Blaze of Winter
Book 2 in the Star Harbor series
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Release date: 9/10/12
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Author's website: Link
Frustrated with her job in Boston, social worker Avery Newbridge welcomes the opportunity to reassess her life when family asks her to help manage the Star Harbor Inn. Trying to figure out her future is overwhelming enough, but she doesn’t count on distraction in the form of one Theo Grayson, the gorgeous, green-eyed author who she knows is trouble from the moment he saunters into the inn.
Not only does he have a talent for writing swashbuckling adventures, but Theo also has a soft spot for big-hearted damsels in distress, especially a woman who’s great at helping everyone—except herself. Avery’s demons challenge him, but for desire this hot, he isn’t backing down. With every kiss and heated whisper Theo promises her his heart . . . if only Avery is willing to open up and accept it.
Theo Grayson hopes that being back in Star Harbor will help him get rid of the writers block that he's been experiencing lately. What he didn't expect is to find inspiration for the book that he's trying to write in the town that he grew up in. Before he can get past that writer's block, he needs someplace to stay where he can relax and think without his brothers getting in the way. He moves into the Star Harbor Inn and experiences peace and quiet right away. It's run by Avery Newbridge who has left her job as a social worker to help her sick aunt that owns the Inn. Theo becomes the only tenant at the Inn and they soon find themselves running into each other more often and because Star Harbor is a small town. The attraction that they felt towards one another deepens as they get to know each other better and the quiet, somewhat withdrawn Avery finally opens up and lets loose a little. It's something that she desperately needs as she's had some tough experiences with the work that she's done while trying to help others in the past. Theo brings out her fun side and finds a partner in researching Star Harbor's past for his book.
I absolutely loved Theo in this book because of his naughty personality. He made me laugh while he flirted with older women and made Avery blush just by staring at her intensely. It's not a surprise that she fell for him so quickly and while she may have not wanted to admit it, everyone around her could see that Theo was good for her. So far he's become my favorite Grayson brother and I think he'll remain my favorite. I loved his character so much that I added him to my Book Boyfriend Harem. I am happy that he was there for Avery when she needed someone to comfort her and am so glad that she opened up to him. She had something that was a huge weight on her shoulders and he was able to help her understand and realize that there are times when things can get out of one's control. I liked Avery's character but didn't think that there was anything special about her. No complaints about her either, so I really don't have anything to say about her. I'm happy that these two characters were able to achieve happiness with their careers and with one another.
I really enjoyed reading Blaze of Winter and didn't want to stop reading once I started. I like that the characters in the town of Star Harbor come together in the spirit of being neighborly. It gives the reader the feeling that these people really care and want the best for one another. The same can be said with the Grayson brothers and it was great getting the chance to read about the four of them again. I love their family dynamic and am looking forward to reading more about the remaining two brothers.