Friday, March 1, 2013

The Odor of Violet by Ju Ephraime


Full of self-doubt as he struggled to regain his independence, the last thing Damien was looking for when he hired his new assistant, was to fall in love. So, he fought it for as long as he could, until the feelings he had for Lisa kept chipping away at him. Exposing a heart he had thought encased in stone, never to love again.

Lisa, a gentle, caring individual, a professional nurse, and inexperienced in matters of the heart, was ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and physical attraction she felt for her boss, Damien Falconer. Fully cognizant of the pitfalls that exist in such a relationship, Lisa fought equally hard to resist the powerful lure of Damien.

The blistering attraction between Damien and Lisa was searing in its intensity. Both were trying desperately to do the right thing, but the fates had other plans for them. Can two hearts that were broken be made whole again?…..


Ms. Andrews walked into the room, and Damien felt the air leave his lungs. He could not see her, but he
felt Jake’s reaction also. He was not certain if he was mirroring Jake’s reaction to the candidate or his
own overactive imagination. Whatever the reason, he had a physical reaction to whomever it was that
walked into his library. She was polite and calm, and he sensed she had a smile on her face because Jake
had an answering smile in his voice when he greeted her. Poor Damien, he couldn’t see a thing, but boy,
was he aware of her. He could smell the fragrance she was wearing, and it was doing strange things to
his body.

There was a hint of jasmine, mixed with a bit of musk, but the overwhelming scent was of violet. He
recognized the scent because of the perfusion of violet plants that grew in the garden surrounding his

It was his favorite flower. He was never tired of sitting on the porch just inhaling its heady fragrance.

On Ms. Andrews, the fragrance was positively intoxicating. The mixture of violet with her unique scent
was overpowering. Damien was almost in pain from the strength of his physical reaction to her. He was
uncomfortable in his seat and kept fidgeting and moving to get a more comfortable position. He did not
want either Jake or the young woman to notice his discomfort. He desperately wanted to see the
woman who was in his library, but he had to be content with just listening to her responses to Jake’s

She sounded a bit flustered because she would begin each response with a slight nervous laugh, and
Jake would respond in kind. This exchange between the two infuriated Damien, who wanted to
participate in the conversation. He interrupted one of Jake’s questions to her with one of his own.

“Tell me, Ms. Andrews, how long have you been out of school?” 


I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t writing. I know I started a long, long, time ago. I began writing short stories for the local radio station in my home  town, which were read on the air at story time. After I had my children, I went back to school to further my education. I have since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of my schooling, I wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, as well as, other literary works. A couple years ago, I revisited my first love, writing for fun and enjoyment.

I live in a small town in Connecticut, where the closest thing to a mall is a shopping strip, so nothing exciting happens there. I’m a mother of three and a grandmother of five. My dog Bondine is my favorite companion when I take up pen and paper to write.

Many of my stories are set in the places I've visited. The children I encounter during my travels determine the theme of the book.  I love to write stories about talented, inquisitive, and curious children who are thirsty for knowledge.

When I’m not writing my children books, I write romance novels under a pen name. Oftentimes, I take the time to visit the places in which my stories are set, which is the icing on the cake. My second love is traveling, and those times when I can combine writing with traveling, I’m usually in writers' heaven because I’m doing my two most favorite things...



4.5 / 5

The book immediately sucks you in and tugs at your heart and then it draws you in even further as it develops into a sensual story that will have you reading until you reach the end.  The characters are well written and make you feel for their lessor moments.  It's been a while since I've read a real love story and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.


Mary Preston said...

I love a story that draws me in from the beginning.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

MomJane said...

This was a great review. This was how I felt about the story.

Andra Lyn said...

Thanks for the review! There is a lot of positive buzz for this story :) Glad to have been following the tour!

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Ju said...

Hi Jacqueline:
Thank you for hosting my book tour on your blog. It is coming to an end and I'll miss reading everyone's comments and the great reviews you have all given my book. I enjoyed writing Damien and Lisa's story and am thrilled when I find readers who enjoyed reading it. I write for the reader.

Again, thanks and good luck to all your readers.

Ingeborg said...

Sounds like a lovely story. Nice review, thank you.


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Ami said...

I love a good romance story!

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Lena said...

Thank you for the review, it helped me to decide if this is a book I would enjoy!

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Lyra L7 said...

Good review, I like a book that can draw a reader in from the first page.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review!


Hope said...

Great excerpt, will there be other books featuring other characters from this book?


VampedChik said...

Thanks for the review! I really want to read this!

Emiliana25 said...

Great review, it makes me want to read the book even more!


Catherine Lee said...

Great review...4.5 out of 5. I like a good love story that draws me in and I'm curious as to how the author handles the hero's blindness.
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Chelsea B. said...

Le siiiigh. I think this novel sounds so great!


bn100 said...

Thanks for the excerpt and review.


Dione Sage said...

Yes, I totally want to read this book now!!! Thanks for sharing the review and excerpt!