Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Splendor by: Janet Nissenson

Title:  Splendor
Series:  Inevitable #2
Author:  Janet Nissenson
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  June 17, 2014
Review Source:  Book Enthusiast Promotion

British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide, multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. His very name was synonymous with sophistication and elegance, and any woman he wanted could be his with just a look. But the only woman he truly desired was strictly forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.

Tessa Lockwood was young, beautiful, and lonely, despite the fact that she was a married woman. Her life had not been an easy one, and the extravagant world she caught glimpses of as an employee of the Gregson Hotel Group was far beyond anything she could ever dream of. She could no more imagine herself ensconced in that sort of luxurious lifestyle than she could attracting the attention of her handsome, debonair boss.

Ian and Tessa secretly long for each other from afar, never daring to reveal their forbidden attraction to the other, until circumstances bring them together in a very unexpected way. And from that point on, nothing will stand in Ian’s way to finally make her his.

AUTHOR’S NOTE – despite what you might be thinking at this point, there is NO cheating in this story – just an incredibly romantic hero who will make you swoon with the way in which he sweeps the heroine off her feet!

This series is amazing! I loved book one and loved book two even more! I can’t wait for the other books to come out!!! 

I would consider this book standalone, you won’t be lost when reading it, however, I also think you will get a better feel for the characters if you read them in order. The first book, Serendipity, which is Julia and Nathan’s story, does have a direct relation to Splendor. Nathan & Ian are business partners and Julia and Tessa are friends. But the author does a wonderful job in explaining their relationship and I don’t think you will be lost. 
))))))whispers…...but the first book is sooooooo good!!((((((

Tessa is….wow her story is heartbreaking. This character affected me so much in that she’s just so sweet and innocent and when she tells her story to Ian….there’s no way you won’t feel deeply for her. She’s had an extremely hard life for her 24 years but has come to a place where she can at least make a living and be a little bit happy. She’s in what the old school term for “secretarial pool” would be for the home office of Ian’s company. She’s also married!!!! Which is a story in and of itself. Don’t worry…..there’s no cheating that goes on in this book.

Ian is regularly introduced to a great many people. Females and males of all different colors, sizes and nationalities. He’s also used to the female attention as he is….well he’s just HOT! He doesn’t mix business with pleasure….EVER!! Never has and never would. Until little Tessa walks into his office. He is pretty much instantly in love with her. But he also finds out she’s married and he’s not going there for sure. He pines away for her for more than TWO years, going so much as to not sleep with anyone else. Then finally he finds out she’s getting divorced and he has to make his move.

This book is amazing!!! It’s sorta long but in a very very good way. The story builds and the author created this romantic world for them that is just so amazing to read about. It’s not pretentious and it’s not really sad (except Tessa’s history) but just a truly romantic love story. With Tessa’s innocent personality Ian is able to bring her body alive in a way she’s never known. He turns her into a little sexpot! LOL

This book is a definite MUST READ!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Tessa walked inside the enormous room slowly as he flicked on a lamp somewhere. Ian’s master suite was easily larger than her entire apartment, kitchen and bath included, and every bit as lavish as the rest of the house. She imagined the view from the bank of windows set against the far end of the room would be breathtaking, and she could envision herself curling up on the wide, padded window seat sipping tea and watching the sun rise. The furniture in here was all dark, polished woods and clean, simple lines, large pieces that nonetheless didn’t dwarf the room. Like the rest of the house, there was nothing the least bit fussy or overdone, and it was very obvious that this was a man’s room.

Tessa’s gaze fell to the imposing four poster bed, easily the largest of its kind she’d ever seen. It was covered in a thick duvet of a pale mocha shade, both luxurious and simple at the same time. She couldn’t resist running her hand over it lightly, the fabric soft and almost velvety to the touch.

“Do you like it, Tessa?”

She whirled to face Ian, who was standing just behind her. He’d removed his suit jacket and tie as she’d been inspecting the room, and her breath caught at the splendid sight of his white shirt stretching across the broad expanse of his chest and shoulders.

Aware that he was waiting for her reply, she nodded and then glanced away abruptly. “It’s wonderful, Ian. This is – way beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I’ve never seen so much – well, I suppose splendor is a good word for it.”

Tessa shivered in reaction as he came up behind her, pressing his body against hers and lightly running his fingertips up and down her bare arms.

“I’ve wanted you here in my house – my room – my bed for so long now, darling,” he murmured in her ear, his lips caressing the side of her throat. At the same time, his arms circled her waist, one hand splayed over her belly as he pulled her in closer. “I never imagined it would actually happen, though. Seeing you here now like this – tell me I’m not dreaming again, Tessa.”

The pleading tone of his voice startled her, for he sounded almost desperate. She was quick to reassure him.

“You aren’t dreaming. I’m really here. But I’m the one who feels like she’s in some fantastic dream world,” she confessed.

His tongue began to trace erotic little patterns around her ear before he gently nibbled on the lobe. “If you aren’t ready for this, I promise I’ll understand. I won’t ever pressure you, Tessa. So tell me – should I drive you home or will you stay here with me?”

Tessa closed her eyes as her head fell back onto his shoulder, one of his hands now stroking her hip and then up the side of her rib cage. “What – what happens if I stay?”

Ian’s voice grew huskier, and was filled with so much raw passion that she felt she might swoon. “Then I do what I’ve dreamed about doing since the first time I met you – undress you slowly, lay you out on my bed, and then taste and touch every inch of this beautiful body.” His hand slid up her abdomen to cup her breast, his thumb brushing masterfully over her erect nipple. “After that I’ll slide inside of you, all the way in, and stay there for a long time. Hours, maybe days. After all, I’ve got two years of unfulfilled fantasies to satisfy.”

“Ah, that’s so good,” she whispered roughly, as his hand squeezed her breast, his fingers plucking the nipple through the fabric of her dress. “Please, Ian.”

“Tell me first, Tessa,” he demanded. “Will you stay – or should I take you home?”

Tessa cried out as one of his hands slid down to cup her sex. “Oh, God! S-stay! I want to stay here with you.”

“Thank Christ,” muttered Ian as he kept one arm banded about her waist, while grasping her chin with his other hand.

Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades, with her first e-book Serendipity published in December 2013. Splendor is book two of six in the Inevitable series, each book a standalone with no cliffhangers.


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