by Peggy Dabney
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Consequences - Book 1
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Peggy Dabney
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 221 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Art curator Jovie Iams has found the man of her dreams. Her boyfriend,
Italian chef Leonardo Manning, is smart, sweet, and gentle…until he
breaks up with her and leaves her emotionally devastated. As she tries
to repair her broken heart, she turns to Owen Michaels, an ex-soldier
from Iowa struggling to forget his past.
But Jovie can’t escape her feelings for Leo, and finds her heart
trapped between the two men. As she becomes more entangled with Leo and
Owen, she discovers that things are not always as they seem. One of
these men has a dark secret that will turn Jovie’s world on its head,
and will force her to make the ultimate choice between love and
Loving Jovie by Peggy Dabney
Jovie thought she had found her soul mate, her forever love, but when Leo broke up with her, his brutal words have shattered her heart. Is it possible that a trip to her best friend’s family farm can heal her wounds? Owen is the ultimate in masculinity, alone, recovering from the emotional baggage of war and their attraction is instant and hot, but when Jovie takes it one step too far, she realizes that even Owen cannot replace the gaping wound in her heart.
Meanwhile Leo, the Italian chef and restaurant owner is equally haunted by his actions, but he had good reason, it was to keep peace with his father and Jovie safe from the danger his family could bring into her life. Only the bold and brazen show of a knuckle-dragging, testosterone-filled challenge gets Leo to admit he needs Jovie in his life.
Reunited with Leo again, Jovie’s job as an art curator takes her on a journey for a priceless work of art, but there is dark competition who also wants the art and it involves thieves, thugs and a black market mafia don. Caught in the middle, Jovie’s life is in danger, dark secrets are revealed and unlikely allies come racing to her rescue. Shots are fired and Jovie’s life once again plunges into an abyss of grief and sorrow. Will she have only bittersweet memories of two men and their love?
Peggy Dabney has nailed sensual romance, human mistakes, and the mysteries of true love and its desires. The icing on the cake is her intriguing tale of secrets that lead to danger and death. Loving Jovie is filled with characters of every type, from villains to victims to heroes, not to mention the quirky best friend. Jovie makes mistakes and is almost too soft for her role, too fragile, but when she needed to toughen up, she stepped up to the plate, probably surprising herself, as well as me!
Warm and sweet, yet with a stroke of darkness here and there, Ms. Dabney has created a delightful tale of love from the heart and soul. Definitely not a heavy read, easily enjoyed as a fairly light read for sitting back and escaping reality for a few hours.