Author: Christie Ridgway

Review: Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway

Posted April 22, 2013 by Ginny in Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway
Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway
Series: Beach House No. 9, #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin HQN on February 26, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 406
Source: Author, NetGalley

Also in this series: The Love Shack, Beach House No. 9
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Book Description:

Return to USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway’s Crescent Cove, California, where the magic of summer can last forever... Combat medic Vance Smith made a promise to a fallen officer: to treat the man’s young daughter to an idyllic vacation at Beach House No. 9. One month, some sun and surf, a “helmet list” of activities to check off and Vance will move on. But the “little girl” he’s expecting turns out to be a full-grown woman. With silky hair, big brown eyes and smelling sweetly of the cupcakes she makes for her mobile bakery, Layla Parker is irresistible. And Vance shouldn't lay a finger on her. Honor - and one heck of a scarred heart -- says so.

To Layla, Vance is a hero who was injured trying to save her father’s life. She intends to spend their month of lazy days and warm nights taking very good care of the gorgeous soldier -- inside and out.


Ginny’s Review:

One thing that I love about Christie Ridgway and this series is that you get two love stories for the price of one! In the first book of this series, you met Jane & Griffin, but you also met Griffin’s sister and her husband, who were getting through a rough patch in their marriage.  In this book you get Vance & Layla, as well as Vance’s cousin Baxter and his love story with Addison “Addy” March.  The second couple had a hot steamy night about 6 years before the happening of this book, and while Addy is determined to forget it ever happened, Baxter wants to apologize, and that eventually turns into more steamy nights.

Returning to the two main characters of this book, Vance is a sweetheart, though he would never admit to being one. He shows up to the meeting of the little girl with his cousin there as moral support and Addy as a nanny so he’s not left alone with a little girl all the time, and nothing would be inappropriate… and he shows up with a teddy bear, and both wrists in casts.  I wanted to hug him.

He’s also … not necessarily estranged from his family, but not very close to them either.  His brother, “Fucking Perfect Fitz” is, well, just too perfect. And Baxter isn’t a slouch either. Vance is the black sheep of the family, and tries to stay away as much as he can.  But with Layla in his life, and his cousin and brother determined not to give up on him, he returns to the fold. Yes, there are some issues there, but Layla reminds him that family is important, no matter what has happened in the past. And as Vance deals with FB Fitz, Layla continuously stands with him and up for him, which makes Vance (and the reader) fall in love with her.

Layla is a fantastic character as well, and as is seen in Ridgway’s other books, well-rounded and intriguing. I honestly do love her writing style and the way she brings all of her characters to life.  This is a great book with more than one love story in it, some pretty hot sex, and, BONUS, recipes in the back for some pretty fanTAStic sounding cupcakes AND the matched frosting!! So double score on that one… I’m going to try them out! Read the books. I need to go read book #3.

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Review & Giveaway: Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway

Posted April 8, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway
Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway
Series: Beach House No. 9 #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin HQN on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

Also in this series: The Love Shack, Bungalow Nights
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When book doctor Jane Pearson arrives at Griffin Lowell's beach house, she expects a brooding loner. After all, his agent hired her to help the reclusive war journalist write his stalled memoir. Instead, Jane finds a tanned, ocean-blue-eyed man in a Hawaiian shirt, hosurrounded by beauties. Faster than he can untie a bikini top, Griffin lets Jane know he doesn't want her. But she desperately needs this job and digs her toes in the sand.

Griffin intends to spend the coming weeks at Beach House No. 9 taking refuge from his painful memories-and from the primly sexy book doctor who wants to bare his soul. But warm nights, moonlit walks and sultry kisses just may unlock both their guarded hearts....


Smoldering Book Quote:

He slid the last piece of her clothing free, and she watched him tuck the little ball of fabric in his bedside table drawer. “You only get them back if you let me give you your climax. Take it yourself, and I take the underwear.”

Panty ransom? She would have laughed, but he was giving her a burning, smoldering serious look. So she stifled her little nervous giggle. “Okay.”
He stacked a couple of pillows against the wood-slat headboard. Next, he pushed her up against them, propping her up there. “It’ll give you a good view,” he said.

Ginny’s Review:

To say that I liked this book would be a massive understatement. Christie Ridgeway brings to life real characters with many layers and stories all at the same time. While Jane and Griffin are the two main focus characters in this book, you also get other richly written people as well — and that’s what they become to you. Not just characters, but fully formed people. I rarely find a book that makes me cry (or, in this case, come very close to it). But when that happens, I know it’s good because it has reached into me and pulled something out that I rarely let out on my own, much less in public.

Griffin was a war correspondent who is suffering from major emotional withdrawal and PTSD. While soldiers bear the brunt of it, there are obviously others involved in wars that carry the same weight of what happens there back with them — journalists, doctors and medics, volunteers, etc. Seeing what they see, feeling what they feel — the entire gamut of emotional trauma that is felt… You feel in this book. And this counts for the good times as well. I find myself wishing that I could read Griffin’s memoir because the stories that are told as he finds ways to tell Jane, are so rich and vivid that you know it would be an engrossing read.

Personally, I have only ever reenacted war (the Civil War, to be exact) but after the reenactment ends, looking out at all those who have “fallen” can really get to you, knowing that it actually happened and that you can be out there, just fine one moment, and the next your best friend is dead beside you. And it’s an almost indescribable feeling — but you feel Griffin’s memories, distant though he tries to keep them, you feel a faint echo in your heart, and it gives you the chills.

Getting back to the story at hand, Jane suffers from severe low self-esteem, but knows her worth in terms of her talent and abilities — things that have been pounded into her head since she was a child by her distant father, and later, by her just-as-distant brothers. You want to punch them.

But between Griffin, his sister, Tessa and their mutual friend (and key-keeper for the Crescent Cove Cottages), Skye, she develops friendships that she’s never before experienced. I enjoyed one particular moment (and highlighted it in my Kindle to remember it) in which Jane confesses to the other women how Griffin claims that the white center of an Oreo cookie is the best part and how she thinks that’s absurd — and the other women just nod their agreement, in a perfectly female moment of understanding.

Another is a moment where Griffin and his old neighbor, “Old Man Monroe” (a war journalist during World War II), are trying to one-up each other on how bad life was when they were overseas during the wars, in half-hearted jibes, when Jane comes out.

“Pardon me for interrupting this illuminating pissing contest.” Seriously.. I love it.

This book is filled with so many moments like that, little snippets of real life and humanity and fun and emotion and sadness… they all coalesce to form a fantastic book that honestly think you should just save yourself the trouble and go buy it now.

Read it. Love it like I do. Because it’s quite literally fantastic. Five out of Five, and I can’t wait to read the next few in this series! Ohh! And REALLY steamy love scenes too… Hoo boy!

About Christie Ridgway

Christie Ridgway's exposure to romance began when she was 11 and was looking at teen heartthrobs within the pages of Tiger Beat. After that, she was a woman obsessed. So, she began writing her own stories featuring her teen idols. Ridgway's own real-life romance plays out like one of her novels, meeting her future husband at college in Santa Barbara. With dreams of becoming a published author, Ridgway worked as a technical writer and computer programmer. She rediscovered romance novels during the nap times of her children, when she realized that this was her calling. Author Robyn Carr says that Ridgway's Three Kisses trilogy captures "the true magic of falling in love." The trilogy which focuses on the Baci sisters and their family winery is continued in a novella, "Original Zin," which is now available in an electronic version.

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Review & Giveaway: The Love Shack by Christie Ridgway

Posted April 2, 2013 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review & Giveaway: The Love Shack by Christie Ridgway

The Love Shack by Christie Ridgway Series: Beach House No. 9 #3 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Harlequin HQN on March 26, 2013 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Source: Publisher Also in this series: Beach House No. 9, Bungalow Nights Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Globe-trotting photojournalist Gage Lowell spent carefree childhood summers in Crescent Cove. Now that he desperately needs some R & R, he books a vacation at Beach House No. 9—ready to soak up some sun and surprise old friend and property manager Skye Alexander. Their long-distance letters got him through a dangerous time he can’t otherwise talk about. But when he arrives, the tightly wound beauty isn’t exactly happy to see him. Skye knows any red-blooded woman would be thrilled to spend time with gorgeous, sexy Gage. But she harbors secrets of her own, including that she […]

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