Thursday, June 16, 2016

Loving Roxie by G.G. Vandagriff {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Loving Roxie by G.G. Vandagriff
Kindle Edition
Published May 17th 2016 by Orson Whitney Press
Roxie Castro comes to Florence, Italy to help her friend Georgia heal after the death of her husband. While there she decides to chase her dream of being an author, collaborating with the gorgeous Professor Stefano Nae in researching the murder of Princess Isabela di Medici. However, when they begin to delve into her history, strange things start happening to Roxie: panic attacks, the resurfacing of buried memories, and a fear that something from her past has come forward to haunt her future. 

The professor's help triggers her powerful attraction to him, and this in turn worsens the attacks.The closer they get to solving the mystery surrounding her past, the more tangled her emotions become. Will discovering Roxie’s secret finally free them to explore their newfound feelings or will it snatch away the one chance they have for a lasting love?

My Review: 3.5 Stars
I was expecting a light-hearted mystery and romance, as well as more vivid descriptions of Italy in this book and found myself a little surprised at how heavy some of the subject matter was. It was only a year ago that I realized that people can get PTSD from traumatic incidents in one's past and not just from war. 
Beautiful Roxie goes to Italy with a friend and finds that handsome Stefano triggers some strange reactions in her when he helps her research the history of Princess Isabela. There is an obvious attraction between the two, but Roxie's behavior is both a little alarming and baffling. For me, the story is an even mix of dealing with the backlash of Roxie's past and their adventures in uncovering this part of history, mixed with a few family drama events.
As I mentioned before, there are some serious subjects introduced in the story and I feel that it's a great way to make people aware of these issues and how significant they can be, but I wanted a lighter "fluff" read. That aside, the author does a great job of bringing a variety of emotions into the story and the characters have some depth, which is always a bonus.
Content: innuendo; talk of abuse (not too graphic); mild romance; some heavier subject matter. Clean for an older reader.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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About the Author:
G.G. Vandagriff 
G.G. Vandagriff is the author of twenty-four books and is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author. The Last Waltz, the first novel in her 20th Century Historical Romance Series won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel in 2009. There are now two more books in that series—Exile and Defiance.
Nine of her novels are Regency romances, compared by critics to the witty novels of Georgette Heyer. She has also written a lively genealogical mystery series featuring Briggie and Alex, two whacky widows, as sleuths. Other genres she writes in include Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Suspense.
GG graduated from Stanford and received her master’s degree from George Washington University. She worked as an associate editor at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, an assistant treasurer in the Harvard Treasurer’s office, a bond analyst at Fidelity Investments, and an international banker for Continental Illinois National Bank (later acquired by Bank of America).
She and her husband David are the parents of three children and six grandchildren, her greatest joys in life. Her favorite novel? Jane Eyre. She also loves Florence, Sundance Resort, The Voice, hot chocolate, lilacs, and dachshunds.
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