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Exposed to Passion
     

Exposed to Passion

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by Gemma Brocato
 

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They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?

Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things

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They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?

Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki's inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.

When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent's marriage proposal, she's determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam's behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki's true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki's focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam's name.

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ISBN-13:
9781616506162
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/20/2014
Series:
Five Senses , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
257,112
File size:
366 KB

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Exposed to Passion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mtfMF More than 1 year ago
Learned some interesting things about photograpy, remember the old "rolls of film days. Too bad that all this wonderful technology has to be used for the wrong purposes. Cyber bullying is terrible Hope we hear more from Grandpa and Gunnar, two interesting new characters. The Author has done a masterful job weaving the series together but if you haven'tread the othert books, it do esn't matter. .My favorite so far has been Cookin up Love.. Anxious to see what the Author has up her sleeve for the next 2 in the series. i t is fun being a neighbor .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WildAboutBones More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! A really good series continues… Welcome back to Granite Pointe! I just love Sam—the hero and my favorite brother of the series. He caught my attention in book one and again with his cameos in books two and 2.5. This time, he gets the girl. (Dammit, I wanted him. LOL!) Sam starts off his story by acting like an ass. And then he gets worse! But he wouldn’t be “my Sam” if he didn’t straighten himself up, which he does well in the end. The chemistry between Sam and Rikki sizzles off the page. Rikki, the heroine, is a class act who gets in hot water with Sam for not divulging her “real name” as opposed to her professional name—an alter ego he has a major problem with and isn’t afraid to tell everyone about it. This is another fast paced tale and a quick read. I stayed up late and read it in one day because I was so into it. This story can definitely be read out of order as a standalone within the series as can books one and two. Many of the characters from the previous books make an appearance in this story, and the small town feel is definitely present. I’d move to Granite Pointe in a heartbeat if I could. Brocato’s treatment of bullying and cyber bullying is well done and shows just a little of how bad it can actually be and the lengths some will go with it. She isn’t afraid to tackle the subject and includes adult bullying as well. I applaud the author for highlighting a subject many don’t take seriously or think is limited to children. Unlike in real life, in this story, the victims’ lives are not irrevocably damaged, but it is a close call. All of Brocato’s characters in this series have come alive for me. Even the tertiary characters. I am looking forward to this series having a long run with introductions to many more interesting and unique characters. I hope to see a novella that continues Sam and Rikki's story in the near future (hint, hint, Ms. Brocato). With this story, Gemma Brocato has made it to my “must read” authors list. Romance readers of contemporary, romantic comedy and even some of romantic suspense should enjoy this book.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
** I received this book in exchange for my honest review, for the Book Tour via Literati Author Services inc** The book was not mentioned to be part of a series on the book tour and I read it as a stand alone novel, this is the first time I have read any of Ms Brocato's books and I chose it because I have a passion for photography and I thought it would be nice to read a book that used this as a basis for the storyline. I was correct in my assumption, I did enjoy the story and although this is a romance it also covered a multitude of subjects that I thought brought depth and merit to the book, rather than it being a Boy meets girl, fall in lust, sex and HEA. Our MC is Rikki who is a photographer and the lucky guy to catch her eye is Sam who is a high school teacher who runs the school photography club. This is where the subjects brought up in the story get their lead from, being a story that involves high school, teachers and students the story brought in the subject of Bullying - both physical and Cyber bullying, it also had some real nasty 'Mean Girls' and a very 'Mean Momma' who will stop at nothing to get into the pants of Sam - throw in the MC's obvious attraction and also a secret identity and you get a very entertaining romance, there are a few sex scenes due to them not being able to keep their hands off each other - which in the end causes a few problems to say the least, but they are not that OTT in description to put off a reader. The story flows well, the editing is well done and I thought the book title was quite apt, I first thought Ms Brocato had chosen it to continue the 'Photography' theme as in 'Film exposure' but in actual fact it also covered a further plot line quite nicely too. I spent last night staying up as when the story hots up I just couldn't put it down, I needed to know if Rikki and Sam would make it. One other character that caught my interest was Rikki's brother Gunnar, now I think he will have a very interesting story to tell. I am off to go check out the other books in the series and add them to my TBR as this one has peaked my interest in this Author.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
Rikki Salerno works for the foundation her grandfather started. She is the curator for a traveling photography exhibit. But, what she really wants is to be recognized for her photography. While out trying to get the perfect photo at a location a local high school photography club shows up while she is taking pictures. One of the kids runs by her and knocks her off balance and she falls off the ledge in the water below. The teacher, Sam Kerrigan, is quick to jump in and save her. While trying to help her up he inadvertently grabbed her boobs, the kids had a laugh at this. Sam gives her his fleece cover up with and tells she can return it at the next photography club meeting. Several meeting go by before she finally shows up. They haven’t been able to stop thinking about each other. There is only one problem Sam had applied several times for a grant from the foundation Rikki works for. Sam is upset that he hasn’t received any response about his application. He has called, emailed, and applied 3 times. He thinks the head of the foundation Marguerite Sims is too busy shopping, getting spa treatments, or being lazy to answer him. Sam doesn’t know that Rikki and marguerite are the same person. He often rants about her. Rikki wants to tell him her legal name but she is scared he won’t want to be with her anymore. After one incident when she 19 she is worried about a repeat. There is a parent, Sherry Hillman, who is set on Sam being her second husband. When she learns that Sam is seeing Rikki she decides to do something. What will Sam do when he learns that Rikki and Marguerite are the same person? What will the Sherry do to Sam? I haven’t read the other books in this series but I loved this one and will be adding the others to my TBR list. Rikki and Sam have an immediate connection. Its more than just lust, they are completely comfortable with each and always have something to talk about. They can’t stop thinking about each other. They fall fast for each other. Rikki loves helping with the photography club. She stands up for the one girl Katie who is being bullied by the other kids. She knows how Katie feels because she was bullied as a child. Rikki and her brother Gunnar are very close and talk often. So much happens between Rikki and Sam. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but this book is great and the connection that Rikki and Sam share is fantastic. The book is wonderfully written and the characters are engaging. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Clever title Favorite Quotes: “She stored that particular memory and pulled it out often to reexamine.  Like a scab she couldn’t leave alone.” “Her voice sounded like silk sheets and hot summer nights.  It slid through his system like a shot of premium tequila…” “It’s like her tongue could open a wine bottle.” “The touch of his mouth against hers was like fire and rain, hot and moist, a combustible combination.” My Review: I did not realize this was a series when I started reading, and while I would be interested in reading the other books that preceded it, I didn’t need to in this case as this book could stand alone, and I fully appreciate that.   I also did not realize how clever the book title was when I dived in, but the author’s ingenuity soon connected in my pea brain as the couple met and bonded over photography, and later events provided the element of being publicly “exposed” in a rather unpleasant manner.  So being oblivious to what I was starting, and with the word “passion” in the title, I was expecting a sizzling love story… and you know what happens when you ass/u/me.  However, the story was entertaining and held components across several genres with family drama, bullying, female body image issues, suicide concerns, cyber-hacking, poor contraceptives, high school mean girls, stalking, and a little suspense thrown in, all happening around a couple’s new romance.  While not sizzling, there were a few steamy moments, and a quite a bit of hot water for the main characters.  Although they are perfectly suited for each other, their relationship quickly hit the skids due to their own stupidity, isn’t that usually the case?  
semckitrick More than 1 year ago
Choked me up there at the end. That doesn't happen too often. Highly recommend if you like contemporary romance. I'm not a huge fan of the genre and I thought this book was great.
JoanneWadsworth More than 1 year ago
Expose yourself to some passion. Traveling photographer Rikki Salerno has arrived in Sam Kerrigan’s town with her photography exhibit. Sam teaches at the local high school and when he takes his students on an outdoor field trip, one of his student’s carelessly knocks into Rikki and topples her into the marsh. Sam rescues her and sparks fly. Their relationship builds from this meeting, but with Rikki hiding her true identity and Sam dealing with an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, their affair is soon exposed to the world in full and glaring color. This story is filled with several deeper issues which add intriguing layers to the story. There are unexpected twists and turns along with a beautiful ending which had me cheering for Rikki and Sam. This is the third book in Gemma Brocato’s Five Senses series, and it’s a fabulous one. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a great cast of characters, then this story is for you. 5 Stars