I’m always on the lookout for new words from author Cara Dee. Her stories are full of the raw realities of life — the complexities of relationships, the need for comfort, the power of attraction. Cara’s writing is concise, her storytelling mesmerizing, and always, contains an underlying message about acceptance. Here’s a look at Cara Dee’s latest offering, Inappropriately Yours —
This was a mistake. Flying all the way to Washington to see Dad’s old college friend, who has reluctantly offered to help me with my writing after the world tore my first novel to shreds…big, big mistake. One, Jack Grady is lethally handsome. Two, he doesn’t mince words, and he absolutely hates my novel. But here I am, and I’m his for the weekend. Maybe in more ways than one, which would be totally inappropriate. —Isla Roe.
…two love stories.
Shock can be good or bad. It can be a good shock to discover you’re going to be a father at eighteen. This isn’t that kind of shock. This is bad. Several weeks after she was supposed to return home, one justifiably infuriated father makes his way to northern Washington. That would be me. Checking in at Cedar Inn, I think of ways to confront Jack and Isla—until I spot a familiar face from my childhood on the other side of the desk. But it can’t be her, can it? My God, she’s beautiful. I wonder how she’d react if she knew I’ve written a book about her. —Aiden Roe.
(All Camassia Cove novels are standalone.)
– REVIEW –
“So Little Miss LA ventures up to Camassia. Girl must really wanna learn to be better.”
Jameson Grady to his brother, Jack Grady
Isla Roe, daughter of celebrated novelist, Aiden Roe, is headed to Camassia Cove, Washington. Isla, trying to follow in her father’s footsteps, crashed and burned with her first publication. Devoted dad Aiden comes up with an idea — send Isla to be mentored by his old friend, Jack Grady. A noted freelance editor, Jack should be able to give Isla some valuable pointers.
Jack’s not too happy about having to tutor Aiden’s daughter — he has some memories of her as a child, but he owes Aiden so he agrees to host Isla for a weekend. The lovely Isla arrives and she is not what Jack expected. Isla’s grown up into a delectable young woman, having a charm all her own. Jack manages to tamp down his guilt-ridden fantasies regarding his old friend’s daughter, but Isla, with moves worthy of Nabokov’s Lolita, soon has Jack eating out of her, er, hand. Naughty things happen and when Isla doesn’t return to LA after a few weeks, suspicious father, Aiden, heads up to Camassia Cove to kick some ass.
Upon arriving in Camassia Cove, Aiden doesn’t immediately head to rescue his daughter from Jack — Isla is, after all, an adult, free to make her own choices. Instead, Aiden opts to hunker down at the Cedar Inn and do some reconnaissance before the big showdown. Aiden, a widower of many years, is stunned when he recognizes the Inn’s proprietor, Chloe Nolan. It seems fate has plans to rock Aiden Roe’s world in more ways than one.
Inappropriately Yours is the fourth offering in Cara Dee’s Camassia Cove series. It is a standalone book, and you absolutely do not have to have read any of the other novels in the series to appreciate this story. Told in two parts, each with alternating POV’s, author Dee serves up an endearing and entertaining story about love and lust — past, present and future. All four protagonists are easily relatable to the reader and are well crafted. Part I of Inappropriately Yours seamlessly flows into Part II, yet each part could stand on its own as a complete story.
The appeal of Cara Dee’s writing is in her talent to craft flawed characters who heroically face down the raw fears that we all harbor — awakening in us all the desire to thrive rather than survive. While maybe not as gritty as her other works, Inappropriately Yours sends the same message: love comes in many forms, and it’s all good.
*ARC received from the author via Instafreebie in exchange for an honest review.*
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OTHER RELEASES IN THE CAMASSIA COVE SERIES —
For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.
It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.
The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.
At ten years old, Kelly and I were two rambunctious boys who carved our initials into a tree in the forest. We promised to be best friends forever and bumped our fists to seal the deal. I never should’ve kissed him that summer before college. It was a day that buried me in shame, a day I spent the next twenty-four years regretting, a day I never told anyone about.
At forty-three, depression was suffocating me. Not even my wife and two children could lift the heavy fog. I was riddled with guilt and self-hatred, and I was starting to realize that I would slowly fade away until nothing remained. Then one day, Kelly was back in town.
10% of the proceeds will be donated to Hope For Depression.
The first time Adeline Ivey danced into my life, high on ecstasy instead of life, was at the party before the kickoff of our seventh tour. I spotted her out on the lawn, a gorgeous girl spinning around in circles with her arms wide and a big smile directed at the Los Angeles sky.
We shared an insane summer on the road, surrounded by sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll—a combination that could only end in disaster.
That was ten years ago. The world has forgotten Lincoln Hayes, rock god and guitarist in Path of Destruction. As the date of my parole hearing approaches, I’m nothing but a number in the system of the Michigan Department of Corrections. And as much as I want to forget the events of that summer and move on, the girl I can’t get out of my head is trying to make an encore appearance in my life.
(A prequel to the Camassia Cove series)
– ABOUT CARA DEE –
There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils down to relatable characters.
As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.
Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.
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