ARC Guest Review: Splendor (Inevitable #2) by Janet Nissenson

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ARC Guest Review: Splendor (Inevitable #2) by Janet NissensonSplendor by Janet Nissenson
Series: Inevitable #2
Published by: BookBaby
on June 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide, multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. His very name was synonymous with sophistication and elegance, and any woman he wanted could be his with just a look. But the only woman he truly desired was strictly forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.
Tessa Lockwood was young, beautiful, and lonely, despite the fact that she was a married woman. Her life had not been an easy one, and the extravagant world she caught glimpses of as an employee of the Gregson Hotel Group was far beyond anything she could ever dream of.  She could no more imagine herself ensconced in that sort of luxurious lifestyle than she could attracting the attention of her handsome, debonair boss.
Ian and Tessa secretly long for each other from afar, never daring to reveal their forbidden attraction to the other, until circumstances bring them together in a very unexpected way. And from that point on, nothing will stand in Ian’s way to finally make her his.
AUTHOR’S NOTE – despite what you might be thinking at this point, there is NO cheating in this story – just an incredibly romantic hero who will make you swoon with the way in which he sweeps the heroine off her feet!


Good read! The beginning of the story seemed kind of slow at first. There was a lot of filler material and some details that I didn’t find necessary to the story. Some parts had a lot of details, whereas other parts were kind of lacking. Though that changed once I got a couple of chapters in because the story definitely picked up and I was hard pressed to put the book down! 

Tessa seems very naive and sweet but that is what makes her so desirable. She is very shy but when she meets Ian her shyness drops away and you see her for who she really is. She has a kind heart and soul considering everything that she’s been through. Sometimes those that struggle the most and have the least to lose have the most to give! Definitely true in this story! 

Both Tessa and Ian complement each other in different ways. Tessa loves Ian for who he is inside and not because of his appearance or wallet size. Ian is a workaholic and tends to avoid relationships and keeps to himself because most of the women that he meets only see the size of his bank account and care nothing about his wants or needs. He falls for Tessa because of how kind-hearted and loyal she is. She doesn’t pretend to be someone she’s not and tends to keep to herself. She’s not interested in materialistic things as proved by how she grew up and how she continued to live before she met Ian. She’s constantly telling him to stop buying her stuff.

I did find it annoying that Ian referred to Tessa as “darling girl” quite a bit…it made him seem a lot older than what he really was. All in all both Ian & Tessa were able to bring out the best in each other, making one another stand out in ways they hadn’t before and it made for an interesting story. It was extremely refreshing to read about how the characters met but didn’t get involved with each other at first because of their moral beliefs of what a marriage means. I wouldn’t think that cheating is ever acceptable and I’m glad to see that the author took special consideration when telling her story. Would definitely read other books by this author!


Check out Book 1 in the Inevitable Series…


Was meeting again an unfortunate twist of fate? Or was it just serendipity?

Julia McKinnon was convinced she’d found the one – the man of her dreams, the most seductive, experienced lover she’d ever known – and the night they’d spent together in New York was the stuff erotic fantasies were spun from. But with the dawn of a new day came only heartache and betrayal, and her dreams were snuffed out like so much fairy dust. 

Nathan Atwood felt like the lowest sort of life form after seducing the incredibly beautiful girl he met in New York, only to break her tender heart with the confession that he was already involved with someone else. Leaving Julia was the hardest thing he’d ever done, and the memory of their passionate night together haunted his dreams for months afterwards.

Now fate has brought them together again, and they are forced to work alongside each other. Will Julia be able to put aside the feelings she still has for her handsome boss and forge a new life for herself in San Francisco? And how long will Nathan be able to resist the gorgeous woman he’s never really stopped thinking about or wanting?


About Janet Nissenson

Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades, with her first e-book Serendipity published in December 2013. Splendor is book two of six in the Inevitable series, each book a standalone with no cliffhangers.

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