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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If I Want You & A Stranger in the Cove by Rachel Brimble - Book Reviews & Giveaway

Reviews by Suze

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Kate feels at home in Templeton Cove, where she has a job at the local teenage support center. She has plenty of friends and is very protective of all of them. Kate comes from a rich family, but money doesn't matter to her, she wants to be there for people and make a difference. Someone took care of her when she needed it the most and she will never forget it. When she meets Mac Kate instantly knows he needs her help, but will this complex man be able to accept it?

Mac is a musician. He's on a mission and will stay in Templeton Cove until he's succeeded. Mac's late father was adopted and Mac is looking for his grandmother, the woman his father never managed to meet. Mac is a city guy, but when he meets Kate and spends some time in Templeton Cove he starts to see the appeal of living in a small town. While Mac isn't in Templeton Cove to heal, it's something that just might happen because of Kate's loving influence and confronting honesty. Will he be able to find happiness again after everything he's been through?

A Stranger in the Cove is a heartwarming story about love, loss, grief, anger and hope. Mac is Kate's type, but that's why she's careful with him. She doesn't want to fall for the wrong man and carefully guards her heart. She's been hurt in the past and has been through a lot, just like Mac. They're kindred spirits and they're perfect for each other. However, Mac still has a lot of anger to get through first. It was beautiful to see how Kate helps him to find light in his life once more. Their relationship doesn't have an easy start and I was really curious to see where it would lead.

Rachel Brimble's writing has a wonderful flow. I love Templeton Cove, it's a fantastic small town with interesting inhabitants. I was immediately intrigued by Mac's mission and couldn't wait to find out more about his grandmother. Kate can help Mac with his search, but she doesn't accept it when he's behaving badly because of his grief. She clearly sets her boundaries and I admired her courage. I loved how Rachel Brimble makes them interact with each other and the dialogue is fabulous. A Stranger in the Cove is another amazing Templeton Cove book, it's captivating and incredibly romantic.

Advice

If you love romantic stories set in small towns you will definitely like the Templeton Cove books. They can all be read as standalones.

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When Tori is picking up her niece from school she witnesses an abduction. This reminds Tori of her past, as she was once abducted herself. Tori is a journalist and starts to do some digging. She feels guilty and wants to help the police in their search for the missing girl. She isn't alone, single father Mark was present at the scene as well and wants to assist Tori in her quest. Together they're trying to uncover the truth.

Because of what Tori discovers she gets the feeling the abduction wasn't random. There are similarities with the situation she was in many years ago. Memories of the past come to the surface and Tori has to deal with the horrible captor who took away her childhood all over again. Will she be strong enough to deal with the kidnapper and will the missing girl be found? While Tori is looking for clues together with Mark they become closer, but it isn't the right time for love, or is it?

If I Want You is a gripping romantic story. Tori doesn't trust easily. The memories of the past are still making life difficult for her and she thinks she'll never experience the happiness a lot of other people seem to find so easily. My heart ached for Tori and everything she had to go through and I kept hoping better days would come for her. First she has a case to solve though and the search for the missing girl kept me on the edge of my seat. Rachel Brimble combines mystery with romance in a great way and I flew through the pages of her story.

Rachel Brimble has a fabulous compelling writing style. She describes what her main characters are going through in a vivid and sympathetic way. I could easily understand everything Mark and Tori were feeling. They are on a mission and are trying to dig up as much information as they can, but they are also allowing themselves to go through the many different emotions involved in such a hard situation. I was curious to find out more about the case, but also about their relationship. There are clues, combined with sparks and deep moving scenes. If I Want You is a versatile story and I absolutely loved this captivating book.

Advice

If you like romance combined with a gripping story If I Want You would be a perfect choice.

About Rachel Brimble



Rachel Brimble is the author of the popular Harlequin Templeton Cove series which consists of eight books that are a combination of either mainstream romance or romantic suspense stories. With a cast of over 30 characters, The Templeton Cove Stories is a romantic, sexy and compelling series that has her readers constantly coming back for more.

Her four historical novels are published by eKensington and set in Bath, England.

Her upcoming projects include a new Edwardian series and a contemporary trilogy. Watch this space!

When Rachel isn't working she likes to read, knit, watch TV and walk the English countryside with her family and beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler.

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45 comments:

  1. Both books sound well-crafted and intriguing.

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  2. Well done Rachel! Sounds like you've gone & done it again!

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  3. I love small town romances,and this book sounds great :)

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  4. Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your books.

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  5. These sound like lovely books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. Thank you for these amazing reviews!! I'm thrilled, mwah xx

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  7. So glad to learn about you! Those two books sound really interesting and insightful! I ADORE historical fiction, so I'm super excited about checking out your historical books, and about your upcoming Edwardian series (the Edwardian period so happens to be my favourite period of history too! :D) !! Have a wonderful day! :) xx

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    1. That's great to hear, Mary! Hope you give my historical books a read - be sure to let me know what you think :)

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    2. Just saw your reply - thanks so much! :)) I sure will!! :D Really excited!!

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  8. The "If I Want You" cover is especially nice! Congratulations to the author on both books!

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    1. Thanks, John! I am really happy with the cover :)

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  9. Thanks so much for all your kind comments! Hope you're tempted to give the books a try ;)

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  10. I’m excited to check this out. Thanks

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    1. Please do, Onyinye! Hope you enjoy it :)

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  11. Sounds like a great book. Thank you.

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  12. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway and the book sounds terrific. One of my 2 sisters loves romance so her and I get many books.

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  13. Do love my music so this would be a great read for me. Plus I love the cover too.

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  14. This sounds like a great book. Love the cover too!

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  15. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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  16. Good heavens you have written a lot of good books and these two sound marvellous too. I love books in a historical setting so I'm also looking forward to hearing about your upcoming Edwardian series.

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  17. I can't thank you all enough for taking the time to comment! It's great to interact with readers :) Eliza has alerted me to a problem signing up to my newsletter - I am working with my webmistress to get the problem fixed, so please try again. Happy Reading! xo

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  18. these do sound absorbing, and I do like to read interesting stories - the imagination is a marvellous thing xx

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  19. I love stories like this, it sounds wonderful.

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  20. thank you for this
    jan

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  21. The books sound wonderful. I think I should give them a read!

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  22. I have yet to discover Rachel Brimble books. Thanks for the review.

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  23. Thanks for the reviews and giveaway!

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  24. I love Rachel. She's a real sweetheart. Love her books.

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  25. Suze & Anniek, I accidentally put the wrong link into the 18/1/18 entry for sharing on Social Media, but here's the right link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110151338018858430327/posts/jpBvVh8toKA
    So sorry!!

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  26. Thank you for the giveaway, I love hearing about new books and authors. Good luck with the book!

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  27. Interested just from this review
    must add to my list

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  28. This sounds very intense, just the kind of read I like!

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  29. Thank you for introducing me to these books, sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds like a great book.

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  31. Oh this sounds really good. I hope Mac and Kate can help each other along the way!! Sounds like a great romantic read!!!

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  32. Thanks, Rachel, for the great giveaway! Wishing you all the best!

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  33. These sound like just my kinda books! I'll definitely be looking to buy at least one of them soon to take on holiday with me next month.

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  34. I love music to. And I also love to read as well. I cant wait to get started on this book! Thank you for the post!

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  35. Sounds like a great book and fab reviews

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  36. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including If I Want You & A Stranger in the Cove. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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