New Covers Reveal: The Loves Great Adventure Series by Theresa Troutman

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Follow the journey of Sebastian Irons and Tess Hamilton. Sebastian the wealthy playboy finding love in the most unexpected place with a girl who is definitely not his “type.” Tess is the smart, ambitious bookworm who is single minded in achieving her career goal. Sparks fly when these two people from very different backgrounds connect in the most unexpected way.

Experience the ups and downs, love and loss, struggle and triumph as they navigate college, marriage and parenthood.

An epic romance about finding true love, loyalty, friendship and the ties that bind a family together. This series is the ultimate romance with a happy ending! An emotional roller coaster ride proving soul mates do exist.

Genre: Mature YA/NA Romance
(Each book can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhangers!)

Life’s What You Make It

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Unruly. Disobedient. Reckless.

I’ve heard it all.

And quite frankly, they’re right.
Which is why I got shipped overseas to “start over.”
And America wasn’t all that great.
Until her…
Tess Hamilton.
She’s pure, sweet, and everything I’m not.
And I’ll try like Hell to be if it means I can have her.
But Tess won’t let me in–won’t give me anything I want.
Now, I have to figure out a way to take down my conniving mother,
Win Tess’ heart,
And make my mark in this place.
 
Piece of cake.

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“All I want is you.”

Tess Hamilton has a ten year plan—every milestone mapped out to reach her educational, career and life goals. Happy to be moving in with her fiancé, Sebastian, she didn’t anticipate a dangerous attraction to another man, a life-changing event, and a terrifying journey of self-discovery. They were definitely not a part of her master plan, and now Tess wonders if any part of her scheme will come to fruition.

Sebastian Irons is getting everything he’s ever wanted out of life. Leaving his playboy image in the past, he’s finally become the better man he longed to be when he left England and came to America. Madly in love with his fiancée and ready to start their life together, everything is seemingly perfect—until a series of unexpected events threatens to tear them apart.
Can Tess and Sebastian survive the curveballs life throws at them? Will their love crash and burn, or will they get their long-awaited happily ever after?

London Loves

“You never know what the future holds.”

Tess Hamilton Irons is excited about her new job prospect overseas. Her husband Sebastian has second thoughts. He acquiesces to his wife so she can have her dream job in his hometown of London, a city brimming with excitement and adventure at every turn—not all of it good.

Lady Lily Irons’ menacing persona looms large as Sebastian vows to protect his family at all costs. With the help of an unexpected ally, Sebastian begins a search for the father he never knew.
In a split second, the life they know is blown to bits and Sebastian is forced to pick up the pieces. Can he reclaim the life he loved or is the inevitable change a good thing?
Friendship, love, lust, tragedy, and triumph combine in the thrilling conclusion to the Love’s Great Adventure series.

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Three very different girls searching for love.

Everyone deserves a happy ending, that’s what Penny Stanton thought. Only her ending was anything but happy after her husband died. Her friends had been an amazing support system over the year following Maxwell’s death, but there was a hole in Penny’s heart she felt would never heal. Can an old flame reignite her passion and make her take a second chance on love?

Mattie Irons was rambunctious, charming, and smart. She was the apple of her parents’ eyes until her baby brother was born. Her parents, especially her mother, spent more time cooing over the infant than paying attention to Mattie. Now Mattie is feeling unloved, leaving Sebastian and Tess searching for a way to abate their daughter’s fears.

Kate Hamilton has made the move to England to be with her daughter and son-in-law. Her new upper-crust English life style is a long way from middle class suburbia in America. She volunteers at the local children’s hospital and helps Tess raise the children. Yet Sutton castle is a large building and it, along with its butler, are very intimidating. Can she adapt to this new life as her daughter did and find love again?

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Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life,  London Loves and She Will Be Loved.. Her most recent release is a contemporary second-chance erotic romance called, By My Side.

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Cover Reveal: She Will Be Loved-Theresa Troutman


 Release Date: October 26, 2015
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Three very different girls searching for love.
Everyone deserves a happy ending, that’s what Penny Stanton thought. Only her ending was anything but happy after her husband died. Her friends had been an amazing support system over the year following Maxwell’s death, but there was a hole in Penny’s heart she felt would never heal. Can an old flame reignite her passion and make her take a second chance on love?

Mattie Irons was rambunctious, charming, and smart. She was the apple of her parents’ eyes until her baby brother was born. Her parents, especially her mother, spent more time cooing over the infant than paying attention to Mattie. Now Mattie is feeling unloved, leaving Sebastian and Tess searching for a way to abate their daughter’s fears.

Kate Hamilton has made the move to England to be with her daughter and son-in-law. Her new upper-crust English life style is a long way from middle class suburbia in America. She volunteers at the local children’s hospital and helps Tess raise the children. Yet Sutton castle is a large building and it, along with its butler, are very intimidating. Can she adapt to this new life as her daughter did and find love again?

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 In this series:

Life’s What You Make It

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Love This Life

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London Loves

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By My Side (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

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My Secret Summer

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A Special Connection

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Theresa Troutman also writes erotic taboo tales as T.S. Irons

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Sibling Rivalry
My Wicked Stepsister
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Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. Her most recent release is a contemporary second-change erotic romance called, By My Side.
Pleasant reading, 
Jordan

Series Promo & Sale: Love’s Great Adventures-Theresa Troutman

cooltext1889161239 copyFollow the journey of Sebastian Irons and Tess Hamilton. Sebastian the wealthy playboy finding love in the most unexpected place with a girl who is definitely not his “type.” Tess is the smart, ambitious bookworm who is single minded in achieving her career goal. Sparks fly when these two people from very different backgrounds connect in the most unexpected way.
Experience the ups and downs, love and loss, struggle and triumph as they navigate college, marriage and parenthood.
An epic romance about finding true love, loyalty, friendship and the ties that bind a family together. This series is the ultimate romance with a happy ending! An emotional roller coaster ride proving soul mates do exist.
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cooltext1889178114 copyTheresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on contemporary erotic romance called, By My Side, which is out now!

For my reviews –> London Loves/Love This Life/Life’s What You Make It

 
Happy reading, 
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ARC Review: By My Side-Theresa Troutman

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TITLE: By My Side 

AUTHOR: Theresa Troutman 

GENRE: Erotica , Comedy , Romance 

RELEASE DATE: January 10th   

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Alicia travels to an exotic land, with hopes to reinvent herself. She moves to Auckland, New Zealand, to heal and escape her unhappy past in America.

Hunter works in a bar to distract himself from the memory of a tragic past. Playing in a local band and resorting to one night stands are his only means for an escape from his reality.

Brought together by circumstance, an unexpected romance blossoms between these two tortured souls. Can being by each other’s side bring them the happiness they are desperate to discover? Or will being together break their fragile trust and lead to more heartache?cooltext1804472332 copy

3/5 Stars
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation in this tour

+++To my YA readers: This is an ADULT book so 18+++

By My Side is a sensual journey into recovering after heartbreak and the beauty of finding love again. Bursting with light and laughter, Theresa Troutman shows that sometimes, when you take a chance, wonderfully unexpected happiness can happen. 

PROS:

  • The chemistry is an explosion of heat and steady loss of control as Alicia and Hunter fall deeper into lust and love. Fiery kisses are met with tender touches and passionate lovemaking followed by rough, graphic sex. Each encounter is a new experience in learning control, healing, and in finding themselves again in a cloud of loss and heartache. 
  • Alicia and Hunter are both flirts. Their playful, perverted banter speaks of attraction on both a physical and emotional level. They tease and tempt each other to the point of no return, falling into each other’s arm with little thought but ecstasy and raw need. Their conversations flow naturally and are sometimes cheesy but adorable. They’re both lovable, thoughtful people and the fact that they are so good has you cheering for their love to grow.
  • Alicia was incredibly believable. Her struggle with her hurt and digging through her beliefs to accommodate her new situation is something that the average girl can connect to. The uncertainty of trusting again, of opening your heart and the fear that your significant other will be careless and stomp all over it. Alicia thought she knew what she wanted, but as her heart opens, she discovers that there’s so much more to feel and experience when she doesn’t put limitations on herself and let fear rule her. 
  • Hunter’s loss is horrible and traumatic. He’s such a cheery, stunning guy that it’s easy to forget that his heart has been mangled and his life altered by a freak tragedy. Hunter is part dom part insatiable Adonis. He’s thoughtful and always concerned with Alicia’s comfort but most importantly, he knows when to push her to achieve blissful joy.

CONS:

  • The secondary characters faded out into the background and while Alicia and Hunter both felt friendship for these people, there wasn’t enough to substantiate these feelings. Tia, Pax, Mick, etc were are interesting characters, especially from a cultural perspective. Learning about the Maori habits and beliefs would have added a little more color to these smaller characters and made the story more cohesive in terms of subplots.
  • Some scenes were extremely detailed while others glossed over the imagery. This fluctuation left breathtaking scenery to the imagination and at times was so explicit that it fell flat. 

cooltext1804462224 copyIt was a quiet ride home to Parnell. Both of us seemed to be lost in thought. When we pulled into the drive, Hunter turned off the ignition. I opened the passenger door and got out of the car. Hunter grabbed my bag from the back seat and walked me to my flat. I took the bag from him and fished inside to find my key.Placing it in the lock, I turned the key and opened the kitchen door. I wasn’t expecting it, but Hunter followed behind me. I turned around to face him, before I could turn on the kitchen light.

“I had a great day. Thanks for taking me out on the boat.”

“The pleasure was all mine.”

Flirty Hunter was back! The light from the outside lamppost played across his face, making those gorgeous eyes look sexy and dangerous. His hair fell forward over one eye and instinctively, I pushed the hair back behind his ear. I didn’t want to lose the connection I felt gazing into those eyes.Reaching up and taking hold of my wrist, he turned my hand over and gently kissed my palm. My body hummed with excitement. Next thing I knew, his other arm snaked around my waist and pulled me to him. The heat of his body warded off the chill of the night air.

“Where did you come from, Alicia?” he asked in a low sexy voice.

I knew it was a rhetorical question, but I answered anyway. “America.”

With that, his lips were on mine, his body pushing me against the door frame between the kitchen and living room. The kiss was filled with passion and longing. I’m glad he held me in his arms, because my knees would have given out otherwise. My mind went blank and all I could do was enjoy the sensation of his strong, firm lips crushing against mine. A small whimper escaped my mouth and that only seemed to fuel the fire.

His tongue begged for access to my mouth and my lips parted giving him what he wanted. Soon his tongue was dancing with my tongue at a heated frenzied pace. I dropped my handbag and it hit with a thud, its contents spilling on the floor.The magic spell was broken as Hunter backed away. My hand flew up to cover my mouth, my finger tips touching my swollen lips.

“That’s not how just friends kiss,” I murmured, breathless.

His breathing was ragged. Hunter felt it, too. “No, it’s not,” he agreed as he slowly backed toward the kitchen door, his eyes not leaving mine. “Goodnight, Alicia.”

Then he was gone.My knees finally gave out and I slid to the floor, looking at the contents of my spilt purse. What the hell did I get myself into? When I finally got the feeling in my legs back, I stood up and walked over to the kitchen door to lock up for the night.Outside, Hunter was lying on a lounge chair, pensively staring up at the stars. What did that woman, the one he was going to marry, do to him? With a heavy sigh, I locked the kitchen door and climbed the stairs to go to bed. Stripping off my clothes, I dressed in my plaid lounge pants and pink tank top. Pulling the elastic band from my pony tail, my hair fell free, cascading over my shoulders. One more glance out the window confirmed that Hunter had gone inside the house. 

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Book Blitz: My Secret Summer-Theresa Troutman

MY SECRET SUMMER by Theresa Troutman
Genre(s): Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
Published: October 26th 2013
Caitlin Conners is a loner; shy and artistic. Her only friend is her sister, Carly. When Carly dies in a car accident, Caitlin has never felt more alone. An overbearing mother makes her life impossible when she meets the boy next door, Dylan Rodgers. Dylan doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd either. He prefers skateboarding to football and is viewed by his fellow students as a pot head. 
 
Dylan helps Caitlin deal with her grief and awakens her sexuality. Somehow these two misfits strike up a friendship and fall in love, while trying to keep their relationship a secret from Caitlin’s parents. Caitlin resorts to various methods to sneak out of the house and be with Dylan. As the stakes increase, emotions run high and passion ignites. The thrill of ‘getting away with it’ is so addictive and makes Caitlin feel invincible. How long can she get away with the lies before she is found out?
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A beautifully written insight into the development and challenges that confront love for young adults. I look forward to more. Perhaps a sequel.
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The thorn of the delicate pink rose pricked my finger with a burst of pain. I watched with great fascination as the drop of crimson blood formed on my skin. It was so much easier to focus on this tiny detail than to look up and deal with reality. Mom pulled me forward and I had to look up. She was leading me toward a glossy white coffin hovering over six feet of freshly dug earth. The smell of moist dirt and cut grass filled my nostrils. Respectfully, I laid the single rose on the coffin. Fellow mourners followed my lead. The minister said a final prayer and then I watched as the coffin was lowered into the ground. My parents and I left before they poured the dirt back over my eighteen-year-old sister’s grave.
 
We rode to the luncheon in silence. My dad’s hand covered my mom’s hand as it trembled uncontrollably. I’d watched my dad cry for the first time in my life today. What the hell was wrong with me? I hadn’t shed a tear. I loved my older sister, Carly. I really did. She was the perfect daughter; straight-A student, athletic, popular. She was always there for me, giving me advice or introducing me to her friends so I could be popular too. I was never comfortable playing that part. I’m more of the loner type. I prefer painting gothic angels in the comfort of my room while listening to Muse. At least I didn’t have to listen to my mom complain that I was wearing black today. ‘You have such a pretty face. You should wear more color, honey,’ she would always say.
 
An endless line of well wishers passed by me at a mind numbing pace. I didn’t hear a thing they had to say. I simply nodded and said, “Thank you.” I felt bad for them, their sorry, grief-ridden faces desperately wanting to bring comfort. I don’t think there was any comfort to be had. Carly died in a car accident. Her drunk boyfriend was behind the wheel and they were coming home after a friend’s graduation party. So young, so tragic, her life was just beginning. I think those were some of the things that were said. Thankfully it was June. At least I didn’t have to go back to school the next day and be the topic of pity, gossip and grief counseling.
 
There were pictures of Carly on one of the tables at the luncheon. In one she was prom queen, dressed in a pale blue gown with her beautiful long blonde hair cascading over her shoulders, a small rhinestone tiara on top of her head. In another, she was in her lacrosse uniform posing for the team photo that was used in the yearbook. Everything about Carly was perfect; her skin, hair, body and teeth. 
 
I, on the other hand…I got the leftovers;  straight stringy brown hair, the occasional pimple and gap between my front teeth. My mom always encouraged me to let Carly give me a makeover. It had never happened. At least I wouldn’t have to worry about that anymore. Or would I? Would my mom try to make me more like Carly? My brain was about to explode and I just had to get outside and away from all these people.
 
Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. 
 
Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on contemporary romance called, By My Side, which will be released in early 2015.
 
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Cover Re-Reveal: A Special Connection-Theresa Troutman

A SPECIAL CONNECTION by Theresa Troutman
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published: February 5th 2014
Life has been a constant challenge for Jake Lewis. Left paralyzed emotionally and physically by a car accident, which killed his parents when he was just twelve years old, Jake struggles to be happy. His best friends, Rick Welsh and Samantha Andrews, are a couple who fight as passionately as they make up.
This puts Jake in an awkward position.
 
Three friends who are as close as can be.
 
Rick Welsh, the hotshot basketball player, who hopes to leave college and go pro. Samantha Andrews, the brainiac, blessed with common sense and beauty.
 
Jake Lewis, the crippled virgin, who believes no girl could love a damaged guy with a disability.
 
In despair, these friends share a moment that will forever change their lives.
 
Life is messy.
 
Love is complicated.
 
True love doesn’t always come wrapped in a pretty package with a bow on top.
 
Is it possible that the friend you never had sexual feelings for is the person who will touch your soul like no other?!
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There was a light rap on the door. “Jake, are you in there?” a feminine voice asked from the other side.
 
I stood, with the help of my crutch, and walked over to the closed door. I opened it to find Jenna on the other side. “Sorry, I just needed some quiet time.”
 
Jenna smiled. “I don’t think there is such a thing as quite time in the Welsh household.”
 
“Come on in,” I offered, moving aside to make room for her to enter.
 
Jenna stepped into the bathroom, her heels clicking on the tile floor. She shut the door behind her, leaned against it and closed her eyes. She was dressed in a red velvet  sleeveless dress and black stockings, her long blonde hair gently falling over her  shoulders. Jenna was pretty and always had an available posse of boys who followed her around. She frequently dated, but was never serious with any one guy. That     probably had something to do with the fact that she had three big brothers who would beat the crap out of anyone who tried to take advantage of her.
 
“You’re right. It is quiet. That’s a nice change of pace,” she sighed, opening her eyes to meet my gaze. Jenna took a few more steps towards me. Soon we were inches apart. Her gaze never left mine. Her hazel eyes held promise. Then she wet her lips with her tongue and leaned in to kiss me.
 
I was taken aback by the action—my lips unmoving, my eyes wide open, watching her kiss me. It was unbelievable to comprehend any girl would want to kiss ‘Jake the cripple,’ but Jenna was kissing me. I felt the tip of her tongue dart into my mouth and I moaned. I dropped my crutch, the aluminum clanging as it hit the floor, and wrapped my arms around her waist. Closing my eyes, I let go and kissed her back. Her mouth was sweet and supple, warm and wet.
 
When we finally pulled apart, we were gasping for air, Jenna’s hands on my     shoulders, her forehead resting on my chin. “I always wondered what it be like to kiss you, Jake. Damn, that was amazing.” She looked up at me through her thick black eyelashes and smiled. “Where did you learn to kiss like that?”
 
I shrugged, feeling my cheeks grow red. “I don’t know. You’re the first girl I ever kissed.”
 
“I think we should try that again,” she said, leaning in for another kiss.
 
We kissed with more feeling. Jenna’s hands caressed my neck, then her fingers tangled in my hair. I tried to pull back, afraid she would feel my growing arousal. This was all brand new to me. I’d never imagined any girl would be interested in me and   assumed I’d live my life alone, without physical connection. Yet, here was pretty Jenna—gorgeous Jenna—making the moves on me!
 
When we came up for air, I gently brushed a stray strand of her hair behind her ear, touched her swollen lips with the pad of my thumb. “Why me?”
 
“Why not? You’ve been a permanent fixture in the household for six years. I’ve had a crush on you forever, Jake.”
 
“I had no idea,” I stuttered. I had no clue why Jenna was attracted to me, but I seized the moment and asked, “Will you go out with me, on a real date?”
 
“Compared to a fake date?” she asked with confusion.
 
“No, I mean, you won’t be embarrassed be to seen with me in public?”
 
“Why would I be embarrassed?”
 
I motioned to my bum leg, but didn’t say a thing.
 
“Jake, I don’t care about your leg. I care about you. I would be honored to go on a real date with you.”
 
I smiled, so happy in the moment that I forgot one major detail. “Oh, shit. Your  brothers are going to kill me when they find out.”
 
Jenna simply laughed. “Seriously, you’re a part of this family. They love you like a brother.”
 
“That makes you my sister and that just sounds perverted.”
 
“John and Jason will be heading back to college and Rick doesn’t need to know.”
 
I thought about it for a second. That was all I needed to make up my mind. “Pick you up at seven tomorrow?”
 
“Perfect,” she replied, leaning in for one last kiss. “I’ll go out first. Meet you downstairs.” Jenna opened the door and peeked outside into the hall to make sure the coast was clear. She looked over her shoulder and said, “Merry Christmas, Jake.”
 
It turned out to be a merry Christmas indeed.
Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling.
Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make ItLove This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on a contemporary romance called, By My Side, which will be released in early 2015.
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ARC Review: London Loves-Theresa Troutman

“‘Gee, if you could show any more enthusiasm, I just might die,’ she teased.”
“‘I’m English, I don’t show enthusiasm,’ Sebastian warned.”
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“You never know what the future holds.”
Tess Hamilton Irons is excited about her new job prospect overseas. Her husband Sebastian has second thoughts. He acquiesces to his wife so she can have her dream job in his hometown of London, a city brimming with excitement and adventure at every turn—not all of it good.
Lady Lily Irons’ menacing persona looms large as Sebastian vows to protect his family at all costs. With the help of an unexpected ally, Sebastian begins a search for the father he never knew.
In a split second, the life they know is blown to bits and Sebastian is forced to pick up the pieces. Can he reclaim the life he loved or is the inevitable change a good thing?
Friendship, love, lust, tragedy, and triumph combine in the thrilling conclusion to the Love’s Great Adventure series.
18+ for sexual situations
Book 1 – Life’s What You Make It
Book 2 – Love This Life
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4/5 Stars
As someone who has been with and loved this story since its initial release, I can say without reservation that London Loves is my favorite of the bunch. London Loves brings everything together in a beautifully passionate way not only in terms of plot but stylistically. Throughout the series, one of the things I’ve most admired about Theresa Troutman’s writing is the simple, straightforward style. There’s no fluff, it’s not chaotic or forced, it flows and moves and is so natural you honestly feel as though you’ve transported into upper class British society life. This installment of the Love’s Great Adventures series will move you. Everything you yearned and hungered for in the first two books is resolved and expanded upon. No stone is left unturned. There are quite a few surprises along the way but what is startling is the sheer extent of the character growth. Get ready to swoon, to fall in love, and shed a few tears, London Loves is the sort of timeless romance that stays.
PROS:
  • You know that warm, deeply satisfying feeling of contentment after eating a hearty, home cooked meal? Theresa Troutman’s London Loves concludes in a comforting, heartwarming fashion. The play on words at the end of the story will bring a smile to your face. It’s absolutely perfect, the cohesion, the way every story became connected in just a few short lines was masterfully written. I felt like clapping, I was so ecstatic with how everything turned out. I couldn’t keep the grin off my face as all Tess and Sebastian’s dreams came true. It was a magical, exhilarating rollercoaster ride and like the rush you feel getting over the first drop, all the downfalls and tragedies this couple was faced with are replaced by excitement and the pride of survival. 
  • Penny. To be perfectly frank, I loathed Penny is the first two books. Like despised her to the point of book throwing (not really, but close). There was just this lackadaisical, no cares, sycophantic way about her that rubbed my nerves raw. She always reminded me of Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises or Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was in this book that I finally realized, all Penny wanted was to be loved, unconditionally and she flitted through life, searching but hadn’t found anyone worthy of her heart. Penny play a huge part in this book, much more so than in the others and as a reader, we get to see just what makes her tick. Penny is so much more than the shared girl between two British playboys, she has wants and desires that are maybe old-fashioned but classy and full of heart. When Penny grants the gift of her love (it is a gift) it’s pure and giving. She loves deeply and all the way, no holding back. The happiness and hope she feels when she falls is breathtaking to read. It’s made of light and wishes, of a dazzling future and dreams left to be discovered.
  • The raw agony and heartache wears on the soul after a horrific tragedy. Grab your tissues. The pain, the disappointment, and the dreams that were robbed are enough to push anyone over the edge. Be careful reading this is a public, densely populated place because once the tears start to roll, it’s pretty intense.
  • There are several new characters introduced and you get to meet Sebastian’s estranged family members. One thing Theresa is great at is crafting unique, yet believable characters with flaws and a variety of personalities. Each character has depth, they’re multidimensional and a puzzle to solve.
  • Tess and Sebastian are soul mates. No doubt about it. They understand each other on a level that suggests knowing every little aspect of their personality. They know through expressions when the other is hiding something or hurt, they can tell what the other is thinking and know how to soothe the worst situations. The chemistry between them sexually is natural, casual, and full of love. There’s nothing raunchy or explicitly sexual about these scenes but they’re adorable, the way they toss around jokes and tease each other shows a love that is about more than lust.
  • Mattie is a rambunctious, brilliant child. She speaks her mind and can get pushy but she takes charge and understands much more than some of the adults. She’s funny, her questions are so revealing and pinpoint aspects of the characters that they don’t recognize themselves. 
  • Sebastian is a heart-throb, not just because he’s hot. Sebastian is more than a gorgeous face, he loves unconditionally and can forgive almost anything. He sacrifices and gives so much to make his family happy. His values are romantic and pristine. He knows what he wants and his family means everything to him. In a way, it’s sort of heartbreaking. Sebastian has more family that are not his blood than are. He makes his family and builds powerful relationships with his friends. On one hand, he just reunited with his family but he’s discovered that Life is What You Make It and forcing yourself into a bad situation due to familial duty is not as important as living a fulfilling, happy life. 
CONS:
  • There were a few questionable word choices, a typo or two.
  • Sometimes it felt as though things were too perfect, that everything was resolved so quickly it hardly phased the characters. I wanted some more insight into Tess’ emotions. After the whirlwind mood swings of Love This Life I expected Tess to wear her heart on her sleeve or to at least be more open about her feelings (non sexual) with Sebastian.
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Sebastian guided Mattie through the rooms at the Tate Gallery, holding her small, delicate hand in his. Something caught her eye and she pulled her father toward the painting.She looked up to him and said, “Pick me up, Daddy. I want to see better.”Sebastian obliged, lifting her up and cradling her in his arms. “You’re getting too big, Mattie.” He smiled, secretly delighted that she still loved to be held by him.She studied the painting of several women walking down a curved stone staircase, playing musical instruments. They were wearing thin, gossamer tunics and their red spirals of hair were elegantly coiffed atop their heads. “I like this one. It’s pretty. Who made it?”“This painting is by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. It was painted in 1880.”“Wow, that’s old.”

“Yes, it is,” Sebastian agreed. “What do you like about the painting?” he quizzed his daughter.

“They look like angels, Daddy.”
“Do you notice how they all have the same face?” Mattie nodded. “Why is that, Daddy?”
“Well, you see, the woman who posed for the painter was his muse.”

“What’s a muse?” the child asked.
“A muse is someone who inspires you to create beautiful things,” Sebastian explained. “The painter was so inspired by this woman, he made all the ladies in the painting look just like her.”

“Was he married to her?”

Sebastian chuckled. How on earth did this little one come up with these questions? “No, he wasn’t married to her.” He didn’t have the heart to tell herthe muse was the artist’s mistress—nor did he want to explain to his four-year-old what a mistress was.

“Was he in love with her?” Mattie countered.

“Yes, he was madly in love with her,” Sebastian replied, touching the tip of his nose to hers. “Just like I’m madly in love with you.”

“I love you, too,” Mattie replied with a giggle.

He gently set her back down on her feet and looked at his Rolex. “It’s almost noon. We should get going if we’re going to meet your mum for lunch.”

“We can come back here later?” “Absolutely,” her father agreed.

They made their way down the marble staircase and toward the main entrance door. “Daddy, my shoe is untied,” Mattie said, looking down at her long shoelace that was resting on the floor.

“Do you want me to tie it for you?” Sebastian offered to help.

“No, I can do it.” She bent over and meticulously made two loops with the shoe strings and tied them. Sebastian watched intently until she finished the task. She stood up and took her father’s hand and almost bumped into an older woman as she took a step forward.

Sebastian stopped in his tracks. The woman standing in front of him was his mother. She hadn’t changed at all. She still wore a tailored designer suit, sensible pumps, and her hair was pulled back in the usual updo. His mouth went dry. It had been seven years since their disastrous encounter—the encounter that changed his life for the better.

“Sebastian?” She said his name in the form of a question, obviously taken aback to find him standing in front of her after all these years. She turned to observe the small, adorable child standing next to him, who had Sebastian’s brown hair and blue eyes.

Sebastian said nothing. Mattie finally broke the silence. “Hello,” she cheerfully greeted.

“Hello, I’m Lady Lily Irons,” Lily responded. “And who might you be?”

“I’m Mattie Irons. We have the same last name!” Mattie extended her small hand to shake her grandmother’s.

Sebastian instinctively stood in front of Mattie to act as a buffer between his mother and his daughter. Mattie peered around his thigh.

“This is your child?” Lily asked in amazement.

Sebastian turned and protectively picked Mattie up in his arms. “Come on, Mattie. We’ll be late for lunch with your mum.”

“Do we get to take the Tube?” Mattie asked with enthusiasm.

“Yes, we’ll go on a little adventure,” Sebastian smiled.

Mattie turned back to face Lily. “It was nice to meet you,” she said as Sebastian quickly brushed past his mother and eagerly exited the museum.

Once outside, the cool air hit Sebastian in the face and snapped him out of his shock. He continued to hold Mattie in his arms, and with a quick pace walked down the road toward Pimlico Station. A heavy sigh escaped his lips.

“Daddy, was that lady our family?” she asked, looking back over her father’s shoulder.

“No, Mattie,” he curtly replied.

“But she has the same last name as we do,” she protested.

“Yes. But you’ll find that just because someone shares your last name, that does not make them family.”

“Aunt Sigourney is family.”

“And so is Aunt Alice, Uncle Henry, and Aunt Penny, but they don’t have our last name,” Sebastian politely reminded her. What was he doing trying to reason with a four year old? He decided to change the subject. “How about we pick up some flowers for mummy in the train station? What should we buy her?”

Thankfully, Mattie was easily distracted. “A big bouquet! We should get Gerbera daisies and roses and tiger lilies.”

“Tiger lilies? I don’t think they’re in season right now.”

“I don’t care, Daddy. I like the name. Grrrr!” She scrunched her nose, bared her teeth, and clawed her hands up in his face to mimic a tiger cub.

“Oh, you’re a very scary tiger, indeed.”

Sebastian and Mattie entered the Associated Press building and rode the elevator to the twenty-fifth floor. They walked over to the front desk and Sebastian introduced himself. “Hello, we’re here to see Tess Irons. Can you please let her know her husband and daughter are here to take her to lunch?”

The receptionist smiled down at Mattie and then picked up the receiver to make the call. A few minutes later, Tess was walking toward them.

“We bought you flowers for your first day of work,” a beaming Mattie announced.

Tess looked at the large bouquet of daisies and roses. “I love them, thank you. Let’s go put them on my desk and I’ll grab my purse and we can be on our way.”

Tess walked them through a maze of cubicles. There was a busy excitement in the newsroom: people on the phone, some typing away on computers, others rushing about the floor. It was controlled chaos and Sebastian understood immediately why Tess loved her job. They entered the three-walled cubicle and Mattie took a seat in her mother’s swivel chair. Tess placed the vase of flowers next to the photo of the three of them in Central Park.

“Come, Mattie. Mummy only has an hour for lunch,” Sebastian reminded his daughter.

They sat in a nearby park, eating take-away sandwiches while Mattie ran around the lush green grass, burning off energy. “How is your first day going?” Sebastian asked, after swallowing a bite of his prawn sandwich.

“Good, I thought it might be hard, but the procedures are the same, it’s just getting to know everyone on the team. I’m happy.” Tess sat back and gave Sebastian a long, hard look. “How is your day? You seem a little off. Is Mattie driving you crazy?”

“I took Mattie to the Tate Gallery this morning and had the misfortune to run into Lily.”

“Oh my God, what happened?”

“We bumped into her as we were leaving. Mattie was all talk and smiles. I was in shock—all I could think about was getting Mattie out of there and protecting her.”

“You did, Bas. You’re an amazing father,” Tess said to comfort him.

“Lily was gobsmacked to see me with a child in tow.”

“Yes, I would imagine so.” Tess reached over and took his hand. “She doesn’t know where we live. She cut you out of the family. Please don’t let this rattle you.”

“I suppose you’re right. It wouldn’t be realistic to think I could live in London and not run into her eventually.” Sebastian let out a weary sigh. “I guess it is better that it happened sooner than later.”

“Sebastian, you take care of us, you protect us. There is no one else I’d ever want to have my back. I love you.”

He pulled Tess into his arms and hugged her tight. “Thank you, darling,” he whispered in her ear. “You’re right. She can’t hurt us. I won’t let her.”

Excerpt 2

Over the course of the dinner, Alistair went on to tell the group about his travels to Africa, while Sebastian and Tess talked about living in New Jersey and working in New York. When they finished their meal, Tess put Mattie to bed. Sebastian and Alistair sat in the living room, enjoying an after dinner drinks.

“I read in the papers that Penny Stanton and your brother are engaged. That was a surprise,” Alistair said, crossing his legs as he sipped his scotch.

“Do you keep in touch with Penny?”

Alistair laughed. “After she told me to sod off and few other choice words—no.”

“You cheated on her in public. How did you think she’d react?”

“Irons, you were no saint back then either,” Alistair reminded him.

“Yes, I know. Things changed. I met Tess. I have a beautiful daughter. I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.”

Alistair became quiet, lost in thought. Finally, he looked Sebastian in the eye and said, “Penny was the best thing that ever happened to me and I blew it.”

“I won’t disagree. Why didn’t you go after her?”

“I was young and stupid. Hell, we all were back then—all of us except Penny. I was going to the Naval Academy, and it just didn’t seem possible to carry on a relationship.” Alistair looked down at his perfectly manicured fingernails and asked, “Is she well?”

“Yes, she is well. You can’t tell me you never run into her.”

“A few times—here and there. She smiles politely, but we never speak.”

“And now that you see someone else is serious about her, you want her back?”

“No, she’d never have me even if it were possible. I like Maxwell. He’ll be good to her.” He placed his glass down on the coffee table and ran his hand through his blond hair. “Bollocks! I’m just feeling sorry for myself.”

“Poor Prince Alistair.”

“Sod off, Irons,” he said, cracking a grin.
The two old friends looked at one another and began laughing aloud. Just then Tess walked back into the room. “Keep it down you two. Mattie just fell asleep,” she admonished as she sat down next to Sebastian.

“Sorry, darling,” he apologized, kissing her temple.

“So tell me, Tess: what on earth made you fall in love with Sebastian?”

Tess looked up at her husband. Her lips curled up into a smile. “I had never met anyone like him before. He’s the most loyal friend I’ve ever had, the most loving husband, and the best father.”

Sebastian looked at her, his eyes shining bright with happiness. “I love you,” he whispered, forgetting Alistair was still in the room.

Alistair cleared his throat to get the couple’s attention. “I’d best be going. You two lovebirds seem like you need some alone time.”

“Please, you’re welcome to stay a while longer,” Tess offered.

“Thank you for a wonderful dinner.” Alistair stood and kissed Tess on the cheek. Next, he shook

Sebastian’s hand. “If you’d like, I’d love to have you by Kensington Palace in a few weeks for dinner. I have an apartment there. You’re welcome to bring Mattie, too.”

“Thank you for the offer, but I’m not sure you want Mattie running around the palace,” Sebastian said.

Tess looked up at her husband with expectant eyes. “She would love it and so would I.”

“It’s settled then. I’ll have my secretary ring you next week with a date.”

“Thank you, Alistair. It was a pleasure to meet you,” Tess said, extending her hand.

Opening the front door, Sebastian said, “Have a good evening.” He watched as Alistair made his way to the Range Rover parked in front of their home. When he had driven off, Sebastian loosened his tie and shook his head in disbelief. “How did you mange to wrangle an invitation to the palace?”

“You’ve known him how many years and you’ve never been there?” Tess asked in disbelief.

“Back then, the palace—any palace—was the last place we wanted to be.” Sebastian took her hand and led her to the bedroom.

“Yes, I suppose wild parties and fine painting and antiques don’t mix. Too many things could get broken.”

“Exactly.”

“He seems nice enough. Do you think he’s tamed his wild ways?”

“Maybe he has. It’s hard to say. He’s regretting letting Penny get away.”

“He told you that?”

“Yes.” Sebastian closed the bedroom door and began to take off his suit.

“Hmm, interesting time for him to pop back into the picture,” Tess mused, stepping out of her dress and then hanging it in the closet.

“I’ll keep an eye on him. I don’t need him stirring up trouble for Max and Pen.”

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Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre, traveling and is an active member of the SCBWI. Works by Theresa include My Secret Summer (YA romance), A Special Connection (New Adult Romance), and Life’s What You Make It – Love’s Great Adventure Series Book 1 ( Mature YA romance) Love this Life book 2, London Loves book 3. 

For my reviews on the first 2 books in this series click here –> Life’s What You Make ItLove This Life
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