Dear Addi

Regina Cole
Dear Addi
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
January 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

When Addison Laine discovers her famous late-aunt's love letters, she never expects a lawsuit over the information they contain.Enter Jackson Poole, son of the woman responsible for the lawsuit. Addi knows any relationship with Jackson would be disastrous but she can't fight her attraction to his quiet intelligence and sexy-professor style.As Jackson works on authenticating the letters, he finds himself falling for the free-spirited Addi. His fierce need for her overcomes all his reservations-and his inhibitions.And sweet, exciting Addi is more than willing to help him explore his secret kinky side.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jul 16, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
212 people found the following review helpful
It just doesn't get much better than this. With humor, heart and an astonishing amount of heat between a pair of really loveable leads, along with a secondary story of secret love affairs, this was a story I enjoyed from first to last, and can't wait for more from Regina Cole.

Addison Laine is the great-niece of Adele Laine, an actress who was as famous for her love life as she was for her films. Rumors abound that she slept with everyone from Cary Grant to Elvis Presley, but there is no evidence that any one man was able to capture her heart—until now. Because Addi has discovered a cache of letters written between her great-aunt and a man named Jasper Poole, detailing their passionate love affair and hinting at a secret marriage. But as soon as Addi brings this story to light, Jackson's descendants swoop down with a lawsuit, furiously demanding a significant amount of Adele's estate that should have gone to her husband on her death.

Desperate to save her house and her nest egg, Addi engages her own lawyer, and agrees to have the letters authenticated by a documents expert, none other than Jackson Poole, Jasper's grandson. Though his mother is determined to ruin Addi and her family name, Jackson is more than wiling to give Addi the benefit of the doubt—especially once he sees her. From that first meeting, neither Addi nor Jackson can deny the sparks that fly between them, and it's only a matter of time before their mutual attraction gives way to an overwhelming, uncontrollable passion.

It seems like history is repeating itself, that Adele and Jasper's love affair has led Addi and Jackson to a true love of their very own. But with Jackson's mother determined to do whatever is necessary to get what she believes is her due, Addi and Jackson are going to have to fight to save their future together from the damning secrets of the past.

I worked as an archivist for several years, so I have to admit that Jackson won my heart from the very start. His professional talents aside, however, he was a charming mix of contradictions—sweet and a little shy at first glance, but a remarkably strong, daring and dominating leading man behind closed doors, and that transformation was quite a treat to see. Addi is strong and sassy and wonderfully capable, but she is also charmingly lighthearted, open and adventurous—especially with Jackson. There was such a sense of frankness and honesty between Addi and Jackson from the very start, and they brought out the best in each other. Addi's mood brightened as soon as Jackson arrived, and she in turn brought out his adventurous side, with some truly memorable results.

Though the resolution of this story may have come a little quickly, I for one was not complaining. Addi and Jackson are such a great pair, and their chemistry is so combustible that nothing could keep them apart for very long. The romance of Adele and Jasper was a really lovely counterpoint to their own sultry and surprisingly sweet relationship, and by the epilogue, I was thoroughly seduced.

This is an easy one-sitting read, and I was completely captivated by this story. Addi and Jackson on their own are terrific characters, but together, they are such an extraordinary, explosive couple that it was impossible to turn away. Along with all the heat and passion, there is genuine heart in this story that makes the read that much more rewarding. I can't wait to read more of Regina Cole's works after this terrific success!
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