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Dark Oil

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Home isn’t always where the heart isWhen lawyer Lara Beckham is sent to Africa to save her company’s multi million dollar investment she’s devastated at leaving her husband behind But what can she do She’s. First of all I love that this is a REAL story It's not a simple boring case of man and woman meet skirt around each other and finally fall into bed together I especially loved that the heroine is a lawyer who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to speak itJudging me on my personal appearance that's solid grounds for a discrimination caseAlan deserved honestly and somehow unlike many employees who simply grovelled to the head of the company she had the strength to tell it like it was even if it meant she wouldn't be the CEO's favourite person It was her duty it was the right thing to do and that was something she definitely understoodI like this chick very much I was intrigued with the whole situation the strange oppressed country with corrupt officials the oil contract and all the drama I've never really thought about it what it means to travel to third world countries and all of this the women who cannot vote the salads once cannot eat without fear of getting ill from the water that cleaned them the camel slaughtering made me appreciate all that I haveI even felt my heart pound faster as Lara tried to make a plane out of there felt fear when they took her passport for holding I chuckled once or twice I'll this again I love that it's a real story with so much going on besides just romance 'cause in a normal woman's life there really IS going on than Does he love me Does he want me Do I look good Seriously people LOLAnyway that being said infidelity and cheating is a sad fact in many a woman's life I don't believe in wearing blinders and pretending these things do not happen thus I appreciate that the author tackled the cheating issue That takes guts nowadays and I am not the least put off by that sideline As I said it happens However I must say I wish it had been kept a secret from us Some suspense would have been nice Instead I felt as though I was being hit over and over with a 2 x 4 that said OMG he's with another woman right now He's cheating To be honest I think the heroine came to the conclusion too uick I mean if my husband was in a business job and his secretary told me he was working from home my first thought would NOT be He's cheating on me I'd have to find him in a compromising position or a lie So this was weird to me and as I said above we were constantly reminded that he was messing around before he was even really caught I'd have preferred basis for this conclusion and surprise less pounding me over the head with it And then it went from constant reminders of his possible infidelity to constant reminders that she could never trust men again and that Jack may just be like her ex It was CONSTANT sometimes only a paragraph between themShe thought of Tim of how much she'd wanted to believe in her marriage and look where that had got her Well she wasn't going down that track againand just a few paragraphs laterYes she thought of Tim her husband of ten years the only man to whom she had ever truly given herself Tim the husband who'd cheated and lied made her feel worthless She sighed She'd definitely steer clear of relationships for a long long timeand thenShe wasn't going to fall for his magnetism though wasn't going to find herself in a trap again with another womaniserThat was only an eighth of the 2 x 4s You get the p

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Needed on the other side of the world fighting corruption in a country of rolling sand dunes and roaming camels On her return however it becomes clear that Tim has had plenty of company while she was away Now on. It's Lara Beckham's 10th anniversary and she's looking forward to spending it with Tim her husband until work throws a spanner into her plans and not only is she heading off to work in a foreign country but she's worried her husband is no longer faithful To add to her burden is her sudden attraction to a co workerThere were parts of this book I enjoyed than others I liked seeing Tim get the heave to I liked reading about how Lara found working in a developing country in the throes of a coup it definitely had me on edge The setting was another plus as it was uite uniue However I didn't really find the romance between Lara and Jack to be very exciting I had really high expectations for this book and it wasn't anything like I was expecting This is my first Nora James book and I believe her debut book I do hope she writes as I'm excited to see what she comes out with next Kick-boxing pour la ligne rolling sand dunes and Firm Abs Flat Stomach roaming camels On her Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 return however it becomes clear that Tim has had plenty of company while she was away Now on. It's Lara Beckham's 10th anniversary and she's looking forward to spending it with Tim her husband until work throws a spanner into her plans and not only is she heading off to work in a foreign country but she's worried her husband is no longer faithful To add to her burden is her sudden attraction to a co workerThere were parts of this book I enjoyed than others I liked seeing Tim get the heave to I liked Living the Eternal Way reading about how Lara found working in a developing country in the throes of a coup it definitely had me on edge The setting was another plus as it was uite uniue However I didn't Tamara de Lempicka really find the Amazon.com: Solaris Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture eBook: Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro: Kindle Store romance between Lara and Jack to be very exciting I had Solaris Internals really high expectations for this book and it wasn't anything like I was expecting This is my first Nora James book and I believe her debut book I do hope she writes as I'm excited to see what she comes out with next

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Top of dealing with a complicated legal system an African coup and a marriage beyond saving Lara has one ball to juggle her effortlessly seductive co worker Jack Norton is joining her on the joband he oozes troubl. Not Your Average Romance In fact there’s nothing average about Dark Oil For starters it’s set in the fictional country of Negala in Africa This is not the side of Africa that tourists see Though the setting is dark and gritty the romance and characters are not Lara is an experienced lawyer working in a hard industry where she’s thrown in the deep end Then she meets Jack The attraction between the two of them is beautifully rendered so that when you’re reading the story you can feel the pull between them I felt for Lara for many reasons most of which I can’t write down for fear of giving too much away This is a beautifully written story with warm characters twists you won’t see coming and a heartwarming ending In case you can’t tell I loved it Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy romance and characters are not Lara is an experienced lawyer working in a hard industry where she’s thrown in the deep end Then she meets Jack The attraction between the two of them is beautifully Extreme Pumpkins II rendered so that when you’re Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress reading the story you can feel the pull between them I felt for Lara for many Let God Guide You Daily reasons most of which I can’t write down for fear of giving too much away This is a beautifully written story with warm characters twists you won’t see coming and a heartwarming ending In case you can’t tell I loved it


9 thoughts on “Dark Oil

  1. says:

    This is surprisingly a very refreshing read I'm a sucker for main characters who have their heads on their shoulders but do fall victims to their own weaknesses such as making up excuses forLara's cheating husband when all she wants is a stable and loving family This


  2. says:

    Lawyer Lara Blackman has recently been promoted and she’s uickly ordered by her employer Global Oil to go to Africa in order to sort out a dispute between the company and the government of the country Global Oil is testing in Lara is deeply upset to leave behind her husband especially as it will be her wedding anniversary and she has planned something special Her husband is ambitious and although Lara would prefer to downgrade their house and give up work in order to have a baby or two her husband wants the big house the new cars and keeps saying he isn’t ready to start a family Lara feels as though they are drifting apart and she wants to use this anniversary as a chance to reconnectHer thoughts are even disturbed when she realises that Jack Norton a co worker is joining her on the trip Lara has always had a bit of a reaction to good looking Jack and she believes that he knows it too Lara is worried about being in such close proximity to Jack although her worries soon settle a little when he takes the time to brief her on the country they’re visiting the customs protocols and some basic information which her other co worker had neglected to do The country they are visiting is very different to Lara’s hometown of Perth Australia and she is very grateful for the information She finds herself relaxing around Jack and they become friends and Lara even blurts out her fears to Jack that she believes her husband is seeing someone else when she finds it impossible to get hold of him during her time in Africa Lara thought she was a happily married woman but this trip to Africa is beginning to make her wonderin ways than oneDark Oil is a book that having finished I find it difficult to categorise It comes from Harleuin Escape Harleuin Australia’s digital first imprint and therefore I expected it to be predominantly a romance novel However I think this book defies that – for a start there’s very little actual romance in this book Lara is married for at least three uarters of the book and she only separates from her husband they don’t divorce within the story Although there’s a bit of an attraction between Lara and Jack Lara finds him very handsome even when she still believes her marriage is successful and happy and they do develop a friendship and mutual respect whilst they are in Africa However everything is kept all very proper and there are no moments that even come close to sighting the line let alone crossing it After they return from Africa and Lara separates from her husband Jack and Lara don’t even see each other until the book is pretty much over There’s the suggestion that there’s a happy ever after but the book ends before the reader gets a chance to experience them giving into their attraction and doesn’t give them much of an idea what they’d be like as a couple It’s an underdeveloped part of the story and the focus seems to be on Global Oil and their dealings in AfricaThe country Lara Jack and the third co worker Martin visit is a made up one believed to be rich in oil but desperately poor and with a government steeped in corruption with coups ready to happen any minute so really it could be based on any number of real African countries As a general rule I dislike reading about made up countries – it seems to be an easy out Although she works hard and is clearly competent it seems that Lara has an edge in her new position because she speaks the language of the country fluently due to having a nanny from the country when she was a child This is flimsy at best but the time that Lara Jack and Martin spend in Africa is highly enjoyable to read You do get a picture of the country and the author takes great care to show the corruption that exists at the highest levels and the poverty at the lowest obviously a reflection on several real life countries I actually really enjoyed the African storyline and the way in which it was crafted It really dominated the book and to be honest most of the time I forgot that there was supposed to be some sort of blossoming feeling between Jack and Lara because that paled so much in significance I feel as though that really should’ve been important or taken a larger role I liked the fact that they developed a good friendship which I think is important and also that many romances lack but it often felt as though there was no chemistry between them Lara was so obviously hung up on her husband Tim and what was going on at home behind her back was so obvious and she really had absolutely no idea So the development towards the end felt way too rapid and Lara’s switching of affectionsfeelings was a bit unbelievableOften I find that some romances have a great romantic story line but it overshadows everything else In this book it was the opposite I feel that everything overshadowed the romance It would probably be a very enjoyable read for those that like a meaty story without much of the “sappy stuff” Me I prefer the romance to be a bigger focus than it was in this one


  3. says:

    First of all I love that this is a REAL story It's not a simple boring case of man and woman meet skirt around each other and finally fall into bed together I especially loved that the heroine is a lawyer who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to speak itJudging me on my personal appearance that's solid grounds for a discrimination caseAlan deserved honestly and somehow unlike many employees who simply grovelled to the head of the company she had the strength to tell it like it was even if it meant she wouldn't be the CEO's favourite person It was her duty it was the right thing to do and that was something she definitely understoodI like this chick very much I was intrigued with the whole situation the strange oppressed country with corrupt officials the oil contract and all the drama I've never really thought about it what it means to travel to third world countries and all of this the women who cannot vote the salads once cannot eat without fear of getting ill from the water that cleaned them the camel slaughtering made me appreciate all that I haveI even felt my heart pound faster as Lara tried to make a plane out of there felt fear when they took her passport for holding I chuckled once or twice I'll this again I love that it's a real story with so much going on besides just romance 'cause in a normal woman's life there really IS going on than Does he love me? Does he want me? Do I look good? Seriously people LOLAnyway that being said infidelity and cheating is a sad fact in many a woman's life I don't believe in wearing blinders and pretending these things do not happen thus I appreciate that the author tackled the cheating issue That takes guts nowadays and I am not the least put off by that sideline As I said it happens However I must say I wish it had been kept a secret from us Some suspense would have been nice Instead I felt as though I was being hit over and over with a 2 x 4 that said OMG he's with another woman right now He's cheating To be honest I think the heroine came to the conclusion too uick I mean if my husband was in a business job and his secretary told me he was working from home my first thought would NOT be He's cheating on me I'd have to find him in a compromising position or a lie So this was weird to me and as I said above we were constantly reminded that he was messing around before he was even really caught I'd have preferred basis for this conclusion and surprise less pounding me over the head with it And then it went from constant reminders of his possible infidelity to constant reminders that she could never trust men again and that Jack may just be like her ex It was CONSTANT sometimes only a paragraph between themShe thought of Tim of how much she'd wanted to believe in her marriage and look where that had got her Well she wasn't going down that track againand just a few paragraphs laterYes she thought of Tim her husband of ten years the only man to whom she had ever truly given herself Tim the husband who'd cheated and lied made her feel worthless She sighed She'd definitely steer clear of relationships for a long long timeand thenShe wasn't going to fall for his magnetism though wasn't going to find herself in a trap again with another womaniserThat was only an eighth of the 2 x 4s You get the picture Over and over How many times does the same thing need to be said?Full review


  4. says:

    Dark Oil Nora JamesArc supplied by Netgalley I love romance but it needs to have a good backing story and Dark Oil does that Right from the start I could feel that Jack was someone special the way he was described meant he was sensually attractive and one of those people who easily catch the eye – and then to top it he was such a – well nice seems too bland caring funny genuineperson He goes out of his way to help Lara when they're sent to Africa telling her all the basic warnings her boss should have done Martin already has a grudge against Jack and tells Lara he's a womaniser and not to be trusted Yet its Jack who helps her Jack who looks out for her safety and who's given her all the info Martin should have Martin is just a typical arrogant boss concerned with results only and rude to anyone he considers beneath him He's sees Lara as an unnecessary person thrust upon him and makes it clear to her how he feels So Africa isn't a fun place and that’s before they get caught in the drama of a third world country She gets closer to Jack can't help notice the simmering attraction that sizzles between them but is worried about Tim He seemed – odd not his usual self – before she left and she can't help but worry she's missing something – thoughts of him and other women flit through her head but she tells herself she's being sillythen she arrives home and finds him with another woman She's now got a marriage problem to sort the position with her job and Africa still is in the balance her mum is still sick and waiting for results from tests and she can't get her mind off Jack although there was nothing than conversation and unwritten attraction between them She's also concerned that he's a marriage breaker – Martin said he'd destroyed his marriage by having an affair with his wife and after Tim's betrayal she's not going to do that either So they dance around two lonely people attracted to each other and the problems at work then throw them together once againIts a great love story full of simmering sexual tension and smouldering glances You wont get out and out sex scenes here but the way simple glances and touches are written you won't miss them The romance is set perfectly within the story and I really enjoyed the highs and lows of it all I like contrast happiness then tears tears then happiness – that’s my idea of a great romance book Got it all here It's priced at £264 for 216 pages437 kb so good value for money Stars loved it – four and a half


  5. says:

    As a whole the book is a great read The social issue itself is worth reading an eye opener to those who have never been to a third world country Lara's first hours to the country of their business is not just a creative part of the author It is a reality I can vouch for especially the than poor living condition and the way locals scheme to get as much s from white skinned blue eyed tourists This part of the story dedicated to the book's setting is a gem to read as the story progressThe characters however left a bitter taste to my tongue The heroine doubts her husband's fidelity while she's lusting for another man? The hypocrisy The hero is as blatantly going after a married woman is another I guess you can expect it from a single man who knew that the said married woman is not that true to her marriage vow And that is the reason why I cannot believe their HEA or their romance I kept thinking if she cheated while married to her first husband what's to say she would not the next time she meets another handsome and charismatic man? Or that the hero would not charm another woman as a next conuest or just for the fun of it?Read this courtesy of my local library


  6. says:

    It's Lara Beckham's 10th anniversary and she's looking forward to spending it with Tim her husband until work throws a spanner into her plans and not only is she heading off to work in a foreign country but she's worried her husband is no longer faithful To add to her burden is her sudden attraction to a co workerThere were parts of this book I enjoyed than others I liked seeing Tim get the heave to I liked reading about how Lara found working in a developing country in the throes of a coup it definitely had me on edge The setting was another plus as it was uite uniue However I didn't really find the romance between Lara and Jack to be very exciting I had really high expectations for this book and it wasn't anything like I was expecting This is my first Nora James book and I believe her debut book I do hope she writes as I'm excited to see what she comes out with next


  7. says:

    Not Your Average Romance In fact there’s nothing average about Dark Oil For starters it’s set in the fictional country of Negala in Africa This is not the side of Africa that tourists see Though the setting is dark and gritty the romance and characters are not Lara is an experienced lawyer working in a hard industry where she’s thrown in the deep end Then she meets Jack The attraction between the two of them is beautifully rendered so that when you’re reading the story you can feel the pull between them I felt for Lara for many reasons most of which I can’t write down for fear of giving too much away This is a beautifully written story with warm characters twists you won’t see coming and a heartwarming ending In case you can’t tell I loved it


  8. says:

    Dark Oil is than a romance it's a journey into another world Not only do readers get immersed into the world of global mining politics but they also get to experience a completely different setting in the made up country of Negala in Africa The images of the country are so vivid I could feel the heat and wanted to brush away the fliesThe heroine Lara is torn between her work obligations and her husband's expectation but we soon discover he's not the man she thinks he isThen Jack is introduced and he's everything Lara needs in a man intelligent caring understanding and attractive I had to keep reading to discover how Lara and Jack would end up together Dark Oil is a great read and I'd definitely recommend it


  9. says:

    Review Posted on HarleuinJunkiecomDark Oil by Nora James Due to some recent firings because of poor work performance attorney Lara Beckham has been promoted She is now assigned to work with her company’s most important client the government of Negala a country in Africa It is Lara’s duty and those of her two colleagues Commercial Manager Martin Griffiths and Exploration Manager Jack Norton to figure out why Global Oil’s permit to explore for oil has been terminatedRead More


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