Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review of When Love Whispers (Beaumont Bridges #2) by Laura Haley-McNeil

Welcome to the blurb blitz tour for When Love Whispers by Laura Haley-McNeil! It's the second book in the Beaumont Brides series, but can work as a standalone. Please enjoy an excerpt and my thoughts on the book. Leave comments and questions for the author as you follow the tour. And of course, enter the great giveaway at the end!

When Love Whispers

Sometimes, love comes in packages.

As the top ranked student at Charleston’s military academy, Preston Lowe excels in class, in sports and with women. Only Willow Dockery, a barmaid at the city’s trendy nightclub, sees the pain in his eyes when he’s out with friends having a good time. But Willow doesn’t know how Preston inwardly struggles to forget a past that could derail the career he’s worked hard to achieve.

Willow wrestles with her own secrets. After a disastrous relationship leaves her broke and disillusioned, she vows never to let anyone rob her of her dreams again. But as she gets to know Preston, it’s as if their tumultuous pasts meld together into something so startling it transforms their relationship and their lives forever.

Read an excerpt:
She turned her sweet face to his. In her eyes was a softness that bordered on melancholy. A lock of hair fell across her cheek.

Without thinking, he slipped a finger beneath the lock and draped it behind her shoulder. His hand rested on her delicate frame, her warmth sending a flood of emotions through him.

She stilled, her lips parting. A soft gasp escaped.

“Oh, Willow,” he murmured, and the desire that ached inside him gushed forward.

He pushed his hand through hair soft as silk and cupped the back of her head. She didn’t pull away. She let him guide her face to his. The taste of her lips was sweet and lush. She melted against him, her firm, round stomach pressed into his. The urges deep inside him burst in confusing sensations he wouldn’t take time to understand. For one heady moment, her mouth softened, her hand clinging to his shirt. His mind darkened, pushing out all rational thought. He couldn’t explain his feelings. What gripped his chest crushed reasoning.

She pulled away.

His eyes flew open. He released her. She stood before him, trembling, her lips swollen and red. A sheen filled her eyes. He stared at her stunned. What had he done?

“Willow, I didn’t mean—”

“Don’t say it.” Holding up her hand, she closed her eyes and shook her head. “Maybe we should rethink—”

“If that’s what you want, then we will.” His words were rushed. “But I’ll set some ground rules right now and promise you this will never happen again.”

Something flickered in her eyes.

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**My thoughts**
From the moment that Willow and Preston first meet and square off, you know that they are destined to be together. Of course, neither one of them wants to admit how they really feel, because such a relationship doesn't fit into either one of their plans. But life doesn't necessarily go the way that you plan it to go. This sweet romance takes us through all of those ups and downs and twists and turns and keeps you turning the pages as you root for them to work out everything in their lives. I really liked both of these characters, because they seemed real.

I like reading this kind of romance for a change of pace here and there and look forward to reading more in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my voluntary, honest review.

About Laura Haley-McNeil

A native of California, Laura Haley-McNeil spent her youth studying ballet and piano, though her favorite pastime was curling up with a good book. Without a clue as to how to write a book, she knew one day she would.

After college, she segued into the corporate world, but she never forgot her love for the arts and served on the board of two community orchestras. Finally realizing that the book she’d dreamt of writing wouldn’t write itself, she planted herself in front of her computer. She now immerses herself in the lives and loves of her characters in her romantic suspense and her contemporary romance novels. Many years later, she lived her own romantic novel when she married her piano teacher, the love of her life.

Though she and husband have left warm California for cooler Colorado, they enjoy the outdoor life of hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and snow skiing. They satisfy their love of music by attending concerts and hanging out with their musician friends, but Laura still catches a few free moments when she can sneak off and read.

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity to share When Love Whispers, Book 2 of the Beaumont Brides Series, with your readers. This was a fun book to write. Willow and Preston are to people I loved getting to know and following their story was a journey I'll always remember.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to meet your readers and share news about my new book When Love Whispers, Book 2 of the Beaumont Brides Series. This book was fun to write. It takes place in Charleston, one of my favorite cities to visit. I was very surprised when Preston, a cadet at the military academy, met Willow, a free spirited artist, but it was fun to watch the sparks fly.

  3. Thank you for the opportunity to share When Love Whispers with your readers. It's wonderful to be here.

    Laura Haley-McNeil


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