Thursday, 1 June 2017

Review: Positively Pippa by Sarah Hegger

From author Sarah Hegger comes an exciting new series set in small-town Utah, where secrets don’t keep for long—and love turns up in the most unexpected places.

For Pippa Turner there’s only one place to go when her life self-destructs on national TV—home to Ghost Falls, and her heavily perfumed, overly dramatic, but supremely loving grandmother, Philomene. If anyone will understand how Pippa’s hit makeover show was sabotaged by her vengeful ex, it’s Phi. But she’s not the only one who’s happy to see her—and Pippa can’t help but wonder if Matt Evans, her gorgeous high-school crush turned Phi’s contractor, is game for a steamy close-up…

Matt owes his whole career to Phi and her constant demands to embellish the gothically ridiculous house he built for her. Getting to see red-headed, red-hot Pippa is a bonus, especially now that she’s no longer the troublesome teenager he remembers. He’s willing to stay behind the scenes while she gives her own life a much-needed makeover, but not forever. As far as he’s concerned, their connection is too electric to ignore. And the chance to build something lasting between them—before she can high-tail it back to Hollywood—is going to the top of his to-do list…

A new novel by Ms Hegger...yes, please!

Pippa Turner temporarily leaves her life in Los Angeles to travel incognito to Ghost Falls after her television career crashes. With her reputation in tatters, she heads to her grandmother's home to re-charge her batteries and to create a plan to clear her name and get her life back on track. However, seeing Matt Evans again reawakens desires for her once high school crush. With expectations to leave as quickly as she arrives, Pippa's torn between her old life and the potential to start rebuilding a future in the town she couldn't wait to leave.

Matt Evans is thirty-six years old and his life is passing him by. After taking over the failing family business barely a year after graduation high school, he's made sacrifices to keep is the family together. When Pippa returns to the house he built for her grandmother, it ignites long buried feelings. Only, she's only here until her life is back on track. That's until fate steps in and changes the course of his life.

Well written, Ms Hegger latest novel has lived up to my expectations. It's highly entertaining and laugh out loud funny in places, yet the issues the protagonists have to address are very real. Pippa is attempting to ignore and overcome people's prejudice opinions and it is heart-warming Matt believes that what everyone saw isn't what actually happened. He needs to prioritise his own life and point out to his loved ones he needs to fulfil his own ambitions and desires. Something easier said than done, yet with Pippa and two of his brothers on his side to assist plus the addition of a little manipulative interfering called Phi, the narrative is a wonderful balance between sexy and heartfelt emotions.

With a supporting cast of adorable characters, the foundations are there for more delightful tales from Ghost Falls and I can't wait to read their stories. Whether you're familiar with the author or not, you'll love this first book in this new series.

***arc generously received courtesy of the publisher Zebra via NetGalley***


Release Day Blast: Airman to the Rescue by Heatherly Bell

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Airman to the Rescue
Heroes of Fortune Valley #2
By: Heatherly Bell
Releasing June 1, 2017
Harlequin SuperRomance
Airman to the Rescue

Heroes of Fortune Valley series

She's off-limits…and perfect for him!

It was supposed to be easy. Sarah Mcallister was going to flip her late father's house and head back to Colorado for a fresh start. But when her shady contractor gets arrested, taking most of her budget with him, she's at risk of losing everything. Enter Matt Conner…sexy pilot, single dad, Sarah's brother's best friend…and far too good with his hands for her peace of mind.

Moving into Sarah's spare bedroom is just asking for trouble, but Matt's trying to make amends with his troubled teen son, and a key step is finding a decent place to crash for as long as it takes. And the woman needs his help. Unfortunately, the closer the house gets to reno-perfect, the more he knows Sarah is meant to stay in Fortune Valley…with him.

Sarah stumbled into the now dark living room, and found Matt lying on the couch, Shackles curled up at his feet. Through the sliver of moonlight shining through the window, she could make out that he had his shirt off, a pillow over his face. As if she’d given him a headache.
Wait until she got going. “Matt.”
Under his pillow, she heard him groan.
What’s going on here?” She stood hands on hips and then decided that looked too accusatory for seduction, so she relaxed her arms at her sides.
Go to sleep, Sarah.”
He lifted the pillow from his face, one eye open. “I don’t want to argue with you.”
“I don’t want to argue, either. I just want you to tell me what happened tonight.”
Guess if you don’t know, I must not have done it right.”
You did everything right.” Her voice softened. Now that she faced this—thing—between them her mouth was parched and dry. But she couldn’t lose her nerve now. “The only thing you did wrong was stop.”
Wasn’t my choice.”
But now it is.”
He didn’t move. “Go to sleep. Please.”
Well, since you said please.”
Seriously? That’s all it takes?”
No. I lied. I’ll go to sleep, but not until you hear me out. I might be Stone’s sister, but I’m also a grown woman and I know what I want.”
What do you want? Because I thought you wanted to fix this house and flip it. Sell it so you can get back to Colorado.”
Couldn’t a woman want more than one thing? “I want you, Matt. That’s what I want.”
Do you? Be careful what you’re asking for. Maybe you don’t know me as well as you think you do.”
I know enough. I know you’re one of the good guys.”
He snorted. “Yeah.”
Do you think I’m going to fall in love with you? Is that it? Because that’s not an issue. I don’t believe in love.”
At that he removed the pillow from his head. “You don’t believe in love.”
Does that shock you? Why should it? I grew up as the child of a broken home and I’ve seen more divorces around me than I care to remember. You of all people should understand.”
Me of all people?”
You’re also from a broken home. And…you’re a single father.”
That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in love. And I think it’s pretty messed up that you don’t, Sarah.”
Okay. What do you want? Is it me at all? Because a couple of hours ago you had me pretty well convinced, so if you’ve changed your mind you need to tell me now.”
There. She couldn’t believe she’d let all her thoughts spill out at last. Everything she’d intended to tell him for months had come pouring out of her lips, like the semidark of the room had given her added courage. In the ensuing quiet Sarah didn’t think he would answer her at all. Worse, in the dark of the room she couldn’t take a cue from his usually expressive eyes.
I want you, Sarah.” He finally spoke, the sound of his voice so naked and raw that Sarah’s knees went boneless.

Heatherly Bell writes books, drinks copious amounts of coffee, craves cupcakes and occasionally wears real pants. She lives in northern California with her family.

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