Love's Lasting Songby Leslie P. Garcia
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Love's Lasting Song is a contemporary romance set in the sultry south Texas heat. Protagonist Julie Barnes is a reporter for The Laredo Mirror, and has authored a scandalous novel under a pseudonym. Her secret success is hidden from friends and public, because Julie refuses to cave in to ambition, as her mother did.
Julie's mother, Angel Downs, was a Laredo girl who tried to make it in Hollywood, and didn't; Julie can deal with her sense of abandonment and loss only by managing every aspect of a life that refuses to acknowledge love.
Then Joaquin Gonzalez, internationally known composer and singer, comes to town to film Julie's book, Shades. Devastatingly good-looking, arrogant, and successful, Joaquin is everything that Julie has spent a lifetime avoiding.
Joaquin's celebrity status assures that he will be constantly surrounded by the world's most beautiful women, all clamoring for his attention. . .and his love. But Joaquin's intentions are simple: seduce Julie, in spite of all the obstacles to a lasting relationship with the woman he plucked up from a Nuevo Laredo street.
Although a romance, Love's Lasting Song touches on issues of change and inevitability, while providing glimpses into a unique and colorful border culture.
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"Love's Lasting Song" is the sort of love story that takes you on a wonderful flight of fancy ~ fantasy. Ms. Garcia's style flows smoothly. I enjoyed getting to know her characters, from the reasonable, yet passionate, heroine and the utterly seductive, very sympatico, hero to the cast of hometown folks who support both. The premise of the story is the stuff of which dreams are made. I certainly dreamt along... Well done!
A beautifully romantic tale of two unlikely lovers. Since being abandoned by her mother years earlier, Julie Barnes truly believed she couldn't be loved. Once she discovers that international latin singer Joaquin Gonzalez is in town shooting the part of the fiery latin lover, Alfonso, in a spicy movie "Shades", Julie has high hopes of a run-in with her favorite singer. After meeting him Julie discoveries that he is arrogant and she wonders why she ever liked him. Being a reporter Julie's assignment is to interview the arrogant Joaquin. He is instantly attracted to her. At first, with her guard held high, she denies her true feelings until that one chance encounter. But could it last? After all, Julie and Joaquin are from seperate worlds. Love's Lasting Son is an excellent read that holds one's attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend this well-written book to all of the romantics at heart.
This is a very competent first novel. The love scenes are STEAMY...and I'm an old lady!
In 'Love's Lasting Song,' talented new writer Leslie Garcia has created a sizzling romance that incorporates humor and real-to-life characters that you can empathize with and root for. Newspaper reporter Julie Barnes knows she's in trouble when she lands at the feet of international Latino singing star Joaquin Gonzalez-a singer Julie has idolized for years. Unfortunately, the Joaquin of Julie's dreams is nothing like the real-life arrogant, demanding entertainer. Julie, the anonymous author of a best-selling novel, is horrified to discover that Joaquin has been cast as the male lead in the film version of her book. As Joaquin pursues her, Julie finds herself losing her cold objectivity and common sense. She's hopelessly in love with the sexy star. When the filming of Shades draws to a close, Julie has to face issues from her past and make some tough decisions about her future. Will she remain safe and alone in Laredo? Or can she make room in her heart for Joaquin's love song? This is one of those rare books that begs to be read at one sitting!
Love's Lasting Song is the first novel by Leslie P. Garcia, and it features a dazzling cast of appealing characters. Julie Barnes is a detached, professional reporter--with serious secrets that she has kept hidden from friends and family. Her life is perfectly ordered and controlled--no one knows she wrote the scandalously sexy novel 'Shades' under a prim psuedonym. No one, that is, until sexy and arrogant Joaquin Gonzalez comes to Laredo to film the movie based on the bestseller. The Argentine singer/composer had already dazzled the entertainment world--and Julie isn't quite as immune as she thinks to the dark-haired, sensual celebrity. The pair confront their lives and changing times in Laredo's unique border culture, and Julie eventually must deal with not only her feelings for Joaquin, but the ghost of her mother's past mistakes. Revisit romantic Laredo--and enjoy Love's Lasting Song!