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California Sunset (Crimson Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Casey Dawes
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Book Description

Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.

John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He’s got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.

Unless . . .

John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Writing California Sunset was a journey of several years. The book grew from my life, as most books do. It also grew from my belief that you have to love yourself first in order to get the love you deserve. I hope you enjoy Annie's journey....

California Wine, the second in the California Romance series will be out on Dec. 31, 2012. I'm hard at work on the third book, California Homecoming.

About the Author

All my life I've believed in love, even when everything else going on around me told me I shouldn't. And all my life I've wanted to write. In fact I never quite gave it up.
But my dream to become a fiction writer seemed elusive. Too many things got in the way.  You know how it is-kids, jobs, saving the world. It's exhausting!
Read more about Casey on her website: .

Product Details

  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (August 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delight in sunny California wine country August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the opening paragraph, the real life drama of California Sunset, a contemporary romance by Casey Dawes draws you in. Spirited, yet deeply conflicted, Annie Gerhard, must leave her beloved Santa Cruz for New Jersey or lose her job. And as a single mother, she can't afford mistakes. Her son, David, angry at her decision to go, gets arrested. Her ex-husband threatens to take David away and the once straight forward life she loves starts crumbling around her. Throw in a gorgeous Montana cowboy turned bookstore owner who's not shy about his interest in Annie and her confusion quickly becomes a life crisis. Can Annie move beyond her self-doubt and troubled past to rediscover herself and the possibilities offered by love? Quick witted, smooth dialogue, woven through elegantly written descriptions of California life; the food, the wine and the ocean, keeps California Sunset entertaining and the characters as real as your best friends.

(Review by Pam B. Morris from a preview copy for no money compensation.)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! August 6, 2012
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Casey Dawes has the gift of language and the amazing ability to create characters that are both relatable and surprising. Annie opitimizes what almost every single mother has to go through--a reproachable ex-husband, a surly teenage son, and a life put on hold. Annie is forced to face the decision whether to follow her heart towards love and her idealistic hopes for the future, or focus on the needs of her son. Which makes the reader wonder--can she have everything? Can she do everything? (Hello, motherhood!)
If you have children, (even of the furry persuasion) this is a story that will have you cheering!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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It isn't hard to find many spots in CALIFORNIA SUNSET to resonate. No need to be a single Mom, though that helps. No need to be shoved out of a job, though that helps. Most of all, you might disdain romance fiction because you haven't read any in decades or ever. CALIFORNIA SUNSET will draw you through to the very last page, eager to read Dawes' next literary romance novel--and maybe some by other authors, too.
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Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was an easy read that had both darkness and light throughout. Annie had so many issues in her past that she kept hidden away from everyone and as a result she had severe mood swings and behaviors that she didn’t associate with her upbringing. Some of what she repressed was extremely disturbing. She tried to always be positive but that didn’t always work and at times it just seemed like she was in denial as a result. Her attraction to John, the owner of the bookstore she frequented, kept her running in the opposite direction. Her potential move from California to New Jersey for work made her keep everyone at a distance, even her best friend Elizabeth, as if it was a done deal but was nowhere near that without interviewing and proving she could do the job. The disruptions the potential move was causing to her life and her teenage son’s didn’t seem worth it to me especially when David started hanging out with the wrong crowd, getting into trouble and acting out.

I liked the addition of Carol, the life coach, Patricia, the psychic and her predictions, and Sukesha, the body worker, to the storyline plus Sunshine, John’s assistant and Annie’s aunt that she never knew about. The story played out nicely and there was some closure but it ended too abruptly for me. I would have liked to see a few more chapters or at least an epilogue to show how Annie’s life played out. Knowing that this is book one in the series has me hoping that some of the loose ends will be tied up in book two, California Wine.

This is Dawes debut contemporary romance novel and I look forward to reading the others in the series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California Sunset November 16, 2012
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A romance with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. The heroine is certainly multi dimensional which allowed me to get more involved with her. A good smooth read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great pleasure read...and more! June 11, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book...thought I was in for a mindless summer read but found much more. There were characters with familiar concerns and issues (tough economy/financial stress, single parenting of a teenaged boy, unreliable ex-husband, tough career choices, etc.) that grabbed me and made me care about them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to read a non-mindless romance novel...lots of real-life situations and lessons to be had here!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay May 16, 2014
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Didn't love it but didn't hate it. It was tough to get into and moved a little too slow for me. The characters didn't hold my interest. I'll pass on the rest of the series but it seems that a lot of people liked it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Satisfying November 12, 2013
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Annie Gerhard will be laid off if she won't move from California to New Jersey. Her 15-y.o. son David is in trouble. Her ex isn't any better now than he was when they were married. It's not the time to meet a guy who wants to spend time with her.

But new bookstore owner John Johnson wants just that. He's left Montana and his memories of a deceased wife behind to run an independent bookstore in the California town where Annie lives. He's determined to push through Annie's barriers but he has baggage of his own.

Author Casey Dawes has created two sympathetic people who deserve to be happy but who can't quite find their ways there. She gives them room to find out how, with the help of a life coach for Annie, they can.

A delightful and well-written read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this series, you will root for the romance.
Published 9 months ago by Marilyn Sprung
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
amazing book. I could not put the book down. The Crimson Romance books are very interesting. Again I could not put down the book.
Published 21 months ago by Kathleen O'Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars California Sunset
I liked the realistic way this book portrayed being laid off a job, being a divorced single mom and, being abused as a child. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Judy Westbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ROMANCE!
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of romance and great characters. Great book for a rainy day. A little predictable but who cares! Highly recommend.
Published 24 months ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writer
Held my interest till the end. That's always the sign of a good book! Will be buying California Wine next.
Published on April 10, 2013 by terri422
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read-
Great detail in describing the setting Fun quick read. Predictable abuse, but glad for the surprise twist that usually doesn't happen
Published on March 10, 2013 by Kalynne Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars California sunrise over and over
I found the story concept to be a good one, however the story itself is twice as long as it needed to be. Read more
Published on March 10, 2013 by Gail M. Rivkowich
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
I try not to write reviews on books that I don't love. This one was okay. It took me a long time to get through it, I thought it went too slow.
Published on March 4, 2013 by Mary L
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for what it is
I bought this book, knowing it was a silly romance, so I didn't expect it to have a whole lot of depth, and it doesn't. Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by Horselady
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More About the Author

Casey Dawes writes and quilts on the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana where she spends far too much time watching wildlife from her "woman cave." She shares her peaceful abode with a husband she adores and two cats who think they own the joint.

In her previous "lives" she's been a medical records secretary, stagehand, college professor, junior high teacher on an Indian Reservation, Montessori teacher in Brooklyn, temp in businesses in New York City, a database guru for several fortune 500 companies, business and life coach. She's lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York City, Pennsylvania and California. With these varied careers, four step-children and two boys of her own, she has plenty to write about!

She's written three non-fiction books. California Sunset was her first romantic fiction book.

A passionate believer in the healing power of love, Casey knows that anyone can find the love he or she deserves and wants. Her characters can show you how.

She'd love to hear your opinion on any book. Please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Thanks!

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