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Believe in Me by Laura Moore  Believe in Me

Book Two of the Rosewood Trilogy

Ballantine Books (January 2011)
ISBN: 978-0345482778

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"This is a heartfelt, touching story that is expertly told, and will keep you spellbound until the last chapter is complete."--The Romance Reviews

"Don't miss it!"--Fresh Fiction Reviews
5 Books--The Long and Short of It
4 Stars--Romantic Times


Believe in Me placed second in the Single Title category of the 2012 Laurel Wreath Contest sponsored by Volusia County Romance Writers.

Believe in Me won first place in the Single Title category of the 2012 Desert Rose RWA contest.

 Believe in Me is a finalist in the Single Title Category of the National Readers Choice Awards.  Winners will be announced at the National Romance Writers of America conference in July.

Believe in Me won first place in the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest sponsored by Southern Magic Romance Writers of America.

Believe in Me has finaled in the Single Title category in the Colorado Writers Award of Excellence contest.

Read more about Book One, Remember Me, here
Read more about Book Three, Trouble Me, here

 

Laurel Wreath Contest

NRCA Finalist
Golden Quill Winner

Write Touch Finalist

 The Romance Reviews 2011 Best book Nominee

 
Reviews

 

"...I would have loved this book for the scene where a snobby bitch gets her comeuppance, if for no other reason, but it offers much more than that one glorious scene. It is the kind of contemporary romance I see too little of these days—a story about a relationship that develops in compelling and credible ways, one that involves the hero and heroine as fully dimensional characters. Jordan and Gage are adults with all the baggage that adults accumulate through decades of living. Sex is powerful, but easy compared to the risk of trusting your heart to someone and making them part of your life. Jordan’s children are real kids with distinct personalities and not always convenient needs. One of the delights of the book was watching Kate, Max, and Olivia work their way into Owen’s reluctant heart. Jordan’s sister Margot and brother-in-law Travis, the heroine and hero of Book 1, play meaningful parts in the story rather than making mere cameo appearances, and the turbulent times of teenage sister Jade continue...

Jordan and Owen’s romance is less dramatic and conflicted than Margo and Travis’s, but the reader is no less engaged in their tale. The Virginia horse country and the historic Rosewood add their own charms to the story. If you like family series and romances that include heart-tugging scenes along with some sizzle, I think you’ll like Believe in Me as much as I did."

Janga
The Romance Dish

4 Book Review

***

"...Even though this is the second book of the trilogy (there are three sisters and each has her own book, the last one available next year), Believe in Me stands alone quite well and it isn’t that spoilery for the first one...

...Jordan is a recently single mother of three; she lost faith in men when her ex-husband cheated on her while pregnant with their third child, and then proceeded to cheat on her again after she had forgiven him and tried to work things out. She is now living with her sisters on their childhood home, a horse farm in Virginia, and trying to resume her career as an interior decorator.

Owen is the commitment-phobe architect that just moved to the farm next door and is restoring the house in order to sell it. When he meets Jordan sparks fly even when they both resist the attraction for different reasons, but when he hires her to decorate the house, they end up giving up to temptation. How their relationship evolves and how they come to love each other, baggage, kids, meddling sisters and all, is basically the entire story.

This book was...full of details about horse farms, interior decoration and house restoration. If you don’t like slow building relationships, and long books that have more to do with everyday life than great events, and where the problem between the protagonists comes from within themselves and not because of a misunderstanding, then probably this book isn’t for you.

I enjoyed the love story between Jordan and Owen...The other thing I loved was that for once we get a realistic portrayal of the ex, yes he was a jerk, but regardless of how bad he was to Jordan, he was a good father who loved and missed his children, and even Jordan recognized that...And I think they resolved their issues as adults, he wasn’t the villain of the story, in fact, this book doesn’t have a villain, as I said before, the problems are everyday problems, and the obstacles they have to face come from their own issues and personalities.

Overall this is a book about family, everyday life and second chance at love. I think you will like it..."

Brie
Romance Around the Corner

***

"One way that I judge a book is by whether I find it easy to put down or if I resent anything that cuts into my reading time. Believe in Me by Laura Moore is a book that I did not find easy to put down. And when I had to stop and do necessary housework, the book stayed on my mind. Even with interruptions, I started the book Monday afternoon and finished it Tuesday...

...For readers who haven't read Ms. Moore's books before, her books are longer and the pacing a little slower then a lot of romance novels because they are entrenched with horse lore as part of her world building. As a non-horse fanatic, I wasn’t bored, enjoying the snippets about training colts, grooming, etc., since those touches immersed one more in the fictional Rosewood.

What made the book so emotionally satisfying to me was the development of the relationships. The one between the Owen and Jordan starts out slow but showcases the character growth of both. Many times mental lusting jars me out of the story, but with the slower development of the romance, it felt natural and the love scenes are sensuous. The children also feature prominently in the story. As an only child, Owen knows nothing about children and his discomfort around them is humorous. Also, I was captivated by Jade, the troubled younger sister.

If you're looking for a story that will draw you in and warm your heart, then Believe in Me is a perfect choice."

Leigh Davis
All About Romance

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"...Believe In Me has a beginning that leaves little doubt that you are about to take an emotional rollercoaster ride. Jordan is devastated when she learns her husband has been unfaithful. Even more harmful is an event that is witnessed by her entire family. Left with no other choice, she takes her children to Rosewood to heal following her divorce. It's not an easy transition. She has to stand on her own two feet while caring for her children, come to terms with her ex-husband's new marriage to the woman he had an affair with, and face the trust issues she has developed due to her experience.

Help arrives in the form of the handsome architect Owen Gage, a gorgeous and successful man who is interviewing for a designing job that Jordan wants. When Owen offers Jordan a job, she has no choice but to accept. Unfortunately, her attraction to the man is undeniable. When he proposes a no strings attached affair, she's not sure if the offer is one she should refuse. After all, she's been alone for a while now. Embracing her sexual identity just might a step in the right direction. After Owen and Jordan fall into bed together, they never expect that their mutual passions could lead to something they never expected. Can a scorned woman find faith in a man who tempts her to give love another chance? Can a lifelong bachelor become not only a husband but a father figure to Jordan's children? The answers aren't entirely what you might expect, which makes Believe In Me as memorable a book as its predecessor.

Laura Moore has a writing style that I love. Her characters are memorable, flawed, and easy to relate to. I enjoyed revisiting the hero, heroine, and family from the previous novel. Rosewood has become more than an imaginary farm; it has become a very real place in my mind. The backdrop is as enthralling as the stories, making returning all the sweeter. I highly recommend this series to diehard romance fans, as there is plenty of emotion, tension, and obstacles for the hero and heroine to overcome in order to truly embrace each other.

A definite must read, don't miss Believe In Me.

Fern

The Long and Short of It Reviews

5 Books

***

"This book should come with a warning label. One that explains that, while reading this book, you will forgo work and forget to sleep. You might forget to eat. I know I did all of these. Between the fantastic setting and the electric chemistry between the main characters, I was nearly incapable of putting this book down until the very end.

Jordan is a fantastic heroine; strong, selfless and a fantastic mom, she has been through a colossal betrayal and manages not just to carry on, but also to build a new life for herself and her family. Though definitely hurt, she refuses to give in to fear or self-pity, and I really admired the strength it took to do that. Her spirit shines through in her relationships, but in particular with Owen. Though he is completely phenomenal, Owen can be rather intense, and Jordan never lets him get the upper hand. The perfect balance of these two headstrong, forceful characters made for an electric chemistry from start to finish, with scenes so tense that I realized I was holding my breath while reading.

Owen is…Owen. Suave, sweet and larger than life, his presence is palpable, even when he is only observing the scene unfolding. I love that we are given glimpses into his head, and allowed to watch his feelings for Jordan and her family develop. It was really refreshing to read about someone who seemed too sure of himself and so outwardly cool, and to know that, inwardly, at least, he was just as flustered by his feelings for Jordan as she was around him. His interactions and reactions to her children and family were touching and funny in equal measures and delightful to follow. It isn't often that both characters in a romantic pairing are so well captured, and it was a real treat to get to know them both.

This was an all-round fantastic read. I fully admit to laughing out loud and gasping in surprise at some of the twists in the story. I also admit to falling in love with Jordan, and especially with Owen, from the very first. Both remarkable characters in their own right, together, they are a pair than absolutely should not be missed. This is a heartfelt, touching story that is expertly told, and will keep you spellbound until the last chapter is complete."

Bridget
The Romance Reviews
5 Stars!

***

"Jordan Radcliffe, divorced mother of three, is finally ready to do her part to keep the family horse ranch in the black. Now that her divorce is final, Jordan is going back to interior design to help provide for her family. Her first client is the local town gossip, but Jordan needs this job and is excited to share her ideas. She is taken by surprise when her client asks Owen Gage, the local competition, to accompany Jordan on the interview, but Jordan refuses to allow her confidence to be shaken by his presence.

Owen Gage, owner of the remodeling and design company Gage & Associates, is shocked to find Jordan Radcliffe at his client's home ready to give her interior design ideas on the cottage he remodeled. Owen's first thought is how he can secure an invite to her family home to see the legendary design, but as he watches and listens to Jordan's ideas, his mind contemplates her as a woman. Jordan leaves the cottage confident, but Owen's client quickly asks him to use his own designer to facilitate the idea, leaving him at a crossroad.

Believe in Me is the 2nd book in the Rosewood Trilogy continuing the saga of three sisters moving through life in their own way. Laura Moore is a fantastic storyteller ensnaring your interest from the first page. Don't miss it!"

Mandy Burns

Fresh Fiction Reviews

 

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"You begin this tale through the eyes of Jordan Radcliffe, a woman who like many of us, has dedicated her life to her husband and children. However, she discovered that her husband was having an affair and has been working on their marriage for several months with the help of a marriage counselor. Until the day she discovers it has all been a lie...

Left with three children to raise, Jordan has little time to dwell on the second round of pain that her husband has dealt her. She must move back to her family ranch and find employment in order to get herself and her life back on track.

Jordan has endured the worst of all betrayals and survived to move on with her life as best as she can when she meets the sexy and strong Owen Gage, an architect that she hopes will hire her as an interior designer. Among double crossing and lies, Jordan and Owen begin to get close and intimate as their desire burns secretly. However, can she heal the wounds of her heart and be able to trust another again, and will Owen be able to give himself completely to Jordan in order to be the man she truly deserves or will he leave as he plans to upon the completion of his job?

Learning to heal and trust your heart once more while allowing yourself to believe that you do deserve love and to be loved after a painful betrayal is the heart wrenching lessons in this excellent tale of love the second time around.  I am most definitely looking for my own personal "Owen Gage" after reading this story which promises to stay with me for a long time to come..."

Dreamweaver
Night Owl Reviews
4 1/4 Star Review!

***

"The hero and heroine do not consummate their relationship until halfway through book two in Moore's Rosewood trilogy, which allows readers to experience the characters growing into a relationship, as opposed to jumping in headfirst. The author does an excellent job of developing both the major and minor characters. The sensual scenes are steamy without going overboard with the raunchy details. Additionally, the expert information about the horse training and breeding business creates an interesting backdrop."

B. Nakia Garner
Romantic Times
4 Stars--Hot

 

Excerpt

Chapter One

Jordan rechecked her makeup. Thanks to Kristin, a stylist friend of Margot’s, she had become an expert in the uses of concealer. She’d learned not only how to erase the violet smudges beneath her eyes, but also how to use blush and the right hues of lipstick to emphasize her cheekbones and mouth. By employing a subtle mix of tones around her eyes, she’d discovered that she could fool people into thinking that the shadows lurking in them were exotic, mysterious, rather than a darkness that threatened her soul.

She raised her ringless hands to smooth her hair, which she’d decided to wear loose today. Better to look feminine than professional: in Nonie Harrison’s world not too many women actually worked.

Rising from the small bench in front of her vanity table, she checked the floral print crepe de chine skirt and ivory sleeveless silk knit top in the mirror and wondered what was missing. Jewelry, of course. She bent down and opened a square leather case and found a pair of antique gold earrings that had belonged to her mother and a delicate diamond pendant that Margot and Travis had given her for Christmas.

There, she looked understatedly elegant, exactly how Nonie would expect Jordan Radcliffe to appear. Meet people’s expectations and they rarely bothered to look deeper.

No need to take a sweater or a light jacket, she thought, as she picked up her purse off the white bedspread. It was a glorious spring day . . . wasn’t that funny, how the days had slipped by? The Virginia air was mild, sweetened with the perfume of sunshine- kissed flowers. This year’s crop of foals was frolicking in the pastures with their dams. The breeding season was upon them. Nocturne, the stallion they had standing at stud, was eager to meet his mares in the breeding shed. All around her Rosewood was bursting with life. How sadly out of step with the farm she was, so blighted and dead inside. But that, too, Jordan had learned to conceal from the world.

She left her room on the third floor and went into the adjacent attic bedroom shared by Kate and Olivia, a smile lighting her face. Olivia and Miriam Banner, their housekeeper Ellie’s niece, were sprawled on the pale blue and pink hooked rug building a tower with Olivia’s cardboard nesting blocks. As soon as Miriam placed the last block atop the slender pyramid, Olivia lurched to her feet and kicked the tower with a happy cry.

Hi, there, Olivia,” she said.

At the sound of her voice, Olivia’s face lit up and she tottered over on stubby legs, her short arms held out— a blond, mini- Frankenstein with a cherub’s smile.

Jordan scooped her up and kissed the sweet hollow of her neck. “Let’s get you changed so you’ll be nice and clean when you and Miriam go and pick up Kate and Max at school, okeydokey?”

Miriam rose to her feet. “I can do that—”

That’s okay. I’ve got her,” she replied, already setting down her purse. She laid Olivia upon the changing table, pulled down the elastic waistband of her blue- and- cream-striped leggings, and undid the tabs on the diaper. Moving with the precision of a pit stop mechanic at the Indy 500, Jordan shucked the diaper, dropped it into the garbage pail by her feet, cleaned Olivia with a baby wipe, sprinkled her bottom and thighs with baby powder and, for good measure, her rounded tummy, too, and then fastened a fresh diaper. Up went the leggings, down went the dancing dog printed T-shirt, and Olivia was good to go.

All done,” she announced, hefting her powder-fresh baby in her arms. “Now, Miriam, are you sure you’re okay with picking up Kate and Max?”

Absolutely.”

Okay. I left the minivan’s keys on the tray in the front hall. For lunch there’s mac and cheese. It’s in the fridge, wrapped in foil. For dessert you can—” she stopped in mid- sentence at Miriam’s grin.

It’s cool, Jordan, I’ve got the routine down. We’ll be fine. Remember, you’re only going out to lunch. It’s not like you’ll be away for a week.”

The thought of being separated from her children for an entire week made her slightly faint. “I’ll be back by three. If you could get Max to nap when Olivia goes down, that would be great. Tell him if he does, he’ll have a better riding lesson with Jade. And I have my cell in case you need me.”

Of course you do,” Miriam nodded gravely. “And in case all the satellites get taken out by an asteroid, Aunt Ellie might be able to give me a hand. Don’t know whether I can count on Margot coming to the rescue, though, since after lunch she’ll be all the way down at the main barn.”

Jordan managed a weak laugh. “Right. Thanks for the reality check.”

Have a good time at lunch. You’ll knock Mrs. Harrison off her feet, I’m sure. Now, give Mommy a kiss bye- bye, 'Liv, and then you and I are going to build the biggest tower ever.”

Bye, bye,” Olivia said.

Bless her for being a happy, carefree baby and not a neurotic mess like her mother, Jordan thought, squeezing her daughter tight and kissing her cheek.

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