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Owner of a Broken Heart
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Owner of a Broken Heart
"...a sexy romp with an undercurrent of emotion and familial devotion."
Entertainment Weekly
The four very different Richardson sisters have one thing in common
: their fierce loyalty to their family and pride in the historic bed and breakfast they own. But unexpected desire will challenge them in ways they never imagined . . .

Sportswriter Nina Richardson had the perfect life away from her family's famous shadow. But a social media blowup and rejection by her boyfriendbrought her back to their peaceful Charleston, South Carolina B&B to figure out what went wrong. So there's no way she's going to trust the crazy-hot sparks flying between her and handsome new employee Clinton Jefferson. It's just reckless, rip-his-clothes-off, one-night-and-forget-it lust—right?

Fresh from working for the Richardsons' biggest rival, Clinton wants to show his modernization ideas aren't sabotage or a gimmick. Getting involved with the rebellious Nina means trouble for sure—but he can't resist showing this stubborn, fiery woman how she should be loved. But false accusations and Nina's returned ex shake their passion—and fragile trust—to the core. Now between cascading obstacles and conflicting loyalties, can Clinton and Nina untangle what they really want in time?
"Hodges excels at portraying her trademark protagonists—smart, successful career women—with Nina and her siblings, and Clinton is as appealing as he is business savvy. Fans of Susan Mallery and Sheryl Woods will enjoy the keen and sexy launch of Hodges' Richardson Sisters series."
—Booklist

"More impressive is Hodges's characterization of Nina's two sisters, each of whom is strong-willed, unique, and sure to provide fodder for future installments. Sizzling love scenes and a strong sense of family will have readers returning for the next in the series."
Publishers Weekly

"Owner of a Broken Heart demonstrates Cheri Hodges' ability to craft interesting characters and a decent sexy love story."
All About Romance
Praise for Strategic Seduction

"Readers will find themselves craving a trip to Georgia just to visit the restaurants, diners and coffee shops mentioned in this smart contemporary romance."
Bookpage


"A sexy, impassioned Southern romance. . . . The dialogue is witty, and Hodges does a good job of bringing Atlanta and Paris to life. . . . The genuine friendships and suspenseful blackmail plot carry the story to a satisfying ending."
Publishers Weekly


"Hodges builds a community of friends and lovers and uses Atlanta itself as another character . . . an enjoyable romance."
Kirkus Reviews
"...a sexy romp with an undercurrent of emotion and familial devotion."
Entertainment Weekly
The four very different Richardson sisters have one thing in common
: their fierce loyalty to their family and pride in the historic bed and breakfast they own. But unexpected desire will challenge them in ways they never imagined . . .

Sportswriter Nina Richardson had the perfect life away from her family's famous shadow. But a social media blowup and rejection by her boyfriendbrought her back to their peaceful Charleston, South Carolina B&B to figure out what went wrong. So there's no way she's going to trust the crazy-hot sparks flying between her and handsome new employee Clinton Jefferson. It's just reckless, rip-his-clothes-off, one-night-and-forget-it lust—right?

Fresh from working for the Richardsons' biggest rival, Clinton wants to show his modernization ideas aren't sabotage or a gimmick. Getting involved with the rebellious Nina means trouble for sure—but he can't resist showing this stubborn, fiery woman how she should be loved. But false accusations and Nina's returned ex shake their passion—and fragile trust—to the core. Now between cascading obstacles and conflicting loyalties, can Clinton and Nina untangle what they really want in time?
"Hodges excels at portraying her trademark protagonists—smart, successful career women—with Nina and her siblings, and Clinton is as appealing as he is business savvy. Fans of Susan Mallery and Sheryl Woods will enjoy the keen and sexy launch of Hodges' Richardson Sisters series."
—Booklist

"More impressive is Hodges's characterization of Nina's two sisters, each of whom is strong-willed, unique, and sure to provide fodder for future installments. Sizzling love scenes and a strong sense of family will have readers returning for the next in the series."
Publishers Weekly

"Owner of a Broken Heart demonstrates Cheri Hodges' ability to craft interesting characters and a decent sexy love story."
All About Romance
Praise for Strategic Seduction

"Readers will find themselves craving a trip to Georgia just to visit the restaurants, diners and coffee shops mentioned in this smart contemporary romance."
Bookpage


"A sexy, impassioned Southern romance. . . . The dialogue is witty, and Hodges does a good job of bringing Atlanta and Paris to life. . . . The genuine friendships and suspenseful blackmail plot carry the story to a satisfying ending."
Publishers Weekly


"Hodges builds a community of friends and lovers and uses Atlanta itself as another character . . . an enjoyable romance."
Kirkus Reviews
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  • CHERIS HODGES was bitten by the writing bug at an early age and always knew she wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first romance novel, Revelations, after having a vivid dream about the characters. She hopped out of bed at 2 A.M. and started writing. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and a winner of the NC Press Association's community journalism award, Cheris lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is a freelance journalist. She loves hearing from her readers. Follow Cheris on Twitter @cherishodges, friend her on Facebook at Cheris Hodges, or email her at cheris87@bellsouth.net.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 6, 2020
    The scorching first romance in the Richardson Sisters series from Hodges (Deadly Rumors) sees sportswriter Nina Richardson retreat to her hometown of Charleston, S.C., after being caught in a social media firestorm and dumped by her boyfriend. Marketing manager Clinton Jefferson has always admired Nina’s father, the owner of a successful B and B, and he’s not about to let his attraction to Nina blow his shot at working for him. Nina is equally resolved to ignore her chemistry with her father’s latest hire, burnt out on heartbreak and scolded by her older sisters to be more careful with her affections. But their determination to keep things professional lasts all of two seconds before they fall into bed. The sexual tension is palpable as Nina and Clinton navigate their desire and doubt, but readers will long for more of an emotional connection to accompany the lust. More impressive is Hodges’s characterization of Nina’s two sisters, each of whom is strong-willed, unique, and sure to provide fodder for future installments. Sizzling love scenes and a strong sense of family will have readers returning for the next in the series. Agent: Amanda Leuk, Spencer Hill and Associates.

  • Library Journal

    January 24, 2020

    Nina Richardson's sports journalism career is jeopardized when her angry reaction to a sexist comment causes a social media scandal. Returning home to her family's famous B&B for both comfort and a place to recoup her plans, Nina isn't expecting her father's new marketing manager to capture her interest. Clinton Jefferson is bookish and not into sports, but is definitely into Nina. Yet can Clinton convince Nina that he won't be the next in a long string of men who will use and then lose her? VERDICT A fun series launch with a hero and heroine who have great chemistry that is guaranteed to please readers of Alexa Martin. Hodges's (Rumor Has It) writing shines when building the relationships among the sisters, sure to be the stars of future books.--Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L.

    Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    February 15, 2020
    Sportswriter Nina Richardson is suspended from her job after a patronizing football player calls her sweetheart at a media session, and it goes viral. Then she finds her boyfriend with another woman. She escapes to Charleston, to stay at her father's famous B&B. Meanwhile Clinton Jefferson quit his corporate hotel-chain job to work on marketing for the man he'd admired for years. He certainly didn't expect to fall in love with his new boss' youngest daughter, Nina. Clinton struggles to prove to Nina that he's not like her ex, but a lifetime of issues with his father gets in the way, and Nina's sisters have doubts about how fast she and Clinton are talking about forever. Surviving an accident and several other obstacles helps the couple see what's truly important. Hodges excels at portraying her trademark protagonists?smart, successful career women?with Nina and her siblings, and Clinton is as appealing as he is business savvy. Fans of Susan Mallery and Sheryl Woods will enjoy the keen and sexy launch of Hodges' Richardson Sisters series.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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