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Monday, May 2, 2011

Silent Partner by Renee Vincent

Silent Partner by Renee Vincent
Publisher: Turquoise Morning, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (112 Pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: Best book
Reviewed by Fennel

Grayson Anders has it all. He’s the co-owner of a happening nightclub in downtown Boston, he’s wealthy, and women practically throw themselves at his feet the moment he steps on the dance floor. But profiting from these obvious benefits is not his desire. His passion is dancing and he wants nothing more than to find the perfect dance partner.

Chloe LaRoche is a talented artist, but a failing entrepreneur. Her once thriving studio is now on the brink of foreclosure and unless she paints the next Van Gogh Starry Night, she’ll have to cut her losses and say goodbye to her quaint little gallery. Fearing her career is at an end, she drags herself to the local hotspot, determined to drown her worries in the bottom of a shot glass. At least that was the plan…until she lays eyes on a wickedly sexy, swarthy dancer in the club—Grayson Anders.

Unable to resist, Chloe finds herself in Grayson’s arms, indulging on a passionate, out-of-control, one night stand. And when both awaken the next morning, they are consumed with inspiration.

Grayson finds his perfect dance partner and Chloe finally finds her muse. But will her secret destroy both their dreams?

What did you expect when you read the title, Silent Partner? Big business, and mega-buck takeovers perhaps? If so, think again. This is Ms. Vincent’s debut venture into mainstream romance, and the wait was more than worth it.

Do not mistake the ‘sweet’ rating for tepid writing. Silent Partner is well researched, offering background information woven into her story so skilfully it blew me away.

Blend the research with the author’s three-dimensional characters, add conflict and emotion on every page and you have a story that keeps you reading without stopping until you reach the end.

Ms. Vincent’s hero, Grayson Anders, knows what he wants and only the best will do when he’s looking for a dance partner. Grayson Anderson is charming, lovable and self-centred. His journey under Ms Vincent’s guidance is a joy to read.

Chloe LaRoche, Ms Vincent’s heroine, has faced many challenges in her life, especially when her dreams of becoming a professional dancer are shattered. So when she faces another, which could destroy her present way of life, what’s a girl to do?

Well, for one night Chloe decides to live for the moment; a moment that impacts on Grayson’s attitude to life, and Chloe’s self-belief.

The author takes her hero and heroine through twisted and tortuous hoops of self-discovery and growth and brings them together in a believable manner. Her writing sparkles, and given this is the author’s first attempt at contemporary mainstream romance, she creates the right impact for settings, pace and conflict. Her main characters are fully developed as are the supporting cast. Her balance of the self-absorbed hero meeting emotionally challenged heroine is stunning because of her research into the heroine’s background. This book is a keeper.