Saturday, July 2, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Hidden by Stephanie St. Klaire (Review)

A McKenzie Ridge Novel
Book Two
By Stephanie St. Klaire

Release Date: June 30th, 2016

GENRE: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

A McKenzie Ridge Novel – Book Two
Stephanie St. Klaire

Firefighter Colton Sparks is beautiful, brawny, and lonely.  A total man’s man with testosterone driven tendencies smothered in a tough guy exterior.  
He’s every woman’s dream; they just aren’t his.  A die-hard romantic, Colton is looking for a Hallmark happily ever after, but finding Mrs. Right has been as fruitful as playing the lottery.  It’s no secret that he dreams of white picket fences, finding love, and having a family.  He has the white picket fence…he just needs her.
When a beautiful woman comes to town, he begins to wonder if he has finally found her?  Megan Johnson is stunning with a regal quality that doesn’t live in small mountain towns, and a mystery that has him intrigued.  She also happens to be his neighbor.   
Megan thought McKenzie Ridge was the perfect place to settle…for now.  It was the polar opposite of the glamorous life she abruptly abandoned.  Small town living was anything but simple; it was damned hard!  Gone were her days of fancy make-up, and designer clothes.  Here were the days of flannel, fur lined boots, and becoming Megan Johnson.
As things start to heat up and fall into place with the handsome firefighter next door, her past flashes its depraved and wrathful face.  Can she stay in McKenzie and fight her demons, or will her secrets leave her alone and on the run?  Is there a happily ever after for Colton and Megan, or is love a deadly game of chance?

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Sexy Firefighter Colton Sparks is the picket fence, forever kind of guy. Once a child of the system, he's become a man who craves a family. With a soft heart for injured and abandoned animals, he is quick to offer a home to those who don't have one. From the moment he first meets his new neighbor at Dawson and Sam's wedding he decides he needs to know her better. 

Megan Johnson is new to McKenzie Ridge. Escaping from her past, she and her young nephew, Jax, moved to this town in hopes of finding peace and simplicity. With her new shop, Blooming Grounds, and the new friends she's making, not to mention her gorgeous neighbor, Colton, Megan starts to think she's safe, at least for now.

Unable to fight their attraction, even if they truly wanted to, things start heating up between Colton and Megan and Colton begins spending as much time as possible with Megan and Jax. As the couple's relationship progresses, Colton and his friends start to wonder what secrets Megan is carrying and how they'll be able to help. Now Megan's troubles may have followed her to McKenzie Ridge.

Will Colton and Megan have a chance at Happily Ever After?

I enjoyed Hidden, I liked both Megan and Colton and thought they made a good couple. It's nice to read a book these days where the man is actually interested in having a relationship with the woman from the very beginning. There wasn't a bunch of angst centered around beginning a relationship and that was a plus. 

I did have a little trouble with the author having that many characters in the book and keeping them straight (I did not read the first book). I definitely think I would have benefited from reading the first book, Rescued, to get more background on the characters. 

All in all, Hidden was an enjoyable read. It was a sweet and steamy Romance, with action and suspense. 

4 Stars!

About Stephanie St. Klaire

Stephanie St. Klaire debuted as an author in 2016 with her McKenzie Ridge Series. Rescued, released in March of 2016 as the first book in a five book series, launching her writing career. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs.  
    As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance.  
    Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”. With a life-long goal to be a writer, unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.
    Follow Stephanie St. Klaire on Social media to learn more about her, and to keep up with her work.

Twitter:  @stephstklaire
Instagram:  @Stephanie_St._Klaire

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