09 December 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter

A Kindled Winter
by Rachel L. Demeter.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, Romance.
Publication: November 1st 2015 by Black Lyon Publishing, LLC.
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans

A week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon—her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she’s left stranded in the mountains’ vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger.

Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape—a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son’s memory.

Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts …

Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I really loved the story idea. How does anyone go on with the guilt they feel after such a loss and feeling so scarred inside and out? I wanted to see how this Surgeon would let someone in. Working in real life in a hospital with Surgeons all the time, well, they think very highly of themselves.

I did like how they shared their individual heartbreak and how Jeseca saw past the scars and only saw him. That was tender. I liked how they wanted to know everything about each other. I loved the hot spring on his property. I used to go sit in them in the winter myself. They both were meant for each other and healed each other.

The best part is the ending. It is a happily ever after ending and that proposal is swoon worthy. Oh my gosh, it is the best ever!!

While I loved the story, something about it bugged me. It could be all the typos. It could be the arc I received as it had different font sizes throughout. It could be that in the beginning when she had passed out at the good Dr’s door and he got her settled into his home, he had said “her heart traversed through his fingertips. 120, 121, 119,120.” I find a pulse by counting and multiplying or a machine does it precisely, so I don’t know how he could do that. I can't get a 119 by counting it aloud. Then he got a “blood pressure cup” (again I think that is just a spelling error) and her blood pressure “40/0-just as he thought.” Say what? She would be just about dead if that were real! Anyway, because of my profession, it bothered me.

Contents: Explicit sex scenes

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Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader's emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel's passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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