Starting with a new novella, series, and genre, Carla Laureano kicks off the year with exciting beginnings … and a surprise so keep reading.
Jilted is the award-winning author’s first foray into the contemporary romance genre. Laureano creates a leading man that melts the readers’ hearts, a female protagonist we envy, and a story that sets the butterflies in our stomachs aflutter. The first installment in her Discovered by Love series has a “harlequiny” feel to it with larger-than-life characters, a whirlwind romance in an exotic locale, and a fairy-tale ending. But, unlike Harlequin novels, it provides a nice, clean story that I don’t have to blush to read — at least not for the wrong reasons. Try not blushing when Derek gives you — err Bethany — one of his swoon-worthy smiles.
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Bethany Hall is hiding out on a remote private island off the coast of Belize, creating romantic meals for the rich and the privileged. But when her client Derek Moretti’s bride jilts him at the altar, he’s left with a bitter view on love, a $30,000 a week bungalow, and for the first time in his life, nowhere else to be.
After Derek overhears his beautiful personal chef talking about how he dodged a bullet when his bridezilla left him, he begins to think that maybe she’s right. He convinces Bethany to act as his personal tour guide for the remainder of his trip, but neither expect that their purely platonic arrangement could shake their preconceptions about love.
Could Derek have been in the right place at the right time…just with the wrong woman?