Cera's Place

Cera's Place

by Elizabeth McKenna

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BN ID: 2940013430365
Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 774,668
File size: 351 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna is a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. She never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write Cera's Place. She hopes you enjoy it.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin (Packers, Brewers, and Badgers - oh my!) with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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Cera's Place 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book as I enjoy historical romances and so when the author contacted me I graciously accepted. This book takes place just after the Civil War in the 1800s in America. I immediately was hooked into the time and place. Cera and her crew were a very diverse group and were all working together to make their lives positive. Jake happens upon Cera’s Place while looking for a friend’s daughter. He is mesmerized by Cera and what she has going on at her place. I did like Cera’s character. She was tough and independent during a time when most women had men to take care of them. She provides a place for other women to gain their strength to move on. When Jake arrives at the saloon, she notices him but is skeptical. Jake is immediately taken by her beauty, and begins to stick around. He finds himself in the right place at the wrong time and tries to convince Cera that he can help. I liked Jake’s character. He was strong, but cautious when it came to dealing with Cera. The romance and trials that happened at Cera’s Place and in the town were my favorite. The pages turned quickly. Once the crew ended up fleeing town to protect themselves, I thought the story lost a little bit of its umph, but overall it was a good story. If you like historical romances, this is a great story in a newer time. The author does not over do the story with too many historical time references. There are the horses and wagons, guns, soldiers, and a good old romance.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
aSet in San Francisco in 1849 Cera's Place is where men go for a hot meal, whiskey and a game of cards. You want anything more you can take your business somewhere else. Prostitution is not allowed. Cera offers women honest work and a chance to redeem themselves. The employees at Cera's place are her family and she will go to great lengths to protect them. Even places women at not allowed. So when a young Chinese woman bursts threw the door telling of murder, kidnapping and the selling of young girls, Cera vows to save every girl she can and put those responsible for this outrage behind bars or worse. Jake Tanner, a soldier from the Civil War, enters Cera's Place as a man on a mission. He comes with many scars inside and out but thinks things will be better if he can just fulfill a promise he made to his dying friend. Meeting Cera he is immediately taken by her strength and beauty. He wants to stay on and help her in her fight but she has been burned by a man before and is wary of Jake's intentions. She may need to swallow her pride and admit she needs him in more ways than one. An awesome debut! A love story that will carry you back to a very exciting time. It turned out to be really different from what I was expecting. Cera is strong, outspoken, opinionated, all very uncommon for woman of this era. She only has her saloon because she has a male partner. She is a lady all about justice repeatedly putting herself and others in danger. Jake comes to town just in time to save Cera and himself. They both need each other. First they need to right the wrongs of others and then they can concentrate on healing each other. All the characters were very well developed and believable. The story was paced well and descriptions sent vivid pictures to my mind. This story is a romance but it is wrapped in a very suspenseful mystery. There are a few steamy moments too. A perfect story for me. I was unable to put it down. For a debut novel it is definitely worth 5 stars! I am looking to reading more by this author.
BreaEssex More than 1 year ago
Cera's Place really had me thinking about what life was like after the Civil War. I love historicals, and this definitely didn't disappoint! Cera is a woman anyone could look up to--strong, determined, able to take care of herself, and willing to help others. I appreciated Jake's tenacity in his mission, and his decision to stick around once that was complete to help Cera and her employees. It was extremely interesting to read something set in historical San Francisco, as I live near there and have visited the city numerous times. It made me look at the city with new eyes. All in all, it was a great read with excellent characters!
mamoore08 More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Beautifully written and tells a captivating story of love & suspense. I was hooked from the beginning!
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A sexy war hero meets a gorgeous Irish saloon owner with a shotgun in his face! Now that a great beginning to a romance story! Cera Cassidy was raised in a mining with her Irish folks. Her mom died, she stepped in to help her dad, her dad was shot in front of her, Cera shot back & killed the killer and raised herself after that. Cera is one tough woman with a gooey heart for all hard luck folks, but mostly women. She opened Cera's Place with her partner/piano player Isaac. She has a Wall of Dreams in her saloon, but of other folk's dreams. She has surrounded herself with a new & chosen family, with sassy Ginger, Gypsy Sonya, Quiet Mary Beth, Trusty Li, Energetic Sadie, Trickster Johnny & Dependable Isaac. Cera's Place has great food with beer or whiskey, honest games & absolutely no prostitution for her girls! The sign hanging over her door says it all, " Mind Your Manners Or Leave! Thank You!" Jake Turner is a man who has been living 4 years tormented with nightmares of his dead wife, child & friend Daniel. Since the end of the Civil War, he has been traveling the US to find Daniel's daughter, Sadie Freedom, to give her a locket because it was a dying wish of brave Daniel. Jake may have a scar across half his face, but to say he has a heart of gold, is an under statement! Jake finds himself outside Cera's Place to hopefully find Sadie! San Francisco is a town with corruptions as it's unseen middle name with all it's prostitution, dirty cops, gangs, slavery & Gold Rush fever. Cera's Place is a haven, so when Sadie rushes in with a hurt & scared Chinese girl, Hu, Cera is angered & shocked, but not surprised, at the story of murder, kidnapping & Chinese girls sold into brothels & Samuel Biggs is at the center of it all. She hides Sadie & Hu, so when Jake comes in looking for Sadie, he meets her shotgun in his face! Not a great begin, but all misunderstands are pushed aside when he pulls out the locket & tells his story. Everyone is shocked & touched with his 4 year journey to find Sadie & she remembers her mom's locket, so Jake becomes welcome & all guns stored. With Biggs making trouble & searching for Sadie & Hu, Jake becomes involved, after saving Sadie from harm & then beat to a pulp himself. Cera has always felt that undeniable sexual pull between them, but she has been burned by a man in her past & not ready to do it again. Jake feels the first touch of desire since his wife, when he looks at Cera, but she is a hard nut to crack. Biggs & his goons cause up a dust of trouble and soon Sadie, Hu, Cera & Jake are in Biggs' crosshairs. With all these problem amuck, Jake & Cera have some amazing & super hot passionate kisses, caresses and have some down & dirty moves. As Sassy Ginger meddles, Cera's Irish temper getting her into trouble, much needed kisses, posses out in force, a corrupt cop, steamy desires unleashed, the dangerous Chinese Tong afoot, girls awaiting rescue & a honest police chief help & hurt, Jake & Cera feverish pursuit of justice & hopefully a love affair that turns to happily ever after! Will Cera embrace her own dreams? Can Jake put his many demons to rest? Will Cera's Place survive this nasty battle with Biggs? When will these 2 realize they are stronger together, than apart? Does Boggs get is just dessert? This is the 2nd Elizabeth McKenna book and it was better than the first! I have read & not enjoyed a few Western historical romance, but this one I loved, with the kooky & outcast members of Cera's Place family. Cera drew all the women in crisis to her, embraces them all with her opened heart & helped them make their dreams come true because it was easier than getting her dreams stomped on & crushed. Jake is one of my favorite kind of heros, wounded inside & out. The Civil War devastated his life and left him as a shell & if he hadn't promise Daniel Freedom (I love this black man's name) to find Sadie, he would of gotten himself killed. Ms. McKenna surrounded her hero & heroine with a bickering, nosey, loving cast of unique & original characters to help & sometimes shoved her hero & heroine. She wrote each characters their own hidden story & I hope to read a story for each one of them. Ms. McKenna gifted me with a welcoming Saloon, with great tasty food, flowing drink, sassy & witty girls, fair gambling, amazing piano playing & I will kick back my boots & join in with the Cera gang again! This unusual romance with a western flair get my score of 4 fingers up & 10 toes & Ms. McKenna I am awaiting for another installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can see where this wanted to go. But, it just never got there. Yawn. JS
Sudeshna More than 1 year ago
Cera’s Place is historical romance with the story doing circles around Cera. Cera’s Place is a small saloon she runs in San Francisco. The novel’s main concept is Cera’s fight against prostitution, corruption and powerful people. On her way she somehow happens to meet an ex-captain and a war hero. Slowly a love story begins to pile up with a ongoing battle against the powerful authorities of the town in the background. Once the love angle creeps in, it takes up the center stage. The love scenes hog all the attention up and it becomes a typical love story. Although the genre is labeled as historical romance, there is no hint of the old world charm that I expected it to have. Everything from the swearing, to the plot didn’t have that rustic vibe to it. The architecture of Cera’s Place though did seem to contribute a bit, but couldn’t do justice well enough. The story line is just okay with no powerful writing to support it. The pick up of the story from the not so coincident looking fire tragedy and the killing with the bodies not being found was a nice idea just not executed well. The story loses tempo now and then. It is a thrilling page turner at times and at times as slow as a sloth. Too much exaggeration of the intimate scenes could have been avoided. But, again since romance too is an integral part of the story, it’s okay. I understand that the story begins at Cera’s Place but that place doesn’t witness any important events excluding the fire incident in the beginning and Cera meeting Jake. The title even then is intriguing and somewhat explains everything. Considering that the book is her first, let’s not be too harsh on her. There’s a lot of room for improvement and there’s a long way she’s gotta go. Moreover, do we ever stop learning? 3 on 5 from me.