Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: The Bluebird Bet by Cheryl Harper with Giveaway

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines # 2)The Bluebird Bet
(Welcome to Tall Pines #2)
Cheryl Harper
Adult Contemporary Romance
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Winning isn't everything...

To other people Dr. Elaine Watson never loses. Period. So she won't miss out on a chance to restore the Bluebird Bed-and-Breakfast. The owner's son, Dean Collins, seems just as determined as she is. A famous photojournalist, he hasn't been home in years, so why does he want to turn the Bluebird, a charming old B and B, into a fishing camp?

With just a few weeks to create the winning plan, Elaine has no choice but to spend time with the guy. She's drawn to the handsome, wounded man, but being with Dean would mean giving up the future she's been dreaming of... And Dr. Elaine Watson never gives up.

My Review
I haven't read Book One of the series and never felt lost. It definitely stood alone.

Elaine, a doctor, is used to working hard and getting what she wants. She used to spend many summers at the Bluebird Bed-and-Breakfast and has very fond memories. She wants to spend her time fixing things up to give others the same opportunity to make their own memories. I like how well-rounded she is--she practices medicine, decorates, and even takes up knitting.

Dean is the son of the owner of the B&B. He's had some hard times--he suffers from some PTSD, doesn't sleep at night, and is also very determined to turn the B&B into a fishing retreat. 

I enjoyed the setting and felt right at home there. Robert, the owner, had quite a fun time setting up a bet between these two, extremely stubborn people. They had to get a plan, get bids, and more and then things would be judged, with a winner chosen. It's fun to have a competition in the story, with the characters not liking one another at all, but it went on a little long for me. I liked Dean and Elaine, but had a hard time connecting to them. The story is full of  fun busybodies, with humorous moments, and I liked the way it all ended up.

Content: Clean romance; no violence, religious elements, or language.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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Cheryl Harper discovered her love for books and words as a little girl, thanks to a mother who made countless library trips and an introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House stories. Cheryl enjoys strong characters that make her laugh. Now she spends her days searching for the right words while she stares out the window and her dog snoozes beside her.

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