Hale Maree by Misty Provencher Tour Stop with Review, Excerpt from Mercy & Giveaway!

Today I am a tour stop for Hale Maree by Misty Provencher.  I will read anything by this lady, as I LOVE her writing!  If you haven’t picked up anything by her I highly suggest you do so! Thanks Misty for including me in the tour!  You can find the itinerary HERE so you can check out all the other tour stops.
Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
Source: Author
GENRE: ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Please be advised that this book is NOT suitable for Young Adult readers due to language and explicit sexual situations.

Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, she’s just a 18-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by with her alcoholic father, Jerry.
But for Hale, ‘crappy’ suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerry becomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event which means to effect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn’t even involved.
While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, a prominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything because of it. Otto is desperate for Hale’s father to stay quiet about what occurred the night the two men met for a drink. Out of mutual moments of desperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gain financial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more than willing to pay to keep his secret just that.
But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with the most faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and his playboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains ‘in the family’. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale struggles against her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turns out to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as his father.
As the pressure around her continues to escalate, Hale realizes that she’s got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just a big mistake or an amazing twist of fate that has been waiting around for this particular accident to happen.

I marked this one as Adult because it’s NOT YA.  However it would fit New Adult just right as long as you are aware, there IS explicit sex scenes.   Hale is 18 and Oscar is in his early 20’s.

Hale felt 18 to me.  A little bit immature yet, but learning about being a woman.  She’s still a virgin and is a bit afraid for anything serious to happen at all.  She’s scared of intimacy and is embarrassed about possibly doing something wrong.  I think she didn’t have the highest self esteem in the world either, but who would when the boy you are with is with you because of an arranged marriage?  But Oscar isn’t like that and he’s out to show Hale that she is worthy and is beautiful and he truly cares for her.  I loved the whole building up to intimacy thing.  In YA we generally don’t see things get too graphic, and that’s fine by me, but it tends to leave out a lot of the details as far as how the girl (or guy) feels about it all.  And the build up to where they actually do the deed.

Hale was a character that had to grow on me a bit.  I guess I had some mixed feelings because she was so determined NOT to marry Oscar, not to go through any of the stuff she was kind of being forced into.  And I understood this in reality, I mean, who would accept it right away?  But I think I got tired of her fighting it just a little.  On the other hand Oscar seemed a bit TOO willing to accept it all and seemed to genuinely care for her and I felt like his feelings for her maybe happened a bit too fast.  So maybe a bit extreme on each side of things.  However, these things seemed minor to me just because I was enjoying the book so much.  Misty manages to add in enough drama on the side that it kept me crazy flipping those pages anxious to see where things would go.

As far as Oscar goes… girls, watch out! This is a man that will likely leave you swooning.  He seemed maybe a bit TOO good to be true,  but hey- it’s a fictional romance, why not?  He had an engaging personality and one of those smiles that leaves girls sighing.   I doubt very few will ever find themselves disappointed in him, that’s for sure!

The plot itself wasn’t anything too complicated.  I first thought the arranged marriage thing and the circumstances were a little weird.  But somehow I was convinced that it could really happen.  And the side plot of this mystery worked well and was actually kind of light in the whole scene of things.  I kind of expected more, but ended up feeling happy with how it went.  It made sense, I guess.

I love Misty’s writing.  I think anything she writes will enthrall me with her storytelling skills.  I think in many cases this would be a story I might not enjoy much, but somehow she managed to make me LOVE it!  Now that is SKILLS.  However, be cautioned, this has a fast moving romance and some scenarios not everyone will find believable.  But for me it was a light, fun read that I was able to cruise through in an evening.

I originally gave this one 5 stars, but I slept on it and contemplated a bit and decided that was a bit generous.  I LOVE Misty’s writing, and I felt satisfied with the ending, but with reliving the first half or so I realized that I was a bit frustrated with Hale at the start and the unrealistic bit of Oscar falling for her so quickly made me decide I’m going to bring this down to 4 stars.  It’s a fantastic read though, so if  you enjoy a good contemporary romance I suggest you pick it up!

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Now Misty has been a writing fiend apparently and her next book, Mercy, a Gargoyle Story releases December 8th.  This is a New Adult book and here is the gorgeous cover!



My will to survive is the first thing to drown.
I know, because I hold it under myself.
After facing severe tragedy in life, Madeline assumes her death will be easy.
But the angels do not come to take her to Heaven.
Instead, what retrieves her is something she never expected: a gargoyle.
Delivered to Truce, the King of the Gargoyles, Madeline now has choices she never wanted.  She has the ability to take over the entire Gargoyle Kingdom, if she is willing to kill the king.  However, looking to prevent takeover, Truce transforms Madeline, thereby granting her the ability to achieve the thing she wants most—death—if she can just find the human recipient for the Gargoyle Gift that she now has to give.  It should be easy.
But lives, whether they are lived or not, are seldom simple, and Madeline’s past still stands in her way. Now, only a voyeur in the life of The Boy with the Golden Rod Voice, Madeline’s must reconcile her own life and death, if she ever hopes to have free reign of her soul.

I have an excerpt of the book for you guys as well!

EXCERPT THREE
My blood vessels dilate, the water in my respiratory system may as well be lead.
There’s no getting out now.
Some things, you just know.
My back touches the sand.  My eyes are wide open.
A thought flutters through: I should make a sand angel.  But I lie still on the bottom, watching the dirty prism cast by the moon, liquid dust dancing, just like the particles that used to float in the air of my bedroom.
Let me die, let me die.  I chant in my head.  Please just let me die.
A school of passing fish flash like diamonds above me.  Alive.  Something I am not anymore.

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Comments

  1. Falling for someone so quickly is frustrating for me, even if it might be realistic for someone like Hale, who’s both inexperienced and naive.

    On a side note, what’s up with the girl’s back? She’s all chicken wings and tendons. (sorry. judge-y today)

  2. I picked up her other books (the Cornerstone ones) based on yours and others great reviews for it.

    I think even if this one wasn’t quite believable at times I would really like it as well as her new release coming out.

    More books to add to the pile!

  3. Whoa is the girl on that cover thin! I feel like I might break her if I tried to hug her. I think Hale fighting things with Oscar in the beginning would frustrate me a bit as well, but overall this sounds like a great story. And Oscar sounds perfectly delicious – sometimes you just want that perfect fictional guy you know? Realism is unnecessary ;-)

  4. Yep, just finished this last night and I feel very much the same as you. It’s a light read but still absorbing. I read it in a single sitting if that is any indication. And hey, I kind of like seeing this side of Misty’s writing. CORNERSTONE and KEYSTONE, being YA, are pretty tame in the romance department, but HALE MAREE is an entirely differEnt animal! I’ll never look at a mirrored ceiling the same way again;)

  5. I love all the feedback here, Candace! Funny about the cover photo- my husband said the same: she’s too skinny! Sorry, all, there’s only so much I can do with stock photography! :)

    I’m happy you tried the story- this was, just like Heather said, something new for me! I plan on doing all sort of stories in all different genres, and I hope you will all enjoy the variety!

    Thank you again for the great review!

  6. Great review. I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I really want to. I have the first book in the Cornerstone series and hope to get to it really soon.

  7. I almost missed this tour, I don’t know how I think in the chaos of October during Wicked. I got added on to both this one and Gargoyle last minute and I am very much looking forward to what Misty can do in the New Adult category… hey explicit sex scenes whoo hoo. Time to put on my big girl panties!

  8. You know, I don’t mind a guy being too good to be true in fiction. Kind of makes sense… :)

    This sounds like a interesting take on arranged marriages. Hm… I also don’t mind suspending belief if I’m having fun and it look like you did.

    Btw, my fave names in fiction are something different… oh and Dante. Don’t know why, but I always enjoy that name in romance. :)

  9. I’m a huge fan of Misty’s and can’t wait to read Hale Maree for my stop on the tour. I’m glad that Misty made you believe in the story.

    (I love love this cover, btw)
    Great review!

  10. Wow! Sounds like a few problems with the story, but you overlooked them.
    Misty does have a great way of telling a story and I think I’d be okay with it as well. Sometimes, it’s just fun to accept “the magic of Hollywood” (that’s what my husband calls it.)

    Heather

  11. “I think in many cases this would be a story I might not enjoy much, but somehow she managed to make me LOVE it! Now that is SKILLS.”

    Totally agree 100%! When I read books like this, I have to remind myself that it’s just fiction, and that I need to have fun with it. Love your review, Candace!

  12. There are just so many New Adult books being released nowadays! I honestly don’t know where to start. I’ve heard some really good things about this author’s writing style, so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this book too. However, I feel like I might be as frustrated as you with the whole “falling in love too fast” scenario and the main character.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Candace! Lovely review! :)

  13. I’m really curious how this book tackles arranged marriages. You don’t often read about it outside of the Asian context, where it’s still pretty prevalent to this day. And Oscar does seem like a great character that I would like to meet.

  14. I just picked up Misty’s Cornerstone series, and now my interest is piqued about this book as well as her upcoming book Mercy. I’ve read other reviews for this, but I think yours is the one that has me the most curious about this book. Great review!!

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