ARC Review: Slow Summer Burn by Elisabeth Barrett

Posted August 13, 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: Slow Summer Burn by Elisabeth Barrett
Slow Summer Burn
by Elisabeth Barrett

4 Stars


Released: August 12, 2013
Series: Star Harbor #4
Published by Loveswept
Pages: 282
Format: ARC

This book was like a breath of fresh air. I was stuck in a rut where the books had instalove and so much angst, my chest felt congested. However, Elisabeth Barrett came along and absolutely thrilled me with this last installment to the Star Harbor series. ~ Under the Covers

This book was like a breath of fresh air. I was stuck in a rut where the books had instalove and so much angst, my chest felt congested. However, Elisabeth Barrett came along and absolutely thrilled me with this last installment to the Star Harbor series.

I’ve always been interested in Val. As a DEA agent, there was a certain allure to his dangerous and sexy ways. He’s the oldest of all the brothers and you definitely get a sense of that written between the lines. He has a very strong and steady presence that I think is very attractive in a hero. As I was reading this, I got the feeling that Val would always be the protector. That’s why his story with the drug case fit him so well. Because of this, it added a sense of realism and believability to the story. Also, it sets up the book very well.

Barrett pairs Val with someone I couldn’t see him with at first. Cameron Stahl is a socialite, but not the ditzy, clueless kind. I wondered how the chemistry would work between them because they seem so vastly different on paper. However, like I said, there’s a calmer side to Cam that comes across when she is with Val. Cam finds out that Val is investigating a person and assumes that he has started dating her to get closer to them.

I found that I enjoyed Cam’s initial skepticism. I loved that she didn’t immediately fall at Val’s feet and that they have to try – and try damn hard! – to get be together. As I said before, I commend Barrett for not taking the easy way out and building a romance from scratch instead of creating some chemistry in hopes that it’s enough for readers to accept as love.

Fans of Nora Roberts’ Inns Boonsboro series will enjoy the Star Harbor 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 for the review – I really want to read this:)


Sounds good-thanks Ann!