Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chloe by J.H. Cardwell and GIVEAWAY

The Attainment Series, Book Three

What do we know about Chloe? Well, besides the fact that she is beautiful, blunt, and blithe, she has a tragic past. There's a reason Chloe Steele doesn't want to let love into her life. Her childhood friends are all marrying, or happily involved; but Chloe...she doesn't let any guy, even Brett, break through her barrier.

Will it take the one person she never thought she could forgive to finally unlock her heart. Can he help her fall head over heels in love? Chloe must realize it’s not the love that kills, it’s the absence of love that makes us bitter, and ultimately destroys us?

If you liked the twists and turns and romance in the first two books by J. H. Cardwell, get ready for Chloe, the third book in the Attainment Series. Find out what the characters from Attainment and Atonement are up to. Who will make a dramatic return and rock Chloe’s world? Read Chloe as the third in a series, or as a stand-alone. She certainly holds her own!

My Review: 

This is one of my favorite series.   With each finished book I anxiously await the next and they get better and better.   Chloe is absolutely amazing.   With her tough background and her extra tough attitude, I never dreamed she would fall in love or get married.   She swore both off numerous times.    The wall around her heart is rock hard and unbreakable, until she makes a deal with the one guy she thought she would never trust or fall in love with.   My favorite part in this love story was when Chloe actually broke down and cried, telling her husband the story of her life and letting him in and then he did the same for her.  At that point I knew they were destine for each other, true soul mates. 

Chloe’s friends, Reese, Maura, and the rest of the gang, are still wonderful.   They are the friends that fight and disagree, but you know that they will have your back and quickly forgive you.   Add to these women their spouses or boyfriends and you have the best support that one could ever ask for.   I loved how Chloe was able to turn to them at the best times of her life and the worst, knowing there was no judgment from them. 

As always, I was up late reading and loved every minute of it.   Chloe is a book I would recommend to everyone.  This entire series is a MUST READ.   

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Author Info
Julie has spent years in the medical field. The first few as a Cardiac Specialty Nurse, and over the last decade as a Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales Representative. She has gathered mounds of experience both personally and professionally to pour into her long time passion…writing. After years of power points in the corporate world, she is finally pursuing literary fiction/New Adult/Contemporary romance with her first novel, Attainment, and the now released sequel Atonement. The third book in the series, Chloe, will be released in 2014. Julie resides in a small town in NC with her husband and four children. She continues working full time in sales, exploring her writing late at night and in the wee hours of the morning when her children are tucked safely in bed.

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I was on the phone with my Aunt Ronnie, after finally returning her tenth call. I guess I should have called her to let her know I left for California a few weeks earlier than planned. She was actually worried for me. Evidently she had finally texted Maura and knew I was still alive. So needless to say, I got an ear full. As I was turning around I ran smack dab into a hard chest knocking a drink all down the front of my dress.
“Shit! Watch where you’re going why don’t…” Damn it, John’s blue eyes were staring right in mine. I couldn’t move. I let out a deep breath and pushed past him.
“Hey!” John called out to me and grabbed a hold of my arm. “I’m sorry Chloe, are you okay?” He asked me softly, looking up and down my dress at the spilled beer.
“I’m fine!” I tilted my chin up. “Just…watch where you’re going from now on, why don’t cha!?” I bit back at him.
He still didn’t let go of my arm. I shot my eyes to the offending hand holding me captive. “I’ve been hoping to talk with you. I never got a good chance to apologize for what happened between Reese and me last summer…”
“Huh, you mean what backstabbing bullshit you pulled on her? I don’t really think there’s anything to talk about. You screwed up, that’s what you did John.” I was getting ready to start walking off again when John stepped in front of me.

“Yeah, I did, badly too. Anyway, I turned into the person I thought I never would…” John got a dark, distant look on his face. “I turned into my father. And for that, I’m so sorry. I’m sorry I put all of you through that.

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  1. How long does it take to write a book?

    1. There are so many factors that affect the time in writing a novel. Fiction typically take less time than non-fiction simply due to facts and research. I know some writers who finish a novel in a week and others who work on their manuscripts for months or years. Mostly it depends on the time you make to sit in front of the computer, and how well your creative juices are flowing.

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt very much,

    1. Thank you SO much for your comment. I hope you get a chance to read Chloe.

  3. What a gorgeous cover!! Do you have much say in your cover art?