Skip to main content

Review of "Rendezvous at Point Reyes" by Elisabeth Barrett

Rendezvous in Point ReyesWhat first caught my attention about Rendezvous at Point Reyes by Elisabeth Barrett was its awful cover.  All I could see was that there was some random couple riding on a cloud.  The thumbnail looked extremely busy and I had to see what it looked like in its full form.  It was still very busy, but once on the page, I had to read the description.  I'm glad I did.

Stella Flynn is getting over divorcing her cheating ex-husband and is nowhere near ready to be surrounded by all the lovey-dovey couples celebrating Valentine's Day.  So she decides to run away from it all.  Jason Roberts has been friends with Stella's family for years and has been in love with Stella for almost as long, but he's never acted on his feelings because he knew that her brother wouldn't approve.  When Stella shows up in Point Reyes, he invites her to stay with him, knowing it would kill him to be that close to her and not touch her.

I loved this book and it was exactly what I needed to read after DNF'ing Jingle Bell Harbor yesterday morning.  It was short (only about 111 pages), sweet, and oh so hot.  About halfway through the book, I started to think of it as Fun Sized, like the candy bars that they try to sell us as being just as good as the full size candy on Halloween.  The only difference between this book and that candy is that it actually was just as good as a full sized book.  There were definitely parts, especially those about Jason's family situation, that would have benefitted from being fleshed out into a 100,000 word book, but the romance progressed nicely in this short form.

What I liked most about this book was how much Stella and Jason loved each other from the very beginning.  While Jason knew how he felt about her, Stella just figured that any feelings she had for him were based on their past friendship.  It took getting divorced for her to realize that she'd loved him all along too.  Of course, that didn't mean she wasn't afraid of those feelings.  She thought it would be "just sex."  Usually, that drives me crazy because it is never just sex (especially when it is someone who you've known your whole life), but here I didn't have that issue because it didn't take Stella all that long to realize that it was much more.  Sure, she ran when she more was offered to her, but seeing as everything happened so quickly it makes sense that she'd freak.

5 Stars

P.S. Rendezvous at Point Reyes is the third book in the West Coast Holiday Series, but it is a standalone book and does not need to be read as a part of the series.

Rendezvous as Point Reyes is currently available for Pre-Order and will be released on October 20th.

Comments

  1. This is one of my favorite movies and it was delightful listening to it while reading your blog. I can't wait until it is on again.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Review of "The Other Miss Bridgerton" by Julia Quinn

Title: The Other Miss Bridgerton
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesby #3
Publisher: Avon
Price: $6.99 (e-book) $5.77 (mass market paperback) $21.55 (Audible)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I love Julia Quinn.  A few years ago, I stumbled upon Just Like Heaven in the Howard Beach library; I'd heard of Ms. Quinn before, but hadn't actually read one of her books.  Immediately after finishing the book, Marcus and Honoria became one of my favorite hero/heroine pairings ever.  I'm probably going to be diving back into the Smythe-Smith books again soon because despite reading all of the Bridgerton books, the Smythe-Smith series is still my absolute favorite Quinn series.  The Rokesby series is giving it a run for its money, though (I've read Because of Miss Bridgerton at least four times since it was published in 2016).  Is it wrong that I want another book already?  Sure, The Other Miss Bridgerton came out just last week, but one is never enough, right? From the Publisher:
She was in the wrong p…

Fifteen Years Later: Review of "His Sinful Touch" by Candace Camp

Title: His Sinful Touch
Author: Candace Camp
ISBN: 0373789963
Publisher: HQN
Series: Mad Morelands #5
Price: $5.98 (Paperback) $5.99 (e-book) $19.96(Audible)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2


Most readers remember their first, the first book of their particular genre that they read, whether they enjoyed the book or not.  I have two firsts--the first romance I ever read was a Harlequin Intrigue written by Amanda Stevens.  If you've read my blog before you probably already know this.  The first historical romance I read was Mesmerized by Candace Camp, which was also the first book in her Mad Morelands series.  

I was a senior in high school when this series began and I remember seeing the paperback version of Mesmerized on the shelf at the Target on Queens Blvd (yes, I spent a lot of time on Queens Blvd as a teenager), and was pulled in by the gorgeous cover.  Apparently, that book has had several covers over the last 15 years, but this is the one I remember:


Isn't it pretty?  Of course from the cover I…

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review of "Kiss Me At Christmas" by Valerie Bowman

Title: Kiss Me At Christmas Author: Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #10
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Price: $7.99 (e-book) $5.98 (mass market paperback)
Rating:❄️❄️❄️❄️
Christmas Rating: 🎅🎅 1/2

I guess it is that time of year again--it is finally acceptable to listen to Christmas music on repeat!  Yes!  Unfortunately, I read this book in October and was getting a lot of weird looks when people heard snippets of Shake Up Christmas.  Honestly, this wasn't the earliest I've listened to Christmas music.  That honor goes to my review of Snowfall on Haven Point for the Smart Bitches, which I wrote in the middle of one of the worst heat waves in Northern California back in June of 2017.  But you're not here for a recitation of my Christmas music woes, so let's do this thing.

ExcerptCHAPTER ONE
London, December 1818
Lady Regina Haversham’s thirtieth birthday was precisely one month away, which didn’t leave her much time to lose her virginity. Not that she wanted it lost. S…

It's Not Me; It's You--A Review of "Shelter in Place" by Nora Roberts

Title: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
ISBN: 1250161592
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Price: $14.99 (e-book) $16.49 (hardcover) $23.95 (Audible)
Rating:⭐️

Over the last few years, I have found myself reading fewer Nora Roberts novels.  In the past, she was my go-to author, an auto-buy, someone I knew whose work would never disappoint me.  Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.  While her prose is still beautiful and effortlessly depicts all manner of situations, her stories have become stale (recycling plots from other books is a big part of my problem with her) and it seems that she is less inclined to writing actual romances.  I was actually really excited about Shelter in Place because it wasn't like anything else I've read by her--and that sounded like a good thing.  What I got was a book that wasn't really sure what it was or what it wanted to be.

From the Publisher:
From Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One (December 2017), comes…

Happy Bookaversary! A Review of "Edge of Darkness" by Karen Rose

Title: Edge of Darkness
Author: Karen Rose
ISBN: 9780399583087
Publisher: Berkeley
Series: Cincinnati Series
Price: $5.98 (Paperback) $7.99 (e-book) $28.28(Audible)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


It seems like I've been reading Karen Rose novels my entire life.  I remember the day I came across Count to Ten in the Duane Reade on Queens Blvd.  I'd finished the paperback I brought with me to school that day while sitting in the Dining Hall eating lunch and needed something for the long bus ride home.  I almost didn't buy it because it was $9.99 and I hadn't gotten my financial aid money yet, but the cover copy called to me.  Not even the 500+ page count could scare me away.

I recently learned that Edge of Darkness is Ms. Rose's 20th book and in a strange way, I feel like a proud mama watching her child cross the stage to get their diploma.  I'm just a big ball of happy nostalgia, thinking back to all of the other books I've read by her and hopeful about the ones to come, so befor…