Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Here's hoping that all my American friends had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving Day celebration yesterday...I know we did. A family dinner at home and then....shopping. Yep. Sad (sorta) but true. The whole Black Friday shopping craze of old is well...old according to modern America. I miss it...but I wasn't going to miss ALL the sales and so after the meal and a little rest, 10:00 PM we could be found out and about. In fact, I just got home not too long before this post with my haul of DVDs. Hehe. Hey, it's my guilty pleasure the day after Thanksgiving! Anywho...
I also managed to get in a but of reading this week, and one title not only served to get me in the winter wonderland spirit, but warmed me heart and soul. It's the fourth book in the Blue Heron series from author Kristan Higgins and if I do say so myself, they just keep getting better. Ready to meet and greet today's book of choice? One...two....READ!
About the book....
Everyone loves Jack Holland, but Emmaline Neal needs him. Her ex-fiancé is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can't go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won't get the wrong idea.
What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he's been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He's always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem.
So when they wind up in bed together, Em chalks it up to red wine and chocolate cake, just one impulsive night not to be repeated. But Jack's pushing for more, and if she lets down her guard, either she'll get her heart crushed again, or discover that Jack's worth more than just dreaming about.
You know, while reading this book, I finally figured out what it is I like SO MUCH about this series. It all lies in the author's ability to spin her craft. How so? Well, first, she manages to spin a tale with characters you can't help but fall in love with. Then, she places them in situations that are humorous but touching all at once. Finally, and this is the BIGGEST one of all in my book, she not only gives us a sweet romance (fairly clean too, woo hoo!) but an actual story. Seem odd to mention? Ah, but really, it's well worth the time.
You see, sometimes you get into a book only to find out it has one focus in mind; in the case of the Romance novel, it's usually the lead characters getting together in more ways than one. In Ms. Higgin's novels, you get that story but something MORE. For example, this tale could have easily stopped and ended satisfactorily with Jack and Em's trip to California. Enough had already happened and was happening to call it quits and be finished. Imagine my surprise when I realized it couldn't possibly end there....I was after all only about halfway through the book! Now, that could have been the time to panic; after all, how much more could really happen without losing the reader along the way? However, much more DOES in fact happen and to my happy little reader heart, I wasn't bored for a minute, lost along the way, nor looking for a way to end things quickly. Nope....in fact when things DID end, I wished I had read slower so as not to have to say goodbye to everyone in Manningsport so soon!
So, do I recommend this book? I do indeed with a heart full of joy, a belly full of laughs, and a smile upon my face. Jack Holland will get any girl's blood going and Em is the perfect answer to the swoony waifs that can often plague this particular genre. If you haven't checked out the previous novels in the series, I suggest you do...but there's no need to delay this read, it works eloquently as a standalone as well.
Special thanks to Lisa at Harlequin Books for the chance to bring this title to you as well as the review copy. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their full catalog, be sure to stop by their official site or connect with them on social media. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Speaking of this title as well as BOOKS in general....it being BLACK FRIDAY and all, I couldn't let you go without sharing a SPECIAL SALE going on RIGHT NOW!
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Until next time...happy reading!