ARC Review: Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton

Posted December 3, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton
Winter Oranges
by Marie Sexton

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 30th 2015
Published by Riptide Publishing
Pages: 325
Format: eARC
 

“Well done to Sexton for stepping out of her comfort zone to deliver her readers something different.”
~ Under the Covers

I’d consider myself a pretty big Marie Sexton fan. I’ve read her books for years but this is the first book of hers that seemed to completely depart from her other books. The only way I can describe this book is that it has some magical realism to it. If you’re familiar with Lisa Kleypas’ Friday Harbor series this book follows along the same lines where magic occurs in an otherwise Contemporary setting. The magic is unexplained so you really need to go into this book knowing that. Otherwise you’ll probably be like me, wondering what the hell is going on. I should’ve read the blurb before starting it. I think that would’ve helped a lot.

After the initial shock wore off, I found that it was easy to enjoy Jason and Ben together. Jason is a B-list actor who is taking some time off to gather himself after a few bad runs. He buys an old house, which is inhabited by a ghost from the 1840s. Ben is actually a ghost inside a snow globe and Jason becomes the first person to see and hear him after many years. Jason and only hear Ben when the music box is playing but other than that, he can see him just fine. Their romance happens pretty quickly as they go about doing some mundane things. However, it’s all a little bit surreal since to outsiders, Jason is basically just talking to himself.

While I was reading this, several questions popped into my mind. A lot of them I can’t repeat here but of course, I was curious about how Jason and Ben would be together physically since Ben is a ghost. The answer turned out not to be quite complicated but again, you really need to disregard any logical explanations for anything that happens in this book. As I said earlier, the magic and how Ben happened to get inside the globe isn’t really addressed. Nor is how Jason is able to go inside the globe to be with Jason. So if you can turn a blind eye to all the major plot holes in the story, the romance is quite sweet.

I read this entire book in one sitting. WINTER ORANGES pulled several emotions from me, but in the end, it turned out to be quite the unique read. Well done to Sexton for stepping out of her comfort zone to deliver her readers something different.spacer

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About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Sounds good

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Thanks for the review Annie

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Thanks for the review!
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Thank you for the review and congrats Marie on the release!
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