Tuesday, March 3, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "Stealing Hearts"

Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
Publisher: Tule Publishing (February 7, 2015)
Series: Magnolia Bay, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Bartender Mick Atwell has one more commitment before he leaves Magnolia Bay for Colorado: help his best friend, Tim, get his new wine bar POUR ready in time for its Valentine’s Day grand opening. But when Tim’s little sister Lucy breezes into town unexpectedly from New York for a visit, Mick doesn’t see how they’ll keep to their tight schedule—any more than he sees how this beautiful, spirited woman could possibly be the same irresponsible “kid” Tim has been complaining about for years…

Despite her carefree smile, Lucy Waverly hasn’t come back to Magnolia Bay for a vacation—she’s come home to hide. After discovering her boss at the gallery is selling forgeries, she needs to lay low and figure out a plan to get herself out of this dangerous mess—a plan which can’t include falling for her brother’s sexy best friend, no matter how safe he makes her feel, or how his smoldering eyes turn her inside out.

Mick has one foot out the door, but when Lucy's troubles follow her to Magnolia Bay, they are thrust together to keep one step ahead of danger and get POUR open in time. Soon the man who lives by his plans is wondering if the woman who lives by chance may not be worth breaking his rules for.

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Pat's Review:

Magnolia Bay's new wine bar called Pour is set to open on Valentine's Day with a masquerade party and hopefully lots of customers. Owner Tim Waverly and his best friend Mick Atwell are working day and night to get ready. Mick will be interim bartender till Tim can find a permanent one; then Mick's off to new adventures in Colorado.  Unexpectedly, Tim's little sister Lucy (Luce) appears for a visit. Tim considers her a bit of a Calamity Jane with men, jobs and normal life. He'd been thrilled when she got the job at a gallery in New York City and seemed happy. Tim's headed out of town overnight for a meeting, but should be back the next day. Luce will be at his condo with Mick. Their first obstacle is their liquor license which has been thwarted by the Bloom sisters, Camellia and Daisy, tea totalers who feel there are far too many drinking establishments in Magnolia Bay. Luce, with a secretive smile, is taking over this problem. But, Luce has far bigger problems. She caught her boss in the gallery selling forgeries of paintings for a lot of money, and skipped town with one in her car! Until she can figure out what to do, she's hiding out with her brother and Mick doing her best to not let them find out.

Snow storms, trying to hire wait staff, construction and Tim getting stuck in Boston for days makes their work twice as hard. Mick and Luce are feeling attraction brewing and when suddenly her boss shows up wielding a gun, he becomes her protector.

Romance, laughs and danger make this a very fun read. This is the first novel I have read by this author, but I'm looking for more.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) I want to just keep gazing at the cover. Love his eyes! 

Have you read Erika Marks before? Do you have a favorite of hers?


Until Next Time,


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