Sunday, February 25, 2018

Book Review: 'The Billionaire's Hidden Heart' by Georgina Sand

Pennsylvania author Tracy Fobes uses the moniker `Georgina Sand' to write erotica and erotic romance. `Ask my erotica alter ego about anything, and I'll be happy to give the answer my best shot." Researching her resume we find that `Tracy Fobes is an award-winning writer of fifteen novels and screenplays in the categories of thrillers, romance and horror. Prior to deciding that a literary career was her passion, Tracy gained a BS in Computer Science (minor in mathematics) from the University of Scranton, and worked both as a systems and business analyst in the pharmaceutical and financial industries. She now devotes her time to writing fiction. As she states, "The inspiration for a new story comes from many places: art, music, old movies, books, newspapers. Occasionally, when I'm listening to a song or looking at a painting, I feel an intuitive jolt, an unexpected click. An idea about that painting or song sets my creative impulses to bubbling. I can always tell when I'm on the right track because excitement grabs hold of me and the skin at the back of my neck tightens. The ideas that give me some sort of visceral reaction are the ones that usually end up as my stories. Stories about women and men who come together to love have always been my favorites."

Georgina writes romance novels - not only the erotica portion (which she excels in creating passion without simply titillating), but also the traditional concept of Romance (including descriptive romantic setting, the magical muse that infuses tow beings who intersect and become objects of desire, etc.) Her plot is easy to follow while keeping just enough suspense to make the reader eager to turn the page.

Her synopsis is excellent: `Brooding billionaire Jon Baxter and his vulnerable new hire Demeter O'Reilly play a dangerous game of seduction...They sent me to Miami to take pictures of an old hotel. It was my first real job out of college, and the first time I used my camera for anything but fun. I loved my new job. I was finally making money, had left those frigid Maine winters behind at last. I felt confident, and grown-up. But then I met Jon Baxter, the owner of the company I worked for, and everything changed. We were opposites, Jon and I. I was innocent, vulnerable. I wore my heart on my sleeve. He was a sophisticated, brooding billionaire who'd hidden his heart away, someone who constantly wanted new experiences. He shocked me with his view of the world. Introduced me to smoldering new emotions. Intrigued me with red-hot experiences that left me blushing and yearning for him every second of the day. I knew it was wrong. I knew I was putting my job in jeopardy, by giving myself to the man I worked for. And yet, I sensed I'd found love where I'd least expected it. I wanted to grab it with both hands and never let go. But first I had to make the billionaire's hidden heart my own...'

Demeter O'Reilly (or Demmie as she is known) is modest and sensible. `That's the Maine character. That's the character I was brought up with.' And the manner in which Georgina develops her is sensitive and just the kind of feminine that everyone wants to know. This is a fine romance (as the song goes) and also a fine erotic outing. Grady Harp, August 15

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