Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Hamden Series by W. Ferraro - Blog Tour & Giveaway

Three of Hearts

Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She's fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.

My Review:

This book was like a breath of fresh air! It's so refreshing to read a story about adults with kids and other real life responsibilities. It just makes the characters so much more relatable and lovable. It was definitely a heart warming, feel good story!

Mae Turney, an Oncology nurse, moves from Boston to a small town in Vermont where she rents an apartment from the oh so sexy Mr. Seth Finn. Their relationship blossoms quickly as they are inexplicably drawn to each other, and Mae falls head over heels for Seth and his 3 adorable children. Watching their relationship grow was just so heart warming. I love the level of respect that Mae had for Seth's deceased wife, Maggie. She is exactly the kind of woman that any mother would want to step in and help take care of her children if (God forbid) anything should ever happen to her.

The beginning of the story was pretty fast paced. I liked that it wasn't drawn out, the relationship progressed at a nice steady pace. However, it slowed down a bit in the middle and not much was happening except the occasional date and super hot sex (which I can totally appreciate). But boy did the ending pick up steam! All of a sudden there was so much going on I couldn't turn the page fast enough! The ending was just so perfect it had me all teary eyed. I didn't even realize it had ended until I kept turning the page and they were all blank! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Three of Hearts and I'm looking forward to the next book Three of Spades!

Three of Spades

Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire. There is one catch. He has to play the part of Natalie's madly in love boyfriend for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the two is harder than he thought. Natalie's days of shyness and lack of confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves and demands in the bedroom. Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie
teaches him things he didn't even know he wanted. Will Hamden's notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of life, as we all are?

My Review:

I am officially Team Dylan Cross! W. Ferraro kicked up the super steamy heat and suspense in her 2nd installment in the Hamden series. I love that "plain-Jane" Natalie was able to catch the eye of super hunk bad boy extraordinaire Dylan Cross. It was like a small victory for all of us women who don't wear stiletto's and barely there clothing with pounds of caked on makeup! That's one of the things I love about the characters in the Hamden series, the women are all real: real curves, real appetites, real concerns & responsibilities. They are so easy to relate to b/c they represent the average woman and everyday life.

In an attempt to make her dying mother happy, Natalie approaches Dylan with an unusual business proposition. She offers to pay him to be her pretend-boyfriend...with very real benefits. At first he's not sure what to think, but the thought of turning Natalie down and her propositioning some other guy is what makes him agree. He takes his "job" seriously and intends to give Natalie her money's worth, and does he ever! The attraction and intensity of their relationship grows with each passing day making the idea of ending things seem unimaginable. Without giving too much away I'll just say that this book is an emotional roller coaster as Natalie deals with her sick mother, evil brothers and her growing feelings for Dylan. Watching her come out of her shell and go all "I'm woman hear me roar" was an awesome journey to witness.

Not many books can keep me seated for a marathon reading session, but I finished this book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! Ms. Ferraro has created a perfect little town that instantly draws you in and makes you feel like a resident yourself. The characters (mostly the men) are seriously intense and unafraid to stake their claim and make a commitment. The idea of marriage or kids doesn't scare them off, like in most other books, in fact it draws them in even more! I can only hope that one day I'll find my very own Hamden hottie, but men beware b/c these guys are setting impossibly high standards for you to meet!

Three of Spades can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend reading Three of Hearts first to get the full Hamden hotties experience! I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on Three of Diamonds! Wes Thompson is going to have to bring his A game to out do Dylan Cross!

About the Author:

I live in New England with my young family. I'm a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I'm not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids.

I wish you all happy reading and hope you fall in love with the men of Hamden.

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