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Dianne Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children--and her part-time Yellow Lab (Cody!). An avid gardener, she spends her spare time growing organic vegetables. Surprised by the amazing discoveries she finds there every day, she wondered, "Who knew there were so many similarities between men and plants?"
In addition to writing women's fiction and romance, she pens the blog for BloominThyme.com. What began as a brief hiatus from writing has blossomed into a garden blog, children's fiction series and more volunteer hours at school than she imagined!
At the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses (or rosemary!), kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.
on Jan. 10, 2014 :
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
“Hotel Ladd” is the third book in the Ladd series and it is devoted to Annie and Casey’s story. Annie is trying to look out for her daughter and thought that once she got the land that was rightfully Casey’s everything would be just fine. However Casey just wants her independence and to be with Troy and as you can imagine nothing goes as planned. As if family relations were not hard enough none other then Jillian Devane walks in and stirs up trouble like no one else can.
Venetta has her pulse on the inner workings of tough relationships and angst. She writes characters that are real not hiding their flaws. I found as a reader I’ve had to work through hating the characters before I could have sympathy for them. And that is definitely the case with Annie Owens. I found her to be selfish and narcissistic but once I learned more of her story then I could overlook her short comings and start to root for her. However with that being said what Venetta writes even better is an iniquitous villain. Jillian Devane is just that - she is callous, vindictive, stunningly beautiful and yes ruthless. I found that her character out shined and was more interesting then what was going on with the others.
Annie and Casey’s story didn’t leave me wanting more from them but Jillian’s threats have captured my attention and I can’t wait to see what she does. Seems as if “Hotel Ladd” has set up the forth book “Ladd Haven” masterfully.
(reviewed long after purchase)