Friday, August 15, 2014

Photograph by Tanith Davenport - Review and Giveaway

Tara Thornton hasn’t spoken to her sister in two years, ever since Azure married the man of Tara’s dreams. Tired of the rift, Azure invites her to take a Mediterranean cruise on a friend’s yacht and, bowing to family pressure, Tara accepts.

Forced to be in close proximity with the man she still desires, Tara is thrown into confusion. The presence of celebrity theme park owner Liam Wilder and the reality of his marriage to Azure send Tara into a tailspin and, in an attempt to regain control, she responds to the advances of hot fellow guest Ryan Hyde, while determined to feel no affection for him.

But Ryan has a way of getting under her skin, and Tara’s plan to get closer to Liam is rapidly losing its importance as Ryan begins to break down her defenses. Can she let go of Liam, let Ryan into her heart…and tell Azure the real reason for her silence? 

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Standing next to her husband—her husband—Azure appeared taller than she had ever done. While Tara had always worn her height like a uniform, Azure had worn hers like a casual coat one might leave open, carefree and loose, hands thrust into the pockets. Her curves, her relaxed stance, her playful movements had all diminished her—but now, although the swell of her hips and breasts was even more pronounced than before, Azure was every inch of six feet tall, her head level with his.


It was strange to see him in a formal suit. Even stranger to see him pulling out a chair for the woman she had only two years ago called her sister. Tara’s fingers gripped the back of her seat, her body tensing with restraint. The Liam Wilder of the commercials was exciting, unpredictable, unknowable. He was at once warm and passionate, calming and vital, crackling with energy to the tips of his hair—which even now was still in uncontrollable blond curls, the only point in which Tara could recognise the man from her photograph.

A wave of feeling, both dreamy and cloying, seemed to descend upon her. It was the moment she had pictured for so long, and yet, at the same time, was a resounding slap in the face. For she had been remembering Liam Wilder the character, and in front of her was Liam Wilder the man, and Liam Wilder the man was married to Azure.

Impossible, unknowable, and her brother-in-law.

Review / Personal Opinion

At first, Tara is very hard to sympathize with.  She has not spoken to her sister in two years, after Azure betrays her by marrying Liam, the man Tara is infatuated with.  Azure wants to repair their relationship and invites Tara on a two month cruise, and bowing to parental pressure, Tara agrees to go with plans to seduce Liam.  But things aren't always what they seem.  Tara has been keeping a secret from Azure, a secret that could threaten their new and fragile relationship.  As the book progresses, you see the changes in Tara and her feelings for her sister, Liam and newcomer Ryan.  A great love story with an HEA that shows you that sometimes you have to let go of the past to see your future.

Tanith Davenport began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme. Her debut novel "The Hand He Dealt" was released by Total-e-Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.

Tanith has had short stories published by Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.

Tanith's idea of heaven is an Indian head massage with a Mojito at her side.

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