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Return of the Chauffeur’s Son by Tara Lain
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About the Author
Tara Lain, like so many novelists, wrote her first book at five. Writing ability got her through college when there wasn’t enough time in the day, and, shortly thereafter, it became a marketable skill. Very early in life, people started paying her to write — scripts for industrial films, brochures, magazine articles on semiconductors. She became a really successful non-fiction “ghost-writer”.
When you’re being paid well to write non-fiction, it’s tough to spend time writing fiction that nobody pays you for for a long time. But then Tara found EROM (erotic romance). Always a lover of fantasy, she got hooked on the beauty, emotion, and happily-ever-after of these books (to say nothing of the great sex) and was finally inspired to write one of her own. But writing fiction is different than non-fiction. There was so much to learn, and after writing her first book she went back to school (via online workshops) and got down to learning the craft. A year later, she had rewritten that book, and created another one, and a very supportive publisher said yes! Today, she’s an established writer of romance fiction with 40 books to her credit.
Married to her soul mate, a wonderful man who surprises her every day, and living with her honey and her soul dog in Laguna Niguel, CA., Tara continues to love semiconductors and software and medical devices — all with a little touch of romance.
June 02, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with bad-boy billionaire’s son, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.
But now, Luca’s home and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.
A Beautiful Homage
Tara Lain has taken a wonderful classic movie and revamped it beautifully. Return of the Chauffeur’s Son is an homage to Sabrina, written with all the yearning, the heartbreak, and the love of the beloved film.
Luca is a dynamic character, a beloved son returning home from culinary school to begin his career. Luca is also in love with James, the younger son of the family his dad works for and with whom Luca grew up. Dylan is James’s older brother and knows what he likes in life. He is driven and focused on his career, and yet feels protective of Luca, since James is completely straight and James knows Luca is going to get his heart broken.
The secondary cast of characters are by turns charming, frustrating, and utterly delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them – even the ones who annoyed me to the point of contempt.
Also included is an insider’s look into the cutthroat environment of the culinary world. Luca’s struggles and successes in his chosen profession engage the emotions and create some of the drama of the story.
Set mainly in California, the world-building is rich and dynamic. You can see each scene clearly in your mind. A secondary location is NYC, and even though drastically different in environment, Lain’s descriptions are just as vibrant.
The plot is full of twists and turns, with a slow build romance that leaves you aching for more with each page turned. To say any more is to give away everything that is so lovely about this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, and I heartily endorse it with four solid stars of excellence. Embrace this unique homage to the greats!
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