ARC Review: Long Simmering Spring by Elisabeth Barrett

Posted May 14, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Long Simmering Spring by Elisabeth Barrett
Long Simmering Spring
by Elisabeth Barrett

3.5 Stars


Released: May 13, 2013
Series: Star Harbor #3
Published by Loveswept
Pages: 276
Format: ARC

The small town feel is prominent and the romance is steady and strong, creating  a bond that is both uplifting and inspiring. ~ Under the Covers

In the third book to the Star Harbor series, Barrett presents readers with the sexy new sheriff, Cole Grayson. Cole suffers from PTSD from his time in the military and the hours he has spent in Boston’s police force also doesn’t help matters greatly. As a result, he’s a very reserved character, but that doesn’t mean he is completely toned down.

Physician, Julie Kensington knows just how potent Cole Grayson’s presence is. As a woman who is driven and has her eyes set on her career, even Julie cannot keep her eyes off the hot new sheriff.

Julie and Cole are very similar in personality. They are both quite reserved and this makes for a more toned down read. It’s mellow ad sweet and the whole way through, it feels like a blissful escape from reality.

The one thing that slowed down the book was actually their personalities, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. In the beginning of the book, Julie is not ready to be in a relationship. She holds back so much that it sort of impedes the natural progression of the relationship, but slowly, she opens up and allows Cole in. Again, this is character growth so I don’t see it as a negative thing as much as it’s just a different taste from the previous books. However, Cole doesn’t just jump in when he gets the chance either. His PTSD keeps me reserved and the character’s core personalities really make for an interesting read because how can two similar people with trust issues really find love that is lasting?

The question is answered well and while not my favorite of the series, I do believe that readers will still enjoy this latest serving from Barrett. The small town feel is prominent and the romance is steady and strong, creating  a bond that is both uplifting and inspiring. It makes me look forward to the next book in the series.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Elisabeth Barrett

Raised in small-town Connecticut, Elisabeth spent most of her formative years playing the piano and reading everything she could get her hands on. In high school, she took a job at her local bookstore where she first discovered romance novels. She would stay long after closing time to squeeze in just one more chapter.

After working summers as a guest student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, she studied biology as an undergraduate before attending law school. Elisabeth then spent nearly a decade working as a patent attorney, focusing her practice on both biotechnology litigation and prosecution. Inspired by those summers on Cape Cod, she started writing fiction . . . a habit she can’t seem to break.

Now a displaced New Englander, Elisabeth lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.

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Thanks Ann.


Nice cover-thanks for the review Ann!