Publication Date: 10/07/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Contemporary Romance
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Sensation)
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Books in the series:
1. Carolina Home
2. Carolina Girl
3. Carolina Man
4. Carolina Blues
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Excerpt from, Carolina Blues, courtesy of the author's website.
Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department. He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.
Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad. She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit.
But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.
Virginia Kantra once again reminds readers why small town romances are oh so goood to read with her latest book, Carolina Blues. This is the fourth book in the Dare Island series and readers looking for a sweet romantic story about two people who are trying to move on from their troubled pasts will find it enchanting. Kantra's writing is smooth and flows with ease, as she wades some deep waters with PTSD and betrayal as themes in this book. Readers looking for passion and love won't be able to resist this amazing addition to the Dare Island series.
What I liked:
Virginia Kantra is one of those writers that I have on my watchlist. I look forward to every book she puts out and I was eagerly awaiting Carolina Blues for several reasons. I knew this would be a transitional book for the series and I wanted to know where Kantra would take us next. The Fletcher's have been an amazing family to read about, but they are settled into their own lives and loves now and the series continues.
I liked the way that Kantra decided to go here. She starts to let the reader develop a relationship with Dare Island itself and not just the Fletcher family in this book. She is branching out and including some of the characters who have been more secondary in the first three books of the series. I loved the addition of Jack Rossi as the new chief of police. It puts the series on a good track to continue for some time and that's what I was hoping would happen.
Jack is a little different than Kantra's other heroes in this series. He is a big city police officer that takes a job in a small town. He is a bit darker, a bit more edgy and more world weary than we've seen before in the series and I definitely thought that was a good move. He is sexy, passionate and he has a soft side. From taking in strays to helping Lauren with her PTSD, Jack is what a hero is all about. He has his own demons to fight, but he doesn't shirk helping others with theirs. I loved his character development throughout the book and felt that Kantra really gave readers a lead character that mattered.
Lauren's story was both poignant and scary at the same time. She was able to talk down bank robbers but she has trouble getting through a normal day. Readers join her in the aftermath of a traumatic experience. She is has been flooded with attention and she isn't dealing with it well. I know from personal experience that a person needs a measure of calm after a storm and that's what Dare Island was providing for Lauren. I loved the way Kantra was able to show the reader what Lauren was going through and how it affected every aspect of her life. She was a great character with a lot of courage and strength.
The relationship that develops between Jack and Lauren is pretty straight forward. There isn't a lot of severe conflict or emotional gut wrenching moments. It's just one of romances that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. These are two people who have had trouble in their past. Jack's ex-wife's betrayal was painful and Lauren's near death experience changed her life and together they weather the storms of moving on.
I didn't need a lot of hoopla with this one, it was just passionate and romantic and what I needed to uplift my spirits and make me believe in happy ever afters again. Kantra does a great job of transitioning the series and moving the reader forward. I loved it, and so will you!
Carolina Blues is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author of the Dare Island novels, including Carolina Home, Carolina Girl, and Carolina Man, and the Children of the Sea series, Virginia Kantra has won numerous industry awards, including Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and two National Readers’ Choice Awards.
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