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Guest Post & Giveaway: “The Truth About De Campo (The Delicious De Campos #3)” by Jennifer Hayward

Feb 28
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The lovely Jennifer Hayward has taken over CABR today.

I know you’ll have fun with her, who wouldn’t? 🙂

Good luck in the De Campos giveaway

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Jennifer Hayward’s guest post:

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Hi everyone!

When Sasha told me she was travelling to exotic lands and offered me the chance to guest blog here at Caribbean Accent Reviews, I jumped at the opportunity. I had just received advance copies of book three of my Delicious De Campo trilogy, The Truth About De Campo, and thought, why not give one away?!

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The Divorce Party;

If you haven’t read the first two books of the trilogy, it opens with the story of De Campo Wines CEO Riccardo and his estranged wife Lilly in The Divorce Party, followed by my current release, An Exquisite Challenge, featuring middle brother Gabrielle and Lilly’s sister, Alexandra.

Having written the uber alpha male with Riccardo in The Divorce Party, groomed his entire life to take top dog position as De Campo CEO, my challenge with Gabrielle and Matteo’s stories was to create equally strong alpha heroes who were unforgettable in their own right, who would shine alongside their dominant brother.

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I drew my inspiration from the ever popular superhero. After all, who doesn’t love a caped crusader? If Riccardo was the brilliant business brain and leader, what superpowers could I give Gabrielle and Matteo that would make them equally compelling?

What passion or attribute could I bestow on them to make them extraordinary – so that not even all powerful Riccardo could touch them? Gabrielle became my brilliant winemaker who transforms the Californian wine industry, Matteo, the unrivalled marketer who commands a room with his electric presence.

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Matteo was fascinating to write. Readers seemed to fall in love with him in The Divorce Party. How he could charm anything on two feet, how he stood toe-to-toe with Riccardo defending Lilly.

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But although he may seem like the lightest De Campo, Matteo suffers from the darkest demons, demons he hides behind his chameleon-like personality. He has done what he himself, and many others would consider unforgivable. He is desperately trying to forget—but he can never run far enough.

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I hope you enjoy Matteo’s story if you get a chance to read it. I’ve included an exclusive excerpt below. And, in celebration of Sasha’s trip, I’d like to give away one advance copy of The Truth About De Campo to a reader who comments below.

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I’m curious, if you had the choice of all three of the De Campo brothers, which would you pick?

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Riccardo – The ultra arrogant eldest brother to whom power is an aphrodisiac?

Gabrielle – The sexy winemaker who knows his way around a woman

Matteo – The reckless playboy with a whole lot to lose

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Thanks for dropping by!

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The Truth About De Campo coverBlurb:

Matteo De Campo: every woman’s wildest fantasy and the man looking to secure a multi-million-dollar deal with her family’s company.

Desperate to prove herself once and fore all, Quinn Davis finally has the power to make the ultimate, impartial decision; which means she must not fall prey to De Campo’s enticing appeal.

But Mateo will not be denied. Quinn knows he needs his wine empire to be chosen to overwrite his recent mistakes. But when she glimpses the true demons behind his smoldering gaze, she questions everything…

Is she ready to meet the real Matteo De Campo?

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EXCERPT from “The Truth About De Campo”:

Unless Matteo De Campo was mistaken, this conversation with his brother had all the hallmarks of a classic intervention.

It looked like it with Riccardo staring him down like a Spanish bullfighter with his eye on the unruly target. It sounded like it from his cautionary, bordering on aggressive tone. And it certainly felt like it with the De Campo CEO’s displeasure licking over his skin like a flame.

If the truth be known, it had always been that way. They were like night and day, he and his brother. Where Riccardo was dark and intense and bulldozed his way through life, Matteo preferred the subtle approach. Both in business and in bed. You could catch more flies with honey. Persuade more effectively with a sophisticated argument than a head on tackle.

Entice a woman into bed with a carefully timed observation that showed you had been listening to her over that bottle of Chianti.

He brought his gaze back to his brother’s dark face. From the looks of it, Riccardo thought he was doing a bit too much of that these days.

Flicking an imaginary spec of dust off his Armani suit, he lounged back against the floor to ceiling windows of his brother’s Wall Street office and cocked a brow. ‘So what you’re saying is your behaviour was perfectly acceptable, but mine is not?’

‘No,’ Riccardo emitted coolly. ‘What I’m saying is I don’t know what in Cristo’s name is wrong with you. You’re treating the women of this planet like they’re your own personal wrecking yard.’

Matteo shrugged. ‘Maybe I’ve decided your way is the better way.’

Riccardo shot him an amused look. ‘You forget I’m a reformed man. Happily married and loving it.’

‘Only because you met a goddess who’s willing to put up with you,’ he muttered, digging his hands in his pockets and giving his head a restless shake. ‘Did you really ask me here to discuss my love life, Ric? Somehow I think you’re much too busy for that.’

‘You’re the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for De Campo, Matty. Your love life is my business when it starts disrupting things around here.’

‘And how,’ he drawled, ‘do you figure it’s doing that?’

‘Your antics in the tabloids are making it impossible for you or anyone else in this company to concentrate. Alex is tired of doing damage control, and frankly, I don’t blame her.’

Ebbene, so that stung. He liked his sister-in-law. Didn’t like the thought of making more work for her when she already worked far too much. But he was too irritated by his brother’s rebuke not to strike back. ‘If I made the cover every week for the rest of the year I still wouldn’t beat your record.’

Si, but I’m a better multitasker,’ Riccardo taunted.

He stiffened, straightening away from the windows and eating up the distance between him and his brother with long furious strides. ‘I am making a mockery of my predecessor’s numbers.’

‘Exactly why I want you to straighten yourself out. Think what you can do with a clear head.’

He could have told him he was definitely planning on doing that. That he’d sworn off women like an alcoholic off drink, potentially for the rest of his life given his recent spat of disastrous assignations. But he liked to yank Riccardo’s chain as much as his brother liked to yank his. ‘What are you going to do if I don’t?’ he queried, levelling his gaze on his brother’s angular, unforgiving face. ‘Punish me? Send me off to sell wine to the devout?’

Riccardo’s coal black eyes flashed. ‘As much as I would dearly love to have you out of the picture right now, I need you. And I think you need a challenge. Badly.’

BUY Links:

The Divorce Party | An Exquisite Challenge | The Truth About De Campo |

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B - Jennifer Drogell - Close UpABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance and adventure since filching her sister’s Harlequin Presents novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Jennifer penned her first romance at nineteen. When it was rejected, she bristled at her mother’s suggestion that she needed more life experience. She went on to complete a journalism degree and intern as a sports broadcaster before settling into a career in public relations.

Years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world provided perfect fodder for the arrogant alpha males she loves to write, and free research on the some of the world’s most glamorous locales.

A suitable amount of life experience under her belt, she sat down and conjured up the sexiest, most delicious Italian wine magnate she could imagine, had him make his biggest mistake and gave him a wife on the run. That story, The Divorce Party, won her Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write contest and a book contract. Turns out, Mother knew best.

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Website | Twitter @JenHayward_ | Facebook | GoodReads |

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