Monday, September 10, 2012

Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett

Title:  Blaze Of Winter
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Star Harbor #2
Main Characters: Theo and Avery
Release Date: September 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: LoveSwept 
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Winter heats up in this hot new Star Harbor romance, as another sexy Grayson brother, a wickedly handsome writer, plots his happily ever after with a sweet stranger.

Frustrated with her job in Boston, social worker Avery Newbridge welcomes the opportunity to reassess her life when family asks her to help manage the Star Harbor Inn. Trying to figure out her future is overwhelming enough, but she doesn’t count on distraction in the form of one Theo Grayson, the gorgeous, green-eyed author who she knows is trouble from the moment he saunters into the inn.

Not only does he have a talent for writing swashbuckling adventures, but Theo also has a soft spot for big-hearted damsels in distress, especially a woman who’s great at helping everyone—except herself. Avery’s demons challenge him, but for desire this hot, he isn’t backing down. With every kiss and heated whisper Theo promises her his heart . . . if only Avery is willing to open up and accept it.

My Review:
Aw, I was looking forward to Theo's book and it did not disappoint. This is book #2 in the Star Harbor series which is about 4 incredibly sexy brothers...Seb, Theo, Cole, and Val. Seb was the hero of book #1 (he's a chef) and Theo is his twin brother. Theo is a best-selling novelist who's been living in San Francisco. He comes home because he has a bad case of writers block and is hoping that a change in venue will help that. Theo is 6"4" with a shock of black hair, a physique to die for, and some very sexy glasses that finish off the whole package. Just visualizing this guy made me happy. AND he's a writer...SOLD. I love him!

Avery is a social worker from Boston. She's come home to help care for her Aunt who is fighting breast cancer, but still has an inn to run in this small resort town. Avery has her own stresses in her life that she is escaping of her patients that she thought was getting better, overdosed and died and Avery didn't see the warning signs. Avery is a very uptight person...she tries not to show emotion and doesn't ever let herself go. She internalizes everything and has never put herself out there enough to have a true relationship with a guy. I have to admit that this is the one thing I didn't understand about this novel...I needed to know what had happened to Avery to make her this way. Without that, I really had a hard time understanding her reticence with Theo, who is absolutely just a perfect specimen of a guy.

Everything takes place in this quaint little coastal town in Maine which I'm coming to love.  This book takes place over the holidays so there was lots of snow, Christmas ambiance, and snuggling to get warm....all of those things are some of my favorites when it comes to romance novels. There is also a fabulous cast of supporting characters...Seb & Lizzie from Book #1, Jimmy & Emma, Kate & Luke, Cole, and Val. There was also a touch of suspense in the cove and hints at pirate bounty which I don't think we've heard the last of in this series. There are still two brothers to go...Cole, the sheriff, and Val, the DEA agent. Both of those stories promise to be good!

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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