* an erotic suspense *
the First Chapter
a Suspense Excerpt
~ The Wine Thief ~
a Hot Excerpt
~ Pool Party ~
You Never See Everything.
All shadows and mystery, Elissa Baker's in hot pursuit of something bigger, uglier, and meaner than Greg Moretti, and she keeps her destiny with the scum of the Earth a closely guarded confidence. Only Greg--muscles, brains, and passion--can wreck her long-laid path by being Mister Right At The Wrong Time, and refusing to let her go.
How can she resist her Latin lover's dark-chocolate eyes always arresting her, his hypnotic lure stealing her soul, and dealing lusty persuasion like trump cards in a fixed bet?
Restauranteur Greg Moretti is crazy for a woman who leads a smoke-and-mirrors life. He'll fix that by cooking up some heat, triggering a little hunger, and melting the ice-wall around her world. She'll have to choose between Greg and the criminal world. What holds Elissa from his total consumption? Why does she keep so many secrets?
Greg will take no hostages nor will he back down from his chase until he identifies his competition and makes Elissa want him more than her other distractions. Good boys can be bad too...and lethal to the heart.
The serendipitous solution to the cold-case murder of Greg's father leads to a gun battle that changes everything. Who invited the Mob?
Someone's going to lose, and someone will die. Another someone. Everything changes with a bullet.
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5 out of 5 Stars!
Elissa Baker's hair was a mess, and her clothes were streaked with dirt
from working in the garden. She had made a quick trip to the store, not
taking time to clean up. Her car insurance was due and she needed to buy
gas. Three strangers walked up to her and offered her money to go on a
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Elissa and Greg date initially because of a
dare. They end up falling in love. Elissa
has difficulty giving up control. Will Greg
be able to break through to her core? Greg's
family secrets are threatening his security.
Will Elissa help him discover the family
secrets? This is a breezy read. I could not
wait to get home to see what happened next.
I loved the ending. I recommend this!"
5 out of 5 Stars!
How many times have our parents told us to never judge a book by its cover? In Ms. Hart's erotic romance thriller Looks Are Deceiving, the title says it all. This tantalizing story will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Moreover, the sexual chemistry between Greg and Elissa will set your body on fire. Greg is one ruggedly handsome, sensual Italian who knows how to mesmerize a woman with his mix of dominance and kind-heartedness both in and out of bed. His desire to take care of Elissa is endearing and will make you want to switch places with her in a New York minute. The light bondage and role play between the couple will definitely warm you in all the right places on a cold winter's night. To be honest, I couldn't get enough of them. As I anxiously hit the next page button on my Kindle, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
The plot of the story is realistic in that Ms. Hart will have you questioning if there's more to each character than what's actually being said, which only brings the story to life. Although she allows the reader to learn some of their secrets upfront, she also maintains a high level of suspense by not divulging everything, which balances the plot and only piqued my curiosity even more. The fears exhibited by Greg and Elissa are realistic considering everything that they have experienced in life both in the past and present. The ole saying that opposites attract is on the money in Elissa and Greg's case because they definitely complement one another. In fact, they complete one another if the truth be told, especially when they both decide to live in the moment.
In Looks Are Deceiving, Ms. Hart provides the reader with a
fast-paced, action-packed story that will have you begging for more at
every turn. Although I couldn't wait to see what would happen next, I
must admit that I was somewhat sad to see the book come to an end. I
hope that Looks Are Deceiving is the first book in a series
that allows us more insight into the other characters' lives. I would
love to see what happens to Penny and Julian, as well as Derek, Greg's
brother. In addition, I would love an update on Greg and Elissa, as well
as Allen and Sissy. Two thumbs up to Ms. Hart for providing us with a
heartfelt story that will make you laugh and cry, while covering your
body in goose bumps from the sexual tension emanating between Gregg and
Elissa. If you're looking for a book that will warm your heart, bring a
smile to your face, and warm you on a cold winter's night from the
scorching hot sex scenes, then Looks Are Deceiving is
definitely the book to read. I would definitely recommend
Looks Are Deceiving to my friends.
Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Scoring a blind date was the last thing on Elissa Baker's mind when she goes grocery shopping looking like a bedraggled puppy. Delighted at her less-than-satisfactory appearance, three guys offer her money to have dinner with their friend. The mystery man turns out to be handsome restaurateur Greg Moretti who is knee-deep in solving troubles at his family restaurant. But one whiff of Elissa's butterscotch toffee body spray and Greg's heart is a goner. She is just as taken with the enigmatic man but what will she choose if she has to pick between love and her lifelong dream?
Elissa's personality is a mystery,
especially to Greg. She is presented
as a fun loving, normal woman but
there is a lot going on inside that
intrigues and mystifies. She is a
whole package and I loved every bit
that I discovered but couldn't
understand her reluctance to show
her dreams. Greg is a fine man. He
knows his responsibilities and can
become a wonderful support system
for anyone when the need arises.
Their coming together was all part
of an interesting bet to get back on
the childish prank his friends
played, but I wasn't prepared for
all the simmering heat that their
union generated. Elissa and Greg
uncover each other's potential
during the whole course of their
budding relationship and the
intensity is evident in the sex
scenes. The lovemaking scenes will
delight readers who want their zings
mixed in perfectly with the ongoing
storyline. The secondary characters
are mostly integral parts of Greg's
past and I loved the banter and
camaraderie between them. All the
female characters have a great deal
of strength and spunk and I liked
knowing them. A few sub-plots join
in the main one but it is a relief
that it doesn't get tangled up. The
mystery was decent and I was really
looking forward to meeting the
villain. Ms. Hart managed to grab my
interest with a clever opening and
held my interest till the end. All
in all, Looks Are Deceiving
is a fast-paced, adventure filled
story that will keep you on the edge
of your seat. Nicely Done!
Simply Romance Reviews
Looks are Deceiving is in itself a deceit. It starts out lighthearted with a prank being pulled by three lifelong friends on a fourth. They seek and out and proposition the most unattractive female they can find and offer to pay her to go on a date with their friend, Greg Moretti. Being a broke student, who is seriously debating if she can afford real ketchup, Elissa takes them up on their offer. The joke is on the three when Elissa shows up for her date and is a bombshell. They caught her at her worst after a long day of yard work.
Enter Greg. He's the fortunate recipient of his friends blind date prank. She instantly attracts him, but he has no time for a relationship. He's running the family business and trying to solve the murder of his father.
What I thought would be a fun read turned out to be a darn good mystery. The dialogue and attraction between Greg and Elissa was intriguing. Neither wanted or was ready for a relationship, but couldn't help themselves. Added in, Greg proposed that they keep fooling his friends so Elissa could get the money from the bet that originated the prank in the first place, and to prove a lesson to his friends. This added another dimension to the story.
As with any romance, each has their secrets, and they must out in the end. Both had good reasons for keeping them, and I appreciated how they handled themselves. Secondary characters were well-written, and I liked the storylines that followed them. Definitely a read worth picking up.
~Reviewed by Christine, Simply Romance Reviews
Michele Hart has written an
artful erotic romance with strong notes of suspense that leaves the
reader breathless. I was drawn into the sensual world that opens up for
Elissa as her love for Greg blossoms. Ms. Hart has created a page-turner
that leads the reader from the underworld connections of the restaurant
business to the glittering social scene of power and money, woven
through with dark, sexy ribbons of desire and passion, danger and
Looks are Deceiving is a fast paced, engaging novel that captures the reader at the start. Michele Hart employs a technique I appreciate in books by starting the reader off by thrusting directly into a situation where the heroine, Elissa, is challenged by a strange and unusual offer. By the end of the first chapter, Michele Hart has already captured the reader in the intense chemistry between Elissa and the hero, Greg. The passion builds through the book as the author expertly develops a deeper relationship between Elissa and Greg.
Elissa is a charming mixture of shy and daring, adventurous and pragmatic, sexy and, yes, frumpy at times. Driven by an undeniable attraction for Greg at first, it soon becomes obvious that Elissa's desires are complicating a much deeper goal. Greg's motives are more pure and straightforward, but no less complicated. As the single minded, determined hero, he suffers from a flaw that real men are often accused of. Greg sometimes fails to be direct about the smaller details. Between Elissa's intentional deceptions and Greg's lack of explanations, the plot twist and turns in unpredictable ways. Looks are Deceiving has many layers of depth and a reader would be well advised to keep the title in mind when starting in on this novel. Even once you think you've figured it all out, there is still a mystery to be revealed in the last chapter.
Michele thrusts the
reader directly into the action from the beginning and keeps them there.
With sizzling sex, engaging heroine and hero, a full range of colorful side
characters and a well-developed plot, I highly recommend Michele Hart's
novel for anybody who loves their romances filled with suspense.
|Elissa's Diary||Greg's Journal|
TROUBLE WITH DARK-CHOCOLATE EYES
AFTER A NIGHT IN GREGíS ARMS
HOW MUCH DOES GREG COST?
HE TOLD ME I WAS SCARED
NOTHING LOOKS THE SAME AFTER
THE NIGHT I MET ELISSA.
AFTER THE RESTAURANT
AFTER VISITING ELISSA AT THE BAR.
WHATíS HER SECRET?
3 DAYS WITHOUT ELISSA.
I HAD A PREMONITION.