Tuesday, February 24, 2015

**Review & Author Interview** THE MILLIONAIRE'S DECEPTION by Wendy Byrne


He always wins. And she never gives up...

Rafe McCall has a reputation as the Closer. He rakes in serious cash to make deals happen. Convincing small restaurant owner Frankie Ritacco to sell his business for property development should have been a piece of cake. So Rafe blows into Wilcox, Iowa on his Harley, convinced the deal is all but done. But he is so, so wrong...

For starters, “Frankie” is a woman. A stunning, stubborn woman who wants to preserve her idyllic small town. The Crossroads Café is a family legacy Frankie plans to leave to her future children, and there is no way she's selling—even to a sexy millionaire who makes her heart race. But her café is in serious trouble, and Rafe must decide if he can close the deal...or if he's found the deal breaker of a lifetime.



The Millionaire's Deception was my first experience with Wendy Byrne, and if all of her books have such feisty, loyal and witty female leads, then I am sold!  This books tells a great story about what happens when life throws you for a loop and hands you everything you never dared to dream you wanted.  

Wendy Byrne took what could be a really dramatic plot and made the reader fall in love with the small town of Wilcox, Iowa and its inhabitants first, then showed us just how good Rafe and Frankie could be for each other.  The Millionaire's Deception was a fun read.  I loved Frankie!  She is a small-town girl, that just wants to feed her town (who are like one large family) and is trying to stay in the black with her restaurant that she grew up in.  Frankie was fun, loving, loyal and witty.  She didn't cower when a big corporation came to town and wanted to buy her out, instead she fights back.  I enjoyed her spunk!  Frankie is the local sweetheart (the whole town loves her) and the really shines through in this story.  Rafe is the newcomer, he strolls into town expecting to seal this deal to get Frankie to take the money and sell in no time flat.  What he didn't expect was Frankie to be so "real", giving him a glimpse of what he never thought he wanted.  Closed off, distant and willing to do anything for a large payout, Rafe gets his world tilted when he meets up with Frankie and the town of Wilcox, Iowa (especially the senior citizens in the book club).

I enjoyed this story, it took me a bit to get into the story and really start to feel the connection between Frankie and Rafe, but once I got the feeling that Rafe might be the best person for Frankie the pages kept turning.  The big twist, while predictable (I mean we can all guess what is eventually going to be revealed) really helped Rafe look like a guy that finally wanted more than money and the whole conclusion left a smile on my face.

If you are looking for a sweet, slightly spicy romance that will leave you wanting more from these characters (and wanting Italian food) then The Millionaire's Deception is a great book to 1-click.  I am excited to find a new Author to add to my growing list of favorites!


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24804327-the-millionaire-s-deception 


Do you write to a soundtrack or specific type of music?  
I don’t have a soundtrack, but I like to listen to adult contemporary music on one of my Direct TV music channels—I believe it’s 821. Right now I’m loving John Legend’s All of Me and Sam Smith’s Stay With Me. 

What’s the most memorable character that you have ever written?  
My most memorable characters are always from the book I just finished writing. ☺ Right now I’m loving Francesca (Frankie) from The Millionaire’s Deception. She smart, loving and funny. I love writing strong female heroines, but find there are so many ways a woman can be strong: emotionally, physically, intellectually. And don’t get me started on writing wounded heroes. They are so fun to write because of their need to hide their vulnerabilities. Figuring out how to get them to grow and change because of the circumstances that come out during the story is always the mystery—even to me. Like everyone else I love a HEA, but it needs to be emotionally satisfying and in line with who the character is.   

What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing? Right now I’m into green tea and love to drink that when I’m writing. It’s supposed to burn calories too, but not sure if that’s really true because so far it’s not working so well. Then again, that might have something to do with my chocolate addiction as well as my husband’s need to keep bringing home ice cream. ☺ 

Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write? 
My perfect writing space would be sitting outside in a lounge chair in the shade of trees with a soothing breeze and my laptop. I write on my couch or on a chair with my laptop. I love to be comfortable when I write, and haven’t sat at a desk in a very long time, although I have to say the idea of the treadmill desk is somewhat intriguing to me as well.

What do you do with the stuff that gets “edited” out of your books? Do you keep it or do you consider it gone for good? 
It depends. I try to keep a file of ‘extras’ just in case, but I never seem to use them, even if at the time I’m cutting them they seem so brilliant.

What is the first Romance book you remember reading? 
Gone with the Wind if you think of that as romance. If not, it would be The Flame and the Flower by the legendary Kathleen Woodiwiss. After that book, I was hooked. I loved the idea of a HEA even while enjoying the twists and turns along the way.

What was the last book you read? 
Personal by Lee Child. I’ve read every book in the Jack Reacher series.

When you are not writing, what are you doing (any hobbies or guilty pleasures)? 
In spare moments I quilt. I have a stash of fabrics and quilts to be made. I also enjoy nighttime TV. My favorite show right now is How to Get Away With Murder. Love that show!

What is your favorite way to interact with your fans? (social media, conventions, emails, letters..) 
I prefer social media, although I’ll admit I’m still learning the ins and outs and what works and what doesn’t.

What are you working on now?  Can we get a sneak peak? 
I’m currently working on the book for Rafe’s (from The Millionaire’s Deception) twin. I don’t have a name for the book yet, but poor Luke gets trapped into pretending he’s the boyfriend of a New York socialite and is ‘stuck’ taking a two week trip with her to Paris. She wants to please her grandmother that she finally has a nice respectable boyfriend and he’s doing undercover work trying to find out what part the heroine might be playing in a money laundering scheme. It’s all fun and games until somebody ends up naked. ☺ 



Wendy has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing. 

Between teaching college classes, trying to get her morbidly obese cat to slim down, and tempering the will of her five-year-old granddaughter, who's determined to become a witch when she turns six so she can fly on her broom to see the Eiffel Tower and put hexes on people—not necessarily in that order—somehow Wendy still manages to fit in writing. She spends the remainder of her days inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy.

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