by Annalisa Russo

August 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61217-330-6
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Jared de Warre is a self made man who brought himself from the dreary back streets of Chicagoís orphaned kids to become one of the nationís richest, eligible bachelors. He believes in having no emotional ties that will hold him down to commitments until he meets Ms Grace Hathaway. She is the ray of sunshine to the dark hole that is his life. Unfortunately, this ray of light has a killer after her and has no idea why. Jared is finding himself sucked into a situation of jewel thievery and espionage, when all he wanted was a quick seduction and to keep it moving. Itís unfortunate he is starting to feel flutters in the region where he suspects his heart beats. Jared is finding that he not only wants Graceís body, he beginning to crave a part of her soul. How did this happen? And how can he get out of this?

Grace Hathaway is an independent girl of the 1920s. She needs nothing and no one. Both of her parents are dead and she is responsible for taking care of her Zia Bruna. She does not realize that one late night when she gets spooked by someone following her and she knocks on the door of her neighbor that she has finally found someone that will want to take her independence and protect her from the evils of the world. Grace finds herself wildly attracted to this inappropriate, free from commitment bachelor. She wants marriage and children, however he thinks he wants one hot night, to help her out of this mess she is in, and then no strings attached. Can facing this killer and facing his past cause Jared to realize he canít live without this slip of a woman?

Rags to Rubies is a heart-wrenching story about a man who is searching for his past and a woman longing for a future. There is a little excitement, but the story encompasses the journey of self discovery. It starts a little slow and difficult to get in to but when the reader gets to the heart of the story, they will be sucked in. My heart ached deliciously as I allowed this story to weave itself around me.

Reviewed in January 2013 by Lakisha.

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