We are celebrating the release of Playing For Love at Deep Haven by Katy Regnery today with a review from Paulette and a giveaway!
Katy Regnery tells the story of Violet and Zach. Violet and Zach started out as close friends while at Yale, feelings blossomed and the two fall for each other. The problem is that Violet expresses her feelings while Zach is confused by them. Unfortunately, their initial story does not end well and the two go their separate ways.
We pick up Violet and Zach’s story 9 years later. The two unexpectedly end up at the same vacation house. They had both changed so much in that time frame. A similarity is that they had both been struggling with their careers, him in music and her in writing. They were getting away to find the solice needed to get their work done. Instead what they found was forgotten love and perhaps what they really needed was to find their muse again.
Katy Regnery continues her Heart of Montana series with a Christmas novella to tie us over until we get Erik’s story in book two. Since I did not read a synopsis of The Christmas Wish prior to reading it, I was surprised to find out it was not a continuation of Jenny and Sam’s story. Instead we get to learn more about Tess Branson the waitress from book one and Lucas Flynn, a new character.
Being a novella, the book is a very quick read but it was a refreshing love story. The great part about the story was that the hero and heroine are not the cookie cutter perfect characters. They are flawed. Some may say they are outcasts in that perfect little Montana town. Tess is the town tramp and Lucas is an ex-con, but together, they work. Once they get past their issues and see themselves as they see each other the two are able to find love.In this story there is only a brief glimpse of Jenny and one of her brothers but it works and ties well to this story. Continue reading
Paulette reviews By Proxy by Kate Regnery…
By Proxy was a very sweet, likeable contemporary romance by Katy Regnery and is the first in her Heart of Montana series. Jenny Lindstrom is the sweet, small town girl standing in as a proxy for her cousin Ingrid who is marrying Kristian. Kristian’s proxy is his big town savy cousin Sam Kelley. The two get off to a rough start which in turn results in the unlikely pair spending a weekend together in Montana. The characters have chemistry together and develop significant feelings for each other during their short weekend together.
What I loved about the book was the wonderful imagery created in Regnery’s description of Montana and more so, a small Montana town during Christmas. My only critique is that Sam’s reflection on the way he has spent his last few years casts an unfair light on the way a big city like Chicago has Christmas. Growing up near Chicago, I personally have wonderful Christmas memories, even if they are different then the small town-type Christmas celebrations, which seem great in this book.