Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Available Now: The Aphrodite Assignment by Romy Gemmell

The Aphrodite and Adonis Series, #3
Romy Gemmell

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Digital Price: $2.99


Bryony Marshall has the assignment of a lifetime: to check out the new apartments on Cyprus, Aphrodite’s island, for her travel company. But she hadn’t reckoned on her contact being Richard Harrison, former teenage crush and her older sister’s ex-fiancĂ©, nor her renewed, grown-up feelings for him.

Aphrodite and Adonis plan to encourage the budding romance between Bryony and Richard but the goddess Athena brings them unwelcome news: Aphrodite must return to Olympus with the other gods for a council with Zeus. Can the mythological duo bring the humans together within the limited time for both couples?

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Bryony released the tension in her shoulders as she scanned the people waiting on the other side of baggage reclaim. This was her chance to act like the professional she wanted to portray. But why did her contact have to be Richard Harrison, of all people?

As she wheeled her trolley case towards the main exit from Paphos Airport, she caught sight of the tall figure just as he raised a hand. A quick appraisal showed her he hadn’t changed that much. In fact, he’d matured nicely and was both more handsome and more serious-looking.

Pushing such unwelcome thoughts aside, she waited until he reached her.

“Hello, Bryony, it’s good to see you all grown up.” He held out his hand.

“Hello, Richard. It’s been a while.” At least he didn’t try to hug her or kiss her cheek, and he offered no false platitudes. Maybe she could keep this strictly professional, after all, and forget the past while she was here. She followed him as he headed for the door.

When her boss had recommended her for the business trip to Cyprus, she’d been overjoyed at being taken seriously at last. She loved her job in the travel company and genuinely wanted to find the best options for her clients, so to actually go out and check over the new apartments was a dream come true. She’d never been to the island before, but loved all things Greek, and the Paphos area was firmly in Greek Cyprus.

“I’ve hired a car, as driving is on the same side and it makes it easier to get around. Let me take your case.” He suited his actions to the words and hoisted her luggage into the boot.

Bryony slipped into the passenger seat, hoping they could continue the journey in such a civil, non-confrontational manner. As he pulled onto the main road towards Paphos, she kept her attention on tantalising glimpses of the deep blue Mediterranean. But he obviously hoped to talk.

“So you went into the travel industry? Do you still paint and draw?”

Surprised he remembered her teenage passion for art, she turned to reply to his first question. “It’s a good job, though this is the first time I’ve been sent overseas for the company. And yes, I do still like art, and I’ve added photography to the mix.” She wasn’t going to discuss her reasons for dropping out of art college for the moment.

He was silent again as they reached the outskirts of a more touristy area, with hotels and apartments commanding the best views of the sea. She had relaxed some more when he spoiled it.

“And Gilli? Is she well?”

So here it was, the spectre between them: her older sister, his ex-fiancée.

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A freelance writer for many years, Romy Gemmell’s short stories and articles are published in UK magazines, in the US, and Online and she has won a few short story prizes over the years. Her first historical novel, Dangerous Deceit, was published by Champagne Books in Canada in May 2011 (as Romy), and Victorian novella, Mischief at Mulberry Manor, was published on kindle in December 2012. First tween novel, Summer of the Eagles, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in Canada in March 2012 (as Ros) and The Jigsaw Puzzle is now released in April 2013. She describes herself as a butterfly writer, as she writes in so many different genres and different styles. Rosemary is a member of the Society of Authors, the Scottish Association of Writers and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She indulged her love of literature and history by achieving a BA hons followed by a Masters in Humanities degree as a mature student. Happily married with two grown-up children, she loves to dance!

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