Author: Dianne Venetta
Published: 8th August 2012
Number of Pages: 404
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Miami, Florida is the venue for the Special Olympics National Games and Clay Rutledge’s son is competing in the games. A sure bet to win the gold, father and son plan to ride their tropical victory to the World Games—until an unexpected turn of events jeopardizes their plans for fortune and fame.
Tasked with managing the events, Sydney quickly learns that Clay’s quiet, sexy confidence demands special attention, something she’s more than willing to oblige. But a jealous ex-lover of a boss has other plans, as does her office nemesis.
Trapped between a desire to mix business with pleasure and a boy who reminds her of a life she swore to move beyond, Sydney is at a personal crossroads. She can have career or love—but to attain both requires a consent she yearns to give but fears impossible.
Whisper Privileges is a contemporary-romantic novel written by author Dianne Venetta. It tells the story of Sydney, an indipendent, ambitious woman, who works as an event planner. However, after having had a relationship with her boss, Javier, her working life has become considerably harder; infact, all the events she would like to be part of, have been assigned to Morgan, the boss's new lover and so Sydney is practically forced to work for the Special Olympics, certainly not the event she had hoped to work for. But who would have known that working for that undesirable event would have led her to the love of her life?Clay. A sexy, good-looking, fantastic father, who came to Miami to assist his special needs child, Q, during his swimming competitions. But being with Clay is not that easy as it seems, he needs someone who is ready to commit, someone who has a personality and ambitions apart from a beautiful face.. But will Sydney be ready to commit herself?
When I've first heard about this book I was a bit dubious about whether I should read it or not. Not more than month ago I've read a romantic-contemporary novel and, being honest, it was an effort for me to get to the end of the book. In memory of this, I am really surpised by how much I enjoyed this novel! I think the author has the great ability of create romantic situations and contexts, without being exagerated or too sickly sweet. I really liked how the whole situation had been developed by Dianne; thanks to the strong personality of her protagonist, Sydney, she succeeded in creating a pleasant sense of suspense, that kept me literally with straight hair for the whole book. Infact, the love between the two protagonists is always hampered by injuries of the past and Sydney and Clay will not taste the simplicity of being together until the very end. As I said I appreciated that there was not only the romantic factor, but I REALLY liked the context in which the story set place. The Special Olympics and the athletes who partecipated have really touched my heart; I will be completely sincere and I admit that I had not idea such events exist, maybe because in Italy I've never heard of something like this, but I think it's great to give to special needs children, the possibility to be the stars for just one day,to be part of something, of a team. Q, Clay's son, was a child suffering from autism and his character was really amazing. The sport gave him a reason to continue to believe in something, the swimming, the sport who helped him so much in making progress with his disease.
Speaking of characters I will talk a little about the ones who impressed me more. I really liked Sydney from the beginning; I thought she was similar to me in so many ways! She want to become indipendent, rich, a business woman who would love to travel around the world. She's quietly a strong woman but, reading the book, I realised that maybe the wounds of the past have touched her excessively. Sometimes this particular was a bit annoying, her continuos indecision, her perpetual oscillation between a decision and the other, made her character sometimes boring, ripetitive. The other character who really caught my attention is Sam, instead. She is so brilliant! She' s a beautiful woman, intelligent, ambitious, always perfect in every aspect; she runs an association about kids and she's engaged to the man of her dreams.. even if, despite this, she doesn't give up flirting with handsome men! I love her way of thinking and how she manages to always have to right advices for her friend, Sydney.
Well, I think I've said enough.. I should have been able to convince you, at this point. Whisper Privileges is the perfect book if you're interested in reading romantic novels, centered about love, sacrifice, and above all the importance of family. A must read for those who are interested in reading something about special needs children,too.
"..winning comes from here. It's about wanting it so bad you can taste it, so bad you'll work night and day to
get it. Winning is about mental discipline. You focus on the goal and the goal alone. You can do it, Sydney.
You have what it takes. Just keep the focus."
"I've seen some pretty ugly women with some damn good-looking men. Why? Because they think they're
beautiful. True on the outside or not, they believe it on the inside. It translates into their actions, their outlook,
and that's what the world around them sees. What actually changed? Nothing. Facts on the ground remain the same -except their perspective, their attitude."