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I liked this book and thought it a interesting storyline, although a woman moving to a small town after heartbreak is a common theme amongst romance novels.
Especially if the town is very isolated as this gives more opportunity for excitement and crises. And here we are in the wilds of California with drug growing and lots of woods, wild animals, hunting, shooting and fishing and all the opportunities for stories they bring.
The one thing I would mention is that this series – of which this is the first book in a series of 18(!!) is now also on TV and the TV version is nothing like the book – after episode one. You can see the novel’s events in the TV version, but tey are much magnified or changed, and no doubt some are in follow on books. So don’t watch TV first!
I thought that the story had some interesting sub-plots and was well written within its genre.
As an English person I would like to point out that some Americans have no idea of the concept of a normal sized house when they think that 1200 square foot is cosy and cocoon like. This is the size of an average UK 3 bedroomed house…
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Before I read this book for the BlogTour I read the 2 previous novels in the series and quite enjoyed them. Awakening, not so much.
For me I found the story dragged rather. The writing is competent but when changing characters for each chapter the writing voice remained the same. There was no variation in tone, thinking or sentence/paragraph construction.
And then the story turned into Christian proselytizing. That is, the reality they wanted didn’t work without Christianity.
I carried on reading just in case and initially thought OK, just adding one more religion to the mix, but then there was the single entity over all and clearly we are heading for the Second Coming in the next book.
So for me – how to spoil a book – and series.
I found this a much better read than book 1.
For 2 reasons.
1. The author was not constantly trying to give us the background on the Cole Brothers and the previous series in which they had been involved; and
2. The writing style had improved.
The storyline and content was much better as there was now room in the story to tell us about the characters we were interested in – the hotelier’s daughter Ela, and Cole brother #2 Matt.
I am not at all sure however, that if Ela really had been an alcoholic it would that easy for her to quit the first time and then the second time to actually drink a glass or 2 and then give up. This seemed unreal as the nature of addiction doesn’t work that way. We all wish it did! That way we could eat 1 square of chocolate and not the whole bar…
However, I liked the fact that she had gone to a Cordon Bleu cookery school and had come out baking scones and not fancy French pastries. That said, scones are an under-rated delicacy and can be flavoured in many ways and made with many different ingredients, from savoury to sweet and with alcohol too. Wikipedia does a round-up of different scones around the world, from buttermilk, to drop to Australia to Japan…
So, yes, I did like this book better. I think Diana could do better still and make this a true 4 star rather than a 3.5 rounded up.
About the Author
Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre
When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.