Relocating Mia is a highly entertaining adventure full of romance and suspense which is loved by readers who appreciate the drama of international crime, the gut - churning twists and turns of well oven intrigue, and the heart - warming effect of a great love story.
Relocating Mia has been honoured as a Finalist of the USA Book News Best Book Awards 2007 in the 'Chik- lit/Women's- lit' Category.
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Rebecca Lerwill - Relocating Mia
Mia Trentino is the top relocating specialist at Worldmove, Inc., and her latest assignment is sending her to Siberia, Russia. But the new job comes with a new partner: a handsome threat to her career named Douglas Farland.
After a rocky start, the job is going well, and things begin to heat up between Mia and Douglas. Then, lies and secrets begin to surface that make Mia suspect her new partner might have a different agenda. What seemed like a simple relocation erupts into a cat-and-mouse game of intrigue full of drug smuggling, secret agents, and the Red Mafia. Suddenly Mia's in a fight for her life, and she may have to trust the one person who seems the most to blame.
Mia's back stiffened instantly. She held her breath and did not move. But before she could react, Douglas had walked past her and said, “Let's hike down there. It shouldn't be too far.”
Mia looked after him, puzzled.
What was that? He was mocking her, was that it? And now he was just going on a hike?
She wanted to tell him not to touch her again, but felt it would be a ridiculous thing to say. He hadn’t really touched her—or had he? Should she get upset about it? Her common sense told her yes, but her body told her no.
She decided not to make a big deal out of the situation and told her worried mind to ignore what had just happened. Silently, she walked behind Douglas, trying to convince her tingling body to ignore it, too.
Douglas was chatty. He seemed to know a lot about this area. Pointing out several native trees he knew by name, he explained the biological diversity of the natural treasures. A few times he knelt down to pick up a blossom to show Mia the many species of alpine plants the region contained.
Douglas' way of sharing his knowledge was not annoying at all. He was a good teacher, and Mia started to relax and enjoy her private tour of southern Siberia’s natural wonders through the eyes of Farland wisdom.
One thing irritated her a little, though. He had fastened her hair clip on his right index finger and was using it as a pointing device.
Following a trail clearly not marked on any map they had to climb over dead timber and duck through thick brushes. Mia was glad she had chosen her boots for the trip.
They watched busy squirrels climbing up tall trees, and there was a woodpecker somewhere in the distance working on a new construction.
As they descended the hill, Mia noticed the aroma of lavender intensify. The wooded area became sparser as the huge old cedar trees thinned out. Mia was glad to get out of the woods. Not that it mattered; there was not another human soul around. She trusted Douglas not to do anything stupid. She was not afraid of him. On the contrary, Mia could feel anticipation growing in her.
Wondering what would come out of this little adventure, she figured a harmless conversation might break the tension.
“It is colder down here,” she said.
Douglas nodded. “The temperature close by the lake is a lot cooler through out the summer. The huge volume of water is responsible for that.”
Mia remembered reading in a brochure at the hotel something about Lake Baikal being the deepest lake in the world.
“How are your legs holding up?” Douglas wanted to know. “Do you need to rest?”
Mia liked that. “No, I'm good. Thanks, though.”
Lower growing bushes and small junipers dominated the landscape now. Suddenly Douglas stopped and ducked. He stretched one arm out behind him to stop Mia. He didn't move at first, and then very slowly and quietly he crouched down. He turned around and laid a finger on his lips to signal Mia to be silent.
She tried to catch a glimpse of what seemed to be so intriguing. And then she saw it. A huge moose stood in the distance, belly high in grass. Its coat was shiny and dark, almost black, and its antlers were covered in velvet.
“It's a bull. He must be standing at least six feet high,” Douglas whispered.
Mia held her breath.
As sudden it had appeared, the big animal took off on his long, lanky legs.
“Extraordinary.” Douglas straightened back up. He turned around, “You okay? He didn’t scare you, did he?” She just smiled with excitement glowing on her cheeks.
They kept walking on a narrow, single-track trail and soon reached one end of the lavender field. An unbelievable mixture of a pale violet and a bluish gray stretched out in front of her. Back home in Montana, she was nursing a little lavender bush in the front yard of Zulu's house. Its blossoms would bring her joy in early July. But this was a different world.
“Oh my God, how beautiful,” Mia whispered as she took a few steps into the almost hip-high bushes. She had never seen lavender of this size before. The smell was sweet and almost overwhelming but wonderful to her senses. She walked deeper into the field, mesmerized by its size. Finally she forgot about Douglas and twirled around like a young girl. With closed eyes she ran her hands through the blossoms.
Douglas watched her as she inhaled the scent she found so much delight in. Lifting her head toward the sky, she let the sun warm the skin of her beautiful face. He had never seen a woman more sensual. Her eyes would darken with her mood, and her movements were as smooth as a cat’s. Her skin was like alabaster, and he wanted to run his fingers through her silky hair.
When he thought about the fire in her attitude she had shown him earlier today, he grew excited. He was aware of the effect he had on her, but he still would have to use all his finesse in order to manipulate her into the direction he needed her to go. He had to be careful not to scare her off, but Douglas could hardly wait to lay his hands on her.
Deep in her thoughts, Mia picked a few blue tips and let their small individual blossoms roll through her hand and wandered around like she was in a dream—a wonderful, lavender-scented dream.
“And?” Douglas drawled in his deep voice. “Tell me—am I forgiven?”
Mia stood still and looked at him. How in the world had he known about this place?
“All this to make it up to me?” Her voice was very quiet. There is got to be more behind this, she thought. Mia had an idea about what he had in mind, and it did not scare her.
Douglas walked up to her and looked down into the captivating depths of her dark eyes. She did not move away. He slowly raised one hand and parted her open jacket carefully. Touching her side, he laid one hand on her waist and gently pulled her toward him, knowing she would not resist.
Mia’s heart raced. She could feel the strength in his hand, and her body absorbed his warmth. She was loosing herself in those blue eyes and felt them as they left hers to wander to her lips. She felt his hand gripping tighter, sliding up her side and pulling her closer to him. Mia rested her hands lightly on Douglas’ strong forearms, wanting to keep distance—she was not yet ready to be too close. But the intensity he radiated weakened Mia's knees, and she tightened her clasp on his arms. Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity, he slowly lowered his head. She parted her lips slightly to welcome his. Douglas kiss was tender at first, not probing, and Mia felt how he held back.
Warm lips just touched for a while, but when his tongue dared to enter the sweetness of her mouth, her mind stopped. She leaned into him, and her hands reached up over the tops of his muscled shoulders. Her fingers combed though his dark hair, and as he felt her nails gliding down his neck, he dared for more.
One hand left her side, and as he lifted it in search for the delicate skin of her neck, he let it lightly brush against the bottom of her breast. A jolt went through Mia's body like electricity, and Douglas regretted his touch instantly.
“We need to go.” Mia voice was just a breath on his lips, but to Douglas' surprise, she didn't break free.
Douglas lifted his head and his eyes found hers yet again. “I guess we do.” He very softly rested his lips on her forehead. He held her for a little while longer, and when he reluctantly let go of her, Mia swayed.
Sabrina's reviews - http://sabrinareviews.blogspot.com/2007/07/relocating-mia.html
Relocating Mia is the tale of a woman named Mia Trentino who professionally helps people relocate when their business calls them to move across the world. She is top in the industry and she knows it. Fluent in several languages, Mia has the skill, tact and know-how to get the job done -alone.
The spicy part of the books starts with Mia finding out she will be working with a partner on her assignment to Russia. The fact that she will have a partner shakes her to the core but throw in a tall, handsome, rugged man with a slight drawl named Douglas Farland and all you have is trouble. Mia's no stranger to trouble though. She has skeletons in her closet when it comes to men and Mia is not about to be won over easily.
The mission is to help an oil refinery city start up. The goal is to build a self-sufficient community on the Russian Taiga complete with schools and stores to attract workers with families. Mia is excited with the idea and never suspects there there is more going on than meets the eye. Her partner though, is well aware of what's going on and is hell-bent on keeping Mia in the dark.
I love a well-written story that flows smoothly and is almost void of typographical errors. The story ends well even though it is open for a sequel. The characters are entertaining and realistic. I hope to see more from Rebecca Lerwill in the future!
Review by www.rambles.net
Very Highly Recommended
Rebecca Lerwill, an equestrian and trainer from Germany, resides close to the Wasatch Mountains in
Utah and balances her life between writing, her horses and traveling all over the country with her
husband, Troy. Visit her at www.rebeccalerwill.com
Relocating Mia is a romantic story set in Siberia, Russia, where Mia has been sent by her firm to
research the place. She works with a new partner, Douglas, who is far too attractive for her to ignore,
and who seems to be the perfect man.
The story starts with Mia preparing to travel to Russia and her first encounter with Douglas. Their
relationship grows steadily but, on the way, Mia gets into trouble. She gets kidnapped by drug
smugglers, and the Red Mafiya is also involved as well as Douglas, who is not what she believed him
to be. Mia’s life in at risk and Douglas knows that it is his fault. How can he save her? Mia is too
precious for him to let her die.
The story has got all the ingredients that make up a best-seller: adventure, mystery, love, hate and
suspense. It is fast-paced and involves a lot of action. There are agents that fight against odds and
ruthless people who want the heroes killed. Vivid description of action scenes offers the reader a
movie-like book that is gripping to the very last page! It caters to adults, adventure/mystery lovers with
a splash of romance.
Get the book from www.rebeccalerwill.com
Reviewed by Liana Meta
Review by sime-gen.com: http://www.simegen.com/reviews/list/39291.html
Mia Trentino knew all about relocating corporate big-wigs. Her job as relocation specialist with Worldmove, Inc., was the ideal job; and, with her command of four languages, she was in high demand. What Mia didn’t know was that she’d have a partner, Douglas Farland, and that she’d wind up way over her head and involved with the Russian mafia. She also had absolutely no idea that Douglas wasn’t exactly who he said he was.
What follows is an intricate, well-written web of intrigue and the introduction of another major character, Ludvika Bogdan, a woman with definite secrets of her own. Interpol, the Russian mafia, the FBI, and a secret agency of the U. S. are all rolled into one suspenseful, gut-churning novel. There is graphic violence, which is an intricate part of the storyline. If you enjoy being kept at the edge of your seat, this book’s for you. Judging from the ending, this book is just the beginning of adventures for Douglas, Mia,and Ludvika. This reviewer is just waiting!
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Reader Reviews for "Relocating Mia"
|Reviewed by Jeannine Reardon
|A great read when relocating yourself!
Many people read books as a way to escape. Others as a way to travel. Still others a way to view the world through someone else’s eyes. This book does all three and more. And of all places – Siberia, Russia!
I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca Lerwill’s “Relocating Mia”. Ms. Lerwill’s fine attention to detail and grasp of the English language is stunning. The reader is compelled to root for the “good guys”, despise the bad and feel as though they have been transported to each area in which Ms. Lerwill describes. In the beginning of the book, I found myself slowly drinking in every word, yet by the last one hundred pages, I could not turn the pages fast enough.
As she combines suspense, intrigue, mystery and romance, Ms. Lerwill has some great lines in this book. I would definitely recommend “Relocating Mia” to others and am relieved that her sequel, “The Acronym,” has already been released!
Author, “Confidential Communications”
|Reviewed by dennis batchelder
|Suspense + Romance
Mia is a relocation specialist who usually works alone, and has to adjust to working with Douglas on an assignment to Siberia. What Mia doesn't know is that Douglas is really a freelance law enforcement agent who's posing, undercover, as her assistant as he tracks what he suspects is a drug dealing ring.
Mia and Douglas are attracted to each other, which makes them both uncomfortable. As the action (and their action) heats up and Douglas realizes that there's more than just drugs involved, Mia feels he's betrayed her, and reacts by getting herself stuck in a jam from which Douglas must save her.
Lerwill has some cool side characters--I especially enjoyed Ludvinka and Shurnik, one mostly good, and one mostly bad--and she pulls together some nice scenes of Siberia, including an image of a lavender-filled field on the shores of Lake Baikal that's still stuck in my head.
Relocating Mia is a promsing start for Lerwill.
|Reviewed by ellen george
|Rebecca Lerwill writes like a seasoned author - Her style is concise and lyrical. In Relocating Mia, we meet Mia Trentino, am relocating expert with Worldmove, Inc. and her latest assignment is to help a business locate in Siberia, Russia - Since she is fluent in Russia, she is up for the job - In checking with Worldmove, she finds that there has been a change in plans - she is given a partner, Douglas Fairland, a very handsome man who will accompany her to Russia -
But all is not what it seems to be - The Russian company in truth, has dealings with Russian Mafia, and is into producing meth -
Also, Douglas is not a Worldmove representative, he has been placed as a member of Worldmove to check on the wrongdoings of the Russians. He is a member of ACRONYM - a secret organization that makes the FBI look like choirboys.
Mia and Douglas discover that they have feelings for each other, and as Douglas and his fellow covert agent, Lidvika, soon get up to their necks in intriuge - Can Mia trust this man who is not what he claims to be? Are their feelings real?
The story progresses and beautifully handled in resolution of the Mafia business, and the romance between Mia and Douglas.
The romance was nicely described with a touch of visualization - Douglas leads Mia to a grove of lavender, which is Mia's signature scent - It is romantic, without hitting you over the head with it.
The ending opens itself for a sequel, and I cannot wait to see the further adventures of the characters we have come to know and like in Relocating Mia -