During the annual Montana festival of Midsommardagen, a law enforcement official must protect a beautiful nurse from her past, thereby breaking his own vow to never risk his heart.
Erik Lindstrom never had much faith in love. He saw his parents’ marriage collapse and vowed to avoid the same anguish himself. His fiercely protective nature drew him to a career in law enforcement, where he’s managed to keep himself and his heart safe…until now.
Katrin Svenson is in danger. After leaving her home in secret, her only hope for safety seems to lie in the hands of a man who has steeled himself against her deep blue eyes and sunny smile. But sparks fly between the nurse and her handsome protector, and those sparks become fire as Katrin melts the ice surrounding Erik’s heart. That fire will ward off the dark force determined to keep their sweet midsummer nights from being an impossibly perfect forever.
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I can't express how much I just adore the books that this author writes. She truly is an inspiring person, and I am so glad to have the honor of calling her a friend. Books really do bring people together! :)
This is such a sweet, sweet story, that will have anyone who reads it, fall absolutely head-over-heals in love with it! Midsummer Sweetheart is the second book in the Heart of Montana series that focuses on Katrin Svenson and Erik Lindstrom, if you've read the first book in the series By Proxy, you'll recognize this is Jenny Lindstrom's brothers story! What's also great, is that Katrin is Jenny's husband Sam's cousin! I love reading books that have returning characters, and that we get to keep up with what's going on in their lives!! Kind of makes it feel like the book doesn't completely end...okay maybe that's just me. :)
I adored Kat's character, everything about her! She's strong, witty, playful, smart, and extremely classy. There needs to be more characters like her in our real world, that's for sure.
I felt such a strong connection with Kat from this book, namely because it seems she and I sort of share the same history. We both were in a long-term relationship with our high-school flames, both which ended pretty nasty, although mine wasn't in a violent manner like hers was. I just wish I had some tall, blond, Nordic man to whisk me away on an adventure like she did!
And an adventure they had!
Erik Lindstrom is your run-of-the-mill player who likes to have his fun with women, but doesn't like the idea of commitment or the old ball-and-chain. That is, until his friend Ingrid, asks him for a favor - which involves driving Kat up north to a new town, new job, and a new life away from her violent ex-fiance, Wade – who in the beginning of the book, we see that he is a belligerent alcoholic who doesn't know how to let go of Kat – it's not like the drive is out of Erik's way, since he is starting a new job close to the area of Kat's destination. So he sort of begrudgingly agrees to play chauffeur, but then his childhood friend/Kat's sister-in-law tacks on the idea for Erik to also check in on her once a week...
And let the romance begin!
I really enjoyed seeing Erik open up to the possibility that love does, indeed, exist. From their first handshake upon being properly introduced, to when they were in the car on their way up north, and she would she would touch his arm in a friendly manner, there was this sort of spark, this gravitational pull, something he couldn't explain, yet he knew that he wanted more. Then, once he did drop her off at her temporary house and met her new boss. It was a whole new ballgame for Erik Lindstrom. Or just a new game of Finders Keepers, lol!
The text messages Kat would receive from Erik actually made me giggle out loud like I was the one receiving them. I loved their witty and flirtatious banter. What really made me laugh in the beginning was how Erik was basically trying to tell hims elf he didn't need to get involved with Sam's Plain Cousin, Poor Little Thing. She's too vulnerable after a wretched heart break, etc...then he sees her all dolled up, as this sexy little blonde. Now it's Erik's turn to say to himself Poor Erik. Poor Thing... I died LOL, how true was that? His heart never stood a chance for not falling for Kat!
This book had me grinning from ear-to-ear the entire time, I love it when I read something and it actually makes me sigh out-loud, or voice an opinion out-loud. Getting lost in stories like this, is why I love to read.
Yes, Ms. Regnery, Hallmark Channel should look into making a movie out of By Proxy *grin*
Katy is a 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations contest finalist who has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all Romance writing, from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all can often be the messy or unexpected ones. Katy has a Paranormal alter-ego: KP Kelley - https://twitter.com/KPKelleyAuthor
Her Paranormal It's You is scheduled for a Winter 2014 release.