Review of New Release Slow Summer Burn (Star Harbor #4)

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Slow Summer Burn (Star Harbor #4) by Elisabeth Barrett

Book Description

As the sizzling Star Harbor series concludes, the fourth sexy Grayson brother, a dedicated DEA agent, shows a high-society beauty the true meaning of love.Cameron Stahl has everything, so why does she feel like her life is incomplete? A beautiful Boston socialite and a successful entrepreneur, she’s just opened her second boutique in Star Harbor and business is booming. But one searing look from Val Grayson sends fire through her body and shows her exactly what’s missing from her life: a real man who doesn’t play games and who makes her feel like the most desired woman on earth.DEA agent Val Grayson has always looked after his brothers. Now it’s his turn to find love—though Cam is the last sort of woman he ever dreamed he’d fall for. When courageous Cam realizes she has the insider connections to help Val take down a major drug player within Boston’s political elite, he can’t stop her from putting herself in danger. But as the drug bust of his career looms, all Val cares about is saving the woman he loves before it’s too late.Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Deep Autumn Heat, Blaze of Winter, and Long Simmering Spring.
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Book Review

Slow Summer Burn is the final book in the Star Harbor series where each book focuses on the lives of the four Grayson brothers, natives of Star Harbor which is a resort town outside of Boston.

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Unfortunately, I have only read the last two books in the series, but each of these books can stand alone.

I do, however, wish I had started at the beginning so I could have a stronger sense of the bond these bothers have with each other and the women in their lives. Also, although I didn’t realize it when I read book 3, a legend about the Siren Lorelei, pirate ship that sank off the coast of Star Harbor during the 1700s, is interwoven throughout the series as main characters find hidden keys that may open a treasure chest rumored to be buried in Star Harbor. The significance of the legend and the search for the treasure is finally revealed in Slow Summer Burn.

This is a great romantic suspense revolving around the mystery of  a DEA investigation into who is responsible for financing and transportation of drugs around the area. The protagonist is Val Grayson, seasoned DEA agent, who leads a team to discover the parties involved in this illegal operation. While investigating the main suspect, Congressman Kirkland, Val finds himself falling in love with Cameron, a Bostonian blue blooded socialite who defies all Val’s initial stereotyped impressions about her.

Although the novel is a genre-blending of mystery, suspense, and romance, it leans heavily on Val and Cameron’s love story. Barrett does a great job of helping readers to connect with and relate to both of these characters by having the story told from both of their POVs. Getting their thoughts throughout the book reveals their insecurities and shows that even though are from different socio-economic classes, they have more in common than they think.

When Val and Cameron meet at a social event, the attraction between them is instantaneous.

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The chemistry between them is sizzling; however, at first, Val is reluctant to pursue a relationship with Cameron because of her affluent family and their prominent status in the community.  He has avoided women like her in the past, but after one dance, he wants her even though deep down he thinks he could never make her happy.  He is perceptive enough to see beyond her reserved nature, and her vulnerabilities bring out a possessive side of him that he’s never had before.

Cameron is a wonderful, caring woman.  She is not one bit pretentious, and she gets irritated whenever Val tries to box her with his stereotypical assumptions that she will dress, think, and act a certain way based on her social status. For example, he’s shocked when she dresses in jeans for their first date. I loved watching Cameron prove to Val that she’s more than a pretty face. She’s practical, resourceful, and when she pulls out her power tools, Val knows he’s a goner.

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Like Val, Cameron feels stifled by her family’s expectations and obligations as she tries to be independent and still make her mother happy.  Cameron’s parents reminded me of the Victorian age where one must follow certain protocols deemed appropriate by someone of her breeding and stature.

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Growing up in such a repressive, stifling home has kept Cameron from fully embracing her life, with Val she can be herself. I enjoyed watching Cameron “let her down” and give her passions free reign.

Much of the story is about their personal struggles to take risks, find freedom, and discover the meaning of a real love that brings them happiness and makes them feel whole.

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Once it seems they may be able to overcome their differences in social class, Val’s job interferes with his desire to be close to Cameron. Her family is very close to Kirkland, the main suspect behind the drug operation that Val’s team investigates. His teammates urge him to use his connections to Val to gather evidence about the suspect, but he refuses to bring her into their mission. His fear is that if her friend is guilty and the truth is revealed, Cameron will believe he’s just been using her to get close to Kirkland.

The action and suspense increase in the latter part of the story as Val’s team searches for the mastermind behind the drug-running operation and tries to save Cameron when her life becomes endangered because of her relationship with Val. There are a few surprises along the way that kept my attention as well.  This was a great read!

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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About the Author

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Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.

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Spotlight for All Access (Brothers of Rock Series)

Brothers of Rock Series by Karolyn James

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***For fans of Nashville the TV show and Bella Andre, the BROTHERS OF ROCK series is dramatic, sexy, romantic,and entertaining. It sizzles!***

Book Description

Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He’s mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there’s something hidden about him.

As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can’t believe she doesn’t recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you’re the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie’s side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.

After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn’t know much about the band, but that’s all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can’t believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.

Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie’s passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess’s dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it’s not always an easy path to take.

Read an Excerpt from All Access

At the counter, Jess slipped her phone into her bag and placed her order.

Before the barista behind the counter could give her the total, a hand appeared at the counter with money.

“Add the same to that order,” a voice said.

Jess looked over her shoulder and saw what could possibly be the sexiest man she had ever seen in her life.  He was tall with a defined chin, piercing eyes, and the scruff of a face in badly need of a shave.  His lips were thin but curvy and as the right side started to move into a little smile, Jess felt her mouth start to open.

“On me,” the man whispered.  “Just do me a favor and bring the coffee to the table in the corner.”

Jess looked back to the money.  The stranger tapped the bill on the counter and then slithered away.

“Is that all?” the barista asked.

Jess eyed the man as he walked away, keeping his head down.

“I guess so,” she whispered.

Jess carried the two cups of coffee to the back table.  There the stranger sat with his back to Jess, a hand near his face.  He looked like he was trying to disguise himself.  It worried Jess as she grew closer.

Was something wrong with him?

Was he some kind of crazy man?

Her mind thought of things she’d seen in the news, not to mention the author in her that never stopped working.

Couldn’t this be a book plot?

Strange guy in a café, eyeing people?

When he turned and Jess saw the outline of his face, she almost dropped the coffee.  He was gorgeous.  From the side, with the light of the sun glistening on his face, he had the look of a statue.

But he could move.

And talk.

And he did.

“Ah, thank you so much,” he said, reaching for one of the coffees.

“It’s just black,” Jess said.  “Wasn’t sure how you liked it.”

“After last night, black will do the trick.”

He smiled, showing a set of dimples that formed more dimples.  His chin pulled when he smiled, and the power of his eyes starting to burn into Jess’s memory.

She swore to herself that she was memorizing the man’s sexy features for her own work.  She could use a guy like this in one of her novels.  But after a few seconds of gawking, she realized she teetered on the line of being creepy herself.

“Got change for me?” the man asked.

“Oh, change.  No.  I gave it to… the…”

“I’m only kidding,” the man said, smiling.  “Here.  Sit down for a minute.”

“No.  I don’t want to bother you.”

“Sure you do.  Sit down.”

His eyes were dark and deep.  A sense of honesty came through them.  Jess couldn’t believe how suddenly comfortable she felt, considering this was a total stranger.  But even still, she took a step to the small round table and sat down.

Her hands were folded around her coffee.  Her laptop bag still on her shoulder.

“You could put your bag down,” the man said.  “I won’t bite.  I promise.”

“Do you often bite people?” Jess asked.

“Only when tempted.”

He was fast.  He was smooth.

Jess’s mouth ran dry.

Without breaking her stare from the man’s eyes, she lowered her laptop bag to the floor.

“Working today?” the man asked, pointing to the bag.

“Something like that,” Jess said.  “I’m a writer.”

“A writer?  What do you write?”

Why was this guy asking questions?

Jess tried to lift her coffee cup but found her hands were shaking.  Shaking from what?  Fear?  Anticipation?  Because the man sitting across from her had a dreamy face?

“I write books,” Jess said.

“Write books or are they published?”

“What does that mean?”

“Okay.  I play guitar…”

Jess felt her heart jump.  Of course a man this sexy would play guitar.

“… so that makes me a musician, right?”

Jess nodded.

“But am I recording musician?  Do I get to play big shows?  Make lots of money?”

Jess shrugged her shoulders.  “I don’t know.  You tell me.”

The man laughed for a few seconds.

“Are you published?” he asked.

“Yes,” Jess said.  “I have a publisher.  I’m not famous but I’ve had to sign a couple autographs.”

“Sign a couple autographs,” the man smiled wide.  He sipped his coffee.

“You play shows?” Jess asked.

“I guess you could say that.”

“Are you in a band?”

“Yeah.  I’m in a band.  I’m the singer.  Go figure.”

Jess couldn’t believe how turned on she felt.  She fought the images coming to her, but she pictured the man standing on a stage, playing guitar, singing.  Sweating.  Staring at Jess in a crowd.  Controlling her with his eyes.

She had to look away for a second.

“So, let me ask you something,” the man said.

“Sure.”

“You have no idea who I am?”

“Why?  Am I supposed to?”

“Nope,” the man said.  “By the way, my name is Johnnie.”

Other Books in the Series

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The second book in the Brothers of Rock series is BROKEN SOUND, where lead guitarist, Davey, is faced with life changing decisions involving love, family, and as always, music.
 

Book Description

 
Rockstars expect women to show up at their hotel room, but when a woman shows up with an infant and tells Davey he is the father, his world is turned upside down. 
 
Anna is a teacher and part-time waitress, desperate to make enough to pay off debts left to her by an ex-boyfriend who made her life a living hell. When her boss schedules her for an extra shift, he tells her it’s her job to take care of a special guest… lead guitarist of Chasing Cross, Davey. The second Anna meets eyes with Davey, she feels something she’s wanted for a long time. But with someone famous? That’s impossible. Besides, Davey is there with a date.
 
When Davey returns to the restaurant, sans date, he asks to see Anna. She doesn’t understand what he would want with her. He is a man with a big heart, kind eyes, and the true power that only a real rockstar could have. Then Anna learns the truth of Davey’s life, from his haunted past to his rocky present. Still, she longs to be part of his future.  But when Anna’s own past turns potentially deadly, life and love suddenly collide in a way that could hurt everyone and leave someone dead.
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Book three in the Brothers of Rock series – BITTER FAREWELL

Book Description

When Danny boards the private jet for his father’s funeral, he knows he isn’t just going back home to settle the estate.

He is going to back to find her… the girl who loved him, the girl who understood his family problems, and the girl he left behind to chase his dream of becoming a rockstar.

Liv Cryers is stuck in Bakersville. Literally. She came back hoping to find peace inside her empty heart, but now she’s forced to care for her ailing father who doesn’t remember her most days. She’s tired of being forgotten. The sounds of her past seem so far away…

When rockstars come to town, crazy things can happen…

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Teaching Roman

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Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective.  So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn’t plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she’s been crushing on for a year.  When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallerta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

About the Author

I’d rather be walking on the beach than watching TV. I’m a hopeless romantic, a fan of kissing scenes, and I’m always hunting for my next book boyfriend. I write YA books by day and books about falling in love by night. That might make me a super hero.
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