by: Karen Booth
Series: Dynasties: Seven Sins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
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Giving in to desire
with her brother's best friend...
Next stop, paradise--
With the man of her forbidden fantasies?
A secluded island resort is the perfect romantic setting for the night of passionate abandon Allison Randall plans to share with Zane Patterson. Her elder brother's best friend has always been off-limits...and Zane is determined to keep it that way. But when a storm strands them together, neither can hold back. Everything Allison dreamed of is finally in reach...until unwelcome revelations threaten a rude awakening!
When I was a kid, I spent summers with my aunt, uncle, and two older cousins in Minnesota. My oldest cousin, Margie, had an entire wall of Barbara Cartland books in her room. For years, I begged her to let me read them. She finally relented when I turned 12. I don’t remember the title of the first one I read, although I do remember the storyline, about a young woman whose father loses her in a card game to a wealthy, suitably gruff, and unbearably handsome man. I couldn’t read fast enough.
Later that summer, Margie, her sister Laura, and I visited our great-grandparents at their summer cottage on Lake Mille Lacs. Our great-grandmother had very specific ideas about how we were to spend our days. Swimming, exploring the woods, and playing cards were acceptable. Unacceptable activities included reading! She was convinced we couldn’t be having fun if we had our nose in a book. Well, of course, we had jam-packed our suitcases with romances. I’m ashamed to say we would sneak books out to the end of the dock and read with our backs to the house, feet dangling in the water. We sat out there for hours, getting sunburned, fully immersed in romance.
Please share in your own words what it means to experience That Harlequin Feeling.
That Harlequin Feeling is all the feelings! A great Harlequin transports me to a different place, where I can laugh, cry, swoon, and be reminded that love is the most important thing in the world. They are books that deliver the full spectrum of emotion, and when you turn the last page, you’re filled with satisfaction at having read an engrossing story and sadness that it’s over. Alas, there’s always another Harlequin to read!
What was the title of your first published novel, and tell us a bit about that experience?
My first published novel was the fourth book I wrote, Love My Way, which has since been retitled Rock Starred. It was a digital-only release from a now-shuttered publisher. That experience taught me a lot about the publishing process—how to write a synopsis, fill out an art form, and how to work with an editor. It was frustrating at times, but I think that’s normal when you’re learning something new. I remember being both nervous and amped-up before release day. That part doesn’t go away, and it was even more pronounced a few years later, when my first Desire, That Night with the CEO, came out. That was a true dream-come-true. There’s nothing better than seeing a book you wrote on a bookstore shelf. Dozens of books later, I still get excited by it!
~ About the series ~
One man’s betrayal can destroy generations. Ten years ago, a hedge-fund hotshot vanished with billions, leaving the high-powered families of Falling Brook changed forever. Now seven heirs, shaped by his betrayal, must reckon with the sins of the past. Passion may be their only path to redemption. Experience all Seven Sins!
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Ruthless Pride ~ Review
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Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. She writes steamy contemporary romance and women's fiction. When she isn't creating fictional hunky men and the women who test them, she's listening to music with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.
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