All for You
by Christi Barth
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Shore Secrets - Book 2
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 235 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Small-town park ranger Casey Hobbes has spent her life under the
radar, carefully guarding a secret. "The forest flirt," as her best
friend calls her, keeps things casual with men. That way she'll never
care enough to be tempted to share the truth about her past. But when
she spots a half-naked stranger on the lake's edge, Casey can't resist
his muscles or his charm and she's all-in for enjoying both, while
keeping emotion out of it. What could be the danger of one summer fling?
Zane Buchanan has built his entire career on exposing the dark
realities of cults, but one—the Sunshine Seekers—remains infuriatingly
impossible to crack. Zane's shocked to discover its sole anonymous
survivor is hiding in his new hometown. It's nearly impossible to
concentrate on work, however, when he's derailed by his attraction to
the beautiful blonde in khaki uniform shorts.
As things between
Casey and Zane heat up, she struggles with keeping her past from him.
And Zane's on a quest to expose the truth, no matter the consequences.
Will their growing emotions finally unseal Casey's big secret? Or will
she turn her back on love to keep the past safely buried?
All for You by Christi Barth
Cults, the members see a feeling of belonging and being wanted, outsiders see a group of followers under the spell of a charismatic leader who poisons any thought of leaving with lies or fear. For successful author and college professor Zane Buchanan, studying and exposing the truths around cults is a way of life, a passion, a crusade. One cult in particular has gotten under his skin, although gone now, someone got away, there is a survivor, someone who could shed invaluable light on cult living. Casey Hobbes, intelligent, beautiful and very secretive about her past is in charge of the Park Rangers in her town. The temporary, new professor in town is handsome, but their initial meeting is less than normal and they both push the limits of social and professional propriety, sparks flying!
Casey backs away from this endearingly and frustratingly inquisitive academic, having no plans to get too close. Who would think he would be in this tiny town, on a mission to find the one person she does not want him to find? Having spent so much of her life hiding, repelling closeness, how can Casey understand what she is feeling? How can she keep her heart and her past safe against this man who bulldozes through life, living it to the fullest? Will the special journal the town residents have kept for decades reveal her secrets or will the town close ranks to protect those they feel are their own? Can the budding relationship between Casey and Zane withstand lies by omission?
All for You by Christi Barth may be one of my favorites from her so far! Ms. Barth has taken great care with making a one-in-a-million chance meeting completely believable! After all, isn’t finding real love also a one-in-a-million event? Wonderful character development, a professor that both embodies the academic persona and the hot love interest. Casey is warm, yet guarded, almost too much so, but her reasoning is completely understandable. She is strong,, intelligent and cares about those around her, but has she also kept romance at bay through her choices?
Fast moving, with intrigue and romance, Christi Barth has kept things reasonably light while making this tale completely enjoyable.
I received this ARC edition from Christi Barth in exchange for my honest review.