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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Review: Deep Autumn Heat by Elisabeth Barrett
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Series: Star Harbor, book 1
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
Buy it here: Amazon
For more information visit Elisabeth Barrett's website
Reviewed by: Diane (Guest Reviewer)
Lexie Meyers has moved three thousand miles from California to a small village, Star Harbor, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to get away from an abusive stalking boyfriend, Frank. She opens a small restaurant in town where she fits in well, and is practicing to become a well-known caterer. Her actual name is Alexandra, but she changed it to Lexie Meyers (her mother’s maiden name) when she left California in the hope that Frank would never find her.
This is the village where the Grayson boys were born and raised hell all their lives until they went their separate ways. Each has a different personality and occupation: Theo, a writer, Cole, the town sheriff, and Val a water tour guide and a world renowned chef named Sebastian, Seb for short. All were large muscular imposing men, who demanded attention wherever they turned up. They mellowed with age, but ran rampant through town in their younger years, out of one thing and into another.
Sparks fly the first time Lexie meets Seb, who appears to be arrogant and egotistical, until he realizes this is a woman that gives as good as she gets. Lexie is not awed by Seb’s substantial presence and movie star good looks. Within a short time, they realize they have much more in common than food preparation. Lexie is attacked by an unknown stranger, and Seb stays at her house to protect her, but whom is he protecting her from, himself, or the attacker? From the first night they met and he had kissed her in the alley behind her restaurant Lexie was lost. Every time he looks at her with that wolfish grin, sparkling green eyes, and cold black hair, all Lexie wants is to be held and made love to by this massive man. Sebastian is a veracious lover, but he’s found his match in tiny Lexie who meets him stroke for stroke. Everyone in town tries to warn Lexie about Seb’s bad boy reputation, but she’s too far gone to heed their words. She’s fallen madly in love with Seb, but is afraid to believe he can really care for her, because of the way Frank had treated her.
Ms. Barrett wrote an excellent love story with just a hint of suspense, which kept the story line moving along. The characters, Seb’s three brothers, the staff at the restaurant were all strong, and contributed to the story line in their own way. Her description of a New England Fall made you feel and smell autumn all around. The supporting characters, his brothers, the staff at the restaurant and other townies all contributed well to hold the story together and carry it along.
This book captivates its reader, is an easy read, and one that the reader will not want to put down until finished. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a little light reading with a, will she or won’t he realize what’s right in front of them, and will anyone arrive in time to save Lexie from the man who had traveled three thousand miles to kill her, and finally caught up with her.