"...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
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."
The Romance Dish
4 Book Review
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.
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.
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.
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..."
"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
If you're looking for a story that will draw
you in and warm your heart, then Believe
in Me is a perfect choice."
All About Romance
"...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
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
The Long and Short of It Reviews
"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."
The Romance Reviews
"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!"
Fresh Fiction Reviews
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
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..."
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
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
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
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?”
“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.