Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Tour Review + Giveaway: Chaperoning Paris by Victoria Pinder

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: June 11, 2014

Gigi Dumont never forgot how she walked away from the only man she ever loved.

She’s a teacher who has led her students to the finals of an international French competition to be help in Paris. The night before the trip, the Principal tries to cancel the trip before he, in turn, loses his job to her high school boyfriend, Sean Collins.

Sean Collins has survived cancer, a divorce , and Gigi having aborted their child back in high school. He assumed he’d hate her, if they ever crossed paths again. But he discovers she’s exactly what he wants.

When Gigi and Sean are stuck together for a week in Paris, Gigi feels she has lost all her control. How can she survive her attraction to Sean? The man’s sexier now than he was back in the day, and once upon a time, he’d had her heart. She finds herself falling for him, even knowing forever is impossible.


My Thoughts: This was a pleasant story about lost love. The idea of rekindling an old love and overcoming personal issues caught my attention to this book. I was eager to read how the characters were going to develop and couldn't wait to fall in love with the story.

The story had a wonderful concept. I really enjoyed how the two main characters, Gigi and Sean, were deeply in love with one another when they were young but were separated for years only to find each other again to rekindle their love. Both characters had issues, not only with themselves but with each other. It was interesting to see how they were both able to overcome these issues and simply learn how to love one another again.

My favorite character had to be Sean. Though he acted tough, he did so for good reasons. Sean was actually sweet and caring. I also loved how he stood up for Gigi even though he was upset with her. He was simply a delightful character.

My least favorite character had to be Gigi, though. I understood that she had issues and really had to learn to overcome them, but I simply got tired of her insecurities. I didn't find her appealing, thus it made reading this book a little harder for me to stay hooked most of the time. It was unfortunate that I was not able to connect with her character.

As a whole, this was a good story. Though I did not fall in love with it as I hoped, but I still found it to be delightful. I know many others would enjoy this book. I rate it:

About the Author:

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

Besides her full time job of teaching, in 2013 and 2014, she sold on her own sold books to three different publishers. The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love will be published from Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne will be published with Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published with Jupiter Press.

Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency and she hopes to continue selling her novels that she writes. Moving up to the next level from hard work and determination is rewarding, and partnerships bring new opportunities.

Also she’s the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers. She’s gone to multiple conferences and intends to continue. She learns and meets so many people at conferences. Her website is, and she’ll continue to grow my web presence. She is working hard on other projects and found the time to plan her wedding this year.

Before writing, her father had taken her to many star trek conventions and on her own she grew up as the only girl in the 90s at the comic book store. Science Fiction was her first love, but contemporary romance was her second. She’s sticking with contemporaries for the near future.

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.

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