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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: #353,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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9 of 10 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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8 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And I don't read romance... January 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
California Sunset was priced so reasonably that I downloaded it even though I'm not a romance reader. Then the full moon kept me awake, and I ended up in bed with a flashlight until 3:00 a.m. to finish. I had to see what happened! I tried to be cynical as I read. A Montana cowboy running a bookstore in Santa Cruz? I wish! Lucky Annie! But the book had substance and held my interest, and wouldn't allow cynicism. I liked that our heroine had a mind of her own, I liked that she wasn't perfect and had a past, and a son. Well written, good story, imagine if I did like romance! And now I want one of those massages mentioned in the book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars California dreamin' August 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
California Sunset is a quiet, lovely book. Although billed as a romance, it's really more women's fiction with strong romantic elements. There is a sweet romance between Annie and John, a Montana cowboy and bookworm who has bought an independent bookstore near Santa Cruz as a change of pace after his wife dies. However, the real story is about how Annie comes to terms with her past, her present and her future. Annie is a single mom, tech industry project manager living on the CA central coast, near Santa Cruz and working in Silicon Valley. Her ex is an alcoholic who can barely support himself, so when she's faced with the choice of relocating to NJ to save her job, or accepting a layoff, she immediately concludes that she has to take the transfer in order to keep her medical benefits and provide financial stability for herself and her son. Since her son is 15 and a soccer player on his high school team, needless to say, he has no desire to move across the country. Right in the middle of all this, she meets John. He is immediately attracted to her and pursues her (very sweetly) even though she repeatedly warns him off due to her imminent job transfer. Her heart, as well as her family and friends, all want her to stay in CA, but her practical mind tells her that moving is the only choice.

The book was well-written and edited. The dialog flowed nicely, and as a resident of CA myself, I thought that the descriptions of the central coast were perfect. It was refreshing to read a story about an ordinary worker in Silicon Valley. Her struggles with the high cost of living, commuting "over the hill" from Santa Cruz to San Jose, her use of a life coach and a body worker (massage therapist), and just the general tenor of life out on the west coast all rang true to me. I would recommend the book without hesitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong time to meet Mr. Right August 7, 2012
By grace
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. Single mom, troubled son, alcoholic ex-husband. And at exactly the wrong time, John, the handsome bookstore cowboy comes along. (Loved the steamy sex.) Clever, curly headed Annie needs courage and skill to solve real-life problems. Casey Dawes' characters jump right off the page and make this a wonderful read. More!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will pull you in August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the first chapter to the end I felt like I could have lived this story. The setting is beautiful along with
the so realistic characters. Wonderful read. Looking forward to reading more by Ms. Dawes.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this series, you will root for the romance.
Published 7 months ago by Marilyn Sprung
5.0 out of 5 stars A great pleasure read...and more!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book...thought I was in for a mindless summer read but found much more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Berkley
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kathy E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Satisfying
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by peggy bird
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 20 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 21 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 23 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
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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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