Friday, September 30, 2016

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander

When Love Arrives

by Johnnie Alexander

Dani had planned to spy on Brett--so how did she end up on a date with him? 

Dani Prescott can't believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani's mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother's reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

Here's my review of this engaging love story:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Johnnie Alexander and her publisher for sending me a copy of "When Love Arrives" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander is a captivating and surprising love story considering the initial encounter of the leading man and lady is built on a lie.  Brett is a too handsome, too charming and too rich playboy type who lost both parents in a plane crash.  Dani is looking to dig up some dirt on Brett in the hopes of restoring her deceased mother’s reputation by removing the blame placed on her for the plane crash that killed her and Brett’s parents.  She never expected to be caught spying on him.  She never expected him to ask her out on a date.  She never expected to fall in love.

This beautifully written novel is difficult to put down.  The short chapters are easily consumed.  I caught myself reminiscing about places I’d been that I was reminded of by the character’s experiences (the old plush couch theater in the old MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Village Diner in New York).  This book brought a lot of smiles to my face and sighs to my lungs.  But the best part of the book is that it’s about forgiveness.  This is a beautiful thing since forgiveness seems to be in such short supply.  It’s nice to see examples of such behavior even if it’s in a work of fiction.
I haven't read book one in this series, but book two reads perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.  I completely recommend this book for a weekend read.

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