My top ten reads of all time…
- Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. This coming-of-age story gives much insight into South Africa of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
- Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. I had no idea what The Choice was when I started reading.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Read when you are down and when you are up. And everywhere in between.
- Tangled by Emma Chase. I find it challenging to read romance nowadays and seldom finish a romance novel. This one I read twice.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. What a clever book!
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I listened to this on Audible and couldn’t listen to anything new for six months.
- Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The beauty of this book is the message of hope, so ingrained in human nature.
- Anna Karenina. I’ve read this twice. Not sure why, but both times it was fantastic.
- Gone Girl. Not my usual reading ground, but, oh boy, did this one take me for a ride.
- Anything by Georgette Heyer. Character and Plot Perfection.
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Sophia Karlson
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Simone Levin had a dream job as a safari pilot until an unexpected pregnancy clipped her wings. Tired of juggling motherhood with her demanding flight schedule, Simone applies for an office job, unaware that her new boss is Carlo Carlevaro, the man who’d ditched her before finding out he’d knocked her up. Carlo returns to East Africa only to kill another fire—Ivory trafficking from his lodges threatens to destroy his company. Finding Simone back on the payroll comes as a pleasant surprise. As his employee, Simone is off-limits, but she is the only one he trusts to help with his undercover investigation. With time running out, Simone and Carlo strive to expose the trafficking ring, but working together rekindles their mutual desire. When Simone is implicated as a trafficker, revealing her daughter’s existence to Carlo seems inevitable. Acting on her instincts might come too late as the syndicate retaliate and hone in their threat. Will they survive to give their love a chance?
Carlo pushed away from the doorframe, took a few steps towards them and stuck out his hand. A sharp pinch from Michael snapped her out of her flustered state, and she offered hers. Carlo’s hand was cool and dry, sending a tremor through her as he wrapped it around hers.
“Mr…Carlevaro.” She cleared her throat as he let go. She couldn’t help but rub her sweaty palm against her jeans. Touching his cool skin had felt like a disgrace.
“I’m glad you’ve finally arrived.” Carlo’s gaze traveled over her face. It rested on her lips for a moment before it shot back to her eyes. “I want to take off in the next thirty minutes.”
Simone’s heart, which had, for those treacherous few seconds, stood still, started to pound.
“I just landed from a long-haul flight. I’d like to take a quick shower.”
Carlo raised an eyebrow. “A quick shower?” His gaze traveled over her body, mapping the route the water would take.
God, he remembered.
Heat rushed to her cheeks at the potent memories that flooded in her mind. Years ago they had shared many showers that were everything but quick.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sophia Karlson has lived in France, Germany, East Africa, Madagascar (not the movie, the country) and now finds herself back on home ground in South Africa. As a teenager, she devoured romances with far flung settings, loving to travel through books. After school her itchy feet took her around the world, but now she doesn’t get much further than the school run and the daily walk with her very demanding beagle. She writes contemporary and erotic romance, wanting to take readers on a journey of their own. She loves hearing from readers, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophia.karlson.5, Twitter: @SophiaKarlson, on the web at www.sophiakarlson.com.
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