Thursday, December 13, 2012

California Dreamin' Part 1 & 2 by Amy O'Neil

 Finding Home
Amy O'Neil

Review copy provided by Author

Playing with Fire 
Amy O'Neil

Review copy provided by Author

Finding Home: Avery is the quintessential Midwestern girl who relocates to San Diego after a nasty divorce. She’s done with letting fear (or a man) lead her life. But mysterious Damien has other plans for her heart. Damien's spent the last four years in a downward spiral. But the feisty Avery ignites something in him. Their happiness depends on believing in love more than fears that could destroy everything.

Playing with Fire: PLAYING WITH FIRE follows the intertwining paths of Noelle Dupre and Trent Torres. Noelle is on the run from the abusive ex-boyfriend she left behind in Arkansas. She's got a personality to match her fiery red hair and though on the outside she seems like a bit of a tomboy, underneath that exterior is a passionate woman yearning to be released. Life has never been easy for her, but Noelle is fighting mad and is not about to let anyone stop her from finding the peacefulness she craves.

Enter Officer Trent. Trent has been a ladies' man for the better part of his life and settling down always seemed too constricting to him. But that was before his best friend, Damien, got married and Trent felt maybe he was missing out on something after all. He comes from a large Hispanic family, that at times can be overbearing, but they mean well, even if they try to set him up at every opportunity.

Trent has seen Noelle before - on the day of his best friend's wedding. That flaming hair and creamy skin somehow stuck with him, so when a breaking and entering call puts her as the lead suspect, he struggles with doing his duty and letting her get away.

Noelle doesn't like cops, where she comes from they're corrupt and never did anything to stop her ex's violence toward her - of course it didn't help his father was the sheriff and just as abusive. But when Noelle meets Trent , it isn't his ability to uphold the law that she doesn't trust, it's the pounding in her heart and the thoughts running through her head that make her back away.

Noelle doesn't have a choice to stay away from Officer Torres too long when her ex shows up with revenge on his mind. Trent isn't about to let someone hurt any woman, let alone one so full of life. He's got to show Noelle that he's willing to give his life to protect her and hopes she'll give him forever in return.

Amy O'neil is a fabulous author. She knows how to grab your attention and make you want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. I really like that the scenarios in these books are VERY realistic. I could see these things actually happening to real people. A lot of romance authors don't give us realistic stories. They just make you want to roll your eyes and scream "yeah right"! Not Amy though! I loved these books from beginning to end. Thanks for the opportunity to read them Amy! 

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