5 stars for Christmas at Tall Pines: A Holiday Romance by @darlene_deluca1 #holidayromance #romance
Title: Christmas at Tall Pines: A Holiday Romance
Author: Darlene Deluca
Genre: Holiday Romance, Sweet Romance
Melanie Beck is searching for an idyllic Christmas like the ones her small family used to have. Traveling solo and still grieving the loss of her parents, she’s counting on cozy Tall Pines Lodge tucked into the mountains of Utah to provide the elusive holiday feels with merry music, stunning decorations and traditional Christmas feast in a beautiful frosty setting.
But a blizzard turns the winter wonderland into a hazard, and a chance encounter with a now-famous high school crush has her reeling with emotions she’s never quite gotten over.
Tyler Shaw, a Hollywood heartthrob and silver screen star, is so over a grueling film schedule and persistent paparazzi. In disguise and using a fake name, he comes to Tall Pines to escape the spotlight and get some much-needed rest. He’s hoping the adrenaline rush of downhill skiing at the nearby slopes will give him the reboot he’s looking for.
Instead, he’s stuck at the lodge and is shocked to run into an old high school friend that he left behind more than a decade ago. He’s even more surprised to discover how much he’s missed her.
As their past and present collide, can an old flame ignite some Christmas magic?
She never expected to see him again after he ghosted her… will love at Christmas heal her pain?
‘Tis the season for holiday romance and this book will tug at your heartstrings. With emotions running high, a beautiful setting, and a festive ambiance, this romance will sweep you away.
The setting and descriptive narration are expertly detailed. Every aspect of Christmas spent at the lodge is described. The reader is able to experience what the characters go through. I liked it so much, I personally would love to spend Christmas at this lodge.
The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. Both Melanie and Tyler are complex characters with internal conflicts to deal with. The attraction is immediate on her side, Tyler took a bit to get there. I liked the dynamic between these two. Both have changed since their teen years and realize they are not the same people.
The romance is sweet and carries the story. I enjoyed the slow-burn, confined-together theme. It allowed the romance to heat up.
If you love holiday romance, I highly recommend this one.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Hello, dear readers!
Thank you for visiting. While you're browsing, I hope you'll take a few minutes to read some of the wonderful reviews that other readers have written about my novels. I write a variety of genres, so I hope you find something that appeals to you.
My novels are about people and their relationships - what brings them together, what keeps them apart. My intent is to bring to life interesting and 'real' characters that you, the reader, can relate to in real-life situations that combine a little fun, plenty of drama (with perhaps a tear or two), and big helpings of friendship, love and self-discovery, and will leave you either cheering or sighing with a satisfied smile as you turn the final page.
With a degree in Journalism, I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into corporate communications, writing and editing for business-related employee, company and industry publications. I launched into fiction writing just a few years ago, and published my first novel in 2013.
So far, my completed novels and works-in-progress fall into the genres of women's fiction, contemporary romance, and mainstream with romantic elements.
Books have always been a part of my life, and reading has always been a favorite pastime - from my childhood bookworm days when I would hide away with Trixie Belden or Laura Ingalls Wilder, to my busy parenting days when I forgo laundry, housecleaning and sleeping to carve out time for my latest book club read. I love curling up with a cup of tea and a bite of dark chocolate, and getting lost in a good story.
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p.s. Please note that while some of my books fit the contemporary romance category, they are fairly mild in terms of heat level. If you're looking for hot and steamy romance with explicit sex scenes, these probably aren't for you!
Reviewed by: Kris