Monday, April 7, 2014

Stroke of Love - Review & Giveaway

Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.
Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he's always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate’s misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way—even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world—and love her to the ends of the earth.

Review by Marlene Engel

Sage wasn’t like the rest of the celebrities that had made the trip to Punta Palacia, Belize.  While the others were there for publicity or to mend their damaged careers, Sage genuinely wanted to help out and give back to the under developed area.  As a well-known artist, Sage’s art work sells for over six figures per piece.  But money doesn’t define him as a person.  In his heart, he’s always wanted to do more.  And, this was just the opportunity to do so. 

What Sage didn’t expect was to be working side by side with a woman who was not only beautiful, but had a sassy attitude to match.  Kate was the program director for AIA, Artist for International Aid.  She was used to working with celebrities and their large egos.  She didn’t take crap from them and expected them to do what they came to do … to help the people of the community.  But it didn’t take long for her to realize that Sage wasn’t like the rest of the celebrities.  He was down to earth, there to help and didn’t want any publicity in return.  But Kate wasn’t ready to fully let her guard down.  Her experience with celebrities was that, deep down, they were all the same.  Of all the time she had spent doing this job, she had never mixed business with pleasure and she certainly didn’t plan to change that now. 

There’s just something about Sage that makes you fall in love with him from the very beginning.  Maybe it’s his selfless ways or that he just seems so normal despite being famous.  His character was a breath of fresh air and I really enjoyed getting to know him.  Once again, Melissa Foster gives us a book worthy of praise.  This is a definite must read.  Although it could be read as a stand-alone, for more enjoyment, I’d recommend reading the series in order.

Author Info
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

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