Splitting Heirs by Diane Michaels is a funny but, in places, bittersweet story about life. It's really well-written, pulling you into the story right from the start and taking you on a journey of ups and downs, of fun and heartbreak; a story of decisions and choices. The characters are amazing, real people that you can really relate to and identify with in a fast-paced story with a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes. We all have dreams of what we want in life but few of us achieve them; Diane has written a story that anyone of us could be living right now, a real-life story with real-life issues. Great story, I really enjoyed reading it.
—five stars from Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
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You can have your Colin Firth emerging from Pemberley’s lake, his sheer shirt clinging to his manly chest. You can have your men in uniform, too. Neither vision is enough to ruffle my petticoats. But ruffle they do when a man of no more than forty approaches me.
With each stride, he commands my heart to accelerate until it matches his pace. The fabric of his bespoke suit rustles in the rhythm of a military tattoo. His fingers plunge into his glossy, black locks, but they rake a diffident path. His footfall grows hesitant as he draws closer to me. With a shy grin, he bites his bottom lip. Does he doubt his power of seduction?
Cocking his head to the side, he stutters through his introduction. His green eyes glitter with hope. As words tumble from his plump, red lips, I hold my breath until my chest tingles.
He captivated me the moment I noticed him, but I don’t want to appear to be too eager. Silent and still, I savor my dominance over him, waiting for him to form his question, the very proposition lying at the core of my deepest desire. He pauses for a moment, teasing me. My self-control falters. A second before I leap toward him in a burst of lustful impatience, he asks, “Would you agree to list my four-bedroom, three-bath penthouse on Central Park West?”
It goes without saying that his kitchen boasts state-of-the-art appliances, that the ceilings soar twelve feet above the original wood floors, that the dressing room is larger than the size of the average one-bedroom apartment in New York City, that—
“Lauren!” my mother screeches. I pull my feet off the top of my desk and rearrange a pile of paperwork next to my laptop. I hope to appear too busy to endure interruptions issued from the kitchenette of our family’s real estate office. Put a different way, I don’t want my mother to catch me in another daydream.
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Diane Michaels is a harpist and the author of the Ellen the Harpist series (Ellen the Harpist, Ellen at Sea, and Ellen the Bride), the King & Queen series (King & Queen of the Bouncy Castle, King & Queen of the Roller Derby, King & Queen of the Bowling Alley, King & Queen of the Poker Game, and King & Queen of the Carnival), Pet Peeves, Watching the Grass Grow, and From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms. When she is not spying on the world from behind her harp to collect ideas for her next book, she and her husband make up stories and songs about and for their miniature poodle, Lola.
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