Monday, February 9, 2015

To Be Alone - Lori's Review of ALL FOR YOU (Shore Secrets #2) by Christi Barth

Author: Christi Barth
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: 2/9/2015
Source: ARC from the author 

Small-town park ranger Casey Hobbes has spent her life under the radar, carefully guarding a secret. "The forest flirt," as her best friend calls her, keeps things casual with men. That way she'll never care enough to be tempted to share the truth about her past. But when she spots a half-naked stranger on the lake's edge, Casey can't resist his muscles or his charm and she's all-in for enjoying both, while keeping emotion out of it. What could be the danger of one summer fling?

Professor Zane Buchanan has built his entire career on exposing the dark realities of cults, but one—the Sunshine Seekers—remains infuriatingly impossible to crack. Zane's shocked to discover its sole anonymous survivor is hiding in his new hometown. It's nearly impossible to concentrate on work, however, when he's derailed by his attraction to the beautiful blonde in khaki uniform shorts.

As things between Casey and Zane heat up, she struggles with keeping her past from him. And Zane's on a quest to expose the truth, no matter the consequences. Will their growing emotions finally unseal Casey's big secret? Or will she turn her back on love to keep the past safely buried?

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi lives in Maryland with her husband.

In order to get this review out in time for the book's release day, you are getting the quick and dirty version of a review today.

Casey and Zane have incredible chemistry and their attraction involves more than just their bodies. Casey finds Zane's enthusiastic obsession with knowing things 'adorable' and Zane finds it 'sexy' when Casey falls into her authoritative role of Park Manager. They each have a genuine interest in all aspects of the other person and I like that a lot.

Casey has a HUGE secret that she is keeping from Zane.  This secret, if told, could ruin a few other people's lives and I completely understand why she keeps it from him, even knowing that it would be Zane's 'white whale'. The author's knowledge and descriptions were impressive and added such depth to the story. 

I like the small town setting. The friendships that have been established are authentic. I enjoyed getting to know a little about each person. There is a wealth of fascinating characters here and I can't wait to see each of them share their own story. 

I enjoyed this book a lot. Even more than I was expecting to. The author did a fantastic job carrying on a sub-plot while keeping the romance sweet and sexy. Now I need to go back and read book one.

4 out of 5 stars

Hozier - To Be Alone

Many of the lyrics are perfect from Casey's point of view, but I love
 the overall sensuality of the song.

All I've ever done is hide
From our times
When you're near me
Honey, when you kill the lights
And kiss my eyes
I feel like a person for a moment of my life

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