So I've been quite absent from reviewing for a while and for that I do apologize! I moved to Los Angeles (drove here from Maryland) and have been trying to find a job. It hasn't been easy and I am still looking. I moved from reading to watching television slows on Netflix and Hulu Plus--but I am back!! J
A book I was scheduled to review a while ago was first on the list! I just picked it randomly but am soo glad that I did. Enough banter…on to the review! ENJOY
Portia Summerhill feels like a loser.
Thirty-something, jobless, and living at home… How could she not? Next to her accomplished sisters, Portia’s achievements—or lack thereof—are that much more noticeable.
The one thing Portia can claim is expert knowledge on antiques and her ancestry, and in a moment of serendipity, the perfect job lands in her lap: curator at the Museum of British Peerage. There’s one caveat: the museum won’t hire her unless she brings the family jewels with her. Or, more specifically, the infamous Summerhill tiara.
Except a cowboy hotelier stands between her and her tiara. Jackson Waite needs help getting his newest posh hotel launched and, luckily for Portia, he’s willing to make a trade. If she helps him meet the deadline for his new resort, he’ll give her the tiara. Only, the more time she spends with Jackson, the more Portia wonders if she wants the tiara or the man keeping it from her.
Portia could tell her mother meant business by the staccato of clacking heels echoing through the halls—and she bet that business was her.
She turned her chair away from the door and shrank into herself. With any luck, her mother wouldn’t notice her. She pulled a blanket up to her chin for good measure. There—instant incognito.
“Portia, what are you doing here in the dark?” The Countess of Amberlin glided into the room and flipped a light switch. She looked around the study, her patrician nose wrinkled. “Although not even all the light of heaven can help the gloominess of this room.”
“I like it here,” she said, huddling in the chair. It was her father’s study, and she’d spent many hours in here learning about all the Summerhills through time. Of course, her former delight in the room was eclipsed by the fact that her father had turned out to be a lying cheat.
Nobody was perfect, she guessed. The funk that’d settled over her since New Year’s wrapped around her like the blanket, stifling her.
Her mother came to stand over her.
Portia squirmed under the judgmental scrutiny. Jacqueline Summerhill, the ninth Countess of Amberlin, was perfect in every way: beautiful, a leader in her social circle, stylish, and tireless in her charitable efforts. She was intimidating on a normal day, but standing over you with Joan of Arc’s passion blazing from her eyes, she was doubly intimidating.
Funny—Portia would never have called her mother passionate. Though she wouldn’t have suspected that her mother was behind the mysterious scholarships they’d all received when they’d turned eighteen, either.
“Here.” Jacqueline held out her hand.
Portia looked at the piece of paper. It appeared to be a printout. “What is it?”
Her mother arched her brow. “You could take it and find out.”
She could, but she had a bad feeling about it. A venomous snake would have felt less threatening.
But her curiosity won out, and she took the paper. She glanced at the text, frowning, confused. “This is a job ad.”
“For the Museum of British Peerage,” her mother explained patiently. “They’re searching for a curator.”
“What does that have to do with me?”
“You’re going to apply for the position.”
Bitterness rose up her throat. She’d started the year with such good intentions—to turn her life around into something meaningful. But with each passing day, she’d realized that she didn’t have anything useful to offer the world. “I’m not qualified for this job. They want a degree in antiquities, history, or art.”
“Minor technicalities.” Her mother waved a dismissive hand. “You have something more important than a degree.”
“The Summerhill name.” The Countess of Amberlin stared down at her, daring her to say otherwise. “You have generations of prominent earls backing you. Do you really think you need more for a job at the Museum of British Peerage? You are peerage.”
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Portia, thirty-something, still living at home while her sisters, all having accomplished something is still reeling over the death of her father. Not just his death but also the betrayal that he sold the home that she loved so much and he promised to her. Never having had a close relationship with her mother, having been a daddy's girl, she is surprised when her mother brings an ad for a job as curator at the Museum of British Peerage. A job that she would love to do being that she loves history. Having no experience or formal education, she isn't beyond using her name to get her the job if need be. Something her ancestor and role model Catherine Summerhill would have done. With Catherine's pearls around her neck giving her strength and confidence, she strides into the interview. She knows that she can offer much to the position but the weasel (Mr. Wexler) has other plans--A job in exchange for the coveted Summerhill tiara. No tiara, no job! Shouldn't be a problem right? Only the tiara was in the house that her father sold with all of its possessions included. Now Portia must find a way to convince the new owner to give her back the tiara.
Enter Dallas cowboy (not the football team) Jackson Waite.
Jackson Waite has taken over the Waite Hotel Group from his father after he fell ill. Wanting absolutely nothing to do with his fathers company, he wants to invest his money in a water purification system, the last thing he wants to do is go to London to oversee the delay in the turnaround of Suncrest Park. After encountering a prissy British woman, whom he thinks wears "hooker underwear" that he craves more than he has ever craved a woman, Jackson jumps at her offer to detail and sort the possessions of the house in exchange for the tiara. After the first kiss, he was done for.
When he meddling father steps in and takes the tiara, claiming it's too valuable to give to Portia, it has the ability to ruin everything with the woman he loves. Will he be able to get the tiara back and save his relationship or will the tiara being taken and more secrets from his past tear them apart?
You also get a story involving Meredith, having broken off her engagement to Jackson after the news of her breast cancer, she decides that she will live life, whether its for a year or 50 years. When Quinn, a cowboy who is strictly business, spots her bucket list especially the item stating "ORGASM" he decides to help her tick off as many items on that list especially that one. Quinn makes her feel things that she never felt while with Jackson and would love nothing more than to have Quinn give her the first orgasm with a partner. But when she feels another lump, growing daily, she decides that she could never ask him to stay with her through it. He wants to be her forever and she wants to hide away. Will he be able to break her resolve and give her that orgasm and a forever or will she push away the man she is in love with.
--This is the second book in the Summerhill series, with that said I had not read the first one beforehand although I wish I had. You DO NOT have to read them in succession; you could read them independently if you wanted to. The first does detail more about the father and some of the issues that happened before that but you won't be lost if you read the second one first.
I loved this book! Once I started I didn't want to stop and I can't wait to start on book three, Let's Misbehave. I will read book one, Say You Will at some point but I fell in love with Imogen and her story so now I really want to see what happens with her.
Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.
Kate's the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She's been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she's big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.
Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she's wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh...