Christmas at the Cove
by Rachel Brimble
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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
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.
She glanced around the garage. “I’m sorry to turn up unannounced like this, but I’m here and we need to talk.”
He stared at her in disbelief as questions, demands and weaknesses hurtled around inside him, battling with the intense sexual frustration storming through his body. “Just like that, you turn up and say, ‘We need to talk’?” He shook his head and turned away from her, lest he get caught in the snare of her wide, impossibly gorgeous eyes. “Go away.”
Keeping his back to her, he uncrossed his arms and planted his hands on his hips. He tipped his head back and smiled as insanity rushed his bloodstream. He wanted to grab her, shake her, kiss her and make love to her. God, he wanted to drop to his damn knees in front of her and beg her to tell him where she’d been and now she was back, was she back for good?
He closed his eyes, barely resisting the urge to cover his ears with his hands and block out her tempting voice, achingly laced with the unmistakable sound of a plea. “Whether you want to see me or not, I have to talk to you, and I won’t leave the Cove until you hear me out.”
Her heels clicked closer and his body tensed, waiting for what came next. The dangerous, musky scent of her perfume wafted under his nostrils and he inhaled. She approached the bench beside him and put down a business card. “My number’s on there. I’m staying at the Christie. Call me when you’re ready to talk. It’s important or I wouldn’t have come.”
He glanced at the card. Carrie Jameson. Producer.
She turned and walked away. He let her go, feeling like a smashed up car after a hurricane, tossed and turned through the air before being spewed crudely across the highway, left to rust and burn.
He picked up the card. His hand shook and the rare sting of tears shamed him. What the hell was he supposed to do now? Carrie was back and his libido told him only too clearly there was no way in hell he wouldn’t go to her. How was he supposed to let her go a second time when he’d lived the last three years regretting he didn’t stop her the first time?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Christmas at the Cove by Rachel Brimble in exchange for an honest review.
It was a pleasure to curl up on this windy and snowy weekend to read Christmas at the Cove by Rachel Brimble. It helped me get my head turned toward the Christmas season. Ms. Brimble’s words so eloquently described the atmosphere in Templeton Cove that it was easy to get lost in the spirit of the season, even if the characters weren’t always showing their Christmas best.
Christmas at the Cove met all my reading needs—a touch of naughty, a quaint town where every resident seemed to be mindful of each other’s business, a hot and steamy romance, a secret, and the potential for happily-ever-after.
Whether that ending comes to pass is best left for another story, however. If I had any complaint about Christmas at the Cove, this would be it. I got totally caught up in the story of Carrie and Scott and found myself suddenly at the end before I got the answer to the question, “How does this fairy tale end?”
That must be Ms. Brimble’s ultimate goal, to bring me back to Templeton Cove time and again to find out what these wonderful characters are up to, and I’ll be here waiting for her next book.
I highly recommend Christmas at the Cove by Rachel Brimble and give it five cozy (but hot) cups of Room With Books coffee.
©November 22, 2015
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Rachel Brimble, author of Christmas at the Cove.
Hi Rachel, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Thanks for having me here today! I am married, have two teenage daughters and we live near the famous Georgian city of Bath, England. I started writing toward publication when my youngest daughter started school full-time in 2005. The Wild Rose Press published my first novel, Searching For Sophie, in 2007 and now I write mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical Press.
What were you like at school?
I hope my fellow students considered me funny, kind and bookish – not too different from how I try to be today! I was lucky enough to really enjoy my time at school and was friends with everyone from the bookish types to the popular kids. Good times!
Were you good at English?
Loved English and History equally – these were the lessons that I really looked forward to and I left school with good grades in both. English and History are still my passion today.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I am lucky enough to write full-time around my children and long may it continue! I hope to write bigger and better books as I go on and it would be fabulous to earn enough money that I can financially support my family so my fabulous husband can give up the day job and pursue his singing career.
Which writers inspire you?
So many, but my favorites are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Jodi Picoult, Philippa Gregory & Stephen King. My reading taste is wide and these writers never fail to inspire and entertain me – exemplary authors!
Give us an insight into your main characters. What do Carrie and Scott do that makes them special?
The hero and heroine in CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE are Carrie Jameson and Scott Walker. Carrie was a fleeting visitor to Templeton Cove but after embarking on the most passionate few days of her life, she returned home with something unexpected. She is strong, determined and caring but desperately seeking closure. Scott is one of my favorite heroes and completely my type of man – protective, hardworking and passionate about his family.
What are you working on presently?
Right now I am about halfway through the first draft of book 6 in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin – all the books can be read stand-alone. This is a mainstream romance between two brand new characters, photographer Izzy Cooper & firefighter Trent Palmer. That’s all I’m willing to share right now because I know things will change by the time I finish the book, lol!
Which actor and actress would you like to see playing Carrie and Scott from Christmas at the Cove?
This is an easy question for me as I’m a very visual writer and start each book by scanning the Internet for pics of my hero and heroine. Carrie Jameson is based on country singer Carrie Underwood and Scott Walker is based on True Blood actor, Joe Manganiello.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
I have wanted to be an author since I discovered Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series when I was eight or nine. I wrote many stories as a child and teenager but eventually I left school and worked in a bank for ten years. Marriage and babies came along but when my youngest daughter started school, I had a ‘now or never’ moment and, thankfully, the rest is history!
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I treat my writing as I would a full-time job and work from 8.30am to 5.30pm (with an hour for lunch) during the week. At the weekends, I write as much as family time allows…my evenings are usually spent with my family in front of the TV with my knitting to hand.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere! I think writers tend to look at the world differently and we see potential stories all the time. I have a bulging online file of new book ideas and these have been inspired by places I visited, TV shows, news stories, historical real-life events…the list goes on!
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I start each book with a premise and then complete character sketches for my hero and heroine (and villain if I have one). With the sketches done, I have usually worked out their goals, motivations and conflicts. I then write a 3-4 page synopsis before diving into the first draft. I write this draft from beginning to end without looking back…the following drafts are used to make sense of the mess and making it shine.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, it’s plotting every time – I think I have everything worked out but, more often than not, I hit a wall around the 40-45,000 word stage. I have learned the only way to get through it is to keep writing and worry about working it out in later drafts.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
All three! I am usually reading at least two books at any one time – I have a hardback or paperback for bedtime reading and then another book on my Kindle for the bath (not a great idea, but still) and for when I am out and about. My Kindle is always in my purse.
What books are you currently reading?
The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory & A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr
Tell us about the covers and how they came about.
Harlequin chooses all my covers – I complete an art sheet with suggestions and how I visualize my hero and heroine but after that cover design is out of my hands. Thankfully, I’ve loved all my covers so far.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your book?
I have a trailer that encapsulates the whole Templeton Cove series…
How do you relax?
Reading or watching TV with my knitting – I spend far too many hours this way! As well as that, I love to walk the beautiful English countryside close to where I live, roam around Bath or socialize with friends and family.
What is your favorite quote?
“Set it up the way you want it to be.” – Iyanla Vanzant
What is your favorite movie?
Ooh, so many but if I have to choose one off the top of my head, I’d have to say Notting Hill.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I love chatting with my readers and have plenty of places where you can catch up with me! Here are my personal links:
Any final words?
Thanks so much for having me – really enjoyed answering your questions!
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. I’ve enjoyed reading Christmas at the Cove and getting to know you a little bit better.
Rachel 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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