Friday, August 30, 2013

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder
By: Jackie Weger Kindle: 244 pages
Publisher: Jackie Weger (June 5, 2013)
Rating: 3 stars

What amazon has to say: Twenty-four year old Phoebe Hawley is on a quest to find a place for her homeless family. Phoebe is Alabama tough, country smart and sapling thin. On the road with two siblings, twelve year-old Maydean and five year-old Willie-Boy, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas and out of patience. Now the only things she owns in abundance are Hawley backbone and Hawley pride--neither of which she can trade for food or gas.

A collision with Gage Morgan puts Phoebe's mission in even worse jeopardy--until Phoebe discovers Gage Morgan owns the perfect place for the Hawley clan.

But Gage Morgan has a bruised ego, a tight fist on his wallet and an iron fist on his heart. Once Phoebe discovers Gage is too wily to succumb to her schemes to pilfer his wallet and claim his home, she has to try something different to win his heart.

But will Hawley backbone and Hawley pride step aside to let her do it?

My Review: Eye of the beholder is a book with plenty of southern charm and whit. Phoebe Hawley is a woman full of pride, loyalty and the owner of one heck of a smart mouth. Generally I am not a big fan of romance novels, and while that opinion still stands, I cannot deny that I found phoebe to be a breath of fresh air as far as female romance novel characters go. She stood strong throughout the story and portrayed many traits I myself have been known to have...hello stubbornness! The author was lovely in her descriptions of the area in which the characters reside in the story. I was easily able to picture in my mind the home of the Morgan's, the little church, and even the slightly too inquisitive people of the town. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read and made it through the book in a matter of days. I would certainly recommend this book to any lovers of romance novels ( and don't worry there are plenty of steamy adult scenes), as well as people who want to give romance a try for the first time. It should be noted that this book is definitely one of an adult nature and is not recommended for younger readers. Now go out and get yourself some Hawley pride!

About the Author:

  I've traveled since I was about eleven. I spent years living abroad in Central America in little jungle villages absorbing the native culture and language. I spent months on off-islands and sailed in the Pacific with a friend until his sloop sank--not with us on it--thank goodness. I spent a New Year's in Montreal, a summer semester in the U.K and a few glorious days in Paris before returning Stateside to finish a degree in history, then it was off to Panama and Costa Rica. While my passport is always handy, I've settled down in Texas to be near my family. Since I'm sitting still, I've plugged in my laptop and started writing again. After an absence of a few years, I've jumped back into the publishing world which has changed dramatically. I love the changes. In the past, category romance novels had a shelf life between yogurt and ice cream, but with the advent of e-books they can live on the Web for years. I'm excited to be publishing my backlist. I'm working on a new novel. I live with a man, a dog, seven feral cats and go to Bingo on Friday night.

You can visit Jackie's website here and she is also on Goodreads here!

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