Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review: 'Beautiful Deep (Beautiful Rivers Book 4)' by Jordyn White

Author Jordyn White continues her successful Beautiful Rivers series with this Book 4 – BEAUTIFUL DEEP, another of steamy romances that pose smart, sexy women and the swoon-worthy men who adore them.

We meet Emma in a job interview – ‘“Normally I would never consider hiring someone without speaking with their former employer,” Alice says. “But Rose has been with us a long time and I trust her judgment. Her recommendation got you in the door.” Rose barely knows me. She’s a casual friend of my roommates, and was kind enough to go on a limb for me when she heard about my situation. “I appreciate you giving me the chance,” I say. “Well, I haven’t offered you the job yet.” Right. We’re sitting in a small office on the ground floor of the famous Rivers Paradise Resort. The walls are concrete blocks painted light gray and covered in posters about food safety and employee rights. I’m in a hard metal chair, and the banquet manager, Alice, is in the tilt-back swivel chair behind the desk. The door is closed, but we’re just off the kitchen of one of the restaurants here, so the muffled sounds of a dozen employees prepping for the lunch rush punctuates the air. I’m wearing the only black slacks I own that don’t have some sort of food stain on them, and a crisp white button down shirt with sleeves that cuff at the wrist. I wanted to show her I can look the part. My hands are in my lap, perfectly still. I’m not one to fidget when I’m nervous, but my palms are moist enough that if she offers to shake my hand at the end of this, I’ll have to wipe them on my pants first…. Oh please let her hire me. Over the past year I’ve discovered I have more grit than I ever thought, but I don’t think I could hack it as a homeless person. “I know banquet work isn’t exactly the same as personal chef services, but I’m a quick learner. If you give me a chance, I promise I won’t let you down.”

And so the story opens – ‘I swore I’d never let a man take advantage of me again… then I met him. I’ve been down this road before. I’m broke and vulnerable; he’s rich and commanding… and my boss. Just like before. I may work for Rayce Rivers, the powerful owner of the Rivers Paradise Resort, but I’m determined not to make the same mistake twice. I stand up for myself and draw the line. He steps right over it. Soon I’m doing things I swore I wouldn’t and wondering why this time, it all feels different. His touch turns me to butter, his kiss demands that I yield, and his boyish smile makes me believe him. The words. The promises. The lies. Because just when I convince myself he loves me, I’m proven wrong. Again. He swears his love for me is true, but I refuse to listen. I’m done making mistakes. No matter how much my heart wants to believe him.’

A fast reading novel that is bound to satisfy the Chick Lit audience. Where will Jordyn take s next? Grady Harp, June 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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