Carolina Blues

Jack Rossi is Dare Island s new police chief The laid back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big city police department He s learned his lesson no high profile women or high pressure jobs The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines whenJack Rossi is Dare Island s new police chief The laid back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big city police department He s learned his lesson no high profile women or high pressure jobs The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad She s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that s too hot to ignore, and it s igniting an affair too combustible to resist or quit But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.
Carolina Blues Jack Rossi is Dare Island s new police chief The laid back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big city police department He s learned his lesson no h

  • Title: Carolina Blues
  • Author: Virginia Kantra
  • ISBN: 9780425269695
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Carolina Blues”

    1. 4.5 StarsCarolina Blues was a story that just sucks you in quietly, but surely with beautiful, understated prose and a passionate romance! Suffering writer’s block and panic attacks, Lauren has come to Dare Island to escape the city and finish her novel, Hostage Girl: My Life After Crisis. Lauren negotiated her way out of tragedy during a hostage crisis that captured nationwide attention. The writer’s block persists on Dare Island, but soon she’s distracted by Jack Rossi, the hunky police [...]

    2. The good news is the story of Dare Island citizens continues without the Fletchers as main characters. The bad news (at least for me) is the story continues without the Fletchers as main characters. Okay, let me try to explain…I really loved The Fletchers (the three siblings that were the main characters for the previous three books). I was quite invested with their love stories. I admit that when I saw that there would be a 4th book in this series, I was a bit, uhm, skeptical? I wondered if M [...]

    3. This was really good. I suppose I have things to say about Lauren being different and fitting in, and how her happily-ever-after makes her seem much more conventional than that, but that isn't the point of this book, is it? It isn't a character study. (view spoiler)[Because - among other things - in what universe would Jack proposing in public happen? (hide spoiler)]

    4. Rosalie‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4 STARSReview copy provided for an honest reviewWith a past that comes back to haunt you, this book shows how to move forward to find a life beyond tragedy and true love.Dealing with fear from a previous bank robbery where she just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – Lauren has many demons to battle. After selling a book based on her robbery experience where she talked the shooter down, she is now set to sell the secon [...]

    5. DNF - disappointing. Couldn't get into it. Didn't feel anything for either the H or the h and thought they were an odd couple right from the beginning. I didn't believe for an instant that the H would be interested in this h and it seemed unlikely to me that what little they did have would be anymore than a short fling, if that. The H would have been interesting if he wasn't paired with this heroine who I didn't get a feel for at all. The author didn't give them any tension at the start, but had [...]

    6. I really wanted to love this book but for some reason I couldn't, it lacked a direction and interesting characters for me. The hero is the new police chief who came to start over after a nasty divorce, the heroine is a writer who has a bad case of writer block. She is a therapist and famous as the 'hostage girl'. The heroine propositions the hero for a fling and he is more than happy to take her up on the offer. Now, see here is where the problem starts, the characters hardly spend time together [...]

    7. I REALLY love Jack and Lauren. Jack had that intense and rough thing about him that I totally love. Lauren broke through his hard shell and I loved how she actually made him TALK and Jack had such a positive influence on Lauren and her writing. I've really enjoyed this whole series so far, it's great reading a series that is based in my own backyard (coast of NC). I cannot wait to see what Ms. Kantra has in store for Jane and Gabe. Is it February yet?

    8. B+ at All About RomanceWhat is there to say about this book? It’s good. It’s really good. It’s a great addition to an already great series. Of course, just saying that it’s good and I think you should read it doesn’t make for much of a review, so I’ll try to elaborate. Carolina Bluesis the fourth addition to the Dare Island series and, honestly, holds up as well as any of the predecessors. Normally series tend to flag after about three books, but Kantra has kept the momentum up. Firs [...]

    9. Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.Woots! I read my first audiobook all the way through!! It took me dang near 3 weeks but I made it! And.I kinda liked it. So never thought I'd say that about an audio book. But I really did. Carolina Blues was one of those reads that was just.rtable. It kept giving me that feeling likeah, I'm home. If that makes any sense? It was an easy relaxing read as Lauren comes to Dare Island to find her writing mojo and finds one deliciously sexy cop along the w [...]

    10. I love going back to Dare Island each time there's a new release in the series and even though the characters aren't one of the amazing Fletcher family for the first time, it was still as heartwarming and as engaging as ever. The story shifts to one of the intriguing side characters and the transition worked well as the series continues on. The book could be read as a standalone or out of order in a pinch since the main story arc is contained in this book, but some of the side threads do have mo [...]

    11. Almost perfect. 4.75 stars rounded up. Score! I loved Jack and Lauren's story. They both had backstories that shaped them and affected them and I enjoyed the glimpses into those. I would have like a more fleshed-out glimpse at Lauren's time as a hostage rather than just the random flashbacks. I loved their talks, the way they "got" each other and treated each other (especially Jack's actions/thoughts because his actions spoke more than words most of the time). Lauren seemed mostly to sense when [...]

    12. Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra: A Counselor in Need Original Post 3/30/15 fangswandsandfairydust/201This was a thoughtful examination of how love and experiences, especially traumatic ones, can affect and change our life, and the goals we’ve set. Indeed, the couple has a pretty in-depth look at their wants and life goals. It also looks at Lauren’s personal crisis in writing, her guilty feelings and her inability to move on. And Jack looks at his career goals and whether he likes the close [...]

    13. I was worried about whether or not the series would be as good moving outside of the Fletcher family, but I shouldn't have been. This is an excellent book. I really liked both Jack and Lauren, the issues they brought to their relationship, and how they worked through those. Kantra does a great job of showing how real people work out real problems. Again, the community of Dare Island plays a huge part in the novel and the Fletchers are still very prevalent. (Fletcher wedding in this one!) I espec [...]

    14. This book was bittersweet for me. While I loved the first three books in the series centering on the Fletcher children, I felt a little out of sorts reading Jack and Lauren’s story. I almost stop reading it after the second chapter because I felt Lauren’s past was mentioned too many times. I was worried that it would overshadow the story, but I’m glad I hung in there. Jack and Lauren were extremely diverse characters that were both exasperating and endearing. I enjoyed watching their story [...]

    15. Probably a weak three stars but I did enjoy this (probably far more than books 2 or 3 in this series). This was a nice easy read and the romance was fine, but I wasn't quite into it as much as I wanted to be.I did appreciate that Jack was willing to move for Lauren though. That never happens in contemporary romances (not that it actually happened here but the fact that he was willing to was a big deal for me).

    16. This is such an enjoyable book. I loved the tension between the lovers and the heroine's backstory. Ms. Kantra digs much deeper into the hearts and minds of her small Carolina beach town citizens than most of her peers. I've enjoyed all of the Dare Island books but this one is my favorite. Just a joy to read.

    17. I had some touble connecting with the H and h in the first half, they were kind of cold and distant, but the second part was much better and the end was just too cute! This book is not my favorite in this series, Luke's my favorite, but I'll make sure to read Jade's book which is the next one!

    18. This is my first book by Virginia Kantra, and I'll definitely be reading more. I especially loved Jack Rossi, but Lauren Patterson is a great match for him.

    19. 2 damaged people, one a new resident of Dare Island and the police chief, recently divorced and , one an author, trying to finish her second book about her hostage experience, meet. Sparks fly, drama ensues, there are panic attacks, stupid behavior, a visit from the slinky ex wife, a rescued kitten, and a happy ever after. It's an OK read, but I felt the author was trying to add too many tropes, and very few of them were examined in any detail. If you can ignore this, it's a decent romance novel [...]

    20. A sweet love story - between a small town police chief (ex-New York cop with a divorce behind him when his unhappy, childhood sweetheart wife sleeps with his partner) and a woman who fixes people, including bank robbers who held her hostage and is stuck in writing the second book, so take refuge in his small townd we see old friends as they marry and live out their happily ever afters.d Kate and Taylor watching 'The Princess Bride' and Luke comes home, and Taylor asks him to join them d he answe [...]

    21. For some reason this one just fell flat for me. I didn't get somewhat into this book until around page 80. I didn't feel a connection at all with thetwo main characters. Maybe it's because I felt as if these characters come out of nowhere. I missed the Fletcher's. I'm a straight to the point kind of person. Not a homerun for me like a bunt. I'm sad because I really wanted to like this one.

    22. Really enjoyed this, but I love all of Virginia Kantra's books. I had put this one down for quite a while, but picked it back up and sailed through it.

    23. Reviewed here first: smexybooks/2014/10/review-Jack Rossi has moved to the quiet town of Dare Island following his divorce to be the new Police Chief. Having come from a big city where he dealt with crimes of all manner, he’s enjoying the somewhat laid back ways of Dare Island. Though the job is such that he is almost always ‘on-call’ being there are only two other officers to cover the small island, he is working his way to contentment.Lauren Patterson is a grad student/author who has tem [...]

    24. I have fallen in love with Dare Island and all its inhabitants. Enjoying each book in the series and always look forward to more. The immediate Fletcher family is featured in the first three books and now Ms. Kantra has branched out to other residents who are loosely connected on this small island. Carolina Blues is a great addition to the series.Lauren Patterson is an author on deadline, she is staying on the island because of issues with focusing, and Meg, her publicist wants to help. About a [...]

    25. This is a great series. Back in March, I picked up this nice-looking book, Carolina Man. I wasn't sure what I was getting, but I had a good feeling. Turns out I was right, of course. *wink* I flew through Carolina Man, then promptly bought and devoured Carolina Home and Carolina Girl. I fell in love with the Outer Banks, with Dare Island, and the Fletcher family. Since finishing the three books, I've been anxiously awaiting Carolina Blues. With the three Fletcher siblings happily in love, and wi [...]

    26. I won all four of the current Dare Island books in a Dear Author giveaway.Carolina Blues is the fourth of the series and the fourth one I have read. I read the last three in a week. So yes, I think that is called a glom.Carolina Blues is the first that doesn’t deal directly with the Fletcher family. I saw a bit of sequel bait, but it didn’t hit you over the head and I may have been smelling sequel bait when it was just the essence of Dare Island and the fish house. What can I say. I love Vir [...]

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