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Dianne Venetta is the award-winning author of contemporary romance and cozy mystery novels, including Jennifer's Garden, winner of Best in Romance for 2012 Indie Discovery Awards. When not knee-deep in romance, she contributes gardening advice to various websites and publications and has been featured on GalTime, Huffington Post, Earth Eats (Indiana Public Radio), eHow and Ideal Home Garden among others.
She lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children. When not whacking away at her keyboard you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men. A girl's gotta have fun, right?
Dianne also enjoys volunteering in school gardens and has begun a children's series chronicling her adventures called Wild Tales & Garden Thrills. It's a crazy existence to be sure, but 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 5 months after purchase)