The Queen of Tarts review of Tracy Ellen’s In Love By Design

In Love by Design (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod, Volume 3)Queen of Tarts Review of

In Love By Design
by Tracy Ellen

 I love Anabel Axelrod! She’s smart, sassy, hella sarcastic and hell on wheels. She’s my hero. 😉 In Love By Design by Tracy Ellen is the third adventure of Anabel and I sincerely hope not the last.

This outing finds Anabel adjusting to being in a committed relationship with her guy Luke. He’s been out of town for two weeks with no word and she’s mentally griping  ‘It’s pretty damn hard to become a fabulous girlfriend when there’s no boyfriend around for weeks for me to practice on!’ Her internal dialogue cracks me up. I relate to most of what she’s thinking and feeling and I always have a big smile on my face when I’m reading anything by Tracy Ellen.

So nothing is ever boring around Anabel. Luke comes back to town and smexy times ensue. *fans self* Yum! There’s danger, intrigue, ninja hijinks with girl time (I want to go ninja-ing with Anabel, Jaz, Tre and Anna!) lies, murder, revenge, tricks, gifts in red bags, Batman basements, hot times in trucks (!), revelations and  discoveries….  Some of the discoveries kinda threw me and I was with Anabel feeling maybe things went too far and needed to be fixed.

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A few of my fav lines…

When I say I know men, it doesn’t mean I always understand how their brains work, or in some instances, doesn’t work.


“Do you feel like reading, Protégé?”

She smiles, “Always.”


Luke flicked my cheek and smiled in approval. “That’s right, Anabel. You don’t hesitate one second to fight dirty with anything at your disposal. If a person can’t avoid a fight, they better be damn willing to do anything necessary to win. You can give someone all the training in the world,” Luke raised a fist and softly thumped my chest above my heart, “but that fierce competitiveness comes from within. People either have it or they don’t. You have it in spades, Princess.”

At that statement, I flew off my stool. Landing partially on Luke’s lap, I flung my arms around his neck and kissed him passionately. He reflexively caught me, but the bar stool rocked and it was iffy for a second if we’d topple over backwards, but I didn’t care.

This story is filled with fun and love. There’s lots of love. Love for friends and what you would do to protect or avenge. And love for your partner. I adore Luke and Anabel together. I love that they know and appreciate each others quirks and talents. I’m excited to see their relationship develop and I need more Anabel!

If you are in the mood for a rolicking good time with some unexpected twists in a first person story told by an independent, strong willed heroine who thinks outside the box and has inner monologues with a sex kitten voice and mean mommy voice. A woman who is exploring her relationship with her Mr. Secretive aka Luke and a town full of interesting characters then go adventuring with Anabel and hold on for the ride. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts

♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion.


In Love by Design (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod, Volume 3)In Love By Design

The Adventure’s of Anabel Axelrod #3

Release date: September 12th, 2013 |
Publisher: CreateSpace |
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tracy Ellen (Author)
ISBN-13: 9781492368755 |
Format: Print and eBook


Anabel Axelrod returns…
…and she’s madly in love with Luke Drake!

The sexy, blonde bookstore owner with a sassy attitude and a brain that never stops doesn’t get to prove what a fabulous girlfriend she’ll make for even one day before Luke disappears out of town…

…and the troubles begin!

Instead of getting to enjoy being a girl passionately in love, Anabel’s shiny new feelings and trust in her boyfriend are immediately put to the test.

Who is the powerful and charismatic Luke Drake? What are his dark secrets? Does he really love Anabel, or has he been coldly manipulating her feelings to further an intricate design of diabolical revenge that has been in the making for years?

In this third volume of the series, we find the confident Anabel desperately beginning to wonder if she’s wrong to believe in her incredibly hot, yet very tricky boyfriend.

Or is this one fairy tale where love cannot conquer all?

Author’s note: Please read the three books in this series; A Date with Fate, Courted by Karma, and In Love by Design sequentially for the most pleasurable reading experience.

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