***** Love is Surprisingly Grand                         review by Rox Burkey

Author Deborah Armstrong writes a passionate romance, with steamy spice laced throughout.  Quinn Thomas, a renowned sex-symbol star, is the most eligible Hollywood bachelor. Davina Stuart is a Canadian farmer and now a best-selling author. Her book Second Harvest depicts part of her life before she became a widow raising three children.

Hollywood wants to make Davi’s book into a movie. On her way to Hollywood to talk to the producers, she is seated next to Quinn. He is immediately smitten. She feels he simply wants a roll in the hay; after all, she is older.  

The relationship between these two is hot, sexy, and fun. Davi is not opposed to a one-night stand, but Quinn wants forever.  The spice starts early with a flirty exchange from the following excerpt.

“Davina’s jaw dropped. No! “

‘Quinn Thomas Hot Sex Now.'” He made the words sound more sinful and sexy than she could have ever imagined.

“Not fair! You were encroaching on my personal space.”

“It wasn’t hard to miss.”

“You didn’t have to look,” Davina protested halfheartedly.

“Yes, I did,” he said, not regretting his actions. “It’s my turn. Do you date?”

“I’ve been on a few in the last year, but nothing that turned into anything serious.”

“Why?” he asked before he took a sip of his wine. “The men were okay, but I didn’t know if they were interested in my spread or me.”

 Quinn choked on his drink. “Excuse me?”

“I’m a farmer, Quinn. I wasn’t sure if they liked my land or me. What did you think I meant?” she asked, smiling at him knowingly.”

The characters and interactions are believable. There is a lot to be said for older women with younger men. The other characters like Jake, Luke, and Davi’s daughters round all the action and illustrate the story’s realism.  It is a powerful story of a deep connection between two people who love to see them through the good times and the challenges. I especially like the dialogue and quick wit of Davi, who doesn’t take crap from anyone, especially not Quinn. 

In many ways, this contemporary romance is on par with Bella Andre, with scenes that heat up to nearly melting the pages.  Not for kids, but definitely a delicious romance that calls for wine and a candle, or even strawberries and chocolate.  I cannot wait for the second book in this series. I am a new fan.

About the Author

I’ll never forget that hot and steamy summer that started me on my writing journey.

It was June, and I’d celebrated a significant birthday. I couldn’t settle for some reason, and all that interested me was reading my daughter’s collection of romance novels. I read them all: paranormal, contemporary, historical, and chick-lit. And, I didn’t read the books once; I read them over and over again. I also began to write romance, and by the time fall arrived, I had two rough drafts ready: Forever Love and Love’s Promises.

I live with my family on a large dairy farm. My writing is a romantic blend of farming, family, and fantasy. Romance and farming were never so hot, especially when a Hollywood heartthrob or rock star is involved.

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