Oregon

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Blackberry Beach

Author Irene Hannon is a master of setting and conveying emotional tone, and in Blackberry Beach, the seventh book of the A Hope Harbor Novel series, the tone is like smooth water and soft sunlight.  Ms. Hannon explores the theme of thresholds in life and how we humans face and deal with them, and ...

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So True

Serena Bell’s Tierney Bay series continues with So True, the finely written and engrossing story of Chiara Campbell and Jax Walker. It’s a good romance and the characters are generally sympathetic, but I had to take some points off for Jax’s self-flagellating, cruel behavior toward Chiara. ...

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Turn Up the Heat

When I reviewed Serena Bell's So Close (Tierney Bay #1) earlier in 2020, I remarked that it was set in the same locale as a 2015 book that I had read and loved by this author called Turn Up the Heat.  At the time, it was no longer available in stores but I'm happy to share that it has now been re-r ...

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Burn Zone

I’m a big fan of Annabeth Albert’s and a new book from her is always a red letter day on my calendar!  Burn Zone is book one in her new Hotshots series which features a group of guys who work as Smoke Jumpers in the fictional Painter’s Ridge in central Oregon – and I admit I had to look up ...

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So Close

Serena Bell is one of my auto-read contemporary romance authors so I'm always excited to see a new release by her, especially if it's the start of a brand new series. But there's a little surprise for her regular readers because she's set the series, Tierney Bay, in a familiar location. In 2015, she ...

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Up in Flames

Up in Flames uses the classic trope of a hunky fireman falling for his sister's best friend, with a charity auction and a puppy thrown into the mix to keep things interesting. It's the second in the Flirting with Fire series and is easy to jump into, though unfortunately I didn't fall for the charac ...

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Never Been Good

I love a ‘Bad Boy Gone Good’ romance which means Christi Barth’s series of the same name was bound to get my attention.  Having enjoyed Bad for Her, which featured one of three brothers  in a witness protection program, I made sure to keep an eye out to find out which would be the next of th ...

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At the Heart of it

Kate Geary is a reality television producer taking an advice-book-suggested break at a bed and breakfast outside of Ashland, Oregon in order to attend their famous theatre festival.  The locale tends to draw a colorful and more senior clientele, which is why bookish, handsome (and most importantly ...

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Bad for Her

The first story in Christi Barth’s Bad Guys Gone Good series sets the stage for a set of romances about three brothers who, through a set of unconventional circumstances, find themselves in small town USA, specifically Bandon, Oregon. While the hero seems more of a bad guy in name only, Bad For He ...

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Don't Forget to Smile

Tory Duncan, a former Miss America contestant, now runs a bar in the small Oregon town of Sullivan City. Joe Brigham is a logger turned rising star in the union. When Joe’s kid sister Lisa enters the Miss Sullivan City pageant, they turn to Tory for help. But Tory’s pageant past isn’t exactly ...