The Plot

Melinda De Ross
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 REALITY IS NOT A FAIRY TALE. CAN A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAVE A HAPPY ENDING AFTER YEARS OF ABUSE AND DEGRADATION? ESPECIALLY WHEN HER ONLY FOCUS IS GETTING PAYBACK…

At eighteen, Yoko Hirano falls into the tentacles of a human trafficking organization and is forced into prostitution. Her first sexual experience is close to a rape, so she becomes traumatized and her opinions about men are low and unflattering. She uses her charms only as means of manipulation.

Four years later she meets the tall, dark and charming antique dealer Mark Chandler. They both acknowledge reluctantly the complicated chemistry between them, but Yoko’s grand scheme of things doesn’t involve falling in love, nor does she think Mark would want her if he found out about her past. To get revenge and prevent other girls from sharing her fate, she plans to ruin the Chinese triad that has destroyed her life and innocence.

However, she doesn’t realize that Mark can be an asset in her plans of bringing down the powerful mobster Michael Chen and his interlopers. Together, they make a quite formidable pair...

REVIEWS

"This is a mix of Memoirs of a Geisha, Leaving Las Vegas, and Pretty Woman - all in one great book!" - Kindle customer

"Amazing story from a great writer. Read the book in one day. Could not put it down. It needs a screenplay." - Louis Romano, bestselling author

"Touching on subjects that most people tend to push out of their thoughts, a revenge plot is born from one girl's life in which she was subject to human trafficking and prostitution. What I thought would be another romance novel, surprised me with twist and turns. Best work ever, Melinda!" - KD Bloodworth, bestselling author

"Melinda De Ross gives us another spine tingling story. This is more intense than all her other books!" - Chrissy Morris, book reviewer

"A very powerful read. Human trafficking is and will always be a sensitive, controversial issue and Melinda De Ross weaves a story that will both grab and empower you to understand and feel every page of this book and what the characters will reveal is heartbreaking but powerfully good." - Sharon Richmond, book reviewer


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About the author

 Melinda De Ross is an international author of Romanian origin. She writes in two languages, and her books combine the elegance specific to the European style with the modern appeal of the American culture. She has a Law degree and has been a professional target shooter for over a decade. Her favorite genre to read and write in is Romance, and anytime she prefers to watch a classic movie instead of going to a noisy club.

She loves to hear from her readers, and you can find her at:

http://melindadeross.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melinda-De-Ross/513999791983330

https://twitter.com/melinda_de_ross

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163748.Melinda_De_Ross

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Melinda De Ross
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Published on
Oct 31, 2015
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Pages
360
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / Asian / Japanese
Fiction / Asian American
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Literary Collections / Asian / Chinese
Literary Collections / Women Authors
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Author’s Note

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REVIEWS

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The books can be read in any order.

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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

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Melinda

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Esquire Best Books of 2017
Kirkus Best Fictional Families of 2017

Book Three of the Crazy Rich Asians Series

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When she meets Blake Tyler, the famous movie star she’s secretly crushed on for years, she thinks her attempt to rebuild her life may just be on the right track. However, the past and the present seem to be conspiring against her and happiness may be harder to achieve than she thinks.

The Bookish & Sexy collection is a compilation of chick-lit/romantic-comedy stories featuring sexy bookish women, who don't realize how appealing they are...

The books can be read in any order.

REVIEWS

"An enchanting tale of travel, adventure, and love." - InD'Tale Magazine

"If you enjoy Jackie Collins, you will love CELEBRITY!" - Editorial Review

"This gutsy woman won't be broken as she sets out to remake her life Hollywood style. A MUST-READ!" - Susanne Matthews, international bestselling author


A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

They say 7 is a magic number. Since this is my 7th novel, released on November 7th, and it took 7 months to write, I tend to agree. During this time I was engrossed in the journey of my heroine, in the glamorous Hollywood life, where the general motto is "live fast, die young". 
However, few people know this book was inspired by one of my previous novels, The Diary. To me it is such a powerful book I would love to see it turned into a movie one day, and Celebrity includes how I imagined The Diary would come to life on screen. If you enjoy this book, I hope you will also check out The Diary and find out what inspired me so much. To entice your curiosity further, I've included an excerpt from The Diary on the last pages of this book. Enjoy! 

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 In the legendary Transylvania, a castle belonging to Countess Erzsébet Báthory is discovered. Cameraman Hunter Cole and broadcast journalist Serena Scott arrive to make a documentary about the discovery, and the sinister Hungarian noblewoman, known as the most prolific female serial killer in history.

The two Americans could cope with roughing it in a fifteenth-century castle, with no modern amenities. They can even cope with each other, despite their initial mutual dislike for one another, which gradually turns into a mind-blowing attraction.

But when two girls are tortured and killed in Báthory copycat style, the nearby village is shaken to the core. In terror, they wonder who will be next...

Author’s Note

Erzsébet Báthory (1560-1614) is a known historical figure and was a Hungarian countess, also known as Elizabeth Báthory, The Blood Countess or Countess Dracula. She has been labeled the most prolific serial killer in history, being responsible for the torture and murder of hundreds of young girls. The exact number of her victims is unknown, but is estimated at six hundred and fifty. It is speculated that she kept a diary with the names of all her victims, but if such a document exists, it has never been made public.

*This work is entirely fiction.


REVIEWS

"The author shines when describing atmosphere, not just in the old, decrepit castle, but also in the nearby village. There's a palpable sense of isolation for both characters, contradicted only by the growing bond between them. Fans of mystery novels, especially ones with a lot of romance and historic twists, will definitely enjoy this book." - IND'TALE MAGAZINE

"I felt as if I was in the Carpathians, in a small village, with amazing characters. Melinda is a brilliant writer who has an amazingly clean writing style and a sexy mind." - Louis Romano, bestselling author

"While I've enjoyed all of Melinda De Ross's books, The Diary is in a class of its own." - Susanne Matthews, bestselling author

"The permanent sexual tension between Hunter and Serena was magically erotic." - Purple Iris, international author
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