Review: All for You (Shore Secrets #2) by Christi Barth

February 12, 2015 Review 0

Review: All for You (Shore Secrets #2) by Christi Barth

Small-town park ranger Casey Hobbes has spent her life under the radar, carefully guarding a secret. "The forest flirt," as her best friend calls her, keeps things casual with men. That way she'll never care enough to be tempted to share the truth about her past. But when she spots a half-naked stranger on the lake's edge, Casey can't resist his muscles or his charm and she's all-in for enjoying both, while keeping emotion out of it. What could be the danger of one summer fling?

Professor Zane Buchanan has built his entire career on exposing the dark realities of cults, but one—the Sunshine Seekers—remains infuriatingly impossible to crack. Zane's shocked to discover its sole anonymous survivor is hiding in his new hometown. It's nearly impossible to concentrate on work, however, when he's derailed by his attraction to the beautiful blonde in khaki uniform shorts.

As things between Casey and Zane heat up, she struggles with keeping her past from him. And Zane's on a quest to expose the truth, no matter the consequences. Will their growing emotions finally unseal Casey's big secret? Or will she turn her back on love to keep the past safely buried?

100,000 words

Title: All for You
Author: Christi Barth
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Matchless Romance, The Opposite of Right, Risking It All, Wanting It All
Series: Shore Secrets
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Back to Us
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: February 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 253
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Here I am again, starting in the middle of a series.  Not so bad really.  Did very well as a stand-alone.  I will be reading book one, but only because I want to read Ella and Gray’s story.  From what little was told here, it sounds like a fun read too.

Yes, I did enjoy this book.  I loved looking at this area through the eyes of a park ranger.  Not just any park ranger, but the head park ranger, Casey Hobbes.  I liked Casey.  She was feisty.  Snarky.  Could hold her own in an intellectual conversation.  Could handle a bowie knife.  Loyal.  Caring.  Gave great first aide.  Yes, she had her issues, but really?  Who doesn’t?  But I must say, she had very good reasons for every one of her issues.  I was amazed that she was as strong as she was.

Professor Zane Buchanan – I mostly liked him too.  He was sweet.  Genuine.  Just had his books made into a mini-series.  Went looking for non-existent submarines in an inland lake.  I wasn’t sure about his total belief that the truth had to be told so it can help others.  He made it sound too easy, like as long as it was truth, it didn’t matter if there were those that didn’t want to tell it or that it might hurt someone too.  That was my biggest problem with him.  He was right!  He didn’t seem to want to hear someone else’s point of view.  Seemed rather narrow minded to me.

The lovely small community on the shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes district of upstate New York was utterly charming.  They had the most unique way of communicating, or would it be more accurate to say keeping a running journal of activities.  It was fascinating to the sociologist in Zane.  I was surprised he didn’t want to write a book about that.  But, he was more tunneled into finding the “Lone Survivor of the Sunshine Seekers cult.”

I liked the romance between these two.  In spite of the fact that both of them were the “love ‘em and leave ‘em” types, they took their time.  They got to know each other.  They dated. Zane figured out right away that Casey was special and he wanted more than a summer fling.  He wanted a relationship.  Casey was harder to convince, but Zane hit all her hot points.  So she played along.  When they seriously butted heads, I was of two minds as to who I was rooting for.  I could see both sides so well.  I liked the way they backed off, thought about it for a couple days, and then came together and resolved things in a most satisfying way.

I thought the author did an excellent job of storytelling.  She drew me into this community and made me feel like part of it.  I wanted to stay at Mayhew Manor.  I wanted coffee at Cosgrove general.  I wanted to hike the trails.  I wanted to hang out with these people.  I look forward to the next book.

All for You will appeal to lovers of contemporary romance – Harlequin style.  It is sweet and flirty with only a bit of sex.  I was enchanted.

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