Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review + Blog Tour: Cider Brook by Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers

Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn’t how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone’s attention –especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill.

Samantha is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name. Justin remembers her well. He’s the one who alerted her late mentor to her iffy past and got her fired. But just because he doesn’t trust her doesn’t mean he can resist her. Samantha is daring, determined, seized by wanderlust –everything that strong, stoic Justin never knew he wanted. Until now…

New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers’ books have been called “riveting,” “magical” and “stunningly effective.” Now she returns to the lush Swift River Valley with the irresistible story of one woman’s quest for treasure and redemption.

Carla Neggers
$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1588-9


Cider Brook had everything that I come to expect out of Harlequin romance and I loved it. Samantha Bridge is the kind of women I want as my best friend just because she always has her nose in a book, but would make a hell of a world spelunker. Keeping people on their toes, in fact, seems to be her specialty. When Sam is on the trail of an elusive pirate and the mystery he has presented her, she lands right back into trouble in a familiar place. Trouble that's in the form of a hot fireman, who knows a little more than he is letting onto. 

That smoldering fireman and the spark between Justin Sloan and Samantha are a key to the success of this book but what I liked the most was the fine balance between romance and mystery presented. Usually you get a heavy dose of one or the other, but not in Cider Brook. There were chapters that I was engrossed in the mystery she was searching for and the old mill and at other times I was so involved in the two of them that I forgot there even was another plot point happening. That was great because it made it a complete book, I was satisfied with how everything panned out and wasn't left wanting to know more about one aspect or another. I really enjoyed this installment in the series and really loved reading about Sam's redemption and her budding romance. - My Opinion- ****5 Stars!

Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age 11. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Cider Brook is the third novel in her acclaimed Swift River Valley romantic mystery series that launched with Secrets of the Lost Summer and That Night on Thistle Lane. Secrets of the Lost Summer spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.

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