In Love by Design welcomes you back to Northfield, Minnesota and the life of Anabel Axelrod.
Its official–the sexy, blonde bookstore owner with a sassy attitude, a brain that never stops, and a reluctant penchant for helping her family and friends out of trouble has fallen madly in love.
Anabel doesn’t get to prove what a fabulous girlfriend she’ll make for more than eight hours before Luke disappears out of town. Instead of getting to enjoy being a girl passionately in love, Anabel’s shiny new feelings and trust in her boyfriend are immediately being tested.
Who is the darkly powerful and charismatic Luke Drake? What are his secrets? Does he really love Anabel, or has he been manipulating her to further an intricate plan of cold revenge in the making for over twenty years?
This third book in the series finds the confident Anabel desperately needing her sense of humor and all her understanding of human nature to deal with life. But Anabel soon learns the hard way she has even bigger issues to worry about than family problems and an incredibly hot, but very tricky boyfriend.
She’s made some bad enemies recently and someone wants her dead. After the first attempt on her life, Anabel and Luke team up to solve this mystery, but Anabel is beginning to wonder if she can trust her Dark Prince. Or Is this one fairy tale where love does not conquer all?
So here it is, my first book review for Keepin’ It Real! I’m reviewing Tracy Ellen’s In Love By Design, the third book in the Adventures of Anabel Axelrod. I was not familiar with the series, so I had to read the first two before I could read the third obviously. It took me awhile to get into the first book, however, by the end, I definitely wanted to keep going to the second and third and now I am patiently awaiting the fourth. This series to me is reminiscent of the Shopaholics Series by Sophia Kinsella. Anabel is not a shopaholic though, she is an independent, sassy book store owner. She is fiercely devoted to her family and friends. Book 2, Courted by Karma, leaves us with Anabel realizing that she is in love with Luke Drake. In Love by Design picks up 2 weeks later with Anabel getting madder and madder at Luke because he has not contacted her since they had decided to be boyfriend-girlfriend. And this is where the trouble and fun begin!
Anabel ends up in sticky situation and thankfully Luke’s comes to the rescue helping to score him some major brownie points in Anabel’s eyes. Luke ends up taking her away for the weekend to making up for lost time. Luke and Anabel attend a dinner function with another friend and oh my goodness, at this point I wanted to smack Luke in the face! but Luke being Luke he does redeem himself. He declares his love for Anabel, asks for her forgiveness and then drops the biggest bombshell of a story on the crowd. At first I was thinking that Luke had been using Anabel to get to this moment, and he does admit that he did, however he did grow to love her. I give this book a solid 4 stars. It is lighthearted with just enough sex, intrigue, and suspense to keep you interested, though this is not a mystery book at all. It was a definite nail biter for me as I got to the ending. I look forward to reading more in this series!!!
About Tracy Ellen
For all of my life, I’ve always had a thing for shoes that make me say “Oh, yum!” and for reading romance novels written about hot, dangerously smart men and sassy, intelligent women. It’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve avidly read everything I could get my greedy little hands on to find these jewels.
One day this past year or so, I realized that I spend more money on books now than I do on shoes–and I was stunned. Should I be ashamed of this fact or proud? Then an even stranger thing happened. It was like a switch turned off/on inside me. All of a sudden instead of wanting to read about diabolically sexy men, I wanted to write my own story of the building hot romance between a lippy, confident woman and a gorgeously mysterious man.
So began my budding writing career. Then I made another happy discovery—I absolutely love writing and still have a thing for shoes! Since then, my self-published books include A Date with Fate and Courted by Karma in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series. The third book in the series, In Love by Design will be released in September 2013.
For those of you who may want to know some pertinent facts: I was born in Indiana to middle-class parents, the third out of five hellions. My mother wanted to go to work every day. I’ve always lived in the Midwest, except for six steamy months in Florida when I was nineteen. Currently, I reside in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota with my family. The college town of Northfield featured in Anabel’s Adventures is just down the road a jaunt.
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