Ge and his ex wife s numerous indiscretions is ready to show his talents and building another extension of the Crawford Hotel chains in the Atlanta area His initial stance was to eep everything strictly professional with Alicia but the he is in her presence the attraction builds and he now has his focus on building the next Crawford hotel and building a relationship with Alicia Ms Hodges did a good job with character development here and readers will glimpse what events shaped Alicia s view and how her past events still affected her present and future actions Richmond is his own man and he works diligently to prove he is over his past marriage and ready to move forwardDIALOGUEThe dialogue was appropriate for the setting and time period of the storySTRUCTUREThe story was well crafted and flowedOVERALLI enjoyed reading Alicia s story of her overcoming past hurts and finding love with Richmond Richmond and Alicia both faced obstacles in their pasts and when their paths crossed they were able to overcome the past and work to build a relationship on business and pleasure Overall this was a good read Loved catching up with Serena Jade and KandaceDAFortnerUrbanDivaz Reviews Alicia Michaels has moved back to where she attended college to get her PR business off the ground after not long Ending a bad relationship she has convinced herself she will never fall in love or have her ever happily ever afterRichmond Crawford just moved to Atlanta determined to have a fresh start from family drama and ex wife drama not really looking for love he notices Alicia Michaels is everything he wants in a women and he sets a plan in motion to make her his but not with a lil drama in the wayI enjoyed reading this romance story between Alicia and Richmond I did not realize this was part of a series when I started to read it but some of the background seemed like there was to this story I loved the chemistry between these two and the friendship between her and her girls Alicia Michaels is going after a major marketing career reboot so she s got no time for romance Starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford hotelier on a make or break project boutiue hotels For one thing the risk taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be For another she and Richmond can t see eye to eye on anything except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling off the charts trouble Playing by the rules got Richmond betrayal from his rich family and shattering heartbreak his wife never loved him and divorced him once he found out he wasn t really a Crawford He s got to prove he can be his own man so Toffees night noises keeping things strictly business with Alicia is the smart play Still even their conflicts only make Richmond want of her honesty and courage But a shocking revelation will endanger everything they re fighting to build His ex wife has arrived from New York seeking one million dollars falls in with the wrong man gets drugged and taped having sex and now wants him to save her This same man Felix Thompson is an educator and predator that attacked Alicia when they were in college She works with Rich s ex to bring Felix down And making things right could be the final deal breaker Same misunderstanding a couple of times but uickly rectified Liked finding out what was going on with other characters from the series but hard to remember previous storylines because it s been 8 years since last book So glad that Alicia and Richmond did not let their huge trust issues prevent them from giving love another chance They both deserve joy and happiness in their lives However Felix and Vivian did not get 12 the punishment that they deservede Book editio. Al deal breaker Praise for I Heard a Rumor “A delicious immersive page turner” Publishers Weekly “Count on Cheris Hodges to deliver a sassy sexy romantic read” Farrah Rochon USA Today bestselling author “Another fun dramatic Southern romance from a rising star author that will satisfy readers especially fans of Kimberla Lawson Roby” Booklist “Hodgesnows what romance readers want” Library Journal .
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Alicia isn t making time for romance while rebooting her career Richmond is trying to prove He s his own man after betrayal and a divorce They don t agree on anything but the sparks between them Flawed (The Butcher, keep sizzling The past of botheeps interfering until one or both has yo deal with itI love the characters the give and take between them and the fact that they are fighting for each other Thanks Cheris for a funny and romantic read with a lot of sass thrown in I received an ARC of this book and here is my review This story was ok I found the writing repetitive for a bit with bith the hero and the heroine spendibg half of the story lusting after each other repeating to themselves the same thing over and over like how they should nt but wanted each other so much and then they The Covent Garden Ladies: The inspiration behind ITV show HARLOTS kind of got together just like that Fortunately Iind of liked both character Thompson was a good guy and I liked how straight forward he was even thougg I found them falling for each other so uickly a bit much Alicia was pleasant enough I liked her business side even though it was much talked abiut but nit enough showed I would also hzve done without the whole ex from hell subplot and Alicia buying so uickly into that old trick but the resolution wasn t too bad There was also a bit too much expos about tje precious stories in the series for my liking since I wasn t really interested in them But all in all it s an ok read Alicia Michaels is determined to prove she has what it takes to be a great PR rep However teaming up with Richmond Crawford is than she bargained for especially when he s on her mind than doing a good job Yet when their pasts come back to haunt them will they continue to fight for their chance at happy ever after or will the pair walk away from each otherWhen I started reading this book I could not get into it Yet in saying that I did liked the way this story progressed and found that it really took off once the hero s ex wife and someone from the heroine s past began to cause trouble for the pair s growing relationship Will the hero and heroine be able to find a way to fight back against someone wanting to hurt their chance of happy ever after As for the dialogue it was intense due to the main characters back stories as both the hero and heroine have been through tough times that still have a huge impact on them Since the heroine has Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins kept some details of her life from the people that have always been there for her while the hero is still dealing with the fallout of information he s learnt when it comes to his family Moreover the heroine is resilient courageous and I liked how determined she was to resist the hero because her job is important to her and she wants to do the best job she can I also liked the close friendships she shares with some of the secondary characters and the way they tease her about her relationship with Richmond Will they be able to convince her that she deserves to be happy and that she should give the hero a chance While the hero he s confident had it rough because his ex wife is an absolute witch that doesn tnow how to let go because she isn t getting what she wants out of him and I liked how determined the hero was to win the heroine over because he s had feelings for her ever since they met Will Alicia give the hero a chance I also liked the close relationship the hero had with his brother and that his brother was willing to do anything to support him through thick and thin especially when it comes to dealing with Richmond s ex wife However there were moments where I was frustrated by the hero because he was willing to do whatever it takes to make sure his newest venture took off even if it meant dealing with people that could end up hurting his chances instead of helping him such as Alicia Michaels needs a major career reboot so she’s got no time for romance But starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make or break project For one thing the risk taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be For another she and Richmond can’t see eye to eye on anything except that the reckless attraction betw.
Certain politician that doesn t like Alicia all that muchOverall Ms Hodges has delivered a read that I liked and where the connection between this couple was there from the beginning the romance was nicely detailed and had me loving that Alicia took a chance on Richmond and the ending had me loving the heroine s courage to fight the people trying to cause trouble for her and Richmond s relationship Then again what s a better way than to fight fire with fire or in her case see that her ex can no longer hurt her the way she does Certainly there are great ways she can protect herself and what she does is definitely the way However it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely as Alicia and Richmond have found the happiness they both deserve I would recommend Strategic Seduction by Cheris Hodges if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope workplace romances boss employee romances or books by authors Elle Wright AC Arthur Deborah Fletcher Mello and Synithia Williams Review to come I Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, know I read the previous books in this series but it had been so LONG since I read themI felt a bit unprepared for Alicia and Richmond s storybut I was still CAUGHT UPRichmondnew what he wanted the moment he laid eyes on Aliciaand despite her INSTANT attra Great Experience Excellent ReadIt takes a very talented writer such as yourselfCheris Hodges to take a character that I disliked so much like Richmond in Solomon s bookTo feeling sorry for him in Love after War to actually liking and cheering for his relationship with our well my favorite girlsThe relationship growing from oh no to oh yesbusiness to pleasure Traveling from Atlanta to Paris hotels restaurants good food bad food they had it Love grew through it all of course there was some rough spots like always in lifebut there were action and surprises all enjoyable Some people needed to get their tail beat but we have to be mature sometime right My boy did finally get a back bone I was cheering him on Of cause humour when you are dealing with the girls there always is Really enjoyed Solomon and Richmond finally having a brotherly relationship Sad this seems to be the end of the serieswon t now what happened with Serena an Alicia but I did love this read felt it worth the wait an highly recommend it Maybe we find a long lostcousin CONCEPTMarketing Executive and Hotel Tycoon are making a new start in Atlanta and mix business with pleasureSTORYAlicia Michaels needs a major career reboot so she s got no time for romance But starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make or break project For one thing the risk taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be For another she and Richmond can t see eye to eye on anything except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling off the charts trouble Playing by the rules got Richmond betrayal from his rich family and shattering heartbreak He s got to prove he can be his own man so eeping things strictly business with Alicia is the smart play Still even their conflicts only make Richmond want of her honesty and courage But a shocking revelation will endanger everything they re fighting to build And making things right could be the final deal breaker CHARACTERSAlicia Michaels is a portrayed as a strong independent woman determined to make a go of it back in Atlanta after the success of her business venture with her friends in Charlotte She is use to taking care of herself and Stones of Witness keeping past secrets from getting out She never expects the attraction she feels toward Richmond Crawford recently divorced and a newcomer to the Atlanta area Richmond is looking to prove himself after learning of his true parenta. Een them is sizzling off the charts trouble Playing by the rules got Richmond betrayal from his rich family and shattering heartbreak He’s got to prove he can be his own man soeeping things strictly business with Alicia is the smart play Still even their conflicts only make Richmond want of her honesty and courage But a shocking revelation will endanger everything they’re fighting to build And making things right could be the fin.
Cheris Hodges was bitten by the writing bug at an early age and always knew she wanted to be a writer She is a 1999 graduate of Johnson C Smith University and a freelance writer in Charlotte North Carolina A native of Bennettsville South Carolina Cheris loves hearing from her readers