Title: Winter Kisses
Series: A County Fair Romance Book 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Winter Kisses" by S.I. Hayes & J. Haney
I liked this series ...[A County Fair romance Book 2] 'Winter Kisses' as it continues so very well from the first series..'Stolen Moments.' With the holiday coming how will these two... Fallen and Justin along with her protective brothers manage the holidays. The story will take quite a turn when Justin ends of visiting New York during New Years along with Fallon, Pete and Nick. Now that will be one trip for them as they meet Justin's best friend Blaine. There will definitely be a twist in this read as Justin meets with his father and mother. That will be quite a trip and let's now leave out Justin's best friend Blaine. How will all of this effect Nick situation? Oh, well as the story goes on it will seem like the story will come together however, another twist will come onto the scene when Justin comes back home to Kentucky. Now, I will stop here and just say that you will have to pick up this good series to see how wells these two author gives the readers a well written series. Now, what will come next for the favorite two main characters [Fallen & Justin] along with the rest of the Hopkins brothers and a friend [Blaine] in the next series [A County Fair Romance Book 3] in 'Spring Fling.'
but...I needed more for that to happen.
Ok before I get into the actual story I'm going to deal with the audio. K. C. Kelly was the narrator for this book and he's a new to me narrator and one that I'm definitely going to keep an eye on. I really enjoyed his narration on this book but I've also taken the time to listen to some samples of other books he's narrated and I have to say I want to listen to a few of them. I like his voices they're filled with personality and life adding both depth and emotion to the story. So the audio portion gets 4 stars from me.
I love a good romantic thriller and this one had all the hallmarks of being just that. Sadly that didn't happen. In short order this story was too short. It almost felt like a detailed story outline rather than a complete story. It felt to me like there were a few opportunities for this story to be fleshed out and turned into a far more detailed novel or novella at the very least.
The setting is small town Mississippi and our MCs are the sheriff Eli Gallagher and his deputy, Stan Leach. I liked these characters and I very much enjoyed the story that was there. The book starts with both Eli and Stan involved with other people. We quickly find out that Eli's current interest is...to put it bluntly a bag of dicks. Seriously this guy is so full of himself it's pitiful and laughable so I did...laugh that is. This was also what made me like Gallagher. Gallagher basically showed himself to be a class act...while Gilbert, Eli's love interest, (or BoD...Bag 'o' Dicks as I lovingly came to think of him...add copious amounts of sarcasm here please) proved himself to be a totally pompous, pretentious, self-absorbed BoD.
Seems good old Gilbert wants to get married to a woman because 'it's time to settle down'...no spoiler here it's in the blurb. Seriously this part of the story left me trying to get my jaw off the floor with how astoundingly oblivious and full of himself our man Gil proved himself to be. I was very entertained with how the author wrote this part of the story...loved it.
Meanwhile Stan suddenly finds his hands full with Harvey Faber until they're not...this would be one of those chances to fill out the story...oh well opportunity knocked and no one answered the door. This was another part of the story that I really enjoyed I liked how Stan was with Harvey. It was sweet and kind.
So at the end of it all my biggest problem with this story wasn't that I didn't like it. It was that I did. I liked it enough that I really wanted the author to give me more story. More background on both of these men and definitely more relationship time between Eli and Stan because yeah, I liked these two as a couple and I would have loved to have had more time with them both while they're getting together and after they become a couple. By the way everyone did I mention...AGE GAP!!! That's right there's about 15 years between these two and I didn't care...I think I'm cured.
Simply put at the end of it all I wanted more. I needed more to take this from 3 "It's ok, I liked it" stars to possibly 5 "HOLY Crap! This was great stars. I definitely feel the need to check out more of this author's books and K.C. Kelly is a yes on my audio narrator list. So while the book wasn't as good as it could have been I'd say this one was a win and if there's ever second release that gets notably revised I think I'm on board for a re-read...eeeerrr...re-listen on this on.
An audiobook of 'The Winter Dark' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Atone for your sins . . .
A rash of unexplained suicides in the sleepy town of Eider, Iowa, draws McIntire County deputy Nicolette Rivers into a devious killer's twisted plot. A former marine sniper suffering from PTSD, Nic hides her own deadly secrets, and The Priest will do anything to expose it and her.
For redemption is at hand . . .
Eider police detective Con O'Hanlon is assigned to help Nic uncover the truth behind the suicides. She rebuffs his help at every turn, but the stubborn Irishman holds on. When tragedy strikes, Con helps cover up the fallout, but is he too late to prevent Nic's dark, downward spiral? Or is Con the one man stronger than her demons?
We first met both Nolan and Lainey in book one, DESTINY ON ICE. Nolan is Brent Oliver’s friend/line mate, and Lainey is Aubrey’s little sister. Nolan and Lainey were secretly hooking up. They stopped seeing each other. Now Nolan wants to start things back up with Lainey. However, Lainey wants more and has told Nolan they could only be friends.
Nolan is an interesting character. He has a secret he does not want anyone to discover. That secret has understandably left him humiliated and untrusting of relationships. I like Lainey. She is feisty and brave. She pulls off stuff I would not have the nerve to do. Nolan and Lainey are a great couple. They have hot chemistry and similar personalities. Lainey instilling the friend rule was the perfect call. The two end up being very compatible and value their relationship more.
The plot was skillfully-executed. A lot of fun and thrilling things take place. There are some interesting dynamics in the story, including Aubrey hating Nolan, that makes the story thought-provoking. I love that Area 51 made a comeback in this story. I love that RESISTANCE ON ICE began and ended in a similar manner.
I liked the introduction of the Coach Townsend’s daughter, Eliza. I found it amusing she was a Capital’s fan. She becomes a good friend to Lainey. I am looking forward to her and Benny Perry’s story in book three, COMPLICATIONS ON ICE, expected to be released in August 2017. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.