Laying a Foundation: Bonus Volume: Includes The Groundbreaking

Laying a Foundation: Bonus Volume: Includes The Groundbreaking

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by Deanndra Hall

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He has no idea how sexy he is.

Even as a successful construction business owner, Tony Walters' ex-wife's mental illness almost drove him over the edge. Living too many years loveless and abused has left him afraid to try to meet another woman, much less form a relationship.

She's just too shy to even meet his


He has no idea how sexy he is.

Even as a successful construction business owner, Tony Walters' ex-wife's mental illness almost drove him over the edge. Living too many years loveless and abused has left him afraid to try to meet another woman, much less form a relationship.

She's just too shy to even meet his eyes.

In one instant left a childless widow, Nikki Wilkes couldn't imagine romance would ever be in her life again, much less passion and deep, never-ending love.

Two mature adults sidestep each other for five years until fate brings them together in a sweet, passionate, erotic adventure of sexual exploration and self-discovery. A perfect mixture of Southern charm and hospitality and European sophistication, the tall Italian-American sweeps the funny, smart, kinky Kentucky girl off her feet and into his bed, and together the sparks they throw off ignite their world.

The new home they build together draws them closer to his family and each other and into a new life filled with laughter and love, not to mention a big kitchen full of friends and fun as Nikki becomes the glue that holds the family together with her cooking, hugs, and mothering.

But just as everything looks rosy, a secret-fueled mystery unfolds when an unknown threat attempts to ruin Tony's business and maybe even hurt him. As the criminal activity becomes more and more focused on destroying their happiness, it's obvious it's personal. And someone's going to get hurt - or worse. It's just a matter of time.

Sex, humor, and secrets collide in this blistering start to the series to prove that they're not getting older - they're just getting started!

Combo volume contains The Groundbreaking, a prequel that offers readers background on the nine main characters in the series.

BONUS: Each book in the Love Under Construction series features the recipe of a dish mentioned in the books. It's like dessert meets drama!

WARNING: Strong, graphic, kinky sexual scenes and graphic criminal violence. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Celtic Muse Publishing, LLC
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Love Under Construction Series , #1

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Laying A Foundation Bonus Volume: Includes The Groundbreaking 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Deanndra and I must say this will not be the last!!! I Love how she explains the back story on everybody and the great love story between the characters but doesn't make it too mushy or unrealistic!! Book 2 here I come!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, looking forward to the rest!
badkat17us 10 months ago
I have read these books out of order and it would be better if you didn’t. I read book for a while ago for review on my blog. I loved this book so much. Deanndra creates a great cast and story line. The characters feel so real and it makes you wish you could live and be friends with them. Tony and Nikki are both in their fifties and looking at the possibility of second love. Nikki lost her family in a car accident about 5 years ago and has been living a very solitary and sad life since then. Tony was married once and it turned out to be disastrous. Dottie his ex-wife still comes around but only when she needs something. He is weary of trying again but there is just something about Nikki that calls to him. He just needs to work up the courage to ask her out. When he finally does he couldn’t be any happier. That is until things with the Eco group GoGreen become worse and seem to me targeted more towards him than his company. Now the woman he may be falling in love may be put in danger because of him. Will everything turn out okay or will Tony be alone for the rest of his life? This book is on the long side but well worth the read. I can’t say enough about the book or the characters. Fantastic job Deanndra. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and already have it. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much will read the rest of the series.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
4.5 Steamy Stars! Favorite Quotes: “Nikki felt him get hold of the top of her panties and pull them down until they were gone, snatched off to that far-away place where panties go when hot guys make them disappear.”   “Aw, hell no.  My lesbian sister’s wife is having my baby, my new four- year-old is Black, and my wife is expecting an eight-year-old.  Plus I just found out one of my uncles is just my half-uncle, I have a new half-uncle, and I had a cousin who was shot and killed by my mother.  Unless some dead relative comes back to life or I’m a zombie and nobody’s told me, those damn soap operas got nothin’ on me.” My Review: Oh I loved meeting and getting to know these people.  Being a… umm… middle aged… umm, mature woman... I have grown tired of reading romances about young women in their 20s, starting their careers, discovering love, clubbing, eck.  I was instantly enthralled by this series about a woman in her 50s who is forced to start over after losing her family in an accident.  I feel in love each character and couldn’t decide who I liked best.  They are smart, sexy, successful, honest, adventuresome, and complicated.  Ms. Hall’s writing is emotive, insightful, steamy, and easy to read.  I hated coming to the end but knew I had my kindle stocked with all but the last book, which is currently being written.  
Drueann More than 1 year ago
Laying A Foundation contains such a great story that even without the scorching hot lustable mancandy with blazing libido’s it would still be 5 star worthy. Favorite Line: “It was a damn shame she hadn't had more lead time or she could’ve gone to the hospital and found someone with the flu to infect her so she could have a legitimate excuse to avoid this…” 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O M G! I'm not sure who I'm more in love with. Tony? Vic? Nikki? Within just a few pages I was completely immersed in their lives. I laughed, I cried, I swore, I shouted. These were not just characters in a book, these were my people. My family. My friends. I wanted the happily ever after for Tony and Nikki as much as I wanted my own. I absolutely loved that these people were not in their 20s. These are fully mature adults who knew how to be adults, yet were still afflicted with that "teenage" terror when it comes to meeting and interacting with a person they are interested in. It made me positively giddy when they finally came together and started getting to know each other. These two seemingly broken people who came together and healed themselves and each other and in doing so enriched the lives of everyone they came in contact with. Beautifully done! Donna Cheatle (Brazen Bibliophile)
Danniell More than 1 year ago
A Mad in Wonderland/Danniell Hampton Review Laying a Foundation was 4 stars for me. This book was pretty good. I don’t normally read romance with older couples, but this was a great book. I loved that fate really wanted Tony and Nikki to get together. I liked that Tony wasn’t a power-hungry man only looking for a quick hook-up. It was a nice change that he was a nice man who believes that relationships are important. I really recommend this book because it is a great read.
Felicity_Nichols_Reviews More than 1 year ago
After reading this, I really had to take time to process before I wrote a review. I was immediately drawn in from the first few pages. When you begin Laying a Foundation, you are in Nikki's mind and thoughts. You learn of her heartache, struggle, and her fondness of "The Italian" This story is about more than sex, I wouldn't even categorize it as erotic. For me, this is a story about two souls who've endured more than their fair share of heartache finding love and happiness. They are older (50's) but it's done in a realistic way that makes you feel like your their with the characters and personalities.  I had finished this book last night but struggled with writing a review not because it's a bad a story but because it's such a great story that words are hard to describe it. Deanndra is a classy author who gives a lot of detail. This is more than sex, its commitment. The story is a whirlwind as fate brings these two together. Nikki has blamed herself for what has happened to her family, left a widow she has adapted to being alone. She spends her days working at a local florist shop. When she sees Tony for the first time in the shop, he brings her a sandwich. Tony and Nikki are both as stubborn headed as it gets and sometimes it was hilarious to watch how they clashed. The development of their relationship flows smoothly through. I was happy to get a taste of Vic but would love to see more from him. I recommend you give this book a shot and start with the prequel, The Groundbreaking which is ALWAYS FREE! 
DDBean More than 1 year ago
OMG, you just have to read this book! At first I thought it was just going to be a romance/erotica story. It was so much more. There was a mystery that lasted until almost the end of the book. Then just when you thought that everything was sunshine and roses, BAM!, there comes a twist that you were not expecting. This book had me laughing, mad, tearing up, and shaking my head. These characters are just so colorful that you cannot help but to fall in love with them. One thing that I loved about the book is that it was about mature (50 year old) adults that had the nerves of teenagers. By this I mean that they were terrified to talk to each other. I kept waiting for something major to happen with her parents. It did not happen in this book, maybe in one of the later books. I cannot wait to read more about Vic. He is so gentle and caring while at the same time, can be a badass. This book was so entertaining, especially some of the hot sex scenes, that I now want to read the full series. Totally a 5 star book in my opinion.
erica48smith More than 1 year ago
I don't do spoilers, just know that this is an amazing love story, Very well written, characters you can identify with, no whiny heroines and believable relationships.  Good, strong characters dealing with circumstances that are real to life, not some out there made up kind of thing that nobody would believe. Laying a Foundation is an emotional story, I recommend reading The Groundbreaking to get acquainted with the characters and their stories, it's a big help getting to know the history behind each secondary character when you meet then in this story. If I could give it 10 stars I would, this is the best book I've read all year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books. The characters felt so real when I read the book. :) Very three dimensional and realistic. Great book.