Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Secret Fantasies-Joanne Rock

My Secret Fantasies Joanne Rock Harlequin Blaze, Dec 17 2013, $5.50 ISBN: 9780373797868 Miranda Cortland loved the Pacific and working at her friend’s Melrose Tearoom. When she became a paparazzi favorite as the “Nebraska Backstabber” of the Gutsy Girl reality show that led to vandalism and contact from her sister Nina’s odious ex-husband Rick Barrow; Miranda concluded it is time to flee Southern California. Seeing an ad on Craigslist, she buys land in the Sonoma area from rancher Damien Fraser. Her plans are to open a tearoom and write a steamy romance. Miranda becomes tongue-tied when she meets Damien who soon becomes the star of her novel. Damien detests her TV infamy almost as much as he hates his attraction to the needy woman. As they fall in love, vicious reality arrives in ranch country. The metafiction of extracts from Miranda’s steamy novel brings a delightful freshness to this fun heated Forbidden Fantasies (see No Desire Denied by Cara Summers). Though the invasion of Miranda’s past occurs as expected, readers will appreciate the reticent Cornhusker and the loner rancher falling in love in reality and in her fiction. Harriet Klausner

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