Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Fairest of the Faire
by Susabelle Kelmer

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car 
accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her 
sister-in-law's Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her 
nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.

Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. 
Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie's don't-touch-me attitude, he soon has 
her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.

When she is threatened by her late husband's bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate 
forever sealed with hers.

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“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?” 

If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. 

She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.

“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”

“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”

Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.

“And what is your plan, Gage?”

“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”

Connie loved her husband and thought they had a good life together. After his death in what she believed was a car accident, she discovered vincent had a secret life, leaving her not only with a mountain of debt but also a pregnant mistress. Having nowhere else to turn, Connie moves into a guest cottage on her sister-in-law's property.
She loves her nieces and Elaine is as much a best friend as sister.
When Elaine and her husband get a chance to go away for a weekend, Connie agrees to watch over the girls and take them to a local renaissance faire. She discovers they are looking for a story-teller, and decides to take the job.

If you have ever attended or worked a faire, you know that flirting is the course of the day.
The costumes and fantasy create an atmosphere of playfulness and lowered inhibitions.
Connie knows she is not looking for a romantic relationship, but soon has other players throwing themselves at her.
One in particular comes across strong and possessive, even though connie is honest with all that she is not looking to hook up.

The story follows the men's pursuit of Connie and her adjusting to widowed life. danger knocks on her door one day when another of her husband's secrets finds her new doorstep. Vincent owed a New York bookie a large sum of money and his death did not cancel out the debt. The bookie intends to be repaid.

The author portrays the renaissance atmosphere implicitly - the tastes and colors and playful feelings.
While some of the suitors come across creepy ar times, we get the impression Connie can handle them.
There is a sweet scene at the faire where she finds a lost boy which, along with her love for her nieces, demonstrates Connie's character more deeply. 
I was concerned as I neared the end of the book that all would not be resolved and this book would end with a major cliffhanger. Fortunately, with a BURST of action, things are wrapped up before the end.

I did receive this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Susabelle Kelmer is a wife and mother living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado.
She believes in romance, second chances, and the magic of moonlight. When she isn't writing, she works with students with disabilities in the college environment.

Susabelle’s tagline: Love is Everything.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me! I'm glad you liked the book, as it was definitely a work of love!


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