More Than You Know

More Than You Know

by Jennifer Gracen

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Overview

Hotel owner Dane Harrison, middle brother of a wealthy Long Island family, needs a lounge singer for his new luxury property. With her stunning voice and amazing curves, Julia Shay is perfect. She also seems to be the only woman in New York City who isn’t falling at Dane’s feet. And despite her feisty attitude and his rule against workplace affairs, he wants her—in his arms, in his bed, anywhere and everywhere.
 
Julia loves her new job, and she knows better than to think she can keep it and Dane. Even if he wasn’t her boss, Julia’s painful history has given her ample reason to steer clear of rich, powerful charmers. Still, their chemistry is unlike anything she’s known, and when it becomes too much to resist, they agree to one no-strings night together. But instead of quenching the fire, the intense encounter only proves how much they have to lose—or win…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420139143
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Harrisons Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 414,305
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two sons. After spending her youth writing in private and singing in public, she now only sings in her car and is immersed in her passion for writing. She loves to write contemporary romance for readers who look for authentic characters and satisfying endings. When she isn't with her kids, doing freelance proofreading, or chatting on Twitter and Facebook, Jennifer writes. She's already hard at work on her next book. Jennifer is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is active in the Long Island Romance Writers, as well as being a member of CTRWA.

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More Than You Know 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LGuilfoil1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored the first book of Ms. Gracen’s new series about the Harrisons, a family of dysfunctional billionaires who don’t have the first clue about how to find love. Dane is used to women falling at his feet, so it’s fun to watch him have to actually work for the attention of Julia, the woman he hires to sing in the lounge of his newest luxury hotel. Julia has been burned so bad in the past that she isn’t interested in any man, especially her sexy playboy boss, who also happens to be younger than her. Watching these two damaged people find their way towards each other was in turns funny, sad, and at the last, incredibly satisfying. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
gaele More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to this author was as a part of a Chanukah anthology, and I loved her deft hand with conversation and the life she imbued in her characters. Now in a full length story, Jennifer Gracen has brought us into the lives of Dane and Julia, and the people who surround and care for them. Julia is a singer, working days as a secretary and many evenings with her best friend and accompanist, Kelvin, singing in a small martini bar on Long Island. While her younger dreams of a life in music were interrupted by several personal tragedies, she’s never lost the spark, or the ability to hold an audience. Dane is the second son of a wealthy family, but wanting to prove himself, he’s struck out on his own to build a successful hotelier career with several successful sites. Now he wants to build his dream space: boutique, excellent services and a lounge that provides the best singer in the city. Long months of searching never quite brought him ‘the one’ until he stumbles upon Julia and Kelvin performing on recommendation of a friend. These two are adorable: both are stuck in commitment free zones, Dane’s reasons being his childhood / family history, Julia’s being the combination of a horrid ex-husband and bad ex-boyfriend. Both are wounded and guarded, using ‘no strings attached’ as a watchword and guide to live by. Julia is a difficult person to get close to, and it almost feels as if Dane would have given up, but the chase and their moments together will and do change their attitudes if not allay their fears. Rounding out the story of Dane’s chase are friends and family: loyal, dedicated and often more cognizant of their faults and fears than the two are themselves. Kelvin with his ready wit, not so gentle truth telling and unfailing support of Julia shows a long friendship that is wholly loving, while her bestie Randi mixes truth and support in equal measure. Dane’s not alone: his sister Tess, his best friend who both adores and reprimands him knows his history and has suffered heartbreak of her own. Both have watched their oldest brother Charles during his divorce, and see the aftermath, and while they’ve all reasonably decided to not get involved, Tess sees a change in Dane, that is wholly down to Julia. Steamy moments, heartbreaking tragedy and several twists that show both character and heart of both Julia and Dane in actions and conversation, with plenty of moments of laughter and light showing the true connection between them, despite their own pigheaded refusal to drop their guard and accept it. A wonderful start to a new series: I know that Pearce (the unknown Harrison brother) is up next, but I truly can’t wait for Tess’ story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is my first novel by author Jennifer Gracen. I don't know if I could say definitively that I'm a lifelong fan but More Than You Know wasn't too shabby. I had a few problems with the story and all of that, which is why I'm a bit on the fence at this point. At the beginning of the novel, the timeline was uber confusing. I wasn't really for sure what day it was in the book during the first ... I don't know ... 30 pages? The story just jumps around. A LOT. Let's say the first day in the book is Monday and then all of the sudden it's Friday and then it jumps two weeks and then a week and then a month. It was just hard to get a grip on exactly what was going on when I don't even know what day it is and everything. I wish that the time had been more clearly established or if it wouldn't have jumped around, that would have worked as well. I felt like it detracted from the story because instead of focusing on what in the world was going on, I was trying to figure out WHEN it was going on. It was just distracting. It was about halfway into the story that I felt like something was off. You know when you leave the house and you just have this feeling like you forgot something but you have no idea what it is? That's this book for me. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, I really enjoyed Dane, Julia and (mostly) Kelvin and I enjoyed the story for the most part but there was just something missing. I think it may have been a spark but I have no idea what kind ... the spark between the reader and the book ... the spark between the two main characters ... the spark of something. Maybe that is what it is ... a spark between the main characters. Yeah ... now that I have all of this written, maybe that is part of it. The author tries to convey the spark between Dane and Julia but for some reason, it just wasn't believable. I didn't get that HOT DAMN! feeling when I was reading about these two characters. I wanted it so very badly because I liked the story between the two but I just never felt like it was there. Thanks for going on that roundabout journey with me to figure out what I was talking about. This brings us to the ending. Which was depressing. I just didn't like it and it didn't feel like it was true to the characters or the storyline. It was ... MEH. It ended how I thought that it would but when I thought that it should go out with a bang, it just fizzled and died on me. Not how I expected and I wish that it were different but it is what it is. Maybe I'll pick up another book by Gracen in the future and I'll have a different reading experience. Hopefully. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A truly awesome read! Very well written with amazing characters who are complex and intriguing. Dane and Julia just felt right for each other throughout the story! Dane Harrison is rich, powerful, and Julia's new boss. After looking all over NYC for a singer to perform in his new luxury hotel Dane knows he found the right person as soon as he hears Julia sing. Although he has a strict no dating employees rule, well he is the boss and Julia might be worth breaking all his rules. Convincing Julia of that may be a little tricky though. Julia hasn't had an easy life. She wants nothing to do with rich, powerful men like Dane Harrison. Been there, done that, has the emotional scars to prove it. Resisting him may prove to be too difficult though. So what's wrong with a little no strings fun. When Dane starts hinting at wanting something more though, Julia knows she's in a world of trouble. This is one I highly recommend!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Gracen is an author to watch. The versatility of her stories blended with her writing style and heartwarming characters it is easy to fall in love. An ARC of More Than You Know was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Dane and Julia come from different backgrounds. Dane's focused determination has made him a successful business man. His wealth and business acumen far exceed anything he ever expected, but is everything he hoped for. Julia has seen and experienced a life that has not been an easy one and has learned some heartbreaking lessons along the way. I like the premise of the story and this author has the great ability to dig into the emotions not easily faced. More Than You Know is a story that is as sweet as it is complicated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Mind blowing" "give as good as he takes". I'm not really sure what either of these phrases mean, but these characters sure say them a lot. Some of the conversations drag on and on, but I find this preferable to pages of uninspired description.
Amelia_Autin_Lam More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed my first Jennifer Gracen book, MORE THAN YOU KNOW. I must admit the cover turned me off -- the hero looks young enough to be the heroine's son -- but I don't blame the author for that. And I'm glad I gave the book a chance because it was both a fun and emotional read. Dane is 36 in the book to Julia's 41, a totally acceptable age difference. I love how they both start off thinking they can just enjoy each other's company, but soon learn that the people they are deep down quickly has them both wanting more. Their journey to more is a rocky road, but Ms. Gracen delivers. I ached for both Dane and Julia as they both struggle to overcome the wounds in their pasts, and finally succeed...with a little help from the hero's sister, Tess (aka "Tesstastic," whose story I really want to read!), and the heroine's best friend and accompanist, Kelvin. I'm really looking forward to the next books in Ms. Gracen's The Harrisons series, SOMEONE LIKE YOU and 'TIS THE SEASON. They promise to be equally enjoyable.
carathebruce More than 1 year ago
A sultry lounge singer, curvy and red-haired and running away from love with a vengeance. A millionaire hotelier, nicknamed “Golden Boy” who has a way with the ladies but yearns for something deeper. No, this isn’t the opening scene in a film noir. It’s the set-up for Jennifer Gracen’s “More Than You Know,” that left me wanting to know a whole lot more. And Gracen doesn’t disappoint. The story swings into action in the first few pages. Dane Harrison is looking for just the right headliner for his new luxury hotel, and he’s set his sights on Julia Shay. But she’s a lot harder to convince than he anticipates, intriguing him and the reader as well. Who is this mysterious woman with so much to give and so much to lose? And how will a man with the wrong kind of past find the right way to win her heart? The first installment of The Harrisons series, the book is a fast read. The plot moved along at a breathless pace, with just enough turns to keep me guessing until the final pages. It’s unusual for me to find a contemporary romance that is so deft in weaving a dark story with such a light touch, giving the characters depth and quirks and reasons for why they are so broken, and so hopeful, and so desperate and deserving of love. That being said, the book is also full of lines that made me laugh out loud. Gracen has a quick wit, and it shines throughout the story. Her delicate and devilish sensibility is also evident during love scenes. What happens behind Gracen’s locked hotel room doors is borderline criminal. But as steamily as she writes of frenzied unbuckling and fingernails raking, she hits the sweet spot as well with soft, lingering kisses and quiet moments of joy. Gracen has hit a high note with “More Than You Know,” a silly, sweet, sensual symphony of love and desire. And it has me vibrating with anticipation for “Someone Like You,” the next story in The Harrisons series. I have a feeling I’ll be singing its praises as well.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Dane was nicknamed the Golden Boy - he had a natural charm and drew people to him. Dane was looking for a singer with star quality to be the heading act at the lounge in his new hotel. He wanted a quality voice, stage presence, and personality high standards he was determined to fins in one singer. The hotel was opening in five weeks and Dane was running out of time it was not so easy to find the singer he was looking for. Dane was a true NYer and he loved NYC , he was all about the color and sound , living large and taking life for a ride. Dane finally found his singer in a lounge in Long Island. His sister Tess had suggested he go listen to this woman Julie. Dane was very attracted to Julia and wanted to sleep with her but that was not to be as he wanted Julia more as his singer and he didn’t sleep with his employees. Kalvin became Julia’s friend her first year in college and when her life had come apart he came with her to NY and they are like brother and sister. He plays backup to Julia’s singing and Dane also hires Kalvin for backup. Julia was also very attracted to Dane even though he reminded her of her ex who had ruined her life more than twelve years ago. But Dane and Julia decide on a no strings attached fun sexual relationship. Julia had everything taken from her by her ex and her family even turned on her she wasn’t letting that happen again. So her lack of trust was from a hard life lesson. Julia had a day job as a secretary but Dane had doubled her salary to come work for him so she could quit. Julia is 41 to Dane’s 36. I really liked this story. It was well written and i also loved the plot. I liked all the twists and turns in the story. Two very grounded people who don’t want any commitment only no strings attached relationship. One reasoning from childhood memories and the other from he ex and the life lesson she had learned the very hard way. But5 somehow things start to change . I didn’t always like how Julia treated Dane at times I feel she carried it a little far and the push and pull way she treated him was not something i liked. But for the most part i loved the characters especially Dane and Julia and all they go through. But i also liked Tess and Kalvin and how they are there for Dane and Julia. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Dane meets Julia when he checks her out singing at a lounge. He wants to hire her to sing at his new hotel, and offers her a job hard to refuse. She is thinking it is almost too good an offer and those tend to be bad. Julia is wary, and her best friend talks her into taking it since these offers never come along in most lifetimes. Dane is warned off her, after admitting she is beautiful to his siblings, and reminded not to mix work with pleasure. The story itself is a solid one. I liked the characters and how they interacted with one another. I just felt the book itself to be too wordy and focused away from the main point of the story too many times. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher.