Amy Sorentino has just
returned to the family farm after a humiliating appearance on a reality cooking
competition. She’s prepared for the small town gossip and her
dysfunctional family, but she’s not prepared for Kellan Reed. Kellan
is a real-life cowboy, a troubled youth turned self-made cattle rancher. And
Amy has a big weakness for cowboys.
Their immediate and
mutual lust for one another breaks Amy’s first personal rule: “Stay Away From
Cowboys.” Amy has a lot of rules for her life, all of which stem
from not wanting to follow the same paths as her parents. She’s
just not very good at following them.
Though both try to deny
wanting more, neither Amy nor Kellan are satisfied with a sexual-only
relationship. But, as they get to know each other, Kellan discovers
a conflict of interest in their business affairs. He wants to do the
honorable thing and step away, but between Amy’s curves and the emotional
trauma she’s facing dealing with family issues, he can’t stay away.
Cheese, cheese, extra
cheesy. But not in a bad way. This is one of those
don’t-take-yourself-so-seriously books that every girl should keep on her
nightstand or in her beach bag. Cutler paints a portrait of New
Mexico farm life that is sad at times, wicked at times, and almost always
HOT. The steamy scenes aren’t overdone (no ick factor here) , though
I would have liked the characters a little better if they could have held off
more than two hours after meeting each other. Call me a prude, I
Cutler has a great way with words. I love when an author is able to
effortlessly vary sentence structure and vocabulary in a way that does not
intrude on the reader. Her characters always seemed intelligent,
without sounding overly so. There’s nothing more annoying to me as a
reader than characters assuring me how smart they are. The dialogue
felt a bit stiff at times, but for the most part, flowed well and always moved
the story forward.
There were a few times,
especially toward the end, that I teared up. The family difficulties
heaped on Amy were heartbreaking, but it was touching sharing her struggles and
watching her hold tightly to her sisters to get through them. Any
woman with sisters will understand this. Women without sisters will
long for it. The best part of the sisters’ relationships, though,
was that they weren’t perfect. They fought. They kept
secrets from one another. They had different outlooks on life. But
in the end, they always found support for each other. A true
testament to family.
I’m a Southern
California native, born and raised. At eighteen, I moved a hundred miles
down the coast from Orange County to San Diego to attend college and knew
instantly that I’d found my heaven on earth. Meeting the love of my life
there was icing on the cake.
I love my life as a
writer, wife, and mom. With every unfolding day, the world seems more
wondrous, more crowded with possibilities. But while I still harbor
dreams of fronting a rock-and-roll cover band, traveling to every corner of the
world, and driving a race car, writing and reading romance novels are still my
When I’m not chasing
after kids, trying to coax my nervous Siamese cat out from under the bed, or
experimenting with cocktail recipes, you can find me hunched over my computer,
dreaming up perfectly flawed characters and timeless romances…and those
all-important love scenes.
How much really changes in 25 years? Former
classmates are poised to find out as their first-ever high school reunion gets
closer. Some lives have improved, some have soured, but all remained connected
by their shared West Alton High past...
Once the target of ridicule, one-time "ugly
duckling" Kellie has transformed in both beauty and attitude, though her
fears and fragility remain as deep scars within. Will facing those who once
wronged her help or do even more damage to her delicate psyche? Joe was adored
by everyone in school. Well...almost everyone. Being gay in a close-minded
small town, he knew he had no future in West Alton, so right after graduation,
he traded one ocean for another. Now an Oscar-winning Hollywood director, Joe
is ready to return. Except that it means having to face the horrific event that
ultimately pushed him away... Former cheerleader Cherry planned this reunion to
make peace with those she may have wronged in school. But as she faces cancer
and stares down her own mortality, will she really be able to make things right
again? And then there's Scott, the West Alton "lifer," who's been
collecting a disability pension from the town for a suspicious back injury,
among other questionable life choices. Are his reasons for wanting to attend
the reunion pure? Or does he have another agenda? As the months count down,
long-kept secrets will be revealed as the question ever looms... Can you ever
really go home again?
When did you know you wanted to become an author?
My career took some unexpected turns,
and some circumstances prevented me from pursuing this dream until recently.
But once I'd left behind a toxic job that was likely going to give me a heart
attack or a stroke, I focused on writing. So I guess I could say that I've
"wanted" this for a long time, and am tremendously grateful to
realize the dream now.
What gets you in the mood to write?
Coffee! Seriously. After two cups of
good, strong coffee and a little breakfast, I'm ready to go. A quiet house,
comfortable clothes, good lighting! I write for most of the morning.
What’s your go to snack when you’re writing?
I don't allow myself to bring food to
the computer - it's distracting and messy. Usually I make a power shake in the
morning (Greek yogurt, banana, frozen blueberries, some green powder in a can
from Trader Joe's) and I'm energized. If I were going to snack on anything, it
would be unsalted cashews. :-)
Describe your book in three words.
Real true fiction. I've adopted that as
my "brand," based on what an editor once told me about my first
What can your readers expect next from you?
I've drafted the third and
final novel in the 'chocolate' series, titled "Bittersweet
Chocolate." It finishes out the trilogy. Also, I'm presently reading a
journal that my grandfather wrote, in 1924, about a canoe trip he made with a
buddy, covering three rivers in Rhode Island and Connecticut. While it isn't
necessarily for the masses, I want to prepare a digital and print version for
family members to cherish.
Reynolds ended an accomplished career as a fraud investigator in 2011 and began
writing full time. Her debut novel, CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST, was named 2012
Book of the Year in Women’s Fiction by Turning the Pages Books. Its sequel,
CHOCOLATE FONDUE, was released in March 2013.
BROKEN GLASS is the author’s third novel. She is planning to publish the last
book in the Chocolate Series, BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE, around November 2013.
her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.
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