February 24, 2015

Title: All for You
Author: Christi Barth
Series: Shore Secrets
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: February 9, 2015
Shelves: contemporary, romance, new adult/adult

Synopsis: Small-town park ranger Casey Hobbes has spent her life under the radar, carefully guarding a secret. “The forest flirt,” as her best friend calls her, keeps things casual with men. That way she’ll never care enough to be tempted to share the truth about her past. But when she spots a half-naked stranger on the lake’s edge, Casey can’t resist his muscles or his charm and she’s all-in for enjoying both, while keeping emotion out of it. What could be the danger of one summer fling?

Professor Zane Buchanan has built his entire career on exposing the dark realities of cults, but one—the Sunshine Seekers—remains infuriatingly impossible to crack. Zane’s shocked to discover its sole anonymous survivor is hiding in his new hometown. It’s nearly impossible to concentrate on work, however, when he’s derailed by his attraction to the beautiful blonde in khaki uniform shorts.

As things between Casey and Zane heat up, she struggles with keeping her past from him. And Zane’s on a quest to expose the truth, no matter the consequences. Will their growing emotions finally unseal Casey’s big secret? Or will she turn her back on love to keep the past safely buried?

**I received an advance copy of this book,
but this did not influence the review**

4 stars I really enjoyed this 2nd installment in Christi Barth’s Shore Secrets Series. I met Casey in the first book but really didn’t get a chance to know her at all. The synopsis can give you a general idea of what happens. The whole world created here was addictive and I was so glad to jump right from book 1 to Casey and Zane’s story. It was sweet, and like before one character holds back because of a secret. Then when it’s exposed all hell breaks out, but it’s the push they need to get to the other side of their relationship and finally commit. I knew the whole time it was coming, but that didn’t matter because I enjoyed the story for the journey it took me on.

I loved Zane. Even though he was a little pretentious and full of himself I simply adored him and found his cockiness really, really attractive. Casey, on the other hand, although just as beautiful, was more humble about it. And she has a huge secret. I adored her just as much. I loved their honesty about their attraction to each other too.

The romance was sweet, but oh man oh man oh man did Ms. Barth make us wait. I’m not going to lie, the UST was crazy! There was so much innuendo and build up and I wanted more details. Yes, greedy blogger here and I can own it.  I can admit I was antsy and felt like if we’d had a little more detail about the kissy time then maybe some parts wouldn’t have dragged a little bit for me.

I still had my love/hate relationship with that town journal. I made peace with it and I understood that a small group of residents were very close, but I just couldn’t embrace it all the way. However, I saw it’s value and I know Zane was like a  kid in a candy shop when he first came across it.

I loved, loved, loved the secondary characters even more this installment. Last time I felt like we got to meet the cast, but this time I got to know them so much better. Dawn, Casey’s stepmother, was such a remarkable woman and their relationship was truly lovely. I also loved Ward and Joel even more than before. And let’s not forget about Piper. I need to hear her story and I really want to see her HEA.

So I can’t review this and not mention that Zane is teaching a class at my alma mater. I’m so proud to be an alum and I’m pretty sure my 4 years spent in Geneva, NY on Seneca Lake were some of the most fun and memorable of my life. However, the story mentioned the correct name of the colleges only once. It’s Hobart and William Smith. Not just Hobart. It made me kind of sad every single time William Smith was left off. You can’t have one without the other. It’s definitely a unique school and there’s a bit of a story about the name, but anyone who went there or knows about the school knows the name. Even HWS would have sufficed for the novel. Now, that is probably totally nit-picky and me being sensitive. I’d bet it wouldn’t bother 99% of the people who read this. But, I happened to have gone there so I had to mention it.

Would I rec this? YES. A sweet love story, that gave a great HEA to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Happy reading!

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