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ARC Review: Deep Autumn Heat by Elisabeth Barrett
Deep Autumn Heat
Book Info

Released: July 9, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Star Harbor #1
Pages: 300

In a brand new series called Star Harbor, Elisabeth Barrett introduces us to the sexy Grayson brothers. Each more hotter than the last, it seems that Elisabeth is planning on giving each brother a book in the series. You know what that means…there are only good things to come.

DEEP AUTUMN HEAT is the first book that features celebrity chef Sebastian Grayson and Lexie Meyers. When the worldly chef comes back to Star Harbor for awhile, Sebastian can’t help but notice Lexie Meyers and her coconut cake. A chef in her own right, Lexie has built her reputation from the ground up and you can see all the hard work she has put in to make her kitchen run the way she wants it to run. However, Sebastian can’t help but goad her as he tries to charm her. As sexual tension rises and tempers flare, the kitchen is just heating up between these two.

In the opening chapter, Barrett does a fantastic job of introducing the Grayson brothers in a way that made me immediately like them. I love the family dynamic and the “guy talk” between them is always very entertaining. I love small-town contemporary series that surround a family. It’s brings a lot of heart to the stories and also adds another type of love other than the romantic kind. I can already sense that family will be a big part of this series.

Sebastian Grayson thrilled me because he is the type of guy who knows what he wants. He doesn’t back down when there is an obstacle before him and I think that’s why his career is so promising. The same goes with Lexie. She works just as hard, but for some reason I didn’t connect with her so much. The difference is that Sebastian had some charm even when he was being overbearing and too forward. Lexie wasn’t very charming or endearing to me.

I had another issue with the plot. When Lexie receives threats tacked onto her door, she reads them, collects them, but doesn’t do anything about them. Then, one night she gets attacked by a masked man. This causes for some great suspense and drama, but I felt it was at the expense of Lexie. I don’t mind setting up a storyline that will pull the plot forward, but I just felt that it made Lexie’s character look dumb. Because of her non-actions, all of this occurred. If she did something about it, then there would be no story.

So while I thought the idea of the series was great and it started off with a bang, the rest of the storyline became predictable and Lexie lost some respect in my eyes. I’m still looking forward to the next book in the series.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Elisabeth Barrett

Raised in small-town Connecticut, Elisabeth spent most of her formative years playing the piano and reading everything she could get her hands on. In high school, she took a job at her local bookstore where she first discovered romance novels. She would stay long after closing time to squeeze in just one more chapter.

After working summers as a guest student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, she studied biology as an undergraduate before attending law school. Elisabeth then spent nearly a decade working as a patent attorney, focusing her practice on both biotechnology litigation and prosecution. Inspired by those summers on Cape Cod, she started writing fiction . . . a habit she can’t seem to break.

Now a displaced New Englander, Elisabeth lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.

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  1. I really appreciate your thoughtful review. Some of the things you bring out are pet peeves for me and if I were to read it, it would probably irritate me.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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