||Treble Heart Books
||Mar 1 2002
Patricia’s single-minded determination to uncover the truth can be more dangerous than she ever imagined. As she plunges deeper into cyber-space to root out her birth parents, she risks losing the one man who seems more right for her than heaven itself. And she endangers human lives both close and far away.
Standing on the shores of Long Island she watches mesmerized, as a swirling beam of green light draws her further into the mystery she cannot avoid. Not even loving, vital Dylan Stone can provide the answers she needs, or the security she hungers for. Will her obsession bring her the comfort and joy of family she longs for? Or will it leave her lost and stranded on the shore?
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Competent in her work, passionate in her convictions, broke as a beggar’s bone, Patricia Diamonte is recovering from a love affair gone bad by starting a new business on a brave move to the city. Her pluck and independence, born of a grief-stricken childhood and an indomitable will, keep her from staying down for long.
But when the building she enters suffers a horrible explosion, Patricia finds her self-satisfied, work-dominated life changed forever. First, there’s her rescue by sexy and intense Dylan Stone. Second, there’s the shattering discovery in the explosion’s aftermath that she was adopted as a baby. Compelled, even obsessed, Patricia is determined to find her birth mother using her cyber-expertise-and any other help she can get.
Dylan Stone urges her to accept the new kowledge about herself, and even fights her attempts to burrow into her roots. He also offers her a sheltered life of love, security and even luxury she can’t afford to refuse. While Patricia’s new business thrives, she sends her new lover’s, her brother’s and her friends’ lives into overdrive, persistent in her search. Her health suffers, and not even the vigilance of the strange little homeless man on her corner can keep her safe for long.
As she risks her career and her safety, toying with mob-connected contractors willing to kill for her cause, she comes close to losing it all--the man who loves her, the birth mother who’s been waiting in the shadows, her shrinking family--unless she can learn to forgive them, and herself, and rely on strengths she never knew she possessed.
Patricia never heard him. "This is to certify that infant girl, Patricia--" A single sob leapt from her throat. The words on the page pounded through her head and took her someplace she'd never imagined going--into one very deep abyss.
"'--born March 5, 1970 in Westchester County, State of New York, has been given in adoption to Faye and Leo Diamonte by a person legally entitled to do so,' Stamped, 'Official seal, County of Westchester, State of New York?’84 Me? Wait! It can't be. I'm not adopted, am I, Eddie? Weren't Mom and Dad, weren't they my parents? Oh, God, I'm adopted, too. I don't know who my parents are! I'm a living lie!"
The Emerald Eye by Eleanor Sullo
Review of The Emerald Eye
06-06-2002 -- Contemporary Romance
"The Emerald Eye" by Eleanor Sullo
Publisher: Treble Heart Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Patricia Diamonte is a survivor. She lived through a horrendous
train crash that cost the life of her mother; she managed to
get over the death of her father and beloved grandmother.
She even gritted her teeth and held her head high when her
lover announced his engagement to another woman. To keep
herself together, she became a computer whiz, and specialized
in design. Now she's staying at her brother's apartment in the
Big Apple itself, New York City, and she's about to attend a
very important interview.
That's when her world explodes - literally - and as the
building is falling around her and panicked cries of 'Fire!'
cause everyone to push and shove towards the doors, Patricia
keeps her head and doesn't panic. Suddenly she's pushed, she
falls and is battered by the frightened crowd. Sure she's about
to die, she is ready, for once, to give up when suddenly she's
saved by what looks like a Greek Myth come-to-life. Stunned,
she stares at her rescuer, a tall, beautifully made man with
dark, curly hair and a commanding voice. He manages to get her
out of the building, and then he disappears, back inside to
help. Shoeless, purse missing and her briefcase lost, Patricia
manages to limp back to her apartment, hoping for some peace
and rest. But alas - in searching her brother's drawers she
stumbles upon an old paper - it's an adoption paper. Her
beloved brother is adopted! Poor Patricia - she's survived
everything life has thrown at her, but this is the last straw.
She falls apart.
Of course, her mysterious rescuer comes once again to her aid
- bringing her missing briefcase. Then it turns out she will
be working with him - he wasn't in the exploded building by
accident - he too had an important meeting with her future boss.
The Emerald Eye is a love story about Patricia and her saviour,
Dylan Stone. The moment he sets eyes on her he's infatuated.
Unfortunately, Patricia Diamonte is in no condition to fall in
love with anyone - but Dylan is nothing if not tenacious. He
puts up with her moods, her aloofness and bad temper with the
patience of a saint. A true hero, Dylan is handsome, attentive
and intelligent. The story moves along quickly and is
entertaining. And at the end, there is a mouth-watering recipe
to reward you.
Review by Jennifer Macaire,
Author of Time for Alexander
Mystery, danger, searching for truth, and love
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Rating: 5 Roses
Reviewed by Kari Thomas email@example.com for www.aromancereview.com
Mystery, danger, searching for truths, and love, all mingle into this intriguing plot, with a story that is a ‘read-away-the-afternoon-page-turner’.
Patricia Diamonte is preparing to start a new life and leave behind the boyfriend who dumped her, and venture to New York City. On her way to her first job assignment she is caught in a panic-filled crowd when an explosion rocks the building. Amidst the confusion, fright, and the stampeding crowd, Patricia is almost stomped to death. She’s rescued by what she can only describe as a hero in ‘Zeus’ form--- the perfect ‘knight in shining armor’. But in the midst of all the confusion, she loses sight of ‘Zeus’ and is sure she’ll never know who her rescuer really was.
Dylan Stone’s too-brief encounter with Patricia has left a lasting impression on him. He’s delighted with the chance to return the shoe and briefcase she lost in the panic and is even thinking about starting a relationship with her. But when they meet once again at the job they’re both working on, their dominant personalities clash at every turn.
Patricia isn’t looking for a relationship. Her one obsession is to find the truth of her birth parents. The path she takes towards that goal leads her into danger and mystery, threatening her life and those close to her. She’s so desperate in finding out the truth that she’s running headlong into the danger that waits without thinking through the consequences first.
Can Dylan convince her they have a chance together? Will Patricia finally accept the truth when she discovers it? Will she let Dylan into her life?
Kudos to Ms. Sullo for a very intriguing read that had everything to satisfy a reader of romance --- intrigue and suspense, mystery, real-life characters, and an endearing love that made it past the many obstacles.
Be sure and try out the heavenly, delicious recipe at the end of the book; you’ll be glad you did!
Three in the Morning!
Reviewed by: Margaret Marr/ firstname.lastname@example.org / for www.romanceatitsbest.com
April 23, 2002
Patricia Diamonte is a creative designer and graphics expert. She takes her skills to the city of New York to see if she’s got what it takes to make it on her own. All her life people have abandoned her in some form or another … death, alcohol and drug abuse, and betrayal. When Dylan Stone shows up in her life, she tries to fight her attraction and growing feelings for the man. After all, he’d end up leaving her like everyone else, except for Mary Neily, her mother’s old friend who took Patricia in after her parents’ death.
When she arrives for her first project appointment at Tri-State, an explosion rocks the skyscraper. Confused and scared, Patricia is knocked down and trampled by frantic people trying to get out of the building. Dylan, barking orders and making sense of the chaos, comes to her rescue and gets her safely through the revolving doors.
Later, Patricia finds out Dylan Stone is the contractor for her client Heritage Foods. From the start, he insults her down to her choice of colors in clothes. They lock horns over budgets and designs. Dylan is old-fashioned and thinks Patricia can cut the budget by putting in less flash with her VR designs.
Dylan finds himself attracted to Patricia, but he’s ready for far more than she is. Patricia puts her work first to the determent of her health. Dylan gets even more frustrated when she starts spending hours searching for her roots after finding out her brother, Eddie, was adopted … a search that will lead her to an ultimate betrayal. Throw in a huge project for the Genazzo’s, a company that’s rumored to have mob connections, and Dylan has to resort to trickery to get some time with Patricia. He resents that she puts him last on her priority list even as he worries about her health and what she’s getting into with the Genazzo’s.
An emotional story that keeps you reading "just one more chapter" before lights out, until you realize it’s three in the morning!
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