Hello my fellow beautiful humans ❤
Hope you are having a wonderful start to this beautiful week!
Today I am one of the hosts for the Blog Tour of A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter – hosted by the lovely Indie Sage PR!
Check out my thoughts on this beautiful, a little sneak peak into the world of Jeseca and Dr. Drake as well a chance to win an amazing giveaway!
Enjoy your visit 🙂
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans
A week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon—her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she’s left stranded in the mountains’ vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger.
Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape—a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son’s memory.
Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts …
Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.
Usually Christmas stories are mostly cheerful and full of hope – something that I do believe this holiday does signify! So my intake of Christmas stories are limited maximum of 3 stories!
So when the chance to review another book by Rachel, I jumped at the chance because I absolutely loved the first book – Finding Gabriel – I read earlier this year!
The tone at the start of the book is bleak – bleak enough for me to double check whether the book did have Christmas as it’s backdrop or not!
Jeseca (Nice play on that name though!) is on her way back home to her mother when she crashes during a storm. This crash leads her to the only safe have she can find – Dr. David Drake.
Now, David is a loner, by choice though that choice came at a very steep price! While he has paid the price, he still likes to live in a place haunted by his demons because he feels he deserves it!
This isn’t a feel good love story – no what it is a story that will feel more real than any other Christmas story you would have loved.
Both David and Jeseca have known loss, loss that has nearly destroyed both of them in ways that might be different and yet are so similar. It takes a while to get into the story – for me at least, because – the writing style is something that is so different from what I am used to!
But while I do get used to it, it becomes all the more harder to actually get used to the feelings it invokes in me, because every emotion either of the protagonist feels just jumps out to you – even when you do want it – and that my fellow readers is the best sort of book you could ever find.
This isn’t a cheery Christmas read but nevertheless I believe it is the best sort of book to read – not only because it teaches us that miracles happen but because it teaches us that while loss may be painful, without it may be difficult to appreciate the miracle life actually is.
“I’ll stay as long as you need me. All night or the rest of the winter. I’ll be here for you.”
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David’s enchanting voice swelled the darkness, surrounding Jeseca, gripping onto her senses with a thousand beckoning fingers. They held her captive—and she readily surrendered her freedom.
“We’re like day and night. Summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet something about you whispers my name and echoes inside me …” His mouth found her pulse point. Damp, hot lips nibbled on her skin and sent her wits reeling. “You should have never come in here. It was a mistake.”
“Then tell me to leave and I’ll go,” she replied through a breathy whisper. Her voice sounded thick with desire, hoarse … she hardly recognized it as her own. “And I don’t believe we’re complete opposites,” she said, her words husky and guttural. “I think the real you is hiding.”
Impenetrable silence took hold. Only the howling wind and David’s heavy breathing breached the quiet.
“Should I leave?”
More silence. “No. I need you … I need you to stay with me.” The words emerged from the darkness and wrapped around Jeseca’s heart with the force of a lasso.
He plunged a hand beneath the bathrobe, which had fallen halfway open, and a jarring whoosh of air slammed against her skin. His tongue swirled along her collarbone, branding her flesh with slick, wet shapes. Her heart hammered, and she clutched at the bedsheet as his mouth ventured lower … lower … skirting across the V-line of her plush pajama top. Then his fingers were working the buttons, quickly undoing them and sweeping the soft material aside. Cold air tightened her naked breasts, causing gooseflesh to prickle her skin.
“Stop me if I’m going too fast,” he breathed against her.
Yes, she should stop him. This was wrong. Totally wrong. Instead, all rational thought melted away and she found herself arching against his mouth and tongue. She wanted more—not less. And she wanted him to go faster—not slower …
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Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.
Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.