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5 Stars *Reviewer TOP PICK* "Ms. Netzel has a way of creating fun-loving characters and she has them dealing with hilarious situations in the process which makes any reader crack up laughing. I loved Sugar the Great Dane and felt she was the cherry on this sweet romantic story. Well done, Ms. Netzel! Please keep the stories coming!" Diane Coyle ~ Night Owl Reviews
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A Fair To Remember is book 2 in the Welcome to Redemption series. Donna Marie Rogers' A Fair of the Heart is book 1, and both books have a short, shared scene, told from different characters' point of view. Books 3 and 4 share a scene, and books 5 and 6 also share a scene.
Go ahead and give the first two a try. If you like them, come back for more romance in Redemption, WI.
Though this is a heartwarming romance of second chances and redemption, this book is NOT to be considered Christian Fiction. Any categorization or placement of the Welcome to Redemption series as such is an error by Amazon.
Apologies to any reader who purchased it because of Amazon's mis-categorization.
Sometimes Kindle freebies are like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. But every once in a while, you reach in a select a piece of rich dark chocolate with a nougat center that makes the search worthwhile. A Fair to Remember is that coveted piece. The item description offers a glimpse into the second chapter that sets the stage for this interesting romance perfectly, so I won't try to summarize the plot. The characters truly make this story outstanding. Who would have thought a psychotic Great Dane (named Sugar, coincidentally) could be so entertaining...and bring about the romance between Wes and Tara? Wes is a great male lead. He has that irresistible "bad boy" quality, but he's turned his life around and is absolutely Prince Charming. Tara, on the other hand, is getting her signals mixed. She's really a good girl who thinks Wes is looking for a bad girl. Between a lactose intolerant dog and Tara's airbrushed tattoos, you will be laughing out loud. The romance is not lacking in this short read. One problem with its brevity is the lack of more development between Tara and Will. Although they share an instant attraction that develops quickly into a deep connection, what we do read is tender and well-drawn. I love how Wes stands up to her intimidating family to fight for her, and I'm guessing you'll love it, too. I can't wait to read the rest in this series!
I almost didn't read this one, since I found the first in the series, A FAIR OF THE HEART, so disappointing, but, it was short and started off better. I'm glad I read it, because it was better.
I thought it was cute when conservative realtor, Tara Russell thought Wes Carter was looking for someone wilder. Since her family owned a tattoo parlor and rode Harleys, she played the part of a woman on the wild side well, but he wanted someone tamer. He'd been a former gang member, and wanted to leave anything that reminded him of that time behind.
They met when Tara was dog sitting her brother's Great Dane, and the lactose intolerant, psychotic dog threw up on Wes's clothes and shoes. Not the best of beginnings to say the least.
I found A FAIR TO REMEMBER tamer than A FAIR OF THE HEART. It had much less profanity and no explicit sex scenes. The plot and the story line was also better.
A Fair to Remember (Welcome to Redemption - Book Two) Ice cream cones; Elephant Ears; Fake Tattoos; Fireworks; an over protective family and, a lactose intolerant matchmaking Great Dane, brings Tara and Wes together against everyone's best judgment.
Welcome to Redemption focuses on a small Wisconsin town and its citizens. While each story can stand alone, it is fun to get to know the people, and expand on your friendships. See if you can find the character that appears in every book of the Welcome to Redemption series. I'm not telling. Get to reading!
I am ready to contact Tara and start looking for a home in Redemption! These authors write with the same voice. You forget that there are two authors, the story line is seamless. Stacey and Donna paint such a picture with their words! I see the the town of redemption so clearly. I want to stop in at Coffee to Chai For order a cup of tea and tasty treat walk across the street to check out a book from the library. I continue down the street waving to friends and neighbors. I stop in the park to watch the dogs and owners play and enjoy the day.
I want more! The characters have come to life. I feel as though I have expanded my family. I have so many new friends!
Other books by Stacey Joy Netzel: Lost In Italy Return To Rome Ditched Again Holding Out For a Hero Dragon Fly Dreams More Than A Kiss A Fair to Remember - Welcome to Redemption (2) Grounds for Change - Welcome to Redemption (4) The Heart of the Matter - Welcome to Redemption (6) Hold On To Me - Welcome to Redemption (8) Welcome to Redemption Box Set Chasin' Mason Mistletoe Mischief Mistletoe Magic #2 Mistletoe Match Up #3 Romancing Wisconsin Volume 1 (Holiday Boxed Set)
Such a great story, I fell in love with the caricatures and loved how well the author nailed the Great Danes personality. What a treat to finally read a story with my favorite dog breed in it! It was also nice to read romance without the filth and without it being squeaky clean.
What is not to like about this book? A hunk of a guy, a sexy lady, oh, yeah. You may dislike her bother Charlie, her Dad, Charlie's dog. But your going to like the rest. I'd have been happy to spend more time with these people in Redemption.
This was a quick read that had some good moments. But overall, I just didn't like either of the main characters enough to enjoy their budding relationship. The woman acts sulky and immature while complaining the whole time that her parents still treat her like a teenager. The man is an ex-gang member who now goes around saving lives and otherwise had little personality. And bringing a huge, untrained dog to a fair is not hilarious, it's irresponsible. Have these people never heard of a crate?
Also just want to mention that this short book does have some profanity. It's fairly mild, I only mention it because a lot of reviewers described the book with words like "sweet" and "cute" and I didn't want anyone to mistake that for "clean."