Monday, August 1, 2016

Bluebonnet Spring - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros

    Set on the Big Island of Hawaii and in the Texas hill country, Bluebonnet Spring is the story of widowed Rebecca Barton (who is "on the wrong side of thirty") and hunky Doug West (ditched by phone by his fiancée on the eve of their Hawaiian wedding). Rebecca is in Hawaii doing research on how hotels operate before deciding whether or not to open an inn back in Canela, Texas. When they meet, Doug suggests they share his honeymoon package - plantonically, of course. It would be a shame for it to go to waste. When the week is over, they go their separate ways - Doug to Detroit; Rebecca to Canela. But is that the end for them?
    I enjoyed visiting Hawaii through this book - and I love bluebonnets! It also was fun to see Rebecca change through the course of the story.  

Bluebonnet Spring is a sweet romance with no sex and no profanity. 

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 192 Pages
Amazon Link: Bluebonnet Spring
Author Website: Amanda Harte's Books

First Paragraph:
    It was a mistake. A colossal mistake. Rebecca Barton settled back in the surprisingly comfortable rattan chair and tried to relax. She could tell herself that the problem was jet lag. After all, it had taken close to twelve hours of flying to get from Canela to Hilo. But Rebecca had never been one for self deception. She knew the problem wasn't jet lag, nor was it simple fatigue.

Teaser (from 12% on my Kindle):
    The trail they were climbing grew steep and narrow. Though initially Doug had suggested Rebecca lead the way to set the pace, now he moved past her, clambering over a large boulder, then reached back to help her. She put her hand in his.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    It can't be a coincidence that the band is playing "Stranger in Paradise," not when that's exactly how Rebecca Barton would describe herself.
    No matter how beautiful the Hawaiian honeymoon resort is, it's no place for a widow with two children and a brown dachshund waiting for her back home in Texas. Why on earth did she think that this trip would be a good way to decide whether she's ready to open a hotel of her own? It's a mistake, a huge mistake---just like offering first aid to the handsome stranger at the next table was a mistake.
    Flying all the way from Detroit to Hawaii for what was supposed to be his wedding, he discovered that his fiancé jilted him. And if that wasn't bad enough, he managed to catch his sleeve on fire and then snarl at the beautiful woman who tried to help him. Oddly enough, it's the snarling that bothers him the most, especially when he discovers just how charming Rebecca is. In an uncharacteristically impulsive act, Doug suggests they spend the next week touring the island together.
    It's a magical week, one that both Rebecca and Doug know will never be repeated, for this is their version of a shipboard romance. They will never see each other again. But fate has other ideas, and a year later Doug arrives at Bluebonnet Spring, Rebecca's newly opened country inn, for a month's stay. It should be a dream come true. Instead, Doug is Rebecca's worst nightmare. There's no hope for a happy ending for them...or is there?


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn of Books and A Beat. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you're reading. No spoilers, please!

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you're reading or thinking about reading soon.



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27 comments:

Tea Norman said...

I am wondering about all the problems she has to face.

Eustacia Tan said...

Oooh, I like sweet romances! Sounds like an interesting book(:

Beth F said...

Sounds like a fun summer read -- and set in some pretty places.

Laura Thomas said...

I also think this is a perfect summer read and I bet it keeps you turning the pages with the wonderful writing I've sampled so far:)

My TT from Mummy's Little Angel

Jacqueline Gum said...

Good teaser! And I love the location of the story.

PD Workman said...

Sounds like a sweet read.

Mine is from a YA book about a girl in therapy for an eating disorder: https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-Ja

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Sounds like an entertaining read. I just love books set in Hawaii.

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds like an excellent romance. My teaser this week is from The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan - a mystery from my review stack. Happy reading!

Margot said...

I like the outline of the plot you wrote and then that first paragraph got me. This is one I'd like to read.

JoAnn said...

I don't read much romance, but this sounds like a fun summer read... and the setting helps, too!

sherry fundin said...

I love reading books about places I am familiar with and I have been to Hawaii. Hope you are enjoying it.
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

Literary Feline said...

I love the sound of this one. Quite a difference in settings, Hawaii to Texas.

Charlie Anderson said...

I love the cover! The premise sounds so interesting - who catches their sleeve on fire? haha I'd definitely keep reading!

Cleo Bannister said...

Haha why have I never been offered a free holiday with a hunk? This sounds like a fun read for the summer and yes, I'd keep reading!

Kathy Reads Fiction said...

I really like the sound of this one, and the first and second lines hooked me. I think you should keep reading and enjoy.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

sounds like it might be fun. Hope you enjoy it.

T Polen said...

Romance isn't really my thing, but I like the idea that they take the honeymoon - could make for some interesting situations!

Heather Fineisen said...

I love the setting and the romance. Enjoy!

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

The fact that this book is set in Hawaii has me hooked already! I love a good contemporary and this one sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. Have a great week! :)

Mia @ Killer Appetite (Murder is Delicious) said...

This seems like a great summer read, short and sweet.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Yvonne said...

I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds like it would be really good.

Alice Audrey said...

I don't normally read Sweet Romance, though I did write one. :) Is it common to have such a racy situation?

Taralei Griffin said...

Great teaser! I'm definitely adding that to my TBR, it sounds like a good break from all the intensity I've been reading lately. <3 Thanks for visiting my teaser!

Anonymous said...

It sounds an ideal summer holiday read - and an exact opposite of my book which has lots of violence, gore, explicit sex and bad language... Thank you for swinging by, Sandra:)

Tracy Ramey said...

This sounds like a lovely book! The idea that fate brings them back together after a week in paradise is intriguing. A good old fashion fated love story. Hope you're enjoying it.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a romance with a difference.

Anonymous said...

Both the first paragraph and teaser sound great! I hope you are enjoying it. :)