Friday, December 30, 2016

Aloha to Codi Gary and HOT WINTER NIGHTS (James Patterson's BOOKSHOTS) - Book Review


The Bear Mountain days are cold, but the nights are steamy....

Allie Fairchild made a mistake when she moved to Montana. Her rental is a mess, her coworkers at the trauma center are hostile, and her handsome landlord, Dex Belmont, is far from charming. But just when she's about to throw in the towel, life in Bear Mountain takes a surprisingly sexy turn....

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Original romances presented by JAMES PATTERSON

Novels you can devour in a few hours ... Impossible to stop reading

There is a Bear Mountain in Glacier National Park
Above is Two Medicine Lake with Sinopah Mountain in Glacier NP
Public Domain (link)

Allie Fairchild - an OR nurse and hospital administrator - accepted  a new job in Montana to show her family in New York that she can make it on her own.  She rented a cabin sight unseen ... only to discover the sexy landlord still repairing it upon her arrival.  Clearly Allie is attracted to Dex Belmont - an Army veteran turned park ranger - but she wants to focus on her career.  Likewise, Dex flirts with Allie but stands aside when his buddy expresses an interest in her.  Dex loves his footloose lifestyle ... until Allie turns his life upside down.

As the tag line says, "Novels you can devour in a few hours ... Impossible to stop reading", I read straight through the 137 pages in HOT WINTER NIGHTS.  I enjoyed how Gary brought the hero and heroine together, allowing them to share their past pains only to discover they have more in common than mutual attraction.  I also appreciated the vivid descriptions of the Montana landscape.  Gary lays the groundwork for more books to come, including SEXY SUMMER FLINGS, as announced on her website (link).

Hidden Lake and Bearhat Mountain (right)
Image: Wikipedia / Tobias Klenze / CC-BY-SA 4.0

I am giving away my copy of HOT WINTER NIGHTS plus a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about mountains - what the nearest one near you?  The Catoctin Mountain Park is an hours's drive from my home in Maryland. 

2. Comments are open through Sunday, January 1, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, January 2.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Chimney Rock Vista at Catoctin Mountain Park
Image by Vegemighty (link)


  1. I have always loved the mountains. We currently live on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and can see the Smokey Mountains. I grew up in the Adirondacks of New York with the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire (and Mount Washington) in full view from out house. My husband's Air Force career took us to Northern Maine and the mountains there, and to Colorado Springs, CO in the foothills of the Rockies with a beautiful view of Pikes Peak from our deck. In our travels, we did finally make it to Glacier National Park. We hope to go back and explore the Canadian side.
    I have not tried the Bookshots line yet, but it sounds like it will be a perfect fit for my busy days.

  2. Not far from here, in the National Park, we have Tabletop Mountain. It looks how it sounds - flat on the top. It's a core of an ancient, inactive volcano. People climb it & then get stuck and need to be rescued.

  3. Nice , Yosemite

  4. Well I live not far but not that close to them.

  5. I live out on the flat prairies so I'm nowhere near any mountains! The closest ones are the Rockies.

  6. The Catoctins are probably the closest to me unless there are some in Pennsylvania that are closer


  7. Near us is Eagle Rock mountain , a small mountain in comparison to the bigger Mountain ranges but at the top there is a 911 memorial you can see exactly where the towers stood from tis peak in NJ.
    Carol L
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  9. The Midwest isn't mountain country -- I first saw mountains when I was about 11. We took a family vacation out in Wyoming. Did a horse trail ride and was thrilled!!

  10. We live near the Berkshires and The Catskills. Both are beautiful but very old mountain ranges. Actually part of the same chain.

  11. There is actually a Bear Mountain in NY, about 1 1/2 hrs away. Catskills & Adirondacks aren't too far.

  12. We're in the Alleghenies which is part of the Appalachians.

  13. Not sure, but we went to Bear Mountain on school trips.

  14. just south of me are the Watchung Mountains - tho many would consider them hills

  15. No mountains near me!!!!!!!!!! :( :(

  16. The closest mountains to me are a good 7-8 hour drive away. It's a toss up whether the Davis Mountains in West Texas or the Chisos
    Mountains in Big Bend National Park are closer.

  17. There are no mountains near me, I'll have a drive many hours to the west to get the Rocky Mountains.

  18. We have the Laguna Mountains about an hour's drive away. We never get snow here, but a few times a year the mountains get snow and then everyone goes up there to play.

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