Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett

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.

Read Your Writes Review

Blaze of Winter is the second book in the Star Harbor series. I went into reading this book, having very high expectations. Unfortunately, the book didn't meet those expectations. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but just not as much as I liked Deep Autumn Heat. However, I will say Blaze of Winter is HOT!!!! I mean H-O-T! That was something I wasn't expecting.

Theo is the twin brother of Seb, from Deep Autumn Heat. He has returned to Star Harbor in an attempt to get his writing back on track. Nicknamed "The Professor" by his brothers, Theo has an amazing way with words. Theo or T.R (as he's known to the writing community) is a writer of seafaring adventures. He ends up getting a room at the Star Harbor Inn and meets Avery. For him, sparks fly between him and Avery immediately.

Avery is the younger sister of Emma, Star Harbor's town librarian. Avery is at a crossroad in her life. After missing signs of a client in distress, she comes to Star Harbor to reevaluate her career and her life, as well as help out her Aunt Kate.

After reading the first book in the series, I should have known that Blaze of Winter wasn't a "what you see is what you get book". Again, there's the small element of suspense thrown in. Even when I thought that it was over, there was STILL more. In addition to the mini-suspense, there is also another love story mixed in. That story, I found to be very sweet and I'm hoping there's more of it in the other books. Maybe Elisabeth could do a novella to have the couple have chance at their own story.

I love Theo for everything that he is...He's extremely smart and intelligent, he's loving, caring, and gentle. He's a thinker and a planner. I found Avery to be a nice person. Maybe she feels the need to carry the weight of all the problems of the people in her life. She is always willing to be there for other people, but doesn't allow anyone to be there for her. One of the best moments in the book was when she let her guard down and actually leaned on Theo for support.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Star Harbor series.

I received this book as an Advance Reader's Copy from the publisher.

Rating: 4

For more information on Elisabeth and the Star Harbor series, visit Elisabeth's website: elisabethbarrett.com

Purchase through: Amazon

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