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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: A Promise at Bluebell Hill by Emma Cane

Welcome to Valentine Valley, where romance blooms and love captivates even the most guarded of hearts . . .
From the moment Secret Service agent Travis Beaumont strides into the town and through the door of Monica Shaw's flower shop, she feels a sizzle of attraction. After years of putting everyone else's needs first, Monica is ready to grab hold of life. If she can just persuade the ultimate protector to let his own walls down for once . . .
The President's son is getting married in Valentine Valley, and Travis should be avoiding all distractions . . . not fantasizing about a forthright, sexy-as-hell florist. Especially when she's keeping secrets that could jeopardize his assignment. But just this once, Travis is tempted to put down the rulebook and follow his heart—right to Monica's door.
Roses are red, violets are blue, and in Valentine Valley, love will always find you.

The relationship between Monica and Travis is slow-growing and conflict free. As a Secret Service Agent, Travis is reluctant to have a relationship. Monica on the other hand is ready to be in a relationship.  They both soon discover that keeping secrets in a small town is not as easy they think it is.

A Promise at Bluebell Hill by Emma Cane is a multi-layered novel that is very easy to read. The secondary cast of characters is well-developed and quite charming. The small town atmosphere and close-knit family give the story warmth and added dimension. Monica and Travis undergo personal changes that make them much more well-rounded, realistic characters. Overall, a wonderful mostly drama free novel that fans of contemporary romances are sure to enjoy.
This is a nice romance and I mean that in the best way. The romance is very sweet and mostly drama free, not a lot of tension, but a lot of warm feelings.While this book stands well on its own--reading the other books in the series would add little to your enjoyment or understanding of this one--as part of the Valentine Valley Series, A Promise at Bluebell Hill has some sections which add little to the story, except to the extent that they allow readers to "catch-up" on characters from the other books. If you like romances set in small towns with large ensemble casts, cute heroines and manly heroes, and can deal with (or like) vivid bedroom scenes, I think you'll like A Promise at Bluebell Hill.

Emma Cane

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