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review 2017-04-30 13:44
Great Story and Characters
Making Waves: A Beach Lane Novel - Laura Moore

Dakota was raised  in The Hamptons  though she is part of a upper crust family she is nothing like her family. Dakota is a self made business woman and runs a concierge service for the rich and famous. Her family is dysfunctional and hard to really like. Then she accepts a job to work on her family’s estate Windhaven   for the new owner after it had been sold. Max is an ex football star and is currently a money making machine.  Max is a playboy and likes a variety of woman on his arm. He avoids attachments as he fears run deep. Dakota is the illegitimate daughter of an heiress- Piper- who is focused on being an heiress. Max works hard at his job. Dakota starts working for Max who is the new owner of her family estate and her family causes an uproar. Max’s two attachments are business and money. Max bought the big estate to impress clients and his father. He had the previous owner’s family member to revamp the estate. But Max is also interested in Dakota. Max works for Wall Street, a partner in a private equity firm. Both Max and Dakota had dealt with rejection and heartache. Dakota’s family “had never included or accepted her” as she had been born illegitimate and of an affair. Dakota has never had the desire to follow in her mother’s jet setting ways. Dakota’s ways of calming herself when her life has too much chaos is to go surfing. Piper was crazy, self centered, and Dakota’s mother- if that is what you could call her. Piper had lied about knowing who Dakota’s father was and when she finds out the truth and knows who her father really is she goes looking for him. Dakota’s business is called Premier Services. If her clients want something like for example  their house cleaned or groceries bought she made sure they got it.Dakota was hired to stock, remodel, and refurnish the estate for Max. Max blamed himself for his twin sisters death in a car accident when he was eighteen. Then his mother’s death a year later. His father told Max these deaths were his fault. Dakota teaches Max how to surf but also how to feel again through a kind of friendship than more. Dakota had met Hendrick in middle school he was a psychiatrist and a father figure to  her. Hendrick had given Dakota her first job watering his plants, and raking his leaves and they became friends Hendrick also bought Dakota her first surfboard. Dakota still plays the dutiful daughter and takes care of Piper as much as she can. Then  Max and Dakota became a real couple expecting a child.

I loved this story all though at times it was a little slow and confusing but got through it and it really didn’t take that much away from the story. I definitely didn’t care for Dakota’s family. I didn’t understand why Dakota kept going back when they didn’t love her in any way or even liked her. I loved Hendrick and how he had and was there for Dakota. I love the plot and the writing. The pace was great most of the time. But the ending was just out there. With Dakota in labor and her water breaking and her walking on the beach. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this story and I highly recommend this story.

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review 2017-04-05 23:02
Surfing the Family Waves
Making Waves: A Beach Lane Novel - Laura Moore

4.5
This is a heartwarming, toe curling, maddening, heart wrenching, happy story about two wonderful characters that you can't help but love. Complex family drama, and independent self made woman, a successful wounded man, wonderful side characters, just enough rotten apples and a lovely setting. It's got all the right stuff. I ma so happy this is the beginning of a series, there will be more.
Dakota the female main character is a self made business woman with a lot of hard work and hard times under her belt. Her family is dysfunctional in the worst way, they are easy to dislike. She runs a concierge service for the rich and fabulous. When she starts working for the new owner of her family's estate causing an uproar. Oh what a family she's got !
Max, ex football god, and current money making machine is a hunk in suit. He's a playboy, who likes to have a different blond on his arm regularly. He avoids attachments at all costs. His scars run deep and that's where he keeps them. Business and money are his two attachments. He bought the big mansion estate to impress clients and his father. He also hired the previous owners family member to redo the estate for him and she is a person that interests him. Too bad she doesn't play with her meal tickets.
If you want to know what happens read the book.
Time and the right people in your life can change everything. That is what I always get from this authors work. I love reading books that make you feel good. This author is on my list of guaranteed feel good writers.

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text 2017-04-04 18:23
Reading progress update: I've read 43%.
Making Waves: A Beach Lane Novel - Laura Moore

These characters are so well developed and so likable. The surfing lesson was so sweet it reminded me of my lessons many years ago from a lost love

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review 2015-11-09 19:14
Only 99 cents till November 20th
Once Tempted - Laura Moore

I really enjoy this series and at this price BONUS

 

Amazon US

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text 2015-02-24 15:11
Canvas: Painters in Contemporary Romance
Wild Man Creek - Robyn Carr
The Cinderella Deal - Jennifer Crusie
Flirting with Disaster - Victoria Dahl
Collide - Megan Hart
Sweet Mercy (Harlequin SuperRomance #1339) - Jean Brashear
If You Stay - Courtney Cole
In Your Eyes - Laura Moore
Mr. Family - Margot Early
Counterfeits - Kris Bock
Seducing Cinderella - Gina L. Maxwell

Oh those sexy artists...

 

Here are some wonderful Painter Heroes and Heroines in Romance Novels. My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

 

1. Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell

 

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews's chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he's injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he's healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional's care--Reid's best friend's little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She'd do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she's crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds himself in the fight of his life...winning Lucie's heart before she gives it to someone else.

 

2. Counterfeits by Kris Bock

 

Painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums?

Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, would be happy to run the camp with Jenny. Dare he even dream of that, when his past holds dark secrets that he can never share? When Jenny’s father reappears after a decade-long absence, only Rob knows where he’s been and what danger he’s brought with him.

Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried. In the end, they must decide whether their dreams will bring them together or force them apart.

 

3.  Mr. Family by Margot Early

 

Kal Johnson is a still-grieving widower with a young child. He can't imagine marrying again—not for love, anyway. But it's becoming increasingly clear that his daughter needs someone besides him. A mother. Kal's solution is to place an ad in a local magazine.

 

Wanted: Woman to enter celibate marriage and be stepmother to four-year-old girl. Send child-rearing philosophies to Mr. Family….

 

Erika Blade is a woman who's afraid of love. And sex. She answers the ad, figuring she's probably the only person in the whole world to whom a "celibate marriage" would appeal. After all, she does want children but she doesn't want to acquire them in the usual way. As it turns out, Kal likes her letter—and soon discovers that he likes her. More than likes. He's attracted to her. The one thing that wasn't supposed to happen.

 

4. In Your Eyes by Laura Moore

 

A gifted artist, Genevieve Monaghan expresses the wonder and beauty of life on canvas. When millionaire philanthropist Alex Miller asks her to create a painting for the new children’s wing of a major Boston hospital, she finds his high-handed ways exasperating and his stunning good looks distracting—but she cannot resist his proposal. She embraces the project, willing to suffer Alex’s presence for the sake of her art. Yet soon Gen finds herself falling for Alex and his virile charm.

At the pinnacle of wealth and power, Alex Miller stands alone. Women flock to him, drawn by his standing and immense sex appeal. Nothing touches his heart—until he meets Gen. A natural beauty, she is a breath of fresh air in his life and has no interest in his riches or glamour. Although they couldn’t be more different, the growing attraction between them is palpable, sizzling with intensity. Even as they fight to deny their feelings, Alex and Gen are losing themselves to the one thing more awe-inspiring than beauty: love.

 

5. If You Stay by Courtney Cole

 

24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

He's a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.
But he's got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn't understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn't work. His dad couldn't overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn't keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn't want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn't there, then it isn't, right?
Wrong.

And it's never more apparent than when he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn't know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he'd better figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother's death resurface from where he's repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one...the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he's working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

 

6. Sweet Mercy by Jean Brashear

 

Honey Creek Cottage is the house of Jezebel Hart's dreams -- and the place of Gamble Smith's nightmares. The place he built with his own hands, every stick and brick a testament to his love for the family he lost. The place now in disrepair, its gardens tangled with loss and neglect, much like Gamble's heart. He can't bear to live in it. Yet he isn't ready to let go. Not even to the vivacious Jezebel, who has put her volatile past behind her and wants to plant roots. A woman whose sex-goddess looks, Gamble discovers, can't match her strength and compassion. They come together out of mutual need, but find mutual healing. Except...she's hiding something that could shatter their fragile bond.

 

7. Collide by Megan Hart

 

A childhood accident left Emmaline vulnerable to disturbing fugue states that last minutes but feel like an eternity. The blackouts are unsettling but manageable…until she meets Johnny Dellasandro.

 

The painter gained fame in the '70s for his debauched lifestyle and raunchy art films. His naked body achieved cult status, especially in Emm's mind—she's obsessed with the man, who's grown even sexier with age. Today he shuns the spotlight and Emm…until she falls into a fugue on his doorstep.

 

In that moment she's transported back thirty years, crashing a party at Johnny's place. The night is a blur of flesh and heat that lingers long after she's woken to the present.

It happens again and again, each time-slip a mind-blowing orgy, and soon Emm can't stop, though every episode leaves her weaker. She's scared by what's happening, but she's even more terrified of losing this portal to the Johnny she wants so badly. The one who wants her and takes her—every chance he gets.

 

8. Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl

 

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs…except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied US marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster. 

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.

 

9. The Cinderella Deal  by Jennifer Crusie

 

Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs a makeshift fiancée to secure his dream job, and Daisy needs a short-term gig to support her painting career. And so the Cinderella Deal is born: Daisy will transform herself into Linc’s prim-and-proper fiancée, and at the stroke of midnight they will part ways, no glass slippers attached. But something funny happens on their way to make-believe bliss, as a fake engagement unexpectedly spirals into an actual wedding. Now, with Linc and Daisy married and under one roof, what started as a game begins to feel real—and the people who seem so wrong for each other realize they may truly be just right.

 

10.  Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr

 

Colin Riordan came to Virgin River to recuperate from a horrific helicopter crash, the scars of which he bears inside and out. His family is wonderfully supportive, but it's his art that truly soothes his troubled soul.

Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock has rented an old Victorian with a promising garden in Virgin River. She's looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate brand.

Both are looking to simplify, not complicate, their lives, but when Jillian finds Colin at his easel in her yard, there's an instant connection. And in Virgin River, sometimes love is the simplest choice of all….

 

To vote for the best of the best and get more recs, visit my Goodreads list: Canvas: Painters in Contemporary Romance.

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