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
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!
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.