Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a helping hand…for her sick young daughter’s sake as well as her own. But she’s not expecting her holiday hero to almost run her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew that what his life was missing was Eliza and her little girl. But is he willing to risk hoping for a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?

This is a sweet holiday romance that will definitely put you in the spirit of the season. Heartwarming characters fill out the pages of this story and will make you smile.

Eliza Hayward is looking for a new start; she quit her job, packed up her apartment, bought a new SUV and stuffed as much as she could to move to Haven Point, a small mountain town in Idaho. She was hired to be a hotel manager for a small Inn, but when she arrives in town all her hopes and dreams are dying, the Inn is on fire. She is devastated and gathers up her daughter Maddie to regroup just as she is hit by a vehicle walking across the street, talk about bad luck.

Aidan Caine is in Haven Point to check on his house, Snow Angel Cove; he is flying his family in for the holiday and has been renovation since he recently purchased it. He owns Caine Tech, a high tech company in California; he is a bit of a tech geek and has always put work first in his life, recently he had a health scare and decided to change some things in his life, namely how he relates with his family. When he accidentally hits Eliza with his vehicle, he is more than willing to help her and Maddie and in exchange they will be helping him.

This is a very sweet, fun holiday romance. It is the start of a new series that features characters from the Hope’s Crossing series that is set in Colorado and although I have not read that series I had no problem reading and enjoying this book.

Eliza is an amazing woman, she has suffered in the last few years, her deceased husband was a dreamer with the next greatest thing just out of reach, he died mysteriously leaving her with a child who has some awful health issues of her own. They are now both doing well and want to find someplace new, but she is wary of a new relationship. Maddie is just too cute for words, she added so much to the story, and each time Eliza would talk about how everyone just loved her, I would have to agree, the author does an amazing job of creating a delightful little girl.

Aidan is a puzzle, I like him and thought he made a good hero, I love those sexy geeks, but there was something about him that had me thinking…hmmm. He was always torn between what he wanted to do and what he actually did. He asked for his family to come for Christmas but then spent several days locked away working. He thought it was strange the way people in town looked at him and when he found out why, he was not in a hurry to make a difference. He did not want his family to know about his illness but then told them at their celebration dinner, he is just a puzzle.

The chemistry between Aidan and Eliza is slow to combust. They both have issues stopping them from a relationship, and when they finally make the move to be together it is toward the end of the book, which actually created a more real feeling, not forced or rushed.

I like the secondary characters, Sue and Jim are the caretakers of Snow Angel Cove, they are both endearing, like family. I also like several people in the town and look forward to seeing both McKenzie and Devin’s stories in upcoming books, they embraced Eliza easily making her feel at right at home. Even the secretive Ben will have a story, the man who everyone seems to hate. This is a sweet holiday romance that features second chances and warm feels.

I give Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne 4 stars!

Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2)

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Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Penguin InterMix

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Some people need something to fight for… With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular. After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.

Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult. When word reaches them that Jillian’s hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…

This is the second in a fast pace paranormal romance series, a dark tale with enough heartache, emotion and danger to satisfy paranormal romance readers that love different worlds and intriguing characters and plots.

Gray Bishop starts from where we ended Black Rook, actually a few hours before the end as we are privy to Bishop’s POV and his thoughts of the evening that Rook and Knight are kidnapped as they fight off the triplets. The group is reeling from the fight, needing to regroup in order to decide how to fight these three deranged women.

Bishop is a gray wolf and first born son of Alpha McQueen, leader of Cornerstone. He is set to become Alpha one day and has shown his leadership abilities. Black wolves are born leaders and are usually Alphas in packs but Rook who is the black wolf does not want the role, preferring to be an enforcer in the run. Rook is planning to marry Brynn the half wolf half mage he fell in love with in the first book.

Jillian is a black wolf, the daughter of an Alpha from the Springwell run. She is helping the town of Cornerstone since they have taken on refuges from another community. Cornerstone is the center point of the attacks; the triplets want Knight, a man who is key to the reproductive future of these maniacal women. He is a white wolf, the third son and empath of the run. He feels the weight of the world on him as he believes the disasters are his fault, his story will be epic.

The triplets have one thought in mind and they go about their task with horrific consequences ripping up communities and killing as many as possible, a majority of those from Cornerstone try to help but several die. The brothers and Jillian must make some important decisions to satisfy not only those that are living in Cornerstone but others in the loup garou community worldwide.

Seriously, this is nonstop action from start to finish. I really enjoyed this addition to the series, even staying up late to finish because I had to find out what happened. This is a trilogy so the overall story arc continues and Ms. Meade does end this book leaving us with questions about a major character, but I trust the author and am excited to read the next one. I do have to say there is a lot going on in this series but the author is great at keeping the reader interested and ready for more.

Bishop is a great hero; he wants to protect his town and those that live here; he is a true Alpha ready to lead but has feelings of guilt that go way back to his mother’s death. You can feel the hurt and angst roll off of him, feeling helpless as they try to find the triplets and keep his run safe. Jillian is a strong woman who will one day be married to an Alpha. I like her and how tough she is even though she is still grieving for her husband and unborn child she lost not long ago.

The relationship between Jillian and Bishop is interesting, there is an attraction between them but they know what their futures holds, he is planning on being Alpha for Cornerstone and she for Springwell, equaling separate lives. When horrific incidences cause the two communities to find solutions Jillian and Bishop are finally able to sneak time together secretly, there is still a threat and an unknown future and they must wait until things fall their way. The chemistry is there and there are some steamy scenes but their world is falling apart so it is difficult to concentrate on their relationship.

The secondary characters of this trilogy are extremely important, this is a small community with many dangers and they must rely on each other. The brothers are close and when tragedy strikes they band together to form a cohesive unit, and are especially protective of Knight when his beast takes over as his empathic feelings are too much to handle.

As stated before, the action is nonstop from beginning to end and the emotions you go through are staggering as the communities are all under the danger of these triplets that are out to destroy the wolves, and they will stop at nothing to see them all dead including men, women and children. I really enjoy the voice of the author, she writes a compelling story that keeps you turning the pages because we feel invested in their survival. I will be waiting impatiently for the next book in the series to find out how Knight and Shay’s story is revealed. A wonderfully dark and appealing paranormal romance that will keep you enthralled until the end.

I give Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade 4.25 stars!

Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #7)

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Type: Paranormal Romance/UF

Publisher: Jove

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets. This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

This is another wonderful addition to a series that I have enjoyed from the beginning. Archangel’s Shadow has rich character development and amazing story lines that grab you until the very end and I loved every minute.

The city is healing after the end of the war and with many people, both mortal and immortal injured, the focus is bringing the city together. Unfortunately there is trouble on several fronts, a new drug has been brought into the area creating monsters from otherwise healthy happy individuals and bodies are being found, both animal and human that have been drained. There are questions about Lijuan, a demon archangel, has she come back so soon or is there another monster stalking the city?

Ashwini is a hunter, she can sense secrets when she touches individuals and knows people are capable of horrible things. This ability is hereditary and several generations in her family have had mental issues as they get older, and she is worried about her future. She partners with Janvier and Naasir, they are called the Shadow Team and have an amazing bond, their job is to aggravate the enemy, something they excel at. Janvier is a 247 year old vampire with Cajun ancestors and Naasir reminds me of a feral cat, no one really has much knowledge of what he is, an enigma that is one of the most interesting characters I have ever met.

Between the Guild and the Tower, the teams try to find out who is responsible for the heinous crimes affecting the city; they all want the illusive peace.

Ms. Singh has added another great book to this series. She is one of a handful of authors that I could pick up anything they wrote and know I would enjoy. The world building, characters, humor, danger and romance all create magnificent stories that are hard to put down and I am always impatient for more.

Ashwini and Janvier are amazing together; they are very interesting as individuals but as a couple everything seems right with the world and they are a team in every sense of the word. The chemistry between them sizzles and they seem to gain strength from just touching each other. Of course things never go smoothly and Ashwini fights the attraction throughout the book as she has secrets that she feels prevents her being with Janvier for an eternity.

Even though Ashwini and Janvier’s story is at the forefront, there are several other plot lines that hold the reader’s attention. We are treated to a large dose of Raphael and Elena, an amazing couple leading the city through the healing process, the drug that has permeated the area causing havoc and of course the mystery of the drained people. These issues keep the pace of the story moving along at a fast pace.

The secondary characters in Ms. Singh’s stories are remarkable, the angels that are part of Raphael’s Seven all play pivotal roles here. I love seeing Illium and Aodhan (Bluebell and Sparkle) in many scenes, I am excited to see their stories progress toward their own tales one day (hopefully). I also enjoyed the in-depth view of Naasir we are treated to, his story will be epic, and I find his character so intriguing. Of course there are many more individuals we are privileged to see again and they all bring something extra to the story.

This book is fast pace, the action starts from the first page and does not let up until the end. The mystery is interesting as well as the continuing story arc that has unfolded from the first book. Each ending is satisfying and there are no cliffhangers but the world is complex and intriguing. The author does a great job of keeping the reader up to date and you could possibly read this as a standalone but I feel you would miss so much if you did not read them from the beginning. I highly recommend this author and this series.

I give Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh 4.75 stars!

Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul (SBG #1)

Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaulAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Penguin

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…

Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…

Heroine, Sandra is a top notch, kick ass female who had a black op go horribly wrong. Her faith was shaken and not knowing what else to do she bails, fakes her death, disappears and reinvents herself as someone new taking a job at  a local family fun center. What’s more harmless than that right? Except her boss is the smoking hot Casper Grady, ex Marine and the one person who doesn’t seem to believe her extremely made up back story.

When her cover is blown and her past catches up to her, Sandra makes a break for it with Grady hot on her heels. With danger around every corner and no one to trust Sandra decides to confide in her boss but the one thing he seems to want she refuses to give up….her heart.

Let me break it down…..the good….

1. Sandra is a totally kick ass heroine. She plays with the big boys and isn’t afraid of much…yet when her op goes south she’s vulnerable and feels the need to hide that from her team since showing weakness generally isn’t an option. Afraid of never being able to hold her sniper rifle and take the necessary shots again, she runs. Seeking solitude and trying to shake the guys following her she settles in a small town and becomes the manager of a arcade/family fun center. I found it hilarious that this tough woman who only recently set down her rifle was working at such a place.

2. Even when Sandra is faced with opposition she never backs down. What follow is a LOT of action mixed with some sensual scenes where she learns that while she may be deadly with a rifle, she’s still a flesh and blood woman who craves the touch of a man.

3.  The man I’m referencing is Casper Grady and boy does DePaul know how to light my fire with her leading man. Damn. This man is strong, loyal, smoking hot and can both annoy and inflame Sandra in the same sentence. A former Marine he can definitely hold his own in a fight but he never seems to have  problem conceding to Sandra’s skills either. I. LOVED. HIM. He’s reserved but sensual and extremely determined to not only figure Sandra out but fulfill his promise to himself about protecting those he loves.

4. The loyal-ness of Sandra’s team. What a family-like unit this bunch was. Even in the face of her deception they still had her back once they found out the truth. They came together and helped take down the man responsible of Sandra’s horrible op AND deal with some internal issue’s within their unit.

5. The snarky and totally witty dialogue had me chuckling even in the face of seriousness.

 

The bad…there’s always the bad.

1. While I enjoyed the voice I thought at times DePaul did more telling of the surroundings/action then actually showing it to the reader. This made certain parts of the book a bit wordy.

2. While both characters were awesome on their own I didn’t really feel the connection DePaul was trying to hammer home. I’m not sure why this was because all the elements were there but the fire wasn’t. I liked them together but didn’t end up ever loving them. This may have been because their romance felt secondary to the story line of Sandra overcoming her past and the villains on her trail.

3.  I often felt the need to keep track of the plethora of characters by making a cheat sheet. I chalk this issue up to the freshman information dump that a lot of starter books in a series fall victim to. Even seasoned authors fall into this trap. Not only is there a ton of characters but their individual traits were also hard to keep track of. Confusion would set in every time I tried to figure out who everyone was or if they were good or bad….

I look forward to seeing where DePaul takes this world she’s created. As a debut I think this was a solid beginning to what could evolve into awesomeness. Chock full of fragile emotion and killer action, Exchange Of Fire is worth the read!

I give Exchange Of Fire by P.A. DePaul 3.25 stars!

Legacy Of Love by Harriet Schultz (Legacy #3)

Legacy of Love by Harriet SchultzAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Sebastián Castillo is handsome, rich and ambitious. Love is something he wants, but can’t seem to find. Danielle Doherty is beautiful, creative and successful. It’s easier for her to walk away from love than to risk her heart.

He falls for the wrong women. Life has taught her not to trust men. Dani and Sebastián never forgot the one night of passion they’d shared, but the successful fashion designer lived in New York and the vineyard owner in Argentina. With five thousand miles between them, a relationship was impossible. When their paths cross six years later, the intense attraction hasn’t diminished, but Sebastián has an enemy powerful enough to destroy him. Will sinister forces and emotional issues create obstacles that are impossible for them to overcome?

Legacy of Love is the third book in the Legacy series and it brings the trilogy together, not only does it continue Alex and Diego’s story but we also get to watch Sebastian find his true love.

Sebastian Castillo has always been a player with the ladies but he never stays too long with one woman, always leaving before they get the wrong impression. Unfortunately his recent breakup with Mandy did not turn out like he planned and she was pissed. She leaves him with threats, claiming her brother will get even, a warning he does not take seriously at first.

Dani Doherty is a fashion designer and a good friend of Alex and Diego’s. Several years ago Dani and Sebastian shared an incredible night together, but Alex was in danger and needed his help so he left without a word and although Dani knows they live in different worlds and are not right for each other, she is still pissed all these years later.

While in Buenos Aires for Alex and Diego’s son’s fifth birthday, Dani and Sebastian find they both still feel that initial attraction for each other. The two share some intimate nights but Sebastian is distracted, he is worried about his business and is depending on Diego and their friend Serge for help. Interestingly Dani’s past may have some solutions.

An enjoyable continuation of the series, we get caught up on Alex and Diego and get to see Sebastian and Dani work out their relationship while trouble surrounds them.

I was so excited to see Sebastian’s book, he frequently intrigued me in the first two stories and I wanted more. His back story is interesting and I love how his relationship with Diego spans so many years with good times, they are like brothers. Sebastian is a man who enjoys women but has never found the one, however there is someone who has stayed on in his mind throughout the years and that is Dani, they shared an amazing night together and he never forgot the passion.

Dani is an interesting woman; she is very independent and knows that a relationship with Sebastian is unlikely but enjoys the benefits, however she throws off mixed signals throughout the book, she wants him then she doesn’t, and at times it is very confusing. We find out that she is also dealing with the stress of her business and several issues from her past, such as a father who most believe is dead, which is fine with her. I thought the author dealt with the relationship between father and daughter decently and it seems believable with a hopeful ending. The relationship between Dani and Sebastian works well and I like the sparks when they spend time together, they have great chemistry and you can feel the heat when they share a scene.

The plot progression starts slow and amps up at times but the suspense is mild, there are threats that promise harm but there is no real dangerous conflict because most of the issues are resolved from a distance. There are some problems from a natural occurrence which causes Dani to rethink her feelings but for the most part everything is settled quietly. Although this is the third book in the series, it feels like more of a standalone than the first two and the author does a great job of introducing us to Alex and Diego so you do not feel lost. This is a nice romance with some suspense that is well worth the read.

I give Legacy of Love by Harriet Schultz 3.75 stars!

Mercy by B.J. Daniels (Beartooth, Montana #5)

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Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there’s the law…and then there’s his law. When the two don’t agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming café in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana.

But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything—including his badge and his life—on the line to protect her.

It has been a long time since I’ve read a romantic suspense book, and even longer since I’ve read one with more mystery than romance. Now I know why. It took me FOREVER to read this book. It wasn’t that it was bad – I would have tossed it in the DNF pile if that was the case. I just had a hard time making myself care. I don’t know if it was the storyline or the characters that didn’t reach out and grab me, or maybe just the author’s writing style, since I’ve never read anything by B.J. Daniels before.

Callie Westfield is a woman on the run. After having lost her mother at a very young age and spending time in and out of foster care, she rarely settles down in one place for very long. The fact that she can be tied to the murders of a serial killer keeps her on her toes and prevents her from planting roots or forming any real relationships. That all changes when she moves to Beartooth, Montana. Her life remains peaceful for over a year, she has a waitressing job she enjoys and she has even found a good friend in her boss Kate. When a sexy, mysterious cowboy walks into the café, Callie is instantly drawn to him. Despite her misgivings about letting anyone get close to her, she finds herself unable to resist his charm.

Roarke Kincaid, a former police officer and now a U.S. marshal, has been obsessed with Callie since he first saw her face in a crime scene photo. While investigating a series of murders that he believes are tied together, he notices Callie in the background. All of his instincts tell him she is the missing link in solving the crimes, but he refuses to believe she is the killer. Determined to prove himself right, he takes two weeks off and travels to Montana to track Callie down. En route he convinces his former partner to help him with the case. Laura is now a criminal profiler and Roarke wants her help in finding the killer. Laura is convinced that Callie is guilty, but Roarke refuses to believe her, insisting that someone else is behind the murders.

If this had been a straight up mystery I might have liked it better. Neither Roarke nor Callie stood out to me as lead character material. I liked them both, but my ambivalence toward them kept me from becoming too invested in their happy ending. It’s difficult to write a review when you just feel so-so about a book. Whatever it was, I picked up this book and put it down dozens of times over the last few weeks. Maybe I’m just not a mystery reader. I think I wanted a little less creepiness and a little more romance. I had figured out early on who the “bad guy” was, so it seemed to me that the author dragged the suspense out way too long while nothing much really happened. This book had likeable main characters, but I didn’t fall in love with them the way I often do with a romance.

I give Mercy by B.J. Daniels 3 stars

Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra (Dare Island #4)

Carolina Blue by Virginia KantraAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department. He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.

Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad. She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit. But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.

I have fallen in love with Dare Island and all its inhabitants. Enjoying each book in the series and always look forward to more. The immediate Fletcher family is featured in the first three books and now Ms. Kantra has branched out to other residents who are loosely connected on this small island. Carolina Blues is a great addition to the series.

Lauren Patterson is an author on deadline, she is staying on the island because of issues with focusing, and Meg, her publicist wants to help. About a year ago Lauren was the heroine in a bank robbery, she was held hostage for a short time and talked one of the robbers into giving up. It was a sad situation where an older brother, Ben was trying to save a younger brother and things escalated out of control. Ben is currently in jail and Lauren writes to him often and sends money to the family. Before her celebrity status, she was a psych grad student but has put her studies on hold until her life settles down. She wrote her first best seller, Hostage Girl about the experience and is currently trying to write the sequel.

Jack Rossi is the new chief of police on Dare Island. He is starting over after a failed marriage and partnership; he left his police job in Philadelphia after he found his wife and partner cheating on him. He needed to get away from well meaning but suffocating family and friends. When Jack sees Lauren at the local coffee shop he is intrigued, but cautious since he is not sure he is ready to move on, but sometimes you have to take a chance.

Carolina Blues takes us back to Dare Island, this quant island town features engaging characters, emotional drama and wonderful stories. I was hooked from the beginning; I love the Fletcher family and have watched the poignant journeys each has made to find true love with their strong family by their side. This book features Lauren and Jack; both new residents of the island brought to this place for peace and to heal from deep wounds.

Jack is very intriguing, he moved here after a devastating upheaval, not only did he lose his wife but also a man who he trusted with his life and you can tell he is hurting. He has enjoyed living here and has no plans to return to the big city. He notices Lauren as soon as he sees her and the attraction is mutual, and when she makes a remark to him that he needs a rebound romance and that she could be it, his reaction is quite amusing. The issue is that their chemistry is off the charts and neither will be able walk away when it is over, despite what they believe.

Lauren is on the island trying to find her muse; she is writing her follow-up book but can’t seem to find the words. But as she gets to know Jack the words start to flow again, I love that. She is an interesting person and does not consider herself a hero, more of a therapist who was able to break through to Ben, a scared young man. She has moments of guilt about the fame and the money she received from the book and struggles to work thorough these issues but helping Ben’s family is cathartic for her.

The two together are perfect for each other but must face trust issues in order to get over the bumps along the way, she pushes for more but he pushes back, and she gets upset when he does not tell her about his ex-wife’s visit, but I like the way she handles it, upfront and in his face. The attraction between the two is palpable and they set off sparks when they are together.

Secondary characters are key to this book, this is small town life and we know several of the residents and their stories. Many Fletchers are absent in this story, but I enjoyed catching up with those that appear. That being said, this is the fourth book in the series but since the author has veered off of the original Fletcher family it can easily be read as a standalone and the teaser for the next book has me wanting more sooner than later. This is a wonderful series full of heartache and promise, definitely something not to miss if you enjoy contemporary romances.

I give Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra 4.25 stars!