Thursday, August 22, 2013

Grace Henderson Author Spotlight...

Release Date: August 21st 2013
Three years ago, tragedy struck Cassie Wilson’s family and pushed her away from her hometown. Now, one phone call pulls her right back…

Cassie’s had more than her fair share of heartbreak and the last thing on her mind is finding love. But when she meets the charming, arrogant and drop-dead gorgeous Blake Richards, she has to decide whether she can open up her heart to him.
Blake has a bad rep with women but that doesn’t stop them lining up to spend the night with him. What he wants, he gets. And he wants Cassie.
The attraction is obvious, but Cassie soon realises he’s holding something back. When his past threatens to destroy his future, will he share his most guarded secret with her? A secret that connects them both in ways neither could have imagined.

I took a long sip of my drink watching her do the same, then she leant forward against the bar, “So, what has got you so distracted tonight that you are here with me instead of them?" Her eyes held mine captive and I was taken aback at how direct her question was. She must know it was because of her. I eyed her carefully before responding. I didn’t want to come on too strong but she needed to know I was interested. "I saw you on your own and wanted to make sure you were okay." Had to wind her up though, ‘cause it was fun. She’d get all flustered like she did when we met before. "And I saw you checking me out earlier, so I thought I'd give you what you obviously can't keep your eyes off. Me."
I smiled and took another slug of my drink, but nearly spat it back out as some manicured nails with sickly pink nail polish slowly slid round my waist. Candy. The blonde hair followed as she peered round and popped up in between us. "Blakey, I can't find Amber, come and keep me company will you?" She looked up at me seductively, ignoring Cassie completely and tip- toeing her fingers up my chest. I just wanted to rip her hands off me and tell her that she was nothing to me. I looked over to Cassie, worrying what her reaction would be but she was laughing silently. Then she mouthed 'Blakey?' to me as a question. I just shrugged and rolled my eyes, and turned to Candy, trying my best to detach myself from her grip, "I'm busy. You need to just find her yourself." She pouted and stroked her hand up my chest again. Cassie shifted in her seat, she was obviously feeling awkward. I watched her and was about to say something when she knocked back her drink in one, and looked at Candy, "I've got to find my friend anyway, he is all yours." My eyes met hers as she hopped off the barstool and shouted over her shoulder, "thanks for the drink." Her hips swayed as she strutted away and all I could think about was how her butt looked in the tight dress she was wearing. If she looked back, it meant she wanted me. Her head moved. Was she…nope, she didn’t look back. I let out the breath I didn’t even realise I was holding.

Review by Missy:

Three years ago Cassandra Wilson's  parents were killed in a car accident. Three months ago she came home from work and caught her boyfriend in bed with her friend who was also her assistant at work. Two days ago she received a call from the hospital back home that her Gran had a heart attack. So here she was, moving back to look after her Gran and help her out in her florist shop until she is back on her feet. Being back home is difficult because it brings back all kinds of memories of her parents and friends that she left behind. She has some people she needs to apologize to for the way she just left town after the death of her parents, but she felt she just couldn't deal with the whole situation. She tells her Gran that the first person she needs to see is her best friend Laurel. Then not long after her return Laurel shows up at the florist shop to invite her for a girls night out. The night comes for them to go out to enjoy themselves, she tells Laurel she will meet her at the bar. When she gets there she has to look around for her then finally finds her sitting on a stool at the bar flirting with the bartender. Laurel had always had been lethal in the looks & personality departments and the men always seemed to flock around her. After talking and drinking for a while Laurel points out a man and says he has been staring at cassie. Cassie finds him and he has two women draped all over him, reminding her of her Ex-boyfriend. He spots her looking at him and he winks at her. The enjoy some dancing and Cassies goes back to the bar to get a drink because Laurel has possibly found a mate for the night. As she calls the bartender over to order she hears a deep voice order her a drink and one for himself. He leans close and says "I'm Blake". Cassie has seen his kind before and immediately she isn't interested in this arrogant man so she asks him where his two girlfriends are as she walks away. after the odd meeting Cassie and Blake keep running into each other and he never gives up on talking to her, She eventually starts to change her mind about him and decides she likes him and they start dating. Then people start warning her to stay away from him, telling her he isn't the person she thinks he is and he is dangerous, but she doesn't she is or understand and each time she asks he changes the subject. She comes home from work one day to find that her Gran has set her up and the friend and grandson would be there soon. So to she sits through dinner to appease her Gran then finds out it was more than just the simple dinner and she was set up. She is getting more and more frustrated with Blake because he wont open up to her and share things with her and she feels like he is hiding something from her and it causes a big argument between them. Then she finds out what Blake is hiding, but the information that she is told is only a partial truth so she goes to find out from him if what she heard is true. As usual he can not discuss it and she feels more hurt and deceived by his actions so she tells him it is over between them. Some time passes and she goes out with Laurel to try to get over the hurt but it isn't working, then Blake comes into the bar with a woman clinging to him. She leaves and again he tries to talk to her but she tells him she can't hear half truths that she needs to be trusted with the whole truth and since he couldn't do that it was over. Blakes best friend James then comes to pick up Blakes weekly flower order and Cassie makes a remark about it to which James calls her out on it and then tells her he takes flowers to the cemetery every week, and Cassie is so shocked she asks  James if she can go with him to take the flowers. They go to the cemetery and he shows her where Blake's sister is buried and what he does next blows her mind. Her and James talks about what happened and she realizes that mistakes have been made. Then she has a conversation with Blake and her opens up with her but she tells him she isn't sure she can deal but before she leaves he gives her a paper and tells her to please read it before she makes any decisions. Blake leaves and she reads the paper then she texts James to tell him Blake needs him. She has something she needs to do to put some closure on this whole ordeal, then she will go see Blake one more time.

This book was a wonderful story. The story is told with points of views from Cassie, Blake, and James. When I first found the points of view I wasn't sure I was going to like it like that thinking that it might be confusing. But the author brought it through very smoothly and it flowed very nicely so I enjoyed it quite a bit. It did make me cry in a few parts as the intensity built and there were some parts that were heartbreaking. I would recommend this to all my friends.

About the Author:

When Grace isn't working her day job, she is huddled in the corner writing or reading romance novels. Having always loved reading, it was only after changing jobs and having to put up with a long commute that it took over as an obsession. Now there isn't a day goes by that she lets her laptop out of sight. She lives in the UK with her husband and two cats, and has a BA in Business Management. She is a compulsive tea drinker and a sucker for a 'happily ever after.' She is currently working on the next instalment of the Truth series, James' story, Sweet Reflection to be released late 2013.

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