to communicate things are never quite as bad as they seemed.

A very enjoyable book, that the more I read, the more I wanted to read. Highly recommend to all romance readers, an author I shall be seeking out again.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous review Dawn! So good when a book gets you like that (the more you read, the more you want to :) )

    Thank you for taking part in Rachel's tour.
    Shaz

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