By Lee Winter
The blurb from the publisher…
Ice meets fire in this opposites-attract lesbian romance, as layered, sassy, and smart as its characters.
Over one long night at a bar in Las Vegas, two powerful hotel executives meet, flirt, and challenge each other—having no clue they’re rivals after the same dream deal.
Brilliant ice queen Amelia Duxton is a hotel vice president who thrives on control, truth, and efficiency. She’s in no mood for love or the mess it brings. All she wants is to buy the coveted Mayfair Palace—a massive deal that could finally help her land the CEO job in her family’s hotel empire.
Fiery Kai Fisher is charming and chaotic and renowned for closing ambitious deals. Her sights are set on snatching the Mayfair Palace out from under the nose of her hated arch rivals, the Duxton family.
But when secrets emerge and everything starts to fall apart, how can either of the warring women win—especially when they’ve just met their match?
Lee Winter has done it again; she’s produced another exceptional book! Hotel Queens is a complex romantic tale rich in detail, dimension and satisfaction. Winter, as per usual, gives her readers an engaging and compelling story that is very hard to put down.
Winter threads this story with one of lesfic readers’ most favorite tropes—the ice queen. She excels in storytelling that is driven by dynamic characters with frosty exteriors; it’s no wonder readers are so drawn to her books. She’s a master at creating characters with bad-ass reputations and complex personalities. She often places her “queens” in executive roles, giving these strong, formidable women a place to strut their stuff. Hotel Queens follows suit and does not disappoint by providing readers with an intriguing and enthralling story.
Winter’s books always shine because she does the leg work; she does her research. She knows all the nuances of her characters and the worlds in which they inhabit. Most notably, though, she conveys all of this to her readers quite readily. Readers understand what motivates her characters, what drives her characters and what gives them pause. Winter gives readers appreciable characters that are sound and cogent. Bottom line, her character development is outstanding and the storytelling thrives because of it.
Main character Amelia Duxton holds the role of ice queen in this suspenseful, plot twisting romance. She is seen as a cool, measured and detailed-oriented math genius with an analytical mind meant for business. She is a bit introverted and repressed, yet she exudes nothing but confidence as she runs her family’s European hotel chain, employing a calm and predictable leadership based on numbers and facts. The universe will do as it pleases, though, and decides to conspire against her, ultimately delivering a whirlwind of chaos in the form one named Kai Fisher.
Kai, the other lead in this entertaining romance, is a delightfully charming character that adds a whole other level to the story. Winter refers to Kai as a “fire ice queen,” and her persona certainly adds an intense and compelling dynamic when paired with Amelia, the traditional ice queen. Their chemistry is off the charts; the push and pull between them is fantastic. Together the two make for entertaining and engrossing reading.
Kai is a marketing manager and deal maker for an upscale New York based hotel enterprise. She’s known in the industry as The Closer and knows how to make things happen. She has a fiery temper and can be quite unpredictable, something Amelia is not. However, there’s something captivating about Kai and Amelia can’t stop thinking about her. Maybe it’s Kai’s charisma and charm, or maybe it’s her sharp mind and her intuitive nature. It’s hard to say for sure, but either way, Kai has the beauty and brains to hold Amelia’s attention.
If you are a Swan Queen fan, then you’ll love this book. It has a fantastic Regina Mills vibe to it that readers can appreciate. If you aren’t familiar with the Swan Queen fandom, but enjoy well-written stories full of engaging characters, romance, suspense and intrigue, then this book will surely delight. Centered around ice queens and business executives, the storytelling is just plain fabulous. Hotel Queens is top-shelf and I highly recommend it.
- Intriguing, dynamic characters
- Superb pacing
- Suspense is nicely executed
- Fantastic character development
- Clever and witty dialog
An except from Hotel Queens…
As she entered the Prohibition Bar, Kai’s head whipped around the tables, seeking her quarry. The room comprised Roaring Twenties-themed paintings, a barman in suspenders and a pin-striped shirt, and a few assorted customers sitting around.
Damn it. Would it be too much for Nedal al-Hamadani to sit in one place for longer than ten minutes? With a disappointed sigh, Kai slid onto a bar stool, summoned the bartender, and ordered a Negroni.
An hour later, she was debating whether to call it a night when a woman entered. Kai stilled as she recognized her immediately.
It was her. The commanding, “ I own the whole damn universe” guest from the lobby.
With an appraising eye, the woman slowly took in her surroundings, as if she were cataloging the room. There was such a stillness to her.
Kai’s breath caught.
The woman slid onto a bar stool two down from Kai, somehow making that graceful despite how high the seats were.
With a long index finger, the woman tapped the counter once. Her pronounced tap was sharp, and the flick of her wrist allowed Kai a glimpse of her watch. A vintage Gallet.
A Gallet. She drew in an impressed breath. Kai’s weakness was luxury watches, and this one was as divine as it was rare.
When she ordered, the woman’s clipped, cool voice was the polar opposite of what Kai’s insides were doing.
Then she registered what the woman had ordered.
Kai lended across the vacant stool between them, smiling at this beautiful stranger, suddenly knowing exactly what to say.
“Brave woman, ordering that.”
This book is available for purchase from…
- Ylva Publishing
- Amazon (December 2, 2020)
- Barnes and Noble (December 2, 2020)
- Audiobook (early 2021, narrator-Angela Dawe)