Title: Chill Out
Series: A Candy Hearts Romance
Author: Jana Richards
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
SYNOPSIS: Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?” Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.
Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought dead.
As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?
REVIEW: Chill out is a great title for this story. When you put a man and a woman hiding out together, and you add in a huge dog, Spike who seems to be fond of Renata, things get very interesting. Even though they have different reasons for hiding out they decide they might as well enjoy themselves. She hadn’t planned on being snowed in. Noah is sending all kinds of signals and Renata thinks he isn’t interested in her. Little does she know he is fighting himself not to make a move on her?
When Noah finally gets the nerve up to call his brother, Renata is there to support him. She is a caring person and he wants to know more about her. His brother doesn’t answer but does call back. He agrees to meet Noah and once the snow is cleared away Renata and Noah go their separate ways.
Noah will need to decide to go after Renata if he wants her in his life. Renata wants Noah too but is afraid of rejection.
I really liked this story. I highly recommend it.