Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review of Take My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway

First let me say that I love Christie Ridgway's books. I discovered her Beach House No. 9 series a few years back and was hooked. Her contemporary romances are sweet and fun. I somehow missed a release from her this spring. I know, how could I have missed it? All I can do is say that life gets really busy sometimes. In my defense I am raising little people and reading awesome books. So anyway, my daughter wanted to stop at the library the other day. I happened to walk by the newly acquired romance books and there sat a brand new book from a brand new series (It has actually been out for several months), be still my beating heart. I felt like I won the lottery as I looked at the book cover of Take My Breath Away, the first book in Ridgway's new Cabin Fever series. Yes, I know I am kind of ridiculous but I really love new books and this one was kind of a surprise. Not to mention the instant gratification I got from being able to read it right away (basically in a few short hours because I couldn't put it down). Now about this book, what can I say? It was FABULOUS! Ms. Ridgway has the ability to weave a story that I could personally see as a romantic movie. Her characters and descriptions really pull me into her stories. The heroine Poppy is a great female lead. She has spirit and determination. She is also almost too stubborn for success and sometimes a bit silly. She is also fiercely loyal. She plans to avoid men who could disrupt her life. Her big plans for the future will hopefully keep her family's supposedly cursed property afloat, maybe even turn it into a success. That is until her planing for the future takes early fruition and she can't say no to an opportunity to improve her finances immeadiately. In comes our hero Ryan, former big time star, current rich and famous train-wreck looking to hide out. He has tragedy in his past that keeps him lost and adrift, continuously making bad decisions. Is this a disaster waiting to happen or will these two come together? Can this lady trust and fall in love? Can this man open his heart and forgive himself? It was a wonderful read full of emotion and passion. The story line contains complex issues that made it alll the more intriguing. I loved this story and can't wait for the next book in the series that's due out in December. So here's to happy reading. . .

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Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.