- Fin Mint Publishing
- Release Date
- May 2014
- Book 1 of Secrets of Stone
Erotic Romance, Literary Romance, Reality-Based Romance (TM)
"Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love..."
Damn good line. Too bad I don't believe a word of it anymore.
My name is Claire Montgomery...and I'm not a princess. I'm a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We've been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it's our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family's filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I'm on my game. I'm ready.
Why doesn't "ready" include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?
My name is Killian Stone...and they call me the "Enigma of Magnificent Mile." That's just the way I like it. Elite tycoons want into my bank account. Their wives and daughters want into my pants. They'll all do anything for a piece of the enigma-until a crack in the castle is too huge for anyone to ignore. What they all don't know is that I'm thrilled about the fissure. Their fascination with the scandal means nobody will look at the bigger secret of the Stone family. I'm safe.
Until Claire Montgomery walks through my doors.
Her honesty, her bravery, her humor...they pull me in, a prism against the gray walls of my tower. I'm captivated. For the very first time, I long to shed the enigma. To share my secret. But what the hell will that get me? Even if she fits the slipper I offer...I'm no Prince Charming.
Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Nov 20, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
164 people found the following review helpful
Fairy Queen Slays the Crown Prince
Claire Montgomery works for Asher & Associates as a "fixer" of the rich and famous. Killian Stone has an older brother who needs "fixing." Claire is all business and wasn't expecting the force of nature known as Killian Stone to shake up her world. Killian was used to keeping his title as the "Enigma of Magnificent Mile." Laying his cards on the table and showing his hand was not part of his plan. However, the planets aligned and put these two sexy people in each other's path. There was magic in their first meeting. The sparks ignited, all the air was sucked out of the room, and no matter how hard they fought, their fates were sealed. Like any good romance novel, there are a certain number of obstacles in the way. Will there be too many to overcome? Will our couple decide that love won't keep them together?
First off, this book was written in the first person, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt like the characters were speaking directly to the reader, which pulled me further into the story. Claire was a strong, likable female. Even though her attraction was strong, she didn't become the simpering female that usually angers me to no end. She stood her ground, which only made Killian want her more.
Killian was the perfect mix of the sexy, boyish, and hotter-than-hell male who would do anything to win the heart of the woman who challenged him and didn't fall at his feet. I loved his pursuit of Claire and her constant road blocks. She didn't just roll over and give herself to Killian. She made him work for it, which made him respect her even more. The transformation of Killian from this mysterious male who was fodder for the tabloids to this man whose sole focus was winning Claire's heart was completely sigh-worthy. And once they were both on the same page, the heat they generated could cause fissures to erupt in the earth's core. Yes, these two were pure fire!
Ms. Payne and Ms. Blue did a wonderful job of writing from both male and female perspectives, giving each character their own chapters. This book was an enjoyable read that could very well make us believe that fairy tales do come true.
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Nov 03, 2015
119 people found the following review helpful
THESE TWO AUTHOR'S WRITING IS LIKE TWO PEAS IN A POD
I usually have some difficulty when it comes to reading books who's chapter headings are merely the names of the characters in the book for the chapters seem slightly disjointed as you read the entire. However, this is definitely not the case here. You can see how both Angel Blue and Victoria Blue, gave life to their characters Claire Montgomery and Killian Stone, each with their own distinctive POV; and then had seamlessly brought these components together to bring the story we now read.
Just as any woman would love to have Killian has their own Prince Charming; any guy would love to have Claire as their one and only Princess. But beware each one has a secret which can possibly destroy any relationship they should be in.
The writing of each of the authors in this book is tight and precise, especially when it came to creating the dichotomies between these two lovers - - remembers opposites do have the tendencies to be attractive to each other. As for the sexual interludes the story contains, for this reader, they run the gamut from being somewhat humorous to being HOT and STEAMY.
For the range of emotions this book elicits, I'm more than happy to give it 5 STARS !!!
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