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Sue Ann Simpkin’s perfect world is torn apart when her high-school sweetheart turned husband comes home and announces he is in love with someone else. Holly Lane by Toni Blake, six months have passed and Sue Ann has retreated to a cabin for a weekend by herself to try and figure out how she is going to move forward to become happy when her solitude is interrupted.

 

Adam has retreated to the cabin he rents every time this year but this year he is without his twin boys. Adam is seeking the solitude of the cabin so he can be grouchy and sulk in peace because he is missing his boys. When the weather conspires against him, Adam finds himself stuck in the cabin with Sue Ann. Adam and Sue Ann have known each other for years but both are surprised to find themselves attracted to each other. But as they start to get closer can they each move beyond their own issues to be together?

 

Holly Lane was a cute read, it was really touching to see what Sue Ann went through after her world fell apart. Besides being just a cute romantic read, Holly Lane is really the story of two individuals’ internal journeys from experiences in life.  Holly Lane is told from the viewpoint of both characters so you get an indepth look at their journey. I really enjoyed the community but I did feel like the sex scenes were a little superfulicious. A couple of the scenes moved the story line along but a couple of times it felt like they were added later and didn’t really add much to the story.  If you are looking for a good story about the progression of a relationship then Holly Lane is for you.

You can read an excerpt here.

Destiny Series Reading Order:

One Reckless Summer

Sugar Creek

Whisper Falls

Holly Lane

Willow Springs (July 2012)

Untitled Book Six (February 2013)

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Title: Holly Lane

Author: Toni Blake

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062024602

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Bloomsbury Teen is having an ebook sale! From now until January 6th, 2012 you can get the following titles on special price available on forms of ereaders. I have provided the links for the Kindle books because that is what I own (and will be purchasing) the book titles on. Novel Reaction has reviewed (and enjoyed) many of the titles, I have provided a link to our reviews so you can see what we thought before you purchase them. So while you are out enjoying your Black Friday shopping, you can have an ebook waiting at home for you to help you recover from the hectic crowds. Let me know if you agree with what our reviewers had to say about the titles.

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The Mark by Jen Nadol $1.99

Hubert Invents the Wheel by Claire and Monte Montgomery $1.99

Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout $1.99

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan $2.99

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore $2.99

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison $2.99

A Circuit by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka $2.99 Review

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker $2.99

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey $2.99 Review

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy $2.99

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale $2.24

Things Change by Patrick Jones $2.99

Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub $2.99

The Declaration by Gemma Malley $2.99

Trigger by Susan Vaught $2.99

Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner $1.99

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Brendan Hapin and Emily Franklin $2.99

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu $2.99

Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher $2.99

Ophelia  by Lisa Klein $2.99

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker $2.99

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly $2.99

The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap $2.99

Pirates!  by Celia Rees $2.99

Magical Mischief by Anna Dale $1.99

Need by Carrie Jones $2.99 Review

 A Boy and His Bot by Daniel H. Wilson $2.99

I think this is the first time since the birth of Novel Reaction that a whole week has gone by without a posting. I would like to be able to say that it was because I was relaxing on a lovely beach somewhere reading to my heart’s delight. Unfortunately, it was just because life got away from me.

But never fear, dear readers, fun things are in the works. I am hoping with the beginning of the holiday season we will be bringing back the Books-to-Movie Challenge, I know I have missed doing that. More author visits and more profiles on unique publishers that are out there.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving and in the midst of all the feasting and family visiting and shopping you all find some quiet time to spend time with a good book, I know I have high hopes of getting caught up on some of my TBR.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Maggie O’Connell made a mistake in her teens and she is still paying for that mistake. Against the Storm by Kat Martin, Maggie is being threatened but the police aren’t taking the threats seriously so Maggie is forced to seek outside help to protect herself.

Trace Rawlins has a weakness for redheads and when redheaded Maggie shows up in his office, Trace wonders if Maggie is telling him the full truth or just using him as he has been used by redheads in the past. As the relationship between Trace and Maggie turns more personal, Trace wonders if he can trust his own judgment when it comes to this compelling woman.

Against the Storm by Kat Martin is the fourth book in the The Raines of Wind Canyon series. Trace is one of the guys who stepped in to help in Against the Law (you can read my review here). Maggie was an interesting character, she made a large mistake in her teens that is still impacting her life today (and no, it is not a pregnancy). I have enjoyed all of Kat Martin’s Raines books and Against the Storm does not disappoint. The characters from the previous series novels play a very minor role is this story. This was one of those novels where I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it, it was an enjoyable read that would be worth a one time read through but won’t be making it into my reread yearly pile.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Raines of Wind Canyon Series:

Against the Wind

Against the Fire

Against the Law

Against the Storm

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Title: Against the Storm

Author: Kat Martin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 400

ISBN: 978-0778312925

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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