The Gift of Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 72 pages
His gift is the only thing left from the love they shared…and she plans to sell it.
Former bad boy, now famous artist, Zane DeMonde laughs off an engraved invitation to return to Regret Hollow, the same town that booted him out fifteen years ago. When he discovers the woman who once broke his heart is putting his professional reputation at risk by selling his old paintings, he’s no longer laughing. He’ll do anything to stop her, even return to town … even put his heart in jeopardy again.
High school art teacher Julianne Truman’s last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old artwork Zane gifted her. Her heart breaks to remove the final traces of him from her life, but she needs to finally move on from the love she never got over.
Julianne’s life belongs to her students, and Zane’s only goal is to protect his art. But the moment they wrap their arms around each other, their old attraction flares to life hot enough to incinerate them and their best intentions.
WARNING: Contains naughty words Grandma wouldn’t approve of, smoking hot love scenes Grandma can’t get enough of, all the quirks of small-town life, and a swoon-worthy, no-cliffhangers-no-regrets romance.
*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*
Zane DeMonde was once a bad boy in a small town. Now he is a famous artist. Zane receives an invitation to his home town for a art auction. What he does not realize at first is the art is his own. Once he discovers who invited him some old feelings come into play. She will not stop the auction so he is left no choice but to drive back to the town that shut him out fifteen years ago.
Julianne Truman is a art teacher at her old high school. Budgets are being cut and if she does not come up with some money fast the art department will no longer be. She knows her students deserve to have what they need to explore their artistic talents. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can sell Zane’s personal work to get the money that she needs.
Once Zane lays eyes on the now older and more beautiful Julianne he cannot keep his thoughts straight. But once Julianne throws his father right in his face he knows he is there for strictly business. However Zane does an amazing thing and kisses Julianne for punishment. Well that didn’t work as planned because now they are both consumed with fifteen years of built up true love for each other.
This was a fun read. The characters deal with their past in different ways but the heart wants what the heart wants no matter how much time has gone by. I would recommend this book to anyone that just loves a great story. I cannot wait to read the next in The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow series.
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“Do all those things I confided in you years ago mean nothing to you?”
“Family’s important,” she whispered. She hadn’t imagined he’d see her actions as a betrayal of trust.
“I remember exactly how important family is to you.” Sarcasm crept into his voice. “A hell of a lot more important than me, definitely more important than this.” He hooked his arm around her shoulders and hauled her across the console, slamming his lips against hers.
Hard, angry demands from a man who no longer cared about pleasing her contrasted sharply with the memories of teenage sweetness and gentle tentativeness he’d once shown. He thrust his tongue between her lips, plundering her mouth. Instead of pushing him away and ordering him to stop, she leaned into him and tangled her tongue with his, meeting him stroke for stroke.
The hands gripping her shoulders relaxed, and the demanding thrusts of his tongue turned to languid strokes. She sifted her fingers through his soft black hair. Oh, how she’d missed being held in his arms, touching him, exploring him, and being one with him.
But they were hardly on their way to becoming one when he kissed her as a punishment.
She jerked away.
A car horn blared.
She straightened. Damn. She’d forgotten about Len, forgotten everything but Zane’s hands and mouth and sweet exploration.
Blinking out the windshield, she braced for the sight of Len laying on the horn of his pickup. Instead, he stood across the yard, wearing padded headphones and maneuvering a weed whip.
“If you’re looking for the honker, I believe you’re the culprit.” Zane nodded to her elbow resting on the steering wheel.
“Oh.” She yanked her arm back, settling into the passenger seat and pulling the seat belt strap. After three tries, she managed to lock the buckle into place. If Zane noticed her shaking hands, he didn’t mention it as he pulled away from the curb and left her house and his father behind.
If he’d kissed her to teach her a lesson, she’d learned one thing. She still wanted him, now more than ever.
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