Hale Maree [NOOK Book]


Book One in the Crossed & Bared Series


Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, ...
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Hale Maree

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Book One in the Crossed & Bared Series


Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, she’s just a 17-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by with her alcoholic father, Jerry.
But for Hale, ‘crappy’ suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerry becomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event which means to affect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn’t even involved.
While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, a prominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything because of it. Otto is desperate for Hale’s father to stay quiet about what occurred the night the two men meet for a drink. Out of mutual moments of desperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gain financial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more than willing to pay to keep his secret just that.
But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with the most faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and his playboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains ‘in the family’. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale struggles against her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turns out to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as his father.
As the pressure around her continues to escalate, Hale realizes that she’s got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just a big mistake or an amazing twist of fate that has been waiting around for this particular accident to happen.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015903409
  • Publisher: misty provencher
  • Publication date: 11/2/2012
  • Series: Crossed & Bared Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 322
  • File size: 193 KB

Meet the Author

I'm the author of the CORNERSTONE SERIES, the young adult metaphysically-spiced series, as well as the author of HALE MAREE, an adult contemporary romance and MERCY, A GARGOYLE STORY, which is a dark fantasy for the New Adult crowd.

Other than my books, I'm a girl who loves mustard on her eggs, dogs named Larry and all things office supply. Hope you'll enjoy the stories and say hello on Twitter, Facebook, or over on my blog!
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  • Posted May 19, 2013

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    This book was incredible. Absolutely incredible, Hale Maree has

    This book was incredible. Absolutely incredible, Hale Maree has become one of my favorite books, and is hands down my favorite New Adult book! Hale Maree was a romantic, steamy, and funny read all in one! When I started this book I could NOT put it down, it had me hooked on the very first page and wouldn't let me go till I finished.

    Hale Maree's story kicks right off on the first page, no slow beginning, right on the first page the story picks up! We follow Hale, who is a great main character; she’s very honest, and very likable. She is also spunky, which in my book is always a plus. The ONLY thing that I did not like in Hale Maree was one specific part in the book where Hale tells her best friend how Oscar said something was beautiful, it came off awkward to me personally, and semi cheesy. But besides that tiny part, everything else was amazing.

    My favorite part HANDS DOWN about Hale Maree was the romance and our swoon worthy Oscar. Oscar is going to be a book boyfriend for anyone that reads this novel, he is just *swoon* perfect? He ALWAYS says the right thing that will have you reading this book, giggling to yourself over the cute-ness/romantic-ness of his words! Yes he is THAT amazing! You are going to look like a giddy idiot over this book! I know I was, and I loved every minute of it! Oscar is caring, respectful, sexy, funny, and a freakin gentleman! What’s not to love?! Besides Oscar being amazing the overall romance was really enjoyable. There is tension between Oscar and Hale, Hale is often trying to tell Oscar off or convince him the wedding is a crazy idea. While Oscar just keeps pushing her that it’s a great idea and it has to be done. I really just loved their romance, they were never once boring and did a great job at keeping my attention and making me laugh and look like a giddy idiot as shown above.

    Apart from the romance and amazing characters, another aspect of Hale Maree that I quite enjoyed was just Misty’s writing in general. Hale Maree flowed perfectly from beginning to end, never did I feel the need to skim through parts of the story, nor did I ever feel I had to force myself to continue reading. I have since read Misty’s other novel Cornerstone (first book in the Cornerstone series) which also flowed amazingly and was very enjoyable.

    Overall Hale Maree is a must read for anyone looking for an AMAZING new adult contemporary romance. This book has easily made my top 12 favorite books of 2012.

    -sidenote: The author classifies this as an ‘adult’ novel due to the sex scenes. I personally would recommend this as a NEW ADULT novel though, the characters are all young 20’s or just out of high school and act their age. Sex scenes are also not immensely graphic like some adult novels I have read. Recommended for ages 18+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    wonderful Book

    to be honest with Everyone, I had not even read the lil part about this book when it was given to me by a friend. they asked i read it and see what i thought about it. I said sure and opened it up. was a lil hard at frist to get into it BUT i think that was me had a few things on my mind. but once i got further into the book i found myself wonder about weither Hale would or would marry Oscar. I was pulling for them both. I enjoyed the book there was a few grammer things that bothered me but over all I loved the book and cant wait to read the next one in the serise. would i recomend this book to others to read? yes it was good story and made you want the best for the girl even if the way she brought into the fix was against her will. Good Job Misty Provencher I enjoyed it and look foward to reading more about your books..

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    A fun, romantic, and emotional story of a couple who get pushed

    A fun, romantic, and emotional story of a couple who get pushed into the "deep end" of love.

    Hale Maree is a story I'd been looking forward to reading from the moment I read the synopsis. Seriously, an arranged marriage in the US in 2012? I was so curious to meet heroine Hale Simmons (love that name!) and sexy playboy Oscar.

    It's not often that you find a contemporary story with an "arranged marriage" plotline. I, for one, was very intrigued, and I wondered how in the world Provencher would make this work. But if there's one thing that you learn about her writing after reading the Keystone series, it's that Provencher always covers all her plot bases. As I read the story, I would stop to ask "Well, what about...?", and within moments, that question was being explained. The reason Hale's and Oscar's fathers need them to get married actually makes a lot of sense. I appreciate that we aren't just given this crazy, outlandish reason and are forced to swallow it.

    Besides the arranged marriage, I also had reservations about Hale and Oscar. If they jumped into the situation with both feet, eager and happy, I would have found the whole thing unbelievable. If they both acted hatefully towards one another because of their unhappiness over a situation neither can control, I would have likely found them irritating. Though Oscar and Hale are thrown into this awkward/insane situation, Provencher really takes her time with the build-up between the characters. More than anything, this story is the slow, sweet creation of the relationship between Hale and Oscar.

    Hale is understandably upset. She feels as if her father has basically sold her out. She doesn't know what is expected of her. She's confused, upset, and angry. I love that Hale realizes that Oscar isn't to blame, and that she doesn't place it with him. But, Hale does not make it easy for Oscar. He must work, be patient to earn her trust. You really see the fun side, and get some insight into Hale's thoughts when she talks with her best friend, Sher. And I want to just say now, I would so be down with a story about Sher.

    Oscar was nearly pitch perfect as the resigned son who wants to protect his father. Oscar isn't exactly happy about the situation, but he is decidedly optimistic. It's almost as if you can sense in him that he feels instantly drawn to Hale, and will do whatever it takes to make her happy with the situation. Oscar treats Hale like a skittish colt, slowly draws her in and earns her trust. I loved that he was kind, thoughtful, and gentle with Hale. But wow, when Oscar turns up the heat, look out! That boy is smokin'. Hale Maree had loads of sensual, steamy moments, slowly building up to a hot, hot, hot scene that makes me want to knock out my ceiling and put in skylights. Nicely done.

    Hale Maree was ultimately a fun story that kept me reeled in until the very end. It was so funny at moments, dangerously alluring and surprising mysterious. Hale Maree is a great choice if you're looking for a romance that's out-of-the norm, and gets it done right.

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