{Review & Giveaway} Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove


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{Review & Giveaway} Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. HargroveExquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove
December 17, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 387

Our Rating

3.5 Stars

A male Romance Author… a convention in Vegas… a female book blogger… a goal to lose her virginity… what next? Find out when you mix all the above!

Fallon McKinley is headed to Vegas for the Wicked Wenches Romance Con and losing her virginity is only one of her goals. The other is to meet her favorite author of romance novels, R.T. Sinclair. What she doesn’t realize is that the sexy green-eyed god she rams into at the airport is the real R.T. When they keep running into each other, she’s shocked, but excited, because the attraction is irresistible.

Ryland Thomas Sinclair doesn’t want anyone to know his true identity. He’s the author that all women love, but everyone thinks he’s a female. He hides his persona behind the public face of his twin sister, keeping his own a secret. But after meeting the lovely Fallon, his intentions to avoid a relationship come to a screeching halt. She’s put an unwanted kink into his perfectly laid out plans. His unusual reaction surprises him because after a heart-shredding breakup a few years ago, he’s managed to avoid women at all costs.

Resisting Fallon becomes more difficult than he imagines. Soon things are spiraling out of control, until a major miscommunication has Fallon walking out of his home and his life. Will Ryland Thomas succeed in losing the woman he loves? Or can he win her back?

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.


Fallon couldn’t be more excited.  She’s headed off to Vegas with her blogging besties for a romance novel convention featuring her favorite author, R.T. Sinclair.  She’s going to cut loose with her friends, meet the writing genius behind her favorite books, and maybe even finally lose her V-card with the drop-dead gorgeous man she keeps running into everywhere they go.

A few too many drinks land her in his hotel room for the night, and while it’s a total disaster, the next morning seems more than salvageable.  But a series of mishaps leaves her stranded with no ID, no money, and no way to get home except the handsome stranger who just might be the most infuriating man she’s ever met.

Ryland and Fallon’s chemistry is palpable and makes for some incredibly steamy bedroom scenes, which was reason enough to enjoy the book.  But I also love the way Fallon stands up for herself.  Where most books like this have a female lead who tends to hold back, Fallon has no trouble putting Ryland in his place when he screws up.  And for his part, Ryland is quick to admit to his mistakes, another rarity for romance novels.


ButThis book is a lot higher on the cheese factor than I would have liked, to the point that I quit reading it about halfway through.  But after it sat here for a week, I found myself curious, and I picked it up again.  This time, I started over, skimming past the way-too-much-heart-spilling and weird co-dependency the characters had with each other, and I not only managed to finish it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit more this time around.


TheVerdictWhile the story in many ways follows the standard plot for romance novels, it does so in a way that is at times refreshingly different.  The beginning of the story was absolutely hilarious, and Fallon’s blogging friends were simply awesome.  It’s rare that I actually laugh out loud while reading much of anything, but the airport scene had me in stitches.  Unfortunately, though, that humor didn’t really carry over into the rest of the story, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an entertaining read.  It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride of drama, complete with miscommunication and lots of sexual tension that makes for some intense make-up sex.  It moves from lighthearted to melodramatic without missing a beat, so if you’re looking for a emotionally charged read, check it out.

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About A.M. Hargrove

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz and the upcoming release Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

(If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but….)



Author: ysar

ysar is a book, blog, and design junkie who would be lost without a mile-long to-do list. Find more of her random crap at ysar.info

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