by Tara Entwistle-Clark
(Book Reviewer, Author of "A Butterfly in Winter")

Author: Rachael Allen

Publisher: Self published

Publication Date: April 25, 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5

I received this book from the author for an honest review.


"If you’re an avid reader and you pay attention to publishing news, you know self publishing is a hot button issue right now. Critics of self publishing claim the market is saturated with mediocre writing, while proponents argue that readers, not agents and editors, should dictate the market. Regardless, I’m always prepared for anything with self published books. I strongly support indie writers but it can be a crap shoot. I’m so pleased to report that Velvet Hellion is a winner!

This book seriously has everything. Drama, intrigue, complex conspiracies, romantic love affairs, and fabulously crafted characters. Nicole is both likable and a total disaster. Justin is equally matched with Nicole. And Cristoff? Oh, Cristoff…

In many ways, this was like picking up the Harlequin romances I read in junior high. I mean that in a positive way. It was engaging and really transported you into the story. It felt incredibly natural and realistic; even the town became flesh and blood as I read.

The story opens with a murder. Nicole’s husband has been killed, but it isn’t a tragedy. She earns the nickname “The Black Widow,” but her husband deserved what came to him. He’d been drugging his wife and sharing her with other men. Gross!

Throughout the book, you never know what’s coming next. You like a character only for him to turn out to be a swindler. You hate another but discover his repulsive exterior is hiding something beautiful within (and I’m not talking just physical revulsion or attraction).

I very highly recommend this book to fans of well-written romance. I don’t even like the genre much anymore but I loved this book. Look up Rachael Allen and check out her book!"

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