Special Release + Official Review! Private Messages by Connie Lafortune

Title: Private Messages
Author: Connie Lafortune
Genre: Contemporary/2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2019

For so long, my very existence teetered on the brink of death
That’s what happens, when you lose the other piece of your heart
I can’t sleep, write or work
Until, I meet him
The one who won’t let me fade back into the darkness
Now, I’m feeling things that I shouldn’t
But the man is determined to breathe me back to life
And, it’s been so long since I took a breath
I’ve been called a cold heartless bastard one too many times
However, I didn’t get to where I am by not taking chances
I’m the successful owner of Club Syn
And then I meet her
I’m torn between my mysterious caller and the raging storm
Now, I’m feeling things I’ve never felt before
One is untouchable, the other continues to push me away
And, it’s been so long since I’ve been inspired


I received a copy and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

Ever since opening up The Claiming of Callan by Connie Lafortune, I have been a huge fan and have devoured all of her books. While Bound By Steel will always be my favorite, because you can’t top perfection, I would love to share with you my love for her newest book Private Messages. Zane and Lili took my heart and body on quite the ride through many deep emotions and kept me turning pages at warp speed. I have been such a busy person of late that I haven’t had much time to indulge in one of my favorite past times which is reading but once Zane and Lili took hold, they wouldn’t let go until I read their final thoughts and felt every one of their emotions down to my toes. Yes, I know it sounds crazy talking about characters like they are real but when you open a book by a talented author like Connie, you can’t help but feel they are real, from whiffs of the mint gum that Zane would chew after every cigarette to every feeling that flitted through their mind, and desire that ignited. Connie makes you privy to it all! Private Messages had me engrossed and ready to learn more about this dynamic duo that try to fight it every step of the way but still end up in each other’s arms! What I loved most was the mystery that surrounded both of them that led to their fate of falling in love and melded them together seamlessly.

Zane Sinclair intrigued me from the beginning. I fell for this suit wearing, work obsessed owner of Club Syn and I wanted to know everything about the mystery that surrounded him like a shroud. I was impatient to see every moment of his developing relationship with Lili and to know who was sending him all those cryptic private messages. Connie is so good at writing from a male’s point of view that a reader can’t help but be left completely seduced and truly feel like they know every recess of her hero’s mind but yet still greedy for more.

Lili is a tortured heroine who can’t help but hold the tightest grip that she can on her past love and needs a man like Zane to show her that passion and a future does not have to be dead and forgotten but reveled in and celebrated. I felt such a fierce bond and protective nature for this heroine who has been through insurmountable grief and needs to learn to live again. I couldn’t help but shed a few tears of sorrow and happiness on her behalf after experiencing the myriad of emotions that she goes through on her journey.

Connie Lafortune delivers an emotional tale of two broken individuals that fate intervenes and takes them right into each other’s arms where the attraction is explosive and undeniable. I highly recommend Private Messages for a love story that not only speaks of unquenchable passion but also of the resilience of the heart after loss. Connie never fails to give a completely different story that she has in the past with a new and riveting tone that keeps a reader under her spell. I cannot wait to see if she will do more with this fictional world so we can see the other Sinclair brother up close and personal. Connie, please don’t leave us waiting to long for more of your brilliant words…although your stories are well worth the wait!

I’m just about to enter my room from the balcony when someone says, “And I was just beginning to enjoy the view.”

What the hell? I glance in the direction of said voice and my knees become weak when the owner of that voice strikes a match. His beautiful face is revealed in the orange glow. Normally, I’m a walking, talking Thesaurus, but he has rendered me speechless. This man oozes confidence and masculinity throughout every fiber of his being. And how the hell did I not notice before that our balconies are only separated by a wrought-iron railing?

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you,” the man said. “You were lost in thought before and I didn’t want to disturb you.”

The last thing I want to do is start a conversation, but it would be rude to ignore him. Wouldn’t it? “You didn’t startle me, I just have a million things on my mind right at the moment.”

“Ah, I see. And I’m not one of them,” he adds, while running his fingers through his unruly hair.

“How could you possibly be on my mind when we’ve never met?” I wish I could take that back when in three short strides, the railing is the only object separating us. Which he could easily hurdle with his long legs. This is the second time today my heart is in my throat.

“Oh, quite the contrary. We met at the Books & Babes afterparty last month. Briefly, I might add, but nevertheless, unforgettable.”

No, no, no. It can’t be! What are the chances of me running into my drunken one-night stand? Ugh, it was the first and last time in my life that I did the walk of shame. What a nightmare this turned out to be. “I’m up for a repeat performance, if you’re game. It might be just what you need to unwind,” he murmurs, while leaning his elbows on the railing. Waiting for an answer.

A month ago, I was here for a book signing which was hosted by the Books & Babes Blog. My agent thought it would be great exposure for me to meet and greet as many fans as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love meeting my readers, but they only know me under my pen name, LN Avalon, not Lilianna Cavallon. Believe me, I never confided in anyone just how much exposure there really was going on that weekend. The only one who knows is waiting for my answer with a shit-eating grin on his handsome face. Dear god, a thought suddenly crosses my mind which makes me nauseous. Did he take any pictures of me in compromising positions? Are they plastered all over the internet?

When his hand unexpectedly touches my arm, I recoil. “Are you okay, Lili? You look like you’ve just seen a ghost.”

There’s no way in hell I can ask him if he took pics that night. Can I? ‘Cause right now I feel like I need to know, otherwise it will drive me stark-raving crazy. “No, I’m fine. I just had a thought and I must admit, it unnerved me a bit.”

“Anything I can help you with?” He has no idea.

“Now that you mention it, could you answer a question about that night?” Dammit, now he must think I was three sheets to the wind and I don’t remember a thing. And he wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

“Of course, I’d be glad to. Do you want me to tell you how many times I made you come?”

“No, that won’t be necessary.” Three amazing orgasms! That much I clearly remember. “Did you take any naked pics of me that night I should be worried about?”

My breath catches when he leaps over the railing. “No, I’d never do such a thing. That’s not my style.”

Am I contemplating having hot, carnal sex with him again? Yes, I do believe I am. Tentatively, I reach out and touch his chest with a trembling hand. “Do me a favor and lose the phone this time.”

A devious chuckle escapes as his hands land on my hips. “It’s in my room but I think you should do a cavity search, just to be safe.”

Oh, sweet baby Jesus.
Connie is a true believer in love conquering all… This being the reason why she loves writing romance novels. She wants to create a story based on strong, believable characters. One’s that will make you laugh, cry and feel every emotion under the sun. Connie wants to leave you breathless and begging for more… 



  1. Thank you. You rock! Xxx

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