Review: EXQUISITE BETRAYAL by A.M. Hargrove

In Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove, Fallon McKinley has been blogging and reviewing her favorite romance authors for years. Now she’s headed to Vegas for a book convention and a weekend of fun. A chance run in with a sexy stranger at the airport leads to a one night stand. There’s something about Ryland Thomas Sinclair though that keeps Fallon coming back for more. As the two navigate through their relationship, Ryland eventually confesses a huge secret to her: he’s actually her favorite romance author R.T Sinclair, who she has promoted for years on her blog. Can Fallon keep his secret? Can Ryland Thomas learn to trust Fallon with his heart?


I purchased this book on July 8, 2014 in preparation for Penned Con. I started reading it and then for some reason I set it aside. I am so sorry I let this book languish on my Kindle because I throughly enjoyed this book.

I love how Hargrove highlights the world of reviewers and book cons. There are average readers, who will read a book and maybe recommend the book to someone. Then there are the Bookworms, who live and breathe books.  We review books on amy site possible  (maybe we even have our own blog ), we shamelessly promote books via social media or word of mouth, we join street teams, .we save our money to meet our favorite authors and get signed books,  and just maybe we become friends with the authors we adore. For those who aren’t aware of the book community,  Hargrove ‘s description of this seems farfetched.

Ryland Thomas was a bit of a jerk in this book. There were times I wanted to thump him on his head for his behavior. He kept pushing Fallon away all because of his stupid ex. Then when he finally realizes how much he does love Fallon,  he has to beg for her forgiveness. Fallon is such a strong character in this book. She is a true fighter. Nothing gets her down. She might wallow in her misery for a bit but she comes back swinging.

The book ‘s title refers to several betrayals that occur throughout the plot.  I can’t say what happens without spoiling things. Hargrove does a great job of keeping the twists  coming. Just when you think all is well something else happens. I really enjoyed this new to me author. If this book is any indication of her other works, I will be doing some serious one clicking. Anyone who enjoys romance should definitely give this book a read.

Reviewed by Candy* * * * *

About the Author:

Title: Exquisite Betrayal

Author: A.M. Hargrove

Release Date: December 14, 2013

Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

A male Romance Author… a convention in Vegas… a female book blogger… a goal to lose her virginity… what next? Find out when you mix all the above!

Fallon McKinley is headed to Vegas for the Wicked Wenches Romance Con and losing her virginity is only one of her goals. The other is to meet her favorite author of romance novels, R.T. Sinclair. What she doesn’t realize is that the sexy green-eyed god she rams into at the airport is the real R.T. When they keep running into each other, she’s shocked, but excited, because the attraction is irresistible.

Ryland Thomas Sinclair doesn’t want anyone to know his true identity. He’s the author that all women love, but everyone thinks he’s a female. He hides his persona behind the public face of his twin sister, keeping his own a secret. But after meeting the lovely Fallon, his intentions to avoid a relationship come to a screeching halt. She’s put an unwanted kink into his perfectly laid out plans. His unusual reaction surprises him because after a heart-shredding breakup a few years ago, he’s managed to avoid women at all costs.

Resisting Fallon becomes more difficult than he imagines. Soon things are spiraling out of control, until a major miscommunication has Fallon walking out of his home and his life. Will Ryland Thomas succeed in losing the woman he loves? Or can he win her back?

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