‘The Lovers’ (Echoes From The Past Book 1) by Irina Shapiro

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If you’re like me, then you’re always on the lookout for new authors. I came across this one on Facebook. It was the cover that turned my head and then I followed the link and read the Prologue and I was hooked.

This book hasn’t been published yet, but if you like what’s been written so far, please take the time to vote for it to be published.

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tl isBOOK BLURB: Shocking secrets. Unexpected revelations.

1665.
On her wedding night, Elise finds out exactly what her husband has in store for her. His request is shocking, but she has no right to refuse. The consequences of that night seal Elise’s fate and lead to tragedy.
2013.

Dr. Quinn Allenby has a gift; she can see into the past when holding an object that belonged to the dead. Quinn uses her gift to find out what happened to the 17th century couple known only as ‘The Lovers,’ and stumbles onto the secret of her own birth and abandonment.

TEASER:

Prologue

The darkness was absolute, the interior of the chest smelling rank and damp. Their bodies were pressed together, crammed in an unnatural position, limbs stiff after hours of immobility. At first, there was still hope, but it had run out, as had the air, as the tight-fitting lid prevented even the smallest amount from seeping in. His arms felt like lead, but he gathered what was left of his waning strength and lifted his hand to her face. He didn’t need to see it; her features were burned into his brain, as were those of their child. Please God, keep the babe safe.

Her skin was still warm, but she was already gone, as surely as he would be in the next few minutes. His lungs were already burning, a sheen of sweat covering his face. He pressed his lips against her unresponsive mouth in a final kiss as a last thought flashed through his dying brain:

It had all been worth it.

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irina shapiroAUTHOR BIO: Irina Shapiro was born in Moscow, Russia during the hight of Communism and “enjoyed” the life of an average Russian child until her family’s immigration to the United States in 1982.

They settled in Brooklyn, NY where she finished school and then graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City with a degree in International Business. Despite her business degree, history and travel have always been her passions and she has tried to incorporate her knowledge and experiences into her stories.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

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‘Captain Durant’s Countess’ by Maggie Robinson

cdc mrSTORY: Tucked amid the pages of The London List, a newspaper that touts the city’s scandals, is a vaguely-worded ad for an intriguing job—one that requires a most wickedly uncommon candidate…

Maris has always been grateful that her marriage to the aging Earl of Kelby saved her from spinsterhood. Though their union has been more peaceful than passionate, she and the earl have spent ten happy years together. But his health is quickly failing, and unless Maris produces an heir, Kelby’s conniving nephew will inherit his estate. And if the earl can’t get the job done himself, he’ll find another man who can…

Captain Reynold Durant is known for both his loyalty to the Crown and an infamous record of ribaldry. Yet despite a financial worry of his own, even he is reluctant to accept Kelby’s lascivious assignment—until he meets the beautiful, beguiling Maris. Incited by duty and desire, the captain may be just the man they are looking for. But while he skillfully takes Maris to the heights of ecstasy she has longed for, she teaches him something even more valuable and unexpected…

REVIEW: There’s only a handful of plots like this one in romance land and the reason behind it is because it’s not easy to pull it off without someone getting hurt, emotionally or physically.

That said, I found that this story handled the plot very well and I found that I liked this story because the author didn’t just settle on the sensuality part of this tale, but worked hard in establishing good, solid three dimensional characters to go with it.

Both main characters had strength and emotional depth to them that had me vested in their story.

If you’re looking for a story with a predictable plot but complex and endearing hero, this one will entertain you, no doubt.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher