Lakeside Porches – romance novels and novellas
(1) Stepping Up To Love
Book One, Stepping Up To Love is Joel and Manda’s love story. Released August 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing. Here’s a quick summary:
When her boss Joel Cushman catches her using the spa shower at The Manse, junior accountant and graduating college senior Manda Doughty comes clean about the alcoholic drinking that has led her into a disastrous relationship with a predatory professor. Joel, who is also a trustee of the college, is faced with more problems than a beautiful, naked woman in his shower. While he’d rather make love all night with funny, brainy Manda, Joel knows his desire for her has no future if Manda cannot stay sober, grow up, and face her problems. While Manda immerses herself in AA, Joel uncovers harassment and embezzlement that threaten the existence of the college his ancestors founded. Can he fix the problems at the college without exposing Manda to public humiliation? Can Manda clean up her mess and trust the love she feels for Joel? The odds may not be in their favor, but miracles happen for those who are willing to change their lives and open their hearts.
Texas Book Nook says, “There was a deep subject matter in this book and the way O’Boyle handled it was very well done. [Manda is] equal parts wounded and strong. Joel is completely Swoon-worthy… Their connection was believable and unfolded naturally. Great Contemporary Romance.”
Crossroad Readers says, “Two words I would use to describe Stepping Up To Love would be inspirational and motivational. This book deals with the struggles and tribulations of overcoming addiction and finding a way to move on and finding love.”
A Life Through Books says, “Strong and controversial themes which the author does not shy away from. I like that in the novels I read. “
(2) Coming Home To Love
Book Two Coming Home To Love is Justin and Gianessa’s love story. Released September 2014 by Soul Mate Publishing, Here’s a summary:
Justin Cushman’s millions have not bought him a solution for his deteriorating health. Gianessa Dupioni is broke, broken-hearted, beautiful, and determined not to look at a man until her career as a physical therapist is back on track. When fate brings them both to a spa in the Finger Lakes and circumstances pair them in a tiny closet of a treatment room, they begin a journey of health and happiness neither believed possible. If he’s to enjoy the journey, Justin will need to adopt a strict food plan and change his entire attitude and outlook on life. Gianessa will need to open her heart to a powerful, handsome, imperfect man as her life partner.
Books Are Love says: A sweet story of a love that endures anger, fear and misunderstandings, to come out stronger in the end.
(3) Finding the Way Back To Love
Book Three Finding the Way Back To Love, Gwen and Peter’s love story. Released February 2015 by Soul Mate Publishing. Here’s a summary:
Gwen Forrester, Ph.D., is a beautiful widow and a therapist specializing in addiction and abuse issues. You’d think her search for a good man would turn up more than eye candy, but she’s stuck in the past, attracted only to men who look like her late husband, the Ivy League lawyer. When her very pregnant niece Haley breaks into Gwen’s lakeside home, Gwen rethinks her choices. Investigating the break-in is Officer Peter Shaughnessy, a macho cop who’s new in town and recently divorced. Maybe it’s hormones radiating from Haley, but Gwen’s convinced she wants a baby with this Adonis in uniform.
One reader says: One of the best things about reading Finding the Way Back To Love was that it helped my growth and healing.
One Amazon review says: Finding the Way Back to Love is a sensitively and deftly drawn journey of two people coping with the effects of alcoholism in their lives. Kudos to Ms O’Boyle for her candid yet sympathetic depiction of the disease and the efforts to control it in order for individuals to find a meaningful and productive life.
Book Four is Kyle and Lyssa’s story. Here’s a summary:
Kyle Pennington broke Lyssa’s heart when he let her go rather than interfere with her budding career. An ocean away now, Lyssa has fallen under the spell of silver-tongued Professor Rand Cunningham who’s in a hurry to marry her. Will Lyssa wake up in time to ask who she really loves?