Christmas at the Cove: Temptation Cove #4 by Rachel Brimble with Excerpt and Giveaway

Christmas at the Cove: Temptation Cove #4 by Rachel Brimble with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my review of Christmas at the Cove by Rachel Brimble, the fourth title in her Temptation Cove series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Amazon Gift Card to celebrate CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE

Book Review:

Jumping into a series that combines some of my favorite elements is never a hardship and in Christmas at the Cove, Rachel Brimble brings the lovely English seaside village of Templeton Cove into the story as a background and almost-character in this second chance romance.

Carrie is back in town after an absence, looking to touch base with Scott, the man she had a fling with years before.  Townsfolk are not particularly welcoming, they love their Scott and after his last relationship ended more than badly, are unwilling to allow him to be hurt.

Scott could be a playboy, if he didn’t have a sense of obligation and respect for the women he encounters. While the fling with Carrie was just that, he did care for her, in as much as he could allow thoughts of something more to intrude.  He’s cautious though, after his last relationship became more than tumultuous, and threatened his ability to care for his mum and sisters.

Two people, issues and drama – oh it was never ending. From the unwillingness of BOTH characters to speak their minds and be honest to the “secret” that Carrie seems to be using as her reason to NOT fully (against all reason and sense) be honest, to both characters lack of thoughtful considered choices, which as we all know aren’t always successful, but to their credit, they do both manage to deal with (if not well, honestly or particularly thoughtfully) with the consequences.

As an introduction to Brimble’s work, this was a good one, but be prepared for a high-anxiety read full of moments you want to knock heads about – off brick walls, in a coal scuttle, or together.  Carrie is particularly difficult – everything with her is a test or has an angle, and with Scott’s own issues, red flags fly stronger than capes at a bullfight.  You can’t help but welcome the distractions from their drama with secondary characters from the village, their ‘us v them’ mentality, and their inability to keep their own opinions quiet. A perfect setting for a story, incredibly frustrating and intrusive (even with the obvious good intent) in real life.

I will say that my least favorite (ok – HATED) trope here was used, and while I thought Brimble used reasoning that felt logical for Carrie, even if the decisions she made were horrible and unfair. Moments of steam and the connection between the two do appear, and show a decided path to that mostly happy ever after, although from the drama here, I don’t know if these two could appreciate happiness and coupledom that didn’t include some over-the-top self-induced drama. Overall – a solid read that will encourage me to read more of her titles.

Christmas at the Cove: Temptation Cove #4 by Rachel Brimble with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Christmas at the Cove
Author: Rachel Brimble
Series: Temptation Cove #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373608810
Published on: 4 November 2014
Pages: 384
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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More family for Christmas?

Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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She squeezed her eyes shut. “I’ll stay for another couple of days, but then I have to go home. I can’t stay here for Christmas.”

The soft whisper of his exhalation drifted over her folded hands on the table. “That’s great. It’s more than great. Thank you.”

She swallowed, wanting the words she needed to say out of her body as soon as possible. “You have your life, and I have mine.” She opened her eyes. “Neither of us has to change our plans because I’ve told you about Belle. You can still do what you want to do.”

His eyes ever so slightly darkened. “If I’m a father, it changes everything.”

Be strong, Carrie. Lay down the ground rules. “I disagree.” She straightened her spine. “I get it, Scott. Truly. I understand you think knowing about Belle means you have to change your entire life, but that’s not true.”

“That’s not what I’m––”

“Let me just say this, please.”

He closed his eyes and she took that as permission to continue. She inhaled a deep breath. “I like, and appreciate, you thinking what you should to do and how to do it, but I’m not asking you to change your plans overnight. This is going to take time. I want it to take time. Belle doesn’t need to know about you yet. You can go on with your life and when the time’s right, I’ll tell her about you.”


Carrie swallowed against the dryness in her throat. When she’d been standing outside the holiday park, the decision to see her mission through to the end burning like a flame inside her, she’d thought her words would be strong and clear, delivered with a reverence he couldn’t argue with. Yet now, her stomach trembled with nerves and her hands longed to take his.

Why did he make her feel so torn and her reasoning unfair? Belle was hers. He had no obligation to her unless he wanted one. “I’m not saying that to be cruel, you know.” She sighed. “I’ve looked after her the last year without a partner beside me. She’ll be okay…whatever you decide.”

His continuing silence raised the hairs at the back of her neck, made her fear she drove a bigger wedge between them, but she wouldn’t falter. She had come to Templeton and achieved what she came to do––the gates were open and Scott could step through them whenever he was ready. As long as he realized the hinges wouldn’t creak back and forth on a whim.


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About Rachel Brimble

Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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