Thursday, November 19, 2015


by Tina DeSalvo


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Once invited into New Orleans’ historic mansions to evaluate prized antiques, Dr. Jewell Duet held a coveted professorship at a top university. With her deep knowledge of Louisiana history and antiquities, she was the go-to person for anyone requiring professional appraisals. But, one hasty decision cost her both her reputation and possibly her freedom. Now, as she waits to discover if her future includes prison, Jewell knows that taking the job at Sugar Mill is necessary if she is to support her beloved grandmother who has advanced dementia.

Charming, sexy lawyer Beau Bienvenu's attraction to the intriguing historian vies with his distrust of her motives. Beau has one simple goal when it comes to the family that rescued him and made him part of their clan…protect them at all costs. He doesn't trust Jewell, nor her reason for taking the lowly job at Sugar Mill Plantation. What is she really up to? Is it possible Jewell and her quirky grandmother are there to try to profit from a Bienvenu family mystery? If so, both women are out of luck.

Jewell and Beau are at odds about almost everything. The only things they agree on are that family is everything…and that their mutual attraction is inconvenient.

Hope, Love and Second Chances Continue in the heart of Cajun Country



Jewell touched his arm briefly as a sign of understanding, then dropped her hand to her lap.

“Oh, hell.” He frowned, his head dropped forward. “I can’t like you, Jewell. I can’t be softened by how nice you appear. By the way you care for your grandmother.” He turned his head to look at her. “I can’t.”

“We don’t have to be enemies, Beau.”

“Friends?” He blew out a breath. “Merde.” He cursed again in Cajun French. “We can only be adversaries, Boots. I have to protect my family. I can’t make any mistakes where they’re concerned.” He shook his head. “No. We definitely can’t be friends. Friends need to trust one another.”

He looked at her; his rich green eyes looked so honest, so vulnerable and yet, so determined. It frightened her. He frightened her. How he made her feel when he looked at her frightened her.

“You will not blindside me because I want to believe you,” he said, his voice strong, determined. “Hell, I do want to believe you, but I don’t. God, that would make life a lot less problematic. You weave a good tale, chère. I’ll give you that.”

His words stung. Bruised her pride. Yet, she wouldn’t let her personal feelings detour her mission. She was fighting for Mimi—the dear woman whom Jewell shared nearly every part of her history with, the woman who heartbreakingly would soon not remember her, or that history. That thought was impossible enough to deal with every day. She didn’t need to add any useless emotions to the mix.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is amazing!!!
Jewell is full of mystery, romance, family matters, and a grand plantation with some secrets.
The story grabs you since page one, and seriously, is so full of twists and turns that it was impossible to put it down until I saw The End. All the characters are likeable and loveable, especially Mimi who in spite of suffer a terrible mental disease, gave us so many laughable moments!! Jewell and Beau (whom has a really sexy accent) have high amounts of chemistry and sexual tension and it was a pleasure witnessing how they let their guard down and unleashed their feelings.
Overall, the story is beautifully written, with wonderful dialogues, heartfelt moments and a lot of mystery!!
Highly Recommended to all types of readers.
*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tina DeSalvo enjoys using her imagination, humor, empathy and personal experiences to turn characters and situations into books that she hopes will entertain readers. Her first book, Elli, brought her in close contact with so many readers with whom she has loved sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. Tina has always been inspired by the people she meets and by hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the way…so, watch out. You could be a character in her next book! 
Tina is married to her handsome Cajun hero, and they live in Louisiana. They have two sons, a wonderful daughter (in-law) and four delightful grandchildren.
If you'd like to know more about Tina DeSalvo, including info on her newest work, latest contests, where she’s speaking or having a book signing, where she gets her ideas, or to see her photos from when she meets her cherished readers…please visit her website at

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  1. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Victoria! Thanks for your lovely comment!!

  3. I enjoyed your review. Great book!

    1. Hi Julie! Thank you!! Really, it's a great book!!

  4. I enjoyed your review. Great book!

  5. It sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for featuring this book.

  6. Thank you for sharing your great review. Sounds like a great read.

  7. Good luck with the release!


  8. I enjoyed the entire post. Thank you.

  9. Loved the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

  10. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you!