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Sleeping With the Lights On by Brenda Whiteside

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  • After two failed marriages and countless relationships, Sandra Holiday thinks she's met the man to end her years of less than perfect choices; choices that not only derailed her travel-related career plans but also left her single and broke.

    Carson Holiday, a Las Vegas country crooner with swoon-inducing good looks, spent his adult life pursuing a recording contract and love, never holding on to either. After eighteen years, he drops back into Sandra's life, reigniting an attraction he can't deny.

    When Carson reappears, Sandra must choose again. Only this time, nothing's as it seems. A secret admirer, a redheaded stalker, and an eccentric millionaire throw her on a dangerous path, with Carson her only truth.

    As life confronts her with yet another turning point, will her decisions find her eternally sleeping with the lights on --- or will she finally discover a way to turn them off?

    (Pages 240) Sensual

    Excerpt:

    "When do you go back to Vegas?"

    He hesitated. "In a day or two."

    "You sound rather vague." And still elusive. What could be the big secret about this charity gig he couldn't divulge?

    "I have a few more things to find out. I'll be out of here as soon as I get all my questions answered. It's complicated."

    "Carson, honestly, how complicated can a gig--"

    Pulling me around, he stopped, facing me. My head said run like hell, but my legs wouldn't respond. Mushy from wine or the result of Carson and moonlight. I couldn't be sure which.

    "Have lunch with me tomorrow, darlin'." His fingers slipped from mine to gingerly brush along my forearm. The moonlight caught in his eyes. "Another hour of your time with a long lost friend?"

    "Yes." My voice went all husky and come-hither. I wanted to kick myself for being so easy.

    "Good." Grasping my hand again, he led me toward the door. "What's the address of your office?"

    I struggled to shake off the moon shadows and to remember where I worked. Once inside the building, I took a scrap of paper from my purse and wrote the address.

    "I'll walk you to your door and say goodnight," he said, tucking the scrap of paper in his pocket. "Unless you want to have me in for a goodnight drink." I didn't answer. If he'd only known the extent of my uncertainty at that moment, a little persistence might have made me cave.

    "Okay, then--" His mouth gaped.

    I followed his bewildered look to my apartment door.

    TRAMP

     

Reviews

Grade 
08/01/2012

Review

Night Owl Romance
Author: Brenda Whiteside
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Reviewed by: Jolene387
Sleeping With The Lights On was an intriguing, suspenseful book. I had trouble relating to Sandra but Carson is the typical Texan. However, I really enjoyed reading this book. The author kept my attention throughout. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat but I was anxious to see what happened next. The author’s descriptive writing enabled me to be a part of the book. I could immerse myself in the ambiance she created and the ending was a real surprise!!

    Grade 
    02/18/2012

    Review

    REVIEW - SLEEPING WITH THE LIGHTS ON – BRENDA WHITESIDE

    I am not normally attracted to books written in the 1st person, so I was pleasantly surprised when I read this story. It was great. I became engrossed very quickly with Sandra, the fifty year old heroine, and the cast of quirky characters. Wesley, the eccentric millionaire, I really thought he would be the hero until Carson Holiday, Sandra’s ex-husband, arrives on the scene. Carson is a singer and songwriter who has been married several times, but he is so charming you can’t hold that against him. And I desperately wanted him and Sandra to get back together. Then there is the crazed stalker Eva and an interfering mother added to the mix.

    Brenda Whiteside has written, I wouldn’t say sweet, more like a whimsical love story with a dash of intrigue. Her mention of the pop stars of the 60’s/70’s and their songs, certainly gave me a trip down memory lane.

    If you want a good love story that is just a little different, you won’t be disappointed in Sleeping With The Lights On.

    Margaret Tanner
    Published Author

      Grade 
      11/23/2011

      Review

      Sandra and Carson are two very realistic and relatable characters. Brenda Whiteside writes in a compelling first-person viewpoint that made me feel part of the story from page one. Lots of great twists and turns. Can't wait to read Brenda's next story.

        Grade 
        10/11/2010

        Review

        I thoroughly enjoyed reading Brenda Whiteside’s SLEEPING WITH THE LIGHTS ON. Sandra Holliday, the heroine brings riveting romances between two men. Wesley, the man she’s met to end her years of less than perfect choices; choices that left her single and broke. Then, along comes
        Carson Holiday, who drops back into Sandra’s life, reigniting an attraction they can’t deny. When Carson reappears, Sandra must choose again. Here’s one scene from the book that will entice a person to read this spell-binding book:
        "Believe me, Ive been sleeping with the lights on for..." A dot of red caught my attention. "I don't believe it!"
        "What?" Abby joined me by the window. She scanned the street but obviously didn't see what I did. "What?"
        "There." I pointed. "Beside the green house on the corner. See the red car?" We had a good overview of the street from the second floor. If we'd been ground level, the car would've been hidden. "She must've followed me here. This is getting ridiculous."
        "Who is it?" Her eyes squinting, Abby tried to see the Mustang's occupant.
        "A woman who lives in Wesley's apartment building." I stepped to the side, the coffee-brown drapes offering me a hiding place. I peeked around the drape's corded edge. "She's following me. I knew it!
        "Why? Who is she?"
        I pulled Abby over to me, talking in hushed tones, as if my stalker might overhear. Telling her the story of my morning encounter with Eva, harassed ex-cop-turned-private detective, gave me goose bumps.
        "You spent the night with Wesley?" Abby's voice boomed. "Is this getting serious?"
        "Abby, aren't you listening?" I tugged on her arm. "I'm being stalked!"
        "Oh, you're being followed by a jealous woman."
        "That's called stalking!"
        The plot thickens, with a secret admirer, a redheaded stalker, and an eccentric millionaire that throws her on a dangerous path. A surprising ending will throw the readers. I am a fan of Brenda’s and am waiting for her next book patiently.

          Grade 
          08/15/2010

          Review

          Coffee Time Romance and More July 2010
          Sleeping With the Lights On is a brilliantly written suspense/thriller story that keeps the reader guessing. At times I felt that Sandra was just paranoid and at others I was sure that she was going to come face to face with someone who has bad intentions. Brenda Whiteside writes with a voice that keeps the reader coming back for more. I recommend Sleeping With the Lights On for the hair-raising suspense as well as the melt your heart romance.

            Grade 
            06/21/2010

            Review

            Review from Amazon.com, May 22, 2010 by Karen Qualtire (Phoenix, AZ)

            This was a wonderful story about fifty-year old Sandra Holiday finally finding herself after so many years of searching. There were myriad twists and turns along the way which added to the suspense. What did the redhead want, would Wesley or Carson (or neither) win Sandra's heart, and was Gary cheating on her sister Abby? You'll have to read for yourself to find the answers, but I do believe you will enjoy the journey just as I did.

            Brenda Whiteside, in her debut novel, did a masterful job of weaving the intricacies of Sandra's life, from her failed marriages and relationships, her relationship with her sister and mother, her unsatisfying jobs, and of course, her ex-husband reappearing, into a heartwarming story of a middle aged woman finally finding what had eluded her for so long. Very well done and will eagerly await Mrs. Whiteside's next novel.

              Grade 
              06/21/2010

              Review

              Review from Amazon.com, May 22, 2010 Karen Qualtire (Phoenix, AZ)

              This was a wonderful story about fifty-year old Sandra Holiday finally finding herself after so many years of searching. There were myriad twists and turns along the way which added to the suspense. What did the redhead want, would Wesley or Carson (or neither) win Sandra's heart, and was Gary cheating on her sister Abby? You'll have to read for yourself to find the answers, but I do believe you will enjoy the journey just as I did.

              Brenda Whiteside, in her debut novel, did a masterful job of weaving the intricacies of Sandra's life, from her failed marriages and relationships, her relationship with her sister and mother, her unsatisfying jobs, and of course, her ex-husband reappearing, into a heartwarming story of a middle aged woman finally finding what had eluded her for so long. Very well done and will eagerly await Mrs. Whiteside's next novel.

                Grade 
                06/21/2010

                Review

                Reviewed by Ana Morgan, June edition of the Muse

                Sandra and Wesley, Carson and Eva...They could be a bridge foursome or tennis doubles. But they're not.

                Sandra is a fifty year old looking for a better job and a permanent, positive relationship. She thinks she's found it in Wesley, a rich misfit who is obsessed with creating theme rooms in his huge house. Eva is one of his more intense friends.

                Carson is a Las Vegas singer-performer, aging as finely as top-of-the-line bourbon...and one of Sandra's ex's. He's in town and won't say why. What he insists on repeating, over romantic meals and flowers, is how good he and Sandra were together.

                Then Sandra's life gets complicated. Her stable sister has a marriage meltdown. Someone in a sporty red car starts stalking her. And despite her justifiable mistrust, Carson still turns her on.

                Brenda Whiteside has crafted a page-turner I could not (did not) put down until I'd read the very last word. Her characters come instantly alive, and their lives intertwine seamlessly in this fast-paced romance, that does not have a happy ending...until the very satisfying end.

                  Grade 
                  06/21/2010

                  Review

                  Reviewed by Ana Morgan, June edition of the Muse

                  Sandra and Wesley, Carson and Eva...They could be a bridge foursome or tennis doubles. But they're not.

                  Sandra is a fifty year old looking for a better job and a permanent, positive relationship. She thinks she's found it in Wesley, a rich misfit who is obsessed with creating theme rooms in his huge house. Eva is one of his more intense friends.

                  Carson is a Las Vegas singer-performer, aging as finely as top-of-the-line bourbon...and one of Sandra's ex's. He's in town and won't say why. What he insists on repeating, over romantic meals and flowers, is how good he and Sandra were together.

                  Then Sandra's life gets complicated. Her stable sister has a marriage meltdown. Someone in a sporty red car starts stalking her. And despite her justifiable mistrust, Carson still turns her on.

                  Brenda Whiteside has crafted a page-turner I could not (did not) put down until I'd read the very last word. Her characters come instantly alive, and their lives intertwine seamlessly in this fast-paced romance, that does not have a happy ending...until the very satisfying end.

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