The Life She Had Before originally appeared in Tantalizing Tidbits. It is will be available in ebook format only.
Coming Spring of 2016
Professor Charlotte Girardet is focused on one thing – securing tenure at a large, prestigious university.
Her career is firmly on track, but her life is complicated by her attraction to rough and rugged security guard Justice Cooper. It isn't only Charlotte's heart in danger, however. Tensions blaze on campus after several students are viciously attacked.
Struggling to balance her ambitions and her growing passion, Charlotte takes a leap of faith, and trusts Justice with her deepest secret. As they attempt to redefine their relationship, Charlotte is kidnapped by the assailant that has plagued the university. Trapped and tormented, Charlotte must use all her ingenuity and strength to escape her attacker. Will she have the chance to decide between her long-held dreams or a new life with Justice?
All Jemma Hedge wants to do is care for her ailing grandmother, and a job behind-the-scenes on the reality show Reservations for Two is the perfect opportunity. There's one rule—no fraternizing with the cast. Easy enough, until she meets the show's sexy bachelor, Paul Almeida, the smouldering restaurateur she's already had the displeasure of meeting.
Paul risked more than money when he opened his dream restaurant. To give his fantasy a fighting chance he accepts the role of Chef d'Amour on a brand new reality show. Flirting with the women vying for his heart should keep him too busy to worry about overstepping boundaries with the crew, until he spots Jemma.
The ingredients for love are at hand. Can Jemma andPaul create the perfect blend?
How can you not fall in love with a sexy chef/reality TV show contestant who doesn't take himself or his new-found fame too seriously, and who is desperately in love with the one woman he can't have? This book is a fun, light and frothy romantic read with some yummy sex scenes and a couple you can relate to. The Romance Reviews Top Pick (Full Review) This heartwarming story is well written with a great plot and real characters. You’ll be rooting for Jemma and Paul to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart. A great story and a great read. Sizzling Hot Books 5 Stars (Full Review)
Heartwarming, honest, and believable. Brenda Margriet has created believable characters with heart, love, and passion. Sweet and romantic, Chef d’Amour hits all the right notes. Recommended Romance 4 Stars (Full Review)
Well written with a substantial amount of grit on the part of the heroine, some subtle humor, heated love scenes and stunningly realistic and heartbreaking scenes of human decline. Ripe for Reader 4 Stars (Full Review)
A mountaintop mystery leads two conservationists to dangerous obsessions and violent passions. Natural resources student June Brandt climbs Longworth Mountain for some alone time. But when Conservation Officer Alex Weaver arrives to look into the death of a grizzly bear, June is caught up in the investigation—and fascinated by Alex.
Alex is attracted by June's competence and coolness under fire—as well as her lithe body and honey-blonde hair. Although their mutual interest in protecting the natural wonders of the area brings them together, they soon realize they view love from very different angles. He offers passion and pleasure, but June wants more.
When one of Alex’s colleagues is murdered, June and Alex must work together to find the poacher before other lives are lost. And Alex must look deep inside to discover if he can give June what she deserves.
Ms. Margriet’s dialogue is believable and well-measured. June is an utterly likeable heroine. She is self assured and intelligent. And Alex is wonderful. Thoughtful, intelligent and handsome. Sizzling Hot Books 4 Stars (Full Review) I really liked that June and Alex were from two very different family backgrounds. The author did a great job of showing how Alex’s family made him reluctant to trust love and June’s family made her crave authentic love. Overall, this book was a good quick read with suspense and romance. Cocktails and Books 3.5 Stars (Full Review)