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Bungalow Nights (Beach House No. 9 Series #2)

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    / Christie Ridgway is quickly becoming an author I can’t get enough of. Her writing style is stunning and her characters emotionally complex and captivating. With each book she gets better and better. The story lines become more complex and pull you into the heart of the story, making you feel as if you are the center of it. I love reading books like that.

    I won’t go into too much detail on these books because I will certainly go on and on and end up giving the plots away. So I will tell you that Bungalow Nights is a truly awesome book. The characters inside the pages are breathtaking. I loved this one because not only is filled with spark flying romance, it’s got a soldier in it…..I’m a sucker for a cowboy or a soldier!

    Vance Smith is a wonderful combat medic. I loved his spirit and the struggling emotion behind him. I could feel all his thoughts rolling off him and they settled onto me. His heart was an amazing one, when he vowed to help a dying fellow soldier out on his deathbed. That alone melted my own heart. And when he met the “young girl” he was to take care of, well let’s just say that the pages that followed were filled with amazing passion and emotion, and a struggle of following your heart.

    Layla Parker is a wonderfully created character as well. She is filled with emotion, after being raised by two men who hardly had time for her. When she met Vance…….wow! The sparks flew. Her character really stole my heart, too, as she tried to show Vance to let go and accept what his heart was telling him.

    This is definitely a wonderful addition to Ms. Ridgway’s summer reading series. If you love hot summer fun, sizzling romance and characters that sweep you away, definitely grab a copy of this book. While I do recommend that you read series in order, this is easily a stand alone book. Take a trip to Beach House No. 9 in Cresent Cove, California…’ll find love, new friends and sweet charm that will capture you forever.

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    Vance has just returned to the States after being injured in Afg

    Vance has just returned to the States after being injured in Afghanistan. He's a man of his word and his promises have never been broken. But when he meets the 'girl' he promised to spend the month of July with at Crescent Cove, he doesn't think he could keep his promise. Suddenly feeling like the out of control guy he left behind after joining the Army, Vance doesn't think he can survive sharing a house with Layla.

    An easy going woman who manages her own business, Layla is not the 10 year old girl Vance is expecting. She's still trying to accept her father's death and believes that by fulfilling her dad's last wish she could find some closure. What she is not expecting, however, is to find herself sharing space with a handsome soldier who pushes all her buttons and makes her heart skip a beat.

    This story was enjoyable from beginning to end, especially the main characters. I found Layla to be relatable. Her feelings of loneliness and her pain over her father's death felt real to me and I immediately connected to her and wanted her to find the closure she was seeking. Of course I loved Vance! I so enjoyed his surprise upon meeting Layla, the way he struggled with his attraction to her and his conflicted feelings over his family situation. I fell for his loyalty and his tenderness within just a few pages of the book.

    Christie Ridgway's writing was entertaining and touching. I enjoyed how Vance's problems with his family and his struggles were presented. It helped me understand his emotions and where he was coming from. I enjoyed how Vance's attraction to Layla conflicted him to the point that he avoided contact with her. It showed what a thoughtful and considerate person he was regardless if it was hard for him to keep away. But most of all I liked Vance and Layla's easy manner with each other, even when both were fighting their attraction to each other. Vance and Layla's connection was believable to me. I enjoyed their flirtatious banter, emotional dialogue and explosive chemistry. I loved it when they lost their temper, the times they bonded over Layla's father and the ever present sexual tension between them.

    It was also a treat getting to know the secondary characters. Weaved within Vance and Layla's story I found a lovely side story about Vance's cousin Baxton. I truly enjoyed the addition of this side story for it also revealed the history on how the Crescent Cove came to be. Once again, Ridgway did a great job of telling Baxton's story in a way that it never detracted from Vance and Layla's story.

    A sweet and sexy romantic read with interesting characters, an engaging side story and emotions galore, Bungalow Nights, is the second book in the Beach House No. 9 series.

    I received this title from Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

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