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Monday, April 2, 2018

Bachelor Remedy by Carol Ross - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Ally's grandfather is a well known doctor and healer and he taught Ally a lot about medicine. Ally is a former army medic, now working as a hospital liaison in Rankins, Alaska. Ally combines traditional and alternative methods, so she can help people as well as she can, even though she knows this will give her difficulties. Not everyone is happy with her choices and recommendations. However, Ally's only aim is to do as much for others as possible and she can deal with the criticism. One of the sceptics is Tag, the transport pilot she has to work with on a regular basis. He's quite a few years older than Ally, but when they're together sparks fly. Can they overcome their differences?

Tag's family has political ambitions. Tag is the ideal person to run for senator. He doesn't particularly live for politics, but he wants to help people and this seems a good way to do it. Ally changes something inside him and when she's with him he feels complete. Unfortunately Tag has doubts about seeing her, because she's young, they don't see eye to eye when it comes to medical issues and becoming involved with her might be bad for his political career. Will he realise what's most important in life in time to make the right decisions about his future or will he lose his only chance at true love?

Bachelor Remedy is a wonderful romantic story. Ally is smart, confident and kind. She's fierce and calm at the same time, a combination I absolutely loved. She can stand her ground and I liked her audacity a lot. Ally knows what she wants and when she meets Tag she's immediately sure he's the man she should be with. There are quite a few obstacles in their way and I was curious to find out if they'd be able to overcome them. Ally and Tag have a beautiful connection and they have much in common. They care about others, they are both strong and resilient people and they will do anything for the people they love. I loved their good hearts and discovering if they'd find a way to make things work between them kept me glued to the pages.

Carol Ross has a fabulous warm writing style. I love the way she describes the relationships between her characters. There's plenty of emotion, compassion, enthusiasm and affection. The close bonds between family, friends and soul mates are making her stories a joy to read. I flew through the pages of this marvelous story with its very sweet ending and was captivated from beginning to end. Bachelor Remedy is filled with unexpected twists and turns and interesting incidents. I really enjoyed reading this amazing book, it's charming, entertaining and fascinating.

Advice

If you love small town romance you will definitely like Bachelor Remedy. It's the fifth book in the Seasons of Alaska series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

About Carol Ross


USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.

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That’s So Romantic! What Does It Take to Melt Your Heart
Guest post by Carol Ross

Are you a “Marry Me?” in full-color on the jumbotron during half-time of the ball game kind of person? Or do you prefer a subtler “I Love You” written on a post-it note and stuck to your coffee cup first thing in the morning?

As avid readers, writers, and movie and TV watchers of the romance genre, we probably all get a little mushy when it comes to romantic gestures, right? But what does that mean exactly? I imagine the answers to be as varied as our favorite sub-genres – everything from sweet to erotic. What makes one person melt might make another roll their eyes, right? 

Social media has definitely increased our expectations about romantic gestures. I’m impressed by the lengths people will go to – sky-writing airplane proposals, flash mobs, expensive jewelry in a piece of dessert, and on it goes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking these grand gestures! They can fit the bill when certain criterion is met. But, to me, it has to mean something beyond a great photo op.

Wikipedia says romance is “love emphasizing emotion over libido.” Even this description of romance is kind of romantic. It can also be considered a formula of sorts. Tending to the second will strengthen the third and make the first all the better! And vice versa. Or is that just the romantic in me? The point here is that everyone’s emotions get “emphasized” in different ways.

One of my favorite moments from the Bachelor Remedy happens when Tag picks up Ally for their first date.

“I don’t even know where we’re going, remember?” Ally said.

“Ah, that.” Tag glanced her way, a proud-of-himself smile on his face. “I was thinking maybe dinner and a movie?”

Joy swamped her so thoroughly she couldn’t have stopped her goofy grin even if she’d wanted to. He’d remembered. She could count on one hand how many times she’d seen a movie in the theater. Three times when she’d been a kid and had traveled to Anchorage with her grandfather, once in the Army, and then again last year when she’d been going to paramedic school in Michigan.

“Sound good?”

“You have no idea. Well, that’s not true, because you obviously figured it out.”

Tag slid her a grin. “I’ll admit to paying attention when I’m interested.”

Yikes. What a perfect thing to say. Already this was the best date she’d ever had.

It’s just dinner and a movie, but it’s so much more to Ally! Being raised in a remote Alaskan village, some of the simple things that others take for granted are anything but to her, like dining out and movie theaters. Thoughtful. (Well done, Tag.)

To me, romance is all about the thoughtfulness. Like when your partner gets up first in the morning just to make the coffee, starts your car when it’s cold outside so you’re not when you climb inside, or always peeling the potatoes because he knows it’s my your least favorite cooking chore. Okay, so it’s obvious I’ve been married forever. But still, it’s the little things that get me.

Although my personal, all-time most heart-meltingly favorite pick is a bit grander. My husband writes me tons of notes, and he’s also extremely funny. When he combines the two, I can barely stand the sweetness. One morning I got up and discovered that he’d placed sticky notes all over our house - on the cupboards, the countertops, the drawers, the TV, the bathroom mirror, on my coffee cup, even inside the fridge. They were everywhere, and on each one he wrote something that he loves, something funny or sweet or romantic, about me. (Well done, honey.)

I would love to hear about the best romantic gesture you’ve given or received or even heard about! Tell me, what melts your heart?

Giveaway

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55 comments:

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  2. Oh, Carol, your husband sounds divine!

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  3. Love discovering new authors. Will have to read all books from the Seasons of Alaska.

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  4. I am so glad I discovered this book.

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  5. Being grateful for "research material" is a great attitude!

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    1. Lol! Thanks, John. It was a really fun way to grow up.

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  6. Bachelor Remedy sounds like a wonderful small town romance featuring amazingly descriptive scenery, down-to-earth characters and a plot that will keep you hooked.

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  7. looks heartwarming and enjoyable!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! It was one of my favorites to write.

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  8. This sounds like a great read. I love the cover art!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! I really love it, too. I was so excited when I saw it.

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  9. I do enjoy small town romance. This sounds great.

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    1. As a reader, I love a small town romance myself.

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  10. Looks very romantic
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  11. Thank you for the review. The book sounds great.

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  12. The book covers are so happy and romantic!

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    1. Harlequin makes us the best covers. I'm so grateful!

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  14. Thank you, With Love for Books, for having me on your site and for the fantastic review. So excited to be here :)

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  15. I am excited for you and your books!

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Thank you. Sorry for my delayed response!

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  16. Congratulations on your new book

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    2. Thanks, Jenny! I'm excited about it.

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  17. Nothing like a good romance novel!

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    1. Totally agree, Jennifer! Even though I write them, reading them is one of my favorite things to do.

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  18. Sounds good, thanks for the review and giveaway! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Coline! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  19. Small town romance is a great read and I believe the Seasons of Alaska series to be a very entertaining one.

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    1. Thank you! Agree! I love to read small town romance as much as I like to write it. :)

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  20. The couple on the cover look like they are in total love!

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    1. Right, Casey?! I'm so thrilled with this cover. Harlequin really captured the feel of the book with this one.

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun one for me to write.

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  22. I enjoy reading about strong characters so I'll be watching for this book.

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    1. Me too, Linda! I like to read about strong (and a little flawed) people. It's fun to empathize!

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  23. I defintely prefer more subtle romantic gestures, the over the top ones make me cringe.

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    1. Same with me, Angela! (I don't like to be the center of attention.)

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    1. Thanks, James! I really enjoyed writing this one.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Love your name. :)

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  26. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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    1. You're so welcome. I'm so thrilled to be on this site. Good luck to you!

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  27. Thanks for the introduction to this book.

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  28. Love a good romance novel with a glass of wine in the garden or park

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  29. Sounds a lovely read. I really love medical romances (even if it's only a bit of the book) as I always wanted to be a nurse, but not brainy enough. This sounds a perfect holiday read or to snuggle up on the sofa on a cold night to enjoy. Thanks for the chance.

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  30. Looks like a really great book. I have to check this book out.

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  31. Great guest post and I love thoughtful romantic gestures too. The quote from Wikipedia is wonderful too “love emphasizing emotion over libido.”

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