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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236184
  • ASIN: B001EBGC9C
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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I'm late bloomer when it comes to reading -- and writing. I didn't discover either joy until I discovered romance novels in my early twenties. Now, I'm totally addicted. My biggest joy is bringing all my interests together in my books, to have the chance to celebrate the things that excite me through my characters.

Since I love to travel, all my books are set in places I've actually been. Sometimes those real places morph into fictional places -- like Pearl Island -- but I try to capture the magic of the setting and people in all my books, to make writing them like a trip to a wonderful world where good always triumphs and love always ends in Happily Ever After -- against all odds. That's what makes life worth living, and books worth reading: when someone grabs the brass ring.

Learn more about me and my books at

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Enjoyable Read 22 Jan 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having been recommended Julie Ortolon's books a few times I finally relented and decided to give her a try - and I'm so glad I did as this book was a fantastic read.

It tells the story of Laura Morgan - a small town girl who has always been the reliable, shy, do-gooder type of girl but who really yearns to break free of her dull life. And she gets that chance when bad-boy turned good, Brent Michaels comes back to town for a 'Dating Game' fundraiser. But Laura isn't the same tomboy friend that Brent remembers and soon friendship is the last thing on either of their minds - which causes confusion and chaos for both commitment phobic Brent and romantic, idealist Laura.

This is a real character driven book so we really get a chance to know the characters and watch them develop. Laura is a sweet girl and as you watch her grow you can really feel for her and feel inspired by her. Brent too is complex with a lot of issues to work through but you never feel bogged down in melodramatic detail. It doesn't hurt that he's a sexy, brooding type of hero either! The pair have fabulous chemistry so you really root for the couple to work things out for a happy ending.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is fresh and exciting and really draws you into the heart of the story. Being so character driven it did take me a while to get into the book - but once it got going it was really worth it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, romantic read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I haven't got this book 8 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Can't say anything as I haven't got this book, and don't know why I have been asked to comment on it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Drove me to delete 2 Jan 2012
By Tes
Format:Kindle Edition
I can honestly say that I was hoping this would be a good read, but I ended up deleting half way through, I found the characters to be sickly sweet and over the top... Other books by this author have been a lot better...
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6 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars humourous and worth the $$$ 13 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
if you are looking for something to lift your mind off the real world worries for a while, pick this one up and you won't be sorry. this book will keep you entertain you from the first page till the last.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Fun Humor 26 May 2000
By YukariOro - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Julie Ortolon's book is a must buy. That Dating Game scene, where Brent and Laura meet again after years apart, is just glimmering with humor. As I read the book, I found myself rooting for the hero and heroine as their relationship emerged and flourished, while laughing out loud at Julie's wonderfully wicked humor. But let's not forget those wonderful dark moments either, such as when the Brent is forced to admit to his intense desire for committment to the Laura. And Laura carries her share of guilt when she's forced to admit, especially to herself, that she pushed Brent just a bit too far when it comes to that dreamy-eyed committment she desires. And the conflict between the heroine and her father is terrific. I enjoyed seeing her break the paternal reins to become her own person, rather than just her father's daughter. Overall, this is a heck of a book, and definitely a must read.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut! 24 July 2000
By Christine Shaw - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's been fourteen years, seven months and ten days since Brent Michael Zartlich kissed Laura Beth Morgan and left his hometown of Beason's Ferry. They had been childhood friends-- his only friend since they were both considered the "town misfits". She, the town doctor's awkward, skinny, coke-bottle glasses kid and he, the boy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Now Brent Michaels is the drop-dead gorgeous anchor at a Houston TV station and Laura Beth has phoned him requesting help with the town's annual fund-raiser, which this year includes a Dating Game reenactment. She wants him to play the "celebrity bachelor" for the game. After a little coaxing, Brent realizes he cannot refuse his old friend. Little does he realize he is in for the surprise of his life! The tomboy he remembers has blossomed into a beautiful woman. Occasionally an exceptional book will come along. This is that book! If you read only a few romance books each year, I recommend you place this high on your "to read" list. You won't be disappointed. This book is extremely well written and emotionally satisfying. The characters are well developed and the story is fun and at times sad and very, very sexy. It is always a treat to discover a new author who writes so well. I look forward to many good reads from her in the future. Kudos Julie on a job well done.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful, Down-home romance! 18 May 2000
By Sharon Galligar Chance - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Julie Ortolon's debut novel, "Drive Me Wild," is a delightful, down-home Texas romance that will having you rooting for the fascinating couple, Laura Beth and Brent, to put aside their picky little differences and just live happily ever after. I enjoyed Ortolon's setting of Columbus, Texas, wishing I could attend the Bluebonnet Tours myself. Her characters are inviting and exciting, leaving the reader to compare them to people they probably actually know. I particularly enjoyed the budding romance between secondary characters, Melody and Greg, and would love to see them have a book of their own! (hint, hint, Ms. Ortolon!) I was also fascinated with the way Ortolon handled the father-daughter conflict and was well satisfied with that resolution. Fans of contemporary romance will find they have a new favorite author to look for in Julie Ortolon.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Wonderful Debut! 1 May 2000
By Jacquie D'Alessandro - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Julie Ortolon has written a warm, witty, fun, make-you-feel-good, leave-you-smiling story. Brent, the home-town "bad boy" who's made good is a wonderful hero who meets his match in Laura Beth, the home-town "good girl" who is discovering she has some "bad" in her! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these two great characters and seeing them discover true love. Run, don't walk, to read this delightful book by a terrific new author!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A cute premise is the reason I ordered this book. 20 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
However, I expected a lot more than I got. I thought since this book was published out of category (unless Dell now publishes large category romances) it would be different than your typical Silhouette romance. However, for me, it was just an extended version of a book that could have easily been a Silhouette Special Edition. The heroine has spent years being a "doormat". I didn't find that sympathetic. I like strong, gutsy heroines. The hero was much more likable. At least, he had made a success of himself. Plus they were so sweet and palsy the sexual tension hardly existed. If you are looking for a routine "cozy sweet romance" then you'll like this book. But, if you are looking for a single-title book that'll make you turn pages, surprise you with neat twists, keep shopping.
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