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be·tray tr.v. be·trayed, be·tray·ing, be·trays 2. To be false or disloyal to. 3. To divulge in a breach of confidence. 4. To make known unintentionally. 5. To reveal against one’s desire or will.
A male Romance Author… a convention in Vegas… a female book blogger… a goal to lose her virginity… what happens when you mix all the above?
Fallon McKinley is headed to Vegas for the Wicked Wenches Romance Con and losing her virginity is only one of her goals. The other is to meet her favorite author of romance novels, R.T. Sinclair. What she doesn’t realize is that the sexy green-eyed god she rams into at the airport is the real R.T. When they keep running into each other, she’s shocked, but excited, because the attraction is irresistible.
Ryland Thomas Sinclair doesn’t want anyone to know his true identity. He’s the author that all women love, but everyone thinks he’s a female. He hides his persona behind the public face of his twin sister, keeping his own a secret. But after meeting the lovely Fallon, his intentions to avoid a relationship come to a screeching halt. She’s put an unwanted kink into his perfectly laid out plans. His unusual reaction surprises him because after a heart-shredding breakup a few years ago, he’s managed to avoid women at all costs.
Resisting Fallon becomes more difficult than he imagines. Soon things are spiraling out of control, until a major miscommunication has Fallon walking out of his home and his life. Will Ryland Thomas succeed in losing the woman he loves? Or can he win her back?
Can I just start out saying that as a blogger, I laughed out loud in the first few sentences of the book?
As Fallon is nervous as all get out for her first ride on an airplane, she tells the lady next to her that she is a blogger.
“A what? A booger?”
“No! Not a booger! A blogger!”
“Oh, a blogger. I’ve always wanted to see you girls dance. Do you have those fancy clicking shoes? Can you kick your legs high up in the air? I bet you can. You look like you could be limber like that.”
I have had similar conversations. 🙂
Alright, so Fallon is going to the convention with the intention of losing her V-card. I knew that was part of it because of the blurb, but that is something I do not understand. Maybe it is because if I could do it all over again, I would have waited until I was married, but that is Heather’s story, not Fallon’s, and hindsight is always 20/20.
She runs into Ryland at the airport, literally. Instant attraction, but they both move on to their intended destinations, yet both are left thinking of the other.
Seeing as they are both there for the convention, they are bound to run into each other again.
Ryland is hiding the fact that he is the best selling author being R.T. Sinclair while his sister plays the public persona. This made me think of another anonymous author that I know of and I wondered what their story was while I was reading Exquisite Betrayal. It also made me think of a couple of male authors, one that I know and call a friend, and I wondered if they ever felt like Ryland does, that females wouldn’t accept a male author writing their hot romances.
The betrayal part of Exquisite Betrayal was heart breaking from the moment it happened to the extended reactions of our characters.
The only thing that I thought was wrong with either of the characters was how long Fallon would hold on to being mad. I think in most situations that occurred, she had a right to be upset, but wow – that woman can hold on to being upset. There was one scene though that I don’t think was complete Ryland’s fault, I think Fallon should have followed him and asked what was wrong, instead of not speaking to him for days. Then again, I have the same issue that he was going through and I knew his internal dialogue, Fallon didn’t. (Like how I am trying to be very vague? I don’t want to give anything away.)
I really enjoyed Exquisite Betrayal. It was a fun ride into the relationship between an author and a blogger with all the excitement of conventions (I have not been able to go to one yet – not from lack of want, more from being a SAHM to 4) and a beautiful romance thrown in.
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).
So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.
Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
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