Friday, April 4, 2014

'Dating Cary Grant' by Emelle Gamble

Dating Cary Grant
by Emelle Gamble



A modern Manhattan fairy tale starring…

Tracy Connor, a New York City career woman who loves her job and classic movies.

Mike Connor, her estranged husband, a small town Mayor who loves his wife but doesn’t seem to have enough time to see her.

The handsome stranger, Philip Adams, who lives downstairs from the small sublet Tracy has temporarily moved into. He’s charming, funny and looks a lot like her very favorite screen icon, Cary Grant.

Dating Cary Grant is a romance all about New York City career woman Tracy Connor struggling with real issues with her real guy, her husband of six years, Mayor Mike Connor of Cukor, Connecticut. Tracy is a smart woman, but some of her problems with relationships are partially caused by her unrealistic expectations that real guys should – and can - behave like matinee idols. Mike’s problems are also caused by the fact that he’s such a great guy and overextends his heart, and his appointment calendar, to every constituent, friend or stray animal who crosses his path.

Tracy is also being stressed by a TV reality show intent on showcasing Tracy and Mike’s personal life, as well as the imminent takeover of her employer, a small, private television station, by a billionaire with unlimited funds and no taste.

Dating Cary Grant considers just how selfless a man needs to be to meet his wife’s expectations, and just how honest a woman must be with herself about what she’s willing to give, and give-up. And Cary Grant is along to help prove that any woman’s search for ‘Mr. Perfect ‘ might take her to a surprising place to find him.

Read an excerpt:
Tracy put her hand on the knob to open the door a crack so she could hear better, when suddenly someone knocked, then knocked a second time!

The vibration went right through the door into her forehead. She yelped and stepped back, just like the other night, but this time, thankfully, the lock was engaged.

“Hello?” a man asked pleasantly. “Sorry if I startled you.”

Tracy stared at the door, immobile with surprise. She cleared her throat and put her right hand over her heart, as if that would slow the galloping beat down.

The man knocked twice again. “I don’t want to be a bother, but I’ve come to borrow ice cubes, if you have them. It’s quite a catastrophe, really, having no ice, so you can save the day if you have a tray or two to spare.”

His voice was smart and cultured. He had the accent of an Englishman by birth and world traveler by choice.

“Why don’t you come downstairs and have a drink, for that matter? If you’re decent, of course. Or even if you’re not.” He chuckled and tapped the door gently. “Come on. Shy, are you? Don’t be afraid, I promise I’m a perfect gentleman this time of night.”

“Yes, hello,” Tracy surprised herself by replying. “But I’m sorry; I don’t have any ice cubes. Sorry.” What a pinhead, she chided herself. Apologizing when I had no reason to, just like the woman on the bike told her.

“No ice cubes? You poor darling! Well, you must open up and go downstairs with me. I’ll steal some for you from the party. Right out of someone’s glass. It might be rude, but, well, I’m willing to be rude in times of crisis. No girl with a voice as lovely as yours should be without ice cubes on a Saturday night. What if she fancied a cocktail?”

Tracy smiled. “Actually it’s Sunday morning. About three thirty, as a matter of fact. And I certainly can’t come out, as I’m dressed for bed, and it’s a bit early for me to be drinking a cocktail.”

“Early? Well, that’s all the way you look at it, my dear.” The door creaked as the visitor leaned his weight against it. “To my way of thinking, 3:30 a.m. is the very heart of the evening. Why don’t you throw on something more acceptable to the general public and join me? What do you say?”

Tracy put her hand on the door and peered through the stained glass but could make out only a vague figure of a man in a dark suit. His voice was amazing. If he looked half as hot as he sounded, then the neighborhood was even better than she had expected.

Should she open the door to get a look at this guy? She glanced down and frowned at the white tee shirt and pink socks she‘d been sleeping in. The shirt was Mike’s. Suddenly the image of her husband filled her head, squelching her curious impulse.

Tracy crossed her arms over her chest. “Thanks, but no. Sorry.” She grimaced. God lord, I am pathetic. “Goodnight!” Her voice was firm. “I’m going back to sleep now. Have a nice party.”

“Well, all right. But next time I’ll stay here until you come out and meet me properly,” the man replied. “I’ll go back to my friends. Although you don’t sound like you need it, you’ve still got a few hours to get your beauty sleep. Good night, Miss…?”

It’s Mrs., she thought. “Connor. Tracy Connor.”

“Sleep tight, Tracy Connor,” the man said.

**My thoughts**

How can you not be attracted to a title such as Dating Cary Grant? I have been in love with Cary Grant for as long as I have been watching movies. Women have always been in love with him. Men have always aspired to be him. In fact, Cary Grant, himself, once famously said that HE would love to be Cary Grant! That persona ... that mystique ...

So, when Tracy moves back to Manhattan to try to get her head on straight about what she wants out of life, her work, and her marriage, and ends up meeting someone who embodies the spirit of Cary Grant, I have to admit that I am a little jealous. In fact, she is pretty much living in a classic movie, between Philip Adams and Christina Drayton, the Katharine Hepburn lookalike.

Of course, Tracy had fallen and hit her head, sustaining a concussion with multiple symptoms afterwards, which may explain some of it. But is it all in her head? Or is she really living this life? Fantasy and reality blend together in this mesmerizing tale from Emelle Gamble. I had a hard time putting it down, even as my eyes were getting dried out and closing from exhaustion. (I also kept yelling at Tracy about not going to the doctor, only because I lost my father from a head injury from falling, and have a hard time ignoring that.)

It's not your typical romance, making it a breath of fresh air in a market currently inundated with new adult contemporary romances (which I do love, but need a break once in a while!). I continue to be a fan of this author, who I just realized is published by Soul Mate Publishing. The company is local to me, which just makes reading this book even better.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection. These evolved into bad teen poetry and worse short stories. She took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed twenty years ago. As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin. Soul Mate Publishing brought out Secret Sister, a paranormal women’s romantic fiction novel in the summer of 2013. This was followed by the novella, Duets, in November, 2013, and the follow on novel starring the characters from Duets, Molly Harper, in January, 2014.

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Emelle’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation. She most enjoys reading stories that surprise and amaze her, and hopes her readers will enjoy the challenging and exciting journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband, Phil, her hero of thirty years, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

Emelle Gamble contact links:

FaceBook: Author Emelle Gamble
Twitter: @EmelleGamble

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Duets, a novella, the prequel to Molly Harper,
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  1. The title gets my attention & then the blurb says must read - all good.

  2. Thank you for sharing a except from your book. I enjoyed it!

  3. Thanks for a great review Andi~ it's left me with me more questions than answers which is always a good thing to get a reader to read lol. Emelle, I'm glad to have another of your books to ponder and and drool over. Have a great weekend ladies!

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  4. Andi! thanks for the lovely, generous and goose-bump raising review! I so appreciate it. I'm a huge fan of your blog and your wonderful seem to care about authors as much as readers, and we love you for it! I've been away at a writing conference and just read thanks. Monday will be brighter for reading it!

  5. Mary, Michele, Edgar and BN100, thanks for your posts. I agree the review was great. And Elise-Maria! It always makes me smile to see your post. Thanks so much for your support, please do post your own reviews on Goodreads or Amazon. I'd love to hear what you thought when you're done!!! XXX to all!

  6. I have been waiting for this book. I know it will be a success just by the title. Who would not want to Date Cary Grant. After reading the review it just confirms what I thought about the book. I cant wait to get this book to read it. I have loved Cary Grant since I was child and always wished I could have been one of his Co-Stars, aaahhh!

    1. Thanks Tina! Enjoy it, and do let me hear what you think. And, as you know, I love your Lady of the Moon handle. Using it someday in a book, I kid you not. XXXX Emelle

  7. Reading the excerpt! Couldn't you just imagine the setting?!?!?! Cary Grant leaning against the door on one side & Katharine Hepburn on the other...sigh.

  8. Oops, forgot my email: RW620 AT aol DOT com

    1. You nailed in RW1010...I can see it! HA! Hope you get a chance to read it. It's fun. He's a great character to imagine...

  9. I enjoyed the background info on the Cary Grant tie- in. I like the premise with Tracy demanding more time from her husband and going away to make them both search for what is most important in their lives, their relationship or their jobs. I personally would hate to have my life under a camera's eye for even a minute.

    I'd love to read how Tracy and Mike compromise to make their relationship work.

    johnslake at usa dot com

  10. I like the premise of the story with Tracy moving for a timeout so that they can assess their relationship and their jobs and see what compromises they are willing to make to work things out. I wondered about the title now I understand the tie-in to Cary Grant.

    johnslake at usa dot com

    1. Thanks for the great posts, Laurie G! Yes, you got what I was going for. And it was such fun to hear Cary Grant in my head and write dialogue for them! I hope if you read it you'll leave a review and let me know what you thought!

  11. Nice review. I do not care for contemporary romance but reading this review has intrigued me about Emelle's book. Now I'd like to say I just may need to try it~!
    Thanks, Connie

    1. You better read it, Connie. I feel like we're buddies. If you don't win one, let me know and I'll send you one! XXX Emelle

  12. Thanks so much for the review!


  13. Enjoyed your review and the excerpt of this book.

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