ARC Review: A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter

Posted October 22, 2015 by Stephanie in 5 Stars, A Kindled Winter, Adult, Contemporary, Rachel L. Demeter, Review, Romance / 4 Comments

Title: A Kindled Winter
Author: Rachel L. Demeter
Publication: November 1st 2015 by Black Lyon Publishing, LLC

Genre: Adult ~ Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5/5


“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans

A week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon—her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she’s left stranded in the mountains’ vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger.

Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape—a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son’s memory.

Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts …

Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.

A Kindled Winter was really amazing. It was a beautiful story but also captivating and so passionate. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put my Kindle down!

Unlike the author’s other books, which are historical, this one was a shorter contemporary holiday story. I thought Jeseca and David’s connection was incredible. Both are grieving people they’ve lost but when they met they finally started healing.

It was really great to read and see how Jeseca slowly made David open up to her. They both had a lot of demons inside them but together they faced them head on. Also, can I just mention how totally adorable Brody, the dog, was. Favorite character of the book? Might be!

Although it was a contemporary story, it still had a dark gothic-like feel to it, which I loved. It was also a very steamy read. Jeseca and David’s passion pretty much burst off the pages. Also, I teared up at the end because the characters really got to me and I genuinely felt overjoyed that in the end it was a happily ever after ending.

Overall, A Kindled Winter was a beautifully written holiday story that touched my heart. There’s something about the way Rachel L. Demeter writes her characters — so intriguing, flawed and memorable — that just stays with me. 

About the Author:

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Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing dark, poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

4 responses to “ARC Review: A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter

  1. Thank you so much for reading and the beautiful review!! You're the greatest, Stephanie! Can't tell you how much I appreciate your ongoing support. <3 <3

  2. Aww sounds so sweet! I don't feel that comfortable reading steamy reads, but maybe this is something I could brave? I love holiday stories and I'm excited to get in the holiday spirit. 🙂

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