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Author: RJ Scott & Chris Quinton
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.
Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left – working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realizes sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.
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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he’s had to sell to Carnegie Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn’t all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.
Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels’ potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.
http://www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/towns/saltime.shtml is a wonderful timeline for Salisbury. Most people associate Salisbury with Stonehenge. In fact the UNESCO world heritage site was the 9th most visited paid attraction in England 2013 (behind places like The Tower Of London and St Pauls Cathedral).
I have fond memories of going on holiday as a kid and driving past Stonehenge. You could see it from the road and believe me it isn’t a huge place. I mean, the stones part is huge, and they stand on a rise so that they can be seen from a long way around. But the actual parts for tourists is small. There was a tunnel that ran under the main road that took you over to the stones, but I believe now that the stones are only reachable by some kind of bus service. I’m the kind of person that likes to touch history, and by that I mean when I go to a castle or a church I actually want to place my hands on the old stones, or the wooden panels. I have no idea why. ROFL.
So you can’t actually touch the stones, unless you are allowed in as part of the solstice celebrations, but still, just looking at the stones is pretty awe inspiring. They are stunning and old and mystical. The place forms just one part of the patchwork that is the Salisbury area but it is the one that people know the most.
There are many legends and stories surrounding Stonehenge. One of which is the legend of the dancing giants. It was once believed that giants existed in the Salisbury plain. One story tells that some of these giants were dancing in a circle, when they were mysteriously turned into stones. Some stories also claim that Merlin the Magician was the architect, while other legends credit the devil himself with the construction. Stonehenge has also been said to be an ancient gateway to another world.
Is Stonehenge somewhere you’d like to visit?
“Trelawney Enterprises bought this place as a favour to your family because of the connection between my father and yours. You were made perfectly aware that, while we appreciate you have an emotional stake in the retention of the restaurant business, the real estate is worth more than Laurels brand. I’m here to assess whether it is in our best interests to continue investment or whether it would make more sense to sell the buildings for development. Either way you win, as you leave debt-free and able to start over somewhere else.”
Lewis paled but said nothing to that last point. He stood. “I understood Trelawney would give us time to prove we were viable.” The words were soft, deceptively so because Devon could see the fierce temper banked in those sapphire eyes.
“Make sure the staff are assembled” was all he said in reply. He stood to face Lewis and handed him his business card. “I’m reachable on my cell number.”
With that he left the office. He had to. The pain in his temples was beginning to affect his vision, and he knew he had about thirty minutes to get himself in a dark room for the next twelve hours. He stalked past Charlie, who smiled uncertainly at him, and was out in fresh air in a few seconds. He climbed into his limo, pulled the door shut and exhaled noisily. He attempted to relax his muscles on the short drive to the White Hart hotel.
Booking in was simple, his room not that far from reception, and the first thing he did was dry-swallow his meds. He closed the drapes and placed the Do Not Disturb sign on the outside door handle, stripped to his boxers and climbed into bed. He wouldn’t sleep for a while, not until the muscle relaxants kicked in, but the dark was a blessed relief. He moved a little to find a cool part of the pillow and let out a low groan at the band of agony fastened tight around his skull.
Damn planes, jet lag, working in low light, straining his eyes! When would he learn?
About the Author:
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With nearly seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
Chris Quinton started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was ten, and it was probably the best gift she’d ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, writing mostly in the male/male genre. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. Over the years she has been a stable lad [briefly] in a local racing stable and stud, a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, a civilian clerk at her local police station and a 15th century re-enactor.
She lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, three dogs, a frilled dragon [lizard] and sundry goldfish and tropicals.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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