A Valentine For Victoria

Rated 4.22/5 based on 9 reviews
Victoria Ramos has no use for Valentine's Day. Corny. Cliched. Commercial. But when a strange encounter in the elevator of her office building sends her into the arms of an unexpected rescuer, will the day have some romantic promise for her after all? More
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About Lainey Bancroft

I'll stretch my fiction skills to the limit in an attempt to make a suburban Ontario housewife sound scintillating. Here goes:

By day Lainey Bancroft is a mild mannered office manager for the HVAC business she owns with her husband (frequently referred to as Gas, long story—with several different endings). The office is run from her home so she has the luxury of working in her pj’s 24/7 and is also available as a truant officer for her teens, Groovy Girl, who prefers art to arithmetic and is attending the local college for graphic design, and Groovy’s brother Tech who spends hours on end playing guitar riffs from old head banger music and would rather hack into the school computer than actually go to school. (We reckon he'll either be the next Billy the Kid or the next Bill Gates)

Lainey likes to indulge her athletic side by cleaning up after a six-month-old Golden Doodle puppy, a.k.a as the 'Dirt Devil' who lives to shred houseplants, a geriatric, attitude disordered cat that thinks he is a German Sheppard, and the newest addition to the family, a pure black kitten who wandered in despite the other crazy pets and never left. We call her Stella because she can scream just like DeNiro. Stel...lah! Yep, showing my age, for sure. Shocked

In addition to gardening and a vast kitchen repertoire that has earned her the—ahem, privilege—of hosting every family party and event, Lainey also writes. Her romance stories run the gamut on the sensuality scale, leaving her to wonder if she is sinfully sweet, or sweetly sinful. Last week she celebrated her 13th release, the novella Sunni Side Up included in The Wild Rose Press OUT OF THE DARK anthology. Lainey also has short works of erotic romance and speculative fiction published under a name she has yet to publicly admit to. Stay tuned.


And if that didn’t fulfill your more- than-you-ever-wanted-to-know wishes, feel free to pop over to my web site http://www.elaineforlife.com

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Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 6, 2012 :
Pretty decent story, never quite peaks.
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Review by: Tammy Cummings on March 18, 2011 :
I did finish the story but did not like the almost rape scene. Touchy topic.
Nice ending but lacked details throughout.
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Review by: Stacy Juba on March 2, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this story and was glad that I downloaded it. I liked the main character and the author's style drew me in. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romances, and the story also had an element of suspense. After reading the story, you'll want to check out Lainey Bancroft's novels.
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Review by: Maria Savva on Feb. 17, 2011 :
Those who love a good romance story will love 'A Valentine For Victoria'. It's a sweet story about how an unlikely couple fall in love. Victoria is a successful business woman, it's Valentine's Day and she is feeling a little sorry for herself as she sets of home to her empty apartment. An encounter with a would-be rapist in the lift -- possibly a stalker -— who seems to know a lot about Victoria, has her fearing for her safety. Enter the hero, Joel, the security guard, someone Victoria doesn't even recognise even though they've worked in the same building for some time. Apart from being a story about how love can blossom in unexpected ways, this story has more depth; it looks at the feelings of insecurity that come with loneliness, that can make us reach out to someone who may or may not be ideal, for example Victoria's odd feelings towards the attacker. The psychology behind the way the two main characters behave when they find themselves thrown together unexpectedly is well portrayed, and Victoria's emotions throughout are very believable. An underlying theme to this story seems to be 'never judge a book by its cover', and it reminds us that sometimes what we've been looking for has been there all along, but we just don't see it for one reason or another. An entertaining read.
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Review by: Twisted Rose Publishing on Feb. 17, 2011 :
I found "A Valentine for Victoria" to be both a serious read, at first and a fun read also.

There is one scene that lasts a bit that could be triggering to those who are survivors of Sexual Assault, but I can assure you that it is in no way a glorified scene. I found the scene to be a necessary part of the book. If you are willing to read this book knowing that there is an attempted sexual assault scene involved, and also knowing that the author did her best to portray it in the manner one would assume would or could have happened then you'll end up reading a very nice story.

Victoria is a business woman. No nonsense. Joel is a blue collar worker. One day their worlds meet in a manner that leaves them both a little shook up. Read "A Valentine for Victoria" and find out much more.
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Review by: kathleendouglass on Feb. 15, 2011 :
This was a wonderful read. Anyone who likes romance will love this story.
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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Feb. 15, 2011 : (no rating)
I have removed my previous review. Thank you to the author for posting a trigger warning about this sensitive issue.
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Review by: Leigh Bradley on Feb. 8, 2011 :
Too bad that Sharon did not have the ability to realize that a plot needs to be established! The "sexual assault" was not the the "romantic" - it set the stage for the story and the ensuing romance, as well as character development. Thank-you to an author who can establish a story worth reading in 39 short pages! Wit, plot and "aww"!
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Review by: Jennifer Lamothe on Feb. 5, 2011 :
An awesome, sweet Valentine's story! I wished I could keep reading!
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Review by: Brindle Chase on Feb. 1, 2011 :
A fabulous story, by an amazing author. Lainey strikes gold again with another sexy but very sweet story! I loved it!!!
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