Why hadn't I resisted him? Because he was too strong, too determined, too beautiful. And because I was hopelessly, helplessly head over heels in love. He had made me fall apart and fall for him.
Brought to new heights of sensuality and passion, Gloria Long, the stunning, self-made CEO of Gloria's Secret, the world's largest retailer of lingerie, has succumbed to the seductive spell of sexy, dominating billionaire ad guru, Jaime Zander. But the man whose first name means "I love" in French is a player and may be incapable of love. And involved with someone else.
Back at her Los Angeles headquarters, Gloria faces unexpected deceit, intrigue, and danger and must make a heart-wrenching life-or-death decision that will cost her not only her empire but also the man she loves. Revenge is the only solution. But will she find the strength to confront the demon from her past who harbors the dark secret that can shatter her world?
This steamy and suspenseful conclusion to Gloria’s Secret is intended for mature readers 18+.
Here are some of the songs that inspired Gloria’s Secret and Gloria’s Revenge; many of them are featured within the books. The hit songs of the late, great Laura Branigan were a major source of inspiration, especially “Gloria,” whose lyrics fit so well with Gloria’s story. If you are not familiar with this amazing artist, I hope you will take the time to get to know her.
“Self Control”/Laura Branigan
“Take a Bow”/Rihanna
“Blurred Lines”/Robin Thicke
“La Vie en Rose”/Edith Piaf
“Undercover Lover”/Kids in Glass Houses
“Toi et Moi”/Charles Aznavour
“Je ne Regrette Rien”/Edith Piaf
“Good Vibrations”/The Beach Boys
“Bleeding Love”/Leona Lewis
“Jar of Hearts”/Christina Perri
“Just Give me a Reason”/Pink
“Nobody Ever Told You”/Carrie Underwood
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”/Laura Branigan
Gloria's Revenge picks up right where Gloria's Secret left off. Ms. L'Amour wastes no time in jumping right back into the story as we rejoin Gloria and Jaime on Paris's famed Ferris wheel, the Grande Roue. (If you haven't read Gloria's Secret yet this is the point where you should stop reading this review.) Jaime presents Gloria with a beautiful antique "toi et moi" ring, which immediately has her mind thinking "proposal"...except it's not. Feeling like she's been taken for a fool and just another notch on Jaime's bed post Gloria vows to bring things to a screeching halt and adopt a purely business attitude as far as Jaime is concerned. Easier said than done though, unable to keep her distance Gloria finds herself being drawn even closer to Jaime as the dreaded "L" word looms at the end of every passionate exchange. Struggling with this new "relationship", while trying to outrun her past and keep a certain pervy chairman at bay is wearing Gloria thin. Add to that the sudden plummet of her business and you've got one very stressed out Gloria. With twists and turns you'll never see coming Ms. L'Amour wraps up this riveting story with lots of drama, action and intense passion that'll have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!
All I can say is wow. I finished this book in one sitting because I just could not put it down. Ms. L'Amour has created an amazingly admirable character in Gloria Long, I mean aside from the whole stealing from a Russian mob boss thing. Everything else she does is just fantastic! She built her business from the ground up and instead of stepping on the little people she's brought them up with her, giving back to the community and helping those who sadly get overlooked. Her charity work and business savvy ways make her a lovable heroine that you'll be rooting for whole heartedly.
Oh Jaime Zander, how I really loved to hate you this time around. You made falling for you so painful but so worth it at the same time. I love everything about this man, except for his mile long list of conquests, but we'll overlook that tidbit for the time being. He's sexy, dominant (even though he thinks otherwise), intense and an absolute genius in his field. What's not to love about him?! Oh that's right, maybe his shady-ness. He'll take you on quite the emotional roller coaster so be prepared for a bumpy ride.
The villains in this story were so easy to hate as I often found myself infuriated by their actions. Vivien in particular. I would've loved for Gloria to set that skank straight and maybe even smack her around a bit. But seeing as how Vivien is the chairmans daughter that probably wouldn't have been a good idea. I could literally picture all of her sneers and fake smiles, if I could've reached through my kindle that girl would've been in some serious trouble. Giving Victor any more of a reason to come after her isn't something Gloria wanted to do so she bit her tongue and handled that witch the best she could, which I do applaud. Sometimes taking the high road is the best approach to a difficult situation/person.
I really enjoyed the conclusion to this story. Ms. L'Amour is an undoubtedly talented author and weaves the most amazing story with her words. I'm a huge fan and look forward to reading more from her!
Nelle L’Amour is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author who lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband, twin teenage princesses, and a bevy of royal pain-in-the-butt pets. A former executive in the entertainment and toy industries with a prestigious Humanitas Award to her credit, she gave up playing with Barbies a long time ago, but still enjoys playing with toys…with her husband. While she writes in her PJ’s, she loves to dress up and pretend she’s Hollywood royalty. She aspires to write juicy stories with characters that will make you both laugh and cry and stay in your heart forever. Her other books include the bestselling erotic love story, Undying Love, Gloria’s Secret and the erotic romance series, Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire. Writing under another pen name, she is also the author of the highly rated fantasy/romance Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen and the sequel, Unhitched. Nelle loves to hear from her readers. Connect to her at: https://www.facebook.com/NelleLamourAuthor firstname.lastname@example.org www.twitter.com/nellelamour http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6884399.Nelle_L_Amour
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