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Harbour (Runaway Home Book 1) by [Louleas, Penelope]
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  • Print Length: 253 pages
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  • Publisher: Penelope Louleas; One edition (16 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KE0BK5U
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Harbour is the first novel written by Australian author, Penelope Louleas. Harbour is the female lead and is fairly content with her lot in life, great friends, loving family and she has a good job, although her love life needs improvement!! Her boyfriend Derek is a total douche bag!!!

After catching Derek doing the dirty on her, Har was brave and faced her boyfriend, even though she had an inkling as to what she would be walking in on. Har was shown to be strong even though she stayed with him for way too long!!

With the support of her friends, Melody, Art and Pierce, Harbour decides to move on and relocate to New York. Although taking the step on her own she is determined to discover herself and forget about Derek.

Enter Lincoln. An alpha male who knows what he wants and when he wants it!! Har and Lincoln's sexual chemistry is HOT!!! It sizzles off the page!!
There are many scenes that had my heart racing!! The Harley scene being one of them!!! So yeah! Derek who???

There are many touching moments too. Not wanting to give too much away x but the 4th of July!!!! Sigh!

Don't be fooled into thinking it's all lovey dovey and HOT sex!! There is angst too, plot twists and turns just to keep you guessing and your heart squeezing tightly!! But I will say that it does have a HEA x

I really enjoyed this book and I felt that the characters were believable, in fact I loved it!! Which is why I have given it 5 stars!!

This is the first book in the Runaway series and I'm totally looking forward to the next instalment, Pierce's story, I think that's going to be off the charts HOT!!

Anyway, give this story a whirl and I promise you'll love it x well done Penelope x what a great start to your writing career xxx
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This was without a doubt one of my fav reads...I was unsure to start with as I thought just another rich man, same old and in some ways yes that is what it is but this is also so much more than that. I just loved both the main characters, In fact Lincoln is my new book boyfriend...what a hottie!!! I much prefer books that have an angst to them, I like to have to keep guessing what's going to happen next. I love break ups and make ups even better so this had it all for me....oh and did I tell you how hot Lincoln is?! You will love this so buy it now! :)
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Harbour is offered the chance of escape, a job with Lincoln Whitmore as his new personal assistance means that she has the opportunity to get as far away from her cheating ex as possible – out of sight and definitely out of mind. Moving from Australia to New York – should just about do the trick!
But Harbour isn’t the only one nursing a broken heart, Lincoln is piecing his heart back together after his fiancé was caught cheating on him.
One night, two months prior was the catalyst to their story but they didn’t know it yet. Names withheld and masks firmly in place they may have gone their own ways after that night but neither of them was able to completely dismiss the pull that one night had on them.

So when Lincoln returns to the fold to assume his role as the company CEO, he is faced with the woman that has plagued his mind since their New Year’s Eve kiss. Names be damned, Cindy/Harbour whoever she wants to be, Lincoln lays it all on the line for a woman that he just can’t be without.

I loved the fact that Lincoln was brutally honest, he hid nothing form Harbour, he told her that he wanted her and that it was consequences be damned – he had no plan to hide his relationship with her – he just needed her to know that she was in it for the long haul, she had to buy into the fact that the pull between them was uncontrollable and they owed it to themselves to give it a try.

Harbour thinks about things too much sometimes but I have to admit that I really loved her lack of brain to mouth filter – she was honest, blunt some could say but she held nothing back and that is only to be commended.
Where Harbour was a complete free spirit, Lincoln was more constrained but he was glorious - I am smitten!!!
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Harbour (Runaway Home Book #1) by Penelope Louleas. 4 Stars
I really enjoyed this book, my first reading of Penelope Louleas and definitely not my last. A very well written story that draws you in from the start. Interesting characters, even though they were a little cliched. It's hard to overcome that when writing this kind of story but it really wasn't something that bothered me, I still enjoyed reading this.
I liked Harbour but felt a little frustrated with her in the beginning, for a smart girl she certainly seemed to just let her life "be", she knew things around her weren't right but she had this attitude I didn't care for initially. When Lincoln makes his appearance and sweeps Harbour off her feet we begin to see Harabour emerge as the feisty, solid character that she wasn't at the beginning. These are not subtle changes either. She holds her own. Her realtionship with Pierce was a beautiful example of two best friends that love on another and for me I think this was the highlight of the story. Lincoln quite clearly had his own issues but ultimately fell at Harbours feet and found himself falling in love. He makes some terrible decisions that come back to haunt him and in that process he loses Harbour. They do eventually get their HEA but it's through tears and misunderstandings.
There are a few scenes in this book that had me sighing, I really loved the New Year's Eve scene, it felt like it was right out of a fairytale. And that theme carries through this story. Fairytale feel to it. There are a few emotions that come to the fore for the reader throughout; warm mushy ones, angry "I wanna smack you" ones, relief, angst. It is a well rounded story for pulling those from the reader, thus making it enjoyable. It lacked that special something for me to award it my coveted 5 stars I'm afraid. It was good but not brilliant for me. I am extremely interested in reading Pierce's story however. Highly recommnded!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa0a4dec) out of 5 stars Make sure you have plenty of spare batteries---- 26 May 2014
By KC -- Reading Is My Superpower - Published on Amazon.com
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Good garden of peas-- this book was hot!!! Like make sure you have spare batteries for your B.O.B hot.... go right now and get this one!!!

My girl Ang recommended this one, and she was so excited about it, I ended up setting aside the book I was reading and started this one. And let me say, I devoured it. It was so good. It had just enough angst to keep you guessing, bit not so much you were thinking "get on with it already". It had a perfect balance.

Now, lets talk about the sex scenes--- I seriously needed a cold shower a couple of times. Penelope hit it out of the park with these. She was able to capture the emotion between the characters and still put a naughty erotic like quality to the scenes. And I finally relented to Ang's "you have got to read this", when she screen shot a sex scene and sent it to me--I literally stopped that second, and down loaded this book.

The plot and the sex scenes alone were enough to enjoy the book. But once you add in Alpha Linc you have a serious winner. Linc was lush. He had an amazing dirty mouth on him, and he could incite and orgasm with words alone. He was bossy without being domineering, and I LOVED that he encouraged Harbour to be Harbour-- not what the "elite" thought she should be. On top of that he gifted her with really hot designer shoes on a regular basis--can we say perfect man???

Harbour was a fantastic leading lady. She was smart, with a smart mouth. She had no filter and just said it how she called it. I loved this about her. She stuck her foot in her mouth a couple of times, but it made her all the more enduring. And in the end, she turned out to be selfless. A rare and precious person that literally cared more for others and their needs than herself, even if it cost her.

The side characters in this are just as good as the main ones. All of the side characters have their own unique personalities and the dialogue that goes on between them is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. The group of main friends are all very different yet they embrace the differences and somehow make it work.

I cant wait for book 2 in this series to release. I will be author stalking until then.....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f1455e8) out of 5 stars 5 SEXY SENSUAL STARS 19 May 2014
By Trish Bacher - NIH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I don’t know if I can express how much I LOVED this story. Penelope Louleas, you took me on an exhilarating journey of complete beauty, splendor, brilliance and originality.

I adored Harbour. Her strong Australian character was radiant. Even though her life was not picture perfect and she had her own issues with it, like her scumbag boyfriend/crappy love life and maybe some insecurities about herself, but she put herself out there. She lived life and made the most of her situation.

She was so honest and straight up – with a no filter sassy little mouth, independent, sexy and curvy, just so, so beautiful inside and out. OMG I loved her.

Her friends were awesome – especially Pierce – So looking forward to reading his story. He was amazing and so fascinating – I just wanted to hug and squeeze him tight.

Harbour lands a promotion at work which sees her moving to New York for bigger and better things. This is just the encouragement she needs to have a little adventure and discover herself.

Enter Lincoln Whitmore. And OhhhhEmmmmGeeee he is sexy as sin, smooth, charming and gorgeous but far from perfect. He has a screwed up past and he is trying to redeem his bad boy past by taking over his father’s business.

Harbour’s promotion sees her working for Lincoln as his PA. Their first encounter is pure bliss, but the second is laugh out loud funny. You will have to read it yourself to see what I mean.

But let me say this. Lincoln and Harbour are hot for each other – like sizzling. Their desire for one another was intense and passionate from the moment they met.

Harbour’s feelings and thoughts were evidence of how Lincoln affected her and later on Lincoln’s words made you feel it – his lust, passion and desire for Harbour.

I treasured that this book was filled with great Aussie dialogue. It was so refreshing and fabulous. It was funny, sad, full of love, lust and sex with drama and fairytales all thrown in together.

Will Lincoln be perfect for Harbour? Is Harbour living a fairytale dream? Will their pasts interfere with their present and future? Will love keep them together?

Penelope really depicts her characters exceptionally well. They are vividly imprinted into your imagination while you are reading this story and days after. I felt it was so real. It was beautifully written and flowed magically. Have I already said I loved this story.

Congratulations Penelope Louleas on a fabulously captivating debut novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ee20240) out of 5 stars Fantastic !! 25 May 2014
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Harbour was a smart, sexy, sassy mouth individual with a big heart that needed a change in her life. Lincoln was a gorgeous, hot, dirty mouth CEO that was trying to find his way after a devestating situation. Both of them have been burned by there ex's and are trying to find there way in life.

Harbour lives in Melbourne but accepts a job in NYC so she can re-start her life and put the piece's back together after a broken heart. Her dream fantasy is to go to NYC find a gorgeous man that will kiss her in Times Square at midnight on New Year's Eve. Dream's can come true....Can't they ?

Lincoln has to preform his CEO duties and attend his works yearly New Year's Eve Masquarade Ball. Can these two heart broken individual meet by accident....share an unforgetable kiss....and remember each other afterwords even if they both wore a mask ???? When you meet your soulmate you know when they enter a room even before you turn around or you know what they are thinkung even before it leaves there mouth.

Can there feelings, wants, desire's and love for each other survive there ex's sudden return into there lives or will one have a heart and let the other go for the sake of love for the other even after you find true love and want it all...love, family and marraige ! Don't ever take anything for GRANTED !! Family and Friends near and far always have your back....like a fairy god mother would !!

This story had you captivated from page 1 !! Penalope's writing had me laughing (Harbour's sassy mouth), crying (No don't leave), cheering (yes shoe's)screaming why why why !!!! I LOVED IT !! I know you will fall in love with the characters too ! I can't wait for more !!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f271240) out of 5 stars Great debut novel and I look forward to Pierces story 14 Jun. 2014
By Karen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I must apologise for the delay in posting, but life was a bit hectic and it got pushed to the side for a bit...

So yesterday I decided enough was enough and I sat down to read.... The next time I look up its 3am!

The book flows easily, great storyline and character development it's easy to get involved with their story.

I liked the supporting characters loads, Harbours friends, Melody and Pierce were my favourite supporting characters, and I was intrigued by Art, another of Harbours friends, I can see her story being an interesting one.... The author has set up the background characters well to write future books.

Now onto the main characters, Harbour is with a dick of a boyfriend and Melody forces Harbour to confront him, she then is given a chance to leave Melbourne and head to New York for a promotion and a change of scene... She arrives in time to be invited to the company Masquerade Ball, to which she wears the most amazing dress and mask, courtesy of her 'fairy godmother' Pierce!

She meets a Hot looking stranger in a mask who whisks her easy to Times Square for New Year's Eve countdown... harbour is attracted to him, They kiss but part ways, as she's not ready to jump back into a relationship after the last one, so she starts her new job, only to find out the handsome stranger is her boss, Lincoln!

She is hesitant to start up a relationship with Lincoln, who has baggage of his own... But he is determined and Harbour decides to let her heart rule her head.

There are bumps in the road to Harbours happy ending, I could have slapped both her and Lincoln some times,

I'm not going to say much more other than to say read the book and find out what happens to Harbour...

It's a lovely read, but it's quite raunchy, so it's definitely 18 years and over.

Penelope Louleas is a new Aussie author to keep an eye on, and I really look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f2713f0) out of 5 stars A great debut novel! 17 May 2014
By Mez M'Field - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Harbour is the first novel written by Australia writer, Penelope Louleas. Initially based in Melbourne, Australia, the protagonist Harbour is a young 24 year old working as a PA for Whitmore Industries. Like many young 20 something’s, she had a steady job, a close group of friends, loving family, however not a very happy love life. Enter, moronic Derek.

After walking in on Derek’s 'indiscretions’ with another woman, Harbour decides to finally get rid of him, much to the excitement of her best friends Melody, Artemisia and Pierce (he was my favourite). As luck would have it, her boss decides that she has earned the opportunity to transfer to an opening PA position to their joint company in New York.
With a new determination, Harbour leaves to discover a new life and to forget about her rubbish relationship.

After reading a series of novels that lately seemed to be full of angst, drama and melancholy, it was refreshing to read this. What I noticed initially while reading this, was how relatable it was. I had the close friends who looked out for me, I knew of other friends in rubbish relationships and their banter made me feel like I was talking to my own friends.

The intensity between Harbour and Lincoln is incendiary. They are a hot love match and can’t get their hands off each other. I loved it- especially when Lincoln takes her for a ride in more ways than one on a Harley.

Based in New York, there were references to places that made settling into the novel easy. The story had excellent continuity and for a debut novel, Louleas did a remarkable job!
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