CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE (August 2013)
As a former Marine, hotel manager Tony Ortega has plenty of experience assessing threats, and the hotel’s newest guest, Randa Whitmore, is a code red. Tall, blonde, and with legs for miles, she may look like his every fantasy, but he knows she’s not really visiting for the famed Elvis Week. Though dangerously drawn to his new guest, Tony will do anything to protect his job . . . especially if it means sleeping with the enemy. Business strategist Randa Whitmore never meant to be undercover in Memphis. In August. Sweating her expensive spa treatments away. But snagging another perfect hotel location for her father’s empire means using all the tricks in her designer arsenal. And even though the sexy, tattooed manager seems oblivious to her charms, Randa’s prepared to bring out the big guns—just so long as she can stay objective and out of Tony’s muscled arms. After all, it’s just business, right?
Randa Whitmore shows up at the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel as a spy for her very successful hotel family. Sent by her father to scope out the competition and take control of a buyout, Randa instead meets hotel manager Tony Ortega. Not a man easily open to women, Tony is a former marine who has overcome his lack of family to build a life at the hotel. Tony immediately knows Randa is not just the Elvis tourist she claims to be, but Tony can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful and fun Randa. Escaping the fierce, ruthless nature of the Whitmore clan, Randa learns to trust her own judgment, as the hotel—and the staff—show her what love and family are really all about. Verdict Harper’s return engagement (after Stuck on You) at the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel, known for the Elvis-themed restaurant and kitschy décor, is another fun story and will definitely leave you wishing for your own pair of blue suede shoes. [LJ Xpress Reviews, 8/30/13.]—Judy Taylor Garner, Strayer Univ. Lib., Glen Allen, VA
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE is the second book I have read by this author and have loved this one as much as the first. Cheryl Harper is very talented and keeps the reader on their toes with her wit and amusing story telling. Her characters are so real to the reader that you find yourself living through their disappointments and joys. The story was a joy to read and amusing from page one to the end. This will have you on your toes keeping up with the energetic Randa. I definitely plan to read the other books in this Elvis and Memphis theme. Keep them coming!
Kay Quintin at Fresh Fiction
HJ Recommends (!)
Can’t Help Falling in Love is a really fun story full of charming characters. Cheryl Harper uses a lot of humor in her writing, and it’s especially evident in Randa and Tony’s internal monologues, which got quite a few chuckles out of me. She’s a quotable author who also writes with a very clever, descriptive prose that is easy to read. One of my favorite examples of this is: ‘The smile that lit her face was like the sun peeking over the horizon. It started slow but by the time it rose completely it was blinding.’ I was impressed with the intensity of the feelings she created between the characters and that she could convey it seemingly so easily.
–Michele at Harlequin Junkie
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Karla at Swept Away by Romance: “This was such an enjoyable, pleasant read. It’s sweet, witty, angst-free, and has an easy flow to it. It’s a lovely little romance, one of those books you read with a grin on your face, and although there is no epilogue, there is no doubt that Tony and Randa are well on their way to a happy life together. This series has captured my heart and I can’t wait to see what Cheryl Harper has in store for us next!”
Gaele at the Jeep Diva: “With a nice wrap up and some truly cleverly portrayed secondary characters that even include the decor of the hotel; this was a fun story that was a perfect diversion for a rainy afternoon.”
Brandy at Romance Bookworm: “<Insert swooning here> Tony is a military man who is suffering from PTSD. That sings to my desire to help folks but the clincher? That was the fact that he is an obsessive reader like me. I had pictures of a sensitive man curled up on the couch reading books with me for hours. It was awesome!”
4 Stars from Algel at The Literary Panda: “Can’t Help Falling In Love is a well-written novel that wouldn’t bore you from the first page up to the last. This maybe one of those insta-love stories, but you will definitely learn a lot from it, especially in decision-making, trust, and self-confidence. I’m totally recommending this you guys and I’m looking forward to read more from Cheryl Harper.”
Samantha at Faerie Tale Books: “This story is full of wonderful characters, a great plot, and a beautiful romance story that will sweep your off your feet. Randa and Tony are perfect for each other and watching them find their way with each other, as they are trying to find out what the other is up to, is hilarious, passionate, and heart warming!”
Codi Gary: “The story was filled with the characters I had fallen hard for in Stuck on You and the hilarity that Cheryl always manages to put into her books. I laughed out loud, smiled, and squealed through out and I definately think if it’s not on your TBR list, it should be!”