Linda Palmer a.k.a. Linda Varner has been writing for many years, ranging in genre from Silhouette romances to YA paranormal romances, as well as many short stories, novellas, and anthology contributions. She was a Romance Writers of America Rita finalist twice and won the 2011 and 2012 Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) awards in the YA category. Her website is www.lvpalmer.com.
Stormsweptby Linda Palmer
When Jenny Jefferson agrees to help her sister open a B&B, she doesn't know that Jase Edwards will be working there, too. Jenny and Jase have history--an angry encounter at her sister's wedding four years ago. This time around their chemistry is as intense and supercharged as the lightning snaking down from the storm clouds overhead. Not even a mischievous house ghost… See more details below
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When Jenny Jefferson agrees to help her sister open a B&B, she doesn't know that Jase Edwards will be working there, too. Jenny and Jase have history--an angry encounter at her sister's wedding four years ago. This time around their chemistry is as intense and supercharged as the lightning snaking down from the storm clouds overhead. Not even a mischievous house ghost can distract them from each other. But something far more sinister lurks in the shadows, and its eye is on Jenny. Can she and Jase unravel the mystery of the house's tragic past before history repeats itself?
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Here's a fast-moving read packed with a little of everything – romance, family relationships and conflicts, atmosphere galore, supernatural goings-on, and more. The two central characters are young adults (19 and 21), but I wouldn't call it specifically a YA book. I am far from being a young adult myself, and it held me riveted from start to finish! The romance element is sweet and utterly believable; Jenny and Jase's immediate physical attraction is countered first by their individual memories of an unfortunate first meeting, three years earlier, and by the determination held by each of them to pursue an education and a career. The supernatural/paranormal element is exciting – the old house Jenny's sister and her husband have renovated into a bed-and-breakfast is of course haunted – but there's more than a clichéd ghost involved. And while both Jenny and Jase are tested in their struggle to defeat the evil entity that makes the house a dangerous place, this is NOT a horror story. What I especially like about the book – as I do about all Linda Palmer's books I've read so far – is the depth of characterization and the exploration of family relationships. The central conflict here is really within Jenny herself, as she's challenged to see her parents and older sister in new ways, and to grow out of her domineering mother's control, without losing her love and respect for them. Another thing I liked, well enough to mention, is the food. Jenny's expertise in the kitchen, resulting in everything from breakfast quiches to chocolate pies, gets full coverage. Read this book, but expect it to make you hungry. One of my favorite sentences here is the one where Jenny explains how she overcame her early-teen weight problems: she learned, she says, that she could eat everything she wanted – just not all at once!
For your own good, you don't know what you're missing! Linda Palmer is one of those authors that writes books you can hardly put down! They're perfect to curl up with on a rainy day (or sunny day, or snowy day, or windy day...basically any day...) or when you want to be cheered up or if you just want to read a really good book. While the romance is awesome there is no sex-DEFINITE definite plus! Kudos to Mrs. Palmer for refraining from that and making her books much more awesome! There is some swearing though so PG-13 would be best. Her heroes are amazingly hot, sensitive, and sweet (you can't not love 'em. :)) and her heroines kick butt! I'm a huge Linda Palmer fan, you can look up almost any of her YA books and find a review from yours truly (if it's not there yet it's because I probably haven't gotten to read it yet-not because I don't have it) so I can personally say that this book is right up to the same level of awesomeness that she has managed to trademark in her writing style. This book is amazing, I loved the chemistry between Jenny and Jase and the ending! Oh oh the ending! I loved, like really REALLY loved what Mrs. Palmer did with their romance! I won't give anything away but these are the perfect books for those of you who-like me- enjoy happy endings. :) So go buy this book, it's not that expensive and will offer you timeless enjoyment-because I'm sure you'll read it again-I'll be reading my copy again. :) Sincerely Your Faithful Reviewer, DayDreamingBookGirl ;) Recommended Reading: "Jaguar Moon" "My-Wolf" "Wolf-Run" "Mistletoe Magyk" "The Curse of Willow Lane" "Sister Golden Hair Surprise and the Cruiser" "The Cinderella Swap" "Nightmare Interrupted" "Jingle Bell Jinx" "Yule Be Haunted" and "Calling Cupid" (all of these are either by or include a short story by Linda Palmer. :))