Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Claire McEwen for this stop on her review tour. Her featured book, Home Free, is part of the Sierra Legacy series from Harlequin Super Romance.
About The Book
His first taste of freedom was only the beginning…
Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He’s not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen’s irresistible smile makes him glad to save the day—and thankful that they’re neighbors.
Mandy’s just the distraction Arch needs. Her sweet voice quiets the memories that threaten his chance to be a better man, and he’s determined to help her confront her fears. But the past is its own prison, and even love might not be enough to set them free.
“Your cake is okay, too.”
His words were small pieces of a miracle. How was it even possible? Mandy pushed herself up to sitting, every part of her stiff, shaky and stinging.
The dark-haired man was on one knee, as if he was about to propose. And in his arms, perfectly upright, perfectly intact, was her perfect cake.
Mandy stared at him, wondering if she’d fallen right into some kind of fairy tale. Because only in stories did someone this handsome show up out of nowhere and save the day. He even had the wavy black hair of a fairy-tale prince.
Holy cow, she was staring at him like a possum at a flashlight. She scrambled to her feet, brushing at her hands and elbows, trying to ignore all the throbbing and stinging. “Thank you!” Her throat was pebbled with gratitude, tumbling the words out ragged as she leaned over and lifted the tray from his outstretched hands. “I can’t believe you saved it!”
“My pleasure.” He rose from the dirt. And rose. And rose. There had to be over six feet of him.
“It was a really good catch.” She sounded like a kid meeting a sports hero, all awestruck. But he was overwhelming. Each piece of him, from his height to the sharp cheekbones that slashed across his angular face, was larger than average. He was hard to take in all at once. And he’d saved her cake.
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I’m a big fan of bad-boy redemption books. They seem to have that special zing that has you reading with your fingers crossed for the hero’s success.
Author Claire McEwen does a wonderful job in redeeming Arch Hoffman, a man who’s paid for the crimes of his youth. You empathize with Arch right away, especially after you discover he was the victim of a far more devious father.
The heroine, Mandy, is equally endearing. Driven by her culinary career, she’s a bit skeptical at first. But who can resist a man who saves the wedding cake you worked so hard to create?
A very heartwarming, entertaining read from a new-to-me author. I look forward to reading more of her romances in the future.
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About the Author
Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.
Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines who grow and find themselves through their search for love.
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Claire will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
Follow the Tour
This is a four-week review tour. Each weekly stop gives you even more chances to win.
Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like.
November 16: Beyond my writing space
November 16: Unabridged Andra’s
November 23: Mixed Book Bag
November 23: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
November 30: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
November 30: The Reading Addict
December 7: Fabulous and Brunette
It’s been my pleasure hosting Claire today. Please come back again tomorrow for my regular guest feature and then again next week for two more tours and more chances to win great prizes.
Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.