Friday, October 7, 2016

Review & Blitz: Bewitched by Nancy Fraser

Title: Bewitched
Author: Nancy Fraser
Genre/Age: Romance
Series: None
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺.5
SynopsisAllison Stiles is the epitome of responsibility. Guardian to her two rambunctious younger brothers, she also runs a home daycare. While she doesn't have time for a vacation, she really needs a diversion. 

Enter Eric Thomas, her new neighbor. Tall, dark and handsome and just what she needs to get her mind off her responsibilities, even if only for a short time. 

Moving into the house he inherited from his uncle was not part of Eric Thomas' plan. Yet, starting a new business ties up a good portion of his capital, so he forgoes the fancy downtown apartment for the quaint Rogers Park neighborhood. 

Now if he could just get his mind off his sexy neighbor and back on the business at hand.

Eric shifted from one foot to the other, balancing the box of office supplies he’d purchased on his hip while lifting the grocery bag from the trunk with his opposite hand.

He’d spent the morning touring office space in midtown Chicago and still not found anything within their price range. It looked as if the Thomas-Watson Agency would have to flourish a bit longer in its makeshift digs.

Thank heaven courting clients could be done in a restaurant, or the client’s office, rather than in the cramped confines of his back room.

A noise drew his attention from his office-hunting dilemma and toward the daycare across the street. The petite blonde was leading a line of small children through a maze of toys.

Her long hair blew across her cheeks with each gust of wind, and she reached up to brush the errant strands off her face. His body tightened when he imagined her fingertips stroking his cheek in the same way.

He shook his head, dislodging the thought. The last thing he needed was the complication of a woman. Especially one who came saddled with a bunch of noisy kids.

Yeah, but they do eventually go home, you know.

Rather than acknowledge his inner voice of reason, he shifted his gaze and scanned the rest of the daycare’s large yard. Another woman, taller, thinner, with jet black hair was organizing a game of tag among a few of the older children.

And despite the noisy diversion of their laughter, his attention was drawn back to the blonde. All around her, activity had stopped. Three little girls sat in silence at her feet.

She’d taken a seat on the front steps and lifted one of the smallest of the bunch onto her lap. Even surrounded by a handful of children, her tapered slacks and t-shirt covered in bright splashes of primary colors, she exuded an allure that set his nerves on edge.

She bent to listen to something the child was saying, and he found himself straining to hear as well. The faint sound of the child’s cries drew her obvious compassion, and she gathered the little boy to her chest.

Lucky kid.

He stomped up the porch stairs, cursing the fact he could be so easily distracted. Mental note number three: stop ogling your sexy neighbor.

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on a Valentine’s Day novella, her next Rock and Roll novella, and a story about a racy Scot titled “Kilty Pleasures”.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Twitter:  @nfraserauthor

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

A sweet story, set in the 1960's!

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Eric didn't plan to move into his late uncle's suburban home. Yet, here he was, living in a new neighborhood while starting his own advertising business. All would be fine if he wasn't constantly distracted by his gorgeous neighbor. 

Allison lives in organized chaos. Running a daycare from her home while wrangling her two younger brothers has kept her mind and hands extremely busy over the past four years. But when a handsome stranger moves in across the street, Allison can't stop herself from sneaking a peek. Or two...

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A batch of cookies as a welcoming gift brings Eric and Allison together and a sweet friendship and romance ensue. Eric learns to embrace a new side of himself and Allison learns to rely on someone else to help her manage her life.

There isn't a lot of conflict in this story, which is both good and bad. Good, if you are in the mood for a quick and lovely read that is inspiring and leaves you with an overall peaceful feeling. Bad, if you like to see a growing passion develop between a couple prior to intimacy. I should also point out that this book skips over the love scenes. It isn't necessarily a 'clean' read but also doesn't go as far as a traditional romance story would.

In closing... 
A sweet and pleasant story with likable characters. Bewitched is a good read with a sprinkle of something extra. 3.5 suns! 

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