Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review, Tour, Giveaway: Midsummer Sweetheart by Katy Regnery

Midsummer Sweetheart (Heart of Montana, #2)
Midsummer Sweetheart by Katy Regnery
Heart of Montana #2
February 11, 2014
Boroughs Publishing Group
240 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
(Contains: Non-explicit sexual references, some alcohol abuse, some violence)
Source: eARC from publisher for Honest review
Book Blurb:
Erik Lindstrom never had much faith in love. He saw his parents’ marriage collapse and vowed to avoid the same anguish himself. His fiercely protective nature drew him to a career in law enforcement, but he’s managed to keep himself and his heart safe…until now.

Katrin Svenson is in danger. After leaving her home in secret, her only hope for safety seems to lie in the hands of her handsome but aloof protector, who's steeled himself against her deep blue eyes and sunny smile.

Sparks fly between the officer and the nurse, and those sparks turn to fire as Katrin melts the ice surrounding Erik’s heart. Yet a dark force, determined to tear the young lovers apart, must be vanquished before their sweet midsummer nights can turn into a sweet forever.
My Review:

First things first... This is my favorite Katy Regnery book to date! (which is saying a lot since I have enjoyed all of her books.) What I find so special about Katy's books is her writing style. There's something there that completely draws me in, entwining and engaging me in the story, making it feel so organic and natural, not forced or inauthentic.

As for the Heart of Montana series, Midsummer Sweetheart is the second book. I've read the first book, By Proxy, as well as the novella, The Christmas Wish, and I loved them, which is why I've continued this series. Midsummer Sweetheart can be read as a standalone if you haven't had a chance to read the first book yet. You will be spoiled about how the first book ended, but you can easily read By Proxy later if you want to read Sam and Jenny's story and still completely enjoy it. And I would recommend it.

As for the storyline, there was so much to enjoy about Erik and Katrin's story. Erik and Katrin are put into each other's lives as they both move out of town, Erik for work and Katrin to get away from her ex. For two people who have such different views about love, they connect on a level they did not expect, and a beautiful friendship begins, developing into more. But there is so much more to their story than some sparks and warm-fuzzies. There are deeper heart matters to face and an abusive ex to handle, and I loved how Katy developed and revealed it all. There were even a couple of scenes involving Erik's dad that really moved and touched me. But all matters were not heavy. Erik and Katrin are funny and sweet and silly and sexy. And the other family members make great appearances, bringing all their big blondness in masses.

As for the main characters, I loved reading about Erik and Katrin. Now Erik is a bit rough around the edges for a large part of the story. The guy has a set perception of how things are, and it takes a while for his defenses to come down. But I truly loved how Katy went about revealing the depths of Erik and making him face the truths in his life and his heart. And when you really get to know Erik, you'll fall for him, too. Katrin is just terrific. She's not your stereotypical weakling from an abusive relationship. She is strong and smart and hopeful. She hasn't given up on life or love, but she also isn't going to settle. The way she handles Erik made me smile, even in the tough times, because I respected her so much. The two of them together felt so real and right. There was nothing forced about their interactions. And their nicknames and Swedish talk were just perfect! They were a pleasure to read about.

Overall, I loved Midsummer Sweetheart. Erik and Katrin are a wonderful, beautiful couple that I loved getting to know and watching them fall in love. Their story, and the stories surrounding them, had a lovely mix of sweetness, humor, trepidation, spark, hope, and love. I didn't want to put their story down, and I didn't want it to end. I look forward to the rest of the books in this wonderful series.

Author Bio:

Katy is a 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations contest finalist who has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all Romance writing, from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all can often be the messy or unexpected ones.

Katy has a Paranormal alter-ego: KP Kelley (Twitter)
Her Paranormal It's You is scheduled for a Winter 2014 release. 
Author Links: Website Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


By Proxy (Heart of Montana, #1) The Christmas Wish (Heart of Montana, #1.5) Midsummer Sweetheart (Heart of Montana, #2)
BY PROXY (#1):  My Review / Amazon
THE CHRISTMAS WISH (#1.5): My Review / Amazon
MIDSUMMER SWEETHEART (#2): My Review / Amazon

Playing for Love at Deep Haven (Enchanted Places, #1)

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