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Published by Katharine Gilliam Regnery on November 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Sex, Romance
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Christopher Winslow, the youngest of the four Winslow brothers, was born with a silver spoon in his privileged mouth, which has made it difficult for him to establish his credibility in the fast-approaching congressional race. Working against the clock to assure Pennsylvania voters that he is forthright, trustworthy and able has been an exhausting challenge, but Christopher's chances at beating the incumbent look good.
Julianne Crow, a plus-size model struggling to make ends meet, jumps at the chance to make a little extra cash on the side. What does she have to do? Slip something into Christopher Winslow's drink and take some very naughty pictures with him.
But Christopher is nothing like Julianne expected, and when her actions sabotage his hard-earned campaign only a month before the election, her guilt is overwhelming. She offers Christopher her help in an effort to repair the damage she's caused, but can anything change the fact that he sees her as an opportunist and a mercenary? When she starts campaigning for Christopher, he may find out there's more to her than meets the eye.
Return to the world created in the English Brothers books with this fresh foursome of scorching hot Winslow Brothers! ***** *All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*
Also by this author: Never Let You Go, Crazy about Cameron (The Winslow Brothers, #3), Ginger's Heart
Author Katy Regnery creates another delightful installment in her Blueberry Lane series. This time, love finds the youngest Winslow son, Christopher. I have to wonder what type of water is being pumped into the homes on Blueberry Lane in Haverford, Pennsylvania that helped create these wonderful, sexy inhabitants, because I know this brand of deliciousness wasn’t prevalent in my area of the Philly suburbs when I was growing up.
The story of Christopher Winslow and Julianne Crow proves that it doesn’t matter where you come from but rather where you want to be and the path you choose to get there. It would be hard to imagine two more diverse backgrounds than those of Chris and Jules. He grew up in a life of wealth and privilege, within a large loving family. Current plus-size model Julianne was raised in a trailer by her mother and grandmother on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. Yet, despite their different upbringings, Julianne and Christopher both develop a passion for social justice and improvement. They each want to make the world a better place, striving to do it with honesty and integrity. Unfortunately, Julianne has a rocky start in her battle for good, almost destroying Christopher’s future in the process.
The chemistry between Chris and Julianne was intense from the moment they met but what truly cemented their relationship was the quality of their character and their moral centers. Julianne wronged Christopher, and allowed him to continue to believe she did it for selfish reasons, but she was willing to admit her mistake, face her fears and submit herself to media scrutiny and Chris’s anger in order to atone for her misdeed. For his part, Chris’s biggest disappointment was that the events of their first meeting cast a dark shadow over their relationship. He was angry at himself for wanting Julianne while still wondering if he could trust her. His internal struggle was handled well, as was Julianne’s strength and realization of her own self worth.
This book has one of the most interesting and diverse heroines I’ve encountered, whose moral code and strength of character are what ultimately won the hero’s heart. Definitely swoon worthy.
All told, their relationship consisted of some flirty banter, her drugging him and taking lewd photos of him, showing up at his headquarters, finding out he hated her with the heat of a thousand suns, becoming his fake girlfriend, kissing him like the world was about to end, having her feelings hurt by his furious comments, knocking a cup of coffee out of his hands, and being kicked out of his office.
Not exactly an auspicious beginning.
Then again, she admired that he was only in his twenties and running for Congress. From what she knew of his platform, she admired his principles and policies. Just from the short amount of time she’d spent with him, she could tell he stood on a moral high ground. He was smart and driven, successful and hardworking, . . . and he hated every last centimeter of her guts.
Did she like him?
“What is there to like?” she asked Shappa, who turned and walked away as though embarrassed for her.
“I mean it!” she called after her cat. “What? His insults? His unforgiving, thankless demands? His disrespect? His nonstop cussing?” When she finished her tirade, she found herself perched on the edge of her chair, rigid with indignation, and suddenly slumped down, all the wind knocked from her sails as she recalled his face on Saturday night when he first laid eyes on her. The searing heat of his gaze. The wonder that took over his face as he stared at her like she’d just fallen from heaven.
“His fingers woven through mine,” she said weakly, recalling their walk down a brambled path.
His light hair catching the sunlight yesterday on the steps of the campaign headquarters. The way his arm felt around her waist. His lips moving hungrily over hers.
Your eyes are like the night sky. The universe. The heavens and a million stars.
She sighed softly.
Of course she liked him.
About Author Katy Regnery
Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy. Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled “Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date,” in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet. The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy’s novella “Frosted” will appear in the upcoming (Jan ’15) anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy’s short story, “The Long Way Home” will appear in the first RWA anthology (Feb ’15), Premiere. Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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THE BLUEBERRY LANE SERIES
THE ENGLISH BROTHERS
(Blueberry Lane Books #1-6 & 11)
Breaking Up with Barrett
Falling for Fitz
Anyone but Alex
Seduced by Stratton
Wild about Weston
Kiss Me Kate
Marrying Mr. English – available December 2015
THE WINSLOW BROTHERS
(Blueberry Lane Books #7-10)
Bidding on Brooks
Proposing to Preston
Crazy about Cameron
Campaigning for Christopher
(Blueberry Lane Books #12-14)
Jonquils For Jax – available August 2016
Marry Me Mad – available September 2016
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis – available October 2016