Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Groom for Christmas - Cara Marsi

About the book… 
When a young woman hires her hometown’s former bad boy to be her pretend fiancé for the holidays, she finds she can’t wrap up her feelings as easily as a Christmas gift.

New York jewelry designer Graceann Palmer has two days to find a fiancé to bring home to Pennsylvania for the holidays so her matchmaking mama will quit fixing her up with jerks. The Falcon, a motorcycle-riding, leather-clad former high school crush, helped her out once before. Maybe he'll do it again.

Jake Falco, man of many mysteries, is back in town on a mission—one the people of Spirit Lake most likely won't appreciate. When Graceann presents him with her crazy scheme, it gives him something he's always wanted—a chance to get to know Graceann. It also gives him the perfect opportunity to add fuel to his project of revenge.
But as Jake and Graceann grow closer, their engagement-of-convenience begins to feel like the real deal—until Jake’s secrets are revealed.

Can a relationship that began with lies and secrets bloom like a rare Christmas rose into happily-ever-after?

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About the author… 
When I was a corporate drone and cubicle dweller living in a fabric-covered cage, the creative energy of writing romance allowed my mind to escape the reality of my everyday world, at least for a while. No longer a corporate drone, I now have more time to indulge my love of romance, with independent heroines and the strong men who love them. I read and write romance to satisfy my craving for good love stories with happy endings.

Reading opened a whole new wonderful world to me as a child. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, even cereal boxes. When I got older I haunted the main library in my hometown. I can still feel the rush of excitement every time I walked through the large doors and inhaled the scent of thousands of books.

There is a classic episode from the old TV show Twilight Zone that fills me with horror to this day. A bookworm survives a nuclear attack while he's in a library, only to have his glasses break. He's surrounded by all those books and can't see to read them. This is the stuff of my nightmares.

As a preteen and teen I loved the young adult romance novels of Elizabeth Howard and the Judy Bolton mysteries by Margaret Sutton.

For as long as I can remember I've made up love stories in my head. The Thirties and Forties romantic comedies that played on late-night TV when I was growing up helped shape my love of romance.

I always dreamed of being a published author. I've worked in the corporate world all my adult life, but the dream of seeing my name on a book wouldn't die.

I decided to pursue my dream. I joined Romance Writers of America and absorbed all I could about the craft of writing. I met many published authors who helped and encouraged me. I entered contests, went to workshops and conferences, and studied all aspects of the publishing business. After ten long years of hard work, rejections and disappointments, I sold my first book, A Catered Affair, to Avalon Books. Writing is the hardest work I've ever done, but the most rewarding. I’ve recently revised and re-titled A Catered Affair. It’s now A Catered Romance and is available exclusively as an ebook. 

One of the most exciting recognitions I’ve had as a writer was when I was named an up and coming author in the 2003 Affaire de Coeur magazine's readers' poll.

I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. Read about all my books on this site. In addition to my books, I have had success writing short stories for women’s magazines. See my list of short stories on this site also.

I live on the East Coast with my husband and a fat, black diva of a cat named Killer

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My thoughts…
I have to be honest the first chapter of this book had me wondering if I'd like this book at all.  Jake, someone Graceann knew from her school days just happens to walk into the diner where she and a friend are musing over the fact that she needs a Fiance within the next two days. She's going home for Christmas and wants to try to put an end to her mothers matchmaking.  

His instant agreement to her proposal all seemed a little too convenient for me.  It wasn't like they were friends at school.  He was the 'bad lad' and she was the 'rich kid, from the big house'. However, as the story unfolded the characters grew on me and I began to really enjoy the book.  But, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Jake had his reasons for wanting to return to his home town which he didn't share with Graceann and which, just as they were growing close threatened to pull them apart. 

Cara's ability to describe the characters in such detail made me feel she was describing people I knew in real life.  She had me rooting for all the right people in all the right places - a lovely, curl up on the sofa feel good book.

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