Title: A Spiced Apple Winter
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fairfield Orchard
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (December 27, 2016)
Author's Website: http://www.emmacane.com/
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
Brianna MacDougall and Tyler Fairfield have know each other for forever and have been friends almost as long, but nothing romantic ever happened between the two. That is until six months ago when they consumed a little too much liquor, let one thing lead to another, and shared one hot, steamy, and passionate night. The next morning was filled with awkwardness and regret as the two vowed never to mention that night ever again. Lately, however, things seem to be heating up between the two, but Brianna isn't sure if she's imagining it or not. Was that one night the mistake or was agreeing to never discuss it the real mistake? Dare she risk their friendship to find out?
This was the second book in the Fairfield Orchard series and Ms. Cane decided to kick things up a notch in this one. If you haven't read the previous book, "At Fairfield Orchard", don't worry. This one can be read as a standalone and you won't feel like you've missed anything.
Tyler Fairfield is a hometown boy who is an up and coming actor in Hollywood. He spent the last three years as the heartthrob, Dr. Lake, on the soap opera Doctors and Nurses before the show was canceled. Now on sabbatical, he's come home to help run the family orchard after his mother and father retired. Volunteering to help out for the next six months, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. A well needed break from the Hollywood life was just what he needed or so he thinks. While he loved acting, not everything about the Hollywood lifestyle appealed to him.
Brianna McDougall is a small-town girl who manages her family's general store. She loves the town and the people and can't imagine ever leaving. She's kind, loyal, and very different from the types of girls you'd meet in Hollywood. Tyler has always felt an unspoken connection to her, but has tried over the years to avoid taking things farther than friendship. Her father had been like a second father to him growing up, and he'd never want to disrespect him, but six months ago he'd finally given in to his attraction for Bri. While he's agreed to never discussing what happened, he's finding he'd like to pick up where they left off and see where things might go.
I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. It was a sweet and charming romance where two friends have strong feelings for each other, but are afraid of messing up a very special friendship. There are a few minor bumps in the road, but you know exactly where this one is heading. The author slowly builds up anticipation as these two pussy-footed around one another while waiting for the right moment to pounce and reveal their feelings to one another. Such a fun story with some touching and heartfelt moments along the way. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. Definitely worth your time to pick this one up. I thoroughly enjoyed it.