Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review of Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett - 5 stars!

Happy Tuesday,

As said in my Monday post, I have read many wonderful books during the summer and here is the review of one of them - Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett. You can find the review of her previous book in the Star Harbor Series, Deep Autumn Heat HERE.

Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Title: Blaze of Winter
Series: Star Harbor #2 Theo's Story
Release date: 10th of September 2012
Published by: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Contemporary
URL: http://elisabethbarrett.com/  http://ebarrettwrites.wordpress.com/
Pages: 347 pages in eBook version
Source: Received galley from Romance At Random and from the author for review


Winter heats up in this hot new Star Harbor romance, as another sexy Grayson brother, a wickedly handsome writer, plots his happily ever after with a sweet stranger.

Frustrated with her job in Boston, social worker Avery Newbridge welcomes the opportunity to reassess her life when family asks her to help manage the Star Harbor Inn. Trying to figure out her future is overwhelming enough, but she doesn’t count on distraction in the form of one Theo Grayson, the gorgeous, green-eyed author who she knows is trouble from the moment he saunters into the inn.

Not only does he have a talent for writing swashbuckling adventures, but Theo also has a soft spot for big-hearted damsels in distress, especially a woman who’s great at helping everyone—except herself. Avery’s demons challenge him, but for desire this hot, he isn’t backing down. With every kiss and heated whisper Theo promises her his heart . . . if only Avery is willing to open up and accept it.

My review:

After I finished Deep Autumn Heat I turned to the publisher to ask when the next book by Elisabeth Barrett is coming and luckily I did not have to wait too long time. Blaze of Winter is going to be published in few days and I am so glad I got the chance to read it!

Blaze of Winter is well-written contemporary romance. Actually, it is much more than just a romance novel. It offers solid side stories to the main story line which makes Blaze of Winter to very enjoyable read. It includes little bit of suspense, little drama and this is brought together into a beautiful love story between the main characters - Avery and Theo. Blaze of Winter is smoothly written, it flows, it is easy to read and you cannot put it down until you have finished it. Even then you keep wanting more and not because the story does not end, but you will ache after the next story written by the author!


Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett takes the reader back to Safe Harbor, where one of the Grayson brothers - Theo - is back in home town trying to concentrate writing his new novel. Theo is tired of city's superficiality and only back in Safe harbor he realizes that he needs some improvisation and something else which he cannot point his finger at.

When he meets Avery, he knows exactly what has been missing in his life. But it's not that easy because Avery has a lot on her plate - an aunt who is fighting with breast cancer, the Inn which she is taking care of, a past which she needs to face and deal with. Avery feels that she has failed others and does not understand that the truth is somewhat different.

As mentioned, there are very well created side stories in the book. There is Avery finding her music, there is break-in and something weird happening in the Inn, there is a story about her aunt finding love, ice-skating scenes - Blaze of Winter is filled with heart-warming characters which seems to be very characteristic to Elisabeth Barrett's books. I truly admire her for that, she is a master of contemporary human storytelling.


Theo was by far my favorite character in Blaze of Winter. He is smart, somewhat lost in his career, he struggles to find his way back to his writing. He is kind and supportive, hot and has a weak spot for Avery who keeps pushing him away.

Avery was a character I liked, but there were features in her, which I was slightly annoyed about - her insecurity. I think it was necessary for the story and the story development in order to grow Avery as a character, but the insecurity still annoyed me. I think she annoyed me also because I understood her and could relate to her. I know what it means to be lost and not to know how to continue. She was kind, too kind sometimes, giving away everything she had to others, not thinking so much about her needs. When she finally got there, it was like having a "Hallelujah-moment" where you are so happy, that she finally saw herself as she was - a warm, helpful and loving person.

I was happy to meet characters from the previous book, Lexie and Sebastian and truly enjoyed new characters, too. Elisabeth Barrett is amazing at creating characters in my opinion, she has an admirable ability to make the characters alive, colorful and interesting!


Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett is a fantastic and heart-warming read. It has humor, captivating characters and a wonderful story. You will enjoy every minute of it!
I highly recommend Blaze of Winter!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Buy Link:
Random House

Thanks goes to Loveswept and Random House for providing me with the review copy!

Happy reading!


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