Love and Smoke [NOOK Book]

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Riva Staulet, poised and elegant, is at the pinnacle of New Orleans society. But she was once Rebecca Benson, an innocent country girl. When a crass young lawyer came to her small town, she failed to recognize his predatory nature—until she became a victim of it.

Left pregnant and alone in a sleazy back section of the New Orleans French Quarter, Riva took a job as a tabletop dancer to survive. There she attracted the attention of Cosmo ...
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Love and Smoke

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Overview

Riva Staulet, poised and elegant, is at the pinnacle of New Orleans society. But she was once Rebecca Benson, an innocent country girl. When a crass young lawyer came to her small town, she failed to recognize his predatory nature—until she became a victim of it.

Left pregnant and alone in a sleazy back section of the New Orleans French Quarter, Riva took a job as a tabletop dancer to survive. There she attracted the attention of Cosmo Staulet, head of one of Louisiana’s most distinguished and wealthy families, owner of famous Bonne Vie plantation. An older man of rare insight, Cosmo married Rebecca then molded her into Riva, an elegant Southern lady who danced only for him.

Now Cosmo is dead. Riva presides over Bonne Vie and the fortune that should have been the birthright of Cosmo’s son from a previous marriage—a son disowned for loving her. The lawyer who betrayed Riva years ago is making a run for the governor’s mansion. And the lawyer’s son is dating her daughter.

Riva must end the relationship between the young couple, even if it means allowing a criminal to take office. The would-be governor, arrogant and demanding in his power, refuses to cooperate. But Riva is no longer a powerless young girl. She is a woman of inner strength and principle who will sacrifice everything to right a wrong— wealth, position, respectability…even her last chance for a once-forbidden love.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“Love and Smoke is a New Orleans saga that concerns itself with the kind of social, sexual and political intrigues that seem peculiarly Southern. Not surprisingly, Blake’s style is as steamy as a still July night on the bayou, as overwhelmingly hot as Cajun spice.”
Inside Books
“Blake has created a suspenseful story rich with strong characters and—a Blake specialty—the particular ambiance of Louisiana.”
Romance Reviews
“A big novel with fascinating characters and the complicated dynamics of the modern aristocratic South. Blake fans will have much to enjoy."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016561189
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: The Contemporary Collection , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 766,119
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Blake has been called "the steel magnolia of women's fiction" for her enduring career as an author. She has also been lauded as a "pioneer of the romance genre" and an "icon of the romance industry." A New York Times and international best selling author from the publication of "Love's Wild Desire" in 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Halls of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two Maggies, two Holt Medallions, multiple Reviewer's Choice awards, the Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine, and the Frank Waters Award for literary excellence. She has written 65 books with translations in 20 languages and more than 30 million copies in print. Jennifer and her husband live on a lake in northern Louisiana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Riva Staulet, a wealthy widow and savvy businesswoman, knows a s

    Riva Staulet, a wealthy widow and savvy businesswoman, knows a secret from long ago, one that could shatter lives, perhaps her own, if she reveals what she knows. The man who destroyed her sister’s life, the one now running for governor, could possibly ruin her own hopes, dreams and perhaps even her life. Riva’s mysterious, sharp minded, good looking stepson, Noel Staulet, has his own secret—he’s been in love with his lovely, sophisticated stepmother for many years, but that’s all the more reason why he tries to avoid her at all costs. That was then; this is now. Together again, Riva and Noel make great business partners, as they always did, but their roles are about to change in a way that neither expects.

    Dark secrets from the 1960s still simmer beneath the sands of time after decades of stillness. A smooth-talking, corrupt politician that Riva knew earlier still wants her, but she can’t afford to let him use her again, not now, not ever. LOVE AND SMOKE releases the fire that bursts into flaming passionate love triangles and an intriguing plot line that doesn’t slow down from page one until the end of the book. Interesting characters with strong motivations make LOVE AND SMOKE another A+++ read from bestselling author, Jennifer Blake.--Reviewed by Camilla Compton

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