The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse

The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse

Allison Morse, a new to me author is on the blog today with her woman’s fiction title.  Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a  $20 Barnes & Noble giftcard. But first …

The Sweetheart Deal

I’ve been on a woman’s fiction kick – where the story and the characters play a larger role in the story and the romance is pushed to a secondary concern. It’s been a nice change from the romances that I love, but the change in style has refreshed my interest and joy in reading.

Allison Morse has set this story in the 1950’s and brought a sense of new and different to a time that, although more than half a century ago, is still easy to relate to.  A very complex and well-developed plot is the highlight of this story, and with the unique setting and wonderful characters, this ‘shot in time’ story is a wonderfully fun and light read.

Particularly clever is the character development of both Ellie and John – hers from mild-mannered librarian to solidly in charge businesswoman and the reveal of John as more than a clichéd uber-macho male of his time are truly wonderful. These two spark off one another, and not too much time is spent in either backstory or rehashing issues, this couple and the story demand forward movement, much to my delight.

A wonderful story that is the perfect option for a bit of different this summer… Allison Morse shows that she is an author to watch, with plenty of good things to come.

The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse

Title: The Sweetheart Deal
Author: Allison Morse
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 1509201076
Published on: 5 June 2015
Source: Publisher via Tour Company
Pages: 249
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Some people think Ellen Hamilton, the business savvy daughter of the largest employer in town, is too big for her britches. After all it’s the 1950s and women have no place running factories. But when the Hamilton company is threatened with takeover by John Adair, the man who broke her heart and was run out of town years ago, the game is on. Has Ellen met her match? Or, will this time be different and will Ellen win everything—including the handsome and mysterious John.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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Something inside her gave way and she flung her arms around his neck and gave him a hot, lingering kiss. He grabbed hold of her and pulled her onto his lap. The kiss grew deeper. Her mind was lost in the sensation of him, his taste, his feel and the tightness in her own body begged for more.

The appalling doorbell sounded and she leapt to her feet. “Oh, it’s Harold.”

She paced. What an idiot! What possessed her? She looked at John and groaned inside. It was a compulsion, that what he was, or maybe hypnotism. Whatever it was, thank goodness for clichés, because she’d just been saved by the bell.

John stood, and as if he were a magnet she stopped pacing and halted right in front of him. He caressed her arms. “Ignore him.”

She threw off his hands. “No, no, no. No! He’s good, you’re bad. I’m ignoring you. Ignoring this.”

“Hey, I didn’t make that kiss happen. You did, and it was great.” His baritone voice was both soothing and sexy.

“Fine, I made it happened, and now I’m making it not happen.”


“I have a date.” She realized that she was reminding herself of that fact as much as him.

He stepped in closer. “Sure. Go ahead.”

“You’re smirking.” Still, she didn’t move. “You are such an egotist.” She wanted to move. She planned to move. She didn’t move. “I’m going out with Harold.”

The doorbell rang again.

John grinned. “So I see.”


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About Allison Morse

Allison Morse grew up in a family of actors in Los Angeles; before the age of five, she started acting classes, which she adored. She continued in the family business until her early twenties when her curious spirit led her to consider other interests.

After receiving a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, she went on to earn a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Although she loved learning from each of her varied careers she always knew that storytelling was as essential to her as breathing. So as she pursued her professional life, she kept to a strict writing schedule, and joined the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.


8 responses to “The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse

  1. Thank you for hosting The Sweetheart Deal. And, thank you for your lovely review of my book. I’m so glad you enjoyed the light (but I hope) character driven romp.

    • I’ve been in a chick lit sort of mood – or was when I read it – and it was perfect for that…. different and more than I expected.