Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Taming Season by Claire Gem (Love at Lake George, #1)

A Taming Season
by Claire Gem

Series: Love at Lake George - Book 1
Publisher: Erato Publishing (June 16, 2016)
Publication Date: June 16, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 341 pages
Available from: Amazon

Manhattan domestic violence counselor Zoe Anderson is going on the most important vacation of her life.

Before she can move on, help other women, Zoe needs to heal herself. Her Cinderella life shattered three years ago one fateful night, leaving her a young widow, scarred inside and out. In an attempt to reclaim her life, bury her demons, and save her job, Zoe sets out for picturesque Lake George to claim the treasured family cottage she recently inherited. The place where she found happiness—before. Reboot, restore to an earlier time.

What she finds is a rundown shack.

The neighboring resort mogul, Jason Rolland, whisks in to her rescue, insisting Zoe stay at his upscale Lakeview Lodge. The wealthy, handsome, star of his own radio show, Jason's Lair, he's a terminal bachelor. But Jason figures he might use the gifts God gave him to convince the sexy redheaded stranger to give up the crumbling eye-sore next door. A challenge he’s definitely up for. He’s been trying to buy the cabin—and demolish it—for years: the last reminder of his own tragic, childhood memories.

Zoe can’t deny her attraction to the tall, dark-haired Jason with his pool-water blue eyes. Definitely fling material—if she can just get past those flashbacks from the night everything changed. And the knowledge that when it comes to happy-ever-after, you usually don’t get a second chance. Hardly possible with the Tiger of Jason’s Lair.

What Jason doesn’t figure on is Zoe’s charms melting his emotional armor. But with his reputation, can he ever win her heart? Can a tiger really change his stripes? Or will their pasts come back to bite them both?
 A Taming Season by Claire Gem (Love at Lake George, #1)

Zoe has been broken since her horrific rape and the brutal death of her husband. When she finds she has inherited an old seaside cottage that held beautiful memories for her, she has decided to see the place that brought her so much joy. What she found was a nightmare, a mockery of the memories she holds dear. Rundown, overgrown and rotting away, the cottage she loved is a ghost of itself. All around the cottage is a new ultra-modern resort and the owner would like nothing better than to buy her out, unknowingly destroying a piece of her soul.

Jason is a man on a mission to plow under every bad memory, every lie his childhood held for him growing up in the quaint resort his cheating father had built. The only thing standing in his way of the final nail in the coffin of his nightmares is the old cottage. A player, a womanizer and a dashing rogue, Jason has no qualms with using his charm on Zoe, and yet, there is something familiar about her, something that calls to his cold, dead heart and soon he would do anything to put a smile on her damaged face and chase her demons away.

Her heart has been in mourning for so long, Zoe barely recognizes what she is beginning to feel for the real Jason, not the flash and dash man he portrays. But they each keep secrets deep within and Zoe isn’t sure how far she can trust the man who wants to bulldoze her childhood happiness.
How could two people live in the same setting, and have such different lives? How could their memories be so opposite? Are they both dealing from the top of the deck or are they hiding something from each other? Their passion between the sheets is like nothing either has felt before, but it will take only one well-told tale to tear them apart at the end of summer. Will they each go on sadder but wiser or can one misplaced item be the key to their happily ever after?

Claire Gem’s A TAMING SEASON is a sweet and spicy romance caught up in emotional loss, fear, and the ghosts of the past that have caused so much pain. Will it take a miracle to bring them back together? Will they be the same people they were or will they forge an unbreakable bond they have each dreamed of?

Claire Gem has captured the essence of romance, the emotions that can cripple two souls and the struggle to find the missing pieces of one’s heart. A smorgasbord of characters color this tale with sprinkles of humor, heartbreak and determination. Ms. Gem writes to her reader’s heartstrings with the perfect mix of passion, heat and pure romance.

I received this copy from Claire Gem in exchange for my honest review.