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Monday, February 3, 2020

Idolizing In: St. Caroline Series, Book 2 | #BookReview #JuliaGabriel

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Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition, Audible Audiobook & Paperback | File Size: 2614 KB
Audible Audiobook (Unabridged) Listening Length: 8 hours 12 minutes
Paperback Print Length: 298 Pages
Publication Date: January 2, 2018 | Language: English
Publisher: Serif Books & Tantor Audio
ASIN: B078S2SRNR & B07PPWYG2R | ISBN-10: 1547270748
ISBN-13: 978-1547270743
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Secret Baby Romance & Family Fiction
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: The New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America’s New England Readers’ Choice Contest - Jess was a judge. / Prolific Works


"Hearts on Fire" [St. Caroline Series, Book 2] by Julia Gabriel

Author's Book Description : Becca Trevor’s life is falling apart. She’s lost her job, her boyfriend’s in jail, and her mother’s quilt shop has just caught fire — with her in it.

To make matters worse, town golden boy Jack Wolfe has returned — looking better than ever ... but can their budding relationship survive the secret Becca’s been keeping for years?

"Julia Gabriel does an amazing job with this devastatingly heartbreaking love story." — RT Book Reviews, Top Pick


Becca never intended to come back to pretty little St. Caroline, Maryland and her family's quilt shop. Growing up, she was the wild child ... and the black sheep of the family ... and the girl who couldn’t get anything right.

And she definitely never intended to see Jack Wolfe again. Those fifteen minutes she’d spent with him at a graduation party seven years ago? Unforgettable—for a whole lot of reasons.

Jack was the golden boy of St. Caroline. Smart, Ivy League-educated, law school-bound. He’s home from California for a family emergency, a situation that would not be improved by the news that he’s not the hotshot corporate attorney everyone thinks he is. If he can keep his real job a secret until the end of summer, he’ll still be golden and no one else will be the wiser.

But Becca has an even bigger secret of her own ... one that will change Jack's life forever ...

The St. Caroline Series
Come to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the 300-year-old town of St. Caroline, Maryland. Meet the Trevor family—Michelle, Dan, Becca, Charlotte, Natalie, Cassidy and Lauren—and their popular quilt shop, Quilt Therapy. Across town, the men of the Wolfe family have been the backbone of the St. Caroline fire department for generations—and Tim, Jack, Matt and Oliver are continuing the tradition.

The St. Caroline Series features emotional stories with relatable characters you'll fall in love with, true-to-life problems and triumphs, and sweetly sexy romance that leads to a happy ever after.

Book 1: Summer Again
Book 2: Hearts on Fire
Book 3: Two of Hearts
Book 4: This Reminds Me of Us



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My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! For a majority of Becca's life she has felt like she has never fit in (though some of it was her own doing) but she tried to make good choices for those around her most of the time. It all led her to keeping a huge secret from her family seven years ago. Now with her life in turmoil again she goes home to make amends. Yet the one person her "big secret" is all about, Jack, sets her life for another curve ball. Could everything finally be turning around for the better now? Or will fate decide to take away all of their options and throw them for a loop too?

Bare with me as I try not to give too much away. But oh my word!! In this novel you deal with loss (in quite a few different forms) while watching the characters deal with continuing on with their lives as their "worlds" fall apart around them. I know that might sound a bit overly dramatic for a contemporary romance novel but it's what this novel portrays Becca and Jack going through.

This was a riveting tale that I could not put down. I wept, laughed, and was charmed by this full cast of delightful characters. Ms. Gabriel created a unique plotline that builds this novel with so much warmth that you just want to hug all of the characters to let them know everything will be all right. In addition, I liked the idea that though one (or more) characters are diagnosed with a terminal illness it never stopped those said characters to still do the "right" thing for the plotline and helping the other characters' growth instead of hindering them.

With that being said, I will state that I have never read any other novel within Ms. Gabriel's St. Caroline Series before. And while I don't believe that it hindered my reading or enjoyment of this novel, I still had a harder time understanding some of Ms. Gabriel's secondary character choices, their possible storyline needs, and the obvious secondary plotline cliffhanger that I'm hoping will be mentioned in the following novel (book 3).

What we're all here for is the dynamic duo though. Becca and Jack are extraordinarily giving characters, as they keep trying to make sure everyone in their lives will be okay. Though they had two rocky starts, I enjoyed their missteps and how Jack finally lands his girl. Together they made a great pair and seemed to be the perfect counterparts to one another. I loved Becca's vulnerable "tough girl routine" and seeing underneath Jack's all-American good boy persona. Simply a wonderfully sweet couple that you need to root for!

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone wanting a uniquely written contemporary sweet romance.


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Book Teaser(s) :
"The minute we're out of this kayak, I am kissing the everloving hell out of you," he said, his face still composed. "Just so you know." ~ within Chapter 20

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