Janette Kenny
Bound by the Italian’s Contract Review!

12 July 2014
Bound by the Italian’s Contract by Janette Kenny

Reviewed by Desere

Caprice Tregore is physiotherapist extraordinaire, she helps heal those that cannot find another way to get over the sudden loss of change in their lives. But her company needs a state of the art makeover if she’s going to make it amongst the bigger names in the industry.

So she steels herself and finds every single bit of courage she can to face the one man that can help her make her dream a reality, she knows Luciano will want something in return, what she has no idea but what has to be done has to be done! And besides she is no longer the naive innocent he once knew.

Luciano Duchelini has the perfect plan to help his brother reach a speedy recovery. Caprice will do her physiotherapy magic and he will finance her company makeover, as easy as sliding down a ski slope, right ? But the two months in her company proves that the overwhelming always there attraction for Caprice has not died, and this time he will satisfy his every desire, regardless of the cost.

I have been a fan of this author’s work ever since the first time I picked up a copy of Proud revenge, passionate wedlock, a few years ago. The intensity of her characters has amazed and have entranced me every since.

In this her latest read she has once again shown why she is one of the best international author’s to ever grace the world with her beautiful stories, stunning memorable characters and romance magic, that is guaranteed to capture your attention again and again and again each and every time!

The character of Luciano fascinated me from the very start of this read, he’s colder than ice one minute and hot flames the next. I could not wait to get inside his mind and discover just why he hides his pain and anger. I loved him for trying to be always trying to be the stronger party in everything he does in life, it showed him as I recon a lot of us are for the most part. We hurt badly, but instead of allowing others to see our pain and suffering we hide it, and tell ourselves we deserve to suffer because of what our actions caused. I adored that the author let’s Caprice slowly be the one to draw Luciano out from the world of suffering he has sentenced himself to, the author showed that there is always someone that will show us we simply cannot be strong on our own, a little helping hand goes a long way.

The character of Caprice was awesome! I loved this heroine. She has been through hell and back , fallen more times than she can remember but has always gotten back up stronger than before and ready to fight back. My heart shattered at the thought of what she has gone through and I shed more than a few tears, major tissue alert! Much like Luciano she also hides the hurt , but instead of letting herself live in a hell whole of regrets she gets up and does what needs to be done to get over the issue. This showed her of course as the complete opposite of Luciano but it also reminded me that some of us are able to hit a low spot in our lives and still manage to get back up and move on, it makes us stronger than others but it does not make us any better, the key is to let that overflow of positive energy flow to others and help them to build the same level of courage we have been able to find, and this Caprice does beautifully!

Caprice building Luciano up to a man any person would be proud of and showing him that there is always a way to rebuild our lives after we have fallen from the top, was exquisite! I am taking away so many wonderful messages from this read but the one that stood out and will for certain remain with me for the rest of my life is that when we fall we need to get back up, we might fall again and have to get up yet again, but in the end we will know that we tried our very best and it will never be said we stayed down. And the love of the right person can heal any kind of hurt, all we need to do is let the person in on the deal.

I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads! Janette Kenny crafted the perfect escape to romance, love conquers all story with remarkable characters, a brilliant plot and a gripping all the way through till the end read!

5/5 star review
” He wants her and this time he will have her, but will she fall at his feet again or will she be the one to run this time?”

Winner!!!

Drumroll!

We have a winner! Carol W of Boonton, NJ is the name drawn randomly for an autographed copy of Bound by the Italian’s Contract. Congrats! I’ll get your novel in the mail soon.

Thanks to all who entered.

4 Star Rating from RT!

Thanks so much reviewer Debbie Haupt! You made me smile. :)

RT BOOK REVIEW

BOUND BY THE ITALIAN’S CONTRACT
by Janette Kenny

Genre: Series, Harlequin Presents, Current Series Imprints

**** RT Rating

BOUND BY THE ITALIAN’S CONTRACT (4) by Janette Kenny: Ski therapist Caprice Tregore seeks out her once idol, former coach and past crush for financial help to realize her Denver dream. The trouble is he’s awakened long-dead emotions. Former ski champ Luciano Duchelini needs Caprice’s help to heal his brother, and for this he’ll finance her lodge restoration. What he doesn’t need is the feelings she’s rousing, feelings he thought died with his wife. Kenny’s romance in the Alps is tragic and hopeful, complete with over-the-top opulence, a hero who’s scarred inside and out and a heroine with a vicious ghost in her past.

Reviewed By: Debbie Haupt

Doing the Big Easy

I’m way late posting an update out our trip to NOLA, arriving several days before the RT Booklovers Convention 2014. Of course I’d signed up to go, and since we hadn’t been away on a real normal trip, we thought why not do it now.

Upon arriving early, we checked in, unpacked quickly and hit the streets. Bourbon St to be exact. It was everything exciting I thought it would be plus everything icky creepy mixed in.

The soulful jazz and blues oozing from dives amid the French Quarter make it heavenly magic. I liked it and wanted to see more. And we did!

NOLA is easy to get around, either by trolley, bus, taxi or on foot. We walked more than I thought he’d be able to tolerate.

He surprised me with a romantic dinner cruise with jazz on the Mississippi. All over the Garden District, downtown and the French Quarter, we ate, we drank, we relaxed. He flew home on Wednesday, leaving me to do the convention.

RT outdid itself again by putting on a great convention, and NOLA was a great venue. I signed and gave out all of my swag and free books. And too soon the week was over and I flew home.

And I got right back into writing a book that’s due at on the editor’s desk.

So would I mix business and pleasure into one trip again? Yes, it can work. Would I return to NOLA? Anytime.

Strawberry Pecan Upside Down cake

Since several people have requested this recipe, here goes. It’s a gooey, sweet delight. BTW, I halved this recipe. Oh, you can use any flavor cake as well, but chocolate is just so so good. Enjoy!

strawberry pecan cake

Strawberry pecan upside down cake.

Topping:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 cup strawberries, sliced

Cake:

1 Devil’s Food cake mix
3/4 cup strawberry preserves
1/2 chopped pecans

For the topping

Preheat oven to 350F. Put butter evenly into two, 8-inch round pans and place into the oven. Heat until butter is melted then remove from oven. Brush the melted butter around the bottom and sides of the pans. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Divide in half and set aside.

For the cake

Prepare cake according to package directions. Do not overbeat the batter. Gently fold in the pecans and strawberry preserves.
Sprinkle the brown sugar topping into the pans over the melted butter then lay strawberry slices on top in a single layer. Spoon in the cake batter and spread evenly. Bake according to package directions or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Let cake rest for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edge and inverting it onto a plate. Serve warm with whipped cream or drizzle on simple vanilla glaze.

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