Monday, July 2, 2012

Blog Tour: The Teacher's Billionaire by Christina Tetreault

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Christina Tetreault's The Teacher's Billionaire, hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  In addition to the review, there are also two excerpts from the book below.  

The Teacher's Billionaire
by Christina Tetreault
Published March 2012

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Callie Taylor's life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth following the death of her mother. Not only is her father alive, but he's none other than presidential candidate Senator Warren Sherbrooke. 

Billionaire and confirmed bachelor, Dylan Talbot, is devoted to his family. When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious. In order to keep the media vultures away and protect Warren's political aspirations, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle the situation. 

As Callie and Dylan spend time together, they can't resist the feelings that blossom between them. However, when Callie learns the real reason he has been spending time with her their fledgling romance is put in jeopardy and only complete honesty can save it.

My Thoughts:  Callie Taylor is an elementary school teacher whose mother passed away recently.  Her mother's friend stops by one day to tell Callie about a letter that Callie's mother requested she mail after she died, a letter that would change Callie's life.  Callie's mother had always told her that her father died when she was young, only now Callie finds out that her father is still alive.  Not only is he still alive, he is a Senator, and he is running for President.  Callie is completely flabbergasted by the news, and just wants time to process everything and deal with her emotions.  In the meantime, the Senator has received his letter and is ready to meet his daughter.  Warren Sherbrooke's wife and campaign manager want him to take things a little more slowly, and his wife has her son, Warren's stepson, Dylan Talbot over to try and talk some sense into the Warren.  After much discussion, Senator Sherbrooke agrees to let Dylan meet Callie first, then set up a meeting.  

When Callie hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to see when she opens is Dylan Talbot, who she recognizes from magazines, and who she also knows is Warren Sherbrooke's stepson.  Hesitantly, she invites him in.  Dylan explains his reason for being there and tries to set up a meeting for Callie and the Senator, but Callie bluntly tells him she is not interested at this time.  Dylan is surprised by Callie's answer, and is even more surprised by how attractive he finds her.  After several attempts, she agrees to a meeting.  Little did she know that in the process of getting to know her father, she would fall in love with Dylan Talbot.  Dylan tries to deny his feelings for Callie, but he just can't stay away from her.  She is unlike any woman he has ever known.  Things couldn't be going any better for them until Callie finds out about a secret, a secret that breaks her heart and drives her away from Dylan.  In the meantime, Warren Sherbrooke has announced to the world that he has a daughter and now the press are having a heyday with the story and Callie has no privacy.  Can she survive her broken heart and her new found yet unwanted fame?  Will Dylan realize that he loves Callie, and if he does, can he win her back?  

This is a charming contemporary romance.  I loved Callie's character.  She was very real and believable.  Dylan Talbot was absolutely dreamy and swoon worthy, and the chemistry between him and Callie is undeniable.  I enjoyed watching the story unfold and really enjoyed getting to know the characters.  This was a delightful romance with a real life Cinderella feel to it that I found to be delightful.  If you are fan of contemporary romance, then you will enjoy this lighthearted and entertaining story.

Excerpt#1 From The Teacher's Billionaire
Slowly she dropped her arm back down and turned around expecting Dylan to step back.  He didn't move.  Rather he reached out to brush a stray piece of hair off her face.
  As if on autopilot Callie closed her eyes as his fingers skimmed down her check and neck to her shoulder.  With the weight of his hand resting on her shoulder, she waited not sure what to expect.  And then she felt just the slightest bit of pressure as his lips settled over hers.  Everything seemed to stop.  The only things she was aware of were his callused hand on her shoulder and his lips on hers.  The kiss was gentle.  Tender.
  This shouldn't be happening.  Not with this man.
  Even as her brain protested, Callie's body responded.  She wanted to feel his hard-muscled body pressed up against hers.  Even though she knew she should break contact, she took a step closer and rested her hands on his wide shoulders.

Excerpt #2
Dylan was still staring out the window twenty minutes later when he heard Callie enter the room.  Turning to watch her, an unfamiliar feeling of contentment settled over him.  Having her here in his apartment just felt natural.  Reaching for her hand he tugged her close.  “Have a nice nap?”
              Callie nodded.  “You should have woken me,” she replied just before yawning.
              “Obviously you needed the rest.”  He pointed out laughing.  “Besides I plan on keeping you up tonight so I figured letting you sleep now was in my best interest.”
              She blushed at his comment, and he couldn't resist the urge to kiss her. Dylan forced himself to pull away before they ended up in his bedroom again. 
              Damn.  He'd only intended a quick kiss.  Yet once again he got carried away.  It happened so easily with her.  It wasn't something he was used to.  He always remained in control, no matter who he was with.  Yet with Callie all his control went not only out the window but down the street to the next block, and Dylan kept forcing himself to not think about why.

Christina Tetreault

I wrote my first story with characters similar to those in the Sweet Valley Twins books at the age of 10 on my grandmother's manual typewriter. As I got older my stories and characters became more mature.  During my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth, I read my first romance novel and fell in love with 
the  genre. I have been writing romance ever since.

Today I live with my husband, three beautiful daughters and two dogs in Massachusetts. Whenever I have a free moment you'll find me either reading a romance novel or working on my most current story.

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