Sunday, May 11, 2014

If I Stay

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Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he's had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family. 


Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother's former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it's not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction. 


Amy's determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn't all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he'll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.


My Personal Review


This book drew me in and then hooked me with the little family mystery that was wrapped within the love story, all tied with a little bow of humor. You have to love a book that makes you think and laugh right? Amy had her eye on Ryan from the day he started working for the Montgomerys and while she told herself that she was drawn to him because she had a need to make a sad person happy, she really was drawn to him for other reasons all together. Ryan held himself apart from getting close to anyone while he was on, what he felt to be, his pitstop to his ultimate career. Both of them harbor some secrets and while they want different things in life they will come to realize that ultimately those things aren't so different if each of them is willing to compromise a little. It does take a little mystery solving and scheming for them to get there but through that they gain a tighter bond and weed out the true intentions of all the players, to find that they were nothing but good all along. I thought I had the mystery figured out right at the start so as the story went on I didn't really question it until the very end when the plan doesn't go as intended and all truths are revealed. It was a nice little twist and a very enjoyable read.  Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the blog for your chance to win!

Excerpt 

Amy scooted out from underneath Ryan and got to shaky legs. Giving in to the indulgence of a backward glance to find him staring openmouthed at her, she lifted her shirt off and tossed it to the hallway floor. 

“What are you doing?” he asked, his voice gruff. 

She kept moving, an extra sway in her hips as she unbuttoned her shorts and shimmied them off her hips. “Leaving you a trail of bread crumbs in case you get lost along the way.” 

“Amy…” 

She reached behind her and flicked open her serviceable white cotton bra. The only way to dress up that kind of bland plant material was to dangle it enticingly from one fingertip, which she did as she reached her door. It wasn’t locked—unless someone wanted to steal her ancient ten-pound laptop or her collection of Old World maps, there wasn’t much to take—so she pushed it open and slipped in. 

One. Two. Three. Four. She flicked on the lights, assuming Ryan was right behind her. Five. Six. Seven. Was he seriously not going to follow her in here? Eight. Nine. Nine and a half. 

She slipped out of her panties—more of the same boring white cotton, though at least they had bits of scalloped lace at the edges—and tossed them out the open door. 

Nine and two-thirds. Nine and three-quarters. What the heck came after that? 

“Goddammit.” Ryan stormed through the door and tossed all her clothes onto the floor. “Are you trying to kill me?” 

 He stopped, suspended in a swirl of desire that hit him from all sides, holding him momentarily aloft. In his haste to somehow find the ability to both walk and gather up Amy’s clothes, he’d forgotten that he held all her underclothes. Nothing stood between him and her completely naked body except distance and air—both of which mattered for absolutely zero. 

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  Author Biography 

Tamara Morgan is a contemporary romance author of humorous, heartfelt stories with flawed heroes and heroines designed to get your hackles up and make your heart melt. Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them. 
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 Whether building Victorian dollhouses, consuming mass quantities of coffee and wine, or crying over cheesy 1950s musicals, Tamara commits to her flaws like every good heroine should. She lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband, daughter, and variety of household pets and only occasionally complains about the weather. 


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