Friday, April 11, 2014

Review and Giveaway - Dating Cary Grant by Emelle Gamble

Dating Cary Grant

by Emelle Gamble 



A modern Manhattan fairy tale starring… 

Tracy Connor, a New York City career woman who loves her job and classic movies. 

Mike Connor, her estranged husband, a small town Mayor who loves his wife but doesn’t seem to have enough time to see her. 

The handsome stranger, Philip Adams, who lives downstairs from the small sublet Tracy has temporarily moved into. He’s charming, funny and looks a lot like her very favorite screen icon, Cary Grant. 

Dating Cary Grant is a romance all about New York City career woman Tracy Connor struggling with real issues with her real guy, her husband of six years, Mayor Mike Connor of Cukor, Connecticut. Tracy is a smart woman, but some of her problems with relationships are partially caused by her unrealistic expectations that real guys should – and can - behave like matinee idols. Mike’s problems are also caused by the fact that he’s such a great guy and overextends his heart, and his appointment calendar, to every constituent, friend or stray animal who crosses his path. 

Tracy is also being stressed by a TV reality show intent on showcasing Tracy and Mike’s personal life, as well as the imminent takeover of her employer, a small, private television station, by a billionaire with unlimited funds and no taste. 

Dating Cary Grant considers just how selfless a man needs to be to meet his wife’s expectations, and just how honest a woman must be with herself about what she’s willing to give, and give-up. And Cary Grant is along to help prove that any woman’s search for ‘Mr. Perfect ‘ might take her to a surprising place to find him. 



Tracy put her hand on the knob to open the door a crack so she could hear better, when suddenly someone knocked, then knocked a second time! 

The vibration went right through the door into her forehead. She yelped and stepped back, just like the other night, but this time, thankfully, the lock was engaged. 

“Hello?” a man asked pleasantly. “Sorry if I startled you.” 

Tracy stared at the door, immobile with surprise. She cleared her throat and put her right hand over her heart, as if that would slow the galloping beat down.  

The man knocked twice again. “I don’t want to be a bother, but I’ve come to borrow ice cubes, if you have them. It’s quite a catastrophe, really, having no ice, so you can save the day if you have a tray or two to spare.”  

His voice was smart and cultured. He had the accent of an Englishman by birth and world traveler by choice.   

“Why don’t you come downstairs and have a drink, for that matter? If you’re decent, of course. Or even if you’re not.” He chuckled and tapped the door gently. “Come on.  Shy, are you? Don’t be afraid, I promise I’m a perfect gentleman this time of night.” 

“Yes, hello,” Tracy surprised herself by replying. “But I’m sorry; I don’t have any ice cubes. Sorry.” What a pinhead, she chided herself. Apologizing when I had no reason to, just like the woman on the bike told her.    

“No ice cubes? You poor darling! Well, you must open up and go downstairs with me. I’ll steal some for you from the party. Right out of someone’s glass. It might be rude, but, well, I’m willing to be rude in times of crisis. No girl with a voice as lovely as yours should be without ice cubes on a Saturday night. What if she fancied a cocktail?” 

Tracy smiled. “Actually it’s Sunday morning. About three thirty, as a matter of fact. And I certainly can’t come out, as I’m dressed for bed, and it’s a bit early for me to be drinking a cocktail.” 

“Early? Well, that’s all the way you look at it, my dear.” The door creaked as the visitor leaned his weight against it. “To my way of thinking, 3:30 a.m. is the very heart of the evening. Why don’t you throw on something more acceptable to the general public and join me? What do you say?” 

Tracy put her hand on the door and peered through the stained glass but could make out only a vague figure of a man in a dark suit. His voice was amazing.  If he looked half as hot as he sounded, then the neighborhood was even better than she had expected.  

Should she open the door to get a look at this guy? She glanced down and frowned at the white tee shirt and pink socks she‘d been sleeping in. The shirt was Mike’s. Suddenly the image of her husband filled her head, squelching her curious impulse.  

Tracy crossed her arms over her chest. “Thanks, but no. Sorry.” She grimaced. God lord, I am pathetic. “Goodnight!” Her voice was firm. “I’m going back to sleep now. Have a nice party.” 

“Well, all right. But next time I’ll stay here until you come out and meet me properly,” the man replied. “I’ll go back to my friends. Although you don’t sound like you need it, you’ve still got a few hours to get your beauty sleep. Good night, Miss…?” 

It’s Mrs., she thought. “Connor. Tracy Connor.”   

“Sleep tight, Tracy Connor,” the man said.


Tracy Connor is a married woman who cannot settle into her life with her husband, Cukor, Connecticut's Mayor Mike Connor. She has an exciting job in the big city in television. Being a small town mayor's wife just isn't cutting it for this high-energy executive.  Tracy decides to take an apartment in the city, signing a lease without even telling her husband what she is up to. It is her birthday and, once again, the people of Cukor take precedence over Tracy as Mike stands her up for her birthday dinner.
To make matters worse, Tracy falls and hits her head on the concrete. As she and her best friend, Posey, are movie fanatics, the fact that the woman who nearly runs her down with a bike during the fall is an 80-something Katharine Hepburn look-a-like leaves Tracy slightly confused. When Tracy runs into her new neighbor who also happens to look like a movie star - her favorite - Cary Grant, leaves her nearly breathless.  She finds herself wanting romance, not with her husband but with Philip Adams, the Cary Grant 'hottie.'
As this story weaves her into a spell of wondering who is real and who may be an hallucination, you discover Tracy is a modern woman who wants her freedom and yet longs for romance. One is a career-first kind of girl the other side of her has a penchant of undiscovered longing for more traditional roles. To say she is confused is putting it mildly.
This book allows for a lovely Sunday afternoon read - don't forget the tea. ~Reviewed by JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Emelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection. These evolved into bad teen poetry and worse short stories. She took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed twenty years ago.  As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin.  Soul Mate Publishing  brought out  Secret Sister,  a paranormal women’s romantic fiction novel in the summer of 2013. This was followed by the novella, Duets, in November, 2013, and the follow on novel starring the characters from Duets, Molly Harper, in January, 2014. 

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Emelle’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation.  She most enjoys reading stories that surprise and amaze her, and hopes her readers will enjoy the challenging and exciting journeys her characters take.   

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C.  with her husband, Phil, her hero of thirty years,  and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

Emelle Gamble contact links: 


FaceBook:  Author Emelle Gamble 

Twitter: @EmelleGamble


Secret Sister  is now available on Amazon! 

Once and Forever is now available on Amazon! 

Duets, a novella, the prequel to Molly Harper: 

Molly Harper now available on Amazon
 Emelle will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and the NBtM Book Tour. A digital copy of Dating Cary Grant will be awarded to 5 randomly drawn commenters also during this tour and the NBtM Book Tour.  The more you comment the greater your chances of winning!!   Follow the tour HERE


  1. I found the review very helpful thank you.

  2. Thank you JoEllen and Booklover Sue for the lovely review! You have a great take on Tracy and Mike...and I hope you liked Cary Grant! Readers, tell me in the comment if you have ever had trouble balancing work and romance. I have, and romance wins! XXX Emelle

  3. Hahaha Emelle, my education and career always came first. That's why my doctor made me retire early lol. Lovely review today!

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    1. Interesting, Elise-Maria! So now that you're retired???? Inquiring minds. Thanks for the post! XXX Emelle

  4. I really loved the excerpt, and I thought the review was wonderful.

    1. Thanks for the post MomJane...I love how positive you are. good luck in the drawing!

  5. Hey, Thanks for featuring my book "Through His Eyes" on your great blog! I hope y'all get to read it. It's getting some great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Check them out! And I would love for you to share your opinions of it, too!
    ~Deborah Camp

    1. Hey Debby Camp...are you hijacking my blog post? HA! Probably just hit the wrong comment section. Good luck with your new book!

  6. Great review! I loved the excerpt and I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the great giveaway! I am entering under the name of Virginia

    1. Thanks Virginia! Good luck in the contest. And if you get a chance to read DATING CARY GRANT, please leave me review and tell me what you thought!

  7. Can't wait to read....hope I win! LeAnn A

  8. I always love the excerpts, the review was really good also!

  9. Nice review and excerpt

  10. I really enjoyed JoEllen's review! But instead of enjoying it while having tea, I'd be drinking Diet Coke. ;)

  11. Ooops...forgot my eddress: Thanks!

  12. Thanks for sharing the excerpt it was great.. and for the honest review :)

  13. Tracy and Mike Connor remind me of the Philadelphia Story. Katharine Hepburn was Tracy Lord and Jimmy Stewart was Macauley 'Mike' Connor.
    C Dexter Haven stole every scene.


  14. Your book excerpt has intrigued me…looking forward to reading it soon.

  15. I'm definitely intrigued!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  16. book sounds really good. esseboo at yahoo dot com

  17. Thanks for your review. Very helpful.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  18. Liked the excerpt! Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for the giveaway too :)

  19. Great excerpt! Sounds like a great book! collenga AT yahoo dot com

  20. I love how descriptive the excerpt is! Really draws in the reader. =D

  21. I liked the review, it really told me what the book is about :)