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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Chaunce of Riches by Chelle Cordero

A Chaunce of Riches by Chelle Cordero
Publisher: Vanilla Heart
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (198 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

The day that Ben Johnson was hired as a bodyguard for some rich widow and her kid, he never expected to be working for the woman who had abandoned him just when he had needed her the most so many years before. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would see him again. She never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man over the man she had sworn she once loved. And she certainly never expected to find out that her rich husband had been murdered and fingers were pointing to her former lover.

Personal conflict kicks off at the very start of Ms. Cordero’s A Chaunce of Riches, as widower Samantha Chaunce comes face to face with a man from her past - Ben Johnson. She told him she loved him oh-so-long ago, and then she departed in the arms of another.

The personal tension between them stands out even against the backdrop of suspense and intrigue – for someone murdered Samantha’s wealthy husband. Is it all a matter of money? Or is it an affair of the heart? And…unexpectedly we must now worry; either way, was it Ben?

Suspicions impact all the other emotions Samantha must battle through. And for Ben; it’s merely another slap in the face to find his client is his once-lover. And more; for Sam was a trusted friend, since childhood. She let him down back when he so desperately needed her – and now the shoe is on the other foot. Was it all for money?

Samantha’s son, eight-year-old, rather sad Phillip drags Ben into the home, and into this unpredictable intrigue. For Julian, the dead husband, seems to have the power to reach beyond the grave to control what was his… and how and why that came to be is the biggest secret of all; something Ben never even guessed.

Nothing is simple in the complex tale of love, danger, and this shared, almost-mourned, past. The past is important here, but once or twice, hearing that history slows the action. However, the two main characters are both strong, edgy people, and their history together creates a rather unusual relationship between the two. There is anger, resentment, yet, somehow, there is an enduring trust that becomes more and more important in the face of danger.

The very focused plot keeps us madly turning the pages, right to the very end. Yet, it’s the romantic in us that is waiting, and so hoping, that they are both the people we think they are…that somehow, out of all this emotional clutter, disaster and more, they can find their way to true feeling. The story is simply super on all counts. Mark A Chaunce of Riches a Must-Read.