Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Soul of the Storm

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jean M. Grant will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Charlotte MacGregor lost the thrill of conquering mountains five years ago when her sister disappeared on a hiking adventure without her. Still guilt-ridden, Charlotte heads for a vacation to rustic Vermont with a friend—where she's surrounded by reminders of her devastating loss and plagued with unanswered questions.


Matiu Christiansen is an outdoors buff. He works multiple jobs to save for his dream of owning an outfitter in New Zealand. He's never quite felt at home in the United States and he yearns for his Maori roots, but his attraction to Charlotte puts a kink in his plans to move home later this year.


Thrown together by coincidence, Charlotte and Matiu form a kindred bond through their shared love of the outdoors. Can Charlotte surmount her demons to assist Matiu on a rescue when a late-season snowstorm hits? And can Matiu help Charlotte heal from the pain of the past?


My Review...
A true love story; a real feel good kind of story. Almost everyone has been hurt or has lost someone special to them and almost all of us have sworn we’d never get close enough to be hurt again. Such is the case of Charlotte and her Kiwi.

This is a sweet read. Quick and enjoyable yet with some depth. I always say romance is not my favorite genre, but this was a book of characters you could feel and even be friends with. It’s setting is in New England so if you have any knowledge at all of New Hampshire or Vermont you’ll enjoy the references and the scenery. We all need a book like this every now and then.


Jean M. Grant has two or three other books published, and I couldn’t find anything but high ratings. Check them out.


Read an excerpt...
“What’s on your agenda tomorrow?” He offered her a brookie. He sat closer this time, his thigh brushing hers.

She unwrapped the brookie, grateful to have something to focus on, inhaled the enticing mixed scent of chocolate and buttery deliciousness, bit into it, and had to cover a moan.

“Choice, right?”

“Heaven. I need to get you to write these sayings down. Though I’m filing them away in my brain. This is choice?”

“Yup or sweet as.”

“Sweet as what?”

“Just sweet as. We leave the conjunction hanging there.”

They shared a chuckle.

“Confuses the hell out of tourists,” he added.

“Indeed.”

“Easy as.” His eyebrows lifted as he munched. “So, tomorrow?”

“Not sure. If Ronnie hasn’t already ventured there, maybe north to Waterbury to visit the cheese and ice cream factories.”

“Nah, that’s tourist stuff. How about farther off the beaten track?”

“You have better ideas?”

“Of course.”

“What’s your schedule like since you’re Mr. Busy?”

His smiled tipped to a frown. “Another full day. Since I mucked this morning on my day off, maybe they’ll give me a break tomorrow. Plus, I’m waiting on their vehicle to get repaired.”

She found herself nibbling on her lip, and it wasn’t just from the chewy deliciousness in her mouth.

He poured her tea. His clock near the TV chimed. “I gotta change for the inn shift. Be right back. Drink the tea slowly. Let it work its flavor on your palate. Drink it like you would an expensive wine. Slosh it, inhale, savor.” He rose. “Just don’t spit it out after.”

She almost snorted the swallow of tea. God, he was a flirt, even if he didn’t know it. Maybe he did.

She admired his physique as he strode to his bedroom. The T-shirt stretched nicely across his wide shoulders, and she presumed he had a well-defined torso beneath it. She bet his calves were in kick-ass shape from all the work he did. And his butt…

He only half closed the door. She got a decent peek as he took off his dirty T-shirt. Elaborate, curved black tattoos covered his shoulder blade in similar symbols to the ones on the quilt.

She pulled her gaze away as he disappeared behind the door. Veronica had warned her. Fun only, fun only. Oh my God, what the hell was she doing?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

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8 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Jean M. Grant said...

Thanks for hosting me and for your fabulous review! Glad I could give you all the feels on this one.

Readers, I'd love to hear from you: what are some of your favorite genres (or sub-genres), and why?

Kathy said...

I enjoyed your book which always makes it easy to write a review! Best of luck on your book.

Jean M. Grant said...

That makes me happy to hear, Kathy! Thanks so much! :)

Victoria Alexander said...

Great review!

Kathy said...

you are always the sweetest person. Thanks I enjoyed writing the review.

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful review.

Marisela Zuniga said...

Thanks for sharing your review, this sounds really good