A Season of You: A Cloud Bay Christmas Novel

A Season of You: A Cloud Bay Christmas Novel

by Emma Douglas

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A Season of You: A Cloud Bay Christmas Novel by Emma Douglas

It’s Christmastime in the quaint island town of Cloud Bay, where love is always in season... Will Fraser has believed in love at first sight since the day he first laid eyes on Mina Harper five years ago. There was only one problem: She was happily married. Then, when Mina’s husband was killed by a drunk driver, Will figured she’d want nothing to do with a guy who owns a whiskey distillery. So he’s kept his feelings locked away, knowing that not even a Christmas miracle would be enough to melt Mina’s heart. . . Mina believes her days of true love are behind her. Since losing her husband she’s kept to herself, content to do her own painting and stay out of the limelight that comes with her famous family. But when, after a freak accident, Will comes to her rescue, Mina can’t quite get him out of her mind. As curiosity turns into a fling during Cloud Bay’s first Christmas Festival, she finds it harder to convince herself that her feelings for Will are just mistletoe-inspired. Could Mina be ready to lay the past to rest and finally admit that what she really wants for Christmas—and forever—is Will?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250111005
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Cloud Bay Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,236,807
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emma Douglas would love to live in a world where professional napping was a thing. But until then, she thinks writing books is a pretty awesome alternative. When not writing about imaginary people, she can be found reading, doing something crafty, bingewatching TV, playing her latest song crush on repeat, or singing badly in her car. She lives in Melbourne, Australia in a tiny house stuffed full of books, too many craft supplies and two cats who take up more space than you would expect. Find out more about Emma on her website!

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CHAPTER 1

"Not to misquote Monty Python or anything, but that is an ex-tire." Mina Harper stared at the back of her Jeep and fought the urge to kick the offending wheel. No point making it any flatter. It was already doing an annoyingly good imitation of a squished and melted doughnut as it was.

From the rear seat, her yellow Lab, Stewie, whined, nose pressed against the window. Mina looked up and then straightened, gripping her flashlight tighter in her left hand. Stewie wasn't happy about still being inside the car while she was outside. She wasn't happy about being outside in the freezing weather.

She pulled the collar of her coat tighter around her neck as a gust of wind flattened her bangs against her face with an icy touch. She'd only been out of the car a couple of minutes and she was already chilled. And getting damp. Raindrops were hitting the ground around her with increasing frequency, the sound of them pinging on the roof of the Jeep just audible over the wind. "You're better off in there, dopey dog," she said, pressing her hand briefly against the window to reassure Stewie.

As if in agreement, thunder rumbled in the distance, setting Stewie off into a flurry of barking. Great. That was all she needed.

She stared up at the sky, trying to gauge the weather. It was nearly midnight and the sky was a mess of gray, black, and stormy blue clouds, no stars to be seen. Not a sky she'd want to paint. The kind that made it hard to judge the distance of a storm.

And not the kind of sky that Lansing Island usually got in early November. Sure it was fall, but the island was off the coast of California. Winters were cool, not freezing.

The icy wind stinging her eyes was apparently unaware it was behaving unseasonally. Really, she should have known things weren't going to go smoothly tonight when she'd turned on the car radio to discover that Lansing's local station had decided to start with the Christmas music already. "Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer" was going to be stuck in her head for days now. She'd turned the radio off when they'd started playing "This Time of Year," an old Blacklight song. The holidays were hard enough without hearing her dead father sing about them.

"This was meant to be an easy night, Stewie," she muttered as she waited, eyes peeled for any signs of lightning. If she was going to be kneeling on wet ground next to a big metal thing and holding a tire iron, she really didn't want to do it in a lightning storm.

Flash-fried Mina was not going to be on the menu. If the storm got worse, she'd suck it up and call Nicolai who ran Cloud Bay's biggest garage and operated the island's only tow truck. He'd be cranky if she called him out to change a tire at midnight, but she'd rather deal with cranky Nicolai than massive bolts of electricity dropping from the sky onto her head.

But she didn't see any flashes, so after another watchful minute, breathing icy sea-scented air, she made her way around to the back of the Jeep and opened the rear door to dig out her jack. She knew how to change a tire. And she could do it in less time than it would take Nicolai to get to her. It was just going to be a thoroughly cold, wet, and annoying experience.

She stretched briefly, trying to ease her shoulders — sore from a long day of painting — dragged out the tarp she carried for emergencies and dumped it onto the ground behind her, and then found the set of hazard lights she also kept stashed in the back.

Her half-frozen fingers fumbled as she tried to extract the jack, but eventually she got it. Her back protested a little as she heaved the spare tire free, but she managed. Stewie whuffled nervously at her the entire time, straining his harness to look over the back seat to where she stood. "You stay in the warm, buddy," she said. She didn't want to have to wrangle an overly eager Labrador on top of everything else. Not to mention that she didn't want to have to give Stewie the bath that would be inevitable if she let him out to splash around in the puddles rapidly forming around her feet. Stewie had never met a body of water — no matter how tiny — he didn't like.

She set the lights at the front and rear of the car, then carried the last one back to set by the flat tire. Lansing Island didn't exactly have much traffic at midnight, but better safe than sorry.

Right. She still had thirty minutes before she had to report for her shift. So she could do this. Would do this.

She spread the tarp, which would at least keep her clothes clean if not dry, but as she twisted and leaned down to switch on the hazards, her foot slipped and she fell, flashlight flying out of her hand.

"Fuck," was about all she had time to think before her head hit the side of the car.

*
Will Fraser frowned out the window of the office above the Salt Devil Distillery, trying to see through the rain starting to pour down. He'd seen a car pull up, leaving the headlights on, and then what he assumed was a flashlight bobbing around, and had been wondering if he should call Nicolai and tell him someone might be broken down half a mile down the road. But just now, the flashlight had moved weirdly. And now he could swear it was lying on the ground some distance from the car.

The window fogged with his breath and he rubbed a patch clear with his flannel shirtsleeve, straining to peer through the rain and darkness. The flashlight wasn't moving. Not a good sign.

Looked like he'd be going out into the rain himself. Awesome. He'd thought that sitting down to do some paperwork for the bar had been the pits on a Saturday night. Now he was going to get soaked into the bargain.

He moved quickly as he pulled on a coat and grabbed a beanie off the rack that stood near the office door. Lansing Island had a pretty mild climate — it was California after all — but so far the fall had been cooler than usual. Add in the rain, and the weather tonight was definitely not what you wanted to be out in for long.

Five minutes later he pulled up facing the Jeep on the side of the road, his headlights illuminating Mina Harper lying beside it, not moving.

"Fuck," he breathed, heart suddenly hammering. Then he bolted out of his car, not caring about rain or wind or anything other than getting to Mina.

He reached her side and dropped to his knees, ignoring the furious barks of her dog who was still inside the Jeep.

His fingers found the pulse on the side of her neck. The steady beat made him feel suddenly weak with relief.

Alive.

Okay. Alive was good. In fact it was fantastic. And she hadn't been lying there long, assuming she'd fallen when he'd seen the flashlight go flying. Less than ten minutes.

His headlights gave him enough light to see by as he carefully felt his way down the arm she wasn't lying on and then did the same with her legs. He and his brother Stefan kept their first aid training up to date in case anything ever happened in the bar attached to the distillery. This was the first time he'd ever had to put that training into action for anything more serious than a burn or a cut finger. He focused on breathing and continued his assessment. Nothing obviously broken.

Just a limp, unconscious girl. Not good.

Her rear tire was flat as a pancake and there was a tire iron on the tarp near it. Clearly she'd been about to change the flat. Might have been smarter to wait for help in this weather, but he could hardly go back in time and argue with her about that particular decision.

Nope, he had to work out what to do right now.

Maybe she'd slipped and banged her head. It seemed the most likely scenario as he thought about the small arc of light flying through the air that had caught his attention. A slip, then her letting go of the flashlight as she stumbled and hit her head. That would explain how she might have passed out. In an ideal world he'd stabilize her neck, but he didn't have anything to do that with and, as lightning suddenly flashed in the not-really-so-distant distance, he decided he didn't want to wait for the paramedics to arrive.

If she'd just slipped, it was doubtful she could have hurt her neck in a major way. A lightning strike would do more damage to both of them than him moving her could.

Okay. So that was the plan. Move her. Take her to the clinic in Cloud Bay. He climbed to his feet, jogged to his car, and opened the passenger door. Then he went back for Mina.

He had no doubt he could lift her. Mina was all fine lines and big eyes. Tallish but slender. Too slender lately. She'd gained back a bit of the weight she'd lost after her husband had died, but she was still thinner than she should be. He doubted she weighed more than an empty whiskey barrel, and he spent enough time lugging those around. Plus, she was a lot easier to get his arms around than a barrel. He knelt again, maneuvered his arms around her gently. She groaned, a small muffled noise, as he lifted her awkwardly and rose to his feet.

Sound was a good sign, right? Meant she was coming around. But her eyes were still closed and now that he could see all her face, he could also see that there was quite a bit of blood on it. He clamped down on the urge to do something about it. Head wounds always bled like stuck pigs. Better to get her to the doc than fuss too much with the blood. He had a small first aid kit in the car; he could find some gauze once she was safely out of the weather.

By the time he reached his car, Mina's eyelids were fluttering. He slid her into position in the passenger seat and strapped the seat belt around her. As he straightened, her eyes flew open and she started to turn her head.

"What —" She stopped, put a cautious hand to her head. "Owwww."

"It's okay. Stay still," he said.

"Will?" She sounded confused, tugged at the strap of the seat belt. "What?"

"I think you fell. I found you lying on the road. You were out cold. I'm taking you to the doc."

She blinked. Her eyes — dark in this light but a storm-tossed shade of green gray she shared with her half brother and half sister by day — looked huge in her face. She was too pale beneath the blood stains. Then she shivered.

Cold. Right. He needed to get her out of here.

"Stay still," he repeated, and came around the car to turn the heater up. Then he shut the door and went to the trunk to find his first aid kit. The blast of warm air when he got back to the passenger door was welcome. His face and hands were starting to feel numb in the wind, and despite his coat and hat, the cold was seeping into his bones.

Mina's eyes were closed again.

"You still with me, Mina?" he asked and she opened them, a little slower than he liked. Concussion, maybe. That meant he was supposed to keep her awake. He took a gauze pad out of the kit, unpeeled it from its wrapping, and pressed it gently to her forehead.

"Hold that in place." Giving her something to focus on should help keep her awake. "The doc will clean you up but that will help stop the bleeding. Don't nod," he added. "I'm guessing your head feels like crap. Just hold that gauze there and I'll have you at the clinic in no time at all."

Despite his warning, she shook her head. Carefully, but definitely. "Stewie," she said.

That damn dog. He'd forgotten all about him. A glance at the Jeep revealed Stewie had twisted around in the back seat and was glaring through the rear windscreen, barking wildly. Not happy about being parted from his mistress.

Will had never seen Stewie look anything but good-natured before. Mina hardly ever went anywhere without the big yellow Lab, and he seemed to be one of those dogs who loved everybody. Hopefully he didn't think that Will was hurting Mina and decide to show a more protective side. Because Mina was right. It wasn't fair — or safe — to leave the dog in her Jeep alone.

"Is the car unlocked or do you have the keys?"

"Pocket," she managed. "Jacket."

He hoped she meant an outer pocket. Because, God help him, he really didn't want to put his hands under her clothes and pat her down to find the keys. But as luck would have it, the keys were in the first pocket he tried.

He pulled them out, shaking them in front of her face to get her attention. "Okay. Stay awake, I'll get your beast," he said.

The rain was pounding now and he had a fleeting image of what wet and dirty Labrador feet were going to do to the leather of his back seat. But he'd restored his Mustang once. He could do it again if he had to.

Stewie was still barking his head off as Will opened the front door of the Jeep. He'd rolled up the tarp, the tire iron, and the jack into a bundle and stuffed it onto the floor in front of the passenger seat. The flashlight he'd stuck into his jacket pocket.

"Calm down, dog," Will grumbled at Stewie, keeping his voice friendly, hoping Stewie would relax a little. The barks subsided so maybe he'd found the right tone.

Mina's purse was on the passenger seat so he grabbed that and turned off the headlights before he moved to the back to get Stewie. The dog was so pleased to see him, wriggling and dancing in place on the seat, it took longer than it should have to get him free of his harness and out of the car. Mina had left his lead attached which made things a little easier, but Stewie still leapt and barked and tried to lick Will's face off as Will locked the Jeep.

By the time they got back to his car and Will had harnessed Stewie in the back seat, he was worried that Mina had fallen asleep.

But as Stewie barked at her, she opened her eyes and said "Quiet" in a voice that wasn't much more than a whisper.

To Will's surprise, Stewie obeyed, settling back down to lie on the seat though he kept his head turned toward Mina, a soft whine escaping him.

Will settled into the driver's seat and started the car. He pulled out his phone and called the clinic to let Callie, the doc there, know they were coming, and then pulled out on to the road. Mina's eyes were drifting closed again.

He needed to keep her talking. "Where were you going at this time of night in the rain?" he asked because it was the first thing he could think of.

"Work. Had a shift at search and rescue," Mina said. Her voice was still too soft, and he pushed the Mustang a little, going as fast as he dared on the wet road as they head toward Cloud Bay, the island's only town.

"Midnight shift? What are you, a glutton for punishment?" Working marine search and rescue was a weird enough thing to want to do in Will's book — he'd never liked boats or the ocean much — but working the midnight shift seemed even worse. Particularly when you considered that Mina's dad had been Grey Harper, lead singer of Blacklight — one of the biggest bands in the world in their time. He was fairly certain Mina Harper never needed to work a day in her life if she didn't want to. He liked that she chose to work anyway. It was one of the many things he liked about her.

"I don't mind. Night owl," she said.

Her voice was a little soft but she was making sense, and that was a good sign.

"Do I need to call them for you? Let them know you're not going to be in?"

"I'll be okay."

"Mina, you've banged your head up pretty good there. You were knocked out. There's no way the doc is going to let you go to work tonight."

Her expression turned mulish.

Okay, perhaps a different subject. Thing was, he didn't really know what to talk about. He knew who she was. All too well. But she seemed mostly oblivious to his existence. And they'd never exactly had a heart-to-heart.

Their paths crossed occasionally but it was Mina's older sister, Faith, who Will knew best of the three Harper siblings.

Faith at least came into Salt Devil occasionally, these days mostly with her guy, Caleb White in tow.

But Mina had never set foot in the bar since her husband had died. Not that she'd come often before then. Which was understandable. Grey Harper had been an alcoholic, even if he'd managed to be mostly sober in his later years.

Will could see why that might put you off drinking.

But he took it as a sign that the universe had a pretty evil sense of humor. Because he, Will Fraser — whiskey distiller, bar owner, and descendant of a whole bunch of hardheaded Scotsmen who'd never said no to a dram — had had a full-blown hopeless thing for Mina Harper since he'd first laid eyes on her, nearly six years ago.

Of course, the fact that he'd been smitten by Mina — who'd been only eighteen not to mention already engaged — when Will and Stefan had moved to Lansing was sign enough that the universe sucked.

"Why do you bring Stewie to work?" he asked, not wanting to think about his oh-so-dumb-crush. He'd spent six years trying not to think about it, so he had plenty of practice. And right now there were more important things to focus on. Like getting them both safely into town through the crazy weather.

"Mostly because I can," Mina said. She shifted the position of the gauze on her head with a wince. Will risked a glance. The white cotton was stained red.

"Keep that where it is," he ordered. Then, when Mina winced again as she pressed the gauze back in place, "I guess if I had a workplace where I could bring my dog, I would too."

(Continues…)



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A Season of You: A Cloud Bay Christmas Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
If you want a delightful romantic read this is it. Will is a man that will warm your heart as he slowly tries to win over Mina. The authors presentation of his thoughtfulness and caring for where Mina is coming from is done in a respectful manner that shows him as a strong man not weak. Not strong as in alpha man pound your chest strong but a silent strong and steadfast type of man. This is the ideal man that most women say they are looking for. Mina's back history is a main part of this story and her feelings about her past impact the major part of this storyline. Her character is well written showing her weaknesses and struggles as she adjusts to feelings she doesn't want. There are parts of Mina that one thinks is overkill but I can say that her reactions are honest and true since I have a friend who has lost her husband and I have been there through her loss. For this reader I would of like a little more meatiness to this story but I will read more books by this author because her story was full of compassion and understanding without making either character milque toast. For this reason I give it 3.5 STARS. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Kendra_Readers_Edyn More than 1 year ago
Full review appeared on Reader's Edyn on 10/22/17 Mina Harper has lived through her share of loss – first her husband, then her father. While she has a pretty cushy life as the daughter of a famous rock star, it hasn’t shielded her from grief. When a freak accident lands her in Will Fraser’s arms and care, she feels an attraction that she thought long gone. She had her one true love and lost him. People didn’t get second chances at that. Disregarding the attraction as basic, human need, she starts to entertain Will’s idea involving a little Christmas play time together. Time limit, clean break, no strings, hot sex. When people say they can walk away without a backward glance, they are usually full of shit. But Will says he can and so Mina will also. Pair the fact that she doesn’t approve of his career/business and walking away won’t be so hard. She can’t risk huge loss in her life again anyway, so it is just as well she has no intention of falling in love with him. Will Fraser has been in love with Mina since the day he first laid eyes on her. She was the most beautiful, breathtaking thing he had ever seen, but she was taken and then her husband died and Will knew she needed space. Their paths hardly crossed anyway, so he never really had an opportunity – until she got a flat tire outside his bar. Now he’s got the opportunity he’s always wanted. He knows she isn’t ready for anything serious, so an offer of calm and casual is his plan of attack. If she agrees to his terms, he has a month to convince her of his love and that second chances at love are possible. This was a fun and entertaining book to read. I truly enjoyed getting to know these characters and their crazy, quirky world. I imagine life with a rock start father would have quite a lot of interesting aspects and Ms. Douglas did a wonderful job of building this world. I haven’t read this author before, but I have a feeling that the other characters either have or will have their own stories in Cloud Bay. If not, I truly hope that they will. Set just before and up until Christmas, this book is a great way to ring in the holiday season and bring on the “Christmasy warm fuzzies”. I’d enjoy reading it at any time of year though. This book is full of hot, steamy sex scenes and a cast you are sure to adore getting to know. If you find stories of second chances at love, a reluctant female lead, a smitten male lead, and a whole slew of likeable friends and family members, you will not be disappointed. There was also some hint of a touch of mystery surrounding “Daddy Rock Star” and many mysterious pieces of his life that no one knew about. I’m interested in his odd behaviors and what the kids will uncover as time goes on as well. This may have been my first book by Ms. Douglas, but it for sure will not be my last. Kindle version provided by NetGalley/St Martins Press in exchange for an honest review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the St Martin’s Holiday Romance set and it was enjoyable. Cute. Festive. Real. Passionate. Entertaining. And with a great ending. Mina has loved and lost before and she thinks she wants nothing more to do with love or men, even though she is still in her early twenties. Will has loved Mina from afar but has decided to keep his feelings to himself for she has already been through the loss of her husband, but when she has an accident outside of his distillery he rushes to her aide and goes above and beyond to show her that he cares. She is leery of him but she is attracted to him, so on Thanksgiving when he proposes a "project" where they enjoy each other’s company up until Christmas Day where they will then part ways with no hurt feelings, she can’t see why not. She does like kissing him, and drawing him, and imagining him in her bed so she agrees to his deal. Their relationship has highs and lows, drama and a few tense moments especially when she breaks things off with him a week early when he almost gets hurt. She feels like she can’t go through losing another man she cares about and if Will isn’t willing to change his dreams or life’s work then she has to cut her losses. How she wins him back in the end was sweet and well choreographed to earn his forgiveness. This one was enjoyable and sweet.
trosado More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! Having read and enjoyed the first book in this series (Need You Now,) I was intrigued by Mina's backstory and the setup of her romance with Will Fraser in this book. With knowledge of both MC's from the previous book, I already loved Will Fraser and rooted for his HEA. With widowed Mina's broken heart, he had much to overcome and fight for. Emma Douglas presented a lovely story with fun banter, sexy romance, and a very sweet ending. I have every intention of continuing in the series and reading about their brother Zach in the next book. (This is my voluntary and honest review of an advanced copy of A Season of You via the publisher and Netgalley.)
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
A Season of You by Emma Douglas Cloud Bay #2 On a small island off the coast of California lies Lansing Island and where the ferry lands is the town of Cloud Bay. A small island brought to the world’s attention by a rock group that settled there and created a venue for the annual rock festival “Cloud Fest”. One family, the Harpers, is at the forefront of the island and of this series – at least so far. In book one Faith Harper falls for tennis player Caleb White and breaks all of her island rules to achieve a HEA that thrills both of them. In book three it will be brother Zach and Leah who have their story told but in THIS book it is widow Mina Harper and Will Fraser who find love…eventually. Will was smitten with love at first sight when he first saw Mina years before the story begins. Knowing that she was married kept him away and then when she was widowed young he still stayed away giving her time to grieve. When a situation occurs that has Will acting as Good Samaritan to Mina things begin to change and Mina begins to thaw. Cloud Bay is gearing up for the Christmas holidays and that puts Will and Mina in close proximity more often than not. The two decide to spend time together BUT with a preset expiration date. There are issues Mina needs to overcome before she can fully give herself to anyone and though she is thawing she is fearful of finding and losing love again. This was an enjoyable story with a HEA ending that also deals with one mystery mentioned in book one but hints at another as the story ends. I would love to read Stefan’s story (Will’s brother) but first the Harper’s will have their time in the limelight before more citizens of Cloud Bay have their stories told. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Life’s not fun when you fall in love with someone who is already in love and married! When that happened to Will Fraser five years ago he tried to forget her, even though they both lived on the same small island community, Cloud Bay. Even when the love of his life, Mina Harper, is widowed in a drunk driving accident he still doesn’t think he stands a chance. After all, her husband had been at the bar he owned and Will is also partner in a whisky making distillery. Things change, however, when he comes to her rescue in a storm and ends up taking care of her . . . . That gives him the opportunity to talk to Mina and the two start to get to know each other. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, can the festive season bring a new beginning to these two, helping their dreams come true and bring love into their lives? This is a delightful story of living through tragedy and heartache, making the most of opportunities, being resilient and moving forward to achieve your dreams. It is also a story of family and community, with plenty of brilliant secondary characters each adding to the atmosphere and plot. Whilst this is part of a series, I believe it works well as a standalone. It is a sweet romance, just right for curling up and enjoying during the magic of the festive season!  I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was a good holiday romance from me. Mina lost her husband to a drunk driver and even though Will has had a crush on her for years doesn’t think he has a chance with her as he runs a whiskey distillery. When he finds her injured and her family out of town he volunteers to care for her. As they spend more time together sparks fly. Will this be a Christmas fling or something more? This read has plenty of steam, emotion and is sweet. I liked it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A Season of You proves the best rewards are the ones that come as a surprise. Emma Douglas guides readers through a tale of broken hearts and shattered dreams. Mina never could have imagined her life without her one true love. Tragedy left her a widow, can fate bring her a new beginning? In a season of miracles and hope, two people find blessings beyond their wildest dreams. Will and Mina tug at the heartstrings while adding magic to the season.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
mina harper had enough heartbreak to last a lifetime. so she wasn't searching out more. but when will fraser saves her after an unfortunate road accident, she finds herself noticing him in ways she never did before. a season of you finds mina and will indulging in the attraction between them. and mina, in particular, ignoring the very real fact that it's something more. she already loved and lost, so to say she wasn't looking for love is an understatement. but will has been half in love with mina since he first saw her 6 years ago. he never approached her because she was married, and then because she was widowed and needed time to grieve. and then she developed an unreasonable hatred of alcohol and bars, and will happens to own a bar and a distillery. but when she finally takes notice of will, she can't stop. it's not just his physical appearance, although that has her artist hands itching to draw him. it's his kindness. his patience with her. his steady presence in her life—never pushy, never aloof, just right. it's pretty rare for the character required to make the grand gesture to be the female lead, but i liked that it happened here, especially in this case. mina did need to do something to make will know how special he is. because he's so good to her. **a season of you will publish on october 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press (st. martin's paperbacks) in exchange for my honest review.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'A Season of You' by Emma Douglas is Book Two in the Cloud Bay" series. This is the story of Will and Mina. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book. When will first spotted Mina he instantly fell in love with her. But she was already married so he just worshiped her from afar. Then she became a widow after her husband was involved in a drunk driving accident. So Will still feels that Mina would not be open to his feelings. When Mina gets hurt, Will is there to help her which opens Will up to the chance for Mina to get to know him. This was another sweet romance that you won't want to put down! Loved it! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Will Frazier has only lived on Cloud Bay for a few years, but he’s had a deep crush on Mina Harper from the beginning. Unfortunately, she was already married at the time and then tragically she was made a widow. When he rescues Mina after an incident with her car, he finally starts to get some much wanted interactions with her. Overall this was a cute book. My big, and only, problem, unfortunately, is Mina’s biggest issues. Her husband has been dead for three years, but she is still as emotional about it as if it just occurred. This bugged me (which sounds really mean). I went through similar circumstances and after two years, things weren’t nearly as raw for me or other widows I’ve met. While it didn’t really deter from the overall story, it did make me give it 4 stars instead of 5. I very much liked Will’s character and thought the author wrote his hidden love at first sight well. I liked seeing other characters from the first book in this series too. Overall, I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Season Of You by Emma Douglas is a great book to get you in the Christmas spirit. Ms Douglas has given us a well-written book that will warm your heart. This is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading. The characters in this book are amazing, and perfect for this story. Mina has suffered the loss of her father and husband. Will is struggling to start a new business that Mina is against. Mina and Will's story is loaded with drama, humor, spice and holiday hope. I enjoyed reading A Season Of You and look forward to reading more from Emma Douglas in the future. A Season Of You is book 2 of the Cloud Bay Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a standalone. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
This story takes place during the Christmas holiday season but it didn't read like a Christmas Romance to me. It just doesn't have that heartwarming fun Christmasy vibe. The story itself is well-written for the most part but I felt parts dragged a little. The characters were well-developed and the dialogue was well done though. Mina has suffered much loss in her young life and I understood her reluctance around Will. I never quite warmed up to Mina but I did to Will. It was quite a struggle for them but they finally got their happily ever after which made this story more enjoyable for me. So this is a different kind of Christmas Romance but I am glad I got to read Mina's and Will's story. I voluntarily read an ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Will Fraser has longed for a chance with Mina Harper since the day she first captured his attention, but there was always something keeping him from having that chance. So for the last five years he has bided his time, never giving up hope, that one day that chance might finally come along... and now it has, he just has to figure how to convince her to give love another shot. Mina Harper had everything she ever wanted, the love of a good man, and a happy life, then a drunk driver took it all away, and she has been a shell of the woman she once was, since that day. She is certain love will never come her way again, and if by miracle it happens to find a way into her life, she isn't so sure she would welcome it. But then a shared moment with her friend Will spawns some unexpected feelings... feelings that have her reconsidering her thoughts against love! A Season Of You is sure to inspire readers, renew their faith in second chances and put them in the holiday spirit! This charming read, and it's well crafted characters, left my heart full and happy... it was such an enjoyable first read. The delicate story line was full of moments that had me near tears, moments that tugged on my heartstrings, and moments that left me smiling from ear to ear. Highly recommend this one for anyone who is in the mood for a well written holiday themed read, it's sure to give you just what your looking for ... and possibly more! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Grottoes More than 1 year ago
Interesting story of very different people who find and almost lose each other. Well done dialogue and situations. Kept my attention and filled me with hope and joy. I recommend this one. As Christmas stories go, one of the best.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A Season of You is the second book in the Cloud Bay series and it's a great one. Mina's character peaked my interest in Need You Now and I was so excited to see that this was her story. I was not disappointed!! Will Fraser, local pub and distillery owner, has always had a thing for Mina. When he first met her she was married. Then her husband died but she needed time. Now five years after first seeing Mina is his chance and he'll do whatever it takes to win her heart! I'm loving this series. No worries though if you haven't read book 1, this one can be read standalone. I highly recommend it.