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Posted August 29, 2006
This is the very 1st book I have ever read by Dianne Castell. I just couldn't put it down til I was finish with it. The Ryan and Effie were just great. When she told the store it felt like I was there experience everything that was going on. I just wanted the story to keep going til Ryan and Effie said 'I do'. Ryan is truly a family guy. He went home even though He has made Californa his home. I was fun just reading about Ryan and Effie trying to fight their feeling for each other and Ryan's dad Rory knew all along that they love each other.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2006
From Lust to Love From the opening page you start to pick up the vibe between Effie and Ryan, the lust/love I-Want-You vibe right off the back. Ryan is just an all around guy who loves his father and senses smething is wrong when he calls with a nonchalant attitude when Ryan talks about the baby rumored to be his. He senses something is wrong and wants to go back to O'Fallon's landing yeat Ror, his father, insists he keeps his but there, in San Diego. Ryan dismisses that and plans for a trip back home to help his dad in any way possible. Effie tells Ryan that she's going with him because she's not letting him get all the vredit for their project. So together they make their way back to Ryan's upbringings. Upon arriving in Mississippi we get loads of sexual frustration between the two and to Ryan's surprise he has a baby sister... Bonnie. Ryan's dad offers loads of comic relief with his quick wit about his son and what's on his mind. All he mainly wants to do is find the mother of his child and the woman who holds the key to his heart. Thelma, their maid and friend, was a laugh a minute, she was a complete riot proving that love does wait for the right time.... You'll see what I mean as you read about she and Conrad. U must, U need, U want to GET or OWN THIS BOOK! Readers better get comfy because Dianne Castell is here to STAY!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2006
Ryan O'Fallon and Effie Wilson are hot shot california architects, they are working on a big mall project and they both want credit for the work done so when Ryan has to go home to O'Fallon's landing due to a family emergency he takes Effie along for the ride. I loved the honesty and upfrontness these two had with each other the entertwined romances of the other character's and i felt as if i been gone a long time and was finally home.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2005
Ryan O'Fallon and Effie Wilson are co-working architects working on a huge mall project. Ryan makes the decision to visit his childhood Tennessee home on the banks of the Mississippi to get to the bottom of the rumor that he is the father of a baby that has been mysteriously left at his father's home. Effie insists upon tagging along, unwilling to let Ryan finish this project solo and be the recipient of the credit and likely awards from this fabulous project. After discovering that Bonnie is Ryan's half sister and that Bonnie's mother is suspiciously missing, Ryan vows to do whatever is necessary to help his father. Once he sees Effie with her arms and legs bare and her belly button ring shining in the hot Tennessee sun, Ryan realizes that it is going to be mightly difficult to keep his hands and mouth off of her. It isn't long before the two of them decide that one dose of hot steamy sex should be enough to get their mutual desire under control, but they are both very wrong and end up wanting each other more than ever. Between working on their project, helping with the baby and trying to find the baby's mother, Ryan and Effie are kept very busy. Not busy enough to keep them both from wondering what will happen between them after they return to California. Ryan and Effie are great together and while their romance is fun and lighthearted, they still generate an abundance of steam. Dianne Castell's descriptions of emotions and feelings are very realistically written, and her secondary characters are crucial to this story. I'm anxious to return to Tennessee and O'Fallon's Landing for the next book in this series. Great job, Dianne!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2005
`Til There Was U by Dianne Castell is a treat from page one. _______ Ryan O¿Fallon is floored when he is told he has a daughter. He decides to go back to O¿Fallon¿s landing to get to the bottom of this story. But he is in the middle of a huge project so he talks his fellow architect Effie Wilson to go home with him to work. This sounds good in theory but once Ryan gets a good long look at the relaxed Effie all thoughts of work are gone. _______ Effie Wilson is determined to get that corner office so she wants this project to work. But now that she has left the big city her whole world changes. Effie has had this enormous crush on Ryan and no time like the present to act on it. Now that her heart is involved things change. ________ Effie and Ryan tear up the sheet and any other place that they can find. While they are steaming things up, Ryan finds out his dad is the baby¿s father and thugs are after the baby¿s mother. ________ `Til There Was U is a fast paced, hotter then hot, delightfully witty and a laugh out loud read. Besides the main characters there is a smoking romance between the O¿Fallon¿s housekeeper and the local roundabout that will charm your socks off. _______ Dianne Castell¿s book deserves top shelf in any keeper bookcase. Looking forward to the next O¿Fallon¿s story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 23, 2005
When Ryan receives a phone call from a newspaper asking questions about who the mother of his child is, he begans to worry. Lord knows he hasn¿t had a relationship that has lasted more than a few months. After going over in his mind a list of the women he has been with for the last ten months or so, he realizes the child could be his. But he must go home to Tennessee to check it out, since his father is being so closed mouth on the subject. To do this, he must take his co-worker, Effie, along with him so they can finish the mall project they are working on to make sure they make their deadline. As soon as Ryan arrives home, he finds out the child is not his but his father¿s. To protect the child, his father doesn¿t want the mother¿s identity known, since she has disappeared and must be in some sort of trouble. As father and son are working on the solution of finding the runaway mother, just being home with the sexy Effie is causing new problems. Who knew what she was like underneath all those proper suits? To make matters worse, their housekeeper, and the woman who raised them, has taken up with the town playboy! This book will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Visiting Tenessee with Effie and Ryan is such a fun time as you see the relationship between the two of them progress. They have so much chemistry, the pages just sizzle. I can¿t wait to read the next installment of this book. This book is such an enjoyable read, visiting the O¿Fallon¿s again will be a joy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2005
Architect Ryan O'Fallon needs to leave San Diego and return home to Tennessee to help in a family emergency. But his co-worker Effie Wilson isn't about to let him finish their mall plans on his own and take all the credit! She's going with him. What happens when they take a break from their busy big-city lives?--------'TIL THERE WAS U is the first book in Dianne Castell's FOUR O'FALLONS AND A BABY series. It's off to a great start! Plenty of steam, funny characters and cleverly interwoven storylines add up to a captivating book that's hard to put down. I loved watching Ryan and Effie shed their California habits as they fit right into the O'Fallon's Landing lifestyle. I hoped they would both come to the same conclusion about what they want most in their lives. I enjoyed the extensive secondary romance between Thelma McAllister and Conrad Hastings, too. I'm looking forward to meeting more of the O'Fallon brothers as the series continues. And I can¿t wait to find out the full story behind baby Bonnie!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2005
With her trademark humor and three-dimensional characters, Dianne Castell launches her Kensington Brava ¿O¿Fallon Family¿ trilogy with the winning `Til There Was U. Turning the popular ¿secret baby¿ plot on its ear, Castell presents us with a secret mother instead, an adorable if vocal baby girl, and the O¿Fallon patriarch and his three hunky sons. `Til There Was U features Ryan O¿Fallon, who returns to his rural Tennessee home to help his father find the missing mother of baby Bonnie. Ryan¿s San Diego architectural firm coworker, Effie Wilson, comes along so they can complete a pressing project. An attraction that simmered in California ignites in the sultry nights along the Mississippi River, and suddenly there¿s a lot more between Ryan and Effie than blue prints and deadlines. Complicating matters are sinister men who are also searching for Bonnie¿s mom and won¿t stop at murder to locate her ¿ a plot line that carries the reader on to the second installment in the series. As a bonus to this engaging story, Castell offers a secondary romance ¿ a moving if unlikely pairing of a ¿wrong-side-of-the-levee¿ heroine and a seemingly irredeemable, spoiled-snob hero. The next book, The Way U Look Tonight, can¿t arrive soon enough for me!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2005
Effie and Ryan are the classic driven,succesful, profesionals. Ever since they started working together the chemistry has been present, only they never act on it. It takes a trip back to Ryan hometown and Effie having to tag along to made them face the atraction hovering between them. This book presents the reality that bonds a family together, respect, love and loyalty. Its a delightful combination of steamy relationships,sexy humor and romance. What could happen when you decide to let your true self show and give life a chance. Dianne creates a balance of all these ingredients resulting in one story that will leave you wanting more. I recomend this book, I you like sexy humor and heartwarming stories give this one a chance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In Tennessee, fifty-two year old Rory O¿Fallon knows the moment he sees the infant on his porch that he sired her he also believes the mother, whom he loves, is in trouble to abandon her daughter Bonnie like this. Finally Rory realizes that he cannot help his beloved Mimi DuPont without help he tells the local paper that his son Ryan is the father until he can insure that his former office manager is safe. --- Rory calls his son in San Diego architect Ryan O¿Fallon, whose legendary love life process time is the subject of office pools. In fact his greatest rival at Designs Unlimited Effie Wilson has won the last two pools about Ryan¿s love life (or lack of) as she thinks she knows why he is slumping and why the stud sweats when she is near him. However, Ryan must go home as his dad needs him even while working a project with Effie. In O¿Fallon¿s Landing, Effie completes her magic as her hunk finds he cannot resist her lure. --- Dianne Castell writes an entertaining contemporary romance with a bit of a mystery that brings the lead pair to his hometown though hiding the truth about Bonnie seems odd even rationalized as a safety measure. Effie is terrific as she knows she loves the womanizing Ryan, who must choose between the perfect woman and perfect job. Fans will appreciate this fine tale and look forward to novels starring his brothers, Keefe the soap opera star and Quaid the search and rescue expert in Kodiak, Alaska. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2005
Ryan is living the great single life in California except he has a thing for sexy co-worker Effie. Then Ryan gets a phone call from the local hometown newspaper who is asking about his baby. Baby? Could it be his? Ryan needs to get back home to O¿Fallon¿s Landing, Tennessee to check with his father the man who has the baby and is claiming that Ryan is the daddy. But Ryan and Effie are working on a big project together so Effie packs a goes to Tennessee with Ryan. Once they get in the slower life of O¿Fallon¿s Landing the sexual attraction can not be stop. This is a fun and sexy ride. With a couple of side stories woven in the plot Ms. Castell¿s book is pure entertainment. I can¿t wait for the next book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2005
I started this book late in the evening thinking I could just relax before bed and I stayed up till I finished it. It is just that kind of book. You almost get two stories in one here. The main story between Ryan and Effie and then the other story between Thelma and Conrad. Ryan and Effie are co-workers who have been attracted to each other for months. They have to travel to Ryan's hometown because of a mystery baby who may or may not be Ryan's. Their attraction gets even stronger, they decide to act on it 'once' to get each other out of their systems and not mess up their working relationship. They find out 'once' is not enough. The interaction between the characters is great. The sub-plot between Thelma and Conrad(the sleaze) is a really nice twist. Ms. Castell makes her characters totally real and human with just the right amount of humor and sex thrown in. All in all this was a great story. I can't wait for the next in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2005
Dianne has definitely written another winner and a great story to kick off her new series. Effie Wilson and Ryan O'Fallon are coworkers and competitors but are working on a large project together in their California offices when Ryan finds out that there has been a baby left at his father's home in Tennessee. Everyone assumes it is Ryan's and he must go back there to find out why the baby was left and exactly who the mother might be. Effie goes along, since they are on a time line for the project. There has always been an attraction between them, and since they are away from the office, they decide to have sex with each other to get over the sexual tension only find that once did nothing to relieve the tension at all. The baby is actually Ryan's half-sister, and the mother is missing. The interaction between Ryan and Effie, and the efforts to find the baby's Mother, makes this a page turning story, that is hard to put down, as you want to find out more. All small towns have secrets and this one is no different. In her usual style Dianne has written a warm, witty story and has made her characters so true to life that you can really relate to them. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, and am sure that it will be worth the wait.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2005
Ryan and Effie are coworkers who have been secretly attracted to each other for months. They are working on a big project together when Ryan hears a baby has been left in his hometown and he is the suspected father. So they leave the city to go to his hometown in Tennessee. They quickly realize the baby is actually Ryan's half-sister but the baby's mother has disappeared. They extend their stay in order to help Ryan's father locate Bonnie's mother. Effie and Ryan decide to have sex to 'get each other out of their system', but one time is definitely not enough. Their antics as they discover each other and uncover secrets in town will have you laughing out loud. Ms. Castell incorporates witty 'southernisms' into her story and makes you feel like you intimately know the characters. The action is nonstop and I will definitely look forward to more stories in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2008
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