Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This Tangled Thing Called Love...


Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New York’s top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York’s most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly awakens Claire’s old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will Claire brave her fears and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she continue to play it safe?

In order to secure his place as his father’s successor, thirty-three-year-old David Lawson must settle down with a wife befitting the future head of Lawson Enterprises - and who could fit the prerequisite better than the stunningly beautiful and incredibly bright Claire Chatfield? There is just one glitch – David Lawson is in love with another woman – a Hollywood Legend Claudia Block.

A successful tango instructor, Alec Brunell has never lacked for women’s attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Upon hearing of his occupation, most women swoon with desire, but Claire runs for the door. Still, her iciness only adds fuel to his fire, as Alec is determined to change Claire’s view of him.

This Tangled Thing Called Love is a love story about finding one’s perfect match - sometimes following one’s heart is as convoluted as learning the steps of tango.


Claire smiled and lifted the glass to her lips – she loved it when David called her his girl – there was something so old-world about it. “So, how was your day?” she asked him.
“There was only one good thing about it – looking forward to seeing you.” David squeezed her hand and Claire thought she was going to literally melt under his gaze. He had had this effect on her ever since they met, and at times, she wondered if she would ever start taking David for granted - at the moment, it seemed impossible. “And that’s all I care to say about my day at the office on a Saturday.” David grinned. “How was your day, baby?”
“I had the craziest morning.”
“Oh? What happened?”
“I got a new neighbor and he was playing his music really loud...” The image of Alec’s bare torso materialized in Claire’s mind as she remembered him moving to the sensual tango music. Flustered, she halted into silence – here she was, sitting across the most desirable man in all of New York and most likely in the world, having ridiculous thoughts about her impertinent neighbor.
“There you are!” Amber sidled into the seat next to David.
For once, Claire was glad of Amber’s interruption.
“Aren’t you two going to dance?”
As if on cue, a deafening blast of techno filled the room.
Claire glanced at the empty dance floor and shook her head. “Oh, you know us, Amber - David and I don’t dance.”
“That’s right.” David nodded. “I can think of far better things to do with my girl than grinding on the dance floor.”
Even David Lawson had an imperfection - it was his utter lack of rhythm and music timing – an idiosyncrasy that Claire found most endearing when she overheard David singing in the shower. David took care to stay off the dance floor, and Claire adored him all the more for it.


Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre. Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.

If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website: www.marieastor.com to sign up for book release updates and events or visit her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection

Books by Marie Astor:

This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true match.

Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.

On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.

A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.

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Twitter: @marieastor


  1. Thank you for featuring This Tangled Thing Called Love today!


  2. This story sounds really fun. I love this type story where the heroine or hero has to find what he or she really want out of life.

    1. Hi MomJane,

      Thank you for your comment - glad to see that you're enjoying the excerpts!


  3. OH...David sounds nice in this excerpt. Don't tell me that he's going to get dumped. It doesn't seem like he deserves it.
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