Monday, July 8, 2013

Cedar Hollow by Tracey Smith: Review + Ebooks and Amazon Giftcards Giveaway!

Cassidy St. Claire still wasn't sure what she'd been hoping to find when she began the search for her birth parents, but all she’d uncovered was a bunch of death certificates and one ailing great-uncle who’d finally kicked the bucket last week. Since Cassidy is the last surviving member of the family that means his estate, a small seaside bed and breakfast in New Hampshire, has been left to her. An odd stipulation in his Will requires that she appear in person to inherit the property. Cassidy isn't very hopeful that this weekend trip will lead to anything more than a momentary distraction from her busy life, and an excuse to take her convertible for a long drive up the coast.
She certainly isn't prepared for Mr. Tall Handsome and Brooding; Ben Riley has been running the bed and breakfast for the last several years, and he is definitely less than welcoming. His instant dislike for her is staggering, but his penetrating green eyes burn with a dangerous mixture of hostility and attraction.
Within days of her arrival an attempt is made on her life and then another. Suddenly Cassidy finds herself trying to unravel the mysteries of the past, while outrunning the dangers of the present and finally turning to the strong, protective arms of Ben Riley and a future she'd never imagined.

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Genre: Suspense/Romance
Pages 272

Tracey Smith grew up in Southern California, but as a teenager moved with her family to a small town in Arkansas. It was in Arkansas that she met and fell in love with the man of her dreams, who had also recently moved to the state. Fate brought them both to that small town and into each other’s lives and that is where they continue to live today raising their two children and living out their happily ever after.

I admit it, I often read books based on pretty covers! When Tracey Smith and I discussed me reviewing Cedar Hollow, I wasn't so fond of the book cover. I told myself, "Stop being ridiculous, Cherene, the book cover says nothing about her writing." And, how...

I got about 10% through this book and, arrogantly, figured I had Ms. Tracey Smith figured out. I figured that I could flip to the back page, have the entire story, and that would be the end of that. I kept reading anyway.

I discovered three things:

1. I was wrong.

2. I was wrong.

3. I was wrong.

It happens sometimes - please don't let my boyfriend know. 

Cedar Hollow is a well-written, light, romantic who-done-it. It  is a genre of mixing steamy romance with suspenseful mystery. 

Thinking I had this novel figured out was a mistake. Tracey Smith has the power to surprise you and leaves several twists through out the novel.

I'm not a big fan of wardrobe description - describing outfits and dressing routines - and there was a bit of that, but it was minimal enough that it didn't pull me out of the story.   

When it comes to Cedar Hollow?

Burn It | Toss It | Borrow It | Read It | Buy It 

Please Note: I received this novel free in exchange for an honest review. Words and opinions are my own. 

For those of you who are visual, Tracey Smith sent me over her link to her character profiles.

This is Ben... 

And this is Cassidy...  

 Yeah, you want to read it now, don't you?

Good news, Tracey Smith is involved in a large giveaway for her first novel, Love's Fate - in Ebook form. She offered me the chance to host this Giveaway. This Giveaway also includes several other Ebooks and Amazon Gift Cards. Make sure you get in on the action!

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