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Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley: Valentine Valley #5 by Emma Cane with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop celebrating Emma Cane’s new release: Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley.  Believe me – I know it’s early for holiday stories, but you just may find a title that will be that perfect mood setter to chase away the Bah-Humbugs.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read my excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Valentine Valley Holiday Gift Bag  to celebrate  Emma Cane’s Holiday Release.

Book Review:

It isn’t often that people get a chance to ‘try again’ after a long separation. Emma Cane brings us a second chance at romance with two people who split to chase their dreams, knowing that staying together wouldn’t be good for them or their son. 

Kate is an attorney, and when she left Tony to take a position in the city, she thought she was getting a chance at her dream.  Now years later, she has been put on sabbatical by her firm after questioning some decisions and results. With two months of free time, a rarity, she decides to return to Valentine Valley to touch base with Tony and spend some time in a familiar and welcoming place.

Tony never wanted to split with Kate – he’s still in love with her, and he always held out some hope that someday she would change her mind.  Now running a bar and grill, she and Tony come face to face as she explains her return.  Slowly their connection is rediscovered, and they decide to have a relationship ‘with benefits’ for Kate’s time in the small town.

The interaction between the two shows their solid connection and desire for one another, but both of them are tentative: Kate still thinks that she wants to be in the city, and Tony is unwilling to risk his heart again.  Their son, Ethan, is now a teen, and pretty typical for his age: quiet, involved in his own thing with his friends, and not always sharing his thoughts, acts or feelings with his parents.  Their interactions are fun to watch, and feel very real.  And the secondary characters and interactions bring a solid small-town sensibility to the story, these people know them both, and are familiar with Tony’s struggle after Kate left, so there is a sense of some caution before they start to show Kate what she is missing.

And this is all on Kate – she has to decide if her dream job really is more appealing, the stress, the loneliness of the city, and the fact that leaving now means she leaves the only man she had ever loved, again.   A wonderful story full of possibility and potential and lots of the homespun Christmas spirit that is so fun to find and experience.

Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley: Valentine Valley #5 by Emma Cane with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley
Author: Emma Cane
Series: Valentine Valley #5
Also in this series: Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Avon
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 368
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 41 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around...

When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can't seem to stay out of each other's way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he's in big trouble.

Kate can't believe she's sitting at Tony's bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He's as gorgeous as ever, and she can't seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can't help wondering if anything is possible—even a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

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

Tasty Excerpt

 

Kate was just about to start putting the chairs upside down on the tables when someone knocked on the front door. She looked up and saw Tony.Smiling, she unlocked and let him in. “So how did it go?”And then she saw the small bandage oozing blood on his right cheek.She gasped. “Tony!”He shrugged and dropped his hockey bag near the door. “It looks worse than it is.”“But it’s bleeding through the bandage! Weren’t you wearing a helmet, a face mask?”“Of course I was—I don’t want to lose my teeth. But we were warming up, and someone on the other team was hitting too hard, and I’d taken off my helmet to adjust…never mind the details.”

She followed him into his office. “You could have lost an eye!”

“I know, I know.”

“And you need a new bandage.”

“This was a new bandage after the game, and I ripped off the scab that had formed.” He rummaged through his shelves until he found the medicine kit.

“Maybe you need stitches?”

“Naw, I’m fine. I have antiseptic things in here somewhere.”

She pushed his big hands out of the way, found the little packet, and opened it. “Sit down on the desk so I can reach you.”

“Kate—”

“Shh!”

With a sigh he complied, sitting on the edge of the desk. That put his face a little above hers, and she had to stand between his knees. She bit her lip as she tried to be gentle peeling off the bandage.

“Just rip it away,” he said with amusement.

So she did, and she was the only one who winced. The cut wasn’t too long, nor was it an open gash or oozing blood too badly. Using the damp antiseptic wipe, she gently cleansed it, then looked for a bigger, square bandage. After applying it, she stood still, admiring her work.

“There,” she murmured with satisfaction.

Tony wasn’t smiling anymore. Those chocolate brown eyes were staring at her as if out of the past, back when he’d desired her, needed her.

And she realized she was standing between his thighs. The shock of awareness and heat that moved through her body was swift and overwhelming. He put his hands on her waist, as if he knew she was suddenly weak with longing.

“What are we doing?” she whispered.

But she didn’t move away.

“I think I’m kissing you,” he said, leaning closer.

Their breaths merged, the heat of him seared her.

“Stop me now,” he warned in a hoarse voice.

Their lips almost, almost touched.

And she couldn’t speak, didn’t want to deny him, found herself deep in the past, where Tony had been the only boy, then the only man, who’d drawn her, who’d made her desperate for his touch, who’d made her lose herself.

He kissed her, openmouthed and hungrily, no gentle exploration but inspiring a renewal of a desperation that she’d buried within her for over nine years. He pulled her against him, her hips into the openness of his, her aching breasts flattening against his broad chest, her head turning until it practically rested on his shoulder. She felt greedy with the need of him, desperate for the taste of his tongue. And then his hands slid to cup her backside, pressing her even harder against the erection outlined by his jeans. She let her hands roam him, remembering his biceps and shoulders, the broad planes supporting his collarbones, the lean pillar of his neck. His hair was thick and warm, and so good to touch.

Their mouths explored as if in homecoming, as memories swamped her of laughing kisses, tender kisses, urgent kisses. Tony was still all of that for her, and no one had ever made her feel like this but him.

That made her break off the kiss and stare at him, wide-eyed. His eyes smoldered as they watched her mouth. He didn’t look like he could stop, and for a moment, she wondered if she could, if Tony once again could create a passion that made her forget everything but him.

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About Emma Cane

Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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